The Dark Side of Research

The Dark Side of Research

What's the life that lies under the lab coat? Researchers from all across Europe will accompany you on a journey through their research, sharing their most embarrassing and hilarious moments... 

Rainforest Dreams

Rainforest Dreams

In collaboration with TV producer/eco campaigner Phil Williams and Ecuadorian Kichwa tribe this new multimedia play will connect you with what is happening now in the Amazonian rainforest... 

The Drowned Bride

The Drowned Bride

A new musical by Helen Brown and John Moore, based on Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. A naïve and lonely young woman meets a mysterious widower in the glamorous surroundings of the French Riviera... 

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

When things are coming to an end, the best thing to do is to go back to the beginning. Jason Robert Brown's musical masterpiece captures the tragedy and the comedy of this story to perfection... 

Eat Your Heart Out

Eat Your Heart Out

Anorexia takes centre stage in this emotional piece devised by eating disorder sufferers and survivors. Bel is a typical teenage girl studying in the lower sixth. She excels at school and loves to gossip with her close group of gal pals... 

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

The University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society makes their regular contribution to the Festival Fringe, this year with HMS Pinafore. Performing at their regular studio location of Paradise in Augustine’s, the infamous centre-stage support pole serves adequately as a ship’s mast and with the wheel behind it and the sailors around it everything is set to ‘sail the ocean blue’... 

As We Like It

As We Like It

As We Like It. Shakespeare's play is reinterpreted by this award-winning company of learning disabled actors, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages project. It's the Summer of Love... 

Annie Brassey

Annie Brassey

Written and directed by Heather Alexander. 'Oft in danger, never afraid' – Annie Brassey's motto as she travelled the world on a Victorian steam clipper. Her journal A Voyage in the Sunbeam made her experiences famous... 

The Electra Legacy

The Electra Legacy

The Electra Legacy: a modern telling of Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy with a brilliant new music score, this is a tale of revenge, passion and crime. An oracle informs Orestes that he must return to Argos, find his sister Electra, and take rightful, bloody revenge against Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus... 

That Bastard Brecht

That Bastard Brecht

Bertolt Brecht: genius or charlatan? The question is answered in a piece of pure Epic theatre featuring 15 new songs and choreography. The story is told through the eyes of Brecht’s most significant collaborator, Elizabeth Hauptmann who is now reputed to have written at least 80% of The Threepenny Opera... 

Highland Serenade

Highland Serenade

Highland Serenade – a retired US naval officer has relocated his family to the Highlands of Scotland. The story deals with the universal feuds of inheritance, sibling rivalry, a crack at America's Got Talent and how each member of the family deals with the passing of a loved one... 

Mother

Mother

Laura Curnick and Jack Mosedale are Mother and this is their show. After making their acclaimed debut at the Brighton Fringe (**** BroadwayBaby.com) Mother are headed to the Edinburgh Fringe for one week only... 

Tartan and Tassels

Tartan and Tassels

Sassy Von Sparkle invites you to a celebration of all things fun and sexy with our brand-new burlesque show for Edinburgh Fringe 2018... Tartan and Tassels! Don your glad rags, leave your worries at home and join our all-star cast of bonnie babes for a dazzling evening of the great, good and sometimes naughty... 

Let's Be Frank!

Let's Be Frank!

When age and illness takes hold, sometimes there is a burning desire to tell the disturbing truth of life's great triumphs and sadness. A showbiz life... a life that is Frank Sinatra. 

Lu-ting the Merman

Lu-ting the Merman

A mythical merman tribe in ancient Hong Kong, the Lu-tings, is oppressed by another dominant culture. They learn the language of this culture and end up revolting against them. This is a touching story told in a theatre style encompassing dance, mask, live music and poetry... 

King Arthur – The Panto

King Arthur – The Panto

When Uther Pendragon passes away England falls without king. Merlin the wizard is tasked with finding the new king. He does this by organising a contest. He puts a sword in a big stone... 

The Battle of Boat

The Battle of Boat

The Battle of Boat is a new musical set in a seaside town on the English coast. The happiness of a group of children is short-lived as the First World War unfolds around them. Their attempt to join up is thwarted as they are each rejected for being too young, with one exception... 

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Beacon Boy Players return to The Sanctuary to stage Bugsy Malone – a knockout show full of slapstick comedy and catchy, swinging tunes! Expect plenty of panache and pizzazz from this talented young group... 

All About Her – Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera

All About Her – Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera

All About Her — Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera creatively combines traditional Chinese Opera with contemporary ideas, exploring feminism in the traditional opera repertoire, and creating a new contemporary style... 

Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff

Mistaken identities, a corpse in a wheelchair, a short-sighted ex-lover, an avaricious dogs’ home, an English shoe salesman, a French cabaret singer and some nuns. A hilarious romp that starts in East Grinstead and ends in Monte Carlo, with catchy tunes from the team that wrote Seussical and Ragtime... 

