What's on in Edinburgh in January 2013?
Event of the month
Vikings! (18 January - 12 May 2013)
This new exhibition might challenge your preconceptions about the Vikings, if you're thinking "horned helmets and pillaging hordes". It features more than 500 Viking artifacts from the National Historical Museum in Stockholm; these precious objects are rarely seen outside Scandinavia and this will be the only chance to see them in the UK.- Find out more in our Vikings in Edinburgh blog post.
Mother Goose (1 - 20 January 2013) - The ever popular pantomime story of the goose that laid the golden egg, with star turns from Grant Stott and Andy Gray. - King's Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ - www.edtheatres.com/kings-theatre
The Loony Dook (1 January 2013) - Looking for a distinctive way to mark the start of the year? Or do you enjoy unorthodox New Year's Day hangover cures? Then the Loony Dook is for you. This great Edinburgh tradition involves nothing more complicated than running headlong into the icy waters of the North Sea, along with more than 1000 other maniacs in fancy dress. The event raises money for the RNLI, which seems very appropriate, so it's all for a good cause. - South Queensferry, Edinburgh - www.edinburghshogmanay.com/content/The-Loony-Dook/1459
Dirty Dancing (4 - 12 January 2013) - The musical adaptation of Dirty Dancing became the fastest selling West End show in history. Audiences will experience a live show that lives up to the film, full of heart-stirring music, romance and of course sexy dancing! Expect to have the time of your life. - The Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk
BUPA Great Winter Run (5 January 2013) - Like all of the Great Run events, this popular and welcoming race attracts runners of all abilities. Yes, the course sends you on a hilly circuit on the road around Arthur's Seat, but it's worth it for the stunning views over Edinburgh and across the Firth of Forth to Fife (try saying that three times quickly). Finishers will find a medal and a long sleeve shirt in their goody bag. It's worth sticking around afterwards to watch the world's elite athletes battle it out in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country race. (Don't believe us? Mo Farah won this race in 2011.) - Holyrood Park, Edinburgh - www.greatrun.org/Events/Event.aspx?id=2
Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker (8 - 12 January 2013) - Tchaikovsky's Romantic score provides the music for this perennial Christmas favourite, based on ETA Hoffman's story Nutcracker and the King of Mice. It's worth booking in for one of the free pre-show talks with either of Scottish Ballet's Artistic or Music teams. - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk
Spin Doctors (23 January 2013) - In the early 1990s, this band's crowd-pleasing funk/rock/blues shot them to fame with hit single Two Princes. More than 20 years after the album that made their name, they're back on tour. If you remember them from first time around, this gig is a chance to indugle in a little nostalgia kick or guilty pleasure. For everyone else, it's a chance to find out what all the fuss was about. - HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ - venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-picture-house
Paloma Faith (29 January 2013) - Little known fact: retro pop maverick and occasional film star Paloma Faith used to work as a cabaret performer and magician's assistant, but has a background in theatre and dance (with undergraduate and Masters degrees to prove it). Some of this experience shows through in her spectacular live shows: extravagently theatrical costumes, a commanding stage presence and a real effort to connect with the audience. Her new songs have a more contemporary feel, with creative input from an intriguing roster of collaborators, so this should draw a varied audience to a great venue. - Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA - www.usherhall.co.uk
Bergen Philharmonic (31 January 2013) - One of the world's oldest orchestras performs a programme that includes Greig's Piano Concerto. Edvard Greig was actually artistic director of this orchestra for two years; this is.a rare chance to see the piece performed by an orchestra with such a direct lineage to the composer. - Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA - www.usherhall.co.uk