Philomusica of Edinburgh presents a programme of classic theme music and signature tunes from the golden age of radio.
This version of Cyrano relocates the infamous nose from 17th-century France to the battlefields of the First World War.
Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of his great-grandmother’s hard-fought campaign for the right to vote over 100 years ago.
Male impersonator, soubrette and headliner at all the major theatres, Nelly Power was a force to be reckoned with in an era before female emancipation.
Our unique tour sets out to inform and entertain as we take you into both the Old and New Towns, giving you a real sense of the two sides of Edinburgh; revealing some of the secret…
Who was Shakespeare’s true love? Anne Hathaway who seduced the young Will.
Judy Garland is an icon, loved as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition with flappers, gin fizz and a cabaret concert featuring lost speakeasy songs.
Join our expert guides for a free walk around the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 1977.
This exhibition of paintings by Susie Reade refers to a young woman’s diary describing her unusual journey from Scotland to work in WWII Russia.
Discover a little-known side of Edinburgh’s Old Town: behind the historic buildings, find the surprising number of little gardens and green nooks and crannies, all with a story to …
Enjoy a plaguey, fiery hour in this informative and interactive one-man show for history-loving kids.
We find Lila, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928.
There have always been legends of a city below the pavements of Edinburgh.
After total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2018 and 2019, In Loyal Company returns in a bigger venue for 2020.
A unique hands-on reminiscence museum in a shopping centre with an exhibition full of memories.
A guided walk in a lush, green valley with a focus on key Scottish architectural features.
Just yards from James Boswell’s Edinburgh birthplace and subsequent residence on the Lawnmarket, MHK Productions & Rhymes with Purple present his famed friendship with Samuel…
The Scottish guitarist/composer Gordon Ferries returns to St Cecilia’s with tenor Stuart Mitchell, performing Ferries’ new songs from A Shropshire Lad and from poems by Byron and S…
A new play by John Knowles written for the students of the PQA.
Set in 1942, in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone just wants to survive.
At the turn of the 16th century, the first music ever to be printed was published by Ottaviano Petrucci in Venice.
In his cell, woodturner Daniel McNaughton, wronged by his father, dismissed by the Glaswegian legal establishment, awaits sentence for his botched attempt to shoot Prime Minister R…
True story of the role played by theatre in the birth of modern Ireland, set backstage during performances of groundbreaking Irish plays, Cathleen ni Hoolihan (1902), The Playboy o…
Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters as they navigate the world of love, loss and society.
The Pope makes legal history having his predecessor exhumed and put on trial.
It might be true that Brandy was first performed in 2010 at South London Theatre, but it’s still impossible not to view this production through the lens of Yorgos Lanthimos’ 20…
The Edinburgh Renaissance Band are joined by Polyhymnia Dancers in the ever-popular Viol Rackett Show, with a fresh programme for 2019 of music, song and dance from the Middle Ages…
Tom Devine is arguably Scotland’s greatest living historian, having written or contributed to more than 25 books covering such areas as Scottish and Irish migration, Scottish ind…
More of a personal theatrical experience than what one might expect from a show described as ‘cabaret’, Allie Jessing’s Hetaira: A Mythic Cabaret sees the talented actress de…
The accomplished and versatile team of Anthony Robson, Gerry McDonald and John Kitchen present a programme of virtuoso concertos in miniature by five undisputed masters of the genr…
A world premiere, Wingmen explores how different people react to overwhelming danger.
Handel was famous for making unauthorised quotations of musical material from other composers in his own works.
Whilst Arthur Conan Doyle is arguably most well known for bringing the legendary Sherlock Holmes to life through his novels, it is less well known that he was a devout spiritualist…
A history show unearthing the most shocking events, actions and characters throughout our past.
In this alternative history show four panellists each deliver an original stand-up comedy set based around an event which happened on the same date as the show at some point in his…
On a pale horse: in 1547, King Henry VIII is dead, and his court is reeling from the news.
Music of great halls, cathedrals and servants’ quarters is brought to life by the group who have been delighting Fringe audiences since 1973.
From labour to rest.
‘The men are gone and all has sunken into disorder’.
Robyn Stapleton, a BBC Traditional Singer of the Year, partners the historian David Purdie to trace the story of the Scots nation through its songs.
Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of his great-grandmother’s hard-fought campaign for the right to vote over a 100 years ago.
Set in a TV studio, [email protected] puts history straight! Roving reporters get to the bottom of history’s biggest stories.
A fun and fascinating tour of the oral tradition and the poetic movements that have shaped history presented by a former National Poetry Slam Champion.
Part I: fool me once.
From its start, the Piccolo Teatro Nexonnais has desired to establish theatre plays whose content evokes deeper aspects of the human comedy.
It’s August, and we know what has lured all of you to Edinburgh—the neoclassical architecture!Whether you’re a regular tourist, Fringe-goer or resident, Cobble Tales' Arc…
Bethlem Royal Hospital, 1854.
Enigma, a new musical presented by Enigma Theatre UK is an exciting piece of historical musical theatre telling the story of a unit of female code breakers in America during World …
This year’s Shackleton memorial concert, featuring horn player Andy Saunders playing the Courtois horn from circa 1840.
Sell-out event with a new line-up! On the outskirts of Edinburgh, hidden away at the end of a winding driveway, lies one of Edinburgh’s secret treasures – Lauriston Castle.
Bombs are falling on Liverpool.
