History Boys

History Boys

Alan Bennett’s play, The History Boys, is about a group of eight history pupils in a Sheffield grammar school who are preparing to take their Oxbridge entrance examinations. 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is based on the last week of Jesus’ life as documented in St. 

Dracula

Dracula

Oh dear, how disappointing. 

Cherry Orchard

Cherry Orchard

Chekhov’s play, The Cherry Orchard, is about changing times and how people adapt, or fail to do so. 

Azincourt

Azincourt

This play is about the battle of Agincourt, but from an unusual perspective, that of the boys who were employed to haul the King’s baggage. 

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Norfolk Youth Music Theatre has a history of successful Fringe productions, including The Enchanted Lovers – A New Dido, based on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Little Shop Of Horro… 

Hamlet! The Musical

Hamlet! The Musical

Hamlet! The Musical has been around for a few years now, since being first introduced to the Fringe in 2001. 

Dumb Waiter

Dumb Waiter

Two hit men are in a dismal basement in Birmingham, waiting for instructions from Wilson, their mysterious and unseen boss, about their next hit. 

Call Mr. Robeson

Call Mr. Robeson

Paul Robeson was a great singer and actor and, throughout his whole life, a political activist on behalf of black, poor and working-class people everywhere. 

Mikado

Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera The Mikado was written over a hundred and twenty years ago but still entertains all around the world and particularly in North America. 

Edge

Edge

This short play deals with the issue of teenage suicide and is in support of Childline. 

Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

It seemed very strange to be watching something called ‘An Adult Evening’ at 9. 

Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and there’s probably hardly a day when it isn’t performed somewhere in the world. 

Life is Full of...

Life is Full of...

Life Is Full Of…. 

In Memory

In Memory

Gresham’s is a private school in Norfolk which has been in existence for well over four hundred years, with notable alumni including WH Auden and Benjamin Britten. 

Bang Bang You're Dead

Bang Bang You're Dead

Bang Bang You’re Dead is largely based on a shooting in Oregon in 1998, in which a fifteen-year old boy killed his parents and then two of his fellow high school pupils, injuring … 

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is based on the well known Hollywood film and stage musical. 

Godspell

Godspell

The musical is based upon the life of Jesus as described in the Gospel according to St Matthew, with parables from St Luke’s Gospel also included. 

Reginald D Hunter:The Only Apple In The Garden Of Eden And Niggas

Reginald D Hunter:The Only Apple In The Garden Of Eden And Niggas

Because Of Reginald D Hunter’s greater exposure on television, particularly on Have I Got News For You, there are large, sell-out crowds for his show at Udderbelly ‘s Pasture. 

The Bubble

The Bubble

Shrewsbury School has a reputation for successfully staging ambitious, new musicals at the Fringe. 

After Magritte

After Magritte

After Magritte is a very short, surreal comedy by Tom Stoppard, inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte. 

Hamlet

Hamlet

This production of Hamlet is greatly abridged in order to fit Shakespeare’s longest play into a seventy-five minute slot. 

Burke And Hare - A Musical Play

Burke And Hare - A Musical Play

Burke and Hare – A Musical Play is based on the true story of Edinburgh’s notorious murderers William Burke and William Hare. 

Shakespeare Shattered

Shakespeare Shattered

Shakespeare Shattered is performed by the Mainstage Theatre, Washington, as part of the American Highschool Theatre Festival. 

Amadeus

Amadeus

Amadeus tells the story of the last years of Mozart’s life, when he was living in Vienna, and of his death, possibly at the hands of his rival composer Salieri. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In recent years Gordonstoun School has put on entertaining versions of some of Shakespeare’s darker plays (Macbeth – That Old Black Magic and Hamlet – Shadow Of A Man). 

Musical Of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical Of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical Of Musicals (The Musical) is performed by the Woodlands High School Theatre, Texas, as part of the American High Schools Theatre Festival. 

Is The Daily Mail Dead Yet?

Is The Daily Mail Dead Yet?

Is The Daily Mail Dead Yet? is a stand up comedy show which is intended to be a hilariously liberal attack against the Mail and other similar voices of outdated, emasculated racist… 

Billy Budd

Billy Budd

This play is from the book of the same name by Herman Meville, about life and death on a British warship during the Napoleonic Wars. 

Terry Pratchett's Lords And Ladies

Terry Pratchett's Lords And Ladies

Terry Pratchett’s Lords And Ladies is part of his hugely successful Discworld series. 

