John Grant

John Grant

Michigan-born, now Reykjavik-based, US singer-songwriter John Grant creates music that can be agonisingly sad, painfully funny – or often both, but never less than breathtaking in its emotional complexity... 

Martyn Bennett's 'Bothy Culture'

Martyn Bennett's 'Bothy Culture'

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside travels uptown to the Edinburgh Playhouse for one night to revisit Celtic fusion artist Martyn Bennett’s kaleidoscopically rich 1996 album Bothy Culture in truly epic style, following the huge success of Grit at the 2016 International Festival... 

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

 

Wicked (UK Tour)

Wicked (UK Tour)

This "gravity-defying 'Wizard of Oz' prequel" (Time Out London) tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students... 

Flashdance - The Musical

Flashdance - The Musical

Selladoor’s touring production of Flashdance continues to shine light and pizzazz with a strong fusion of two worlds moulded into 80s’ pop glitz and grit. Now in its 10th year, both themusical (based on the 1983 Paramount Film classic by Tom Hedley) and a collaborative company capture the heart and feeling of the age with universal and contemporary relevance... 

Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet

Through lively renditions of Rock and Roll hits, Million Dollar Quartet captures a snapshot in musical history: a jamming session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at the recording studio that launched them into stardom, Sun Records... 

Cilla – The Musical

Cilla – The Musical

Given that she’s such a much-loved public entertainer, an all-too-obvious challenge in creating a musical based on the early life of the late Cilla Black—born Priscilla Maria Veronica White—is that, while she certainly had some big hit singles—“Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “You’re My World”, and “Alfie”, to name just three—her back catalogue of really familiar hits arguably isn’t large enough to fill a two-hours-plus musical... 

Rain

Rain

Joyful, graceful and overwhelmingly beautiful, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rain is a powerfully emotional dance creation set to Steve Reich’s iconic minimalist masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians... 

Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater

Considered by many to be the finest dance company in the world, Nederlands DansTheater has taken a radically progressive path since its founding in 1959 – and has a long history of acclaimed dance theatre shows at the International Festival... 

Comedy Gala 2017: In Aid of Waverley Care

Comedy Gala 2017: In Aid of Waverley Care

With nearly £500,000 raised for Waverley Care, Edinburgh's biggest comedy event returns with an all-star cast and special guest hosts Rob Beckett and Russell Kane. This year's line-up includes an all-star cast featuring: Al Murray, Mark Watson, Shappi Khorsandi, Simon Evans, Ivo Graham, Iain Stirling, Suzi Ruffell and many more... 

The Music of The Incredible String Band

The Music of The Incredible String Band

Whimsical, surreal, truly inspirational: psychedelic pioneers The Incredible String Band entranced listeners in the late 1960s and early 1970s with their visionary, dream-like songs... 

Yo, Carmen

Yo, Carmen

A vibrant ode to womanhood, and a radical reimagining of Bizet’s voluptuous opera heroine – from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés. Visionary and flamboyant, and blending dance, music, poetry and theatre, Yo, Carmen digs deep into the primal emotions of flamenco – and is unforgettably beautiful... 

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Two International Festival concerts from PJ Harvey, who returns to Edinburgh with her full nine-piece band, performing tracks from the critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, as well as material from her catalogue... 

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe

Now in its tenth year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment available at this year's festival. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment hosted by Forth 1's breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene... 

Girls' Night OOT!

Girls' Night OOT!

The smash hit comedy musical comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse for the very first time! Join the girls on a hen night you wont forget, with fantastic songs from 1960s - today! Guaranteed to have you laughing, singing along and dancing in the aisles! 

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

A cheesy caricature of itself, Dirty Dancing is full of moments that will make you physically cringe but, if you’re after a literal movie-to-stage adaptation of the so-bad-it’s-good movie, then Dirty Dancing: The Story on Stage won’t disappoint the 1980s teenager inside you—and it would certainly deliver as the perfect “Girl’s Night Out”... 

Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Opening with the ever-familar chord progression of Stand by Me this tribute to Ben E King and the Drifters by Othello Music had the audience in the palm of their hand from the first number... 

Dreamboats and Petticoats

Dreamboats and Petticoats

Fans of rock and roll won’t be left disappointed by the musical numbers in teenage romance production, Dreamboats and Petticoats. The renditions of popular hits are performed with precision and musical skill and the live band is filled with true virtuosos... 

Funny Girl

Funny Girl

Revivals always run the risk of not resonating with a contemporary audience, or relying wholly on nostalgia, but Michael Mayer’s touring production of the Fanny Brice story, made famous by Barbara Streisand on stage and screen in the 1960s, is compelling and relevant without so much as a hint of sentimentality... 

La Cage Aux Folles

La Cage Aux Folles

There’s much to love about this new touring production of La Cage Aux Folles; gloriously Technicolor™ sets, gorgeous costumes, tight choreography, clearly enunciated singing, and a cast who inspire tears of both laughter and sadness... 

