23 -30 OCTOBER
23 – 30 OCTOBER
We want you to make the most of every minute you spend in Edinburgh. That’s why we’ve created Wonder Weeks – a complete guide to some of the city’s best events and brightest attractions during specific weeks of the year.
The Royal Lyceum: Barber Shop Chronicles
23 October – 9 November 2019
Inua Ellams is one of today’s most exciting voices in poetry and theatre and his smash hit was originally staged at the National Theatre in London. For black men around the world the barber shop is a community hub where they can air their dreams, hopes, ambitions and fears as the clippers buzz. In this piece Inua has woven a patchwork of barber shop banter from around the globe and welcomes you into this world with warmth, music, humour and politics – with a large and a small p.
The Usher Hall: Will Young
26 October 2019
Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002. His expansive career has culminated in four chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards and four UK number one singles. His new 7th album is built around the joy of pop music.
You may prefer Marina on 28 October (recently scored her 3rd UK Top 5 album) or Ludovico Einaudi on 29 October, playing piano for his new project Seven Days Walking, with Redi Hasa on cello and Federico Mecozzi on violin.
Nelson Monument: Charles Piazzi Smyth 200
Until 31 Dec 2019
2019 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Scottish Astronomer Royal and polymath, Charles Piazzi Smyth. This special exhibition presents the story of this extraordinary man, whose pioneering work at Calton Hill changed the practice of astronomy across the world. A life size carved wooden figure of a sailor using a sextant, from the 19th century, is one of the star objects on view. Other displays investigate the importance of Scotland’s Merchant Navy, as well as the ongoing work of the Northern Lighthouse Board.
The “upturned telescope” perched high on Calton Hill in the east end of the city centre, is the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory, and death, at the battle of Trafalgar.
While you’re up there, be sure to visit Collective which brings people together to look at, think about and produce contemporary art in the recently refurbished and repurposed, city observatory.
King’s Theatre: Frankenstein
21 October – 26 October 2019
An 18 year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.
A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness.
Rona Munro’s brilliant new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.
Edinburgh Playhouse: The King and I
18 – 26 October 2019
Hailed as ‘the theatrical event of 2018’, the multi-award-winning Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I is embarking on a World Tour direct from its record breaking, sold out season at The London Palladium. It’s one of the best shows from the golden age of musicals with an outstanding score (Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, Shall We Dance) and features a company of over 50 world-class performers and a full-scale orchestra.
“Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book now. It’s a hit.”
– THE TIMES
Traverse Theatre: The Monstrous Heart – World Premiere
22 October – 2 November 2019
Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep having been freshly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present. And it has teeth.
Love. Hate. Good. Evil. Nature. Nurture.
The Queen’s Hall: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Anderszewski plays Haydn and Schumann
24 October 2019
As we toast Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall in its 40th year, one of Mozart’s most festive symphonies opens the evening with a flourish.
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski marks his 50th birthday with a pair of magnificent piano concertos. Haydn is in high spirits throughout this concerto – he opens with the kind of tune that puts a spring in your step, and closes in Hungarian style, with a brilliant tour de force, flashing with fireworks. In contrast, Schumann’s is perhaps the most poetic of all piano concertos: a searching, passionate, Romantic masterpiece.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery: The Modern Portrait
Until 27 October 2019
This display collates some of the most recognisable modern and contemporary portraits from the national collection.
The rich survey of paintings, sculpture and works in other media features figures from science, politics, the arts, business and sport – it is a cross-section of well-known Scottish faces, from David Tennant, Alan Cumming and Tilda Swinton, to Jackie Kay, Andy Murray and Naomi Mitchison.
National Museum of Scotland: Wild and Majestic – Romantic Visions of Scotland
Until 10 November 2019
Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s highland idyll at Balmoral, Wild and Majestic considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world, expressed through highland and military dress, royal visits, art, literature and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry. Featuring rich displays and iconic objects, this landmark exhibition charts Scotland’s journey into the global imagination.
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