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Inala

A mix of Western ballet and traditional Zulu song and dance with live music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

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.

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone

Soho Theatre Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith for instance. You maybe. You’re Not Alone is a provocative, moving and comic production that chronicles one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q. Kim Noble takes his…

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

Traverse 1

£13 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 21 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 24 Aug

The Curing Room

Stripped Down Productions Spring 1944 - seven Soviet soldiers have been captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and abandoned in the locked empty cellar of a monastery in southern Poland. Deprived of all ties to their world, the prisoners redefine their concepts of order and human nature. In order to survive the men…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

KingDome

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

KingDome

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

KingDome

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

The Hemline Index

Portmanteau A poor economy lengthens more than the hemline. In 1984: second-wave feminism, economic boom and miniskirts. 2014? Fourth-wave, underemployment, the mid-length. Women are getting married later, having children later, and hope to have it all figured out by 30. Daughters, mothers, friends, lovers… Combining…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

The Cellar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

The Cellar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Cellar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

The Post Show

The Berserker Residents We begin at the end. As the audience takes their seats, the show concludes. A post-show discussion commences and morphs into a hilarious, contorted, face-melting, loop of insanity. Part scripted and part improvisation, The Post Show is front-to-back hilarious, yes, but it's also an honest and…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Two

£7 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Two

£7 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Two

£7 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant

Kyle Bissett Productions What would happen if the bogles, banshees, demons and selkies of Scots folklore were involved in the independence referendum? Elaine C Smith leads a cast of some of Scotland’s finest actors, and surprise cameos, in Alan Bissett’s sparkling satire. ‘This is brilliant stuff, an exhilaratingly…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

The Trial of Jane Fonda

Terry Jastrow and Dann Moss for TAD Productions Limited Jane Fonda is one of the most controversial anti-war activists in American history. On 18 June 1988, in a little-known event, Fonda confronted a room of hostile Vietnam veterans in Waterbury, Connecticut, who were boycotting the filming of her movie Stanley &…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Music Hall

£16 (£13) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Dizney Rascal

Rebecca Humphries / La Favorita Freestival Disney lied to Rebecca. She never married a Prince, her flat is no castle, and her nannies definitely never looked like Julie Andrews. With live accompaniment and special guests, the star of Comedy Central's Big Bad World exposes the questionable moral messages Walt and co…

Fingers Piano Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Space 1

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Space 1

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Space 1

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 17 Aug

I Killed Rasputin

Avalon Promotions Ltd, by Richard Herring A new play by Richard Herring. American journalist EM Halliday visits the aged Russian Prince and conspirator in the murder of Rasputin, Felix Yusupov, improbably still alive in 1967. The former richest man in Russia, now reduced to making money from his tall tale, is haunted…

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Theatre

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Theatre

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Theatre

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

Tim Fountain, Lizzie Roper, Seabright Productions, Gilded Balloon, Festival Highlights The Queen of Spleen reigns supreme! Tim Fountain (Sex Addict, Resident Alien) brings you this uproarious sequel to 2004 smash Julie Burchill is Away. Starring Lizzie Roper. Director: Mike Bradwell. 'A cracker' (Spectator).

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Nightclub

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Nightclub

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Nightclub

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Mental

The Vacuum Cleaner The Metropolitan Police call him a 'domestic extremist'. The NHS described him as ‘highly disturbed’ and labelled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. ‘A real and present threat to our business’ is how E.ON described him in the court. He prefers the term Mental. Directed by Perrier Award Best…

Pleasance Pop-Up: The Bedroom, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Bedroom

£10 (£8)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 8 Aug

The Bedroom

£10 (£8)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Bedroom

£10 (£8)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 24 Aug

My Obsession

Mick Perrin Worldwide Paul Merton joins Suki Webster in this superb new comedy play about a stand-up meeting his number one fan. Thirty minutes of obsessive fun somehow packed into half an hour. Written by Suki Webster. Directed by John Nicholson. Paul Merton: ‘Razor sharp wit’ (Daily Telegraph). ‘The best in the…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Upstairs