Following the popularity of Greenyonder Tours’ sell-out tour Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile, this walking tour celebrates the work of Patrick Geddes, the early Scots environmen…
Life after war is quiet and eerie.
Tom McNab, technical adviser on Chariots of Fire, delivers extracts from his play 1936 using extensive coverage of Riefenstahl’s Olympia film.
Returning by popular demand for its fourth year. As technical adviser on the film, Tom gives a rare insight into the making of the 1981 Oscar-winning picture.
2018 Fringe sell-out.
What would happen if the lost papers of a genius were recovered in the modern day? Four actors present a dramatisation of the life and works of Adam Smith, performed in the house i…
Join our curators, conservator and volunteers on special highlight tours of St Cecilia’s Hall, Scotland’s oldest concert hall and home of the University of Edinburgh’s world renown…
Enjoy a relaxed walk through the historic Old Town with a bona fide Scottish Historian.
Take a look back at Scotland’s darker history as we delve into the lives of a few Scottish folk whose fates were sealed by being accused of witchcraft.
Explore Edinburgh Sherlock style! A succession of clues and puzzles will lead you to find the truth about Sherlock Holmes and his connection to the city of Edinburgh.
The boy I love is up in the gallery.
On a cold, blustery evening in 1945, the playwright’s grandmother, June, answers the door to an ill-fated telegram delivery.
Financier? Miser? Witch? A dry-witted tale about the life of Hetty Green, once America’s richest woman.
The Byrd International Singers, directed by Markdavin Obenza, participates in an annual Renaissance course offered by the Byrd Ensemble (US).
Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2018! ‘Absolutely phenomenal, sensitively portrayed with painstaking accuracy’ (BroadwayBaby.
On 20th July, 1969, thousands of people gathered to watch two remarkable firsts: the first all-night broadcast on British television, and the first man walking on the surface of th…
A woman, a warrior, a Chinese legend – Michelle Yim (The Empress and Me) brings to life the real Mulan who, to save her family’s honour, disguised herself as a man and joined the…
Presented through Hawaiian hula, chant, and song, this opera dramatises the battle between the chief, Kekuaokalani, who wanted to hold onto the ancient Hawaiian religion, and Lihol…
The true story of a forgotten Scottish hero, the Reverend Donald Caskie, who was known as the Tartan Pimpernel, when the Germans invaded France in 1940.
Set against the backdrops of the Vietnam War, World War II and the Korean War, Beyond Glory tells the stirring, emotional, and heroic true stories of eight recipients of America’…
Booking is essential for this sell-out tour.
After their successful run of Greyhounds in 2018, Time & Again return with Edwardian epic, Clouds! The year is 1913 and women are rising up.
Steve Taylor is Will Kemp – celebrity comedian and superstar of the Elizabethan stage.
Our unique tour sets out to inform and entertain as we take you into both the Old and New towns, giving you a real sense of the two sides of Edinburgh; revealing some of the secret…
Meet characters including a publican, an investor and a spy who’ll share details with you from Edinburgh’s colourful past as you journey through Gladstone’s Land.
Showbiz stalwart and Wheezing Dragon Best Newcomer (1980, 1982), Whobblers returns for one last debut show.
This exhibition reveals the stories of prisoner-patients held in the Criminal Lunatic Department in Perth.
Help us to find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground vaults.
Dramatic Highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today.
A completely unique, side-splittingly hilarious walk of Edinburgh’s Old Town with local comedian Daniel Downie that promises to be more hysterical than historical.
A fictitious talk show with a live audience, featuring a guest from the afterlife.
This tour will take you into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, off the tourist trail.
Celebrating the 275th anniversary of the original rules of golf, this exhibition will show John Rattray’s involvement in shaping the modern golf game and golfing artefacts, clubs…
Highlighting the best examples of Scottish furniture from our collection, this exhibition will show timeless designs from Scotland’s iconic cabinet-makers, from William Trotter t…
We are the top-rated walking tour company for English tours in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor and we have put together a special festival friendly walking tour of the Old Town for you to…
2018 sell-out; a small group walk in a green valley with a focus on key Scottish architectural features.
‘The problem with Scotland is that it’s full of Scots’ (Edward Longshanks, Braveheart).
2018 Best Musical nominee (MusicalTheatreReview.
From the creator of the international sensation Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl In Hitler’s Germany comes the highly anticipated sequel, detailing life after war.
If you were anywhere near the Pleasance Courtyard this year, you’ll of heard of Lab Rats Theatre’s In Loyal Company as it shook the Fringe with its sell out run and critical ac…
Cast Iron Theatre have rocked a minimalist set – an intimate three chairs and floor space surrounded by a ring of audience members – and have stretched it expertly to the peak …
Haggis, Neeps and Burns is about as Scottish as tartan and the trinity.
A true story set in a small town in Ireland between 1899 and 1916.
The French and Italian styles compared and contrasted by Francois Couperin, JS Bach and Telemann.
International performing artist Phamie Gow and Enlightenment scholar Professor David Purdie collaborate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.
I was unsure what to expect from this performance, but "a musical about Robert Burns" already had my interest piqued.
The Last Burrah Sahibs is a one-hour, one-man, spoken-word show about the mansion house dwelling life led by ordinary Scottish mill workers in the old jute colonies along the Hoogh…
Washington State, 1910.
A badly planned polar expedition in 1912 led to the Russian ship The Saint Anna to be locked into the ice of the Kara Sea.
Over 50 years ago, thousands of young American women went to Vietnam to serve their country during the war.
