The Wives of Others

The Wives of Others

The spaghetti-strewn finery of a New York dinner party is transformed into a scene of untold carnage in The Wives Of Others - a gleefully bloody comedy by Tom Stuchfield. As brutal as it is farcical, this original writing production is a lot fun to watch... 

Murder She Didn't Write

Murder She Didn't Write

There are a fair number of improvised comedies this year, but Degrees of Error’s Murder She Didn’t Write is causing a particular buzz. It’s all a lot of fun and delivered with a healthy dose of farce, and despite a few shortcomings enjoyment is guaranteed... 

Playing Soldiers

Playing Soldiers

Young company LUND have created a collage of testimonies from current, former and aspiring young servicemen and women in their new show Playing Soldiers. The show delves into the motivations of young people joining the army, and seems to probe the moral implications of recruiting these young people... 

Equus

Equus

I must admit I was sceptical walking into C +1 on Chambers street on this afternoon to see The Rep Theatre Company’s latest show. The late, great Peter Shaffer’s Equus is a difficult and exacting play to pull of normally, never mind performing a cut down 1 hour 30 minutes version at the Fringe with a group of young actors... 

All Might Seem Good

All Might Seem Good

Drawing from the likes of renowned theatre company DV8, All Might Seem Good mixes verbatim accounts of fate with physical theatre: mixing the highly natural with the highly stylised... 

Big the Musical

Big the Musical

You've seen the film, now here's the musical. After the successes of Zanna Don't, Flight of the Lawnchair Man and the five-star rated Zombie Prom, cult musical specialists Latymer Theatre Company return to the Fringe with the tale of a boy's dream to become a grown up... 

Hero Worship

Hero Worship

One comic book fan tries to figure out what the real meaning of his life is by becoming a superhero. Trouble is – he doesn’t know what his powers are. A comedy tale that pokes fond fun at all our super powered heroes from Captain America and Batman to Banana Man and Captain Planet... 

Stand-Up From Russia

Stand-Up From Russia

The biggest comedians from Russia are coming to the Fringe for the very first time! Since 2013, seven million people tune in every Sunday to watch these stars on the critically acclaimed TV show Stand-Up: Brand New Show... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical from the University of Warwick return for their third stint at the Fringe, and while providing some light and silly entertainment, fails to land any punches either through character, story or music... 

Holmes for Rent

Holmes for Rent

From Benedict Cumberbatch on the TV to Robert Downey Jr on the big screen, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Victorian novels Sherlock Holmes have been brought back so many times, and in so many different formats, that it’s always intriguing to see if anyone can breathe new life into these old tales... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Twist Theatre Company’s R’n’B infused musical adaptation of the infamous Scottish history play, billed as Shakespeare meets Empire, is a messy but still engaging and enjoyable take on the classic tragedy... 

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

As a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s enigmatic and famously hyper-intelligent super sleuth, I was intrigued to see this production by the appropriately-named Tobacco Tea Theatre Company... 

The Oxford Belles: Blame It On the Belles

The Oxford Belles: Blame It On the Belles

Oxford University's sassiest all-female a cappella group are back! The bad girls of Oxford a cappella are here to give you a vocal treat not to be missed. With varied and versatile arrangements of everything from current chart hits to R'n'B classics this is a show like no other... 

Japan’s Elegant Breeze

Japan’s Elegant Breeze

Japan's Elegant Breeze proudly presents an insight into the music and culture of Japan. The culmination of four musicians from the Tokyo University of Arts, one of the greatest music environments in Japan, will bring classic, contemporary Japan, friendship and our original composed music all rolled into one, wearing traditional kimonos... 

The Oxford Gargoyles: Jazz A Cappella

The Oxford Gargoyles: Jazz A Cappella

Oxford's internationally renowned jazz a cappella group. Having toured internationally and competed across the UK, including as finalists in BBC's Choir Of The Year in 2012 and 2014, the Gargoyles have confirmed themselves as a staple of the UK and Edinburgh a cappella scene, and are excited to be returning for their 11th consecutive Fringe... 

Molière's The Hypochondriac

Molière's The Hypochondriac

Molière’s classic comedy is reinvented as a piece of high energy physical storytelling, in a new adaptation by Oliver Pengelly and Dawn Wylie. The miserly Argan has an ever-increasing list of ailments and a doctor’s bill to match but can he conjure up a dastardly plan that will secure him free prescriptions for whatever time he has left? This talented cast use choral work and finely crafted characterisation to bring this classic tale to life in a thrilling new production for all the family... 

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

From the Fringe First winning authors of Jekyll! comes this brand new adaptation of Dickens' masterpiece. Follow the adventures of Pip as he struggles to become a gentleman and win the love of his life, and, along the way, discover who he truly is... 

