Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles

A glorious May morning in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. 

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

Set in 1928, this new musical production gives Sophocles’ ancient Greek play a city-noir twist. 

Ophelia/Hamlet

Ophelia/Hamlet

FTLO Theater Troupe Presents Ophelia/Hamlet; seeking to offer one specific interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Hamlet – that their arcs are twinned and their depr… 

Alice and Wonderland

Alice and Wonderland

FTLO Theater Troupe Presents; Alice and Wonderland – highlighting themes of maintaining identity in the face of adversity. 

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

FTLO Theater Troupe Presents Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady using the Arthurian tale (primarily drawn from Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale) to examine what our hopes are in dealing … 

Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Orlando, an attractive, swashbuckling, time-travelling nobleman, favourite of Queen Elizabeth and lover of Princess Sasha, lives over 500 years. 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

An adaptation of Henry James’ classic ghost story. 

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

The year is 1906 and a London family’s world is torn apart when their father is arrested for spying and they are sent to live in the country. 

Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Irasshaimasé! Welcome to the store! Meet Keiko. 

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow, written by Conky Campfner, is a modern adaptation of a Victorian short story The Yellow Newspaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 

More Myself Than I Am

More Myself Than I Am

The Bronte sisters’ tragically short-lived lives are reimagined for the Fringe by Eleventh Hour Theatre. 

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

If you saw a live news report of an alien invasion on a network you trusted, would you believe it? Rhum & Clay’s production of The War of the Worlds poses that exact question… 

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper is an unsettling Gothic tale about a woman driven into madness by the distinguished yellow wallpaper which plasters th… 

Everyman

Everyman

As the saying goes, "The path to hell is paved with good intentions". 

Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray

Captivated by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. 

The Fishermen

The Fishermen

In a small Nigerian town Ben, Obembe and their two older brothers slip away to fish at a forbidden river. 

Tally Ho, Secret Several!

Tally Ho, Secret Several!

Spoof of Enid Blyton’s famous adventure book series The Secret Seven. 

Are You Alice: A New Wonderland Tale

Are You Alice: A New Wonderland Tale

A well-loved family favourite. 

Jennifer B

Jennifer B

Jennifer B is a must-see! She’s a thirty-something blonde with a red lipstick, a protruding front and an animal instinct. 

Romeo & Juliet: One-Man Musical

Romeo & Juliet: One-Man Musical

One man, a guitar, and the most venerated love story of all time. 

Animal Farm (Bond)

Animal Farm (Bond)

ExADUS presents Bond’s adaptation of Orwell’s classic as a reminder that since there have been wars and intolerance, there have been refugees. 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Seventeen-year-old Catherine lives a quiet life in the country with only Gothic novels for excitement. 

The Experiment

The Experiment

Sincerity has expanded on Mark Ravenhill’s creepy monologue The Experiment, where we follow the satiny-voiced, slippery narrator. 

Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage

Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage

Following last year’s sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run, No Nonsense Productions (It’s a Wonderful Life: **** (EdinburghGuide. 

Romeo & Juliet: One-Man Musical

Romeo & Juliet: One-Man Musical

The only musical ever made based entirely on the original lines. 

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

It’s been years since Lockwood visited his landlord Heathcliff after taking residence at Thrushcross Grange, but there are unfinished tales and wandering ghosts lurking in the York… 

2Elfth Night

2Elfth Night

Keane & Doyle have been spies, wizards, witches and cosmological assassins. 

Well That's Oz

Well That's Oz

Absurdism runs amok in Well That’s Oz, one of four plays in this year’s programme from CalArts at Venue 13. 

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

A classic retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy, this piece is brought to us by Guy Masterson, TTI in association with Maverick Theatre Co. 

Wrath of Achilles

Wrath of Achilles

Writer Jack Fairey has taken on a huge task in adapting the substance of Homer’s Iliad into a modern story still firmly embedded in the Trojan War with a running time just short … 

Faustus

Faustus

Doctor Faustus, a respected scholar seeking to acquire greater knowledge, turns to necromancy to summon the Devil and his servant, Mephistopheles. 