In the beginning was the Word, but I honestly don’t know which word to begin with when trying to describe this production.
Music by 17th-century composer John Dowland for lute, soprano and viol.
A programme that includes some of Bach’s earliest organ music as well as pieces that are decidedly youthful in spirit including the Prelude and Fugue in D and the Partita on Christ…
A striking result of the Anglican Church’s break with Rome in 1536 was its impact on English literature, not only Cranmer’s masterly Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bi…
Laura Careless’ solo show, inspired by the book and BBC series of the same name by Helen Castor, is an intricate, forceful and nuanced production examining the life of five diffe…
Heinrich Schütz, perhaps the most highly regarded composer in 17th century Germany, wrote The Resurrection History on returning to Germany in 1623, following a period of study in …
There Was a Soldier.
Two Destination Language are encouraging audiences to see the personal narrative behind history with their performance Fallen Fruit.
Linking Old and New Towns, Princes Street Gardens are truly amazing in their unique geology, disputed history, diverse planting and the myriad ways that ordinary folk have used and…
Joanne Hartstone’s one-woman show is a brilliant send up to classic Golden Age Hollywood that keeps the glitz and glamour of the period whilst showing the grimy and exploitative …
The original show, performed for the first time in 10 years. Turn up early, sell-out expected.
Born in Kansas, home of the South Wind, in 1897, Amelia Earhart reigned as Queen of the Air until her mysterious disappearance over the Pacific in 1937.
A war hero, a statesman, a husband, Alexei Petro had everything… to lose.
With a statue of Alice unveiled earlier this centenary year and her very own suffragette memorabilia currently on loan to the UK Parliament as a star feature in the summer Voice an…
Hundreds of thousands marched for peace but when war came, only a few dared to be different.
‘A collection of.
We’re hosting drop-in screenings of Festival in Edinburgh (1955) and Edinburgh on Parade (1970).
Citadel Arts Group present Dancing with Mrs Murphy, an edgy new play by Vincent Maguire, directed by Mark Kydd.
What do you look for when you riffle through the remains of history: the truth or yourself? Danielle Bainbridge’s play follows an obsessive young researcher’s journey to uncove…
Written and directed by Heather Alexander.
The Edinburgh Renaissance Band are joined by Polyhymnia Dancers in the ever-popular Viol Rackett Show, our best-loved programme of music, song and dance from the Middle Ages to the…
The Edinburgh Quartet, founded in 1960, is one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles.
A dramatic representation of the life of Adam Smith, supported by Kirkcaldy 4 All.
Catalina Vicens presents keyboard music for and around women in 16th and 17th-century Italy and England – works by Cara, Tromboncino, Valente, Byrd, Bull, Gibbons and others, usi…
I Sniper, appropriately enough, starts with a bang.
The first point to make clear is that My Name is Dorothy has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz.
From prehistory to 1877, you choose which version of Scotsman JT Stewart’s Palmerston will be told through music by one of New Zealand’s celebrated Maori instrument makers and his …
‘Leeson in the title role is absolutely phenomenal.
Direct from the USA, the defending three-time National Shakespearean Acting Champions present Shakespeare’s rarely done history, King John.
Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home.
Tom McNab, technical adviser on the film Chariots of Fire, gives a short, sharp history of the Olympic games to raise funds for the Eric Liddell Centre – a dementia care charity …
With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past.
David Gerrard, the soloist and doctoral student, plays music by JS Bach, favourite composer of the late chairman of the Friends, and by his French contemporary Antoine Forqueray, o…
With five years of sell-out shows behind her Ann Treherne, Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, talks about Edinburgh’s famous son, a man of literature and world spokesman o…
Explore how the Wars of the Roses still has relevance today.
On the outskirts of Edinburgh, hidden away at the end of a winding driveway, lies one of Edinburgh’s secret treasures – Lauriston Castle.
Set in the small village of Shuttlefield, Greyhounds sees the local amateur dramatic society attempt to raise money for a Spitfire fighter aircraft by putting on a production of Sh…
The Wardrobe is a place where children over time have felt safe to share secrets and find solace for the struggles – some different and some the same across the ages.
In a cramped cell aboard a ship, six prisoners are being shipped to a life of hard labour.
Step back in time to the 18th century – visit Outlander film locations in Edinburgh Old town pubs, closes, jails, churches and print shops visited by Claire and Jamie! Your tour …
Past secrets remain hidden, not by the sinister or well-meant, but from fear.
All About Her — Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera creatively combines traditional Chinese Opera with contemporary ideas, exploring feminism in the traditional opera repertoir…
Could you be a psychic spy? In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn.
Experience the dark and hidden atmosphere of the Detective Inspector John Rebus books, which are written by bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin.
Emily Worthington, clarinettist and musicologist, presents 19th-century chamber music on historical clarinets from the world-class Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection,* accompanied …
Excitement! Drama! Romance! And… knitting? A scintillating cabaret, featuring the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France.
Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: two French musical icons.
One hundred years of blues, 60 minutes to play it.
On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history, and blessed with beauty.
Sir Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II in an operation that would later become known as the Czech Kindertransport.
Dive into the horrors of history in our immersive walking tour and show.
Visit the magnificent Parliament Hall, once the seat of Scotland’s politics, and gain a fascinating insight into the history, traditions and ceremonies of the home of Scotland’s Su…
A small group walk in a lush valley with a focus on key Scottish architectural features.