Tandem

Tandem

Start a revolution, or head to the beach? A dilemma that arises for Frederica and Paola as they ride two bicycles welded to each other. On their tandem they can share their dreams and conflicts, adventures and dangers... 

50% Liability

50% Liability

How can one person have so much bad luck in one lifetime? Drowning. Electrocution. Hypothermia. Frostbite. Malaria. Broken neck. Take a catalogue of near-death experiences, add the not-so-glamorous side of working as a stripper, unique everyday predicaments, a couple of stalkers – and it's a wonder John is alive to tell the tale... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

What Edinburgh Fringe would be complete without a trip to Shakespeare for Breakfast? Now in its 25th year at the festival, the group have not lost their touch. Alongside their characteristic croissants and coffee, this year they’re presenting a comic retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with an abundance of jokes, puns and gags to regale the audience... 

Care Takers

Care Takers

Seeing Care Takers is like watching all the episodes of a fabulous five-part drama series in one sitting. You’re gripped in the first scene. Then you’re given time to breathe and collect your thoughts before the action resumes and the plot thickens... 

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Originally taking the form of a classic children’s novel, it is only natural that this rendition of Holes by Louis Sachar is performed entirely by a young cast. With not a single adult on stage, the Cheam Drama Company managed to bring the childlike element of the book to life in their hour-long performance... 

Ushers: The Front of House Musical

Ushers: The Front of House Musical

I’m a lover of musical theatre but I’m prepared to be really honest here: the genre is crammed with suitable material for a hilarious and even brutal send-up. By taking it from the point of view of a group of theatre staff and the various characters and situations they have to put up with, this seems like a sure-fire way to create something that’s both funny and relatable... 

The Interference
BOBBY WINNER

The Interference

It is hard to tackle a subject such as campus rape in America and get the tone right. Lynda Radley does just this. She expertly shifts between voices, presenting a detailed and clear cacophony of words that explore every conceivable aspect and opinion in a complicated rape case... 

Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along

Sondheim’s most famous flop, Merrily We Roll Along, was his last notable collaboration with Hal Prince. The story is unique in that the narrative goes in reverse. It’s 1976 and we meet successful song writer and movie producer Franklin Shephard at the premiere party for his latest film... 

Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones

Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones

In the Parish Council elections, you win or you die. In Jowlhurst, the villagers scheme and vie for absolute power. A Machiavellian vicar, NIMBY farmers, the Women’s Institute, chubby-cheeked choirboys and debauched, bohemian aristocrats are at war... 

Union

Union

CAPA College are in Edinburgh bringing with them a collection of talented young dancers and a showcase of conceptually ambitious routines. Momentum dance presents Union a collection of work providing a good opportunity to see some up and coming talent though five original pieces of work... 

Adam & Eve and Steve

Adam & Eve and Steve

In the beginning it all seemed so straightforward. There was God, who had made the earth and everything in it. He was now all set to form Adam, who would have control over his creation, and his companion, Eve, because it was not right that Adam should be lonely in the garden... 

CabFab

CabFab

Bringing together comedy, cabaret, music and more from across the Fringe, CabFab is the festival's new weekend party. Featuring a new line-up each day of established acts and hidden gems at one of Edinburgh's most central venues, this is the must-attend event of the year... 

Life According to Saki

Life According to Saki

Whether you’ve never heard of Saki before or consider yourself a die hard fan, this production is sure to please. Saki (Hector Hugo Munro) was an Edwardian short story writer and satirist in a similar vain to Max Beerbohm or Jerome K... 

The Tiniest Frog Prince in the World

The Tiniest Frog Prince in the World

In the small world of 30 Inches Aquarium, simple but amazing things are happening. A classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm reimagined for today. Brush Theatre’s clever and humorous production tells the story of a handsome prince who is changed into a frog... 

Stateside

Stateside

Star-spangled evening of song and dance featuring stunning original choreography, wonderful vocal arrangements, striking production values, all with an American twist. This is a chance to see this most talented cohort of young performers perform together before they progress to some of Europe’s most prestigious arts conservatoires and universities including Rambert School, Urdang Academy, Laine Theatre Arts, Arts Educational School and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp... 

This is Soap

This is Soap

The comedy soap that you control. We'll fantasise, dramatise and improvise your very own soap opera. Improvised Edinburgh Festival Fringe soap returns for a brand new series. Stories inspired by your suggestions will unfold before your eyes... 

Flamenco Global Connect

Flamenco Global Connect

Flamenco Global Connect: Ricardo Garcia, Spanish Embassy-endorsed internationally travelling flamenco guitarist collaborates with performers from all over the globe, demonstrating the power of music to connect and create unity in diversity... 

