Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his brand-new show, Dr Cosmos to the Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on his 49-date UK tour. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation... 

Comic Relief Live

Comic Relief Live

Join one of the UK's top comedians as they host a line-up of some of the most exciting comedy talent in the country. And the best bit? The money raised will support Comic Relief to help people around the world, as well as here in the UK... 

Attrape Moi

Attrape Moi

There is nothing so delightful as watching something you assume to be impossible done before your eyes. Attrape Moi, by Quebecois company Flip FabriQue, perfectly captures this delight in every single moment of its packed Fringe offering returning from 2016... 

Starman

Starman

The international hit returns for a limited run after touring the world. Cabaret superstar Sven Ratzke takes audiences on a trip where facts and fantasy melt into an exciting mystery... 

Sven Ratzke: Homme Fatale

Sven Ratzke: Homme Fatale

The supernova of international cabaret and festival favourite, Sven Ratzke returns to Edinburgh in a spectacular embodiment of all that is fatal, peculiar and enigmatic in a man's world... 

Really Want to Hurt Me

Really Want to Hurt Me

Self identity, depression, sexual awakenings and The Smiths are all topics central to writer/director Ben SantaMaria’s incredibly touching and heartfelt play about growing up gay in the 1980’s... 

Briefs: Close Encounters

Briefs: Close Encounters

I was lucky enough to be in the audience when Briefs made their Fringe debut at the Gilded Balloon back in 2011. The show was fresh, new and utterly original. The company was so small and broke that they held a raffle during the show to try and recoup some of the expense of shipping themselves over to the UK... 

Legacy: A Mother's Song

Legacy: A Mother's Song

Legacy: A Mother's Song, one of two devised musicals under the 'Legacy' banner at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is the distinctly less crowd-pleasing of the pair. Whilst there is no need to see A Mother's Song in order to comprehend The Book Of Names and vice versa, they do make for an interesting comparison piece when placed side-by-side... 

David O'Doherty: You Have to Laugh

David O'Doherty: You Have to Laugh

Unhook your mindbras. David O'Doherty is back in Edinburgh with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC Two's Live at the Apollo and Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 

The Approach

The Approach

This simple and significant piece of theatre commences with three women each sat forebodingly on chairs at various points of the stage, as an ear-scratching soundtrack creates a backdrop that implies something ominous is about to occur... 

Legacy: The Book of Names

Legacy: The Book of Names

At first glance The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's two collaborative productions with the American Music Theatre Project may seem remarkably similar to last year's pair. Two tales of the journey between Scotland and America, bridging the gap between the nations in a manner similar to the collaborative nature of their creation... 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

The perfect end to your evening of entertainment with the biggest and best comedy line-ups in all of Edinburgh! Previous guests include Jason Byrne, David O'Doherty, Shappi Khorsandi, Milton Jones, Sara Pascoe, Sam Simmons, Joe Lycett, Andrew Maxwell and many, many more! Head to assemblyfestival... 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Musical farce based on the hit 1988 film. Life is good for Lawrence Jamieson. The season has provided a steady supply of wealthy, gullible women to con on the French Riviera. But the arrival of low-brow hustler Freddy threatens to scare them all away... 

Ali McGregor: Decadence

Ali McGregor: Decadence

Ali returns to Edinburgh with her sold-out show Decadence. Ali ran away from the Opera to join cabaret sensation La Clique and has become an essential part of the international cabaret scene... 

Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo

Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo

With sharp humour and a soulful, soaring voice in a show that illuminates her love-hate relationship with "bad boyfriend" America. The New York chanteuse delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy, unpacking the feelings for her country with belting songs and her trademark wit... 

The St Andrews Revue Presents: Bears!

The St Andrews Revue Presents: Bears!

The St Andrews Revue are back for their eighth Edinburgh Fringe! This year they're on the run from the law, and their 'extremely funny' (BroadwayBaby.com) sketch comedy show has been seized as evidence... 

Jason Byrne: You Can Come in, But Don't Start Anything

Jason Byrne: You Can Come in, But Don't Start Anything

Fringe legend and 'outright king of live comedy' (Times), Jason Byrne, is opening the doors again for more comedy chaos. Everyone is welcome (unless you're under 14). Strap in as Jason takes you on a trip of mad routines alongside some proper bonkers stunts... 

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir

The spectacular two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Edinburgh with a special concert, Songs of the Free, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the Father of the rainbow nation... 

Your Bard

Your Bard

Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Spend a rip-roaring hour in the pub with the man himself! He'll tell you all about his family, what it's like on tour and the glory days at the Globe... 

