Twenty top shows at the 2012 Edinburgh Festivals
Highlights from the Fringe, Book and International Festivals
This article is from 2012.
Having scanned the 23.6m shows, exhibitions and events across the festival in late July, August and early September, we pluck out the ones that simply cannot be missed
Those halcyon days of Spitting Image and Yes Minister are not the last word in satire as the likes of Armando Iannucci have proved. Let’s have a heated debate.
Scottish Parliament, 18 Aug.
Ariane Mnouchkine once more produces some stark drama with this acclaimed and deeply committed theatre troupe.
Royal Highland Centre, 23–28 Aug.
The clown prince is hot off the plane from an award-winning Melbourne run and hell-bent on challenging both adults and kids alike in his pair of largely silent shows.
Underbelly & Assembly George Square, 2–26 Aug.
Oregon’s newest cult comedy figure may have Doug Stanhope to thank for pushing her forward but Levine’s success is all down to a very personal vision.
Assembly Rooms, 2–26 Aug.
If you’ve seen the film, you’ll be well aware of the stomach-churning goings-on in this stage show. With Norm from Cheers, no less.
Assembly George Square, 1–27 Aug.
Everyone’s favourite political comedian gets personal with Bravo Figaro!, a show about putting on an opera for his dying dad.
Traverse, 3–26 Aug.
The dark angel makes festival history by being the first headline act to perform Fringe and International shows in the same year.
Camille O’Sullivan: Changeling - Assembly Rooms, 4–7 Aug
The Rape of Lucrece - Lyceum Theatre, 22–26 Aug; The Hub, 25 Aug.
A spectacular staple of the August calendar, this year’s Tattoo celebrates the Diamond Jubilee and Creative Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle, 3–25 Aug.
The French talents of choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and techno hero Laurent Garnier combine for a dance feast.
And then, one thousand years of peace
Helikopter/Eldorado (Sonntags Abschied)
Edinburgh Playhouse, 17–22 Aug.
Of the three Fringe shows marking the notorious band of early rock‘n’pop deaths (Cobain, Winehouse, Joplin and co), Forever 27’s musical stramash looks especially intriguing.
Assembly George Square, 2–27 Aug.
The Turner Prize winner tackles the iconic One O’Clock Gun for a sound art explosion across the city.
Various venues, 2 Aug–2 Sep.
Can a show merge football, dance, acrobatics and martial arts successfully? They can when it’s from South Korea, a country obsessed with all four.
Assembly Hall, 2–26 Aug.
Back at the Fringe after too long away, the Jonathan Creek actor trawls some dark territory for his new show.
EICC, 9–14 Aug.
Dave Gorman’s former partner in non-fiction japery gets all serious with his debut novel about chance.
Charlotte Square Gardens, 18 Aug.
Angus Farquhar’s arts crew leads a team of runners across an Edinburgh landmark in an exciting fiesta of light and colour.
Arthur’s Seat, 9 Aug–1 Sep.
If you thought The Boy with Tape on His Face was the radical side of mime, you’d best catch the profane silence of this US satirist.
The Caves, 2–23 Aug.
The two Davids, Greig and Harrower, team up for a double bill curiously linked by nuclear politics and sharp comedy.
Traverse, 5–26 Aug.
You’ll have read the books and seen the TV show, so now experience it up on stage.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–26 Aug.
The award-winning jazz singer gets intimate with both her audience and the work of Duke Ellington.
Salon Elegance, 26 Jul; Festival Theatre, 28 Jul.