Loneliness and Other Adventures

Loneliness and Other Adventures

The portrayal of a young woman’s search for love and her sometimes crippling fear of being alone. Anna is only 21 but she’s still single after a series of heartbreaks and rejections... 

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

After yet another five-star run, EUSOG returns for its 25th year at the Fringe with The Drowsy Chaperone! A satirical masterpiece, paying homage to Jazz Age musicals of the 1920s, showcasing a series of fantastic characters and outstanding musical numbers, with glitz, glamour and top-notch comedy... 

Ganymede

Ganymede

Rosalind's favorite book is As You Like It. From those pages are drawn comfort and parallels with life as an orphan living with the local Reverend's daughter, Celia. When he finds out they are more than just friends, he throws them out of the house... 

Action Man

Action Man

Upon retirement, Corporal Liam Drury returns to be confronted with sudden and debilitating flashbacks to his time in combat. His marriage disintegrating, he is now being shunted from sofa to sofa... 

Wikipedilove

Wikipedilove

Wikipedia is filled with weird, amazing stories of love and sex... so let’s sing about them! American musical comedians Noam Osband and Rena Hudert use videos, academic papers and music to share the stranger stories and practices of homo sapiens and other animals... 

Volpone

Volpone

He's dying to get rich... With the aid of wily maidservant Mosca, Volpone convinces the wealthy citizens of Venice that he is on his deathbed – prompting them to shower him with gifts in the hope they will become his sole heir... 

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Bare Productions are a new, fresh Edinburgh-based company comprising of some of the best local talent who have all performed in multiple five-star sell-out shows at the Fringe. This year they bring Schulz’s comic characters to life in this Tony Award-winning musical... 

Jinrou TLPT

Jinrou TLPT

This is the improvised play where you can infer with the actors, attracting more than 50,000 spectators in Japan. Werewolf – it's such an abominable existence. At night with the full moon, it pretends to be someone who it had eaten by the mysterious charm of the moonlight, and preys on families or friends every night... 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Katherine O’Neil really knows gin. As a professional in the drinks industry for several years and an obvious fan of her subject, she has created this tonic of a show (see what I did there?) that fills us in on the important and fascinating history of Gin and also fills us with gin... 

Hotter

Hotter

Hotter is a stellar exploration of the body, intimacy and what makes all of us feel hot. Ell Potter and Mary Higgins, a genius duo, have devised a hilarious and heartbreaking production that isn’t afraid to tackle subjects considered taboo in some circles... 

Stranger Than Truth

Stranger Than Truth

Lost in the Po Strewth wilderness, our band of heroes attempt to claim the Firestone and rescue the Elves from prejudice, shampoo tax and travel bans. 

Happy Birthday Mia

Happy Birthday Mia

It’s Mia’s birthday! How exciting! She will be surrounded by friends and will play all day long. There’s no birthday party without presents and Mia is going to receive some very special ones... 

Pronoun

Pronoun

The Actor's Centre Theatre Company, Jersey, make their Edinburgh Festival premiere with Evan Placey's critically acclaimed play. A love story about transition, testosterone, and James Dean... 

Godspell

Godspell

Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell is a conceptual piece where a comedic troupe of eccentric players team-up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age. Featuring the well known musical numbers Day by Day and Prepare Ye, this production is something truly unique... 

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus is a new musical based on the Christopher Marlowe play/ancient story archetype. In this modernised telling, Emma Faustus is a pharmaceutical scientist who joins a shady company (HEL) to continue researching a cure for the disease that killed her girlfriend... 

Black Monday – The Sketch and Music Show

Black Monday – The Sketch and Music Show

This is the year 1929, Tom is a happy, wealthy and young broker who lives in London and whose life is about to radically change. This includes his beloved girlfriend leaving him, the stock market suddenly collapsing, and... 

Radio

Radio

The concept behind Sunscreen Productions’ Radio is pretty familiar: a group of flatmates at the end of their university careers grapple with past tensions and future anxieties while trying to get their deposit back... 

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters

This play is an abridged version of the stage adaptation of late novelist Terry Pratchett’s sixth Discworld book which is in itself a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Confused? Don’t worry; all the tropes are there: three witches, a murdered king, an ambitious wife and a child with a destiny and possibly a crown... 

Gobland for the Goblins!

Gobland for the Goblins!

An excellent concept is given a bit of a rough delivery in this immersive fantasy adventure, where you decide the outcome and save or scupper the future of Gobland. For older children and lovers of classic role-play games (RPG to those in the know), this is a chance to see your own experiences brought to life, but younger families beware: it isn’t easy-going... 

Shakespeare on a Shoestring: Cymbeline!

Shakespeare on a Shoestring: Cymbeline!