Bugle Boys – A Salute to the Andrews Sisters

Bugle Boys – A Salute to the Andrews Sisters

Before The Spice Girls, before The Supremes...there was The Andrews Sisters. The original girl group were a global sensation and their music still resonates to this day. Frocked up to the nines in faux military costumes, Bugle Boys dance and sing (not lip-synch) some of their most beloved songs including Pistol Packin' Mama, Rum And Coca Cola and more... 

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Poetry meets stand-up. Fast-paced witty verses from political to poignant, sardonic to downright comic. Trump, Brexit, memory, guns, plastic. Byron returns after shows in the USA and Australia... 

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe

UK’s original touring Taiko Tribe returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show of skill, stamina and red-hot rhythms to stir your soul! As Mugenkyo approach their 25th year as Europe’s longest established taiko organisation, they celebrate the growth of their tribe of performers from across the globe, with a captivating performance of sharp synchronisation, mysterious masked movement and sumptuous soundscapes, wrapped up in a breath-taking display of high energy, elegant choreography and powerful earth-shaking rhythms on huge taiko drums... 

Heroine

Heroine

World premiere and programmed for Made in Scotland 2018 – Heroine is based on the true story of Danna Davis and her 10 years in the US Army. A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story exploring healing, forgiveness and what speaking your truth really means – with grit, lyricism and necessary black humour... 

Are There More of You?

Are There More of You?

Alison Skilbeck tells the linked tales of four women with only a postcode in common. Painful, scary, hilarious, and heart-warming, the stories chart each wildly different character's search for love and happiness... 

Josh Berry: Voice Thief

Josh Berry: Voice Thief

Josh Berry is a Voice Thief. Whether it's Andy Murray, Jacob Rees Mogg, Daniel Radcliffe or even Prince Harry – his uncanny and hilarious impressions will leave you wondering whether he has in fact stolen these voices from the very people themselves... 

Frank Carson: If I Didnt Laugh I'd Cry

Frank Carson: If I Didnt Laugh I'd Cry

Irish comic Mike McCabe knew Frank. Frank was so taken with Mike's impression of him he bought him drinks for the rest of the evening and they became friends. If I Didn't Laugh I'd Cry tells the story of Frank's rise to fame and it also gives an insight into some of the tragedy that Carson suffered during his life... 

360 Allstars

360 Allstars

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 Allstars connects street with elite to deliver a radical urban circus. Boasting a stellar international cast including the two-time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two world champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, and an exceptional roue cyr artist, 360 Allstars is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture... 

A Substitute for Life

A Substitute for Life

'Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for real life'. Robert Louis Stevenson's words resonate for Francis Kenworthy, played by Tim Hardy in Simon Brett's new one-man play, directed by Alison Skilbeck... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Kickstart your festival with Assembly's renowned opening night gala. Join us as we celebrate and launch our biggest programme yet, bringing you highlights from across our 200+ strong season, all rolled into one spectacular package... 

Bingo!

Bingo!

  • Listing
  • Musicals and Opera
  • Scotland
  • Multiple Venues
  • 6th Mar - 21st Apr 2018

Grid Iron Theatre Company and Stellar Quines Theatre Company present Bingo!, a new musical comedy focusing on lives of six characters and one fateful night at the bingo. Bingo! tours Scotland in March and April 2018... 

The Fall

The Fall

In a month where white supremacists have marched through the streets over Charlottesville in protest against the removal of a Confederate statue, there could not be a more relevant time to tell the story of #Rhodesmustfall... 

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir

The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in 2002 and embraces the diverse music of South Africa, a country with eleven official languages and subsequent communities. Guiding us on a tour of its sonorous heritage, the choir holds a phenomenal ability to create a rich and exquisitely harmonious tapestry out of simple ingredients: usually just the human voice and some form of traditional drumming as accompaniment... 

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O’Doherty – the Ryanair Enya, the Aldi Bublé – returns to the Fringe with last year's hit show Big Time, an hour of talking and songs in a haunted hall on a hill filled with portraits of men who look like cocker spaniels. 

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

America's Got Talent winner, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, heads to Fringe for three nights only, fresh from headline shows in Las Vegas, with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets... 

Velvet Evening Séance

Velvet Evening Séance

As we enter the shadowy theatre of Assembly Hall we see an imposing set of gallows upon which a young man sits shackled as a lone pianist plays quiet discordant music. It's a suitably atmospheric and haunting set up for a show that revels in the aesthetic of late Victorian mysticism and magic, and the start of a fabulously creepy and slick new play... 

