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 Festival 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. Find out more here.
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:
The Luxury of Time – Clocks from 1550-1750
4 October – 26 January 2020. Last chance – finishing soon!!
Explore the history of early British watch and clock making in this special, small display of rare and significant historical timepieces telling the story of a golden age of innovation. Featuring beautiful objects from the golden age of British clock making in the 17th century, these exquisitely decorated pieces were at the cutting edge of technology and many were the ultimate status symbol of their day.
The Edinburgh Playhouse: Disney’s The Lion King
5 December 2019 – 29 March 2020.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical is a unique theatrical experience that truly wows! Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved animated film has been transformed into a spectacular stage production. At its heart is the powerful story of Simba and his epic adventure to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
Royal Lyceum Theatre: Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) – By Isobel McArthur, after Jane Austen. Directed by Paul Brotherston
23 January – 15 February 2020
This is ‘Blood of the Young’s’ unique take on a beloved novel – Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of). Six young women have a story to tell; you will 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.
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.
City Art Centre: Classical Edinburgh
9 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
This exhibition is a celebration of Edinburgh’s neo-classical architecture, as seen through the eyes of two architectural photographers, Edwin Smith (1912-72), once described as “a genius at photography” provided the photographs for The Making of Classical Edinburgh by A J Youngson, published in 1966. Colin McLean has spent the last two years re-interpreting Smith’s evocative black and white images. The exhibition is an homage to Smith’s photography, and a reflection on the changes in Edinburgh’s townscape over the last 50 years.
The Queen’s Hall: Nash Ensemble, with Mezzo-soprano Victoria Simmonds.
Monday 27 January
A special coda to the Muriel Spark centenary with the first performance in Scotland of David Matthews’ setting of Muriel Spark poems, White Flame. This will be framed by a hallmark Nash Ensemble selection from some of the best-loved works in the chamber repertory. “Is there a better-equipped, more polished, stylish or characterful chamber music group than the Nash Ensemble anywhere on the planet?” (THE HERALD)
Preceded at 6.30pm by a talk by composer David Matthews and Alan Taylor, past Chairman of The Muriel Spark Society, on the work commissioned by the Society to celebrate her writings.
Festival Theatre: Scottish Dance Theatre
Wednesday 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!
Burns&Beyond Culture Trail.
50+ performers/8 venues/4 hours
Saturday 25 January – Burns’ Night!
Explore Edinburgh’s Old & New Towns, moving from one venue to another during an evening of discovery featuring live music and performance from artists from across Scotland and beyond. Each venue presents a short show (approx. 30mins) repeated throughout the evening, featuring live performances and collaborations, allowing you to experience a feast of entertainment all in one night!
A highlight is St Giles’ Cathedral: Chinese Lanterns, which extends from 22 January to 01 February. This stunning installation transforms St Giles’ Cathedral with a canopy of over 400 lanterns. An evening illumination and soundtrack (5.30 p.m., ticketed) creates a spectacular sensory experience.
Filmhouse: Jojo Rabbit
15 to 30 January 2020
“Taika Waititi, the New Zealand film-maker behind this Nazi satire says the movie’s six Oscar nominations have vindicated the risks he took in making the controversial film” (The Guardian). Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a lonely young boy raised by a single mother, living in Germany in the final months of the war. With his father absent, Jojo is an enthusiastic albeit inept member of the Hitler Youth. Tackling the ludicrousness of racism and nationalism, Taika Waititi crafts a riotously funny and surprisingly touching comedy.
Other great movies showing this week include Uncut Gems, 1917 and A Hidden Life
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