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The Best Shows To See In Edinburgh This Christmas
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The Best Shows To See In Edinburgh This Christmas

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 9 February 2017
Whether you’re Scrooge or Elf, there is no denying that Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. From hypnotic ballet shows and hilarious one-man acts to Broadway musicals, nothing adds an extra sparkle to your day more than seeing this season’s festive performances. Carry on the Fringe momentum and exercise that theatrical muscle with the top shows to see in Edinburgh.
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MAMMA MIA!

Shows are all the more fun when you know every word. With this in mind, MAMMA MIA! is back at the Playhouse from the 29th of November until January 7th, 2017. Those who have seen the rather surreal yet amusing film adaptation starring Queen Meryl, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried, will no doubt fall in love all over again with this smash hit musical. Move to every ABBA song and join the cast on an epic journey of love, identity and friendship in this endearingly funny show.

Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh, Scotland +0844 871 3014

MAMMA MIA! | Courtesy Of Edinburgh Playhouse

MAMMA MIA! | Courtesy Of Edinburgh Playhouse

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Scottish Ballet Hansel & Gretel

Definitely not one to miss, audiences are destined to become spellbound by the twirling dancers, exquisite costumes, second to none choreography and riveting take on the Grimm Brother’s classic tale, Hansel & Gretel. From the enchanted forest and larger than life toys to the beautiful ambiguous ballerina, expect magic on a whole new level. Besides, what is Christmas without a spot of ballet?

Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, Scotland +0131 529 6000

Courtesy Of Festival and King's Theatres Edinburgh

Courtesy Of Festival and King’s Theatres Edinburgh

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Last Christmas

A relatable and sobering one-man show, Last Christmas is as innovative as it is sharp. From the award-winning theatre company Dirty Protest and a hit at the Fringe, this play takes audiences on an unprecedented journey while igniting a fire of different emotions. From sticky pub carpets and the excruciating yet mandatory holiday office party, it’s commendable that one man can create so many moods.

Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 228 1404

Last Christmas | Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas

Last Christmas | Courtesy Of Edinburgh’s Christmas

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Five Guys Named Moe

Those who truly know their music will no doubt be well versed on the ineffable talents of jazz extraordinaire Louis Jordan, or ‘King of the Jukebox’. Clarke Peters pays homage to this pioneering musician by featuring his greatest hits via Five Guys Named Moe. This hit West End and Broadway musical hosts a bouncing live band, the story of Nomax and of course, five guys all named Moe. Expect all the smash hits from “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” and “Saturday Night Fish Fry”, to “Early In The Morning”. One taste of this will leave you feeling more alive than ever.

Festival Square Theatre, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland +0131 228 1155

Five Guys Named Moe | © Duncan McGlynn

Five Guys Named Moe | © Duncan McGlynn

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Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show!

The story of Scrooge seems to be ingrained into every festive lover’s mind. After all, who doesn’t dream of sprinkling some Christmas sparkle into the few unenthused by the season? However, nothing can prepare folk for the splendor that is Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show! One for the family, audiences will be enthralled as they watch this dynamic duo create endless comedic moments with their own unique take on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Oh, and don’t be surprised with a magic show in the middle, either.

Festival Square Theatre, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show! | Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas

Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show! | Courtesy Of Edinburgh’s Christmas

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Black Beauty

Embark on a welcomed trip down memory lane with the timeless tale of Black Beauty, an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. With themes of loneliness, courage and hope, Patrick and Hamish do a grand job of retelling this classic tale. Young or old, audiences will be on the edge of their seats and totally enamored with this clever show.

Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 228 1404

Black Beauty | © Mihaela Bodlovic

Black Beauty | © Mihaela Bodlovic

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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Lewis Carroll created literary gold with Alice In Wonderland. This Christmas, a new version created and directed by Anthony Neilson will once more enrapture audiences eager to fall down the rabbit hole. From the wacky yet self-explanatory Mad Hatter riddles and the rabbit with poor timekeeping to drink-me potions, a grinning cat and the formidable Queen of Hearts, audiences will be screaming ‘off with their heads’. Worried about feeling a little mad? Don’t worry — all the best people are.

The Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, Scotland +0131 248 4848

Alice's Adventure In Wonderland | Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas

Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland | Courtesy Of Edinburgh’s Christmas

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G4 – Christmas By Candlelight

The X-Factor is coming to Edinburgh this Christmas, through the voices of operatic vocal quartet G4! As part of their UK tour, which marks the release of their album ‘G4 Christmas’, the multi-platinum selling vocals of Jonathan, Ben, Mike and Nick will resonate throughout the historic stone walls and stained-glass windows of Greyfriars Kirk. Hearing your favorite carols and festive songs in such a divine setting is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

Greyfriars Kirk, 1 Greyfriars, Edinburgh, Scotland +0131 225 1900

By Tori Chalmers