Comic Relief Live

Comic Relief Live

Join John Bishop and a line-up of some of the most exciting comedy talent in the country to raise money for Comic Relief, helping people living incredibly tough lives, both in the UK and across Africa... 

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Mark Steel begins with a witty satire about the calamitous circus show that was the recent Tory election campaign, setting the tone for this solid left-wing stand-up show. The show is heavy on bloke humour, which is no bad thing... 

My Real Life

My Real Life

Noel has multiple sclerosis. As he sees it his next few months will be an inevitable, excruciating descent into paralysis and eventually death. His body has already started to go. And so Noel records his final goodbye on a tape recorder for his friend Rich, a final memento for the living before he takes his own life... 

Atlantic: America and the Great War

Atlantic: America and the Great War

There is beautiful music at the heart of Atlantic: America & The Great War. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have done an excellent job putting together a show that sounds epic, intimate and touching throughout... 

Sigma

Sigma

Four shrouded women take to the stage. They each remove their shrouds and, one by one, they list their hopes for the upcoming show. They want a performance that has fabulous juggling skills, they want a feminist statement, they want it to incorporate Bharatanatyam dancing and they want sexy men to do the dancing... 

Kokdu: The Soul Mate

Kokdu: The Soul Mate

Kokdu: Soul Mate is physical theatre with charm, humour and a supernatural frisson inspired by Korean shamanistic rites and belief in the Kokdu, a spirit guide who accompanies the deceased to the afterlife... 

China Goes Pop!

China Goes Pop!

China Goes Pop is an action-packed hour for all the family to enjoy; full of acrobatics held together by a simple love story between two of the performers.This performance opens with dancers jumping through hoops of various heights and sizes... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

In Gratiano, a forgettable side character from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice steps on stage for an hour for a solo show about heroes, villains, nobodies and the rise of fascism... 

Jason Byrne: The Man with Three Brains

Jason Byrne: The Man with Three Brains

Jason Byrne is no stranger to festival stand-up, or festival audiences, and he has returned once again to Scotland’s capital with his new tour, The Man with Three Brains (although, we never actually touch on the title during the performance)... 

Milton Jones is Out There

Milton Jones is Out There

Milton Jones is a true wordsmith, often dubbed the master of the one-liner, he is absolutely true to form in his latest Edinburgh Fringe offering. Milton Jones is Out There begins unusually, and his stage is littered with props that are all made good use of by the end of the performance, some in more ways than one... 

Seven Crazy Bitches

Seven Crazy Bitches

Shakespeare may have had his seven ages of man but Holly Morgan presents the seven ages of (wo)man in Seven Crazy Bitches, a ‘standing up cabaret’ or ‘standaret’ performance with silly wigs, singing and the answer to her question, how many twopenny coins could one of her ex boyfriends fit under his foreskin?Morgan pins a diva on each age of womanhood – matching Shakespeare stage for stage – from childhood represented by the Virgin Mary to Shirley Bassey as the older woman... 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Fairytales don’t really make much sense. Designed to be as simple as possible in order to be told without the need for cumbersome text or complex detail, they are all iconic in that very simplicity... 

Chamber Pot Opera

Chamber Pot Opera

This isn’t an eccentric metaphor or a pseudonym for a filthy cabaret, it is exactly what it says. Three vocalists, a pianist, a female lavatory and a whistle-stop emotional tour of aria-filled theatre... 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

The perfect end to your evening of entertainment with the biggest and best comedy line-ups in all of Edinburgh! Previous guests include Jason Byrne, David O’Doherty, Shappi Khorsandi, Milton Jones, Sara Pascoe, Sam Simmons, Joe Lycett, Andrew Maxwell and many many more! Head to assemblyfestival... 

The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Today's class is about love, heartbreak and The Little Mermaid. Not all lessons can be learnt in school. Chris Woodley's autobiographical solo show invites you back into the classroom to learn about loss, survival and Brazil nuts... 

The St Andrews Revue presents: The Big Time

The St Andrews Revue presents: The Big Time

They say fame is a fickle friend, and the St Andrews Revue have been lonely for years. But now, with a freshly replenished wardrobe and six Edinburgh shows under the elastic rim of their long johns, the gang have finally done it... 

Elsa

Elsa

Elsa works in a cafe and eavesdrops on the coffee mornings with the girls as she waitresses. Finding that the customers conceal what they are really thinking, Elsa acts out their personalities through hilarious satirical songs... 

Atlantic: A Scottish Story

Atlantic: A Scottish Story

Is it a curse to stay? What if we couldn't travel, could never leave home and see the world? Can we still be happy? A girl looks across the ocean and longs to discover. But if she is left behind, she must still find a way to live... 

