Edinburgh Festival listings

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Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

Absurd one-liners from telly regular Jones.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Main Hall

£18 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Main Hall

£18 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Main Hall

£18 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 10 more dates until 21 Aug

Sufjan Stevens

American singer-songwriter who came to prominence after 2000's A Sun Came. Renowned for experimenting with different styles, from electronic to lo-fi folk, Stevens' latest album is called Carrie & Lowell.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sun 30 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug

The Amazing Bubbleman

Louis Pearl Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite, he has sold out every year for the last eight years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Music Hall

£11 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£11 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Trevor Noah: The Racist

Sharp wit and intelligent commentary from the South African comic.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Mon 24 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£12) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 25 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£12) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 26 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£12) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 30 Aug back to top

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

The King's Players When Mrs Leech (74, Chairman of the Boules Club) dies, she is fortunate enough to be afforded a place in heaven. It isn't long, however, before her busy-body attitude and grey-haired determination get her caught up in a celestial squabble. Whilst forming friendships with a group of dissatisfied…

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Mint Studio

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Mint Studio

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Mint Studio

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 29 Aug

Berlioz's Grande messe des morts

Philharmonia Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor Edinburgh Festival Chorus Christopher Bell Chorus Master Lawrence Brownlee Tenor Berlioz Grande messe des morts Berlioz’s monumental Requiem is one of the grandest works ever conceived, with music both elemental and touchingly poignant summoned by epic…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Aug

£12 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Carnival of the Animals

Aire Ensemble in association with The Naturalist Swim like a fish or fly like a bird! March like an elephant or glide like a swan! Come with us on a thoroughly theatrical tour through Saint-Saens' marvellous musical montage of zany zoology. The knowledgeable naturalist Paul Ratcliffe gives a quick-change laugh out loud…

Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Church hall

£3 / 0131 332 0122

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Church hall

£8 (£5) / 0131 332 0122

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Church hall

£8 (£5) / 0131 332 0122

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 19 Aug

Edinburgh Mela

World music, dance, fashion, food and fun spread over four areas: the Main Music Stage, the Mela World Dance Feste (newly established in 2012), the Mela Mix stage and the Mela Kidzone. The Mela Global Food Village is on hand to replenish your energy after taking in all the sights and sounds.

Leith Links, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

Sun 30 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

Antigone

Ivo van Hove directs a stellar cast including Juliette Binoche, Obi Abili, Kirsty Bushell, Samuel Edward-Cook, Finbar Lynch, Patrick O’Kane and Kathryn Pogson in Anne Carson’s striking new translation of Sophokles’s great tragedy. Binoche plays Antigone, a Theban noblewoman whose brother is deemed a traitor after…

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£17 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 8 Aug

£17 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 9 Aug

£17 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 11 more dates until 22 Aug back to top

Artists’ Open Studios and Exhibition

Coburg House Art Studios Seventy contemporary artists/makers open their studios to the public. Quality contemporary paintings, ceramics, jewellery, wooden boxes, textiles, weaving, metalwork, printmaking illustration/design, signwriting, architecture and landscape design. Also an exhibition in the gallery connected to…

Coburg House Studios, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

Free / 0131 554 6888

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Free / 0131 554 6888

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bounce

Lou Brodie and Platform present a non stop physical performance inside a bespoke bouncy inflatable. Suitable for ages 5–8.

Southside Community Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 14 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Fri 15 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 16 May

£12.01 (£8.21) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sun 17 May

£12.01 (£8.21) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour

Black Hart Entertainment A terrifying journey into the lair of the world famous Mackenzie Poltergeist, the best documented supernatural case in history. Our walks combine the weirdest stories, wickedest humour and wildest history. City of the Dead has been named ‘Britain’s Best Ghost Walk’ (Yahoo! Travel, Virgin Media…

Outside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Mon 3 Aug

Outside St. Giles Cathedral

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 9044

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 4 Aug

Outside St. Giles Cathedral

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 9044

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 5 Aug

Outside St. Giles Cathedral

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 9044

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 26 more dates until 31 Aug

Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie!

