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                                         APRIL - SEPTEMBER 2019

           4   APRIL

         22    MAY

         40    JUNE

         56    JULY

         64    AUGUST

          76   SEPTEMBER

          21   EATING AND DRINKING

         92    LIVE CINEMA

         94    ENGAGEMENT + CLASSES

         96    GALLERY

         98    LOCAL + SHOWCASE


         112   TICKETS + INFO

         114   CALENDAR

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“Spring is nature’s way                             for Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute and
                                                                                                                                                    National Theatre of Scotland’s The Cheviot,
                                                                                                of saying ‘Let’s Party!’”                           the Stag and the Black Black Oil. These
                                                                                                                                                    productions will likely sell out and rightly so.
                                                                                                ROBIN WILLIAMS
                                                                                                                                                    Throughout the summer we have curated
                                                                                                I hope Eden Court provides lots of                  a programme that we hope will have wide
                                                                                                opportunities over the spring and summer for        appeal. For family audiences you can pick
                                                                                                you to experience some form of party and so         from Dinosaur World Live, Zog or Tom
                                                                                                this quote from the late-great Robin Williams       Gates Live. Some highlights for grown-up
                                                                                                feels fitting. With so much uncertainty in the      audiences include: Stephen Tomkinson in
THANK YOU                                                                                       world, my hope is that the work on our stages       the Olivier award-winning Educating Rita
TO ALL OUR                                                                                      and screens, and in our galleries, classes and      and the celeb-packed foot-stomping 80s
PATRONS FOR                                                                                     projects gives you an excuse to come together       musical Club Tropicana. I caught the show
                                                                                                and more often than not raises a smile. As we       in London recently and it’s going to be the
THEIR GENEROUS                                                                                  planned our spring and summer season, this          perfect summer night out. We’re also very
SUPPORT:                                                                                        ambition was at the forefront of our minds.         pleased to have secured a visit from Magdalena
                                                                                                                                                    Schamberger’s Curious Shoes, a really unique
The Banister Family                                                                             Our last brochure introduced a bold new             performance event for people living with
                                                                                                look for Eden Court. Thank you for all your         dementia, and their loved ones.
Cathryn Lady Cawdor
                                                                                                feedback, lots of which has been fed through
Gregor Barclay                                                                                  to this second edition of our new look. I’m         Two very special outdoor experiences return
& Helen Cunningham                                                                              also delighted, and relieved, that we now have      this summer. In Inverness, at Eden Court, in
Moira Harris & Steve Jones                                                                      a beautiful new website in the same style that      partnership with Fèis Rois, our outdoor bar
                                                                                                radically improves your online experience. It       and music tent, Under Canvas will be back
Finlay & Margot Kerr                                                                            is now much simpler to book online and to           between June and August. Check the website
Philip & Emma Mackenzie                                                                         find out more about life at Eden Court. If you      closer to the time for exact dates. We’re also
Sarah & JP Macpherson        GENRES                            ACCESS                           haven’t had a look yet, please do.                  excited to be presenting the wonderful Nicole
                                                                                                                                                    and Martin, inside their beautiful big tents on
Alan & Annie Nelson          Our brochure is organised by      A full list of our accessible    As the days grow longer it’s been exciting to       the lawn at the MacDonald Resort in Aviemore.
                             month, with highlighted           performances can be found        look ahead towards the spring and summer            This wonderful company from Switzerland
Katie & Roy Nelson
                             productions at the beginning of   at the back of the brochure.     at Eden Court.                                      present fantastic shows for all the family.
Catriona & Donald            each month followed by each       If you have any questions
Robertson                                                                                       In April we’re delighted that the wonderful         In September do join us for Amélie described
                             show in chronological order.      about a particular show,
                                                                                                family musical Madagascar lands at Eden             by the Los Angeles Times as “an enchanting
Sara & Jonny Shaw                                              please contact our Box Office.
                             You’ll find shows of all genres                                    Court as part of its record-breaking UK tour. A     act of theatrical reinvention” and for Red Dust
                                                               Throughout the brochure we
Chris & Gill Silver          in each month, and they will be                                    star-studded cast will offer up a thrilling night   Road from National Theatre of Scotland.
                                                               use the following key:
                             marked at the bottom of each                                       at The Lady Vanishes and I’m utterly thrilled
Tony Smith
                             entry. The genres are:                Captioned                    the West End and Broadway smash-hit Let It          All this weaved with many nights of wonderful
Robin & Sara Stewart                                                                            Be finally arrives in Inverness. This wonderful     music, comedy, theatre, dance and local talent
James & Nicola Vestey        DANCE DRAMA                           Touch Tour                   show is a non-stop parade of Beatles’ hits and      and of course, our very special visit from Sir Ian
                                                                                                has wowed critics and audiences around the          McKellen in July. This show is sold out, with
Bill Walker                  CLASSICAL     COMEDY                  Audio Described              world. Don’t miss it.                               a long waiting list but you can find out more
Anne & Graham Watson         CREATIVE                              Non Verbal                                                                       about it on our website.
                                                                                                In May, Morna Young’s Lost at Sea promises
And our Patrons who                                                                             to be a visceral treat dedicated to the fishing     We look forward to welcoming you to our
                             LOCAL+SHOWCASE                        BSL Interpreted
choose to remain                                                                                communities of Scotland. Please book early          shows: inside our buildings, outside our
                             MUSIC     MUSICAL                     Relaxed Performance                                                              buildings and across the Highlands.

                             OPERA     FAMILY                      Autism Friendly                                                                  Thank you for your continued support.

To find out how you          FESTIVE    FILM                       Dementia Friendly
can help Eden Court as
a Patron, please contact     TALK    SPECIAL EVENT
our Fundraising and                                                                                                      James Mackenzie-Blackman                                                        3
Philanthropy Department:                                                                                                 Chief Executive, on behalf of the team at Eden Court
 01463 732 678                                                                                                          jmackenzieblackman@eden-court.co.uk
 support@eden-court.co.uk                                                                                                jamesmackblack
                                                                                                                         Photo by: Danilo Moroni
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                              DID YOU KNOW

                              Our beautiful chimneys are the key feature
                              of our eco-friendly ventilation system that
                              requires no electricity to keep the air flowing
                              in the Empire and OneTouch Theatres.

                                                                                Image: Eden Court’s fly system.
Photo by: Mike Webster

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             Let It Be                                                       By far the best
             Mon 29 Apr – Sat 4 May
             Come Together and experience the
                                                                             Beatles show yet!”
             iconic music of The Beatles with LET IT BE,
             the spectacular new concert jam-packed
                                                                             THE NEW YORK TIMES
             with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits!
             Direct from the West End, this international
             hit show celebrates the legacy of the
             world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.
             Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from
             their humble beginnings to the heights
             of Beatlemania with live performances of
             early tracks including Twist and Shout and
             She Loves You as well as global mega-hits
             Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and,
             of course, Let It Be. Plus experience the
             all-new Let it Be Part 2 – the reunion that
             never was, set a decade after the group
             went their separate ways, featuring some
             of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison’s
             best-loved solo material.
             Travel back to the magical sixties when
             all you needed was love and a little help
             from your friends!