The Tale of Hamlet the Viking

The Tale of Hamlet the Viking

Ghosts! Murder! Betrayal! Revenge! A treacherous uncle and mad son. 

Shakespeare on a Shoestring: The Comedy of Errors!

Shakespeare on a Shoestring: The Comedy of Errors!

Last seen on the Fringe with their 2017 adaptation of Cymbeline, Shakespeare on a Shoestring is the next generation of the Fringe First Award-winning Shoestring Players. 

A Letter to Alice

A Letter to Alice

Struggling with anxiety and depression in everyday life, Alice enters a topsy-turvy world Through the Looking-Glass. 

Romeo and Juliet: A Capulet Soirée

Romeo and Juliet: A Capulet Soirée

Welcome to the opening of Capulet’s Argyle Cellar Bar! Our lovely guests, we would be humbled to have you (unless you are a Montague of course!). 

Medea

Medea

Immortalised as a monster of Ancient Greece, Medea, who helped Jason steal the Golden Fleece from her father, and murdered her own children, finally gives her defence. 

40 Minute Classics: The Seagull

40 Minute Classics: The Seagull

A new and condensed adaptation of Chekhov’s must-see classic; often described as the first great modern play. 

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume II

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume II

After a 2018 sell-out production, TumbleDry Theatre return to the Fringe with three more classic horrors stories. 

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, this musical takes a funny, insightful, heart-warming look at what is profound in everyday life. 

Waiting for Dogot

Waiting for Dogot

A lone human stands on a dark stage. 

Puppet King Richard II

Puppet King Richard II

Two used actors, recycled utensils, hand-carved Czech puppets, live music and you, the court, bring Shakespeare’s poetic drama of power and abdication to life. 

Invisible

Invisible

Grey Dog Theatre, ‘definitely a company to watch out for’ (Young Perspective), use puppetry, physical theatre and live music to boldly reimagine HG Wells’ science fiction cla… 

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: Daphne, or Hellfire

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: Daphne, or Hellfire

If a tree falls in a forest, and no one gives a flying f**k, does it really fall at all?… Inspired by Ovid’s myth, ‘Daphne and Apollo’, this ecofeminist drama recasts Daphn… 

Volpone

Volpone

Powerful forces of greed and deception clash in this explosive adaptation of Ben Johnson’s classic comedy. 

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume I

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume I

TumbleDry Theatre return with their sell-out production of three classic horror stories from three great writers. 

The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway

The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway

This stage adaptation of Kathryn Clare Glen’s novel begins as a hapless, young history teacher on the verge of major life changes falls through space and time to land on Airship … 

Ahab; or What If Moby Dick Were Stand-Up Comedy

Ahab; or What If Moby Dick Were Stand-Up Comedy

Moby Dick: a book, a play, an episode of Star Trek, 12 movies and a fish. 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script, Sherlock! Stars of the Edinburgh, Adelaide and Perth Fringes take you on a thrilling improvised romp through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villa… 

The Kiss

The Kiss

Heartwarming, funny and bursting with energy, The Kiss tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two soldiers. 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

Liz Lochhead’s un-PC, rude, rhyming cut of Moliere’s classic relocated to a 1940s Scotch living room. 

Great Grimm Tales

Great Grimm Tales

‘Three nights to save a soul. 

(I)sland T(rap): The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey

(I)sland T(rap): The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey

Black Ulysses awakens on an exotic island where he seeks refuge from a society rife with gun violence and oppression. 

1984

1984

It is frightening how Orwell’s nightmarish dystopia continues to ring true, year after year. 

As We Like It

As We Like It

Side by Side Theatre Company, serving learning disabled performers from the West Midlands, returns to Paradise in Augustines this year with their adaptation of As You Like It, the … 

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

Physical theatre and contemporary dance collide in this all-female youth theatre production that begs the question: what would you do for fame? When a poor young girl is offered a … 

Pulp Fiction: The One Woman Play

Pulp Fiction: The One Woman Play

Be transported back to early 90s Los Angeles; the seedy underworld of gangsters, drugs, danger, and a mysterious briefcase. 

