FILM: The Master (15)
Cult movie director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest production - about a cult - looks sure to garner a few Oscars. Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the figurehead of a burgeoning philosophical movement known as The Cause. His followers grow in number in drawing rooms across America and Lancaster is delighted to welcome alcoholic war veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) into the fold as his ‘guinea pig and protege’, despite the warnings of his wife Peggy (Amy Adams). Peggy recognises Freddie as a damaged and emotionally volatile soul and tries to curb his dangerous impulses. However, that primal rage which percolates inside Freddie proves useful for Lancaster as he encounters resistance to his argument and even scorn from his own son (Jesse Plemons).
General release, various cinemas, times and prices
CLASSICAL: Scottish Opera - The Magic Flute
Following the huge success of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, Sir Thomas Allen and Simon Higlett return to take on the fantastical charms of Mozart’s most inventive opera. Set in a spectacular visual world inspired by ‘steam punk’ Victoriana, this promises to be a stylish and imaginative telling of this much-loved piece.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 7.15pm, £17.50–£74.50 (£10–£71.50), 0131-529 6000
REVUE: Edinburgh Gang Show
The Gang Show is an Edinburgh institution. Starring over 250 young people from Scouting and Girlguiding, this highly entertaining annual event gets bigger and better every year. Featuring topical comedy, dance routines and songs that are sung with such passion they’ll make you proud to support this talented gang of young people.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 7pm, £9–£16, 0131-529 6000
MUSIC: Gary Mullen & the Works
Tribute band plays One Night of Queen.
The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7.30pm, £17.50–£19.50, 0844-871 3014
COMEDY: Jo Caulfield’s Comedy Collective
Jo presents an evening where Edinburgh’s finest comedians experiment with the medium of stand-up.
The Stand, York Place, 8.30pm, £5, 0131-558 7272