             “A non-stop
             parade of hits.”
                                                             BRAND W
                                                            NEW SINHGOOVER
             DAILY TELEGRAPH

             WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                            FEATUR EATLES
             TIME 19.30 (excl. Fri)
                                                               40 B
                  Fri 17.00 | 20.30
                  Sat Mat 14.30                                    HITS
             PRICE £12 – £38
 6           SUITABILITY All ages                                                                   7
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             Madagascar                                                      HHHHH TIME + LEISURE
                                                                                                           The Lady Vanishes
             The Musical                                                     HHHH WHAT’S ON STAGE          Tue 16 – Sat 20
             Tue 9 – Sat 13                                                  HHHH THEATRE WEEKLY           Inspired by the Hitchcock classic.
                                                                                                           Emmy award-winner Juliet Mills (Wild at Heart) and Maxwell        WHERE Empire Theatre
             Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe,                                      Caulfield (Dynasty) are joined by Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi in        TIME 19.30
             Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious,                                     EastEnders), Matt Barber (Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey),          Wed/Thu/Sat Mat 14.30
                                                                             WHERE Empire Theatre
             plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the                                        Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey), Philip Lowrie (Dennis
                                                                             TIME Thu/Sat morning 11.00                                                                      PRICE £14 – £31
             musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash                                           Tanner in Coronation Street) and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier).
                                                                                  Tue/Thu/Sat Mat 14.30                                                                      SUITABILITY All ages
             DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - The                                          When socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears, she’s
             Musical follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends        Fri Early Eve 17.00                                                                        DRAMA
                                                                                                           bewildered to find fellow passengers deny ever having seen
             as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park            Tue/Wed Eve 18.00
                                                                                                           her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective,
             Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the         PRICE £25 – £39               and together they resolve to solve this perplexing mystery.
             madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.                             Special Family Offer:
             Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and               £30.00 each
                                                                                   (restrictions apply)
             an upbeat score, Madagascar will leave audiences with
             no choice but to Move It, Move It!                              SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                           “high-energy, absorbing                             “a first-class
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                                                                             MUSICAL FAMILY
                                                                                                           production that’ll keep
                                                                                                           you gripped”                                        thriller”                                    9

                                                                                                           HHHH ESSENTIAL SURREY                               MAIDENHEAD ADVERTISER
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Lost Voice Guy

                                           I’m Only in it for
                                           the Parking
                                           Tue 2
                                           Following the unprecedented success of
                                           his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got
                                           Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner
                                           and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy
                                           series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy)
                                           comes to Eden Court.

                                           WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                           TIME 19.30
                                           PRICE £14 – £16

                                           SUITABILITY 14+

        “Laugh-out-                        COMEDY

                                                                                              the Movies
        loud funny”                                                                           Aljaž Skorjanec +                                 Orlando
                                                                                              Janette Manrara                                   Fri 5
                                                                                              Thu 4                                             Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we?

                                           Mairearad Green
                                                                                                                                                Find out in the life-affirming, comedic tale of
                                                                                              Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite couple,         an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be
                                                                                              Aljaž and Janette, celebrate the history of the   pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged and

                                           + Anna Massie                                      movies. Enjoy tributes to Audrey Hepburn,
                                                                                              Saturday Night Fever, Gene Kelly, The Greatest
                                                                                                                                                whose irreverent, romantic adventures across
                                                                                                                                                British history provide a magic-realist exploration
                                           Thu 4                                              Showman, Marilyn Monroe, La La Land, James        of human identity. Based on the satirical 1928
                                                                                              Bond, Cabaret and more.                           novel by Virginia Woolf.
                                           We welcome back two of Scotland’s most             If you loved Remembering Fred, you’ll love
                                           revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green    Remembering the Movies!
                                           (Poozies, King Creosote) on accordion and
                                           bagpipes and Anna Massie (Blazin’ Fiddles,
                                                                                              Love Aljaž? Check out Here Come the Boys          “A towering
                                                                                              (page 51)
                                           RANT) on guitar, banjo and fiddle. Join us for
                                           another captivating high energy performance
                                           from these sublime musicians.
                                                                                                            Meet + Greet
                                                                                                                                                HHHHH                    THE SCOTSMAN

                                                                                                      Best Seats | VIP Laminate
                                                                                                         Signed Programme
                                                                                                      Thursday 4 18.00 | £100                   WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                           WHERE OneTouch Theatre
        “…the camaraderie and sheer                                                                                                             TIME 20.00
                                           TIME 20.00
        fun of musical collaboration is                                                                                                         PRICE £8 – £15
                                           PRICE £10 – £14                                    WHERE Empire Theatre
        plainly evident and infectious ”   SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                                                                SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                              TIME 19.30
 10     SONGLINES                          MUSIC
                                                                                                                                                DRAMA                                                 11
                                                                                              PRICE £28.50 – £42.50
                                                                                              SUITABILITY All ages
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Bootleg                                           Hello Again

                                                            Beach Boys                                        The Story of Neil
                                                            Fri 5                                             Diamond
                                                            From surf themed anthems such as                  Sat 6
                                                            Surfin’ Safari and Surfer Girl to muscle car
                                                                                                              Evocative visuals and narration enhance the
                                                            memorables like Shut Down and Fun Fun
                                                                                                              magic as the show takes you on a musical
                                                            Fun, the The Bootleg Beach Boys evoke the
                                                                                                              journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50-
                                                            spirit and essence of the pursuit of the 1960’s
                                                                                                              year career. From The Bang Years to the present
                                                            American dream. You’ll be sure to be feeling
                                                                                                              day you’ll soon be singing along to all the Neil
                                                            those Good Vibrations with classics hits such
                                                                                                              Diamond’s hits including, Sweet Caroline,
                                                            as, In My Room, God Only Knows, Help Me
                                                                                                              Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Song         WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                            Rhonda and much more.
                                                                                                              Sung Blue, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks,
                                                                                                                                                                   TIME 19.30
                                                                                                              America and many more.
                                                                                                                                                                   PRICE £24 – £26
                                                                                                                                                                   SUITABILITY All ages
                                                            WHERE Empire Theatre                                                                                    MUSIC
                                                            TIME 19.30
                                                            PRICE £18 – £22.50
                                                            SUITABILITY All ages

        Paper Memories
        Sat 6
        Through aerial-dance, puppetry and music,
        we are brought into the bright and colourful
        memories of Tali, a refugee girl arriving in
        Scotland with her family.
        Tali is told to forget but she finds her memories
        crumpling and ripping before her eyes, until her
        family realises that the only way to keep them

                                                                                                              CODA –
        together, is to remember. Captivating music
        and stunning visuals bring to life memories of
        wedding parties, chasing chickens and dancing.
                                                                                                              Celebrating 50 Years
                                                                                                              of Led Zeppelin
        “It is an ingenious gem aimed at wee ones                            WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                              Sun 7
                                                                             TIME 15.00
        but a joy for anyone whose inner child still
                                                                             PRICE £6 – £7                    Featuring all the classic Led Zeppelin songs such as, Whole
        lurks near the surface“                                              SUITABILITY 7+                   Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog,
                                                                                                                                                                                     WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                                     TIME 20.00
                                                                                                              as well as Led Zeppelin live rarities such as When the Levee
        HHHHH EDINBURGH GUIDE                                                 CHILDREN’S
                                                                                                              Breaks, Ramble On, Wanton Song and more! This Led Zeppelin
                                                                                                                                                                                     PRICE £14 – £17.50       13
                                                                                                              tribute show takes inspiration from the studio recordings, as          SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                              well as official and unofficial, live recordings to bring you the      MUSIC
                                                                                                              very best of Led Zeppelin.
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Billy Bremner + Me                                    Conrad Anker

                                 Sat 13                                                Hold Fast – Yosemite
                                 Written and performed by Phil Differ                  to Everest to Meru
                                 A schoolboy’s dream. To be a professional
                                 footballer, to represent his country and to           Sun 14
                                 usurp the crown of his school’s greatest hero:
                                                                                       One of the greatest mountaineers of our
                                 Leeds United and Scotland footballer Billy
                                                                                       time, Conrad Anker is perhaps best known for
                                 Bremner. The schoolboy was comedian Phil
                                                                                       locating Mallory’s body on Everest. In this brand
                                 Differ and only one thing stood in his way, Phil
                                                                                       new show, 20 years on from finding Mallory, the
                                 himself! Discover the fruits of Phil’s failure in
                                                                                       leader of The North Face climbing team talks
                                 this autobiographical one-man show.
                                                                                       all things mountaineering, including the 1924
                                                                                       Mallory and Irvine Everest expedition.

                                 WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                 TIME 19.30
                                                                                       WHERE Empire Theatre
                                 PRICE £10 – £13
                                                                                       TIME 19.30
                                 SUITABILITY 14+
                                                                                       PRICE £20
                                 DRAMA                                                 SUITABILITY 12+

                                                   Sun 14
                                                   Celebrating 20 years of their                                                           The Adventures
                                                                                                                                           of Isabel
                                                   critically acclaimed musical
                                                   partnership, Fraser Fifield and
                                                   Graeme Stephen blend a
                                                   worldwide range of musical                                                              Sat 20
                                                   influences through a perfectly
                                                   natural Scottish cultural filter.                                                       Follow the exciting escapades of the frightfully
                                                   Guitarist Graeme Stephen                                                                fearless Isabel as she embarks on an epic
                                                   provides the perfect foil for                                                           adventure, encountering four fearsome foes
                                                   Fifield’s pipes, saxophone,                                                             along the way. This interactive and immersive
                                                   whistle, kaval, cajon,                                                                  performance is an adventure like no other, a
                                                   electronics and compositions.
                                                                                       “The utter glee on                                  captivating and innovative dance experience
                                                   Together they make a truly          the children's faces                                for the whole family, not to be missed.
                                                   original sound, rooted in the       was priceless”
                                                   Scottish folk tradition but

        WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                   exploratory by nature.
                                                                                       HHHH                                                WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                       THE SCOTSMAN
                                                                                                                                           TIME 13.30 Workshop | 15.30 Performance
        TIME 20.00
                                                                                                                                           PRICE £6 – £12
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                                                                                                                                           SUITABILITY 3+
        SUITABILITY All ages
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        Eddi Reader
        Plus Special Guests
        Sun 21
        From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi
        brings to life all forms of song with a sublime
        depth and quality of emotional performance.
        Join Eddi and her special guests for an
        unforgettable evening of music and song.

