Oh La La

Oh La La

Parisian cabaret star Isabelle Georges returns to Edinburgh with her trademark soaring vocals, theatrical delivery and a stunning all-star band. Georges leads us through a repertoire of French, English and German songs featuring the music of Brel, Bécaud, Piaf, Aznavour and more... 

Paul Kelly in Concert

Paul Kelly in Concert

Paul Kelly has recorded over 20 albums as well as several film soundtracks. His deeply influential career spanning more than 30 years, has provided the soundtrack to generations of Australians... 

Simon Munnery and Friends: 30 Not Out

Simon Munnery and Friends: 30 Not Out

Simon Munnery marks his 30th year of Fringe shows with an unmissable, one-off gala. He'll be joined by Alan Parker: Urban Warrior, Buckethead, The League Against Tedium and a plethora of friends and very special guests spanning the serial innovator’s three decades at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Sing and Dance Along with Mr Boom

Sing and Dance Along with Mr Boom

Mr Boom – the children's one-man band from the moon – is no stranger to The Famous Spiegeltent. It’s a nine day week for Mr Boom – from Sunday through to Moonday, he’ll appear at noon... 

Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Captivate brings the world’s longest-running musical Les Misérables following last year’s five-star reviews and standing ovations. Performed entirely by students but don’t be put off by school edition… 'Backed by a 15 piece orchestra, the score soars beautifully in the smoky Edinburgh air... 

Archie Roach

Archie Roach

Archie Roach is a singer, songwriter and storyteller in the tradition of his ancestors. Archie shares intimate real-life stories through song. Singing for the love of his people, his country and culture, Archie’s songs go to the heart of the Australian story... 

Step into My Parlour: Michelle Burke

Step into My Parlour: Michelle Burke

'Irish stew for the soul' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Step into Michelle's quirky, memorabilia-bedecked living room and let this warm Irish folk songstress, former Cherish the Ladies lead vocalist, charm and beguile you... 

Christine Bovill’s Paris

Christine Bovill’s Paris

Award-winning chanteuse, Christine Bovill has built her reputation on the massively successful sell-out show, Piaf. In Paris, she beckons you back to the golden age of French song: a demi-monde of heroes and outcasts, cynics and bruised romantics... 

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

There are plenty of musicals that have versions suitable for younger companies, but Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone is possibly unique in that it’s a piece that only really works if performed by child actors... 

Oliver!

Oliver!

The Spiegeltent is a far cry from the workhouse and rarely can a setting have been better used than in this stunning production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Captivate Theatre. The group started life as an after school class for children in and around west Edinburgh in 2011... 

Bad Luck Cabaret

Bad Luck Cabaret

Laurie Black taunts the gods of bad luck in her first ever show at the Fringe. Just back from a cabaret jaunt in Australia, Laurie will be joined by a variety of her favourite performers and friends including burlesque, comedy, magic, music and more... 

Club Spiegel

Club Spiegel

Live, up late and luscious. Eclectic, surprise guest acts each night…a mixed bag of lollies. Club Spiegel is back… a dance hall mêlée, eye-popping, jaw-dropping and then you – dressed to kill – join the throng! Come and get back to where it all went wrong! A night to remember but, even better, to forget! See you there in the square... 

Peter Straker Sings Brel

Peter Straker Sings Brel

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening of the heartbeat. Peter Straker loves to sing Jacques Brel. Hailed as one of the great voices on the British stage: the man who recorded with Freddie Mercury: starred in the notorious musical Hair: in the original Phantom of the Opera... 

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

Captivate Theatre’s five-star sell-out show returns to The Spiegeltent for the duration of the Fringe. Patrons are advised to book early to avoid disappointment! 'A memorable rendition of the jukebox musical... 

La Clique Encore!

La Clique Encore!

This Edinburgh Festival phenomena, born in 2003, keeps on giving. It's the show that defined a genre, conquered the world and spawned endless lookalikes. Sexy, funny, dangerous and definitely not for the faint-hearted, La Clique features the finest new circus, cabaret, dance, comedy, magic, feats of daring and delight, plus the hottest live band in town... 

Christine Bovill: Midnight Coffee – Album Launch

Christine Bovill: Midnight Coffee – Album Launch

Christine Bovill has built her reputation on her interpretation of classic 20th century songs. With the release of Derby Street, Christine revealed a major talent as a songwriter. Always devoted to the power of the lyric, she was winner of Glasgow Songwright Festival with Lighthouse Keeper... 

