15 – 23 NOVEMBER

15 – 23 November

We want you to make the most of every minute you spend in Edinburgh. That’s why we’ve created Wonder Weeks – a short guide to specific weeks when the city’s  events and performances are at their most varied and best.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two): Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

23 November 2019 – 19 April 2020

An ambitious retrospective of the Portuguese artist’s work that brings politics to the fore. Spanning Rego’s career from the 1950s through to 2012, the works address Salazar’s fascist regime, the 1997 referendum on legalising abortion in Portugal, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and, from 2009, female genital mutilation – all of which resonate strongly with contemporary issues. Highlights of the exhibition include Dog Woman (1952), Snow White and her Stepmother (1995), The First Mass in Brazil (1993). Curated by independent curator Catherine Lampert and organised by MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), the exhibition includes over 60 loans.

The Usher Hall: Emeli Sande

17 November 2019

Multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé MBE is in Edinburgh on the second night of her U.K tour celebrating the release of her much anticipated third album ‘Real Life’ in September on Virgin/EMI.

With over 19 million singles sold including 3 number one UK singles and over 6 million albums, Emeli Sandé has dominated the music industry and captured the heart of the Nation.

 Just one highlight of an amazing week at the Usher Hall! Choose from Karine Polwart, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2018, the Band of HM Royal Marines, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven under the baton of Emmanuel Krivine or the Royal Scottish National Orchestra  which goes straight for the emotional jugular in Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Festival Theatre: Scottish Opera, Tosca

14 – 23 November 2019

1940s’ Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini’s tyrannical rule…  Floria Tosca – a smart and passionate woman – attempts to free her lover from the clutches of Baron Scarpia, the lecherous, power-mad Chief of Police. As the stakes get higher, she is faced with an impossible choice – will her hopes be crushed or can love win out?

Beautiful arias and rousing musical moments pepper Puccini’s score, bringing Tosca’s emotional extremes into sharp relief. Director Anthony Besch’s shadowy setting heightens the drama while Peter Rice’s sumptuous designs provide a spectacular backdrop.

The Herald gives praise “Scottish Opera’s Tosca is flawless;  from start to finish, a feast for the eyes.”

City Art Centre: The Italian Connection 

7 September 2019 – 24 May 2020

Creative links between Scotland and Italy have existed for hundreds of years. In the 18th and 19th centuries Scottish artists journeyed to Rome and Florence to advance their professional training and career prospects. This pilgrimage to the Mediterranean continues with artists finding inspiration in the landscape and culture. The flow of people and ideas has also developed in the opposite direction, with Italian families contributing to the artistic milieu.            

The Italian Connection explores this enduring bond, celebrating the ability of art to transcend geographical borders. Featured artists include Allan Ramsay, F.C.B. Cadell, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Elizabeth Blackadder.

Edinburgh Playhouse: Tim Minchin – Back

19, 20 and 23 November 2019

Tim Minchin, award-winning comedian, actor and composer, will return to the stage for his first UK tour dates since 2011. “Back” is billed as Old Songs, New Songs, F*** You Songs, hinting at a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire.  He has been celebrated globally for writing the music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical, one of the most acclaimed musicals of the last 20 years, winning a record seven Olivier Awards.

This is a big COMEDY week at the Playhouse, and you can also catch Jack Whitehall or Romesh Ranganathan. Wow!

The Queen’s Hall – Horse: The Same Sky #30

22 November 2019

The first 30 year anniversary show, ‘The Same Sky’ will be revisiting and reliving memories from this evocative and formative first Horse album. A rare evening, showcasing her unique Scottish voice, songwriting and performance skills – such prowess would be hard to equal.

Folk and roots music not your thing?  The fast changing programme this Wonder Week also offers the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Maxim conducts Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony on 14 November) Irish funnyman Ardal O’Hanlon (star of ‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Father Ted’, 15 November) and  Hawkwind’s 50th Anniversary gig!  And lots more.

Filmhouse: The Irishman, Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro.

15 – 28 November 2019

Martin Scorsese returns to his classic form in The Irishman, with long-time collaborator Robert De Niro starring as Frank “Irishman” Sheeran, a hitman and former union official. In his autumn years, Frank finds himself looking back at the triumphs and failings of his mob career with the Bufalino crime family. Part historical drama, part crime thriller, this Netflix epic showcases the emotional toll that ensues from experiencing the intoxicating mix of politics, corruption and competition in the shadowy mob underworld. Starring a pantheon of crime thriller alumni: Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Academy Award winner Al Pacino.

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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.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Road

Phone: 0131 624 6200

The Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 1155

The Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

City Art Centre

2 Market Street

Phone: 0131 529 3993

The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane


The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street

Phone: 0131 668 2019


88 Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 2688