Shoestring returns! The next generation of the Fringe First Award-winning Shoestring Players bring their trademark fast-paced and irreverent take on Shakespeare’s most troubled play... 

An Evening with the Voices in Annie's Head

An Evening with the Voices in Annie's Head

Annie is just a normal girl with normal problems. Does she prefer skim or semi-skim milk? Will that boy from the pub call back? Will the TV presenters in her head shut up so that she can talk to him? And how the f*** is she going to clean all this glitter out of her subconscious? ‘Wraps you round its little finger and DOES NOT LET GO’ - Eli Carvajal, New Manhattan ‘Steals the limelight of the MIFTAS… hard-hitting and emotive’ - The Mancunion, Best Newcomer & Best Costume, MIFTAS 2016. 

Empty Shoes

Empty Shoes

Imagine a lifetime of feeling invisible. A man held together by ritual and routine is drawn to the edge of a precipice, seeking escape. Trapped in a life he did not choose, oppressed by duty to others, past and present converge as he contemplates his existence... 

I Am Your Love Story

I Am Your Love Story

Period production set in India in the 1940s, staging a spiritual journey two people take as they step foot into the theatre of life. Challenging, full of energy and humour with a strong educational direction. 

The Story of Snow and Other True Tales According to Reet Petite

The Story of Snow and Other True Tales According to Reet Petite

Snow is the newest prisoner at HMP Young Offenders Institution, Hull. Through the medium of fairy tales, cellmates Reet and Snow explore their respective families, the reasons for their imprisonment and, ultimately, how they can change their ending... 

Shakespeare's Big Brother

Shakespeare's Big Brother

Can Hamlet please come into the diary room? You've had regular Big Brother. You've had Celebrity Big Brother. Now, we would like to invite you to Shakespeare's Big Brother. With the finals looming and a huge prize at the end, who will win the public vote and be crowned this year's winner? See all your favorite Shakespeare characters take on the tasks, trials, interviews and the diary room... 

Oil!

Oil!

This new piece of writing is an enjoyable, silly slice of sitcom, covering the last few days of student life amidst a diverse bunch of friends. Drawing on well-crafted student stereotypes, it is reminiscent of Fresh Meat, and a lot of the humour rests on how unlikely it is, for example, for self-entitled ex-Etonian Oscar and passionate feminist activist Milly to be able to stomach living under the same roof... 

Bat Boy: The Musical

Bat Boy: The Musical

Billed as a uniquely grotesque combination of satire, horror and comedy, Bat Boy: The Musical has a small but dedicated cult following. Performed by Ophiuchus Rising, the semi-professional cast effortlessly made sense of the bizarre and risqué storyline... 

Company

Company

Company, Sondheim’s second Tony Award winner, is a difficult show to get right: it’s disjointed, complex, and built on subject matter that can be uncomfortable to look at. But when it’s done well, it’s a mature, yet still fun exploration of marriage and relationships and a great evening’s entertainment... 

A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends

A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends

Sarah, a single parent, and her child Barney are caught in a time loop, destined to return to the small Suffolk village where a tragedy occurred; Sarah was drowned as a witch in the village pond... 

A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell

A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell

Returning from Australia after a successful Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2016, A Case of You is a poignant, imaginative and dynamic homage to one of the greatest songwriters of the Woodstock era... 

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Our play Black and White Tea Room was first performed in 2014. It has been awarded Best Picture Award, Play Award and a Best Actor Award at the Two-Hander Festival. In 2015, the play was awarded Best Picture Award and Best Actor Award by the Seoul Theatrical Grand Award and was also awarded Best Actor Award and Special Award at Mil-Yang Summer Festival Awards and the Tokyo Tiny-Alice Festival... 

Secrets

Secrets

Wealth and poverty, opportunity or not, Treasure and India. Jacqueline Wilson's hugely popular novel brings together two girls from opposite sides of the lottery and shows how much they have in common... 

Gobland for the Goblins!

Gobland for the Goblins!

Best Children’s Show, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 (The Derek Awards). *****(Families Edinburgh). Choices always matter. Play the video game and save Gobland! Magic, goblins and gaming combine in this fantasy choose-your-own-adventure show from award-winning writer James Beagon... 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Actors from the US, UK and Germany present this theatrical tour de force by Pulitzer winner Stephen Adly Guirgis that makes a case for the redemption of history's most famous betrayer... 

The Magic Circus

The Magic Circus

Roll up, roll up, Magic Den presents the Magic Circus, an exciting, fun, fast-paced and colourful magic show suitable for all the family. Everyone from 4-94 is sure to love The Magic Circus... 

Our Christian Nation

Our Christian Nation

What if the extreme Christian right in the USA got everything they wanted? Emmy winner Joe Janes's play, featuring 10 Chicago actors performing 40 characters, shows us the absurdity of a Christians-only country... 