                                                           The Revolvers
        WHERE Empire Theatre                               Tue 23
        TIME 19.30
                                                           Do you love the sounds of the 60s?                                  WHERE Empire Theatre
        PRICE £25
                                                           The Revolvers have delighted audiences for over a decade            TIME 19.30
        SUITABILITY 12+                                    with their incredible talent and unmatched authenticity. Playing    PRICE £19.50
        MUSIC                                              all the big hits of the 60s with meticulous attention to detail -   SUITABILITY All ages
                                                           step back in time with The Revolvers!

        Comedy Club
        Mon 22
        Celebrating two naughty years of absolute
        mayhem and mischief, the Teuchter’s Comedy
        Club are bringing their own crazy and outrageous
        brand of pure Highland bred comedy to their
        grand debut show at Eden Court!
        Showcasing the finest Highland based
        comedians known to the...em...Highlands, this
        ragtag mob of mirth inducing renegades are         Tue 23
        surreal and real, energetic and dry, nonsensical
        and political, musical and cheeky, honest and      Heroes mixes aerial skills with dance theatre and contemporary      WHERE OneTouch Theatre
        bats**t crazy...and oh so very VERY funny! It      circus. Asking profound universal questions with humour, it         TIME 20.00
        will hit every inch of your funny bones.           questions the cult of celebrity and the fall from grace, the
                                                                                                                               PRICE £10 – £14
                                                           hidden heroes and superheroes.
                                                                                                                               SUITABILITY 7+
                                                           Building on the success of their last piece Sprawl, Tony Mills of
        WHERE OneTouch Theatre                             Room 2 Manoeuvre and Jennifer Paterson of All or Nothing form       DANCE

        TIME 20.00                                         a creative partnership again adding performer Beverley Grant
                                                           into the mix.
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        SUITABILITY 14+
The Tailor of                                     BBC Scottish

                                                            Inverness                                         Symphony
                                                            DOGSTAR THEATRE

                                                            Wed 24 – Fri 26
                                                                                                              Fri 26
                                                            Matthew Zajac’s phenomenal international
                                                            hit about his Polish father returns. This         The Soviet authorities called Shostakovich’s
                                                            stunning show has been seen by over 26,000        Tenth Symphony an “optimistic tragedy”. A
                                                            people in 10 countries. With a stunning violin    massive, defiant act of self-assertion in the face
                                                            accompaniment, Matthew Zajac tells an             of official tyranny, it’s a monumental climax
                                                            unforgettable and moving story of survival        to a concert that begins with Stravinsky’s
                                                            in war-torn Europe.                               Symphonies of wind instruments. This concert
                                                                                                              also sees Colin Currie, one of Scotland’s
                                                            Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First, the                                                                            Pre-Performance Talk
                                                                                                              (and the world’s) finest percussionists in a
                                                            2008 Stage Best Solo Performer Award at                                                                             Friday 26 at 18.45
                                                                                                              performance of Kurt Schwertsik’s charming
                                                            the Edinburgh Fringe and the 2009 Best Actor
                                                                                                              marimba concerto.
                                                            Award from the Scottish Critics. If you haven’t
                                                            yet seen The Tailor of Inverness or simply        Martyn Brabbins, Conductor                               WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                            want to see it again, now’s your chance!                                                                   TIME 19.30
                                                                                                                                                                       PRICE £10 – £25
                                                            WHERE OneTouch Theatre                            Symphonies of wind instruments (c.9’)
                                                                                                                                                                       SUITABILITY All ages
        “An ardent, deeply                                  TIME 19.30                                        Schwertsik
        personal play…compelling,                           PRICE £15                                         Now you hear me, now you don’t (c.15’)

        impassioned…a fine actor”                           SUITABILITY All ages                              Shostakovich
                                                                                                              Symphony No.10 (c.53’)
        THE NEW YORK TIMES                                  DRAMA

                                                                                                                                                                                  script twists
        Rumours of
        Fleetwood Mac
                                                                                                                                                                                                           THE LIST

        Thu 25

                                                                                                              The Bench
        The world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac,
        returns with a brand new show celebrating
        50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac,
        including a very special blues set paying tribute                                                     GILDED BALLOON
        to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.
                                                                                                              Mon 29
        Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding
        member, Mick Fleetwood, this is the ultimate                                                          Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations he feels     WHERE OneTouch Theatre
        tribute to one of rock and roll’s most              WHERE Empire Theatre                              he’s failing to fulfil. For five minutes a day he finds a little peace     TIME 20.00
        remarkable groups.                                  TIME 20.00                                        alone on The Bench. Sandy is mourning the loss of his Maggie.
                                                                                                                                                                                         PRICE £10 – £12
                                                                                                              The Bench is his memorial to her memory. As both attempt to
 18                                                         PRICE £25.50                                                                                                                 SUITABILITY 14+              19
                                                                                                              dictate the purpose of The Bench, so begins an epic conflict.
                                                            SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                              A conflict that will change them both.                                     DRAMA       COMEDY
                                                            MUSIC                                             A comedy about safe spaces and the people that fill them...
                                                                                                              Waiting for Godot meets Still Game.
Ivo Graham:

                                          Motion Sickness
                                          Tue 30
                                          Join Comedian Ivo Graham for his brand new
                                          stand-up show, Motion Sickness (named after
                                          his fourth favourite Hot Chip song!)
                                          As seen/heard on Live at The Apollo, Mock
                                          The Week, Live from The BBC, Jon Richardson’s
                                          Ultimate Worrier, Fighting Talk, The Now Show
                                          and more.

                                          WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                          TIME 19.30
                                          PRICE £13
                                          SUITABILITY 14+
        “Endlessly amusing hour from
        the politest man in comedy”
        HHHH        THE I

 20        For more information and to book online visit our new website


                         DID YOU KNOW
                         The big follow-spot above the auditorium
                         in the Empire Theatre is called a Super
                         Trouper, the make of light made famous
                         by the ABBA song

                                                          M AY

                                                                    Image: The wood clad ceilings of the original Eden Court Thetre built in 1976.
Photo by: Mike Webster

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“The best
                                                                                                                                                we’ve seen in a

                                                                                                                                                very long time.

                                                                                                                                                You’ll be crazy
                                                                                                                                                to miss it.”
                                                                                                                                                CARDIFF TIMES

             Lost at Sea                                                        The Verdict
                                                                                                                                                Adapted by
             Thu 16 – Sat 18                                                    Tue 7 –Sat 11                                                   Margaret May Hobbs
             By Morna Young | Directed by Ian Brown                             Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic.    Designed + directed by
                                                                                He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when     Michael Lunney
             A storm is brewing in a small fishing village. A young woman
             returns home, searching for answers about her father’s death.      he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no
                                                                                one thinks he can win. Smelling a cover up, he courageously     STARRING
             But as she begins to weave together the strands of her past, a
                                                                                refuses an out of court settlement and instead takes the case   IAN KELSEY
             mysterious force unravels family secrets. Featuring the voices
                                                                                and the entire legal system to court.                           DENIS LILL
             of fishermen and their families in their own words - with music,
                                                                                                                                                PAUL OPACIC
             songs and Scots language - it is the lyrical and powerfully        A stunning courtroom thriller made famous by the five times
                                                                                                                                                CHRISTOPHER ETTRIDGE
             evocative story of a North-East fishing family.                    OSCAR nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and
                                                                                                                                                RICHARD WALSH
             Inspired by the loss of playwright Morna Young’s fisherman         James Mason.
                                                                                                                                                and KAREN DRURY
             father, Lost at Sea is a personal tribute to the fishing           Ian Kelsey is known by millions for his regular roles in Blue
             communities of Scotland.                                           Murder, Emmerdale, Casualty, Down To Earth, Where The
                                                                                Heart Is, Doctors and Coronation Street. He is joined by
                                                                                                                                                WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                                                veteran star Denis Lill (Only Fools & Horses/The Royal), Paul
             WHERE Empire Theatre                                                                                                               TIME 20.00
                                                                                Opacic (Bad Girls/Emmerdale/ Hollyoaks), Christopher Ettridge
 24          TIME 19.30 | Sat Mat 14.00                                         (Goodnight Sweetheart), Richard Walsh (London’s Burning)             Thu/Sat Mat 14.30   25
             PRICE £12 – £23                                                    and Karen Drury (Brookside) in a full cast of fifteen.          PRICE £10 – £28
             SUITABILITY 12+                                                                                                                    SUITABILITY All ages
             DRAMA                                                                                                                              DRAMA
HHHHH                    THE GUARDIAN

