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Sundays 24pm, Carol Singing in the music department by local

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0 PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Greenside Place, 557 2590.

The Nutcracker 18—21 Dec. 7.30pm; Thurs 19 Dec, 2 & 7.30pm; Sat 21 Dec, 2.30 & 7.30pm. £4, £6, £10 (half price concs). ‘Real’ Christmas ballet of the traditional sort, with magic, tutus and the Sugar Plum Fairy, by Scottish Ballet. See DANCE section for review.


0 CANONGATE TOLBOOTH MUSEUM 163 Canongate. Mon—Sat IOam—Spm. Closed Sundays and 25, 26 Dec,1, 2 & 3Jan. Free.

Art, Laughter and the Bright Eyes of Children

0 NATIONAL GALLERY The Mound, 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Closed 25, 26, 31 Dec. 1 & 2 Jan.

The Nativity in Art Until 5 Jan. lnstead of finding that the lower frame ofthe painting is about at their eye level, young visitors, for whom this exhibition was designed, will find that the paintings have been hung much lower at an accessible level which is ‘user friendly’, giving the happy sensation of being almost included in the scene oneself. Being a small and focused exhibition, it is the sort of introduction to paintings a child could happily cope with and remember. Two Tiepolo etchings are particularly delightful.

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0 FILMHOUSE 88 Lothian Road, 228 2688. Junior Matinees under 15, 80p. Adult £1. Tickets available on day of performance only. Details of special ‘parties after the film’ from the box office.

Christmas Special Matinees Watership Down (U) (UK, 1978) 92 mins. Sat 14, Sat 21 , Sat 28 Dec. 2pm. Martin Rosen’s animated characters are given impressive voice by Sir Ralph Richardson, Richard Briers, Denholm Elliot and Zero Mostel. From Richard Adam’s best-seller.

Ivanhoe (U) (GB, 1952) 106 mins. Sat 4 J an. Epic of the classic of the legend. Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor star. Walter Scott wrote.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534.

Museum Lecture Theatre 23, 24, 27 Dec; The Shoemaker and the Elves, The 12 Days of Christmas, Ice Birds, Highland Winter and Farmyard Babies. 30 & 31 Dec; Fire Chief Donald Snow, A Pride of Penguins, Connections and Harold and the Purple Crayon. Free. 2pm. Programmes run 1 hour approx. Check with museum for scheduling. For full cinema listings, see FILM section.


0 QUEEN’S HALL Clerk Street, 228 1155 (Usher Hall). Sat 21 Dec, 8pm. £3 (£2).

Christmas Concert by young players (14—21 years) of outstanding ability from all over the Forth area who make up the Radio Forth Youth Orchestra. The performance

will be broadcast on Radio Forth at some stage over the Festive period. c ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534. Christmas Carols 18 Dec noon-12.45pm. The KT8s (pupils from the Royal High School). Free. Collection for charity.



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Niddrie Mains Terrace 661 5877. Until 14 Dec. 7.30pm.

Peter 8. Penny’s Panto

0 THE MEDWAY CHILDREN'S THEATRE COMPANY CO Church Hill Theatre. Momingside Road. 30 & 31 Dec 2.30 and 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Tickets from

C ruickshanks Newsagents (opp Theatre) and at the door.

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis.

0 PORTODELLO TOWN HALL High Street, Portobello.

Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster Sat 14 Dec, 11am. 50p (25p). Booking details from Porto Grill, 10d Bath Street, Portobello; A & J Murray Newsagents, 8a Bath Street, Portobello; Kennedy’s. 201 High Street, Portobello and Dept of Recreation, 249 High Street, Edinburgh. A Purves Puppets performance. Suitable for 2 years upwards. (See panel).

0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place , 226 5425.

Robin Hood and the Towers of Silence Sat 21 Dec-Sat 4 Jan, 2pm and 5pm (7.30pm on 28 Dec, 3 & 4 Jan) (No 5pm perfs 24 & 31 Dec. No 2pm perfs 3 Jan). No performances 25 Dec, 1 & 2 Jan. £2.50 (£1 .50). Discount for parties. Robin Hood and Little John go north of the border to discover Gloom and Despondency rules while Calla Mor wields her evil and joy-crushing power. Cheering the Celts becomes their quest; with fear, fun, music and excitement. By Simon Abbott, with Joyce Linklater, Raina Borthwick and Jean Hay.

0 THOMAS MORTON HALL 28 Ferry Road, Leith. Booking details, Kard Box, 74 Great Junction Street, Goldenacre Post Office and Dept of Recreation, 249 High Street, Third Floor.

Santa’s Greatest Adventure Sat 21 Dec, 10.30am & 2.30pm. 50p (25p). Christmas is threatened by the outrageous Wicked Witch of the North, holding Santa captive. Forces of Good in the form of the young and the brave must prevail. Robots, ‘Tribbles’ and a Maroon Moon are all part of the action. Presented by the Edinburgh Puppet Company. Runs 1 hour. Suitable for 5—10 years. 0 YWCA 7 Randolph Place. Box office 225 4379 (Jennifer).

Ernie and his Incredible lllucinations by Alan Ayckbourn and School Play by Donald Howarth. l3 & 14 Dec 7.30pm,15 Dec3pm. £1.50, Child 75p and Family Ticket £4. Festive tea on sale after matinée. A comedy double bill from the Tomato Sauce Theatre Company of 10—14 year olds from their Saturday morning workshops.

o For reviews and details oi Pantomime: see THEATRE section.

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