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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

Cocoon

With few words and live music, Theater o.N. (Germany) take their audience on a journey from the very beginnings of life. Exploring cocoons, metamorphosis and the boundless possibilities of being. Ages 2–5 years.

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 09:30
  • 11:30

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 13:30
  • 15:00

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 09:30
  • 11:30

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

The dynamic choreographer, Éowyn Emerald, makes her European debut with an ambitious body of work. Physical, poetic, technically demanding and emotionally complex, the inspired programme reveals an artist hailed as ‘an Emerald among Portland's interlocking renaissance of dance’ (Orartswatch.com). Based in the thriving…

Greenside, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Studio One

£4 (£3) / 0131 557 2124

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio One

£4 (£3) / 0131 557 2124

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Studio One

£4 (£3) / 0131 557 2124

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 16 Aug

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
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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

Indian Peter's Coffee House

Kidnapped in 18th-century Aberdeen, enslaved in America, then captured by Indians, Peter Williamson returns to tell his incredible story with music by Rona Wilkie and Morag Brown (fiddle). Mike Maran productions presents.

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 6 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 18 Aug

The Ivor Novello Story

Romance, glamour and showbiz abound in a nostalgic journey through the life of composer, actor and musician Ivor Novello. Written by John Cairney and brought to life by James Dinsmore, Daisy Henderson, Taylor Wilson and Bill Kean.

St Mark's ArtSpace, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

Church

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Church

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 14 Aug

Church

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 16 Aug

Lili la Scala: Another Fucking Variety Show

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex. One of the most successful variety shows of 2012. This year promises bigger names, bigger songs and even more sparkle. A late night date with Lili and her glittering cavalcade of Cabarati. Regular performers include comedy genius The Boy With Tape On His Face, the outstanding Mat Ricardo (as…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

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.

Sat 2 Aug

QueenDome

£10.50 (£9.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

Moonshine, Medicine and The Mob: Whisky Tasting

Whisky Anorak. Prohibition: brought to life by extraordinary characters, historical artifacts and the liquor of the era. You wouldn't believe the stories if they weren't true. A light-hearted whisky tasting - The Whisky Anorak way. Ages 18+.

Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall at Jenners, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

Valvona & Crolla Foodhall@Jenners

£15 (£13) / 0131 260 2242

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Valvona & Crolla Foodhall@Jenners

£15 (£13) / 0131 260 2242

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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

Oliver Meech: When Magic & Science Collide

Magical comedy from the science nut.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Just the Wee One

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Just the Wee One

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Just the Wee One

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Sinatra: The Final Curtain

Musical based on the life and times of Ol' Blue Eyes.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Grand Theatre

£11 (£9) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Grand Theatre

£11 (£9) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Grand Theatre

£11 (£9) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 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 Midlife Crisis Cabaret Show

Cabaret show by a couple who just want to tick it off the 'to do' list.

The Hispaniola Restaurant, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Hispaniola

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Hispaniola

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Hispaniola

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug back to top

Thief

LRStageworks Sailor thrives in the bars, dives and flop-houses of the most squalid ports. Look, you will see him. Sailor lives for robbery, imprisonment and expulsion. Be his victim. Sailor's virtues are simple: rent, theft, and betrayal. Join him. LRStageworks presents the Scottish premiere of Thief, by Liam Rudden.

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Magic

0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Magic

0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Magic

0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

The Trojan Women

Dixie State University (Utah). Their city destroyed and their husbands slaughtered… Held in a ruined courtyard, the captive Trojan women wait to learn their fates. Will Hecuba, Cassandra and Andromache reconcile their faith in the gods who failed to save them with their new-found lives as concubines and slaves? Direct…

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 23 Aug

Twonkey's Private Restaurant– Free

Paul Vickers / Laughing Horse Comedy Presents ‘A bearded fantasist’ ★★★★ (Time Out). ‘A surrealist’s wet dream’ ★★★★ (Skinny). ‘A true comic original’ ★★★★ (Scotsman(). ‘A psychedelic trip’ ★★★★ (Exeunt). ‘Eloquent nonsense’ ★★★★ (BritishTheatreGuide.com). The Lovechild of Brian Blessed and Betty Boop gives you his new…

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Mata Hari

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Mata Hari

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Mata Hari

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

  • Directed by: Nigel Planer
  • Written by: Virginia Ironside

Scamp Theatre presents the agony columnist Virginia Ironside in her autobiographical solo show. Directed by Nigel Planer.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Studio One

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Studio One

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Studio One

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 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.

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Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

A young man creates a play about the Hindu god, Ganesh, overcoming obstacles and travelling through Nazi Germany in order to reclaim the swastika. The cast and director, however, must overcome their own obstacles to defend the play. Performed in English, German and Sanskrit with English supertitles.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 10 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 11 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tue 12 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Great Artists Steal

Bilingual production from Theatraverse, written by Seamus Collins, about invention.

theSpace @ Venue45, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Venue 45

£5 / 0845 508 8378

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Venue 45

£5 / 0845 508 8378

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Venue 45

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8378

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 23 Aug

James III: The True Mirror

The final part of the James Plays portraying James III, his grand schemes and the women who behind him.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 9 Aug

£15 / 0131 529 6000

Preview. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 10 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 14 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 5 more dates until 22 Aug

Quadrophenia

Hoghead Theatre Company The Hog Head Theatre Company is back with a new adaptation of the cult classic film Quadrophenia! London, 1964. Jimmy, loathing his dead-end job and dead-end parents, lives for his scooter and his Mod mates. It’s August Bank Holiday and gangs of Mods are heading to Brighton on their scooters.

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£5) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£5) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Space 1

£8 (£5) / 0845 508 8316

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 9 Aug

Sweeney Todd

A new imagining of Sondheim's chilling tale of the demon barber.

theSpace on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

theSpace on Niddry St

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 0844

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

theSpace on Niddry St

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 0844

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

theSpace on Niddry St

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 0844

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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