Who is the real Sherlock Holmes? Join us on this 90-minute magical mystery walking tour as we take a step back in time to Victorian Edinburgh and discover the hidden history and fo…
November 22nd 1963.
A boozy history of Scotland held on the most unique of venue – on board The Lochrin Belle canal boat.
After married man John Proctor decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams, she leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon his wife, El…
A play of overwhelming sincerity and honesty and a moving tribute to an incredible and unique First World War chaplain.
Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Dr Korczak was a Polish doctor and writer, who passionately championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love.
It’s August 1918 and it’s finally beginning to look like an Allied victory is on the cards.
Following on from last year’s successful stand-up show of the same name, Bruce Fummey will take a small group in a people carrier to hear the real story of this much maligned Sco…
Award-winning Lucky Dog bring their acclaimed Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man to Edinburgh for the first time.
When stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford decided to research his family tree, he uncovered some seriously interesting stories of ordinary people caught up in world wars – on both …
Daniel Downie takes an irreverent look at Edinburgh’s history that’s more hysterical than historical.
From laundry girl to one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong.
A story of one of the 200,000 Koreans who were deported from the Russian-Korean boarder by the Soviet government in 1937.
There is only one football champion in Scotland, and its colours are maroon and khaki.
11:87 returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a new show by John Casey.
Mengele by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott.
Tony Award winner Ben Harney (Broadway's Dreamgirls), and writer Mehr Mansuri, lead this musical about an 1850s Virginia slave who ships himself to freedom in a box.
The women of England demand the vote! The remarkable true story of Muriel Matters: the South-Australian actress and elocutionist who became a leading figure of the UK’s suffragette…
From the age of sieges and chivalry comes a show about medieval love, adrenaline junkies and an insane quest for glory.
The final resting place of the work and artefacts of Scotland’s most creative writers: Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
A fun-packed evening of traditional Scottish music, legend and dance set within the photo-ready setting of historic Prestonfield House – former mansion to Edinburgh’s Lord Prov…
There are a worrying number of ‘ists’ in society today – racists, sexists, even fascists – who’d have thought they’d make such a comeback?! For her debut Edinburgh show, …
Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo flee the Dresden firebombing in the Second World War.
‘Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier’s final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the stre…
Welcome to The 24/7 Club, where everyone was born on the 24th July! Party with Zelda Fitzgerald, Amelia Earhart and more in Charlie V Martin’s new solo show about her birthday.
Eleanor Ramrath Garner’s best-selling memoir of her youth, adapted for the stage and performed by her granddaughter Ingrid.
Join a local guide for a fun and informative introduction to Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Vibrant, inspiring play about Eglantyne Jebb, the visionary, courageous, passionate, human rights pioneer and founder of Save the Children.
Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there’s a sinister secret wrapped in the stories we tell.
For the first time Little Fish Tours is running our Festival Friendly Tour.
Celebrating the friendship between composer and war poet, Ivor Gurney, and musician and first woman music critic, Marion Scott; written and performed by Jan Carey.
While Henry the 8th fights for his life, his daughter Mary Tudor has a battle of her own: she wants to claim his soon-to-be-empty throne.
In view of the recent violence in Charlottesville, KKK sympathisers in the White House and, even on our end of the pond, much of the sentiment behind Brexit, a discussion of the in…
Though history favours certain people and ends up silencing others, theatre can be a means of trying to give a voice to those whose perspectives have been lost.
Bunker Girls shows us two women who worked as secretaries documenting the German perspective on WWII.
The story goes that in November 1786 the Scottish poet Robert Burns borrowed a pony and left his native Ayrshire for Edinburgh.
A tale of two countries.
Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first black judge in 1978.
Scotland’s new chamber choir makes its debut, bringing to life three of Bach’s incomparable masterpieces.
“All I knew was the playground song Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off,” says opera singer Louise Macdonald, “until I started learning Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lie…
Chamberlain has been relegated to history as one of life’s wishful thinkers.
A mind reading show based on the true story of America’s psychic spies.
Victor Hugo once said “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.
In 1875, a group of first and second generation immigrants, from the greatest refugee crisis of the age, fed up with their lack of opportunity, founded a football team called Hiber…
We’ll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover, There’ll Always be an England: Dame Vera Lynn’s nostalgic songs defined a generation.
Period production set in India in the 1940s, staging a spiritual journey two people take as they step foot into the theatre of life.
1717 – the inaugural meeting of a secret society where young ladies exercise their minds.
This mesmerising adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella gives you no choice but to be completely immersed into a tiny room with a Nazi prisoner, as he attempts to cling to sanity u…
With the UK centenary of women first gaining the vote just months away, great-grandson Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice’s hard fought campaign for wom…
Join us as we spend an hour celebrating the brave, drunken, high, and sex-crazed pioneers that built our civilization one bad choice at a time and watch us as we stumble in their f…
Dramatised reading of letters exchanged between the British, Palestinian and Zionist parties 100 years ago sheds more light on the events that led to the present geopolitical relat…
Natural philosophers Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke are engaged in a scientific wager that will crown the man who can prove why the planets move elliptically the victor.
After sold out residencies at The Brooklyn Art Library (Brooklyn NY) and The Sekrit Theater (Austin TX), Invulnerable Nothings presents the (un)Staged Reading series alongside Howa…
With four sell-out shows behind her, Ann Treherne, Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre talks about Edinburgh’s famous son and man of literature who became the world spokesma…
If you have a passion for current affairs, a thirst for knowledge, or are simply looking for an interesting topic to discuss at the dinner table, these free events are for you! Our…
Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond.