Christine Bovill’s Piaf

Christine Bovill’s Piaf

Christine Bovill has returned to the Fringe once again to grace us with her incredibly heartfelt renditions of some of Piaf’s greatest songs, on the centenary of the icon’s birth... 

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

Of course there would have to be a torrential downpour on the day I viewed Sunshine on Leith, sadly only adhering to the typical fickleness of Scottish weather that betrayed the name of the musical... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

An exhilarating electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock’n’roll, Spring Awakening is an edgy, rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up... 

Shakespeare in the Garden: Cheer Up, Hamlet

Shakespeare in the Garden: Cheer Up, Hamlet

It can be hard for a children’s show to be entertaining for both adults and children simultaneously, but Captivate Theatre’s latest addition to their Shakespeare series is effortlessly entertaining for all... 

The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds are one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge, MerleFest and Tonder... 

Silver Darlings: Alexander McCall Smith and James Ross

Silver Darlings: Alexander McCall Smith and James Ross

In Silver Darlings, celebrated writer Alexander McCall Smith has joined forces with innovative Scottish composer James Ross, to write a song cycle about Scotland and the sea. The mood and subject of the songs are varied: fishing, exploration, naval engagements are just some of the facets of Scotland’s maritime story to be treated... 

Late Night Phantasmagoria With Jack Lukeman

Late Night Phantasmagoria With Jack Lukeman

The moment Jack Lukeman enters the stage, it's clear this is going to be a fantastic show. Lukeman’s a very talented musician and singer and his Late Night Phantasmagoria is an utterly brilliant performance and one hell of a night out... 

La Clique and The Famous Spiegeltent presents VELVET

La Clique and The Famous Spiegeltent presents VELVET

La Clique has been a feature on the Fringe for over ten years and has a well deserved reputation for slick circus cabaret and variety. This year's show from director and creator Craig Ilott is something a little different... 

The Five-Thirty Cabaret at the Famous Spiegeltent

The Five-Thirty Cabaret at the Famous Spiegeltent

The perfect appetizer for your evening on the Fringe. The Famous Spiegeltent presents a fast-paced variety show that packs a lot of entertainment into one hour. Enjoy a showcase of the best talent on the Fringe with our handpicked selection of comics, crooners and cabaret artistes... 

The Black Sorrows

The Black Sorrows

Old-time blues rockers The Black Sorrows have been playing since the early 80s – plenty of time for them to tighten up on chords, learn the rhythm and throw in some obligatory classic guitar poses... 

Les Misérables (School Edition)

Les Misérables (School Edition)

Les Misérables is a musical based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo that tells the tale of an ex convict who flees his parole, meets a generous priest, becomes mayor of a town, adopts the child of a dying prostitute before getting caught up in a French Revolution (not the famous one - a smaller, less successful, political one) in Paris and finally redeeming himself in the eyes of the policeman who has vowed to return him to prison... 

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

Stories old and new for anyone over six who enjoys stand-up comedy without rude words from the man who invented the genre. ‘James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children, and it is still genuinely impressive to watch him hold the attention of a theatre full of six to 11-year-olds for an hour with nothing but a microphone’ (Stephanie Merritt, Guardian)... 

Old Blind Dogs

Old Blind Dogs

Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s folk and roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes... 

The Troubles

The Troubles

Herald Angel award winner John Rae returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival having played to sell-out crowds and glowing reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Jazz Festival with his New Zealand/Scotland ensemble The Troubles... 

Shakespeare in the Garden: Romantic Romeo

Shakespeare in the Garden: Romantic Romeo

Romeo loves Juliet, but does she love him too? Romantic Romeo gets its debut this year in the Famous Spiegeltent as part of Captivate’s musical Shakespeare series. ‘The Spiegeltent provides just the right atmosphere for Captivate Theatre’s adaptation’ (Brave Macbeth, 2014, FringeReview... 

Shakespeare in the Garden: Brave Macbeth

Shakespeare in the Garden: Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth returns to The Famous Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square after a successful run in 2014. A fantastic introduction to Shakespeare’s stories and language, Brave Macbeth has it all: witches, sword fights, catchy tunes, a witty script and men in kilts! ‘This was an absolute delight to attend, suitable for a vast range of audiences, there’s your younger audience, the tourist crowd who fancy a wee taste of Scottish Shakespeare, and the Shakespeare fans, none of whom I believe would be disappointed’ (Brave Macbeth, One4Review... 

Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands

Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands

Not your usual folk band, Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands are distinctive outstanding performers. Following their 4-star debut album this Edinburgh band will release their second album later this year with Scotland’s award-winning producer, Jim Sutherland... 

Bx: Becc Sanderson

Bx: Becc Sanderson

An incandescent star of The Famous Spiegeltent’s La Clique, chanteuse Becc Sanderson returns this year for four nights of unbridled revelry. Bx acts as a riotous introduction to and celebration of Becc’s acclaimed 25 years treading the chords... 

Mr Boom!

Mr Boom!

Ahead of the Fringe in St Andrew Square, in The Famous Spiegeltent, you’ll find him there; dear old Boom still singing his song, wee and big earthlings do all come along. Singing and dancing family fun for the new generation... 

Bob Downe: Bob, Sweat and Tears

Bob Downe: Bob, Sweat and Tears

He claims he’s now been knighted as Sir Robert Downe (you can call him Count Downe, geddit?) but that isn’t the only outlandish claim made at this fabulous frolic of a cabaret show... 

James Rhodes

James Rhodes

Using his trademark stand-up style, insights and anecdotes on classical music, maverick pianist James Rhodes makes his fringe debut. These concerts celebrate the release of his book, Instrumental and his brand new Channel 4 series, The Great Instrument Amnesty... 

Rura

Rura

Rura are one of the most sought-after bands of their generation. A hit at festivals throughout Europe, renowned for their rugged and energetic arrangements, the band’s powerful sound – rooted in tradition, yet refreshingly contemporary – comes from a punch-packing mix of highland pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran and guitar... 

Old Blind Dogs

Old Blind Dogs

Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s folk and roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes... 

Damian Helliwell’s Metta

Damian Helliwell’s Metta

Damian Helliwell’s Metta is a pioneering project breaking new ground in contemporary Scottish music. Acclaimed for his compositional talent with the renowned Gaelic band Daimh, Metta showcases a bold and cohesive body of Helliwell’s most progressive material... 

Club Spiegel presents Shooglenifty

Club Spiegel presents Shooglenifty

The Shoogles return with a brand new album. The band are looking forward to some late night hijinks, low bass and dark grooves at their fave Fringe haunt. Celebrating a new album release, the band will be joined by the beautiful vocal chords of Kaela Rowan and guest DJ Dolphin Boy... 

Moriarty Sings Moriarty

Moriarty Sings Moriarty

From his first foray as a punk clarinettist in Canberra band The Slammers, through a twenty year career co-fronting the Gadflys, to current incarnation as The Great Muldavio in Kabaret Noir outfit Mikelangelo And The Black Sea Gentlemen, Philip Moriarty's musical path, though not consciously avante guarde or anti-idolist, has certainly been unusual... 

One Man Breaking Bad

One Man Breaking Bad

One Man Breaking Bad is impressionist Miles Allen’s attempt to squeeze 60 Breaking Bad episodes into 60 minutes. Given the 50 metre queue that stretched down the road from The Stand’s third and fourth venue and the double extension of the run, it is obvious that Edinburgh has its fair share of Breaking Bad fanatics... 

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

We are delighted to present the Fringe premiere of Sunshine on Leith. Made popular by the 2013 film and performed just up the road from sunny Leith, Sunshine on Leith (featuring the songs of The Proclaimers) follows the highs and lows of Ally and his friend Davy as they return home to Leith from the army... 

The Perch Creek Family Jug Band

The Perch Creek Family Jug Band

Direct from Melbourne, Australia, The Perch Creek Family Jugband are a band of five energetic multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, four of whom happen to be siblings. Their 2014 album release Jumping On The Highwire introduces the world to a sound the group call ‘psychedelic jug band’ - steam-powered roots music plugged into 3,000 volts of inner city creative energy and a fearless spirit that makes the album and dynamic live show sparkle with imagination and individuality... 

The Bevvy Sisters

The Bevvy Sisters

Scotland-based four-piece group The Bevvy Sisters (not all sisters, or even all women) enthrall and amaze as they bring us their unique stamp on Americana classics and their own songs... 