                                                                                                              HHHHH                    THE INDEPENDENT

                                                                                                              HHHHH                    THE SCOTSMAN

                                                                                                              HHHHH                    THE HERALD

                                                                                                              HHHHH                    THE STAGE

                                                                                                              HHHHH                    ALL EDINBURGH THEATRE

                                                                                                              HHHHH                    BROADWAY BABY

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
                                              “A riot from start to finish,
                                              finely crafted, vividly
                                              characterised and teeming
                                              with telling detail - and most
                                              importantly, a real hoot.”
                                              THE SCOTSMAN
                                                                                                         The Cheviot, the Stag
             The Magic Flute                                                                             and the Black Black Oil
                                                                                                                                                                                   Audio Described,
                                                                                                                                                                                Captioned and Autism
                                                                                Unwrapped Performance                                                                           Friendly Performance
             SCOTTISH OPERA                                                                              NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND IN ASSOCIATION WITH
                                                                                   Fri 24 18.00 £5                                                                                   Sun 19 16.00
             Tue 21 + Thu 23 + Sat 25                                             Pre-Performance Talk
                                                                                                         DUNDEE REP THEATRE AND LIVE THEATRE, NEWCASTLE
                                                                                                                                                                                     Touch Tour

             Sir Thomas Allen returns to Scottish Opera to revive his
                                                                                      Sat 25 18.00       Sun 19 + Mon 20                                                            Sun 19 15.00
                                                                                       Touch Tour                                                                              BSL and Autism Friendly
             five-star production of Mozart’s most inventive opera. Set in
                                                                                      Sat 25 18.00       Based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre                     Performance
             a spectacular world inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG
                                                                                    Audio Described      Written by John McGrath                                                   Mon 20 19.00
             Wells and Jules Verne, this enthralling Magic Flute perfectly
                                                                                     Performance         Directed by Joe Douglas
             balances the opera’s beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and
             pantomime with a profound story of the search for wisdom,                Sat 25 19.15       A ceilidh through Scotland’s past - and present.
             love and truth.                                                                             This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of
             The international cast includes Peter Gijsbertsen (La traviata                              the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over
             2017); Gemma Summerfield, First Prize winner at the 2015                                    the centuries.
                                                                              WHERE Empire Theatre                                                                          WHERE OneTouch Theatre
             Kathleen Ferrier Awards; name-to-watch Julia Sitkovetsky; and                               From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the
             Richard Burkhard, who returns as Papageno, the laugh-out-        TIME 19.15                 universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of      TIME Sun 16.00 | Mon 19.00
             loud role he created in 2012. Scottish Opera favourite Tobias    PRICE £10 – £58            many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence.   PRICE £10 – £18
 26          Ringborg (The Marriage of Figaro 2016) conducts.                 SUITABILITY All ages       Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh - you’ve got        SUITABILITY 14+              27
             Sung in English                                                                             yourself a rollicking great night out.
                                                                              OPERA                                                                                         DRAMA
                                                                                                         Come and experience the ‘Story that has a beginning,
                                                                                                         a middle but, as yet, no end…’
Mary Ann

      Wed 1
      Brought up in Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy,
      widely known for her outstanding collaborations
      and broadcasting career performs songs from
      her new album Glaschu and is joined on stage
      by singers from Fèisean nan Gàidheal.
      A celebration of songs, spirit, feelings and
      laughter, it tells the story of growing up as an
      urban Gael and revels in the wit and vivid song-
      writing of some of the great Glaswegian Gaels.
                                                           “This is one from the
                                                           heart… which finely
      WHERE OneTouch Theatre
      TIME 20.00
                                                           expresses her commitment
      PRICE £12 – £14                                      to Gaelic song as an
      SUITABILITY All ages                                 ongoing culture”
       MUSIC                                               JIM GILCHRIST, THE SCOTSMAN
                                                                                                                                                      Age is Just a
                                                                                                   Unspotted Snow                                     Number
                                                                                                   MULL THEATRE

                                                                                                   Sun 5
                                                                                                                                                      The Life + Times of
                                                                                                                                                      Fergie Macdonald
                                                                                                   By Peter Arnott
                                                                                                                                                      GARY INNES
                                                                                                   A light-hearted theatrical romp featuring
                                                                                                   starvation, scurvy, cannibalism… and some          Sun 5
                                                                                                   jolly tunes.
                                                                                                                                                      The legendary Highland accordionist and
                                                                                                   Based on the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin
                                                                                                                                                      bandleader, Fergie MacDonald turned 80 in
                                                                                                   expedition to discover the North-West
                                                                                                                                                      2017 and the party is still continuing!
                                                                                                   passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific and its
                                                                                                   extraordinary 170-year legacy. Set partly on the   This celebratory show features the life and
                                                                                                   barren ice floes of the Arctic and partly in the   times of Fergie in conversation and reminiscing
                                                                                                   stultifying drawing room of Lady Jane Franklin,    of his life with BBC Radio Scotland Take the
                                                                                                   Unspotted Snow is a “ripping yarn” - a bold        Floor presenter and musician Gary Innes, before

                                                                                                   and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly,    being joined by an all-star line-up for a party in
                                                                                                   arrogance, madness and betrayal, Victorian         the Highland capital like no other. Alongside
                                                                                                   heroism ... and ruthless news management.          Fergie and Gary will be Allan Henderson, Com
      A Tribute to Bob Marley                                                                                                                         O’Rua, Hugh MacCallum, Addie Harper Alasdair
                                                                                                                                                      Macleod and more…
      Sat 4                                                                                        WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                   TIME 20.00
                                                                                                                                                      WHERE Empire Theatre
      Legend are an immensely talented seven-piece band dedicated         WHERE OneTouch Theatre   PRICE £9 – £15
      to the life and music of the late great Bob Marley. Led by the                                                                                  TIME 20.00
                                                                          TIME 20.00               SUITABILITY 12+
      charismatic Michael Anton Phillips, Legend’s two hour show                                                                                      PRICE £12 – £20
28                                                                        PRICE £23– £25                                                                                                                   29
      covers the very best of Bob Marley’s timeless classics including,                            DRAMA                                              SUITABILITY All ages
      Is This Love, No Woman No Cry, Waiting in Vain, Exodus, I Shot      SUITABILITY All ages
      The Sheriff, Jamming, Could You Be Loved and many more.             MUSIC
The Little
      Tom Stade: I Swear To...                                            Unsaid

                                                                          LAUGHING DOG MUSIC

      Tue 7                                                               Fri 10
                                                                          With a genre-spanning
      Join Tom as he attempts to figure out exactly when he, and all
                                                                          approach to song-writing
      his stuff, become vintage! Armed with his usual swagger and
                                                                          that embraces elements of
      playful sense of mischief, Tom explores a host of generational
                                                                          electronica, folk, jazz and
      conundrums and more. Tom’s TV appearances include,
                                                                          alt-rock, the band continue
      Ch4’s Comedy Gala, BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy
                                                                          their album launch tour in
      Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo
                                                                          2019 after sell-out shows and
      (twice, bitches!)
                                                                          a packed performance at
                                                                          Glastonbury Festival.
      WHERE OneTouch Theatre                                              A chance to see one of the
      TIME 19.30
      PRICE £17.50
                                                                          must-see rising live acts of
                                                                                                          “Extraordinary music.
                                                                          WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                          This is an amazing act”
                                                                          TIME 19.30                      BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2
                                                                          PRICE £9 – £14
                                                                          SUITABILITY 14+