Walt Whitman stops somewhere, waiting for you.
How long will your adult child be staying? Should you make an ultimatum? Can you steer them away from war games and into the archives? What’s the point of it all? Will the story of…
Sherlock Holmes, whisky lore, and a wee dram in a haunted venue! Join Scots whisky expert Charles MacLean and Sherlockian author/expert Bonnie MacBird as they talk history, murder …
Spencer Percival has one claim to fame.
Since 2011, George Wilson and his twin sons have presented Bach at the Canongate.
Putney Light Operatic Society are bringing a famous English haunting back from the dead with their new musical The Poltergeist of Cock Lane, composed by Steven Geraghty and written…
The Amish Project (Ensemble Version), a story of grace and healing, is a fictionalized account of the shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2006.
Back in the 1960s there were seven of these mobile cinemas made for the Ministry of Technology.
After huge success in China, highly popular Oxygen Media brings Yayapa, a show for children to learn Chinese history and culture, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Cockroaches is an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s play Flight, a story of five refugees fleeing the civil war and the Soviet regime in 1920.
The Sneeze is a collection of hilarious short plays by the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn.
One hundred years of blues, one hour to play it.
Join an expert local guide for a historical walking tour around Edinburgh’s world-famous Old Town.
On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history and blessed with beauty.
Who is the Real Sherlock Holmes? Take a step back in time to Victorian Edinburgh, and join our very own Holmes on a magical walking tour to discover the hidden history and forgotte…
Prolific children’s author, conservationist, believer in fairies – Angela Brazil was a complicated and determined woman with a tendency to write her personal life into her book…
A light-hearted lecture on the German Renaissance’s coolest dude, Albrecht Dürer.
Why do they fire a massive canon every day at lunchtime? How many pubs are named after brutal murderers? How did the Stone of Destiny end up back where it never belonged in the fir…
A hundred years ago or yesterday? Strange and distant events or strangely familiar? Feminism, art, war, pop music, revolution, crime fiction, independence, racial violence, crazy p…
‘I thought they wanted soldiers.
Football wasn’t always a game for the masses.
‘Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
Be led by a gruesome character from Edinburgh’s dark past around some old streets and wynds, then take a visit down into our Underground Vaults.
Kings or Queens? Thinkers or Doers? Rogues or Heroes? This exciting exhibition showcases the lives of some of the most famous and infamous Scots, told through unique treasures from…
On this guided walking tour of Edinburgh, an expert guide will show you all the city has to offer.
Originally opened in 1763, St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland.
Join a local guide for this fun and informative walk through 900 years of Edinburgh’s history.
One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival, Enduring Eye honours the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance expedition of 1914-1917…
This major exhibition tells the real story of the rise and fall of the Jacobites.
Some people might think
that setting the Battle of Stalingrad to Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time is
somewhat trivialising the matter.
umbrella for a sword, a lamp as a tree and a wooden spoon as a nun, are just a
few examples for the smart and innovative use of objects in The Tale of the
Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge in 1978.
The cramped prison cell under Brighton’s Town Hall once more plays host to 368 Theatre Company’s trilogy of jail-based plays, which includes the sad tale of Olive and Bosi…
In a time of pre-war political tension, gone are the days of
frothy fashion journalism for Pamela More, a feisty and glamorous Times
journalist who stubbornly prioritises haute-c…
Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history.
Forget lovable rogues and artful dodgers, this uncomfortable monologue tells the true story of a London awash with criminal gangs in the interwar years.
In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane.
An Arab, a Jew, and a new immigrant take a voyage into memory, dramatising their personal stories.
In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique.
Fusing stand-up, cabaret and live documentary, we go on a journey through that most deceptively fascinating of subjects - debt!
With comedy vignettes (laughs), appearances from …
“I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside.
Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs).
Notorious performer Hypnotique tells her personal story about the world’s first electronic instrument (from 1920s Russia) and it’s influence on music today – including Led Zepp…
Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground.
The award-winning true story of the lives of the best-loved comedy duo of all-time.
Come and take a look around our beautiful church.
A social history of Brighton & Hove’s largest taxi company, formed by a group of drivers in 1936 using a brand new concept which changed the taxi industry all over England, spreadi…
Plunge into tales of the legendary Welsh bard Taliesin.
In the era of Serial, Making a Murderer and Casting JonBenet, it can be easy to forget that the public’s taste for true crime is not a particularly modern phenomenon.
New writing about the Great War, this poignant, funny play follows the story of innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteer their services to Britain after Kitchener’s call to arms…
Before World War One most immigrants to Brighton were French and German speakers from the Continent.
Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history.
Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W.
Exclusive after hours tours, just on offer as part of the Brighton Fringe in May.
These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe.
Guided tours of this magnificent Grade I* listed church - one of the finest Victorian churches in the country.
Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis; hot divisive topics of debate that have been blamed for Brexit, Trump, rise of hate crimes in the past year.
Brighton’s most popular 90 minute traditional city walking tour.
Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism.
London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner city decline.
A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton’s most haunted quarter.
Join John George Haigh in his cell, the night before he is hanged in 1949.
Inspiring solo play about Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, passionate, Edwardian human rights activist.
Award-nominated sell-out hit HIP returns as an immersive journey through the streets of 1970s Brighton.
Soviet Russia, 1937.