Bells Present: Gospel

Bells Present: Gospel

Bells gained national prominence in its first year as a fully mixed ensemble after winning the 2016 Scottish A Cappella Championships. Combining a wide range of musical genres with original compositions and evocative arrangements, the group is known for weaving stories through their performances... 

The Sister

The Sister

A darkly absurd exploration of power dynamics, this latest production from Dutch Kills Theater is a thrillingly surreal family drama by playwright Eric John Meyer. The New York-based company’s play, The Sister, is a beautifully realised production that delights in its disconcerting portrayal of human relationships... 

Shakespeare Tonight

Shakespeare Tonight

In Shakespeare Tonight, the famous playwright gives his first ever television performance on a talk show with host Martina, only to be confronted by his so-called ‘enemy’, humanist writer Francis Bacon... 

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Molodyi Teatre combine verbatim accounts of migration from the Ukraine to the UK with a Britain’s Got Talent pastiche in a bizarre satire of modern-day xenophobia. Our host, dressed in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, welcomes us to an evening of ‘talent’ and terrible jokes... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee is a beloved American pastime, encouraging good sportsmanship and the pleasure of taking part; however, deep down it becomes clear every contestant has a thirst for glory... 

The Snow Child

The Snow Child

A short and well-formed chamber opera, which shows lots of potential, but needs to pick up on the details. This is an adaptation of The Snow Child by Angela Carter that stays very true to the original... 

Brundibar

Brundibar

Brundibar is an opera for children performed by children. Written in 1939 by Jewish/Czech composer, Hans Krasa, from within concentration camp, Theresienstadt. It is a rich piece of history told through the eyes of brother and sister, Annika and Pepicek as they journey into town to buy milk for their sick mother... 

Pizza Delique

Pizza Delique

Pizza Delique is a Russian-run, Italian restaurant in London. Within this stationary bubble two strangers, Heath and Clarissa, meet for a blind date. Less than an hour into the meal, a second bottle of champagne is served to a table bursting with conversation, flirtatiousness and intensity... 

Assassins

Assassins

A theatrical tour de force, the individual stories of the nine successful and unsuccessful US presidential assassins are intriguingly woven together in Sondheim's darkly humourous and powerful award-winning musical, which ironically features some of his most compelling and lyrical music... 

Three Layers of Meta and a Time Machine

Three Layers of Meta and a Time Machine

Two friends get together to write a comedy musical. While they bicker, their three heroes are getting lost across time and space, battling the forces of evil and tearing major holes in the space-time continuum... 

The Mikado

The Mikado

St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society with Mermaids Performing Arts return to the Festival Fringe with their typically entertaining style of presenting Gilbert & Sullivan, this time with their own take on The Mikado... 

Terry Pratchett's Mort

Terry Pratchett's Mort

In true Terry Pratchett style, this rendition of Terry Pratchett’s Mort brings along a sly mixture of complex fantasy and comedy. Full of silly jokes and comedic acting, the show is an entertaining way to spend the evening and is guarantied to have everyone laughing... 

Six Characters in Search of a Handout

Six Characters in Search of a Handout

An adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 absurdist piece, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Barrie Wheatley’s modernised version blends the source material’s meta-theatrical philosophising with sharp social critique of a generation of food banks and Twitter hate campaigns... 

Albatross

Albatross

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Romantic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner already exists as a work of enviable length. So it is quite something that writers Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett have managed to extend the tale of the mariner and the albatross further in this play of approximately ninety minutes... 

Myth in Store

Myth in Store

Set in a department store in the glamorous 1930s, the myth of Persephone and Ceres is told through music, drama, comedy and dance. A handsome young man appears from the lift in the ladies’ department... 

Help Me, I'm From Essex, Get Me Out of Here!

Help Me, I'm From Essex, Get Me Out of Here!

Hey! Ever wondered what happens to TV reality stars when they stop being famous? On the slippery slide from celebrity to no-mark they have some wonderful adventures. Join them and catch the all-singing, all-dancing tragedy that is Help, I'm From Essex, Get Me Out of Here! (PS It's a comedy for all the family!) 

Our House

Our House

Featuring the music of Madness. This romantic comedy begins one summer's evening in North London. The night of a young bloke's 16th birthday. The night he commits a petty crime to impress the girl he loves... 

Teechers

Teechers

John Godber's great play about life in a rundown secondary school where both the teachers and the students have just about given up. Teechers is the students’ end of school production and they show the whole school what belief and encouragement can achieve... 

Stop the Train (The Musical)

Stop the Train (The Musical)

An explosive, brand new musical from platinum selling songwriters Guard and Rice. A feel-good and uplifting dark comedy, wrapped in a twisting love story. A carriage of commuters is challenged by a mysterious passenger to awaken their dreams and ambitions... 

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget is a play centered on the human cost of World War One directly in its aftermath. Well-scripted by writer/director James Beagon, this is a sensitive and thought-provoking play... 