Transit

Transit

Want to party with friends? Join Flip FabriQue, the young company, rising stars of the new circus, coming straight from Quebec. Live these experiences with us that have formed us and see a bit of the undertones of an acrobatic tour... 

Looking for John

Looking for John

Looking for John. Written and performed by Tony Timberlake. As I watched him, it was me gliding, spinning, twisting and turning, every gesture so precise and expressive. 1976. 19 million people watched Birmingham-born skater John Curry win Olympic gold... 

LadyFace

LadyFace

A white-knuckle ride on a character comedy carousel from chameleon woman-host LadyFace, AKA Lucy Farrett, said to be 'funny' (Neil Gaiman) and 'mesmerising' (Scotsman). So, roll up, roll up and take a journey through her multi-faced person world! See character wonders such as a Middle Age poet (literally Medieval, from the past, not a woman of 45+ years of age) to Audrey Hepburn (the real Audrey Hepburn giving great advice), even a woman who owns a dog (wow), and many more faces to amuse, beguile and outrage... 

Reginald D Hunter: Some People vs Reginald D Hunter

Reginald D Hunter: Some People vs Reginald D Hunter

Reginald's searingly honest material has garnered him a fan base spanning the generations. His TV appearances include Have I Got News For You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and BBC Two's hugely popular series Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South, documenting Reginald's epic road trip through 150 years of American popular song... 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron. His poems reflect life's confusions and cruelties, from social comment to quantum physics, with a grimace, a twinkle and a wry pointy finger! Poetry and prose... 

My Name is Irrelevant

My Name is Irrelevant

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fictional and what is reality. A man gives a lecture about all of the people he has met in his life, but as he delves deeper into his mind things start to unravel... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly’s renowned opening night gala returns to launch our biggest programme yet, with highlights from across our 200 strong season, all rolled into one spectacular package. Book early – always a sell-out!  

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

The varied and chancing comedy of Jason Byrne sees his fringe expose arrive as largely hit and miss. The night is a mixed affair, dampened by an excessive use of the f-word that is eventually dulled by over usage... 

How is Uncle John?

How is Uncle John?

How Is Uncle John? is a story about the relationship of mother and daughter: of protector and protected, and of victim and survivor. Itis a brave depiction of domestic abuse and sex trafficking that follows the struggles of Hope and her mother against the abusive men in their lives... 

Mark Steel's in Toon

Mark Steel's in Toon

This year Mark Steel aims to give a brief overview of the cities and sights of Scotland. It’s effectively like your uncle showing you holiday slides with added jokes and minus the racism... 

Joe Lycett: That's the Way A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett: That's the Way A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

Final special performances of this critically acclaimed 2015 sell-out show following appearances on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Drunk History. There's a good chance you'll Lycett... 

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O'Doherty: Big Time

Based on a gauge adapted from his previous call-centre telemarketing experience, David O’Doherty rates being a professional stand-up as an eight out of ten, with two points dropped because it can be “kind of stressful sometimes”... 

Glasgow Girls

Glasgow Girls

2005. The Home Office has just declared a number of war torn countries ‘safe’ and Britain’s refugees are being forcibly removed from their homes and deported. Unfortunately the Home Office hadn’t anticipated a ragtag resistance from a group of schoolgirls who would later become known as the Glasgow Girls... 

9 to 5

9 to 5

Over the past few years, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland haven’t failed to impress me with their performances at the Fringe and this year is no exception. Bringing to life the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5, this engaging young cast prove once again why RCS really is shaping a solid professional future for some of the UK’s best talent... 

Attrape Moi

Attrape Moi

Quebecois circus group Flip Fabrique fill the massive Assembly Hall with awe and joy at their contemporary circus skills. Blending elements of traditional and contemporary circus Attrape Moi follows a group of friends and focuses more on getting to know these characters and the ties that bind them rather than trying to create a single overarching narrative via some mesmerising and death-defying feats... 

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Five-star performance in a three-star play. In Mrs. Roosevelt Flies to London, Mrs. Roosevelt, well, flies to London. It’s Mid-WWII, post-Blitz England with a city blown to pieces, and Eleanor Roosevelt has come to cheer us all up... 

360 Allstars

360 Allstars

If you’re looking for cool at this year’s Fringe, look no further. 360 Allstars is every 90s kid’s teenage dream - and anyone else’s, come to that. Take your pick from beatboxing, break-dancing, BMX tricks and more in one action-packed hour of the ultimate award-winning showmanship... 

Love for Sale

Love for Sale

The title song, by Cole Porter, makes an appearance part way through the second half of this narrativised collection of numbers, and really speaks of the character’s ultimate state of mind as the consequence of a series of experiences following her move from America to Paris... 

