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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

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

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

Snakes! The Musical

Quite Nice Theatre. A group of young, ambitious actors have written a musical based on a film about some snakes on a plane. They think it's going to be a massive hit! They just need £50 million to produce it! Join our group of hopeful dreamers as they take you through what you can expect when the extravaganza transfers…

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Just the Fancy Room

£7.50 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Just the Fancy Room

£10.50 (£9.50) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Just the Fancy Room

£10.50 (£9.50) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

The Addams Family

An original musical story involving the well-known characters of Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Wednesday and Pugsley. With powerful chorus numbers and witty jokes intertwined with incredibly catchy songs.

Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Main Hall

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Main Hall

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

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

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The classic tale of young Alice and her magical wonderland adventures, brought to life with puppets and exciting characters.

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 2

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 2

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 2

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 9 Aug

Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies

'I have two Oscars, not one but two'. Bdafs is a powerful one-woman show which takes place on the eve of the 1939 Academy Awards. Davis, upon finding out she will lose the Oscar to Vivien Leigh, leaves the ceremony and begins a journey through her memories. A piercing insight into the struggle of an actress who…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Studio Two

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Conversation about The James Plays

The creative team behind National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays discuss their ambitious new project with Jackie McGlone.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation at Night With a Despised Character

Refuge Theatre Friedrich Durrenmatt's tale of a subversive writer in a totalitarian state visited by an executioner sent by the regime to kill him. Translation by Robert David Macdonald. The Refuge Theatre is a veteran artists' haven created for work off the beaten path; a back-to-the-basics return to acting utilizing…

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 2

£5 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 2

£5 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Theatre 2

£5 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Pirate Gran

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

Bonded by Blood

3B theatre Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are two of the most infamous and taboo criminals of the last century. This dark new musical explores the mentality behind their horrendous acts and why and how this could have happened. Whilst deeply shocked and repulsed in researching this subject two generations on, Alana…

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Zone Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Zone Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Zone Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0131 220 5911

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 16 Aug

Hamlet Private Eye

An utterly re-imagined slapstick tale of Hamlet.

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Aug

If Only Rosa Could Do Magic

Rosa has all the toys and sweeties she could ever want but no friends to play with and her parents are always away. So she creates a fantasy world of full of dragons and parents who understand her. Suitable for ages 5–9 years old.

Artspace, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:45
  • 13:30

Fri 9 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 14:30

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

Part of a new cycle of history plays by Rona Murno. This first play, based around the first James of the Stewart Kings, portrays the struggles and choices he makes to try and save himself, his Queen and his crown.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Tue 5 Aug

£15 / 0131 529 6000

Preview. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tue 12 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 16 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 20 Aug back to top

Les Misérables

Forth Children's Theatre FCT (four time ENDA winners) is back to take the Fringe by storm with an innovative and haunting production of Les Misérables. This stunning musical has been running in London’s West End for the past 28 years and is now available for youth theatres to perform. It portrays the journey of Jean…

Inverleith Church Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Inverleith Church Hall

£12 (£9) / 07794 144372

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Inverleith Church Hall

£12 (£9) / 07794 144372

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Inverleith Church Hall

£8 / 07794 144372

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Inverleith Church Hall

£12 (£9) / 07794 144372

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 9 Aug

Les Troyens

Mariinsky Opera presents a view of the Trojan's ancient world with conductor Valery Gergiev and director Yannis Kokkos. This production is sung in French with English supertitles.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 28 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 29 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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

Stories About Love, Death and a Rabbit

Stories and comedy about a lonely librarian.

Dragonfly, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Function Room

Free / 0131 228 4543

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Function Room

Free / 0131 228 4543

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Function Room

Free / 0131 228 4543

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

The Boy in Blue

Comedy ghost story about a young boy betrayed by his mates. Suitable for the family.

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 15 Aug back to top

The War

Vladamir Pankov directs the piece about a group's re-imagining of war once it becomes a reality. This piece is performed in Russian with English supertitles.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 10 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 11 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Up to Speed

A funny, moving tale about two school children, Barnaby and Jade, and what it’s like to be the odd one out. Ages 8+.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:15
  • 13:15

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 18:00

Sun 11 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 15:30

Mon 12 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:45
  • 13:15

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

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

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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