The Little Sweep

The Little Sweep

One of the primary aims of The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten, an opera for children, is to demystify the genre to a younger generation. With a child friendly story and brief explanation of what we mean when we talk about opera, this seems like quite a good fit for Norfolk YMT on face value... 

Dark Heart

Dark Heart

Dark Heart is a Shrodinger's Cat of a show, managing to be both hopelessly amateurish and professionally polished at the same time.It’s the story of young girls inner turmoil as she tries to come to terms with the death of her sister, all while in the care of a psychiatric hospital... 

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

It is a story well-known to millions, made all the more poignant and absorbing for its absolute authenticity. Young Anne Frank (whose name is pleasingly pronounced here with regard for its German rather than British origin) wished “to go on living – even after my death” and thanks to the characterful vibrancy of this adaptation by many of the young Lambrook Theatre Company, the young writer is certainly imbued with a new lease of life... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening won an impressive list of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards. On those occasions the glamour of the production and the quality of the performances must have overcome the many distasteful aspects of the storyline... 

Into the Woods Jr

Into the Woods Jr

Though the second act is cut completely, half the first act also cut and music transposed into keys more accessible to younger voices, Into The Woods is still a sophisticated show for kids to tackle... 

Playback

Playback

Boy can’t sleep. Audiobooks help. At least they did. But what happens when the story they tell takes on a life of its own? When the tape skips and the boundaries of binaries are blurred? When the rewind button refuses to work, or goes back over something that was fast-forwarded past? When it tells a story that should have ended in a completely different way? Max is young... 

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Renaissance tragedies are rarely as enjoyably silly as Wanton Theatre’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. This student production revels in the farcical aspects of John Ford’s controversial play, with passion turned up to 11... 

Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella wants a night at the ball, Buttons wants Cinderella to notice him and the Ugly Sisters want Cinderella to just stay in her cupboard! Welcome our Fairy Godmother and hey presto we have a magical pantomime at Paradise Green! Come along with us to the ball, and see whether Cinderella will live happily ever after with Prince Charming... 

How We Lost It

How We Lost It

How We Lost It is a piece about who we are now, where we’ve come from and asks what we’ve lost (and gained) in between. A coming of age story that sees us come to terms with the fact that our prince charming might look a little different to the fairy tale – but hey, we don’t need saving anyway... 

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

Sunrise is a time of renewal, a fresh start, a new day! Anna Snapp shares her personal passage through the darkness to the bright sunrise in her battle with everything from Crohn's disease to post-traumatic stress disorder... 

Mercy and the Wild Sea

Mercy and the Wild Sea

A sensational, original rock-opera experience set in the 34th century, this show brings together live rock music, dramatic performance and a spectacular movie created by award-winning BetterFeelingFilms... 

Why Grimsby?

Why Grimsby?

Why Grimsby? by Reuben Ruiz-Daum is a story of secrets, lies and the extremes to which a mother will go in order to secure the hopes and dreams of her daughter. A hard-hitting but affectionate satire on the Latin approach to sexual politics and the immigrants’ view of the UK... 

Aladdin

Aladdin

Battles? Magic? Princesses? We have it all! Come on down to Paradise Green this August and watch Aladdin! The traditional pantomime with a hint of Big Squirrel magic! A cast of six talented performers will take you through Widow Twankey’s Laundry, The Royal Gardens and even the Evil Egyptian Lair of Abanazar! Watch as Aladdin battles for his true love, Princess Yasmin, with the help of his dorky brother Wishee Washee and panto favourite Widow Twankey! Add in the Genie of the Lamp and we have a magic experience for all the family! 

H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore

While it is laudable to have an open policy for membership of an amateur operatic society the knock-on effects can be dire as demonstrated in Cat-Like Tread’s production of H.M.S... 

The Cagebirds

The Cagebirds

First of all – a confession. I have never read David Campton’s 1976 play The Cagebirds, nor had I ever seen it in performance before watching this competent adaptation by eight sixth-form students from Cheltenham Ladies’ College... 

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy

Death Actually sets out to bring 'lethal puns and dead funny songs' in a larger than life musical. What the audience gets instead is a hammy play with a contrived plot and songs which are few and far between... 

Five Drinks

Five Drinks

It might be a good idea to take five drinks into the auditorium, to see you through a play that has moments of wit and humour but contains nothing profound. Five Drinks is another script that will end up on the pile of mediocre coming-out, gay dating plays that are little more than possibly pleasant diversions... 

A Matter of Life and Debt

A Matter of Life and Debt

From the very moment you walk into the space, the aesthetic style of the piece is made abundantly clear. A freeze-framed abstract image is the first thing you see, with lead character Victoria Hendrix (Nina Cavaliero) segregated from the rest of her peers - a group of surreal looking characters all in green and one even wielding an owl puppet... 