A fact-filled walk celebrating our unique city.
Close to the city centre lies the Victorian suburb of Clifton Hill and Montpelier; a quiet architecturally interesting community with its own geological, geographical and social hi…
Much has been said and written about gin but Dorothy Parker probably uttered the most appropriate for this event.
There have been by my count no less than six adaptations of Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, yet the China Anhui Opera Institute’s offering may be the most unusual.
We encounter the Workcenter’s deepening of an exploration of the human being in action, as Mr Richards guides us through the phases of the Workcenter’s performing arts research…
Organist David Hamilton presents a programme including Bach’s Sei gegrüsset variations and the mighty Passacaglia.
This tour covers both the Old Town and the New Town, and includes a wide breadth of history about Edinburgh.
A splendidly constructed World War Two piece, that struggles to be heard.
Performed by a company of young actors, this is a credible adaptation of Shakespeare’s rarely performed King John that revels in the high stakes of its historical narrative.
Carla Pollastrelli will carry the public through an outline of Jerzy Grotowski’s creative biography with a specific focus on the theatrical phase he carried out between 1959 and …
“Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions.
Huddled underground in a nuclear bunker, Three Men in a Boot attempt to recreate history as best they can whilst staving off hunger (and potentially another Ice Age).
In this encounter, Carla Pollastrelli, co-director of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro from 1993 to 2012, will introduce and present the video documentation of Akropolis, an outstanding…
Brundibar is an opera for children performed by children.
Come and meet Holly Bidgood, author of The Eagle and The Oystercatcher.
100 years ago Nurse Edith Cavell was shot for assisting allied soldiers out of Belgium.
After a sold out run in London, Who’s the Umpire is the Edinburgh debut of London based Theatre company, Omnifolk.
This tense thriller presents the true story of one of the greatest media scandals in British history – the publication of Andrew Morton’s book about Diana, Princess of Wales, whi…
Berlin, 1928 – a fun-loving young American actress and a straight-laced German film director come together to make a classic of the silent screen, Pandora’s Box.
One actress in an authentic, theatrical and compelling performance that breathes life into long-forgotten African-American women’s voices from slave narratives, personal letters,…
Born 400 years ago, Weckmann was regarded as one of the greatest organists of his generation. David Hamilton performs his complete organ works in two parts with an interval.
If you want to see a show that constructs John Knox as a talking point for oversimplified political views, may I suggest Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off? It’s not on…
James VII (reigned 1685-8), Scotland’s last Catholic king, was overthrown by his son-in-law William of Orange in the revolution of 1688-9.
In this one-performer play by writer Donald Smith, actor Robin Thomson plays King James – at once James VI of Scotland and James I of England.
George Orwell once wrote a fairy tale in order to avoid accusations of criticising reality.
The Life of St Margaret provides a unique insight into late 11th-century Scotland and her profound influence on her husband and his kingdom.
In Paul Duncan McGarrity’s eighth show at the Fringe, Ask An Archaeologist, interesting and funny are blended to create a must see stand-up at the heart of the Free Fringe Festiv…
Call Mr Robeson is Tayo Aluko’s tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable singers in terms of looks and voice.
Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1883 – home to the young Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables, and to four young spinsters of Scottish, Irish and English descent.
Directed by Patrick Sandford.
WWI stories, songs, poems, humour and visuals by performers aged 14-70.
Between the 1830s and 1920s over 1.
Adolph Eichmann never personally killed anyone, but he was hanged in 1962, having been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Early archaeological enthusiasts at Carthage were drawn in search of the city of Dido and Hannibal.
Emerging in a Grecian breastplate of gold, to a poetic backdrop of Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est the stage is seemingly set for the presentation of a man whose view of hims…
1513, Flodden Field: among the dead lay Scotland’s most popular Stewart King and the flower of her nobility.
The genius of the Romantic poets was their ability to bring emotion to the forefront in a world where faux-rationality reigned.
Lest We Forget is a play centered on the human cost of World War One directly in its aftermath.
Ladies in Waiting, written by and starring James Cougar Canfield as the lascivious and misogynistic King Henry VIII, is a steamy, feminist critique of the most notorious of England…
One World Actors Centre’s fringe production of James Goldman’s historical black comedy The Lion in Winter is a valiant attempt to bring the acclaimed play to the festival stage…
A premiering play based on the life of the 19th-century Indian soldier Turrebaz Khan who rebelled for his country’s freedom.
The Confederate States of America lost its quest for political independence in 1865, but its symbol, the Confederate flag, lived on, long after the nation it represented cease to e…
International theatre has always been a key component of Edinburgh Fringe.
Waldorf Wayfarers – Directed by Australian composer Judith Clingan, 20 students and teachers from Waldorf or Steiner schools in Australia and Taiwan will give an hour’s program…
Tristram Shandy’s sizzling autobiography, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, has just hit the shelves and the author has announced a nation-wide tour: a theatrica…
The image of a twisted spindly shadow with long crooked fingers, along with pointy ears and even pointier fangs ascending the stairs, is one that is burned into the imaginations an…
Come to the College’s spectacular hall to be shocked by our seventh Fringe event.
‘We are more than bodies to be fed to a machine.
Paul Robeson is a world-famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner.
Following her third year of successful, sell-out shows, Ann Treherne, Chairman of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, talks about this famous man of literature – and spiritualism!…
The self-empowerment of interesting American women from history is a dramatic premise that instantly arrests your attention.