£5 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£5 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£5 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 16 Aug

Next to Normal

Act Up Theatre Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse addressing issues of bipolar disorder, loss and ethics in modern psychiatry through an energetic rock score. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this…

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 5 Aug

Grand Theatre

£5 / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

Grand Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

Grand Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 15 Aug

Pennyroyal

Asa Nisi Masa James and Laura broke up. Not uncommon after going through something like that. Pennyroyal is a darkly comic one man show about relationships, mistakes and what it is to be a man. James is recently single and nearly thirty. Join him as he searches Dublin streets for meaning in the empty nights of dating…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Baillie Room

£6 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Baillie Room

£6 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Baillie Room

£9 (£8) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company ‘A wild, wild ride! It's funny. Really, really funny… And most of all, it's really, really smart’ (Cincinnati Enquirer). The subject they were born to reduce! Festival favourites return with The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), dissecting humour from Aristophanes to Zaltzman. The bad…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Pleasance One

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Pleasance One

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

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

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Grand Theatre

£11 (£9) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 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

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.

Ten Bits On Boondoggling

Job Details / Technical Specifications: 2 x builders - 1 x hammer - 1 x hacksaw (0.4 metres) - 1 x nail-gun (35mm, 240v) - 100 x press ups - 2 x 6-packs - ? x surrounding voices. Planning Permission: GRANTED. PPE: Hardhat, Hi-Vis, Ear-Plugs, Safety Goggles. Invoice to follow…

Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 556 8765

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 22:40 – 23:40

Sun 3 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 556 8765

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 22:40 – 23:40

Mon 4 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 556 8765

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 22:40 – 23:40
…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

Treasure Island

Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Critically acclaimed Fourth Monkey present a fast-paced and funny mistelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. A group of beautiful fools take on one of the most famous adventure stories in history. Be amazed how they tackle subjects such as greed, good vs. evil, and who will play the…

theSpace on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 557 0844

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 557 0844

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£11 (£9) / 0845 557 0844

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves… 6

AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL / PBH's Free Fringe One performance only. Turn up early, sell out expected. Under 18s cannot attend this show due to licensing restrictions at the venue.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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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

Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Improv Musical

Baron Sternlook Productions James Lovelock (Showstopper, Music Box) and his herd of improvisers bring you the biggest, most chaotic and silliest musicals ever never written, all from your very own suggestions. ‘This quality of performance, which is rarely assured within improvised performance, is a breath of fresh air…

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Studio Theatre

£6.50 (£5) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Studio Theatre

£6.50 (£5) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio Theatre

£6.50 (£5) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Beowulf: The Blockbuster

The UK premiere of Beowulf: The Blockbuster is at the Pleasance Courtyard: Beside, Edinburgh from Wednesday 30 July to Sunday 24 August at 12.50pm. It is written and performed by Bryan Burroughs, directed by David Horan designed by Maree Kearns with lighting by Kevin Smith: the creative team for 2013 Fringe First Award…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Beside

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Beside

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Beside

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Bottleneck

HighTide Festival Theatre Back by popular demand, HighTide Festival Theatre presents Bottleneck by Luke Barnes. ‘ Bottleneck is an outstanding play’ ★★★★ (Telegraph). Am I a virgin? I think I am. I mean it went in her but it was floppy and not very nice so I think I'm a virgin. I'm going to say I am. Will look better…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Topside

£6 / 0844 545 8252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Topside

£6 / 0844 545 8252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Topside

£6 / 0844 545 8252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

The Colour Ham

Magical comedy sketch group comprising Colin McLeod, Gavin Oattes and Kevin McMahon, making good use of absurdity, magic and mentalism. Member Gavin Oattes allegedly once licked Paul Daniels' face, so anything could happen, really.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Just the Big Room

£5 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Just the Big Room

£11 / 0131 556 5375

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Just the Big Room

£11 / 0131 556 5375

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug back to top