Wilde Without the Boy

Wilde Without the Boy

It’s indefatigably Wilde. You don’t even need the show’s title to know it’s Wilde. Gerard Logan simply is Wilde, from the non-stop quips and allusions to the tender look at his own condemned urges... 

My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen is, above all, very, very fun. Stewart D’Arrietta and band run through a medley of Cohen’s hits, but you probably haven’t heard them like this before. Too often when people cover Cohen they can’t help but try to emulate his style – they offer stripped-back, softly sung piano-led tracks which pale in comparison with the original (with a few honourable exceptions)... 

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Sometimes you wonder if you need the context of a previous comedian’s shows to really ‘get’ their most recent work. I’ve been a big fan of the Tonezone for the past five years and even I still find his personal brand of absurdist narrative pretty baffling... 

Last Dream (on Earth)

Last Dream (on Earth)

While categorised in the Fringe programme under theatre, this work – created and directed by Kai Fischer with contributions from its cast – is certainly not a play, at least in the conventional sense... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Centenary productions saturate the Fringe, yet the conceit at the heart of The Unknown Soldier puts it slightly above the masses. And masses are relevant here. The Great War has ended: dead soldiers abound and the Armed Forces lack the wherewithal to send them back... 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

The biggest and best comedy line-ups in Edinburgh! This festival favourite returns and maintains its status as the place to be at midnight. Stellar line-ups listed daily at assemblyfestival... 

Briefs

Briefs

After dazzling sell-out runs all over the globe, Briefs returns to Edinburgh. Your glamorous host Shivannah guides you through a jaw-dropping, eye-popping evening of extravagant birdbath boylesque, too close for comfort yo-yo tricks, valiant aerial acrobatics, irreverent interludes and show-stopping drag artistes... 

Rainbow Class

Rainbow Class

'All my kids came to Twiddlesworth, lovely little school it was back then. It's like the United Nations now.' Welcome to Tiddlesworth Primary School! Allow politically dubious dinner lady (sorry, 'lunchtime supervisor') Sheila, 'challenging boy' Ty'Quan, the officious Deputy Head and chronically overworked teacher Miss Marshall to take you on an extraordinary journey... 

St Andrews Revue Presents: Loop

St Andrews Revue Presents: Loop

The St Andrews Revue are back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their brand new sketch comedy spectacular Loop: 50 minutes of mind-blowing comedy that will make you laugh so hard you'll swear it's deja vu... 

Tago: Korean Drum II

Tago: Korean Drum II

Leave your stress here and bring back vibrant energy to your life. Exciting, extreme, exhilarating drumming! The ultimate drumming performance from the East comes back to Edinburgh after a huge success of the previous year... 

Finding Joy

Finding Joy

The funny, fearless international sell-out mask production from the UK's leading full mask company, Vamos Theatre. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find joy! Joy is 83 today: she's feisty, loves to dance and is losing her memory... 

Binari

Binari

A rare cultural occasion brought to the theatre: Korean shamanism engages communication with the heavens, played out on stage. This work compiles Halmi (Korean mask play), breaking the boundaries of tradition with a form of shamanic exorcism known as gut (pronounced 'goot’)... 

Mr Kingdom's Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

Mr Kingdom's Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

The queen who ruled a kingdom (and an empire) as you've never dared think of her before. A bitingly irreverent, painfully funny and strangely moving new show from legendary Fringe First Award winner Bob Kingdom (Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, The Truman Capote Talk Show)... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Join us as we celebrate and launch our 36th Edinburgh Festival Fringe season. Come along for a sneak peek of some of the biggest and most exciting shows we have on offer. Always a sell-out. 

Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation

Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation

Following a sell-out debut UK tour with critically acclaimed show The Racist, South African megastar and newly announced Daily Show host Trevor Noah returns to Edinburgh with a brand new show... 

The Man Called Monkhouse

The Man Called Monkhouse

Bob Monkhouse was a complicated and enigmatic man. To some he was nothing more than a tanned gameshow host; to others he was a master joke writer. The Man Called Monkhouse delves into his life to shine some light on an often misunderstood public persona... 

Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Adam Hills: Clown Heart

If you like your comedy dark and edgy then walk away my friend, Adam Hills is not for you. The Aussie stand up's stock in trade is being affable and relentlessly upbeat. So much so that he even manages to make dying and cancer, the weighty topics that Clown Heart centres on, entertaining... 

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat is an experienced and highly talented performer, with several successful cabaret shows under his belt. With Black, he has created a show that explores his autobiography and the issues he has had to - and still does - face... 