The intimate SpaceTriplex Studio, tucked underground beneath Edinburgh’s cosmopolitan centre, is an appropriate home-from-home for Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada.
A mind reading show based on the true story of the Cold War’s psychic spies.
A collection of witty, intelligent and highly entertaining plays written for and by members of the Actresses Franchise League.
In their sixth appearance at the Fringe, George, Adam and Tom Wilson have borrowed the title of Wilfred Meller’s book for a programme which will include music for organ, solo violi…
This exhibition within the magnificent Parliament Hall gives a fascinating insight into the history, traditions and ceremonies of the home of Scotland’s Supreme Courts.
History meets hilarity as stand-up comedians bring the past to life with punchlines.
New late night tour experience offering a unique insight into Edinburgh’s tumultuous yet fascinating past with witches and witchcraft, telling stories of its infamous accomplices a…
Join a trained festival guide for a historical walking tour around Edinburgh’s world-famous Old Town.
The Celts exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland is well worth a visit.
‘Ireland’s hottest comedian’ (OneWorldChronicle.
Notorious performer Hypnotique tells her personal story about the world’s first electronic instrument (from 1920s Russia) and its influence on music today – including Led Zeppe…
Meet the real edgy Bard.
The queen who ruled a kingdom (and an empire) as you’ve never dared think of her before.
What is a map? The National Library of Scotland’s free exhibition You Are Here asks that question, taking you on a cartographic journey from Edinburgh to the ends of the earth.
Join a fun and informative small group tour through Edinburgh’s historic city centre, led by a knowledgeable and experienced local guide.
Character comedian Nick Hall brings a one-man Cold War thriller to Brighton.
Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1883 - home to L.
Opening in 1943 Rome, Gran Consiglio is
set with The Grand Council of Fascism meeting to discuss the deposition of
Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for those that could never go home.
It’s a dangerous move to end your fringe show with a cover of Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is? as you run the risk of audiences leaving with that very question ringing in…
Izzard, Brand, Hardee - comedian Charmian’s had steaming hot cuppas with them all.
Preston Manor opens its doors and gardens for a pick-and-mix day showcasing the wider attractions of one of Brighton’s uniquely historic and picturesque city villages.
A one-man drama about Indian chief, Crazy Horse that captures the high adventure of the Sioux Wars of the Wild West.
Award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin takes you on a journey through Brixton urban legends, anecdotes and observations, from the failed Viking Invasion of 885AD, the Victorian Era …
I should have known from the start.
Why is Brighton the LGBTQ capital of the United Kingdom? That’s the question tour guide Ric Morris poses at the start of Piers & Queers, a queer-historical walking tour that span…
Discover forgotten WW1 stories of Sussex’s Edwardian film and entertainment personalities who were the real life inspiration for ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’ and who were behind the cam…
As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat.
Embassy Court’s time-travelling cocktail bar returns to celebrate this modernist building’s 80th birthday.
“We are sorry to have to tell you that in this country it all began with a bear.
Thoroughly entertaining, cleverly written and immaculately performed.
Argus Angel award winners with brightonirish.
Fresh air, amazing sea views, forgotten histories, architecture and aquatic entertainment.
Written when he was
nearly 70 years old, Arthur Miller’s Broken
Glass, had been in his mind’s development ever since his marriage to
Marilyn Monroe ended shortly before her deat…
Brighton & Hove is a city of contrasts.
Ben Watson’s meet and
greet as we entered the theatre made his audience immediately warm to him.
It is the tenth year of the siege of Troy, the year that Calchas the soothsayer has predicted the city will fall.
Gavin Henderson regales first hand hilarious stories of the many conductors he has worked with: Stokowski, Otto Klemperer, Giulini, Svetlanov, Barbirolli, Sargent
and Rattle among…
Laurel and Hardy are the best-loved comedy duo of all time.
So much history, so little time.
Visit people’s memories of toys and take the opportunity to share your own toy recollections via video, writing, drawing or whatever other media inspires you.
‘The Synagogues of Great Britain’: Dr Sharman Kadish is the Director of Jewish Heritage UK and a research fellow and lecturer at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of …
A unique opportunity to go off the public route and learn about the remarkable history of the world’s oldest operating aquarium.
Heritage bus tour of places of historical Jewish interest in the Brighton & Hove area in connection with the 250th Anniversary, ending with a tour of Middle Street Synagogue.
Fascinating, touching and truly enlightening, this lesbian musical romance tells the story of forgotten Variety stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney.
The concert, which is being held in the synagogue, is in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the first recorded Jewish family who lived in Brighton at 22 East Street.
Frankfurt 1938: Jewish pianist Sol and Aryan violinist Hilda are lovers.
The Clifton Hill and Montpelier area is a charming, inner-city architectural gem that is the essence of Brighton style.
A social history of Brighton and Hove’s largest taxi company, formed by a group of drivers in 1936 using a brand new concept which changed the taxi industry all over England, sprea…
The story of Fr Damien, leper priest and patron saint of outcasts.
Wilful princesses, Music Hall stars, headstrong courtesans, acrobats, entrepreneurs - Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently.
“A fascinating stroll through the city’s association with the occult, packed with detail and entertainingly dodgy conjecture” **** (The Argus).
A walk celebrating all that’s unique, and a little bit weird, about Brighton.
By popular demand! Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world - from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes; campaigners to boundary-shifting e…
A new exhibition from the archive of Brighton photographer, George Douglas.
