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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

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

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

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

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

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

An Extraordinary Light

Play about the life of Rosalind Franklin who played a key part in the discovery of DNA's structure.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 1

£6 (£5) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 1

£6 (£5) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 (£7) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 16 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

Casual Encounters

Nologo Productions presents the tale of a couple who decide to spice up their marriage – with unexpected consequences.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£4) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 1

£5 (£4) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 1

£7 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 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 back to top

The Immigration Lottery

ThreeWoods Playwright It's a brand new script written and performed by the HKADC Emerging Artists Grant receiver, Cathy SK Lam. A Chinese lady who randomly won the immigration lottery. It is a story about her hilarious day at the immigration office, where she shows she is determined and driven to have this random new…

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 3

£7 (£5) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 3

£7 (£5) / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 3

£7 (£5) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 9 Aug

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex McAleer / Free Festival Mentalist, mind-magician or psychological-illusionist - call him what you will, Alex McAleer reads minds. This is contemporary mentalism at its best, combining a sharp wit with 'uncanny powers of prediction' (ThisIsCabaret.com). Alex reveals strangers' secrets, demonstrates why you should…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Studio

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

Studio

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Studio

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 22 Aug

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

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.

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Lunch with the Literati

Fencible Productions The Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh's Rutland Square hosts a series of five encounters with Scotland's greatest masters of prose and poetry. You will be presented with the illustrated life and work of James Boswell, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. One…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Seabright Productions - Festival Highlights This new solo performance shows the late, great Englishman in New York and London. Drawing on Quentin’s own writing and performances, this new script is by Mark Farrelly, who also performs. Directed by Linda Marlowe. 'It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile, be yourself…

The Third Man, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Dining Room

£6

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Dining Room

£6

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Dining Room

£11 (£10)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Gnosis

Dance piece looking at the idea of the 'knowledge within' and the inner and outward battles of human characters.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Wed 20 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 21 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Helen Lawrence

The story of one woman's journey, tracking her target across the city.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 25 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tue 26 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Inheritance Blues

DugOut Theatre Back by popular demand, DugOut Theatre return with their award-winning, Fringe favourite Inheritance Blues. A comedy about decade old rivalries, heavy drinking, familial debt and a blues cover band. Join this exciting young company for a night of laugh out loud comedy, consummate storytelling and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Above

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Above

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Above

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Mafia on Prozac

The Classic City Stage Company Mafia on Prozac is a dark comedy by Edward Allan Baker. On a pier in Rhode Island, two mob hitmen discuss the fate of a man they have been ordered to kill who is currently tied up in a burlap sack. Hilarity ensues as they discuss life, death and everything in between.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 3

£4 / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 3

£4 / 0845 508 8515

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 3

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 9 Aug

Outings

Seabright Productions - Festival Highlights Few comings-out attract millions of YouTube views like Tom Daley's did. But for whoever's saying 'I'm gay', it's a life-changing moment. This premiere explores true-life stories with a rotating cast of star actors and comedians - visit www.OutingsTheShow.com for details.

The Third Man, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Debating Hall

£10

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Debating Hall

£10

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Debating Hall

£12 (£11)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Pathos: Can You Kill for Love?

Compagnia Teatro in Centro Jealousy: the fear of losing your loved one. A violent emotion, unstoppable. So strong it can escalate into a crime of passion. Where does it come from? When does passion evolve into obsession, forcing someone (a stranger, your neighbour, your partner) to kill? Pathos explores the mechanism…

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Amphitheatre

£7 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Amphitheatre

£7 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Amphitheatre

£7 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 9 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.

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