MZA & CHiLL Productions ‘Riotously funny!’ (Independent). Get snap happy with an evening of gloriously camp, no-holds-barred comedy. Craig flashes his kilt pins, strikes a pose and calls: Lights, camera… and, most definitely, action! Bring your auntie, bring your hubby, bring your selfie! ‘Laugh-out-loud…

Venue 150 @ EICC, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Lomond Theatre

£8.50 / 0844 847 1639

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Lomond Theatre

£10 / 0844 847 1639

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Lomond Theatre

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 847 1639

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

Forth on the Fringe

Radio Forth Ltd Now in its eighth year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in comedy, cabaret and entertainment, hosted by Forth One’s breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene. Previous guests have included: Adam Hills, Jason…

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Fri 7 Aug

Auditorium

£19.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Auditorium

£19.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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It's Only Words

Louise Reay / PWYW It’s Only Words is a first for the Edinburgh Fringe – a comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all! This unique debut from comedian Louise Reay is based on the idea that only 7% of communication is verbal. Come and experiment with the remaining 93%! You’ll understand it, but…

Just the Tonic at the Community Project, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Little Kirk

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Little Kirk

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Little Kirk

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Ivor Dembina: New Jewish Jokes

Ivor Dembina New show. Follow-up to last year's Old Jewish Jokes. ★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com). ★★★★ (Mirror). ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). Expect a marvellous comedian to use the inimitable flavour of traditional Jewish humour to take on some more tricky subjects. All seating is unreserved and latecomers may not…

The Stand Comedy Club V, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Stand 5

£7 (£6) / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Stand 5

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Stand 5

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum

Katherine Ryan The star of Live at the Apollo, QI and The Jonathan Ross Show, the razor sharp and hilariously funny Canadian returns to the Festival. Direct from a complete sell-out national tour throughout the UK and Australia, Katherine premieres her eagerly awaited brand new show. Put this at the top of your…

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Stand 3

£10 / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Stand 3

£12 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Stand 3

£12 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 22 Aug

Lang Lang in Recital

Bach Italian Concerto Tchaikovsky The Seasons Chopin Four Scherzos Lang Lang returns to the Usher Hall for a solo recital showcasing the poetry and pyrotechnics of his powerful pianism, from the brisk precision of Bach to the dazzling keyboard fireworks of Chopin, by way of Tchaikovsky’s gloriously lyrical The…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Late Show

Neil Masters for Comedy Zoo Where the who's who of comedy and comedy’s new breakout stars love to perform and audiences love to be. Previous acts include: Adam Hills, Noel Fielding, Jim Jefferies, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti, Reginald D Hunter, Stewart Lee, Jack Whitehall, Henning Wehn, Dara O Briain, Jason Manford…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£14 (£12.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£11 (£9.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 29 Aug back to top

Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?

  • 3 stars

The comedian with a follow-up to her What Would Beyonce Do? show.

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Aug

The Theatre

£16.50 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

The Theatre

£16.50 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

The Theatre

£16.50 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine: The Other Half

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. In this unique collaboration between the leading lights of crime fiction and country music, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham and acclaimed Americana duo My Darling Clementine come together to present a dark and glorious mix of song and story. Pain, loss, violence. The…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Aug

The Ballroom

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 29 Aug

The Ballroom

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 30 Aug

The Ballroom

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Max Richter

Pioneering British musician Max Richter inhabits an indefinable realm between contemporary classical and indie pop, creating achingly gorgeous soundscapes that combine the icy purity of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt with the richness of contemporary electronica. Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons…

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Mon 24 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Nina Conti: In Your Face

PBJ She's won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard's Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without moving her lips. Nina creates a new show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face. With…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Pleasance One

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pleasance One

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

A Pocketful of Grimms

Story Pocket Theatre Let the storyteller take you to a land of fables and wonder to explore some of the best fairy tales ever told. Find yourself lost in a host of adventures that are weird, dark, funny and fantastical. An exciting new look at some of the most loved and less well known stories collected by the Brothers…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Dining Room

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Dining Room

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Dining Room

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 31 Aug back to top