Clive James In The Evening: More To Say

Clive James In The Evening: More To Say

Clive James returns to Edinburgh with two daily shows, a lunchtime chat show for those who want to see him in one-to-one conversation with guests and an evening one-man show in whi… 

Oliver!

Oliver!

Lionel Bart’s Oliver! does not, in my opinion, get all the credit it deserves. 

The Jigsaw

The Jigsaw

Jigsaw is a play about a youth theatre group which has decided to put on a play at the Edinburgh Festival. 

Quaternary

Quaternary

This is a difficult play to review as it is very clever and well-acted but also hard to understand. 

Ragtime

Ragtime

Ragtime is a musical set in the USA in the early years of the 20th Century, when racism was more blatant than it is today and civil rights movements were barely under way. 

Dames At Sea

Dames At Sea

Dames At Sea is a parody of the 1930 Hollywood movie musicals. 

Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon is based on a short story by Daniel Keyes. 

Morecambe

Morecambe

This is a one-man show covering the life and death of Eric Morecambe, still regarded as Britain’s funniest comedian twenty-five years after his death. 

The Pirates Of Penzance

The Pirates Of Penzance

Next to The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance is probably the best known and most loved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, with songs that everyone knows and can sing along with such a … 

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is based on the book of the same name by Ray Bradbury and is set in a future time when all books are banned. 

Guys And Dolls Junior

Guys And Dolls Junior

Guys and Dolls is well known both as a Hollywood film and a stage musical. 

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story!

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story!

Buddy is the story of the last three years of Buddy Holly’s life, from when he made his first record at the age of 19 to his death, at 22, in a plane crash. 

All In The Timing

All In The Timing

All In The Timing is a collection of one act plays by David Ives, each lasting around ten minutes. 

The Fall Of Man

The Fall Of Man

The Fall Of Man is a reinvention of Milton’s Paradise Lost, set in a bedsit in 2006. 

Still Breathing

Still Breathing

2Faced Dance Company has been one of the major successes of the Fringe over the last few years, with several critically-acclaimed sold-out shows. 

Academy Of Death

Academy Of Death

Academy Of Death is one of two musicals at this year’s Fringe in which the major theme is body-snatching in Edinburgh in the 1820’s, the other being Burke And Hare – A Musical P… 

Anomie

Anomie

Precarious is a young, Bristol-based company which seamlessly combines physical theatre and contemporary dance with modern technology. 

An Ofsted Inspector Calls

An Ofsted Inspector Calls

An Ofsted Inspector Calls is set in the Sir Christopher Woodhead Memorial Secondary school just prior to, and during, the visit of three inspectors from Ofsted. 

Show Down

Show Down

Show Down is a contemporary dance show based upon Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. 

Pythonesque

Pythonesque

Pythonesque is a tribute to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, forty years after it first appeared on television. 

Monsters

Monsters

Monsters is set in Livingston in 2022, four years into a civil war taking place in Scotland. 

Return To The Forbidden Planet

Return To The Forbidden Planet

This musical is based on the old B movie, The Forbidden Planet, which was itself loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 

Harry!

Harry!

Harry’s father is the chief executive of a cardboard box factory and he expects Harry to join the family firm and do a proper job, but Harry is a dreamer who is more interested in… 

Hamlet: Shadow of a Man

Hamlet: Shadow of a Man

This version of Hamlet is set in a high school classroom, where a group of schoolchildren decide to act out the play, partly to prove to their more sceptical colleagues that plays … 

David Almond’s Clay

David Almond’s Clay

Davie and Geordie are two teenage boys, the best of friends, just getting to the point in their lives where they begin to establish relationships with girls. 

A Slice Of Saturday Night

A Slice Of Saturday Night

Viva Youth Theatre have an excellent record of success at the Fringe. 

Missing Mel!

Missing Mel!

Youth Music Theatre make a welcome return to George Square, where their last production was the brilliant Goblin Market in 2005. 

Melvin Burgess - The Baby and Fly Pie

Melvin Burgess - The Baby and Fly Pie

This play is set in England, but in some kind of frightening, futuristic police state. 

Hamlet

Hamlet

UT Serveris Seges Theatre Company is a community drama group which has evolved from Sandbach School Theatre. 

The Wind Tamer

The Wind Tamer

Archie Stringweed has just reached his tenth birthday. 

The Inconvenient Truths

The Inconvenient Truths

This production is from the Denver School of the Arts. 