Urinetown

Urinetown

Glasgow based Royal Conservatoire are now in their 11th year of performing in the Fringe with their masters level students and Urinetown is one of this year's offerings from them. The musical itself, written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Lotus is rather a strange idea, but one that works incredibly well... 

be-dom: The Beat Bang!

be-dom: The Beat Bang!

Going to a percussion based show at the Fringe could go one of two ways: it’ll either be a case of just watching people hit things for an hour, or it’ll be a veritable fiesta for all ages... 

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

I was born with a long face and now there's UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody election and did I mention being single? Come to this show – last time there was a fire and almost no one died! Award-winning comedian with a funny new show... 

Fake It 'til You Make It

Fake It 'til You Make It

Six months into their relationship, Bryony found out that Tim suffered from severe clinical depression. This was a secret Tim had kept for a very long time. Fake It ‘til You Make It is Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ new work about clinical depression and men, made in collaboration with her partner Tim, who works in advertising... 

360 ALLSTARS

360 ALLSTARS

This show has the kind of title that gets you feeling excited right away. 360 ALLSTARS promises a full spectrum of stunts and tricks from various street-based performing methods. Involving a ton of urban styles - breakin', basketball skills, MCing, BMXing, beat boxing and Roue Cyr to name a few - this show definitely promises to bring something totally new to the field of circus entertainment... 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

This comedy showcase features a rotating lineup that changes daily, and is available both during the day and at midnight. The performance I attended was a midnight show that runs longer than its daytime counterpart... 

Wilde Without the Boy

Wilde Without the Boy

This is a haunting and powerful solo show that lingers with you long after leaving the theatre, sticking closely to Oscar Wilde’s signature style: simultaneously intellectual and accessible... 

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

Known for his deadpan delivery of pun-filled one-liners, Milton Jones returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his latest show, The Temple of Daft. Using the framing device of a story about a treasure hunt in true Indiana Jones fashion, Milton Jones uses the full catalogue of his comedic genius to throw witty wordplay, misdirected narrative and random, out of the blue gags in a spectacular one hour performance that had the audience in stitches... 

A Fine Line

A Fine Line

As Rita (Judith Paris) carefully sorts through the trunk packed with artefacts from her past, she recounts the tale of her evolving friendship with Angie, her childhood playmate and life-long friend... 

My Name is Saoirse

My Name is Saoirse

Set in an attic sewing room, Saoirse’s life is presented to us as a form of patchwork quilt. As her grandmother – who taught her to sew – once said, a quilt has much in common with life: some parts are good and some are bad but the whole is what you make of it... 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

An adaptation of the classic gothic horror by Henry James, this show promises chills and thrills but didn’t send too many shivers up my spine. Perhaps my familiarity with the story had something to do with that or perhaps it was because I was at the end of a row, braced in expectation of a woman in black creeping alongside me in the audience... 

PAN

PAN

PAN, the Korean word for festival, is a showcase of traditional dance and drumming and forms an eye-opening if not always compelling introduction to the country’s performance.The festival that we witness is split into two “banquets” – the first is a succession of choreographed pieces to recorded music; the second involves live drumming, a hugely important element of Korea’s musical history... 

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

John R. Waters takes on the challenging task of being John Lennon in a series of monologues and songs for Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, accompanied by Stewart D’Arietta on the piano... 

Traces

Traces

Traces has been amazing audiences around the world for nigh on a decade; it is a testament to the visual and theatrical power of the show that it’s lasted as long as it has. With an all-invigorated international cast, Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s most influential show is as buoyant, playful and impressive as ever... 

Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas

Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas

“Just go with the magic,” says one of the three singers on stage to a slightly reluctant compatriot. However, it’s as much an instruction to the audience, asking us to swap the chaotic delights of the Edinburgh Fringe for some gaudy Twilight Zone dressing room where echoes of Hollywood’s greatest female singers linger among the make-up and hair spray... 

Oh Hello!

Oh Hello!

Charles Hawtrey was one of the leading lights of the Carry On film franchise, but as his career waned so his behaviour became more drunken and eccentric. See him in this one-man show as he regales stories of 50 years in the film industry, working with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock... 

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece

Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan returns with his acclaimed performance of Shakespeare's breathtaking narrative poem. Logan won the Stage Award for Acting Excellence – Best Solo Performer, at the Fringe in 2011 for his turn in director Gareth Armstrong's astonishing production... 

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

Two divorces, a rare autoimmune disease and both becoming single mums wasn’t part of the life plan. In this hilarious look at their lives, finding the funny in the darkest of moments, the sisters re-examine what makes them happy... 