Aquapella: Mash-Up, Mix and Blend

Aquapella: Mash-Up, Mix and Blend

Since their Edinburgh debut last year, vocal sensations Aquapella from the University of Bath have toured, won highest-placed UK mixed a cappella group at ICCA, and were a Voice Festival UK finalist... 

Alternotive A Cappella

Alternotive A Cappella

The award-winning Alternotives are back for their seventh consecutive Edinburgh Fringe! Full of sass and infectious charm this mixed a cappella ensemble from the University of Oxford bring you a show bigger than ever... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! At our five venues across the city: C, our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova, our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too, our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace... 

17

17

Bear Pit Theatre present a sweet show which narrates different generations’ experiences of when they were 17. The ensemble take recorded interviews of people aged 69 to 96 and turn their experiences into performance... 

Zanna, Don't

Zanna, Don't

What would the word be like if homosexuality was the norm? Zanna Don't is here to answer that question and bleed the concept dry, long after the amusement has left the building.Zanna Don't has a deeply irritating script... 

Pippin

Pippin

Pippin is a difficult musical, and in the past has been staged as a fully-fledged acrobatic circus (Les 7 Doigts de la Main did a great job). Without that physical heft, Schwartz and Hirson’s spectacular has the potential to feel like a puppet’s careers fair as Pippin – the main cog in the Lead Player’s machine – tries out war, sex, patriarchal overthrow, pacifism, unexpectedly genteel domestic arrangements and maybe self-immolation... 

The Amazing Sketch Show

The Amazing Sketch Show

The description of The Amazing Sketch Show states that their sketches are ‘some of the funniest, silliest and zaniest sketches’ to be found at this year’s Fringe. This is a bold claim to make, and unfortunately the show does not quite deliver on this promise, although the potential is there... 

Adams & Eves

Adams & Eves

A young cast of 17 weave original poems into a moving performance. Linking poetry on diverse themes into a narrative taking place in the universal setting of a cafe, this Edinburgh Fringe debut is a poetic treat... 

Stories, Told

Stories, Told

Ghostly stories, told by sceptics. Through a collection of verbatim accounts of the weird and unexpected we explore the spooky and the ridiculous, the strange and the inexplicable, the wild and the wonderful... 

Streets

Streets

What is left for a woman who has who has nothing left to live for? Anna has given up everything to pursue a career in the music industry. Broken and frustrated by how futile her efforts seem to be, she finds relief through intoxication... 

Ten Pound Tale

Ten Pound Tale

During its lifespan the average £10 note passes through 594 transactions. Follow a bank note as it twists and turns on its picaresque journey through a web of commerce and capitalism, from the gutter to the boardroom and through the best and worst of human life... 

The Rat Pack – Live

The Rat Pack – Live

Fifty minutes of the classic Rat Pack numbers with a full swing orchestra, bringing a little bit of that onstage banter that the trio are known for, and adding in the two Burelli sisters makes this feel like a complete show as opposed to just a concert... 

The Society of Strange

The Society of Strange

Every year the Fringe is swarming with many improvised shows, with very few original ideas. Fortunately The Society of Strange offers an unusual change to fans of improv with its dark twists and eerie storytelling that does stand out from the crowd... 

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors is a challenging Shakespeare play to stage – it requires a deft touch whether you play it for laughs or more seriously. It is one of the bard’s less nuanced plays and so can easily become overblown or trivial... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

The Cambridge Theatre Collective offer up a largely genderbent production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, set in a high school. Despite some positives, the show makes puzzling decisions and could do more to maximise the emotional potential of the text... 

Sushi Tap Show 2

Sushi Tap Show 2

Tokyo Tapdoare a company of Japanese tap dancers, percussionists, circus artists. You name it, they can do it. Most importantly of all however, they are crowd pleasers.The energy of this troupe, dressed head-to-toe in hot pink, is brilliantly infectious... 

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation is given a shaky new lease of life in this parody adventure by Tobacco Tea. Holmes (Jasmine Atkins-Smart) and Watson (Thomas Parker) haven’t had a case for a very long time... 

Korean Breath

Korean Breath

Bringing jazz and Korean traditions together, SE:UM have found the perfect recipe in their atmospheric show Korean Breath. Modestly done, the artistry of the instruments playing is astounding; from saxophone to traditional stringed instrument gayageum, these musicians know how to manipulate the audience's emotions... 

Mwathirika

Mwathirika

Mwathirika is definitely an engrossing show. It is a puppet performance that looks at the consequences of war through the perspective of a child. The performance is presented by Papermoon Puppet Theatre who have travelled all the way from Indonesia to give the delighted audience the European premiere of Mwathirika... 