State Of Matter

State Of Matter

Broadway Baby gave 2FaCeD DaNcE Company five stars for each of their last two Edinburgh productions, in 2005, for Acetylene, and in 2007 for State Of Matter. 

Much Ado About Something

Much Ado About Something

This play, which is an updated version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, is set amongst the staff in a modern secondary school, Hazel Valley. 

Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors

Seymour Krelborn, a florist’s assistant, has his life turned around when he comes across an unusual plant after an eclipse of the sun. 

Columbinus

Columbinus

This play explores the events leading up to and during the day of 20th April 1999, when two teenagers murdered thirteen of their fellow students at Columbine High School and then k… 

Autumn Of Love

Autumn Of Love

This production is a set of four or five unconnected stories about love, enjoyed, gained, lost and destroyed. 

Alexander

Alexander

The two plays can be seen as complete plays in their own right or as two parts of a whole. 

Hiawatha

Hiawatha

This production is directed by Jeremy James Taylor, founder of the National Youth Music Theatre and is an adaptation by Michael Bogdanov of Henry Longfellow’s epic poem . 

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns

Paul Merton introduces a selection of silent film classics, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy. 

Shakespeare’s R and J

Shakespeare’s R and J

The play opens with four American boarding school boys preparing for the start of their day and we are then taken briefly through it, from church through their daily classes. 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy and one of his most bloodthirsty plays. 

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

This is a very abbreviated, comic production of the eighteenth century novel by Henry Fielding. 

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

This show is loosely based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Forth Children’s Theatre have been performing at the Fringe for many years and this is their 30th production. 

Five Go To Edinburgh Again!

Five Go To Edinburgh Again!

This show is very much a stage version of Five Go Mad In Dorset, the first Comic Strip production on Channel 4, except that much of the action is transferred to Scotland. 

Footsbarn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Footsbarn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

One of the joys of the Edinburgh Fringe is that every year there are new adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, which often throw up new ideas and new ways of looking at these old fa… 

Mort

Mort

Mort is a young man whose father is trying to find him an apprenticeship at the apprentices’ hiring fair. 

Andrew Lawrence – Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Andrew Lawrence – Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Andrew Lawrence is a young, talented stand-up comedian who has already had two successive if. 

Opera Shorts

Opera Shorts

Opera Shorts was created in late 2007 with the objective of creating a platform for young up-and-coming composers in Scotland. 

Rich Hall: Fifty-Cent Words

Rich Hall: Fifty-Cent Words

Rich Hall is familiar to most of us mainly through his work as a comedian on TV, particularly on panel shows. 

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray is probably Oscar Wilde’s most well-known work. 

King Lear: The Pantomime

King Lear: The Pantomime

Gresham’s have been performing at the Fringe for many years and have a history of approaching traditional works in a new way. 

Because It's There

Because It's There

This is a play about Hal, who climbs without ropes. 

Danton's Death

Danton's Death

Danton was one of the architects of the French Revolution and was instrumental in the execution of the King, his family and other aristocratic leaders. 

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

The play is about twins separated at birth and brought up in very different environments. 

The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

This musical was first performed in 1954 but is set in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. 

Hair!

Hair!

This is the fifteenth successive year that Youth Arts Leicestershire have been performing at the Fringe. 

The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

This musical was first performed in 1954 but is set in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. 

Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo

This brilliant one man show covers the entire, short life of Tommo Peaceful, from starting school until his execution by firing squad in the First World War, at the age of around s… 

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet

This production starts off with a bang. 

Hotel World

Hotel World

The play is set largely in and around a hotel, part of the Global Hotel chain. 

FNGR-SPK

FNGR-SPK

This is a production about the modern phenomenon of text messaging on mobile phones. 

Brimstone & Treacle

Brimstone & Treacle

This play is about a couple, Tom and Amy, whose lives have been disrupted by a hit and run accident which has left their daughter, Patricia, in a coma. 

All Fall; All Falling

All Fall; All Falling

An amnesiac is being interrogated. 

Force 9 ½

Force 9 ½

Two years ago Youth Music Theatre: UK performed the acclaimed ‘Goblin Market’, a big-budget musical with stunning scenery and costumes, which had a long run in a large theatre. 

Blood from Stone

Blood from Stone

This production is set in a museum. 

Murder On The High C's

Murder On The High C's

This fun production satirises Agatha Christie type murder mysteries, The Love Boat and even Titanic (an iceberg does appear at the end). 