Brollies and Bumbershoots

Brollies and Bumbershoots

Brollies and Bumbershoots. 

Intro to Chicano History: 101

Intro to Chicano History: 101

From the deep-rooted traditions of Chicano Teatro – a little Brechtian agitprop, Mexican vaudeville and social justice street theatre, we bring you this exploration and celebrati… 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare’s classic that has killings, maiming, rape, live burial and cannibalism presented as a latter-day story about a crime syndicate looking to find a new leader in the mone… 

Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage

Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage

No Nonsense Productions – It’s a Wonderful Life: ‘A delight’ **** (EdinburghGuide. 

Inferno

Inferno

‘Arabella, I would love to show you this world of mine. 

To Have Done With the Judgement of God

To Have Done With the Judgement of God

Leaving the theatre with no idea what you have just seen but having enjoyed it immensely is perhaps an appropriate response to a production of Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done With … 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Curious Pheasant Theatre reinvents the Bard’s most famous tale of ‘star-cross’d’ lovers in a bare-bones, twisted production that will have purists running for shelter and a… 

Molière's The Miser

Molière's The Miser

Molière’s classic comedy is reinvented as a dynamic piece of physical performance. 

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

In the moments before his death, America’s most celebrated author of the macabre reveals how his sins and the tragedies of his life lead to his descent into madness and alcoholis… 

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Ovid's Metamorphoses

If you have a ticket to Pants On Fire’s Ovid’s Metamorphoses, you have in your possession a way of securing the ferryman’s passage to one of the most mischievous and charming… 

Alice

Alice

Eighteen talented actors bring you a spectacular reinvention of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

The story follows Jim Hawkins on her journey to find adventure away from her mundane existence. 

A Scarlet Letter

A Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne on the entrenched injustice confronting women: ‘the whole system of society [must be] torn down and built up anew. 

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

Whom wilt thou call? What if Shakespeare had written Ghostbusters? Ministers of Grace is a wickedly funny, ruff-and-ready mash-up joyride of one of the best-loved films of all time… 

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Kneehigh Theatre’s adaptation by Carl Grose abridged by KES Theatre. 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Olivier Award-winning Guy Masterson, (Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm, Shylock), now brings Dickens’ festive fable to vivid life. 

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jaco… 

Ganymede

Ganymede

Rosalind’s favorite book is As You Like It. 

The EU Inspector

The EU Inspector

The arrival of an undercover inspector sends officials of a new EU country into a spin. 

Leave. To Remain (an Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

Leave. To Remain (an Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

In an alt-reality Brexit Britain, the Government has outsourced democracy to a TV voting show, pizza is banned for its foreign origins and a visa to France now costs €30 (£300). 

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, the ‘superbly talented’ (List) Young Pleasance bring the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life with chara… 

Orestes

Orestes

A new comedic adaptation of a great Greek tragedy by Euripides. 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Small-town England. 

Henry V – Lion of England

Henry V – Lion of England

Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. 

Ahab; or What If Moby Dick Were Stand-Up Comedy

Ahab; or What If Moby Dick Were Stand-Up Comedy

Moby Dick: a book, a play, an episode of Star Trek, 12 movies, and a fish. 

Gulliver Returns

Gulliver Returns

Lil’s husband is lost in Gulliver’s Travels and now she has a mission of mercy to perform. 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Based on the best-selling series of books by Laura Numeroff, this fast-paced, comedic adaptation embraces the joys of parenting – as told through the eyes of a child and a surpri… 

One for the Road...

One for the Road...

In the early 1980s Pinter became increasingly interested in human rights abuses and in particular the torture of political prisoners in Argentina and Turkey. 

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth is a dazzling feat of storytelling. 

Freedom

Freedom

Based on the true story of a Ugandan orphan, Amelia, whose parents died in a house fire. 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Julius Caesar is perhaps the best aware of its historical place. 

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

In The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre classic is made ironically self-aware. 

The Sandman

The Sandman

This Victoriana adaptation of a gothic adaptation of a children’s fairy tale figure is not exactly breaking new ground. 

Not I

Not I

Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that means she makes movements and noises she can’t control, called tics. 

The Tempest

The Tempest

A sibling betrayal. 

