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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

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

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

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

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

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

Best of Burlesque

Chaz Royal & Edinburgh Burlesque Festival. International Impresario Chaz Royal (London Burlesque Festival, Sexy Circus Sideshow) presents an all-star roundup of the best burlesque at the Fringe. Sultry strip tease, cutting edge cabaret and vaudeville variety collide like no other show around! The grand finale of…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Bosco

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Bosco

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Bosco

£16 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug back to top

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

Not Now Bernard

  • Directed by: Ellen McDougall

Unicorn Theatre bring David McKee’s iconic picture book to life. Bernard has found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster, with unfortunate consequences. Suitable for 2–5 years.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:15
  • 13:15

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 11:45
  • 14:45

Sweet Mambo

Pina Bausch's piece of dance theatre about the relationship between the sexes.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sat 23 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 24 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 25 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Next Big Thing

DK Productions After a series of rejected formulaic novels, an aspiring author finally creates a heroine who has a will of her own. Unexpectedly, Liberty literally comes alive, transforming her creator’s life by bringing magical success. But things soon get out of hand and success isn’t always what it promises to be….

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£4) / 0845 557 6308

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£4) / 0845 557 6308

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 1

£10 (£8) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 23 Aug back to top

A Few Good Men

The Nomad Theatre present this witty courtroom drama.

Greenside, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Studio One

£12 (£10) / 0131 557 2124

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Studio One

£12 (£10) / 0131 557 2124

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Studio One

£12 (£10) / 0131 557 2124

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 9 Aug

Austentatious: An Improvised Novel

An irreverent show performed in period costume, borne from suggestions from the audience.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Colin Cloud: Forensic Mind Reader

Real-life forensic scientist (and presumably huge Sherlock fan) Colin Cloud finds the guiltiest person in the room by using his magnificent skills of deduction, as well as memorising huge amounts of info and profiling a murderer.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Just Up the Stairs

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Just Up the Stairs

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Just Up the Stairs

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion

A large-scale music-theatre work featuring Harry Partch's instruments and inspired by Ethiopian myth and Japenese Noh theatre pieces.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Drunk Lion

Chris Davis / Free Festival A lonely alcoholic lion spends his days drinking himself into oblivion in a cantina, until he meets Chris, a young foreigner learning how to speak Spanish. The unlikely pair forge an intoxicated bond over life, love and alcohol. ‘Hilarious and philosophical, surreal and vividly descriptive……

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Basement

Free / 0131 557 5830

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Basement

Free / 0131 557 5830

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Basement

Free / 0131 557 5830

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug back to top

Grandad and Me

Using original music, choreography and animation inspired by the illustrations of Jon Bishop this living storybook explores loss and the treasures of memory and imagination. Ages 5+.

North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:45
  • 13:30

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Mon 12 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Pirate Gran

  • Directed by: Pieter Lawman
  • Written by: Geraldine Durrant

You'd never know Gran was a pirate – until you need her most! Based on Geraldine Durrant & Rose Forshall's Pirate Gran series.

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Udderbelly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Udderbelly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Udderbelly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

The Tulip Tree- The Love Story of J Enoch Powell

Oriel Theatre Company Enoch Powell is regarded alongside Margaret Thatcher as the most divisive figure in modern British politics. But the event that defined the second half of his life had nothing to do with politics; it was a love affair that Powell, even in his eighties, referred to as the turning point of his life.

theSpace on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

theSpace on Niddry St

£8 (£6.50) / 0845 557 0844

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

theSpace on Niddry St

£8 (£6.50) / 0845 557 0844

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

theSpace on Niddry St

£10 (£8.50) / 0845 557 0844

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug

15% of The Seagull

Mayer and Martin One serious actor, one flippant amateur, one classic Chekhovian drama and a very naughty seagull, equal one hilarious and touching theatrical comedy. Flying in via Brighton and Camden Fringes, this comedy two-hander follows one star-struck woman’s attempt to produce, direct and star in her own…

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Zone Theatre

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Zone Theatre

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Zone Theatre

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 17 Aug

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Drama students from Fife College Relive the angst of young unrequited love, the nerves of amateur actors who have to perform for the Duke or risk being hanged, and the mischief and mayhem caused by the fairies. Be carried away to a woodland full of magic where anything could happen…

Edinburgh Elim

Tue 19 Aug

Mainstage

£8 (£5) / 0131 447 5086

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 21 Aug

Mainstage

£8 (£5) / 0131 447 5086

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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