Hitlist: Theatre

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  • 20 August 2009

This article is from 2009

Hitlist: Theatre

Our pick of the week's theatre

Gate/Friel The run of three plays by the prolific Irish playwright Brian Friel, produced by Dublin’s Gate Theatre, continues at the King’s. See list.co.uk/festival for our reviews of Faith Healer, The Yalta Game and Afterplay. King’s Theatre, 473 2000, until 5 Sep, see www.eif.co.uk for full listings information.

The Overcoat
Quirky, funny and deeply moving adaptation of Gogol’s short story by Gecko. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6557, until 29 Aug, 5.20pm, £14 (£11.50).

Controlled Falling Project Mesmerising family-friendly display of acrobatics from Australia’s This Side Up. Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, until 31 Aug, 3.50pm, £11.50–£14.50 (£10–£12.50).

The Hotel An hour of daft interactive, site-specific Fringe fun scripted by comedian Mark Watson. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug, 4.15pm, £10.50–£13 (£9–£10).

The Tartuffe / The Trial Highly recommended adaptations of two literary classics by the energetic Belt Up Theatre. C soco, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 8.55pm (The Tartuffe), 11.20pm (The Trial), £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).

Trilogy Nic Green manages to make feminism fun, exciting and compelling in this new experimental work. St Stephen’s, 0141 565 1000, until 31 Aug, 7.30pm, £12 (£9).

The Testament of Cresseid This production of Robert Henryson’s 1590 poem is directed for the stage by Israel’s David Levin and performed by celebrated Scottish actor Jimmy Yuill. The Hub, 473 2000, 29 Aug–5 Sep (not 1), 8pm, £17 (£8.50).

Peter and Wendy Mabou Mines’ innovative production of JM Barrie’s enduring classic features puppetry and an original score performed live onstage by a seven-piece band. Royal Lyceum Theatre, 473 2000, 2–5 Sep, 7.30pm (5 Sep 2.30pm), £10–£25.


  • 5 stars

Get the coat, get the girl, change the world. Gecko create a fantasy, inspired by Gogol's 'The Overcoat', telling an epic story of love, greed and desire through comedy, cinematic imagery, movement and music. 'Hauntingly and recklessly brilliant' (Sunday Times).

The Hotel

  • 5 stars

A comedy of sorts. Set in a building a short walk from Assembly Theatre, George Street. Directed by Mark Watson. 'The highest achiever the Fringe has seen this decade' (Times).


  • 5 stars

An epic interrogation of the complexities of being a woman today. Expect passion, beauty and 50 female volunteer dancers in this radical performance, delivered with rawenergy. 'A quirky, celebratory excursion into feminism' - ****(Herald). 'Joyous' (Guardian). **** (Scotsman).

Controlled Falling Project

  • 4 stars

Graceful, bold and gravity defying circus, this thrilling physical experiment has mesmerised international audiences. A breathtaking balance of impulsive energy and systematic action, set in a vibrant laboratory of curious machines, live percussion and acrobatic impossibilities.


  • 5 stars

Nightmarish immersive experience from Edinburgh International Festival Award winners, Belt Up. Kafka's chilling masterpiece reincarnated by the critically acclaimed company behind last year's Fringe sensation 'The Red Room'. Expect the unexpected! 'Impressive, invigorating and inspirational' (Scotsman).


  • 5 stars

Edinburgh International Festival Award winners, Belt Up, return with their triumphant adaptation of Moliere's classic. 'This show will blow you away... an experience that will send a shot of electricity to the core of your heart' - ***** (Scotsman). www.nothingtoseehear.co.uk


Brian Friel's play creates an extraordinary encounter between two of Chekhov’s lost souls, Sonya from Uncle Vanya and Andrey from The Three Sisters, now middle aged and unable to escape the baggage of their earlier lives. The play is presented by Dublin's Gate Theatre as part of a Festival residency offering the…

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