Nitro Nites After Dark

Nitro Nites After Dark

Bobby Nitro hosts After Dark, a comedy chat show and showcase. The alter-ego of consultant, writer, raconteur and mentor Andrew Hutchinson, Bobby puts aside his stand-up act and takes to the couch... 

Stand By Your Man - True Crime Cabaret

Stand By Your Man - True Crime Cabaret

Stand By Your Man: True Crime Cabaret presents chilling, thrilling true stories of regular women with one thing in common: they all fell in love with serial killers. Think this sort of thing only happens to other people? With a shocking twist, this True Crime Cabaret hits close to home and cuts to the bone... 

Time Lapse

Time Lapse

Through a series of surreal, nostalgic and captivating scenarios, the piece draws on personal experiences of the artist Sarah Vaughan-Jones in order to investigate how we measure and gauge an understanding of the passage of time according to personal and social influences... 

Downton Scabby

Downton Scabby

Downton Scabby follows the lives of the Downton when they fall on hard times. How will they survive living on a housing estate when the neighbours are so terribly common and servants earn more than you do? Oh well – the only thing to do is to try and get back on top... 

Over There

Over There

Mark Ravenhill’s play uses the metaphor of two brothers – twins – to represent the former partitioning of Germany into East and West during the time of the Berlin wall. One brother, Karl, lives with their ailing mother in the West, while Franz is in the East with their father... 

Cluedo Inc.

Cluedo Inc.

Cluedo Inc is an upbeat, farcical musical inspired by everyone’s favourite murder-mystery board game, Cluedo. All the stalwarts of iconic game appear here, from the potential murder weapons to the potential scenes of the crime... 

C'tait la Nuit

C'tait la Nuit

Sebastian was born in Paris, but raised by his adopted parents in the mountains of Tennessee. C'tait La Nuit is the coming of age story of a young man trying to find his true self in the heart of bohemian Paris... 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

“In Pirates, there are gems from the first to the last minute. You don’t think ‘Oh, I’ll have to sit through this bit.’” Mike Leigh’s opinion of this comic operetta is no doubt endorsed by lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan all over the world... 

Notification

Notification

Guys... party at mine... quick... twitsnapfacegram it! As a group of friends decide to organise the party of the century, the social network closes in. In a funny, thought-provoking take on how technology aids and sometimes complicates socialising, Fringe sell-out company Poot Productions has created a new piece that asks the question: is social media the end of communication as we know it... 

Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff

FeatherStone Puppets began in 1960 as John Peel Puppets and played fifteen sell-out years on the Edinburgh Fringe. Now back as FeatherStone Puppets, with two much loved traditional tales... 

We Are Such Stuff...

We Are Such Stuff...

From the business world of reality that is SmashThatEvent Co! comes an insight into the personalities who aspire to make the dreams of others come true. Come – book your event of a lifetime with them, and with joy on their faces, confusion in their minds and chaos in their lives they will make your wildest dreams reality... 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Following sell-out Fringe production Avenue Q, EUSOG return with the deliciously dark cult comedy Little Shop of Horrors. Nerdy florist Seymour encounters a strange and interesting plant, which brings him fame and fortune... 

Happily After Ever

Happily After Ever

A new comedy about gender conformity and sexual identity. David Henry Hwang calls it a ‘hilarious, innovative, and ultimately wise new play.’ When newlyweds Darren and Janet give birth to a baby with both male and female genitalia, they find themselves in the unlikely position of having to choose a gender for their child - all while competing with the perfect couple next door and dealing with a misunderstood family dog - in this side-splitting battle of the sexes... 

Master Shoko and Margarita

Master Shoko and Margarita

A Japanese woman, Shoko, meets Jura, a Russian man in Berlin airport. They develop a friendship and start sharing their dreams about love and freedom. Jura tells the story of Master and Margarita... 

Rent

Rent

Fans of Rent will love this full length presentation and for those who have never seen it, this is a great opportunity to watch a rip-roaring production. Based in New York City, Uncompromising Artistry Productions under director Nicola Murphy has had the benefit of creative consultation from original Broadway cast member Anthony Rapp... 

Terry Pratchett's Eric

Terry Pratchett's Eric

The best thing about Terry Pratchett’s work was his ability in world creation. Throughout the Discworld novels, Pratchett carved out a little piece of reality so well-crafted that it was easy to believe it was real - and this is happily present in Duck in a Hat Theatre’s production of Terry Pratchett's Eric... 

Closer than Ever

Closer than Ever

Closer Than Ever is a revue musical wherein each song takes us to a different scenario within the complex theme of love and relationships. From a three-way story of unconventional and unrequited love to a quiet office worker who harbours a secret passion for passion, this show covers a wide range of all the many ways that life and love can create some funny and touching moments... 