Boy & His Axe

Boy & His Axe

The play is set entirely in the middle of the night in the caretaker’s storeroom of a school in the North of England. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ... Survived?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ... Survived?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are stranded alone on a small desert island. 

45 Minutes

45 Minutes

The play is set in 2003. 

The Enchanted Lovers – A New Dido

The Enchanted Lovers – A New Dido

This is a cut-down, updated version of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, created by Howard Goodall in 1986 for the South Bank Show. 

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

This fun musical is set in a 1950’s American High School and shows how true live can survive, even after death!The action takes place in 1958 at Enrico Fermi High School. 

Dead Living

Dead Living

The central premise of the play is that there is an afterlife which everyone goes to after they die. 

AINE ... (tigone)

AINE ... (tigone)

This play is inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone but has been updated to 1970’s Belfast at the height of The Troubles. 

Jason And The Argonauts

Jason And The Argonauts

This is the story of Jason and the golden fleece. 

Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good

This play is set in a penal colony in eighteenth century Australia. 

American Poodle

American Poodle

This production is split into two parts of thirty minutes each. 

Bacchic

Bacchic

Tamsin Shasha, the artistic director and co-founder of Actors of Dionysus, is the sole performer in this play. 

Dickens Unplugged - The Complete Works of Charles Dickens (abridged)

Dickens Unplugged - The Complete Works of Charles Dickens (abridged)

This show was written by Adam Long, a founder member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. 

A Number

A Number

In this play by Caryl Churchill a hospital discovers the long-lost records of twenty male clones made thirty-five years earlier. 

Aaron Berg Presents Macbeth

Aaron Berg Presents Macbeth

This performance is by a group of students from Stanford University in California. 

Jewish Cabaret

Jewish Cabaret

Daniel Cainer plays keyboard and guitar, sings and tells stories about the beginning of Judaism, Jewish migration and his childhood experiences. 

A Dark And Stormy Night

A Dark And Stormy Night

This is a very unusual and enjoyable production. 

About Suffering They Were Never Wrong ... (The Trojan Women)

About Suffering They Were Never Wrong ... (The Trojan Women)

This is the story of the women of Troy, the day after the Greeks have captured the city using their Trojan horse. 

Age of Angels

Age of Angels

The play looks at an incident in Los Angeles, starting from a minor accident with a football and ending in mass murder. 

Razor Edge - Nottingham Youth Dance

Razor Edge - Nottingham Youth Dance

Nottingham Youth Dance was created to provide young dancers from the East Midlands with additional training and performance opportunities and to develop the level and quality of da… 

Monkey Boy Saves The Planet

Monkey Boy Saves The Planet

This play, written and directed by Kevin Holladay, makes broad fun of politicians, reporters, TV presenters and others. 

After Electra

After Electra

This play is a newly written sequel to Eugene O’Neill’s “Mourning Becomes Electra”. 

The Liars

The Liars

The Liars is set in a near future where homosexuality has become the norm. 

Seriously. Pet Shop Boys. Reinterpreted.

Seriously. Pet Shop Boys. Reinterpreted.

For this production the songs of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are stripped of their high-energy content and reinvented as cabaret or musical theatre. 

Grimm Tales

Grimm Tales

Gresham’s school is performing at the Fringe for the 13th consecutive year. 

Arcadia

Arcadia

Arcadia is set in one location, a country house named Sidley Park, but in two different times, the early nineteenth century and the late twentieth, with two sets of characters who … 

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

John Ford’s seventeenth century play is still controversial even today, with its central element being incestuous love between brother and sister. 

Odyssey

Odyssey

Twin bothers Pyrrhus and Tol are extremely close but their mother’s death causes them to take different paths, ultimately leading to betrayal and death. 

The Road

The Road

The Road is an original modern dance piece from the Andover Dance Group that explores a fast-paced digital world as foil to the world of dreams and possibilities. 

Perfect Children

Perfect Children

It is the school year 2506-7 at Apple Valley Preparatory School. 

Reflex Action

Reflex Action

Reflex Action is a quick-fire send-up of theatrical conventions, traditions, and techniques. 

Closer Than Ever

Closer Than Ever

This production, of songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby, takes an unconventional look at various kinds of relationships, including love, family, obsession, friendship and rejec… 

Upon Close Inspection

Upon Close Inspection

This is Lawrence Dance Academy’s second time at the Fringe, having previously performed Town in 2003. 