Aceh Meukondroe

Aceh Meukondroe

World music from Kande, folk-ethnic group from Aceh, Indonesia. Kande's music is strong and moving, with rich vocal texture. Kande is a modern music group, combining Acehnese traditional Islamic percussion and western music instruments like guitar and bass... 

Loot

Loot

There’s a huge difference between comedy and black comedy that seems to have eluded the Lincoln Company in their production of Joe Ortons’s Loot. The play concerns two young thieves, Hal and Dennis, who have robbed the bank next to the Undertakers where Dennis works... 

The River

The River

Playwright Jez Butterworth is best known for his Royal Court/West End triumph, Jerusalem, a quasi-supernatural piece swamped in mystery - for his latest play, The River, Butterworth takes that sense of the unknown and makes it a central focus of this intricately designed and elegantly presented drama... 

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim’s score for his self-described “black operetta” Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, must rank among his most complex and challenging works, if only in terms of its musicality and orchestration... 

Female Transport

Female Transport

Set aboard a convict ship on its way to Australia, Steve Gooch's stark, hard-hitting drama tells the story of six female convicts on their six-month journey and their determination to survive the conditions below the decks... 

Sideshows

Sideshows

Roll up for the award-winning Sideshows and feast your eyes on an opera and ballet spectacular. As heard on BBC Radio 3, Sideshows presents acts which quickly spiral out of control to comical effect... 

Tales from Ovid

Tales from Ovid

Frantic passions are unleashed when divine and human worlds meet. Natural metamorphoses, extreme emotions and vibrant tales from a large ensemble, in Ted Hughes's classical adaptation... 

Secrets of Us

Secrets of Us

If ever there were a production which vociferously defends the ability of young people to make theatre with the impact of a professional standard (whatever that actually means) this is it... 

The Blues Brothers – Live

The Blues Brothers – Live

If you’re looking for an enjoyable, happy-go-lucky hour of rhythm and blues entertainment, then look no further than this show. The Blues Brothers: Live! is an excellent, toe-tapping night of music, with every member of the cast and backing-band excelling at what they do... 

Fausted

Fausted

Dr Sara Chris (Sam Wheatley) is a frustrated eco-activist who wants to help save the world; after an ill-advised deal with the Devil she achieves the power to get what she wants, but as with most things in life it is never quite that simple... 

All the King's Men presents: Radio Gaga

All the King's Men presents: Radio Gaga

Collegiate a cappella has become a major trend in recent years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When walking down the Royal Mile, you’re bound to bump into a group or two on one of the pop-up stages... 

Jekyll

Jekyll

Hypnotist Theatre have a story they wish to yell at you, loudly, while writhing in semi-darkness so we cannot actually see whose story it is. While this creates powerful moments, it loses its oomph after the third or fourth time, and the show as a whole fails to sustain its power... 

Late Nite with Movin' Melvin

Late Nite with Movin' Melvin

Melvin is movin' in all directions – song, dance, tap, comedy, and some of the best entertainers around might just join in the fun. 'Exceptional' ***** (Scotsman). 'Majestic, heartfelt, beyond belief' (List)... 

Jack and Molly and the Beanstalk

Jack and Molly and the Beanstalk

We all know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk – or at least, think we do. C Theatre’s likeable production gives us a feminist take on the story, in which the Scottish fairytale character Molly Whuppie takes charge and surpasses the heroism of the traditional male lead... 

Flamenco Escocia

Flamenco Escocia

Ricardo Garcia doesn't introduce himself when he walks on stage: he's not here to show off, he's here to guide you through Scotland's history and folklore with flamenco rhythms. His modest introduction engrosses you and before you know it the venue doors have closed and you're walking in the glens and mountains of the North... 

Witch

Witch

An atmospheric new musical about witchcraft, betrayal and friendship, Witch is a journey into dark magic, spanning across generations.The music, written by Tom Slade and Chris Poon, is gorgeous and beautifully arranged... 

Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life has a notoriety surrounding it that most shows would kill for. Martin Crimp’s infamous script has no characters, setting or even assigned dialogue, creating a blank canvas that makes every production of it completely new and innovative... 

The Secretary Turned CEO

The Secretary Turned CEO

The Secretary Turned CEO is a neon, cartoon parody of a classical opera, playing with traditional comedic characters and farcical situations in a modern setting. Although full of enthusiasm and colour, unfortunately the piece isn't as entertaining as it sets out to be and the performances don't resurrect it into a success... 

Clown Macbeth

Clown Macbeth

Makoto Inoue’s non-verbal take on Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth is undoubtedly a feat. Inoue performs the piece alongside Riko Sugama, telling a condensed, 50 minute version of the tale... 

The School of Night: Rhapsodes

The School of Night: Rhapsodes

Improvisation in any context can be challenging, but throw in some Shakespeare and an incredibly complex collection of rhyming structures and it seems nigh on impossible. Yet improv extraordinaires Adam Meggido and Sean McCann spectacularly pulled it off... 

