Theatre: Being Tommy Cooper
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Mon 24 Jun, 7.30pm, £14-£19.50; more info
In a small Las Vegas hotel room, the up-and-coming comedian Tommy Cooper faces his first failure. Faced with a warring relationship with his manager, plus the prospect of his show’s early closure, Cooper lashes out, in this comedy-drama written by Tom Green.
Various venues, Edinburgh
Until Jun 30; more info
After its glitzy opening screening of Drake Doremus’s Breathe In last week, and a busy weekend of premieres and parties, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is in full swing this week. There is much to explore in the programme, but notable highlights for the final week include the revealing documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (Tue, 6.10pm & Wed, 8.20pm, Filmhouse), Jeanie Finlay’s amazing story of rap con artists The Great Hip Hop Hoax (Thu, 8.50pm, Cineworld) and Paul Wright’s first feature, and Cannes success, For Those in Peril (Fri, 8.45pm & Sat, 1pm, Cineworld).
Music: Friends in America
Wed 26 Jun, 7pm, £5; more info
Up and coming Glasgow post-rock / pop ensemble Friends in America launch their long-awaited debut album What It Is To Be with a show at Broadcast in their hometown. It’s hosted by pioneering party hosts Detour and support comes from another exciting west coast band, Trapped In Kansas. Check out our acoustic session from the headline act
Theatre: Let the Right One In
Until June 29, £13 – £17; more info
Director John Tiffany’s farewell production for the National Theatre of Scotland is an exciting stage adaptation of the cult Swedish vampire flick. Expect imaginative set design and some brilliant performances from a cast that includes Lorraine McIntosh and Paul Hickey.
Music: SCO Highland Tour
Thu 27 Jun @ Stirling Castle; more info
Fri 28 Jun @ Strathpeffer Pavilion
Sat 29 Jun @ Gardyne Theatre, Dundee
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra opens its Highland Tour with its annual appearance in the Grand Hall of Stirling Castle, under the baton of young, upcoming conductor Gergely Madaras. Principal ﬂautist Alison Mitchell stars in Ibert’s Flute Concerto, with the rest of the programme devoted to Weiner’s Divertimento no 1 and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.
Nights out: Edinburgh Zoo Lates
Fri 28 Jun, 6pm, £20 (£17 members); more info
After the roaring success (pardon the pun) of last month’s inaugural Edinburgh Zoo Lates party to mark the centenary year, you’d better move fast to snap up a ticket for this Friday’s second instalment. When else will you have the chance to savour Pimms with pandas, or cocktails with cockatoos, after all?
Days out: Fife Regatta
Fairlie Quay Marina, Largs, Ayrshire
From Fri 28 Jun; more info
Don’t be fooled by the name, because this Regatta is far from the East Neuk, and is actually all about welcoming back the yachts built by William Fife & son in the town between the turn of the 20th century and 1940. Even if you’re not lucky enough to be out at sea, anyone can look on at the nautical action from the shores during this eight-day event.
Art: Stephen Sutcliffe
Until June 30; more info
Glasgow artist Stephen Sutcliffe draws on his long-standing video collection for his romps through high culture, low culture, old television and new theory with playfulness and precision. This is the last chance to see his three-screen film installation Outwork, winner of a Margaret Tait award.
Music: Wee Chill
Sat 29 Jun, 6pm-1am, £18; more info
Some of Scotland’s finest musicians come together to celebrate Wee Chill’s 10th birthday on Saturday, with live, mellow music from the likes of James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton, Aidan Moffat, Three Blind Wolves, Sparrow & the Workshop and Miaoux Miaoux.
Film: This is the End
Various cinemas, nationwide
From Fri 28 June; more info
The early reviews are good for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy This Is the End, which features star names like Rihanna, Emma Watson, Danny McBride and Michael Cera battling to survive in an apocalypse-hit Los Angeles, after things go Biblical at a party at James Franco‘s house. Judging by Rogen’s past form, expect riotous, adult-only laughs.
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