The Poozies

The Poozies

The Poozies first burst on to the folk scene in the early 90s and have been well respected pioneers ever since. They are masters of arranging and boast a powerful combination of rhythmic, punching acoustic guitar, the fantastic Camac electro-harp, dextrous fiddle and accordion, and spine-tingling songs in four-part harmony, which are drawn not only from the rich vein of traditional Scottish Gaelic culture but from any enticing genre... 

Lorraine McCauley and The Borderlands

Lorraine McCauley and The Borderlands

BBC Introduced, Lorraine McCauley and The Borderlands released their debut album Light in the Darkest Corners to rave reviews including four stars in the Scotsman. This Edinburgh band is just too good for you not to know about... 

Macmaster/Hay with Rachel Newton and Calum McIntyre

Macmaster/Hay with Rachel Newton and Calum McIntyre

Mary Macmaster and Donald Hay are brilliant innovators who mix electroharp, atmospheric percussion, organic samples and emotive vocals creating magical, new Scottish music. Their elegant and emotional live show conjures up visions of a beautiful, yet dangerous Scottish landscape... 

Nuala Kennedy

Nuala Kennedy

Irish born Edinburgh resident, Nuala Kennedy is an internationally renowned ‘singer, flute player and composer of remarkable finesse, fearless of the unknown’ (Irish Times). 2013 Scottish Folk Band of the year nominees the Nuala Kennedy Band features drummer Donald Hay, guitarist Mike Bryan and fiddler Shona Mooney... 

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

This is the best I’ve seen and heard of the great Irish jazz and blues singer. For sure that’s partly down to the tremendous outfit she’s with: other than his beautiful solo breaks, pianist and rising star on the Irish jazz scene Johnny Taylor doesn’t take his eyes off her for the entire set... 

Club Spiegel Present The Loveboat Big Band

Club Spiegel Present The Loveboat Big Band

Sumptuously celebrating the golden age of shipboard romance, while forging full steam into the future, Scotland’s premier swing sensation The Loveboat Big Band invite you aboard the ultimate luxury musical cruise... 

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

More merriment for anyone over six who enjoys stand-up comedy without rude words... but with fish! ‘James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children, and it is still genuinely impressive to watch him hold the attention of a theatre full of six- to 11-year-olds for an hour with nothing but a microphone’ (Stephanie Merritt, Guardian)... 

The New Mendicants

The New Mendicants

The New Mendicants are a Canadian-based indie rock supergroup, consisting of singer-songwriters Joe Pernice and Norman Blake on acoustic guitar and vocals. Pernice (US) is best known for his work with Scud Mountain Boys and Pernice Brothers, while Blake (Scotland) is associated with the band Teenage Fanclub... 

La Clique

La Clique

'Best show on the Fringe' (Scotsman). 'An intoxicating fusion of music, comedy, acrobatics and erotica… An unforgettable night ... an awe inspiring kaleidoscope' (Edinburgh Evening News)... 

The Five-Thirty Cabaret at the Famous Spiegeltent

The Five-Thirty Cabaret at the Famous Spiegeltent

The perfect appetiser for your evening on the Fringe. The Famous Spiegeltent presents a fast-paced variety show that packs a lot of entertainment into one hour. Enjoy a showcase of the best talent on the Fringe with our hand-picked selection of comics, crooners and cabaret artistes... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth returns to the Fringe following a five-star run in 2013. A fantastic introduction to Shakespeare's stories and language, Brave Macbeth has it all, witches, sword fights, catchy tunes, witty script and men in kilts! ‘Billed as a show for children, but definitely fantastically entertaining for adults as well... 

Club Spiegel

Club Spiegel

The legendary late, live and luscious Club Spiegel will present a series of live bands, DJs and dancehall shenanigans throughout the festival. Always surprising, often astonishing and usually downright awesome! The festival's club of clubs returns to inspire your nocturnal imagination... 

Mr Boom

Mr Boom

Mr Boom - the children's one-man band - arrives from the moon in his spaceship Imagination. Parent-friendly cosmic fun for wee Earthlings, join him in this highly animated show, an exciting mix of song, dance and audience participation... 

The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

Alcohol: One minute a soul mate, the next a psychopath; it can be both creative muse and pesky mischief-maker. Slide onto the bar stool of discovery and enjoy several free drinks as the Thinking Drinkers explore the liquid lives of history’s most extraordinary elbow-benders...