                        André Krengel +
                        Roland Krause                                     The Cremation

                        Thu 9
                                                                          of Sam McGee
                                                                          CHRISTINE HANSON
                        Two incredible virtuosi guitarists from Germany
                        combine melodies and grooves from the worlds
                                                                          Sun 12
                        of jazz, swing, flamenco, blues, pop & funk and   Christine Hanson’s wonderful musical
                        Latin. With refreshing, boisterous energy and     compositions accompanying what is probably
                        passion André and Roland perform a repertoire     poet Robert Service’s best-known piece, The
                        comprising original compositions and surprising   Cremation of Sam McGee. Varying from
                        adaptations of well-known pieces.                 traditional jigs, reels and country waltzes to
                                                                          southern swing and frosty musical soundscapes,
                        WHERE OneTouch Theatre                            the music perfectly evoke the bizarre,
                        TIME 19.30                                        tragicomic setting of Service’s poem.
                        PRICE £10 – £14
                        SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                          WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                        MUSIC                                             TIME 19.30

30                                                                        PRICE £17 - £19                                           31
                                                                          SUITABILITY All ages

                                                                                                             Kendal Mountain Festival
      A Disappearing Act
      SINGLE SHOE PRODUCTIONS                                                                                UK Tour 2019
                                                                                                             KENDAL MOUNTAIN EVENTS LTD
      Tue 14 + Wed 15                                                        WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                             TIME 19.30                      Fri 17                                                              WHERE OneTouch Theatre
      The great magician, Philip Winterbottom, cordially requests
      your presence for his final act. Sadly, he’s dead. So... he won’t      PRICE £10 – £14                                                                                     TIME 19.30
                                                                                                             Join us for an evening packed full of amazing films and awe-
      be there. But, he’s left his son and his assistant very clear          SUITABILITY 12+                 inspiring talks from some of the world’s most impressive            PRICE £11 – £19
      instructions for his memorial. Join Philip’s family and friends for     COMEDY                         adventurers. Enjoy the spirit and inspiration of the Festival and   SUITABILITY All ages
      one final disappearing act. A comedy about how we want to be                                           celebrate the exploration of some of the wildest places on earth.
                                                                                                                                                                                 SPECIAL EVENT
      remembered and what we hope people will forget!

                                                            Welcome to                                       The Poozies
                                                                                                             Sat 18
                                                            New Orleans                                      The ever-adventurous Poozies are back,
                                                            SPEAKEASY SCOTLAND                               showing off their fantastic new line-up and
                                                                                                             all-new material – most of which makes up
                                                            Thu 16                                           their hard-hitting new album Punch. (Shortlisted
                                                                                                             for Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music
                                                            Two young masters of the early jazz, hokum
                                                                                                             Awards 2018). Mary Macmaster (electro-harp,
                                                            and prohibition era blues genre transport you
                                                                                                             vocals) and Eilidh Shaw (fiddle, vocals) are
                                                            to the heat and fun of the southern states. As
                                                                                                             joined by Sarah McFadyen (fiddle, banjo, guitar,
                                                            authentic a New Orleans experience that you
                                                                                                             vocals), and Tia Files (guitar, bass drum, fiddle,
                                                            can imagine this side of the pond!
      WHERE OneTouch Theatre                                                                                 vocals) in a line-up widely hailed as the group’s
      TIME 20.00                                            Ali Affleck Vocals / Washboard                   most exciting yet.
      PRICE £14                                             Joplin Parnell Piano
      SUITABILITY 14+                                       Colin Steele Trumpet

      MUSIC                                                 Roy Percy Double Bass
                                                                                                             WHERE OneTouch Theatre                               “..this is high-tempo,
                                                                                                             TIME 20.00
32                                                                                                                                                                festival-headlining stuff”              33
                                                                                                             PRICE £14 – £16
                                                                                                             SUITABILITY All ages                                 HHHH
                                                                                                             MUSIC                                                SONGLINES MAGAZINE
This Girl Laughs,
                                                                                                          This Girl Cries,

                                                                                                          This Girl Does
                                                                                                          STELLAR QUINES THEATRE COMPANY

                                                                                                          Thu 23
                                                                                                          What happens when your world is turned
                                                                                                          upside down and you have to find your own

      Paul Merton’s                                                     “Pure hilarity”                   way? Three triplets abandoned in a forest by
                                                                                                          their father decide to go their separate ways -

      Impro Chums                                                       BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE             one full of strength, one full of adventure, the
                                                                                                          other choosing to stay right where she is. Over
                                                                                                          many years having grown forests, saved villages,    WHERE OneTouch Theatre
      Sun 19                                                            WHERE Empire Theatre              fought Vikings, crossed oceans and built a          TIME 13.30
                                                                        TIME 20.00                        home… the sisters, now women, meet back in
      Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike                                                                                            PRICE £6
                                                                        PRICE £22 – £24                   the forest where it all started. A modern-day
      McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road.                                                                                             SUITABILITY 7+
                                                                        SUITABILITY 14+                   fairy-tale full of hope, love and having faith in
      The collective improvisational experience embodied in the
                                                                                                          yourself and never ever give up.                    CHILDREN’S
      Chums is enough to stun an elephant!                               COMEDY

                                                      Jay Lafferty
                                                      GILDED BALLOON

                                                      Tue 21
                                                      With a colourful history of never knowing
                                                      when to shut up, Jay has managed to get
                                                      herself into, and occasionally out of, more
                                                      than a few tricky situations. After a lifetime of
                                                      being told to pipe down, Jay never expected
                                                      the trouble that would come from holding
                                                      her tongue.
                                                                                                          Lizabett Russo +                                                     “This is simply world-
                                                                                                                                                                               class work, by any

                                                      HHHHH                     THE LIST
                                                                                                          Graeme Stephen                                                       standard”
                                                                                                                                                                               TOM ROBINSON, BBC RADIO 6
                                                                                                          Fri 24
                                                      HHHHH                     BROADWAY WORLD
                                                                                                          Scotland-based Romanian singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo’s
                                                                                                          influences are wide ranging. Echoes of her native Romania are
                                                                                                                                                                               WHERE OneTouch Theatre
      “Beautifully observed,                          WHERE OneTouch Theatre                              beautifully interwoven with avant-garde folk, contemporary jazz
                                                      TIME 20.00                                          and world music. Lizabett is accompanied by award-winning jazz       TIME 20.00
34    delightfully written – Jay                                                                          guitarist Graeme Stephen. His peerless improvisational skills and    PRICE £13 – £15             35
                                                      PRICE £9 – £11
      Lafferty totally smashed it                     SUITABILITY 14+
                                                                                                          talent for composition make him one of Scotland’s most exciting      SUITABILITY All ages
      out of the park”                                                                                    and prodigious musical talents.

                                                                                                                                                       Phill Jupitus:
                                                                                                                                                       Sassy Knack
                                                                                                                                                        Mon 27
                                                                                                                                                       Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and
                                                                                                                                                       TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales
                                                                                                                                                       and diversions as he drags laughs out of the
                                                                                                                                                       chaos of his own life and the uncertain world
                                                                                                                                                       that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations,
                                                                                                                                                       but delivered childishly.