Brighton’s rich cinema history rediscovered on this acclaimed 90 minute tour.
Setting the evening’s tone from the outset, the audience take their seats while the actors prep onstage, cycling through an exaggerated array of warmup exercises that any perform…
The Cranston Fiddle tells the story of the Cranstons of Haddington – an ordinary family who suffered great loss during the First World War.
Comic and tragic.
This one-woman show presents Nell Gwyn, mistress of King Charles II, as she regales the audience with her lot in life – actor, lover and whore.
1915: in a Northern mining community, Tom lies about his age and, to the sadness of his sweetheart and mother, enlists as a tunneller in France.
A sweet, beguiling Shakespearean romance is skilfully reimagined against the backdrop of the Second World War in Youth Action Theatre (YAT)’s appealing production of All’s Well…
It’s 1941 and millions of women have their loved ones ripped away from them, unsure if they’ll ever meet again.
Author Tessa Dunlop hosts a one-off, revelatory session with three of the extraordinary women who were involved in Britain’s most secret wartime operation and feature in her book…
The Romanovs is not about royalty.
One of the most exciting solo shows of the past decade.
Ever wondered what Jane Austen wrote before Mr Darcy? Ever wanted period drama without the dull bits? You’re in luck! This is Austen without the slow stuff.
Like bagpipes, deep-fried mars bars and kilts, eating porridge is one of those ‘typically’ Scottish clichés that gets bandied about far too often.
There’s niche and then there’s the niche of the niche.
Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy started out as two plays in a year-long project by One World Actors Centre (Kuwait) to produce Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in both English and Arabic.
How far would you go for a cause you believe in? Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the international charity Open Doors – God’s Smuggler is an exciting new play about the jou…
The new Gaelic language play Sequamur, by Donald S Murray, reflects on the life of educationalist William J Gibson, headmaster of the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway between 1894 and…
Texan Kiya Heartwood (Stealin’ Horses, Wishing Chair) is ‘an award-winning American singer/songwriter who writes smart, funny and poignant songs about the famous and not-so-famou…
Uncover the secrets of the dead in this creepy night time tour of Greyfriars, Edinburgh’s most historic graveyard.
This is a play for fans of Greek tragedy and theatre nerds.
Set aboard a convict ship on its way to Australia, Steve Gooch’s stark, hard-hitting drama tells the story of six female convicts on their six-month journey and their determination…
The Tudors and the Stewarts enjoyed a colourful and controversial past, occasionally solicitous but more often a battle of wills involving courtship and conquest.
‘An invaluable body of work that traverses genres and captures untold stories of Kiwi pioneer women’ (NZ Herald, September 2014).
I have seen several performances of Richard III; Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen on film, and Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, but Emily Carding’s portrayal of the king who murders…
The challenge for any writer tackling the well-worn topic of WWII is to find a particular niche or angle which has not previously been given adequate treatment.
Beyond Expectations markets itself as a reworking of the Dickens classic, but this time told from the perspective of the love interest, Estella.
It’s the early 20th Century, and dancing, drugs and violence are rife in London.
A moving multilingual anthology of the First World War, recreated by contemporary poet and playwright, Andy Cargill.
This is immersive theatre.
This show invites us to take a look at life in wartime Britain.
Hosted by Club members Professor David Purdie, retired medical doctor, renowned after dinner speaker and Honorary Professor at IASSH, David Ingram, antiquarian, historian, wit, bon…
For the fourth year, George, described in the Scotsman as ‘a musician of extraordinary flair and sensitivity’ with his twin sons – now aged 13 – will offer insight into Bach’s …
There have been many books, films, documentaries, etc on Mary Stuart, giving us many perceptions of Mary, those involved with her, and incidents in her life.
Take part in the Festival’s longest running show at no charge at all.
Nelson: The Sailors’ Story.
September 11, 2001, started off like any other day at Stuyvesant High School, located only a few blocks from the World Trade Center.
A ridiculous romp through nearly 500 years of American history, as seen and interpreted through hearts and minds of students from Stow Munroe Falls High School, Stow, Ohio.
Recommended by LondonIsFunny.
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, the show follows a jazz musician and civil rights activist called Mena Bordeaux as she undergoes a spiritual cleansing following the untimely d…
Be enlightened, be frightened! A fascinating insight into Edinburgh’s underground city! By Davy the Ghost who founded the very first underground ghost tours in Edinburgh! What co…
This late night special one hour tour takes you on a journey into the darker side of Edinburgh’s underground history.
Meet the pioneers of photography and discover how the Victorian craze for the photograph transformed the way we capture images today and mirrors our own modern day fascination for …
Using the Library’s rich collections of manuscript and printed recipe books, we explore Scotland’s changing relationship with food and drink over the centuries.
New in town? Start your day with a fun and informative walking tour, following a scenic route through Edinburgh’s city centre.
The world-renowned Sandemans Free Tour shows you the best of Edinburgh, with enthusiastic local guides providing tours in English and Spanish every day of the week! Starting on the…
Escape the thunderous thrill of the High Street! Unwind and enjoy tranquillity, inspiring music and stunning architecture in the medieval heart of Edinburgh.
Barbara Graham’s case is a shocking miscarriage of justice and a declaration should be made by the Governor of the State of California to rectify this injustice, which stands to th…
The incredible true story of missing WWII soldier Arthur Robinson by David William Bryan and Sascha Moore (Trashed, 2017).
Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland are bringing their highly acclaimed World War II podcast to the Edinburgh Festival.
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