SpectreTown

SpectreTown

Inspired by the bothy ballads of Scotland’s North East, playwright Elspeth Turner (The Idiot at the Wall, 2012) and acclaimed director Matthew Lenton (Vanishing Point) explore the fraying boundaries between past, present, and future... 

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

I was born with a long face and now there's UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody election and did I mention being single? Come to this show – last time there was a fire and almost no one died! Award-winning comedian with a funny new show... 

Love Sick

Love Sick

Winner of Best Comedy Show Brighton Fringe awards 2014. Two alien ambassadors have travelled millions of miles to find out if love is the drug they need to save their dying planet but what on Earth is love? 'Behind all of the buffoonery (and there's a lot) are two clear, sharp and utterly brilliant comic minds' ***** (ViewFromTheGods... 

Grav

Grav

The boy who went up the mountain was very different to the man who came back. The Torch Theatre Company presents the remarkable story of a man called Ray Gravell. A man who embodied what it is to be passionate about his homeland... 

Jason Byrne: 20 Years a Clown

Jason Byrne: 20 Years a Clown

As featured on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), The Royal Variety Show (ITV), Wild Things (Sky), Snaptastic (TV3), the Sony Radio Gold Award-winning The Jason Byrne Show (BBC Radio 2) and Father Figure (BBC One) of which he is the creator and star... 

One Fine Day

One Fine Day

One of Korea's most celebrated contemporary dance companies, who have toured to over 30 countries, make their UK debut with a double bill of two of their most acclaimed works. The movement drama Modern Feeling delicately captures the first encounter, conflict, indifference, competition and harmony between two dancers... 

Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect

Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect

Winner Best Newcomer 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Winner Best Overall Comedy Show 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival. In his Edinburgh debut, Corey White sifts through the wreckage of a broken home, mental illness and failed love, delivering an hour of sparkling stand-up comedy that cuts through woe to the beautiful heart of life... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Join us as we celebrate and launch our 35th Festival Fringe season. Come along for a sneak peek of some of the biggest and most exciting shows we have on offer. Always a sell-out. 

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now

Their explosive opening truly astounded the crowd, as a seven-piece live funk band and four homegrown Minneapolis hoofers hit the stage. As the eleven sprightly performers chanted the catchy refrain Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, there was certainly no doubt that these guys knew how to mark their presence on stage... 

Haka

Haka

There's nothing more spectacular than watching Maori people perform one of their traditional war chants, the Haka, live.When we hear the word Haka the first thing that comes to mind is New Zealand's rugby team, the All Blacks, performing the famous Ka mata... 

50 Shades! The Musical. The Original Parody

50 Shades! The Musical. The Original Parody

Who needs a man when you have 50 Shades of Grey? This certainly became the chain of thought for millions of women across the UK as they sheepishly dashed out to stores to grab a copy of EL James’ leather-spanking adult trilogy... 

Simon Callow in Juvenalia

Simon Callow in Juvenalia

Juvenal is most likely a familiar name to many people and yet very few would claim to know much about him. Some might know that he is a satirist, others might know of his once-famously irate persona... 

Title and Deed by Will Eno

Title and Deed by Will Eno

Plays by leading contemporary playwrights are becoming more common at the Fringe. It’s an interesting phenomenon, creating a tension between giving quality theatre more exposure and going against some of what the Fringe was originally all about... 

I'm Not Pale, I'm Dead

I'm Not Pale, I'm Dead

Ever wondered what a conversation with a real-life ghost would be like? In this interesting take on the supernatural genre, writer/performer Lydia Nicholson shows her afterlife in a natural light, telling all in a frank confession to the living audience... 

Mark Ravenhill: Product

Mark Ravenhill: Product

We’re in the office of a movie producer. Someone has sent in an incredibly appalling script and a keen producer is pitching it to an A-list movie star. Following the life of a western woman who falls in love with a Muslim jihadist, the script (Muhammad and Me) is a poor assemblage of cliched movie-making tropes, containing a litany of offensive, bigoted thoughts... 

Elephant Room

Elephant Room

If you’re bored of the type of magic that always produces the same old tropes (predictable card tricks, dull magician banter in matching suits, tired efforts to build an air of mystery and suspense), then this show is for you... 

Jim Davidson: No Further Action

Jim Davidson: No Further Action

Everybody, it seems, has a view on comedian Jim Davidson. But no matter what you think of the man or his reputation, he’s here doing a show. And the show is a corker.Davidson is a master joke teller... 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

In 1994, Guy Masterson exploded into Edinburgh with this unique solo interpretation of Dylan Thomas' timeless masterpiece. It has since played over 1,500 times all over the world to universal acclaim... 