                                                                                                                                                       WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                                                                       TIME 20.00

      An Evening of                                  The North                                                                                         PRICE £17
                                                                                                                                                       SUITABILITY 14+

      Eric + Ern                                     JOAN CLEVILLÉ DANCE

                                                     Sun 26

      Sun 26
                                                     A young man finds himself lost in the harsh

                                                                                                    Scottish Ensemble
      From the Olivier nominated duo behind          yet delicate wilderness of the North with
      the hugely celebrated and critically           only himself and two eccentric Northerners
      acclaimed west-end hit Eric & Little Ern
                                                                                                    Dance Music with Malin Broman (Violin)
                                                     for company. Without any memory of who
      A brilliant homage crammed full of             he is or where he comes from, he searches
      renditions of those famous comedy
      sketches that hits all the right notes! From
                                                     for meaning in an increasingly unpredictable
                                                     environment where being lost is the norm
                                                                                                    Tue 28
      Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr Memory,           and letting go the only way to survive.
                                                                                                    A joyful sashay through a host of pieces written
      “Arsenal!” It’s a show full of Morecambe       Please join us for a post show discussion.
                                                                                                    with our feet in mind. Alongside Piazzolla’s
      and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and
                                                     Co-commissioned by Tramway                     undeniably infectious take on Vivaldi’s Four
      sketches and of course a musical guest.
                                                     and The Place.                                 Seasons, pulsating with the rhythms of Latin
      This wonderful show, evokes memories of
                                                                                                    America, comes the breathless tarantella that
      times when whole families would huddle
                                                                                                    ends Schubert’s Death and The Maiden and
      around the telly on Sunday evenings.           WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                    an assortment of other waltzes, marches,
                                                     TIME 20.00
                                                                                                    serenades and romances.                                  Pre-Performance Talk
                                                     PRICE £12 - £16
                                                                                                    Malin Broman is an award-winning violinist with           Tuesday 28 at 18.45
      “I never thought I’d see                       SUITABILITY All ages                           a particular passion for chamber music, and a
      Morecambe and Wise live –                      DANCE                                          desire to re-define the concert experience…
      I think I just have!”                                                                                                                            Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
      BEN ELTON                                                                                     WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                                                                       and extracts from
                                                                                                    TIME 19.30
                                                     “ridiculously entertaining                                                                        Schubert
                                                                                                    PRICE £5 – £17                                     String Quartet No. 14 (‘Death and The Maiden’)
      WHERE Empire Theatre                           and chillingly dark”                           SUITABILITY All ages                               [arr. Mahler]
      TIME 19.30                                     MARY BRENNAN, THE HERALD
36                                                                                                  CLASSICAL                                          Britten                                               37
      PRICE £21
                                                                                                                                                       Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
      COMEDY                                                                                                                                           Various dances
The Dark                                                                          The Chicago
                                                         Carnival:                                                                         Blues Brothers

                                                         Unplugged                                                                         Motown Mission
                                                         VANISHING POINT                                                                   Thu 30
                                                         Wed 29                                                                            Back with a Brand new mission, The Chicago
                                                                                                                                           Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to
                                                         Who’d have thought, that when we died,                                            take on some of the biggest and most loved
                                                         we didn’t die completely?                                                         Motown anthems along with all the Blue
                                                         Our consciousness goes on a bit. It lingers                                       Brothers classics you know and love. With
                                                         on, discreetly.                                                                   hit’s from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam
                                                         With songs, spoken word and a free glass of                                       and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations,
                                                         whisky, this is the story of newcomers to the                                     The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes.
                                                         afterlife. Incredulous at their continuity, they                                  Backed by the multi award winning CBB Band
                                                         form their own necropolitan community where                                       and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, a new
                                                         every night is party night.                                                       stage set and state of the art full stage projection
                                                         Inspired by Weimar cabaret and danse macabre,                                     – this is one show you can’t afford to miss.
      WHERE OneTouch Theatre                             the songs are somewhere in between Leonard
      TIME 20.00                                         Cohen and The Muppets. Come in, have a drink
      PRICE £12 – £16                                    and join us for an intimate, celebratory and                                      WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                         heart-warming night of storytelling and song.                                     TIME 19.30
      SUITABILITY All ages
      DRAMA   |   MUSIC
                                                         Sponsored by The Famous Grouse                                                    PRICE £15 – £25
                                                                                                                                           SUITABILITY All ages

                                                                                                                                           Adam Riches
      Fergus                                               “real personality … lucidly                                                     The Adam Riches
                                                           atmospheric … fire and
      McCreadie                                            virtuosity”
                                                                                                                                           Fri 31
                                                           THE TIMES
      Thu 30
                                                                                                                                           Unique, off the wall, absurd and downright
      Fergus released his first album, Turas, in                                                                                           hilarious live comedy from Edinburgh
      2018 to rave reviews, including five stars                                                                                           Comedy Award winner and Time Out
      from the Scotsman. He has since won Best                                                                                             Comedy’s Person of the Year, Adam Riches.
      Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards                                                                                          Adam’s TV appearances include, Detectorists
      and was nominated as Best Newcomer in                                                                                                (BBC4), Top Coppers (BBC3), Drunk History
      the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. His music is                                                                                          (Comedy Central) The Last Leg (Channel
      dynamic and beautifully crafted and his rhythm                                                                                       4) and 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown
      team, David Bowden (bass) and Stephen                                                                                                (Channel 4) as Sean Bean.
      Henderson (drums) from the award-winning           WHERE OneTouch Theatre
      quartet Square One, match his verve, skill and
      sensitivity with precision and unerring empathy.
                                                         TIME 20.00                                         “Will make you laugh your-
                                                         PRICE £10 – £14                                                                   WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                            self silly and what could be   TIME 20.00
38                                                       SUITABILITY All ages                                                                                                                     39
                                                                                                            better than that?”             PRICE £13
                                                                                                            HHHHH           TELEGRAPH
                                                                                                                                           SUITABILITY 16+

                         DID YOU KNOW
                         Famous people who have used the Eden

                                                                          Image: Sound desk in the Empire Theatre
                         Court dressing rooms include the Dalai
                         Lama, Billy Connolly, Gloria Gaynor, Judi
                         Dench and soon Sir Ian McKellen.
Photo by: Mike Webster

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             Under Canvas
             EDEN COURT + FÈIS ROIS

             Jun – Aug
             It’s back!
             Last summer thousands of you joined us in
             the glorious sunshine for drinks, food, music,
             comedy and more at Under Canvas, our
             stunning big tent on the lawn. The feedback
             was incredible and lots of you asked us to
             bring it back again, and we’re delighted to
             oblige – we all loved it too!
             The riverbank setting, just a 5-minute walk
             from the city centre, is perfect for post work
             drinks and lazy days in the sun. Plus, we’re
             joining forces again with our friends at Feis
             Rois, promising you some of the country’s
             most exciting new musical talent.
             Open daily from 4:30pm until 11pm at the
             city’s must-visit summer venue.

             WHERE Lawn
             TIME Open 16:30 – 23:00
             PRICE FREE
             SUITABILITY All ages
             SPECIAL EVENT

             Proudly supported by
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             Curious Shoes                                                      Dinosaur World Live
             MAGDALENA SCHAMBERGER                                              Fri 21 – Sun 23
             Tue 18                                                             Direct from the West End, join our intrepid explorer and discover
                                                                                 a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like)
             Curious Shoes is a joyful performance for people living with
                                                                                dinosaurs in Dinosaur World Live! Meet a host of impressive
             dementia and their loved ones to share. This funny, entertaining
                                                                                creatures including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops,
             and beautifully simple work tells the story of four curious
                                                                                Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!
             characters on a journey from here to there, and comes to life
             through live music, movement and very few words. Created by        A special meet and greet after the show offers all of our brave
             Magdalena Schamberger, a specialist in dementia arts and former    explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.
             Artistic Director of Hearts and Minds.                             Don’t miss this entertaining and mind-expanding Jurassic
                                                                                adventure, live on stage. Book now before tickets become extinct!

             WHERE OneTouch Theatre
             TIME 11.00 | 14.30
                                              “I feel like                      WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                                                TIME Fri 16.30
                                                                                                                   ”A spectacular
                                                                                                                   interactive show!”
             PRICE £10                        I am shining                           Sat/Sun 11.00 | 14.00
 44          SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                PRICE £14                          HHHH                             45

             DRAMA   |   SPECIAL EVENT                                          SUITABILITY 3+                     OK! MAGAZINE
                                              AUDIENCE MEMBER 2017              FAMILY
                                                     The Cher Songbook
                                                     Sat 1

                                                     Turn back time and celebrate the Goddess of
                                                     Pop, Cher! This spectacular production relives
                                                     the Cher songbook including classics such
                                                     as, I Got You Babe, Just Like Jesse James, If I
                                                     Could Turn Back Time, Walking in Memphis,
                                                     Strong Enough, Believe and much more.

