WONDER WEEK

21 – 30 JANUARY

21 – 30 January

We want you to come to the city and make the most of every minute you spend here – what better reason than Burns’ Night?  This year, Edinburgh’s Burns&Beyond and Chinese New Year Festivals are joining forces for a special programme of events, celebrating the alignment of Burns Night and Chinese New Year on 25 January 2020 – the Year of the Rat.

That is just one of the highlights of the January Wonder Week, but there’s an incredible range that’s wow this January – so recover from the festive onslaught with a show or two from this varied choice.

Rose Street, Edinburgh: Red, Red Rose Street.  Various venues – Part of the Burns & Beyond celebrations.

20 – 26 January 2020

Celebrating all things Robert Burns, Red, Red Rose Street returns to the famous city centre street with a big programme of free and ticketed events.  Focused in and around Rose Street, the celebrations will include a Free Family Ceilidh, Workshops, a week of theatre and comedy at the Gilded Balloon’s Rose Theatre featuring The Burns Club Comedy Nights, plus activities and events throughout the week including the Rabbie Ramble trail which invites you to discover hidden clues and Rabbie facts throughout Rose Street…

Scottish National Gallery:  Turner in January

1 -31 January

These works, bequeathed to the Galleries by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan, span Turner’s career from his early topographical wash drawings to his atmospheric sketches of continental Europe in the 1830s and ’40s. Vaughan stipulated in his bequest that these delicate watercolours should be ‘exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January’, and his wishes have been faithfully adhered to for over 100 years.

National Museum of Scotland: Parasites – Battle for Survival

6 December – 19 April 2020

Join the battle against five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in this interactive exhibition and discover how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.

Affecting 1 in every 18 people in the world, the exhibition focuses on five of the world’s deadliest parasites and the diseases they cause: malaria, guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis. These are among a range of diseases which the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate, some as soon as 2020.

The Edinburgh Playhouse: Disney’s The Lion King

5 December 2019 – 29 March 2020.

Drawing on two-hundred years of romantic pop history, this is Blood of the Young’s unique take on a beloved novel – the hugely acclaimed Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of).  Six young women have a story to tell. You might have seen them, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate; the overlooked and the undervalued making sure those above stairs find their happy ending, but of course, they’ve always been running the show. 

Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this loving and irreverent all-female adaptation. Let the ruthless match-making begin!

A co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre and Blood of the Young with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse.

Royal Lyceum Theatre: Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) – By Isobel McArthur, after Jane Austen. Directed by Paul Brotherston

23 January – 15 February 2020

Drawing on two-hundred years of romantic pop history, this is Blood of the Young’s unique take on a beloved novel – the hugely acclaimed Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of).  Six young women have a story to tell. You might have seen them, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate; the overlooked and the undervalued making sure those above stairs find their happy ending, but of course, they’ve always been running the show. 

Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this loving and irreverent all-female adaptation. Let the ruthless match-making begin!

A co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre and Blood of the Young with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse.

The Usher Hall:  2020 Edinburgh Official Chinese New Year Gala Concert

Tuesday 21 January 2020

As a part of the Year of Rat Chinese New Year celebration, Guizhou Song and Dance Troupe is coming to Edinburgh with a spectacular program of singing and dancing. Established in 1956, Guizhou Song and Dance Troupe is the largest performing organisation in Guizhou Province. It is highly influential in its region, specialising in artistic creation that features the ethnic characteristics of Guizhou such as the refined Miao traditional costumes, the exquisite batik as well as the distinguished musical instruments.

Traverse Theatre: Heroine, by Mary Jane Wells – Mary Jane Wells & Scottish Theatre Producers

30 January – 1 February 2020

Based on the true story of US soldier Danna Davis.  A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story exploring healing, forgiveness and what speaking your truth really means – with grit, lyricism and necessary black humour.

On a dangerous mission inside a combat zone, Sgt Davis must work with the perpetrator of her sexual attack to get her squad home safely. Will peace ever be possible?

Each performance will be followed by a discussion with a curated panel of military, legal and survivor advocate experts.

The Queen’s Hall:  Nash Ensemble, with Mezzo-soprano Victoria Simmonds

Tuesday 21 January 2020

As a part of the Year of Rat Chinese New Year celebration, Guizhou Song and Dance Troupe is coming to Edinburgh with a spectacular program of singing and dancing. Established in 1956, Guizhou Song and Dance Troupe is the largest performing organisation in Guizhou Province. It is highly influential in its region, specialising in artistic creation that features the ethnic characteristics of Guizhou such as the refined Miao traditional costumes, the exquisite batik as well as the distinguished musical instruments.

Festival Theatre: Scottish Dance Theatre

29 January 2020

Join Scotland’s leading contemporary dance company in this extraordinary programme by two of the most internationally acclaimed choreographers of our times.

Process Day, by choreographer Sharon Eyal, and music producer Gai Behar is a sensory experience that transforms the dancers into sleek, nocturnal beings veiled by haze and shadow.

Emanuel Gat’s The Circle emerges in front of the audience’s eyes as 11 outstanding dancers collectively weave intricate choreographic patterns live onstage, driven by a hypnotic score by electronic guru, Squarepusher.

King’s Theatre: Oor Wullie

29 January 2020

Scotland’s cheekiest, spiky-haired scamp is back! Only question is – where’s his bucket?! Join Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang, in a brand new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary as Scotland’s most beloved comic strip.

Continuing their collaboration with Dundee Rep, and in partnership with internationally acclaimed Selladoor Worldwide; award-winning writing partnership Noisemaker are delighted to bring this iconic character to the stage and prove that even at 80 years old he’s still Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A’body’s Wullie!

Always WOW in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s restaurant and bars scene has something for everyone – chilled and relaxed, on-trend hotspots or Michelin star to suit your budget or mood. Many offer pre-show menus offering great value. For ideas, visit Edinburgh City Centre or Edinburgh’s West End.

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The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane
Edinburgh
EH1 3AA

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Scottish National Gallery

The Mound
Edinburgh
EH2 2EL

Phone: 0131 624 6200
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The Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

Phone: 0131 228 1155
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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

Phone: 0300 123 6789
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The Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street
Edinburgh
EH1 2ED

Phone: 0131 228 1404
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City Art Centre

2 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DE

Phone: 0131 529 3993
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Royal Lyceum Theatre

30b Grindlay Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9AX

Phone: 0131 248 4848
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The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG

Phone: 0131 668 2019
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The Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT

Phone: 0131 529 6000
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King’s Theatre

2 Leven Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9LQ

Phone: 0131 529 6000
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Filmhouse

88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH3 9BZ

Phone: 0131 228 2688
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