La Dispute

La Dispute

‘What? This is me? This is my face?’ A new translation of Marivaux’s controversial play, which tackles issues of gender and sexuality. 

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

One man’s quest to return to the woman he loves: beating gods and monsters, battling nymphs and sirens, through the underworld and across the Aegean Sea. 

Woolf

Woolf

Many scholars and philistines alike think they have a good understanding of Virginia Woolf – a suicidal bisexual who used too many semicolons. 

Avery Pierson

Avery Pierson

In this modern interpretation of the classic morality play Everyman, Avery Pierson discovers that she is to be taken away by death. 

Freedom

Freedom

Based on the true story of a Ugandan orphan, Amelia, whose parents died in a house fire. 

The Egg-Born Princess

The Egg-Born Princess

‘Once upon a time there lived a queen whose heart was sore because she had no children…’ Performed by an exquisitely talented company, this enchanting adaptation fuses tradit… 

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 p… 

The Course of True Love

The Course of True Love

A reinterpretation of some of William Shakespeare’s best scenes woven together to create a new story about two young lovers. 

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

A renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted tale. 

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Incognito Theatre’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front is a solid, if predictable, production which ticks all of the necessary First World War boxes. 

The Giant's Loo Roll

The Giant's Loo Roll

‘Oh fe fi fo, and fe fi fum! Now what shall I do to wipe my. 

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

Father Christmas is back, and this time he’s had three helpings of sprouts! As he tries to deliver the presents, his tummy rumbles, gurgles and groans, but Father Christmas knows h… 

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Caterham Rep’s adaptation of Ben Jonson’s classic tale The Alchemist is exactly that: don’t expect any surprises here. 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Not Cricket’s new production of Alice in Wonderland is a charming and whimsical piece that delights audiences both young and old with its blend of live music, puppetry and dance. 

Everyman

Everyman

Freemen’s Theatre Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, after their previous run in 2015 with What a Grimm Tale, to perform the medieval mystery and morality pla… 

Beasts & Beauties

Beasts & Beauties

Beauty and the Beast without Gaston? In Italy?! If you can get over the sacrilege of daring to be different from the Disney version of events, Beasts and Beauties, by young company… 

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

This production is based on Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted, a young adult novel that previously inspired Anne Hathaway’s second turn as a movie princess. 

Miss Julie, Clarissa and John

Miss Julie, Clarissa and John

Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama, Miss Julie, the action is relocated to a Reconstruction Era Virginia plantation. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

It’s always difficult to tell a story that audiences are familiar with and manage to find a new way to engage them in it, but in Box Tale Soup’s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde… 

The Damned United

The Damned United

Powerful and demanding, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of The Damned United is every bit as belligerent and uncompromising as the protagonist of its story. 

The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage

The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage

Was Shakespeare ever really in love? On 27 November 1582, he registered to marry Anne Whateley. 

The Boor (Peking Opera)

The Boor (Peking Opera)

Adapted from Anton Chekhov’s comedy. 

Macbeth / Redux

Macbeth / Redux

The first half is a cut-down, 30-minute version of Shakespeare’s play. 

(My Father) John Gabriel Borkman

(My Father) John Gabriel Borkman

Most bankers walked free after the bubble burst – but not John Gabriel Borkman. 

Ruby Redfort

Ruby Redfort

The first ever stage adaptation of Lauren Child’s bestselling mystery series, ‘one of the best things to happen to British fiction’ (Sunday Times). 

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

From the peaceful pleasure of Ratty’s beloved riverbank, to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along wit… 

Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze

Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze

‘Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze’ follows the story of the old man who never (hardly ever) sneezed. 

Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time

Taking a much loved pop culture reference point is always a sure fire way to fill seats. 

New York Stories

New York Stories

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to see when I arrived at the Rialto Theatre. 

Moondial

Moondial

Even before she came to Belton, Minty had known she was a witch, or something very much like it. 

Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke

Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke

Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time. 

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

Did you know the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a … 

Lulu

Lulu

Scott Roberts’ adaptation of Wedekind’s Pandora’s Box and Earth Spirit has resulted in Lulu. 

Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty

Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. 

Agamemnon

Agamemnon

To start with the positives, this was a very enthusiastic show. 

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Richard III. 

Trainspotting

Trainspotting

This acclaimed production recaptures the passion and controversy of the famous novel and hit film, repackaging it into an immersive show. 

A Fool and Three Courses

A Fool and Three Courses

A short adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’. 

The Last Honeypot

The Last Honeypot

The bizarre tale of the boy Eli Hum, born with a baffling condition: his tummy can only digest honey. 

Dracula

Dracula

Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic tale of the infamous Count Dracula is one that has been retold countless times, but don’t be fooled - this high-octane production by Let Them Cal… 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

“What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Dorian Gray, young and beautiful, sinks deep into a frivolous lifestyle of selfish abandon, see… 

Shell Shock

Shell Shock

One soldier’s story of coping with PTSD. 

Once Upon a Time There Were Four Little Rabbits

Once Upon a Time There Were Four Little Rabbits

Peter Rabbit knows very well that he is not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, especially as it was there that his father met his untimely end! But he cannot resist, and after severa… 

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood is neither the best of times, nor the worst of times, but over a ninety-minute running time it is a something of an odd construction. 

Hunchback

Hunchback

Hunchback is an English language adaptation of the French novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with a stark contrast between strong and weak elements. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s stunning way with words in his classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, makes it a challenging piece to bring to the stage. 

Who's the Umpire

Who's the Umpire

After a sold out run in London, Who’s the Umpire is the Edinburgh debut of London based Theatre company, Omnifolk. 

1984

1984

War is peace. 

Little Wolfie

Little Wolfie

Do people change? What if they lose something important to them? A new translation and adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Lille Eyolf, a hard-hitting play about many kinds of loss – fe… 

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Having previously seen an outstanding Georgian language version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm by the Tumanisvili Film Actors Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, in… 

Alice

Alice

Fresh out of a critically-acclaimed run in Cambridge, a highly talented troupe of student dancers and performers bring you a contemporary circus interpretation of the family classi… 

The Country Wife

The Country Wife

The newly divorced Harry Horner has spread a rumour of his own impotence around the country club. 

The Lake of Dead Languages

The Lake of Dead Languages

Murderous intentions corrupt adolescent dreams in the chilling story of six teenagers living 20 years apart in an isolated girls’ school. 

Frankenstein: A New Play

Frankenstein: A New Play

An expedition to the North Pole. 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen’s satirical novel, itself a pastiche of recognisable and well-worn tropes of the Gothic literary genre, is here given new life by company Box Tale Soup, consisting of… 

The Trial

The Trial

An expansive stage space is dominated by assorted wooden furniture, with some pieces decked out in opulent reds and golds. 

Arthur Conan Doyle – Man of Mystery

Arthur Conan Doyle – Man of Mystery

There’s something wonderfully uncluttered and unpretentious about this particular wander down literary lane from the Mercators, one of Edinburgh’s oldest amateur drama clubs. 

Alice and the Dream Child

Alice and the Dream Child

Transforum Theatre’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland sets the Lewis Carroll classic in a mental hospital. 

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Considering the length of most Charles Dickens novels, it’s remarkable that we’ve found ways to abridge them into three hour plays and films. 

The Enchanted

The Enchanted

The Enchanted is a show all about disconnection, both in its subject matter and the way that it’s performed. 

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

World premiere: a theatrical adaptation of Canadian Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro’s moving and enigmatic short stories of her Scottish ancestors’ emigration. 

Sherlock

Sherlock

Bablake Theatre’s take on the character of Sherlock delivers a few laughs, though it offers nothing new to the already long list of pastiches and homages the detective has receiv… 

The Murderer

The Murderer

Through innovative movement and a thought-provoking script, Clown Funeral’s dark yet comedic The Murderer comments intelligently on society’s inability to forgive and forget, by … 

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke

Reprint Productions present The Ruby in the Smoke, a detective story that delights in its Victorian setting, following the adventures of resourceful Sally Lockhart. 

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens – an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens where the whole show comes out of a box: props, costume and musical instruments. 