                                                     WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                     TIME 19.30                                        Daoirí Farrell
                                                     PRICE £25
                                                     SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                       Sun 2                                             Reginald D.
                                                     MUSIC                                             Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced     Hunter
                                                                                                       ‘Derry’) Farrell won BBC Radio 2 Folk Award
                                                                                                       2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional       Facing the Beast
                                                                                                       Track. Since then he’s toured with the all-star
                                                                                                                                                         Sun 2
                                                     549: Scots of                                     Transatlantic Sessions in major venues across
                                                                                                       the UK. Come and see this new talent live
                                                                                                                                                         Reginald’s searingly honest material has

                                                     the Spanish
                                                                                                       here in the Highlands.
                                                                                                                                                         garnered him a popular fan base that spans
                                                                                                                                                         the generations. His appearances on television

                                                     Civil War                                         “Daoirí is one of
                                                                                                                                                         have included Have I Got News for You, 8 Out
                                                                                                                                                         of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely

                                                     Sat 1                                             the most important                                popular BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs
                                                                                                                                                         of the South and its equally successful follow up
                                                     In a small pub in Prestonpans, East Lothian,
                                                                                                       traditional singers                               Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border, both
                                                     four millennials are told a story. The true       to emerge in the                                  of which documented the growth of American
                                                                                                                                                         popular song.
                                                     story of four local miners who, 80 years ago,
                                                     travelled from the streets of Prestonpans to      last decade ”
                                                     the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything     DÓNAL LUNNY
                                                     that was familiar for a land that was not, for
                                                     a people they had never met and for a cause                                                         “He has the audience in
                                                     they believed was right.                                                                            the palm of his hand”
                                                     549, a play with songs and storytelling, is a
                                                     timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost
                                                     forgotten conflicts.
                                                                                                       WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                       TIME 19.30
                                                                                                                                                         EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE
                                                                                                       PRICE £13 - £15
       In association with the Brunton Theatre and
                                                                                                       SUITABILITY All ages
       Citizens Theatre
                                                     WHERE OneTouch Theatre                            MUSIC
       Supported by the National Lottery through                                                                                                         WHERE Empire Theatre
       Creative Scotland.                            TIME 20.00                                                                                          TIME 20.00
                                                     PRICE £10 – £15                                                                                     PRICE £22 – £24
       “Black Watch reimagined for a                 SUITABILITY 14+                                                                                     SUITABILITY 18+
       small town function room”                     DRAMA    |   MUSIC                                                                                  COMEDY

Eleanor Conway:
                                                                                                                                                           Walk of Shame 2
                                                                                                                                                           (Reality Bites)

                                                                                                                                                           Thu 6
                                                                                                                                                           Conway’s last blackout was 4 years ago and
                                                                                                                                                           she’s missing her old friend. What happens
                                                                                                                                                           when you wake up and realise the party is over?
                                                                                                                                                           Reality is harsh when you don’t have something
                                                                                                                                                           to take the ‘edge’ off. This award nominee
                                                                                                                                                           returns with her hotly anticipated sequel to her
                                                                                                                                                           hit 2016 smash, about what happens when you

                                                          RSNO Prom
                                                                                                                                                           stop chasing the ‘perfect’.

                                                          with the
                                                                                                                                                           WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                       HHHHH          CREAM OF THE FRINGE                  TIME 20.00

                                                          Ayoub Sisters
                                                                                                                                                           PRICE £12
       Little Vicky
                                                                                                                    THE LIST
                                                                                                                                                           SUITABILITY 18+
                                                          ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA            HHHH         THE SKINNY                             COMEDY

       and the Seven                                      Wed 5
       Assassins                                          The brilliant Ayoub Sisters join the Royal
                                                          Scottish National Orchestra, Classic FM      The Benny Lynch
       Tue 4                                              presenter Anne-Marie Minhall and conductor

       The crowds cheered, the bands played, Queen
                                                          Timothy Redmond in a fabulous evening
                                                          of some of the greatest and most popular
       Victoria waved. But among the smiling, adoring     classical music ever written.                Thu 6
       faces were men with murderous thoughts.
       History tells of a glorious, golden reign and an   Shostakovich Festive Overture                River City’s Stephen Purdon takes on the title
       empire on which the sun never set. But history                                                  role in the ultimate rags to riches true story of
                                                          Vaughan Williams
       does not often recall that during her rule there                                                Benny Lynch, Scotland’s first ever boxing world
                                                          Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
       were seven attempts to assassinate beloved                                                      champion. This poignant and entertaining new
                                                          Fantasia on Greensleeves
       Vicky, Empress of Nearly Bloody Everything.                                                     production takes us from Benny’s childhood in
       Who were these would be killers? Find out in       Monti Czardas                                the Gorbals, to his global stardom and untimely
       this fascinating tale told through melodrama,      Traditional Misirlou                         death in 1946 aged only 33. It doesn’t matter
       comedy and Rock-n-Roll!                            Wagner Ride of the Valkyries                 if you’re not a boxing fan - this is about the
                                                                                                       extraordinary life of a true Scottish icon.
                                                          Sibelius Finlandia
                                                                                                       Also starring David Hayman, Holly Jack and
       “Convincing and powerful”                          Tchaikovsky Excerpts from Swan Lake
                                                                                                       Simon Weir.
                                                          Arnold Four Scottish Dances
       THE TIMES                                                                                       Directed by David Hayman Jr.
                                                          Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

       WHERE OneTouch Theatre                             WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                                                                       WHERE Empire Theatre
       TIME 20.00                                         TIME 19.30
                                                                                                       TIME 19.30
48     PRICE £12                                          PRICE £10 – £25                                                                                                                                     49
                                                                                                       PRICE £19 – £21
       SUITABILITY 12+                                    SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                       SUITABILITY 14+
       DRAMA        COMEDY                                MUSIC
The Brandon                                                                          Scott Gibson
                                                           McPhee                                                                               Anywhere But Here
                                                                                                                                                GILDED BALLOON

                                                                                                                                                Sun 9

                                                           Fri 7
                                                                                                                                                Award-winning comic Scott Gibson was just 16
                                                           Brandon McPhee returns for, what promises                                            when he first tasted freedom and set off on a
                                                           to be, another brilliant evening of the best                                         voyage of self-discovery. His destination? Kavos,
                                                           in Scottish and country music. Brandon is                                            of course. Where else?
                                                           backed by a five-piece band of experienced                                           Delivered in his breathlessly inimitable style,
                                                           professional musicians including Manson Grant                                        Gibson takes you on an epic odyssey that charts
                                                           and Crawford Bell. Also, Scotland’s son of fun                                       the choppy waters of youth. A blisteringly funny
                                                           Eddie Rose adds some humour making this                                              evening on the escapism and hedonism that
                                                           show truly a family night out.                                                       travel promises, this is a story about friendship,
                                                                                                                                                love, pool parties, travel insurance and the
                                                           WHERE Empire Theatre                                                                 Greek third-choice goalie.
                                                           TIME 19.30                                                                           Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer
                                                           PRICE £20                                                                            2016.
                                                           SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                                                                WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                                                                TIME 19.30
                                                                                                                                                PRICE £12
                                                                                                                                                SUITABILITY 16+
                                                                             “The way the show
                                                                             is so carefully
                                                                             tailored to the
                                                                             audience’s needs
                                                                             provides a vital                                                   Leah MacRae
                                                                             reminder that                                                      My Big Fat Fabulous
                                                                             theatre can                                                        Diary
                                                                             everyone”                                                          Sun 9
                                                                                                                                                Join the star of BBC’s River City, Gary Tank
                                                                             HHHH         THE STAGE
                                                                                                                                                Commander and the huge hit stage comedy 51

       The Isle of Brimsker                                                                                                                     Shades of Maggie as she delves into the hilarious
                                                                                                                                                pages of her Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary.
                                                                                  Suitable for adult and    “Leah MacRae is an absolute
                                                                                                                                                With stories including cleaning cupboard first
                                                                                  young adult audiences     star! Really funny and so clever.
       Fri 7 + Sat 8                                                               with PMLD and their
                                                                                                            What a show! Just Brilliant!”
                                                                                                                                                winch, the hold-in pants naked truffle shuffle,
                                                                                                                                                some hysterical comedy songs and a belting
       A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by                                                                            ballad or two this show is simply hilarious!
                                                                                                            JANE MCCARRY (STILL GAME)
       stormy seas. She lives a solitary existence until one day a runaway
       lands on the shore. Change is on the horizon but not in the form      WHERE OneTouch Theatre
       she expects…                                                                                                                             WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                                             TIME 11.00 | 13.30
50     A new multi-sensory story of adventure and homecoming from            PRICE £10
                                                                                                                                                TIME 20.00                                           51
       Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with                                                                           PRICE £19 – £21
                                                                             SUITABILITY 13+
       profound and multiple learning disabilities.                                                                                             SUITABILITY 16+

       The Summer of Love                                                    WHERE Empire Theatre
                                                                             TIME 19.30

       Tue 11                                                                PRICE £23 – £25
                                                                             SUITABILITY All ages
       Join us for the greatest 60’s party in town - all the hits from one
       of music’s most influential eras, including, California Dreaming,
       San Francisco, Turn Turn, Turn, Somebody To Love, Happy
       Together, Brown Eyed Girl, All Along The Watch and more than
       40 classic songs from the summer that changed the world.                                                                                      Here Come
       With original 1960s film footage, incredible vocals and a world
       class live band, this ultimate 60s party will have you dancing in
                                                                                                      “The music is                                  the Boys
       the aisles!
                                                                                                      magic in their                                 Tue 18 + Wed 19
                                                                                                      hands”                                         Three of the biggest rock stars of dance,
                                                                                                                                                     Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka
                                                                                                      SEAN RAFFERTY BBC RADIO 3
                                                                                                                                                     Marquez, battle each other in Latin, Ballroom,
                                                                                                                                                     commercial and contemporary and they

                                                                                                    Christian                                        need you to decide the champion! From

       Rule the                                                                                                                                      J.Lo to Bruno Mars, MJ, Gloria Estefan,

                                                                                                    Garrick + The                                    dance anthems and club classics!

