Edinburgh Festival listings

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The Tommy Cooper Show

A celebration of the popular comedian with clips from his best-loved shows and musical accompaniment.

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Main Theatre

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Main Theatre

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Main Theatre

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Only Way is Downton

  • Directed by: Owen Lewis
  • Written by: Luke Kempner

Brilliant new parody from impressionist Luke Kempner.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Above

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Above

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Above

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Mark Watson: Flaws

Mark's new show promises to be 'somewhat darker in tone than usual' as he talks about the fact that while he's won a number of comedy awards, he's also amassed a number of problems.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Pleasance One

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Pleasance One

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Pleasance One

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Too Many Penguins?

Frozen Charlotte Productions and macrobert present a show that packs fun, laughs, entertainment and penguins into the mix. Suitable for ages 1–4.

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 14:30
  • 16:30

Sun 11 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Mon 12 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 09:30
  • 11:30
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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

A fusion of animation, puppetry, projections and music are used to tell the epic story of quiet hero Alvin's search for his wife's lost soul in the depths of the ocean.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:15
  • 13:15

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:45
  • 13:30

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 19:00
…and 2 more dates until 10 May

Daniel Sloss: Really?!

The young stand-up, who had his own TV show and three sell-out Fringes before he started shaving, now somewhat older, but still as funny.

EICC, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Prices vary / 0131 300 3000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 20:30

Fri 1 Aug

Prices vary / 0131 300 3000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 20:30

Sat 2 Aug

Prices vary / 0131 300 3000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 20:30
…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Claude Closky: Going around in Circles

French conceptualist Closky has been acclaimed for his deadpan sense of humour; an early work, The first thousand numbers classified in alphabetical order, is exactly what it sounds like, starting 'Eight, eight hundred, eight hundred and eight [ …]' and ending ten pages later with 'two hundred and two'. In this…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Free / 0845 874 3001

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 11:00 – 21:00

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0845 874 3001

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 11:00 – 21:00

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0845 874 3001

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 11:00 – 21:00
…and 28 more dates until 31 Aug

a small story: eine kleine geschichte

Starcatchers and Theater o.N. present a world of objects and visual storytelling for 2–4 year olds.

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 13:30
  • 15:00

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 09:30
  • 11:30

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 13:30
  • 15:00
…and 2 more dates until 10 May

Saltbush

An interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia where children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers. Ages 4–8.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 8 May

The Studio

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets available Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 13:30
  • 19:00

Fri 9 May

The Studio

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets available Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Sat 10 May

The Studio

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets available Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 11:30
  • 15:00
…and 2 more dates until 12 May back to top

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event that draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo brings its Jurassic creations to Scotland with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Grand

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Grand

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Grand

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised!

Racing Minds The Fringe hit returns for a fourth year! Racing Minds present an improvised comic adventure based entirely on audience suggestions – unique every day. A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

Michael Che: Cartoon Violence

  • 4 stars

Michael Che / The Assembly Rooms. Critics and audiences agree NY-based comedian Michael Che is a star on the rise. Recently named one of Rolling Stone's 50 Funniest People, Che's humour applies street culture to world issues with a delivery that the New York Times describes as 'a reflective, laid-back stage presence…

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Stand III

£10 / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Stand III

£12 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Stand III

£12 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 14 more dates until 16 Aug

Brazouka

Brazouka UK The World Premiere of Braz Dos Santos' extraordinary true story from the toughest streets of Brazil. Sixteen dazzling dancers take audiences on a breathtaking journey of intense passion, sizzling sensuality, pulsing music and explosive energy. This unique dance drama is performed by Brazil's most thrilling…

Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Main Hall

£12 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Main Hall

£12 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Main Hall

£18 (£15) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Michael Mittermeier: das Blackout

Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Eddie Izzard Total sell-out 2012. ‘Quick-witted…teasingly intelligent…' ★★★★ (Telegraph). Following a successful UK invasion in 2012, Germany’s top comedian returns with a new show. An insider’s guide to Earth’s final frontier: the eerie yet fascinatingly dark landscape of the…

The Third Man, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Nightclub

£10.50 (£9.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Nightclub

£10.50 (£9.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Nightclub

£10.50 (£9.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 25 Aug

The Sonneteer

Sebastian Michael and Tom Medcalf with Optimist Creations A play on passion, power and possession, featuring the Sonnets of William Shakespeare. What drove the celebrated poet, playwright and actor to write a suite of sonnets about beauty, life and the passage of time and address them to a young man? Obsession? Folly?

AGA Showroom, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Downstairs

£8 (£6)

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Downstairs

£8 (£6)

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Downstairs

£8 (£6)

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug

A Collection of Grimms' Fairy Tales

Transforum Theatre - Kent State University Follow Hansel, Gretel, and Jacob on their journey through the forest. Using modern twists, creative shadow puppetry and animated storytelling, this heart-warming show asks you to re-evaluate classic tales and their morals. Grimms’ is suitable for all audiences.

AGA Showroom, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 23 Aug

The Bee Man Of Orn

An adaptation of Frank R Stockton's tale of a man in search of his former self.

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre

£8 (£7) / 0131 225 4825

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Theatre

£8 (£7) / 0131 225 4825

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

Theatre

£8 (£7) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Aug

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug back to top

The Bone Library

A collaboration between students and staff from Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, who are working on a project that development of 3D models in veterinary education.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0845 874 3001

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0845 874 3001

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 0845 874 3001

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 28 more dates until 24 May

Dalloway

Dyad Productions 1923: The War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell shock, and their memories and dreams magically intertwine with those of 15 other disparate souls this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper class…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Upstairs

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Ernest And The Pale Moon

Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest And The Pale Moon is a spine-chilling tale of obsession and murder from Les Enfants Terrible.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Pleasance One

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Pleasance One

£10.50 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£10.50 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Field of Light

See Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square differently thanks to Field of Light, an immersive experience by artist Bruce Munro. First seen at his home in Wiltshire in 2004, Munro reimagines his unique installation for every space it inhabits, using the medium of light to encourage visitors to explore pathways through the space in…

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 27 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Hot Dub Time Machine. Best. Party. Ever.

An all night long mashup of instantly recognisable tunes from the 60s to the present day, presented against a video backdrop.

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

McEwan Hall

£12.50 (£11.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 24 Aug back to top