The KU Twist Singers

The KU Twist Singers

Kingston University’s Twist Choir returns to the Edinburgh Fringe in the stunning setting of St Giles’ Cathedral. The SATB choir comprises students from across the University, who bring music to life, performing a wide repertoire of choral music from a variety of genres... 

SPIRIT – Shashari-deteh – JPNpetitfestival

SPIRIT – Shashari-deteh – JPNpetitfestival

Sharekouve Gennari is a kaishakunin, an attendant in the Japanese form of ritual suicide known as harakiri or seppuku. In ancient times the kaishakunin's role was to cut off the head of the high ranking person committing seppuku and end their suffering honourably... 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Performed by the award-winning, five-star, Norfolk YMT. It’s every father’s nightmare – Wednesday Addams, the princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family... 

Dance-Forms' 70th International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms' 70th International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms Productions will celebrate the 21st anniversary of the International Choreographers' Showcase and 14 years presenting exciting performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. A feast of stunning dance works in a program shining with originality, great energy, gorgeous music, interesting costumes and world class choreography... 

The Worry Monster

The Worry Monster

Since he was a little boy, Raymond has been followed everywhere by his Worry Monster, a purple blob that one day he always hoped would pop but never did. He wants desperately to paint and to be free, but wherever he goes, his purple companion is never too far away... 

The Magic Circus

The Magic Circus

Roll up, roll up, Magic Den presents The Magic Circus, an exciting, fun, fast-paced and colourful magic show suitable for all the family. Everyone from 3-93 is sure to love The Magic Circus... 

Ali Baba

Ali Baba

A tale of gold, ghosts and Gary! When you’re as poor as Ali Baba, a cave full of gold can change your life. A horde of angry thieves wanting their gold back can also change your life... 

Aesop, Come Back!

Aesop, Come Back!

In an attempt to prove that Aesop was history's greatest fabulist, a group of storytellers crack the spine of a massive edition of Aesop's Fables, releasing the old man's most memorable characters into the theatre... 

Saving Graces at St Mabel's

Saving Graces at St Mabel's

It might be difficult to see why someone would bother writing a comedy pastiche of a girls’ boarding school when a perfectly good one already exists in Daisy Pulls It Off. However, this piece of new writing by Piers Todd, college librarian of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, is a fun romp tailored to the abilities of this group of lower sixth formers... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This fun new adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic story begins in Priceland. It’s closing time on Friday night and the orange-uniformed store employees are waiting for the end of their shift... 

Anything Goes

Anything Goes

KD Theatre’s Anything Goes is cheerfully cheesy, well-done Cole Porter in an hour and a half. It’s a little sad to have to miss out on some of the good stuff— Anything Goes is one of the most perfect musicals ever written but if you’re craving Cole during Fringe this is a quick, satisfying fix... 

Kindred Spirits The Musical

Kindred Spirits The Musical

Kindred Spirits is an endearing story about the trials and tribulations of two boys who pledged a lifelong friendship that takes them through into adulthood, only to be torn apart by a cruel twist of fate... 

The 24 Hour Mystery Play

The 24 Hour Mystery Play

Simply See Productions proudly present to you... anything! As long as this group of currently training performers have only had 24 hours in which to put this mystery play together! 24 hours before curtain up the actors will receive their scripts, the crew will receive the plan and work will start to show you the beauty that can emerge from 24 hours of chaos! Do not miss out on this exciting, adrenaline-pumped experiment that could have you laughing, crying, screaming with joy or rushing to buy your ticket for the next one! 

Illyria-on-Sea

Illyria-on-Sea

Performed by the award-winning Side by Side Theatre Company for actors with learning disabilities, Illyria on Sea takes Twelfth Night to a 1950s seaside resort in this refreshing and enchanting interpretation of Shakespeare’s carnivalesque comedy... 

Standing on Lego

Standing on Lego

Two children under three and what has life become? To the sleep-deprived, the human milk machine, the reluctant disciplinarian, the walking incubator: come shed tears of recognition, laughter, solidarity and pain... 

Noughts and Crosses

Noughts and Crosses

Shakespeare’s School brings Malorie Blackman’s much loved novel Noughts and Crosses to the stage in a performance that falls disappointingly flat despite the potential of the well-adapted script... 

Choir! But Not As You Know It

Choir! But Not As You Know It

Heard it before? Not like this, you haven't... a choir who grab you, shake you and rattle your preconceptions, with unique arrangements and twisted lyrics. Not so much choir, as c h o i r! Described as ‘absolutely incredible’, 'stunning’, ‘inspiring’, and ‘hugely surprising’ (audience reviews), come and see what the fuss is about. 

Michelangelo Drawing Blood

Michelangelo Drawing Blood

Michelangelo Drawing Blood explores the artist’s fascination with the male form, partly inspired by his sketches for the unfinished fresco The Battle of Cascina. Melding video art, live music played on renaissance instruments and a physical performance from two dancers representing Michelangelo and the male bodies seen in his sketches, this show provides us with an atmospheric mix between modern and historical art forms... 