Yearbook: The High School Musical

Yearbook: The High School Musical

This musical does not have a linear narrative, but presents a series of scenes and songs showing events that take place during the last year of high school. 

Holes

Holes

Youth Arts Leicestershire has been coming to the Fringe for thirteen years. 

Frankenstein!

Frankenstein!

This musical tells the story of Mary Shelley, her marriage to Percy Shelley and the inspiration for her novel Frankenstein. 

Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

A recreation, by David Benson, of scenes from Kenneth Williams’ life, together with episodes from his own childhood. 

Back To the Eighties

Back To the Eighties

The action is set in and around William Ocean High School during the 1980’s. 

Macbeth: That Old Black Magic

Macbeth: That Old Black Magic

A modern interpretation of Macbeth, with atmospheric effects, bright lights and the songs of Frank Sinatra. 

Love Me, Dorothy!

Love Me, Dorothy!

The action is set in the Emerald Shitty nightclub somewhere in Australia, hosted by drag queen Patty O’Furniture. 

Passion

Passion

The story is set in 1860s Italy, in and near Milan. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is based upon the two characters who appear sporadically in Hamlet. 

Iphigenia

Iphigenia

This production, a one person show by Lisa Turner, tells the story of Iphigenia, using Gluck’s music and dance. 

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch and Jim Sweeney improvise for an hour using suggestions from the audience. 

Young Macbeth

Young Macbeth

This production condenses the entire story of Macbeth into a frantic hour, beginning with Macbeth and Banquo coming across the heath and meeting the witches, and ending with Macbe… 

Working

Working

Adapted from a book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel and first performed in 1978, Working explores American working life through the actual words of those interv… 

Aladdin

Aladdin

This is a production of the well-known story of Aladdin, performed by the Burklyn Youth Ballet from New Jersey, who have been coming to Edinburgh for five years. 

The Hired Man

The Hired Man

The Hired Man is set during the first quarter of the Twentieth Century when many country people worked on the land or in the pits. 

Nick Mohammed - The Forer Factor

Nick Mohammed - The Forer Factor

In his second appearance in Edinburgh, Nick Mohammed brings an all-new set of characters to his one-man show. 

Ben Elton - The Musical

Ben Elton - The Musical

The show is set entirely to parodies of songs from well-known musicals and classic 80s pop hits. 

Caesar Twins

Caesar Twins

Blonde twins Pablo and Pierre Caesar performs athletic stunts and physical feats, usually wearing as few clothes as possible. 

The Pierglass

The Pierglass

The Young Pleasance company celebrates its tenth birthday with the return of this award-winning show, its first revival since it won a Fringe First Award in 1994. 

Sex, Lies & An 80s Tribute Band

Sex, Lies & An 80s Tribute Band

A travel writer returns to Scotland after twenty years travelling the world. 

43 Plays For 43 Presidents

43 Plays For 43 Presidents

The careers of all 43 Presidents of the USA, from George Washington to George Bush, covered in an hour and a half. 

This Is So Not About The Simpsons

This Is So Not About The Simpsons

Harry Shearer and Judith Owens are fascinated by America’s obsession with democracy, free markets and cosmetic surgery. 

VHS: Death To DVD

VHS: Death To DVD

The writer and main performer, Richard Sandling, has appeared once before at the Fringe. 

Lost Property

Lost Property

This is a new, all-male company making its first visit to the Fringe. 

Godspell

Godspell

This is the first visit to the Fringe for this young company from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. 

Ketzal

Ketzal

The performance begins in what appears to be a prison camp. 

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten and tortured to death near Laramie. 

The Real Inspector Hound

The Real Inspector Hound

The Old Gaol Theatre Company was created in 1978 in Abingdon’s Old Gaol building. 

Brokeback Britain

Brokeback Britain

An Australian and an American talk about what they like about living in Britain (drinking and sex) and about what they dislike (almost everything else). 

Honk!

Honk!

The Royal Holloway Music Theatre returns for its ninth consecutive year. 

Into The Hoods

Into The Hoods

Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods is updated to an urban setting, telling the story of two children lost in the ‘hood’. 

Street Life

Street Life

In this UK premiere of Streetlife, French choreographer Lorca Renoux works with an eclectic ensemble of dancers representing the various hip hop dance styles in Germany today. 

Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot

More than forty talented and enthusiastic performers sing and dance a medley of Broadway show tunes, on and off the stage.