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

[email protected] mount an original adaptation of Tang Xianzu’s A Dream Under the Southern Bough. 

The Country Wife

The Country Wife

The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club’s adaptation of the restoration era comedy The Country Wife moves the action to modern American suburbia, but keeps the period’s … 

Splendid's Jason and the Argonauts

Splendid's Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts is a no-scenery, no-prop, chorus driven piece of singing and silliness that charts the rise and history of the most famous group of strapping young men to t… 

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming

Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare, the award-winning [email protected] company from Beijing presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and misunderstanding in a refreshing new … 

The Trial

The Trial

Josef K wakes up one morning, hungry and disconcerted, only to find himself arrested. 

The Enchanted

The Enchanted

Are monsters born or are they created? A mute prisoner sits on death row in a maximum security prison. 

Alice: A Looking Glass Wonderland

Alice: A Looking Glass Wonderland

Your manic tour through the zany zone of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and Looking Glass novels is led by a cadre of crazy characters performed by a troupe from an independent high … 

Carmen High

Carmen High

Carmen High is a powerful story about a popular mean girl who jokingly dates a high school outcast. 

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: The Lighthouse at the End of the World

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: The Lighthouse at the End of the World

When a remote lighthouse is attacked by a dangerous band of wreckers and vagabonds only one of the keepers escapes alive Joining forces with the sole survivor of a shipwreck, the p… 

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

We know more about the Moon than we do about the ocean floor. 

Something Rotten

Something Rotten

Something Rotten, not to be confused with the 2015 Broadway musical of the same name, is this time Hamlet’s villainous uncle, Claudius’s version of events, told as if he wer… 

Knightmare Live

Knightmare Live

Enter, stranger! Knightmare Live is back with a brand new concept and offers YOU the chance to wear the iconic helmet of justice and play the dungeon. 

The Merchant of New York

The Merchant of New York

“In christening shalt thou have two godfathers. 

Blood Will Have Blood

Blood Will Have Blood

After Banquo’s murder, his son Fleance is adrift in Macbeth’s brutal new Scotland. 

Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

For those of you who have yet to encounter the fringe phenomenon that is Shit-Faced Shakespeare, this is a show that does exactly what it says on the tin. 

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth

The story of Macbeth’s tragic demise has been told many times by hundreds, if not thousands, of theatre makers. 

The Marlowe Papers

The Marlowe Papers

Christopher Marlowe’s alleged blasphemy makes it necessary for him to make a hasty retreat in the form of a fake death. 

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Actor/singer/storyteller Richard Spaul tells stories from Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre masterpiece. 

Birthday in Suburbia

Birthday in Suburbia

A kaleidoscope of mundanity and the surreal, ‘Birthday in Suburbia’ invites its audience to follow the descent of an average man into an extraordinary, ridiculous personal crisis. 

Mocketh The Weak

Mocketh The Weak

Curious Cloud presents ‘Mocketh The Weak’, the gameshow that pits wicked wits against hapless saps. 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

A vibrant re-imagining of Burnett’s classic story with an inclusive cast of young actors, bringing the garden to life through music, dance and umbrellas. 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Box Tale Soup’s award-winning adaptation will transport you into a world of beautiful paper puppets and gothic romance. 

Father Christmas Needs a Wee!

Father Christmas Needs a Wee!

An entertaining pantomime-esque show that is great fun for both adults and children. 

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be seen as a dark comedy or as just dark. 

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

Peter Rabbit knows very well he’s not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, especially as it was there his father met his untimely end! But he can’t resist … and soon he and his… 

The Last of the Dragons

The Last of the Dragons

Like all good pieces of children’s theatre, The Last of the Dragons does not talk down to children. 

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and Other Tales

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and Other Tales

Lancaster Offshoots have created an enjoyable and surprisingly funny offering with their take on Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Other Tales. 

The Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress

John Bunyan’s 1678 text The Pilgrim’s Progress is regarded as one of the most significant works of literature in the English Language. 

Hamlet (A One Man Play)

Hamlet (A One Man Play)

Even the most seasoned audience member has to concentrate to grasp every line of a Shakespeare play. 