       World                                                                                                                                         From the producers of Rip it Up and

       Wed 12
                                                                                                    Budapest Café                                    Remembering Fred.
                                                                                                                                                     Love Aljaž? Check out Remembering the

       Relive the magic and the                                                                     Orchestra                                        Movies (page 11)

       musical of Take That! Enjoy
       all the biggest hits including,
                                                                                                    Sat 15
       Never Forget, Greatest Day,                                                                  The Budapest Café Orchestra have won                        Meet + Greet
       Back for Good, Relight                                                                       legions of fans through their magical and
       My Fire and many more.                                                                                                                             Best Seats | VIP Laminate
                                                                                                    infectious performances. Evoking vivid
                                                                                                                                                             Signed Programme
       If you like Take That you will                                                               images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest
                                                                                                                                                         Tuesday 18 + Wednesday 19
       LOVE Rule The World.                                                                         café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few
                                                                                                                                                                16.30 | £100
                                                                                                    surprises along the way - hugely entertaining,
                                                                                                    immense skill and profound musicianship.
                                                                                                    Come and see for yourself.                       WHERE Empire Theatre

       WHERE Empire Theatre                                                                         WHERE OneTouch Theatre                           TIME 19.30

       TIME 19.30                                                                                   TIME 19.30                                       PRICE £28.50 – £42.50
52                                                                                                                                                   SUITABILITY All ages                             53
       PRICE £23.50 - £25.50                                                                        PRICE £15
       SUITABILITY All ages                                                                         SUITABILITY All ages                             DANCE

       MUSIC                                                                                        MUSIC
Tim Edey                                                                                       Catrin Finch +                                    “an emotional demonstration
                                                                                                                                                        of how two virtuoso musicians
       Wed 19
                                                                                                      Seckou Keita                                      triumphantly bring different
                                                                                                                                                        cultures together”
       Twice BBC Folk Award
       winner (Best Musician), Tim
                                                                                                      Wed 26

       Edey’s live solo shows are a                                                                                                                                              THE GUARDIAN
                                                                                                      Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese
       stunning mix of world music                                                                    kora player Seckou Keita deliver a stunning
       inspired instrumental virtuosity                                                               exhibition of world-class musicianship as they
       and passion with a strong                                                                      perform from their critically acclaimed, multi-
       Celtic theme.                                                                                  award winning album, Soar. Drawing deep on
                                                                                                      their own diverse traditions and transforming
                                                                                                      them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and
                                                                                                      Seckou have built a formidable reputation for
       WHERE OneTouch Theatre                                                                         their extraordinary performances and recently
       TIME 20.00                                                                                     won Froots Album of the Year 2018.
       PRICE £12 - £14
       SUITABILITY All ages
                                                                                                      WHERE OneTouch Theatre
                                                                                                      TIME 19.30
                                                                                                      PRICE £10 – £16
                                          “Tim Edey plays a host of different                         SUITABILITY All ages
                                          instruments to a standard us mere mortals                   MUSIC
                                          can only dream of. Listen and weep”
                                          LIVING TRADITION

                                                                                                                                                        Adam Kay
                                                                                                                                                        This Is Going To Hurt
                                                                                                                                                        (Secret Diaries of a
                                                                                                                                                        Junior Doctor)
                                                                                                                                                        Wed 26
                                                                                                                                                        Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares
                                                                                                                                                        entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this
                                                                                                                                                        “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and
                                                                                                                                                        music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016,

       Genesis Legacy
                                                                                                                                                        2017 & 2018, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tour and
                                                                                                                                                        West End 2018.
                                                                                                                                                        The book of the same name is a bestseller and
       Thu 20                                                                                                                                           is being turned into a major BBC series.

       Genesis paved the way for the careers of Phil Collins, Tony
       Banks, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett. With an
       attention to detail and affection for the music that’s rarely found
                                                                             WHERE OneTouch Theatre                                                     HHHHH
       in a tribute show, Genesis Legacy brings the biggest songs from       TIME 20.00                                                                 MAIL ON SUNDAY
       those five super-acts into an explosive show performed                PRICE £23 – £25

                                                                                                      “Hilarious and
       by genuine super-fans!                                                SUITABILITY All ages
54                                                                                                                                                      WHERE Empire Theatre                                  55
                                                                             MUSIC                                                                      TIME 19.30
                                                                                                      heart-breaking”                                   PRICE £24 – £27
                                                                                                                                                        SUITABILITY 12+
                                                                                                      CHARLIE BROOKER
                                                                                                                                                        TALK       COMEDY

                              DID YOU KNOW
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                              café has served 15,478 bowls
                              of soup and 63,018 coffees

                                                             Image: Bannister – Douglas Baxter Hall, Bishop’s Palace.
Photo by: Mike Webster

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             Zog                                                                   “Lovingly interpreted
                                                                                   with colour, flair and
                                                                                                                    Tom Gates                                                                “This truly amazing
                                                                                                                                                                                             show brings my books
             Fri 12 – Sun 14                                                       talent, Zog will have
                                                                                   thousands of children
                                                                                                                    Live on Stage!                                                           wonderfully to life in a
                                                                                                                                                                                             fantastically funny and
             By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
                                                                                   laughing and falling in          Thu 18 – Sat 20                                                          visually mesmerizing
             Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a
             golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn             love with theatre”               Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand                way. It’s a total feast
             all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard,                                      new story of TOM GATES is brought to you by the award-winning            for the eyes and ears
             perhaps too hard and he bumps, burns and roars his way                HHHHH                            team behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny and for the
                                                                                                                                                                                             and I couldn’t be
             through years one, two and three.                                     MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW           first time ever it’s LIVE ON STAGE!
                                                                                                                                                                                             prouder of it!”
             Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face                                        Tom’s doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but
             his biggest challenge yet…a duel with a knight, Sir Gadabout                                           somehow he’s got THREE sad faces on the school achievement               LIZ PICHON
             the Great!                                                                                             chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won’t
             Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to                                           let him go on the SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is
                                                                                   WHERE Empire Theatre             making things worse and now Tom’s annoyed his grumpy sister
             life in Mike Shepherd’s (founder and Artistic Director of Kneehigh)                                                                                                             WHERE Empire Theatre
             magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s (award-winning actor           TIME Fri 16.30                   Delia. EVEN Amy Porter (who’s smart) won’t talk to him! Can
                                                                                                                                                                                             TIME Thu 14.00 | 19.00
             and singer-songwriter with The Sussex Wit) sumptuous folk score            Sat 11.00 | 14.00 | 16.00   his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fri 11.00 | 17.00
             featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from          Sun 11.00 | 14.00           his homework? Will his grandparents the Fossils ever make
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sat 10.30 | 14.30 | 19.00
             the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team      PRICE £13.50 – £15.50            something he can actually EAT?
                                                                                                                                                                                             PRICE £15 – £19
 58          behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog          SUITABILITY All ages             This exciting and hilarious new adventure brings Liz Pichon’s                                             59
             promises to be roaring fun for all ages.                                                               fantastic characters to life and is perfect for all the family whether   SUITABILITY 5+
                                                                                                                    you are a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends!              FAMILY
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