What's on in Edinburgh in February 2013?
Event of the month
Manipulate Festival (2 - 16 February 2013)
Scotland's festival of visual theatre, puppetry and animation is now in its sixth year, with a programme that looks just as eclectic as ever. From a mockumentary spoof of Japanese monster movies (Big Man Japan) to an absurd comedy about a skateboarder's family striking oil, there is plenty of innovation and entertainment here. - Find out more in our Manipulate Festival blog post.
Banff Mountain Film Festival 2013 (1 February 2013) - The world famous festival of skiing, climbing and every kind of adventure fimmaking comes to Edinburgh on its UK tour. Even though the programme isn't announced until just before Christmas, the 2012 shows sold out, so book ahead. - Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG - www.thequeenshall.net
RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Italy (9 February 2013) - Scotland will hope for a good result against Italy in their second Six Nations match of 2013. It's Scotland's first match of the year at Murrayfield, so expect a great atmosphere. - Murrayfield Stadium, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ - www.scottishrugby.org
Cats (9 February - 2 March 2013) - The famous musical adaptation of TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats hits Edinburgh. It's a hugely popular musical and Eliot's light verse provides warm and very funny material. - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse
Go Back for Murder (11 - 16 February 2013) - The Agatha Christie Theatre Company present a classic whodunnit from the queen of the genre. A woman dies in prison, convicted of poisoning her husband, but leaves a letter for her daugher professing her innocence. Determined to clear her mother's name and find the truth, the daughter delves into her family's tragic history. Will she uncover the identity of the real killer? Or was her mother really the poisoner? Expect more twists than a bowl of spaghetti in this tale of suspense, murder and intrigue. - King's Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ - http://www.edtheatres.com/goback
The Singing Kettle: Fairytale Castle (17 February 2013) - The unstoppable children's entertainment extravagaza comes to Festival Theatre, with their signature mix of fairytales, songs, costumes and audience participation. Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk
RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland (24 February 2013) - It's a bumper month in Edinburgh for rugby with the second Six Nations match in three weeks. A Scotland v Ireland clash is always a special occasion, and this one will be the critical third match in the series. - Murrayfield Stadium, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ - www.scottishrugby.org
RSNO - Naked Classics: Stravinsky's Firebird (22 February 2013) - As well as being the work that marked Igor Stravinsky's breakthrough as a composer, The Firebird is a classic Russian fairytale with all the drama that implies: princesses, magic and monsters abound. Presenter Paul Rissmann will guide you through the story, while Christian Kluxen conducts. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA - www.usherhall.co.uk
Richard Thompson - The Electric Tour (28 February 2013) - He may not be the most famous musician in the UK, but Richard Thompson is one of the country's bona fide living legends. He first found success with Fairport Convention, but has had a hugely influential solo career with his songs covered by stars like REM, Robert Plant, The Futureheads and Blind Boys of Alabama. He's also famous for his unique guitar style, perfectly complementing his often darkly humorous lyrics. - Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA - www.usherhall.co.uk