Clickbait

Clickbait

Those headlines are everywhere these days: “You won’t believe what happens next,” “#8 will blow your mind,” “This video is everything”. The marketing tactics employed by websites like Buzzfeed and its many doppelgangers don’t just invite you to read their content - they beg you, they bait you... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast is to Fringe as dawn is to day: whilst you could technically have one without it, it really wouldn’t feel very right. And this year’s offering is no less deserving of its reputation: despite some small gripes, it’s nevertheless a frighteningly funny ensemble piece worthy of its sell-out audience... 

The Bakewell Bake Off: A New Musical

The Bakewell Bake Off: A New Musical

The Great British Bake Off – what’s not to love? Cake, puns galore and HRH Mary Berry showing her soft spot for gin. Turning the TV show into a Fringe musical will be a sure-fire hit, thought the students of the Guildford School of Acting... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

In its second year at the Fringe, The Improv Musical is a fun, heart-warming comedy by Music Theatre Warwick, despite failing to live up to its improvised appearance. Built on the same model as its critically acclaimed counterpart Lights! Camera! Improvise!, audience suggestions are used to devise an hour of musical theatre: the setting, 1960s New York, the characters, Nigel Farage and Madonna, the title, A Bite from the Big Apple... 

The Empire Builders

The Empire Builders

The absurdist mindset in The Empire Builders would suggest that any endeavour to find meaning in the play is inherently flawed, due to humanity’s inability to make sense of anything with total certainty... 

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea follows the story of the lonely Prince Jethro. He is sad because no princess that he meets is suitable for him to marry. All fail to pass his mother’s strict test: if they can’t feel the pea at the bottom of a tall pile of mattresses, they can’t be a true princess and are therefore unworthy of her son... 

Flamenco Escocia

Flamenco Escocia

High energy blend of Flamenco rhythms with a Scottish twist. Mixing Spanish sounds and Highland harmonies in a one of a kind cultural musical extravaganza. From award-winning sell-out company Ricardo Garcia’s Flamenco Flow, with virtuosic guitar and stunning dance... 

Who's Afraid of the Working Class?

Who's Afraid of the Working Class?

Four separate but interweaving stories following dispossession and alienation on the fringes of Australian society, providing a profoundly moving portrait of Australian working-class life... 

A Walk in Colour with Mimoza

A Walk in Colour with Mimoza

An adventure through creativity from representational to abstract. From dark to light, the colours are walking together. Philosophy feeds Mimoza's imagination as her thoughts are expressed in colour... 

Flamenco Global

Flamenco Global

Fringe favourite Ricardo Garcia has travelled to four continents, demonstrating the art of flamenco music, rhythm and dance. Influenced by jazz, blues, Indian, Arabic and African music... 

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The African Dream

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The African Dream

These singers know how to dazzle and excite their audience. Pitch perfect songs in a variety of tones and paces unfold, each as pleasing as the previous. Energetic, playful soloists relay one another with professionalism and unwavering confidence... 

Alternotive a Cappella

Alternotive a Cappella

The award-winning Alternotives are back for their sixth consecutive Edinburgh Fringe! Full of sass and infectious charm this mixed a cappella ensemble from the University of Oxford bring you a show bigger than ever... 

The Unbirthday Party

The Unbirthday Party

Alice is having a positively frabjous tea party, and everyone’s invited! Nestle down for tea with the befuddled Caterpillar, bumblesome Mad Hatter and jittery March Hare. There’ll be plentiful jam tarts, flamingo croquet, a caucus race, and dollops of frumious family-friendly nonsense... 

Sound of Suvarnadvipa

Sound of Suvarnadvipa

A concert with a difference! Riau Rhythm Chambers Indonesia has successfully developed a contemporary music based on Melayu roots. Soak up sumptuous melodies inspired by the Golden Age of Sumatra... 

Soweto Afro Pop Opera

Soweto Afro Pop Opera

A harmony quartet offering as wide-ranging a repertoire as their name suggests, coming across like a South African Il Divo and a sleepy Ave Maria. Accompanied by a string quartet, or a township boy band with cheesy moves on some diluted soul pop numbers... 

The Oxford Gargoyles: Jazz a Cappella

The Oxford Gargoyles: Jazz a Cappella

The Oxford Gargoyles have delighted Fringe audiences for nine years. Appearing in the Choir of the Year Finals on BBC Two in December, and having had rave reviews over many years, the Gargoyles have confirmed themselves as a staple of the UK and Edinburgh a cappella scenes... 