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Duende – the shiver of response produced against the constant awareness of death’s inevitability. 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A Daily Mirror awaits us on our seats announcing the death of a ‘pair of “star-crossed” lovers … in the wake of increasingly violent clashes in the streets’. 

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s classic novella Of Mice and Men chronicles the unlikely and touching friendship between two ranch workers in pursuit of the American Dream during the Great Depre… 

The Alice Effect

The Alice Effect

Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, Alice has been forcibly committed into a mental institution. 

What a Grimm Tale!

What a Grimm Tale!

With loose and dishevelled hair, streaks of cat-like make-up and bulging veins, the chorus prowls across the stage, furiously chanting lines adapted from fairy tales. 

Faust

Faust

In sixteenth-century Germany it was not regarded as irreverant to perform comic puppet shows featuring characters and scenes from the legend of Faust. 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare’s bloody and infamous tragedy is a popular choice for many companies, so that new and interesting interpretations are vital for a production to stand out. 

Austensibility

Austensibility

I shouldn’t have liked Austensibility. 

Paradise: Lost

Paradise: Lost

‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. 

High Torches

High Torches

Six women await their fate in a prison, while their homes, lives and families burn to the ground. 

Lear Inc.

Lear Inc.

‘O, that way madness lies. 

Mabinogion

Mabinogion

Welcome to the Mabinogion, a tale of myth, magic and adventure! When Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed meets the mysterious Rhiannon, he must find a way to cheat Gwawl, her unwelcome suitor. 

Fall

Fall

Flickering digits. 

Maiden: A Recycled Fairy Tale

Maiden: A Recycled Fairy Tale

‘Every now and then something happens. 

Paradise: Lost

Paradise: Lost

‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A solid and entertaining piece of Shakespeare that’s well handled by its young cast. 

A Divine Comedy

A Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri. 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

An adaptation of the classic gothic horror by Henry James, this show promises chills and thrills but didn’t send too many shivers up my spine. 

The Star Rover

The Star Rover

Despite being one of Jack London’s more obscure works, his 1915 novel The Star Rover or The Jacket is one that feels oddly contemporary. 

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele. 

Alice in Wonderland or Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard

Alice in Wonderland or Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard

You are cordially invited to take tea with the Mad Hatter and March Hare. 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

Nikolai Gogol’s short story, formed of a series of diary entries, charts the descent into madness of an ordinary civil servant, whose observations on the power-holders within his… 

Back to Blackbrick

Back to Blackbrick

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s much-loved Young Adult novel Back to Blackbrick is adapted in a technically ambitious production from Patch of Blue. 

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

“Did she fall or was she pushed?” posits the Mad Hatter (Annie Neat), as Three Mugs of Tea embark on their consumerist take on Alice in Wonderland. 

Father Time

Father Time

‘He had fallen into the hands of death. 

Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales

Widely regarded as one of the leading young companies in the UK, Newbury Youth Theatre have an unparalleled reputation at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Antigone Now

Antigone Now

Part of the American High School Festival, Antigone Now is nothing if not endearing in its attempts to impress. 

The Rocking Horse Winner

The Rocking Horse Winner

A stage and film mixed media adaptation of D. 

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

You queue with the other girls outside, hoping for your big break. 

Jane and Lizzy

Jane and Lizzy

Pride and Prejudice through the looking glass! In this offbeat interpretation, Jane Austen meets a Lizzy Bennet who flits between the character and the actress playing her. 

Virginia Woolf's Orlando

Virginia Woolf's Orlando

Join Orlando on his (or possibly her) time-traveling, gender-bending and occasionally cringe-inducing adventures as he (or she) woos a seductive Russian princess, an obsessed Roman… 

The Room: The Musical

The Room: The Musical

Oh, hai audience! We’ve got something for youuu! An original parody musical of the funniest disaster in cinematic history, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, adapted by a BBC-award nomin… 

Peter/Wendy

Peter/Wendy

Peter/Wendy by Jeremy Bloom takes JM Barrie’s text, Happy Thoughts, movement, instrumental music, striped pajamas, creating a performance where the entire cast dances, sings, sighs…