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

There is, ironically enough, a lot that’s incredibly old-fashioned about Thoroughly Modern Millie; it’s a feel-good, song and dance show about a young gold-digger who, while seeking the security that comes from bagging a wealthy husband, instead discovers (spoilers!) that love actually is all-important when it comes to marriage—and never mind what Vogue magazine says! It’s also, unfortunately, a world where single young women who won’t be missed are liable to be “Shanghaied” into a life of prostitution by a Chinese white slave gang led by the malicious Mrs Meers, who does crude yellow-face to avoid the police... 

Wonderland

Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland isn’t known for its plot; in fact, it’s essentially a succession of wonderfully fanciful sketches which happen to share some characters... 

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Reviewing Mamma Mia! almost feels like a lost cause; it’s an unstoppable global phenomenon and, if this touring production—setting up home in the Edinburgh Playhouse for Christmas and New Year—has any shortcomings, audiences love it none-the-less... 

Comedy Gala 2016: In Aid of Waverley Care

Comedy Gala 2016: In Aid of Waverley Care

Edinburgh's biggest comedy event returns with an all-star cast, and special guest hosts to be announced! Always a complete sell-out, book early to avoid disappointment. Previous guests have included Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane, Adam Hills, Romesh Ranganathan and many more... 

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe

Now in its ninth year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment available at this year's festival. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment hosted by Forth 1's breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene... 

Annie

Annie

A childhood spent watching Fred and Ginger twirl Cheek to Cheek and Bing Crosby dream about a White Christmas gave me a lifelong appreciation for musical theatre. My childhood favourite was Annie, the Broadway mega-hit based on the Depression-era comic story... 

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Composer Frank Loesser has become a Broadway giant, and it takes a brave man to revive what is, arguably, his best known work. However, with Gordon Greenberg’s energetic and glamorous production of Guys and Dolls, this gamble pays off... 

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

It’s a Wednesday night in March and the UK tour of Jersey Boys has reached its final destination: the Edinburgh Playhouse. As the audience spills out onto the street, a young man starts to serenade his girlfriend with his own rendition of the musical’s showstopper Can’t Take My Eyes Off You... 

Rocky Horror Show

Rocky Horror Show

Behind me a slightly overweight man in basque, suspenders and very little else is shuffling up the row to his seat to cheers from the back stalls. His girlfriend is close behind in a French maid’s outfit... 

Hairspray

Hairspray

Hairspray is a breath of fresh from the normal Broadway musicals that trudge their way through the British stages. Too often the jukebox musicals have a plot you could write on an extra small fag packet with only a passing interest in their source material... 

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

All theatre requires a certain suspension of disbelief, musical theatre even more so. Yet ironically, nearly 30 years on from its original production, the thing that continues to initially trip me up about Willy Russell's Blood Brothers is the apparently appalling state of post-natal health and social care in 1960s’ Liverpool... 

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II didn’t shirk from social issues within their musical theatre productions: racism (South Pacific), transient/absent fatherhood (Carousel) and here, with The Sound of Music, reactions to the rise of the Third Reich in Austria... 

Comedy Gala 2015: In Aid of Waverley Care feat. Adam Hills & Marcus Brigstocke

Comedy Gala 2015: In Aid of Waverley Care feat. Adam Hills & Marcus Brigstocke

Edinburgh’s biggest comedy event returns with an all-star cast with special guest hosts Adam Hills and Marcus Brigstocke. Other confirmed artists include Rob Beckett, Phill Jupitus, Andrew Ryan, Angela Barnes, Ivo Graham, Joel Dommett, Justin Moorhouse, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Nathan Caton, Phil Jerrod, Glenn Wool, Jamali Maddix, Felicity Ward and more TBA... 

Jim Davidson - No Further Action

Jim Davidson - No Further Action

Very few comedians could turn the worst year of their life into a resounding success. Fresh from winning the most successful ever series of Big Brother by a landslide, comedy king Jim Davidson has done exactly that... 

Oriental Fairy Tales: Wild Zebra (Ballet with Orchestra)

Oriental Fairy Tales: Wild Zebra (Ballet with Orchestra)

Wild Zebra is a fantasy ballet with symphony orchestra accompaniment showcasing the accomplishments of a troupe of young Chinese performers (8-12 years). It was created by Zhang Jigang, deputy director and choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies... 

Backstage Pass to the UK’s Biggest Theatre!

Backstage Pass to the UK’s Biggest Theatre!

Explore the labyrinth of secrets lurking behind the Edinburgh Playhouse foyer doors as the custodians (past and present) of this stunning theatre lead you through the history of a much loved local institution... 

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue - The Official Stage Tour

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue - The Official Stage Tour

BBC Radio's multi award-winning antidote to panel games returns to the stage in 2015 for a one-off Edinburgh festival performance of its highly acclaimed touring show. Join Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense... 

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe

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... 

Comedy Gala 2014: In Aid of Waverley Care

Comedy Gala 2014: In Aid of Waverley Care

Edinburgh's biggest comedy event featuring an all star cast, with special guest hosts to be confirmed! Previous years have included Jon Richardson and Kevin Bridges among others. Book early... 

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe

Now in its seventh year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment available at this year's festival. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in music, comedy and entertainment hosted by 97... 

Wicked UK Tour

Wicked UK Tour

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre: 9th Jul 7pm.