Flamenco for Kids

Flamenco for Kids

Feel that southern Spanish energy! Fringe sell-out returns to Edinburgh, bringing the opportunity for your child to come on stage and learn some rhythms, some steps and even do a short performance... 

Seed: Advancement

Seed: Advancement

Exhilarating Japanese taiko drumming and stunning swordplay dramatically combined by an award-winning group. After captivating audiences in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Qatar and Australia, their Edinburgh debut will leave you breathless... 

This Is Soap

This Is Soap

Making a return in C theatre's 24th year – the comedy soap that you control. We'll fantasise, dramatise and improvise your very own soap opera. Improvised Edinburgh Festival Fringe Soap returns for a brand new series... 

Tom and the PennyBlacks

Tom and the PennyBlacks

Solid musicianship and original lyrical content, reaching out to young and old alike. From the youthful exuberance of Restless Nights to the heartbroken rendering of Get Well Soon, Tom and the PennyBlacks keep the audience spellbound. 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! at our five venues: C, our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova, our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too, our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace... 

Green Snake

Green Snake

Green Snake, brought to the Fringe by the National Theatre of China, promises to be a modern take on a old Chinese myth. The piece uses projected screens and music by Scottish composer David Paul to produce a contemporary and edgy version of this well known tale... 

Verbatopolis

Verbatopolis

Verbatopolis is the name an ageing anthropologist has given to his series of lectures, delivered for you by a talented group of actors who illustrate the scenes he has studied. The anthropologist is the proud owner of a time machine, but one with a glitch... 

Flamenco Global

Flamenco Global

Fringe favourite Ricardo Garcia has travelled to four continents, demonstrating the art of Flamenco music, rhythm and dance. Influenced by jazz, blues, Indian, Arabic and African music... 

The Lost Domain

The Lost Domain

Alain Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes is the inspiration for this in-house created musical which sees the return of Shrewsbury and Severn Opera group to the Edinburgh Fringe. With most of the performers only just having completed their A-levels, this is a young cast and yet their blurb promises "a tale of youth, adventure and young love lost and won"... 

Et Tu Elvie

Et Tu Elvie

Et Tu Elvie takes two of the most popular cultural figures from history– Elvis and Shakespeare– and turns their pairing into a surprisingly niche musical. Macbeth’s witches accost Elvis with a prophecy; he will be Thane of Tupelo, Thane of Memphis and, yes you’ve guessed it, The King... 

Tap Into Health: Movin' With Melvin

Tap Into Health: Movin' With Melvin

Movin’ Melvin Brown is in town doing two different high-energy shows on alternating nights. As if that’s not enough to keep him busy he’s also running these morning workshops, which provide an introduction to tap dancing... 

The Road to Skibbereen

The Road to Skibbereen

Lianna is a young woman with learning disabilities. Ever since her father died three years ago, her mother has had the full-on task of taking care of her by herself. The show opens with Lianna throwing a tantrum, while her mother tries to coax her into getting ready for her first day at a local college, where she is to take drama classes... 

The Oxford Gargoyles: Jazz a Cappella

The Oxford Gargoyles: Jazz a Cappella

Returning to the Fringe for a ninth year running, the Gargoyles are a class act. A self-styled smooth Jazz and scat outfit, they float through their 50 minute set with a self-assured understatement that lulls the afternoon audience into a particularly pleasant post-lunch slumber... 

Siblings

Siblings

Two plays for the price of one, Siblings is a double bill of original writing; Brothers and Sisters. Exploring the ambiguous relationships between characters, the audience is taken through intense dialogue and shockingly unexpected twists as the plot slowly builds up... 

King Ubu

King Ubu

King Ubu was performed only once in playwright Alfred Jarry’s life. It provoked a riot and moved Yeats, who was in the original audience, to make his famous pronouncement on the future of the literary avante-garde: “After us the Savage God... 

Flamenco Global

Flamenco Global

Fringe favourite Ricardo Garcia has travelled to four continents, demonstrating the art of Flamenco music, rhythm and dance. Influenced by jazz, blues, Indian, Arabic and African music... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Rock Musical

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Rock Musical

Infinity Repertory Theatre update Shakespeare's comedy to the 21st century as a musical with a rollicking rock’n’roll aim in mind. Lysander and Dmitri (Demetrius) spar with cardboard guitars and compete with fancy cars; lovers won't return calls and Hermia fears getting grounded... 

Rebecca

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier's tale of desire, obsession and treachery retold by a vibrant young cast. Discover the devastating secret that threatens the Manderley household. A classic psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the end... 

Anka's Story

Anka's Story

This contemporary ballet choreographed by Helen, Bryony and Emily Garner will take you on an emotional, yet uplifting journey, as these young performers sensitively portray the harrowing true-life story of Anka Bergman, who survived the Holocaust of WWII with her daughter, Eva, born on the train to the Mauthausen camp... 

Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the Park with George

Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society have brought their leisurely afternoon stroll Sunday in the Park with George to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Well-staged and with decent performances, the production is still perhaps a bit too leisurely for its own good... 

Flamenco for Kids

Flamenco for Kids

There are some very charming elements to this show, but for me I felt there was not enough actual dancing for the children. When we arrived we were treated to some traditional music played on the guitar by Ricardo, and then Yasmina performed flamenco for us to watch... 

Mercury Fur

Mercury Fur

Philip Ridley is one of the most controversial playwrights of the past decade and Mercury Fur is arguably his most savage, brutal and poetic work to date. Since its explosive debut at the Plymouth Theatre in 2005, it has continued to divide critics as a result of its unflinching cruelty: the play centres around the torture and execution of a young child for the pleasure of a rich client... 

The Blues Brothers- Live

The Blues Brothers- Live

These Blues Brothers take a cliché and put their own mark on it. This could easily have descended into a monotonous repetition but instead puts a new spark back into some classic tunes... 

Sushi Tap Show

Sushi Tap Show

This exuberant, toe-tapping spectacular is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Japanese troupe Tap Do is a quintet of accomplished performers with an exceptional comedic ability.They have me hooked from the moment they appear, clad in hot pink suits, and perform as though they’re a symphony with a conductor indicating which pair of shoes should slap and shuffle next... 

Movin' Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience

Movin' Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience

Movin’ Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience is an entertaining soirée of song and dance in homage to the great soul music pioneer of the 1950s. Brown’s rendition of Charles’ greatest, most varied hits is a convincing effort; his vocals are similar and forceful... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

The students from Music Theatre Warwick join a hoard of performers hoping to entertain at the Fringe with an improvised musical. With there being more than one group to choose from, it’s important that the show goes off with a bang and this one certainly did... 

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Cambridge Shortlegs and Pembroke Players return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their production of The Penelopiad, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novella. Switching between physical theatre, light-hearted silliness and darker drama, the production initially feels a little bit muddled and unbalanced... 

Playing Landscape

Playing Landscape

Playing Landscapes is an exciting opportunity to see a four person dance company from Macao. Their production does not fail to meet expectations and is spectacular – it’s a must see for any physical theatre and dance fan... 

The Make Up

The Make Up

Irene is desperate to escape her abusive husband Alex, and has found comfort and a deep connection with Charles, who lives just next door. When Alex suddenly disappears, Irene and Charlie take their chance to escape to a new life together... 

Flamenco y Mas

Flamenco y Mas

Fringe favourite Ricardo Garcia has travelled to four continents, demonstrating the art of Flamenco music, rhythm and dance. Influenced by jazz, blues, Indian, Arabic and African music... 

Brush

Brush

Brush is a new piece of experimental theatre from the Korean theatre company, Haddangse. It follows the story of only child Dae-Sung, played with a lovely whimsical quality by Miriam Woo, who is desperate for a younger brother... 

Mojo

Mojo

Jez Butterworth’s debut play exploded onto the Royal Court stage two decades ago, with its colourful array of hapless 1950s gangsters getting high on slimming pills and getting sick on too much cake... 

Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

Growing up as a kid in the 1970s, my first experiences of academic lectures were either snatches of TV programmes aimed at those studying courses with the Open University (thankfully, all that now seems to be done by DVD or online) or the annual Christmas Lectures broadcast from the Royal Institution... 

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

“There has not been a single incidence of Zombieism anywhere in the world to date,” according to Doctor Austin of the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, but “this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared – just in case... 

Movin' Melvin Brown: The Tap-Dancing Preacher

Movin' Melvin Brown: The Tap-Dancing Preacher

Melvin Brown has got the moves, and this suave dude who appears in a suit and gold satin shirt also has a killer voice. Backed by an enthusiastic band, he enters and performs a high energy dance number before breaking into song – barely (amazingly) out of breath... 

Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Sarajevo)

Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Sarajevo)

In 2007, Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision exploded on the Edinburgh Fringe and has appeared practically every year since with a few tweaks. Even now, it’s still pulling in the audiences... 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Durham University Light Opera Group’s production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is a masterfully polished piece of theatre. Simon Finch plays J. Pierrepont, a window washer who, with the assistance of the self help guide that gives the show its title, climbs his way through the ranks of his company, finding love along the way... 

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Wellington College make their return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with the wacky jukebox musical Return to the Forbidden Planet. This musical, which attempts to be a combination of Star Trek and Shakespeare's The Tempest, sees its characters avoiding collisions, fighting off space snakes and battling with the even more tricky situation of its on board relationships... 