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

Bob Martin and Don McKellar’s The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical comedy set in the 1920’s and was initially written as a comic stag gift before being altered into a full length show for the Toronto Fringe Festival... 

The KU Twist Singers

The KU Twist Singers

The exceptional KU Twist Choir premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe in the stunning setting of St Giles' Cathedral. The SATB choir comprises dance, drama and music students who bring music to life, performing a wide repertoire of choral music from a variety of genres... 

Paper Play

Paper Play

Paper Play is the story of a boy who climbed to a great height to see what he could see. It is an original script by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson and is presented by the Beacon Boy Players... 

Harriet - Teen Detective!

Harriet - Teen Detective!

Harriet struggles to make sense of the world and so she keeps notes of everything she sees. One day, someone steals her notebook and in order to understand why, she has to track them down and find her notes again... 

Just

Just

Kafka meets Alice in Wonderland in award-winning Scottish writer Ali Smith's absurd take on the English concept of justice. 

Mug Shot

Mug Shot

With a coffee shop on practically every street, what happened to us being a nation of tea lovers? Mug Shot is a contemporary, inter-disciplinary performance and exploration of the coffee culture that the UK has embraced in the last few years... 

The Hardybutts Boys

The Hardybutts Boys

Little Giant Theatre Company presents a commemorative adaptation of true stories from the Great War in honour of the centenary. Follow a group of lads from Hardybutts on their remarkable and eye-opening journey to the frontline, testing their fortitude and character when they find themselves trapped in a hopeless situation... 

And the Horse You Rode in On

And the Horse You Rode in On

And The Horse You Rode In On begins with the easy unfolding of soldiers’ badinage. It’s the Great War; these are the German trenches. A man polishes his spyglass obsessively. Another nurses his eye-socket, bruised from hours on the watch... 

The Virtuous Burglar

The Virtuous Burglar

Farce is easy to laugh at and difficult to perform. There needs to be precise order and timing behind the chaos for each joke and pratfall to land squarely. Imperial College Dramatic Society has gamely attempted a spritely production of Italian playwright Dario Fo’s farce The Virtuous Burglar... 

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Robert Lopez and Jeff Whitty’s Avenue Q is brought to the Fringe by the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group, to sell-out audiences. The hit puppet musical, featuring characters such as Lucy the Slut and Mrs Thistletwat, tells the story of recent-graduate Princeton’s struggle in the “real world”... 

The Waterbabies

The Waterbabies

I had high expectations for this adaptation of one of my childhood favourites. Adapted, directed, and design by Fi Ross, this ambitious piece is performed by students from the University of Gloucestershire... 

Nunsense

Nunsense

“I always had a good experience with nuns,” said Dan Coggins, who wrote the book, music and lyrics we all know as Nunsense to show us what nuns are “really like.” He clearly had some exceptional times with his nuns and now you have your chance to have a “good experience” with them too... 

The Press-Ganged Fool

The Press-Ganged Fool

A farcical feast of nautical nonsense. This pulsating comedy will leave you cheering at heroes, hissing at villains and roaring with laughter. With a very Brechtian feel, this is a fast paced show which offers you no time to sit back and get bored... 

Rock Trial

Rock Trial

Forget the defendant, it is the cast of this excruciating production who should be in the dock. In Trial by Jury, Gilbert and Sullivan created an operetta with a farcical plot which is taken seriously by the characters... 

Miss Saigon School Edition

Miss Saigon School Edition

Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubil’s classic Miss Saigon is currently enjoying a revival at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End. Norfolk Youth Music Theatre have taken on the greatest challenge of this year’s Fringe and make a fine job of it... 

Fairway Manor

Fairway Manor

The Cowards have a problem: an invasive species of killer weed* threatens their historic country home with collapse. And today, as the party rages and gossip spreads, they must battle to keep the foundations alive... 

Beneath the Dark

Beneath the Dark

America, 1947. A story that repeats itself over time. In a town where any move forward is held back, a chance meeting in the dark of a destitute railway station inflames the hopes and ideas of a free-thinking woman... 

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Following the disappearance of Dick Whittington and several other fairy tale creatures, the five little piggies suspect the Big Bad Wolf has returned. They decide to join forces with their cousins, the three little pigs and attempt to defeat the wolf and his henchbears once and for all. 

Savvy Secrets of Successful Mistresses

Savvy Secrets of Successful Mistresses

Charismatic comedians Lisa Faith Phillips as Dr Faith and Ellen Mandel (Mistress Ethel) whip up an ‘outrageously funny, devilishly clever and wildly entertaining’ (NewYorkCool.com) self-help seminar with witty original songs such as How to Be a Bad Girl and The Fellatio Tango...