The Height of the Eiffel Tower

The Height of the Eiffel Tower

A pregnant 16-year-old who drinks too much; a gullible, ditsy hand model; a rambling geek with poor social skills; a meathead with too many STDs. At the centre of it all, a mother. Morgana O’Reilly, star of Neighbours, brings a fresh and original one-woman play to the table with her quirky, off-the-wall comedic acting... 

Goose (An Odd New One-Man Comedy Whodunit)

Goose (An Odd New One-Man Comedy Whodunit)

How do you go about describing Goose (An Odd One-Man Comedy Whodunnit)? It’s one of those shows that you just have to see with your own eyes to understand it’s sheer awesomeness... 

The Confessions of Gordon Brown

The Confessions of Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown was, according to the blurb for this show, our greatest failing as a Prime Minister in 200 years. I'm not too sure what the meter used for such a claim is but, luckily for Fringe audiences and unlike the enraged Prime Minister that nobody wanted, this show is a triumph... 

Neel Kolhatkar in GENeration comedY

Neel Kolhatkar in GENeration comedY

Neel Kolhatker is a young Australian comic whose material, implicit in the name, is based on his observations about issues affecting his generation. His delivery relied on talking to the audience in an attempt to develop some to and fro and generate a more conversational approach... 

Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon

Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon

Dylan Thomas' life often seems made for drama, partly because the man himself was such an actor, both in onstage performances of his poetry and in his daily life, and partly because a life of extra-marital infidelity and boozing does tend to furnish writers with plenty of material to go on... 

The Zulu

The Zulu

In early 1879, the British Empire suffered its worst ever defeat at the hands of an indigenous people. Armed only with assegai spears and cow-hide shields, a Zulu force exterminated a British column equipped with modern rifles and artillery... 

Jason Byrne in You Name the Show

Jason Byrne in You Name the Show

This year, Jason Byrne has decided to do away with racking his brain on what to name his show. Instead, as the show title suggests, he is going to relinquish that power to his audience with the best name at the end of the run winning a very generous £500... 

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal

This is one for all the lads who have ever had girlfriends problems, all the lassies who have had to put up with boyfriends, and anyone who likes tea. Asa Nisi Masa was formed by a group of E15 graduates and is particularly interested in raising questions on what is expected of a man in today's society, how is he perceived, and the nature of masculinity... 

The Factory

The Factory

Set in 1970s New Zealand, The Factory by Kila Kokonut Krew is a heartwarming and exuberant musical about the Samoan migrant experience. It was created in honour of the brave immigrants who left home to carve a better life for themselves and their families... 

Brazouka

Brazouka

Braz Dos Santos has quite the tale to tell. Born to humble beginnings in the Brazilian town of Porto Seguro, birthplace of the much loved Lambada, his passion for dance was all that he needed to take himself from the fishing boats of home to the bright lights of Paris and on now to creating and starring in his own show at the Festival... 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre... 

In The Window

In The Window

If you think a play about the suicide attempt of a woman of a certain age appeals only to a very particular demographic familiar with a very particular mental state, think again. Any play as beautifully crafted as In The Window and performed by an actor of Nuala McKeever’s calibre will grab even the most reticent punter and drag them in... 

Burton

Burton

The tiny venue was packed so tight for the opening performance of Burton no one in the audience dared breathe. The incarnation of Richard Burton stood before us, dressed in typical 1970s casual yet stylish (for the era) attire and clutching a glass of whisky and soda... 

True Brits

True Brits

True Brits is an unusually subtle and warm one man show. It takes a light, often comic approach to some serious subjects and is so successful that it is difficult to believe this is Vinay Patel's first fully produced play... 

Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

Join us for some afternoon delight in the Gardens. The very best of comedy, music and cabaret from across the festival, perhaps even the world! Suitable for all ages. Previous guests have included Fred MacAulay, Boy With Tape on His Face, Nina Conti, The Magnets, Idiots of Ants, Ali McGregor, Lady Rizo, Le Gateau Chocolat, Des Bishop, Piff the Magic Dragon, Beardyman and many more! Daily line-ups at www... 

The Fabulous Miss Marie

The Fabulous Miss Marie

(in previews; opens on May 1) The first play in Ed Bullins’s “Musical Structures” trilogy, this drama mirrors the bebop rhythms and syncopations of a jazz combo... 

Assembly Gala Press Launch

Assembly Gala Press Launch

Join us as we celebrate and launch our 34th Festival Fringe season. Get in quick for a sneak peak of some of the biggest and most exciting shows we have on offer this summer. Always a sell-out!