Forget Fire

Forget Fire

Forget Fire, named after a line in a poem by W.S. Merwin, is a devised piece by students from Pepperdine University, Malibu. It explores the effect of technology and social media on human communication and invites us to put our phones down and look out at the world instead, "face to face, not face to phone"... 

The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic!

The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic!

Triumphantly sailing into Edinburgh come Audacious Productions with their frankly magnificent production The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic. At an hour and 50 minutes, it certainly lives up to its epic name but every moment is worth it... 

Roses and Beans

Roses and Beans

A social happening and a performance in one. Roses and Beans is about how we organise and experience love, and about the model of the couple as the ultimate formula for success and happiness... 

Avenue Q (School Edition)

Avenue Q (School Edition)

Avenue Q (School Edition) retains the fun of the hit Broadway show but tones down the language and content, making it a suitable show for all the family to enjoy. Favourite numbers such as If You Were Gay and Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist remain whilst Trekkie Monster’s porn addiction becomes an obsession with social media... 

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

The now infamous case of the 1924 ‘thrill killers’ Leopold and Loeb is a well-mined source of theatrical material, from Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play Rope, in turn transformed into Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film of the same name, to this, Stephen Dolginoff’s 2005 musical Thrill Me... 

The Rat Pack - Live

The Rat Pack - Live

The seemingly unwavering appeal of swing music has made the Rat Pack Live an irresistible draw to Fringe audiences year after year and this packed house proves that this year is no exception... 

Hamlet and Ophelia

Hamlet and Ophelia

This ambitious re-imagining of Hamlet asks the audience to vote on the gender of both Hamlet and Claudius, and subsequently shuffles the genders of Ophelia and Gertrude accordingly... 

The Dirty Talk

The Dirty Talk

Michael Puzzo's popular play is a solid piece of theatre--it knows exactly what it wants to achieve and pulls it off. You won't find any bright fireworks here, nor will you find any real duds... 

Waiting for the Call: The Improvised Musical

Waiting for the Call: The Improvised Musical

Using a fiendishly elaborate (and highly unnecessary) system of generating audience suggestion, Waiting for the Call invent an improvised musical based on ideas from the peculiar minds of audience members... 

Lysistrata

Lysistrata

It takes a brave soul to attempt to tackle ancient Greek comedy with a modern audience. It takes one even braver to decide to turn it into a tragedy. This is no insult. Stunningly, Christopher Adams has not only made it work, he made it work incredibly well... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

With a free croissant and tea in hand, Shakespeare for Breakfast almost had me sold before kick-off. What followed was a delightful morning romp through ‘Shakespeare Land’, a place littered with puns most foul and yet pleasing, as well as a menagerie of references covering every sonnet under the sun... 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Produced by C theatre, The Snow Queen is a charming adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale by Karina Wilson.It follows friends Kai and Gerda, who are separated when Kai falls under the spell of the wicked Snow Queen... 

Flamenco Global

Flamenco Global

Fringe favourite Ricardo Garcia has travelled to four continents, demonstrating the art of Flamenco music, rhythm and dance. Influenced by jazz, blues, Indian, Arabic and African music... 

Leodo: Paradise Lost

Leodo: Paradise Lost

Not be confused with the Milton epic, Leodo: Paradise Lost follows the story of a young girl lost at sea and transported to a magical island beyond the horizon, Leodo. Or at least that’s how it starts... 

King Arthur

King Arthur

Sometimes in this show, there’d come some songs like this. They’d start off nice and low but were often hit and miss. Spamalot reference quota now fulfilled, King Arthur is a fairly enjoyable afternoon adventure, if occasionally unremarkable... 

The Adventure Machine

The Adventure Machine

You wake up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Do you a) Retreat under the covers; b) Grudgingly make some toast; or c) Embrace the day with unbridled enthusiasm, because you’re fortunate enough to be in the same city as this rather wonderful show? This is the first decision you’ll make about The Adventure Machine, but if you choose correctly, it won’t be the last... 

What a Gay Play

What a Gay Play

Join a group of ordinary gay friends for an honest and intimate evening together. As the booze flows a bit too quickly they soon lose inhibitions with each other and explore some of the common stereotypes of gay life in 2014... 

Antigone

Antigone

The show is a rite of transformation in which the conflict is brought to its tragic consequences. The story is directly extracted from Sophocles' Antigone, it is narrated following the original plot, but with simplified dialogues, and the introduction of pauses aimed to help the physical and emotional involvement of the audience... 

Alternotive a Cappella

Alternotive a Cappella

The award-winning Alternotives are back for their fifth consecutive Edinburgh Fringe! Full of sass and infectious charm this mixed a cappella ensemble from the University of Oxford bring you a show bigger than ever... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! At our five venues: C: our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova: our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too: our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace...