Those Radio Times

Those Radio Times

Philomusica of Edinburgh presents a programme of classic theme music and signature tunes from the golden age of radio. 

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

This version of Cyrano relocates the infamous nose from 17th-century France to the battlefields of the First World War. 

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

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. 

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

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. 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

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… 

Amorous Tales of Shakespeare

Amorous Tales of Shakespeare

Who was Shakespeare’s true love? Anne Hathaway who seduced the young Will. 

Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

Judy Garland is an icon, loved as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. 

A Toast to Prohibition

A Toast to Prohibition

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition with flappers, gin fizz and a cabaret concert featuring lost speakeasy songs. 

Royal Mile Tours

Royal Mile Tours

Join our expert guides for a free walk around the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. 

He'd Murder Me

He'd Murder Me

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 1977. 

Arctic Convoy: a Young Woman's Wartime Journey

Arctic Convoy: a Young Woman's Wartime Journey

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. 

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

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 … 

Fleas and Cheese: The Great Plague and Fire Show

Fleas and Cheese: The Great Plague and Fire Show

Enjoy a plaguey, fiery hour in this informative and interactive one-man show for history-loving kids. 

By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

We find Lila, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928. 

Tales from the City Below

Tales from the City Below

There have always been legends of a city below the pavements of Edinburgh. 

In Loyal Company

In Loyal Company

After total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2018 and 2019, In Loyal Company returns in a bigger venue for 2020. 

The Wee Museum of Memory

The Wee Museum of Memory

A unique hands-on reminiscence museum in a shopping centre with an exhibition full of memories. 

Architecture Tour of Dean Village

Architecture Tour of Dean Village

A guided walk in a lush, green valley with a focus on key Scottish architectural features. 

Boswell

Boswell

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… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – If It Chance

Sounds of St Cecilia's – If It Chance

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 Shelley… 

Shadow of the Rose

Shadow of the Rose

A new play by John Knowles written for the students of the PQA. Based on historical transcripts from the trials of The White Rose Group in Germany 1943 and letters from those associated with the group, this is a timely reminder of the sacrifice made in the face of fascism. 

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak's Example

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. David Greig’s play tells of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and writer who championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Concert

At the turn of the 16th century, the first music ever to be printed was published by Ottaviano Petrucci in Venice. Petrucci printed some of the most popular chansons from across Europe by the most famous composers of the day, including Josquin des Prez, Alexander Agricola and Henrich Isaac, and served as inspiration for the first printed lute books by Francesco Spinacino… 

McNaughton

McNaughton

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 Robert Peel… 

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

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 of the Western World (1907) and The Plough and the Stars (1926)… 

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters as they navigate the world of love, loss and society. We travel with them as they explore the value of sense – pure logic – and sensibility – pure emotion… 

Cadaver Synod

Cadaver Synod

The Pope makes legal history having his predecessor exhumed and put on trial. The charges seem petty but powerful forces are demanding this act of political theatre. To the Roman people it is nothing more than a sacrilegious and shallow PR stunt; one fated to backfire when the mob’s sense of propriety is ignored… 

Lest You Forget

Lest You Forget

London, 1946. The skies have fallen. Inside a convalescent home, Oscar is recovering from the ashes, a certain Georgia on his mind. A dreamlike blend of music, nostalgia and the ghosts we should have given up, Lest You Forget is a jazz-infused requiem, dedicated to the lives we could have lived if it was all within our control… 

Brandy

Brandy

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… 

Viol Rackett Show

Viol Rackett Show

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 to the Renaissance… 

In Conversation with... Tom Devine

In Conversation with... Tom Devine

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 industry and society since the 1700s, the transformation of rural Scotland, the Great Highland Famine, the impact of the Irish Famine on Scotland and Scotland’s tobacco lords… 

Hetaira: A Mythic Cabaret

Hetaira: A Mythic Cabaret

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… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Masters of the Concerto

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Masters of the Concerto

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 genre: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann and Corelli… 

Wingmen

Wingmen

A world premiere, Wingmen explores how different people react to overwhelming danger. Set in WWII, three airmen waiting for their thirteenth mission visit a local dance where, amongst the locals, their insecurities come to the fore… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Handel Revenged

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Handel Revenged

Handel was famous for making unauthorised quotations of musical material from other composers in his own works. Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770) responded by “improving” Handel’s Eight Great Suites and making revisions to the great master’s works. 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

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… 

Jamie Dalgleish: Humans Are Evil

Jamie Dalgleish: Humans Are Evil

A history show unearthing the most shocking events, actions and characters throughout our past. Four separate shows rotating every day, with three mind-blowing subjects each, covering relatively lesser-known genocides, rebellions, persecution, battles and human morality tales… 

It Just So Happened – An Alternative History Show

It Just So Happened – An Alternative History Show

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… 

More Fool You: Part II

More Fool You: Part II

On a pale horse: in 1547, King Henry VIII is dead, and his court is reeling from the news. Queens, ministers and rascals grieve in their own special way. Meanwhile, someone has returned and something sinister takes root at the heart of Whitehall Palace… 

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Minstrels and Monarchs

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Minstrels and Monarchs

Music of great halls, cathedrals and servants’ quarters is brought to life by the group who have been delighting Fringe audiences since 1973. A dozen musicians play a huge range of period instruments including shawms, cornetts, sackbuts, nakers, crumhorns, viols, fiddles, recorders, bells, bagpipes, rackets and a serpent… 

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

From labour to rest… The turn of a season… For three days each year, a harvest moon illuminates the diverse landscapes and cultures that comprise Europe, laying bare the passions, joys and tribulations of this challenging season… 

Shiver

Shiver

Over the cobbles of a rich capital – a London alight with the promise of change – resourceful Alice lands herself a position with a family of self-proclaimed radicals. Big bellies, glittering gatherings and perspiration ensue… 

Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

England, 1585. A young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newly-wed wife, Anne. However, something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words that none, other than he, is able to find… 

Song Over Scotland

Song Over Scotland

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. For a thousand years Scotland’s history and music has intertwined the Norse of the Northern Isles, the Gaelic of the Highlands and Islands, plus Anglo-Saxon traditions into a heritage unique in Europe… 

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

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. A shoe machinist by trade, lifelong socialist and mother of six, Alice Hawkins formed her city suffragette branch in 1907 following imprisonment in Holloway jail… 

News@1066

[email protected]

Set in a TV studio, [email protected] puts history straight! Roving reporters get to the bottom of history’s biggest stories. Fast-moving and wacky, this one-woman comic show races across time from one breaking story to the next! Historical fact mixes with modern technology – screen, sound effects and music as anchorwoman Alice Roberts interviews live celebs from the past (spoilers: Anne Boleyn in a life jacket; Richard III’s parking fine)… 

Homer to Hip Hop: A History of Spoken Word

Homer to Hip Hop: A History of Spoken Word

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. From the oral tradition to the Edinburgh Fringe, from Virgil to Biggy Smalls, meet the poetic movements that have shaped history… 

More Fool You: Part I

More Fool You: Part I

Part I: fool me once. An artifact is discovered in 2020 which has extraordinary ramifications for Tudor history. Meet Will Somers, King Henry VIII’s loyal court jester, or fool if you will… 

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

From its start, the Piccolo Teatro Nexonnais has desired to establish theatre plays whose content evokes deeper aspects of the human comedy. The poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 19th century is an almost cinema-topographic text among English romantic poetry of the time… 

Architecture Tour of New Town

Architecture Tour of New Town

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… 

Talk

Talk

Bethlem Royal Hospital, 1854. The criminal wing for the insane. Two doctors set out to reform patient treatment. They prefer conversation over punishment; they offer care, rather than restraint… 

Enigma

Enigma

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 … 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Concert

This year’s Shackleton memorial concert, featuring horn player Andy Saunders playing the Courtois horn from circa 1840. The programme will include the Horn Trio by Brahms. This concert is generously sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, in memory of Sir Nicholas Shackleton. 

The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle

The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle

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. Imagine timeless tapestries, ornate silverware, but also a world of clandestine laboratories, hidden passages and secret rooms… 

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

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 of the Western World (1907) and The Plough and the Stars (1926)… 

In Loyal Company

In Loyal Company

Bombs are falling on Liverpool. 

McNaughton

McNaughton

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 Robert Peel… 

Think Global, Act Local

Think Global, Act Local

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 environmentalist who coined the phrase ‘think global, act local’… 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Life after war is quiet and eerie. Returning home, Franz Woyzeck, a young soldier, attempts to maintain his grip on reality whilst providing for his lover and illegitimate son. Whitgift Theatre Company have reimagined Buchner’s classic European play from his original manuscripts and brought them squarely into 21st-century Europe where division and fragmentation rule, nothing is as it seems and nobody can be trusted. 

Extracts from 1936 by Tom McNab

Extracts from 1936 by Tom McNab

Tom McNab, technical adviser on Chariots of Fire, delivers extracts from his play 1936 using extensive coverage of Riefenstahl’s Olympia film. The play focuses on Germany hosting the 1936 Olympics, America’s reaction and Jesse Owens. 

The Making of Chariots of Fire

The Making of Chariots of Fire

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. 

A War of Two Halves

A War of Two Halves

2018 Fringe sell-out. ‘Devastating emotion’ ***** (AllEdinburghTheatre.com). ‘Evocative and perfectly pitched’ **** (Scotsman). ‘I defy you not to have a lump in your throat at the end of the performance’ **** (TheEdinburghReporter… 

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

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… 

Highlight Tours of St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

Highlight Tours of St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

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 renowned musical instrument collection… 

History Lovers Old Town Tour with a Qualified Historian!

History Lovers Old Town Tour with a Qualified Historian!

Enjoy a relaxed walk through the historic Old Town with a bona fide Scottish Historian. Your guide, Gains Murdoch, is a friendly young man with a PhD in Scottish History! In his company, you’ll see and learn about many of the Old Town’s best kept secrets… 

Tales of the Condemned

Tales of the Condemned

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. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction as the tales are told of Scotland’s busiest witch, the witch in the bell tower, the witch that killed a cow, the Lady of Lawers and the last witch standing… 

Sherlock's Challenge

Sherlock's Challenge

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 game takes an average of 2… 

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

The boy I love is up in the gallery. And I can’t even get a seat in the crowd. How did a music hall sweetheart and pantomime star end up nothing more than a small blue plaque in Islington? Let Nelly Power take you through the highs and lows of a life lived in theatre… 

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

On a cold, blustery evening in 1945, the playwright’s grandmother, June, answers the door to an ill-fated telegram delivery. The icy contents prompt June to lock herself in an attic, conjuring a three-handed card game with her husband, Harry, and brother-in-law, Francis, both infantrymen fighting overseas in the waning days of World War II… 

The Witch of Wall Street

The Witch of Wall Street

Financier? Miser? Witch? A dry-witted tale about the life of Hetty Green, once America’s richest woman. From selling her fine dresses to buy government bonds through her rise to dominance in the macho world of Wall Street, this story charts the drama and betrayal which convinced Hetty that money was the only thing worth holding onto… 

Renaissance Choral Music from Scotland and England

Renaissance Choral Music from Scotland and England

The Byrd International Singers, directed by Markdavin Obenza, participates in an annual Renaissance course offered by the Byrd Ensemble (US). The 20-strong choir will perform Renaissance music from Scotland and England… 

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2018! ‘Absolutely phenomenal, sensitively portrayed with painstaking accuracy’ (BroadwayBaby.com, 2017). Chamberlain in the run-up to his declaration of war, includes popular songs of WWII… 

Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux

Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux

France. 1918. The Allies are about to lose the war. A deadly night assault led by the Australian troops of the 15th Brigade could swing the balance. Follow the journey of George Stevenson through the nightmarish horrors of the Western Front trenches… 

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

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 the moon… 

The Ballad of Mulan

The Ballad of Mulan

A woman, a warrior, a 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 emperors army… 

The Battle of Kuamo'o

The Battle of Kuamo'o

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 Liholiho, the young king, who wanted to part from the old and lead his people into the modern world… 

The Tartan Pimpernel

The Tartan Pimpernel

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. He fled Paris and reached southern France where he refused the chance of safe passage on the last ship bound for the UK and fled to Marseille instead… 

Beyond Glory

Beyond Glory

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’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, told by one actor… 

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Booking is essential for this sell-out tour. Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh’s Old Town: behind historic buildings find the surprising number of gardens and green nooks and crannies, all with a story to tell… 

Royal Mile Tours

Royal Mile Tours

Join our expert guides for a free walk around the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. We’ll show you hidden corners of this fascinating district: the closes and courtyards, nooks and crannies – places you might never discover on your own… 

Clouds

Clouds

After their successful run of Greyhounds in 2018, Time & Again return with Edwardian epic, Clouds! The year is 1913 and women are rising up. 

Kemp's Jig

Kemp's Jig

Steve Taylor is Will Kemp – celebrity comedian and superstar of the Elizabethan stage. Kemp has created many of Shakespeare’s comic roles. But there is something rotten in the state of the relationship between writer and performer… 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

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 secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and history… 

A Game of Death and Chance

A Game of Death and Chance

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. You’ll hear tales spanning from the Union of the Crowns in 1603 to the Act of Union in 1707… 

An Audience with... That Never Was, but Is 'An Audience with... Jimmy Whobblers' (with Jimmy Whobblers)

An Audience with... That Never Was, but Is 'An Audience with... Jimmy Whobblers' (with Jimmy Whobblers)

Showbiz stalwart and Wheezing Dragon Best Newcomer (1980, 1982), Whobblers returns for one last debut show. Using staggeringly unrealistic 3D-holographic technology, this macabre cash-grab features stories about childhood, rubbing shoulders with the greats and his notorious death in 2008… 

Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland

Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland

This exhibition reveals the stories of prisoner-patients held in the Criminal Lunatic Department in Perth. For centuries mental illness and impairment has touched the lives of people regardless of background, sex or circumstance… 

Children's Underground Ghost Show

Children's Underground Ghost Show

Help us to find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground vaults. Join mingin’ Annie from Edinburgh’s past and explore what it is like to have lived underground for 400 years! Full of disgusting stories and anecdotes that will make you laugh and cringe, along with an interactive haunt as a ghost takes you around our underground vaults! Gristly ghostly fun for all! This is for brave children that dare to descend… 

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

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 in which he lived and died… 

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

Dramatic Highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s Highland idyll at Balmoral, consider the origins of these ideas and explore how they were used to represent Scotland around the world… 

Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

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. You’ll learn everything you need to know about Edinburgh and everything you didn’t want to know about Daniel! ‘A star definitely on the rise at the moment with material totally on the pulse… 

Taboo

Taboo

A fictitious talk show with a live audience, featuring a guest from the afterlife. Impossible? Maybe exactly as impossible as the image of the ideal woman, a topic that the play seeks to address… 

Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Old Town Historical Walking Tour

This tour will take you into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, off the tourist trail. From hidden Victorian gardens to centuries-old buildings with plenty of story attached… 

John Rattray and the Original Rules of Golf

John Rattray and the Original Rules of Golf

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 and balls from 1776 to today… 

Made in Scotland

Made in Scotland

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 to the popular Orkney chair… 

A Free Festival Friendly Walking Tour

A Free Festival Friendly Walking Tour

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 enjoy. 

Architecture Tour of Dean Village

Architecture Tour of Dean Village

2018 sell-out; a small group walk in a green valley with a focus on key Scottish architectural features. Stroll the lush banks of the Water of Leith to marvel at the goddess Hygiea within a neoclassical mineral water temple, then take in the 1830s stonework of the Dean Bridge designed by Telford… 

Daniel Downie: Hour of Scotland

Daniel Downie: Hour of Scotland

‘The problem with Scotland is that it’s full of Scots’ (Edward Longshanks, Braveheart). This quote from big Ed Longshanks is the only accurate thing in Braveheart. Scottish comedian Daniel Downie takes an irreverent look at Scotland’s history, people, culture, language and the f*cking weather – plus plenty of jobby jokes… 

Henry Box Brown

Henry Box Brown

2018 Best Musical nominee (MusicalTheatreReview.com). Amazing fusion of R’n’B and gospel telling the unmissable true tale of an 1850s Virginia slave who nails himself to freedom in a box… 

Eleanor's Story: Home is the Stranger

Eleanor's Story: Home is the Stranger

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. Eleanor managed to survive WWII as an enemy alien in Nazi Berlin, but upon her long-awaited return to the US, she sorrowfully discovers that her beloved America is now foreign to her… 

In Loyal Company

In Loyal Company

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 acclaim... 

Year Without Summer

Year Without Summer

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 of its credibility... 

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns is about as Scottish as tartan and the trinity. Sit down for a delicious plate of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties while listening to the well-sung poetry of Burns... 

Who Will Separate Us?

Who Will Separate Us?

A true story set in a small town in Ireland between 1899 and 1916. A story of love, life war and tragedy. A riveting and shocking true story. Little is known of the men from Ireland who went to the Western Front in 1914 to fight for Britain... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Les Goûts Réunis

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Les Goûts Réunis

The French and Italian styles compared and contrasted by Francois Couperin, JS Bach and Telemann. Anthony Robson and Gerry McDonald (oboe and recorder) and John Kitchen playing the 1755 Baillon Harpsichord. 

News@1066

[email protected]

Set in a TV studio, [email protected] puts history straight! Roving reporters get to the bottom of history's biggest stories. Fast-moving and wacky, this one-woman comic show races from one breaking story to the next! Historical fact mixes with modern technology – screen, sound effects and music as anchorwoman Alice Roberts interviews live celebs from the past... 

Phamie and the Prof

Phamie and the Prof

International performing artist Phamie Gow and Enlightenment scholar Professor David Purdie collaborate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time. Phamie Gow’s diverse range of musical talents and collaborations with other artists has brought a strong new breadth of undeniable talent to both classical and Celtic crossover music... 

A Man's a Man

A Man's a Man

I was unsure what to expect from this performance, but "a musical about Robert Burns" already had my interest piqued. What I actually experienced was a musical extravaganza! A beautifully written, innovative script, with ground breaking renditions of Burns works put to music... 

The Last Burrah Sahibs

The Last Burrah Sahibs

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 Hooghly river in 20th century Bengal – when it was still possible to walk down Calcutta streets on a Saturday and hear only Scottish accents... 

Fast

Fast

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events... 

A World Beyond Man

A World Beyond Man

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. After almost two years trapped in the ice, navigator Valerian Albanov and 13 men decided to trek 235 miles across the ice floes in the hope of being rescued... 

Fast

Fast

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events... 

Love on Blue Canvas, 1890

Love on Blue Canvas, 1890

Three lovers. One engagement portrait. Someone is out of the picture. Two hundred years later, a story remains. Twisted by time, the portrait becomes an object of fascination to the people who see it – but not for the right reasons... 

In Their Footsteps

In Their Footsteps

Over 50 years ago, thousands of young American women went to Vietnam to serve their country during the war. Infinite Variety Productions interviewed five of these women; two military officers, three civilian employees, all volunteers... 

Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther

Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther

In the beginning was the Word, but I honestly don’t know which word to begin with when trying to describe this production. It is epic in scope, travelling from Germany to Rome and covering the sixty two years from Martin Luther’s birth to his death, yet intimate at the same time, with a cast of five taking on roles from Pope Leo X to the Devil himself... 

Sounds of St Cecilias – Time Stands Still

Sounds of St Cecilias – Time Stands Still

Music by 17th-century composer John Dowland for lute, soprano and viol. Lutenist Gordon Ferries, playing a copy of 1693 Sixtus Rauwold lute made by Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, is joined by soprano Carla Chiappa and violist Mark Summers. 

Bach: Young at Heart

Bach: Young at Heart

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, der du bist der helle Tag... 

The Anglican Tradition of Poetry

The Anglican Tradition of Poetry

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 Bible, but a wealth of beautiful poems, hymns and anthems by many of the greatest names in English poetry... 

She-Wolves

She-Wolves

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 different pre-Elizabethan English queens... 

Schütz: Resurrection History

Schütz: Resurrection History

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 Venice with Giovanni Gabrieli... 

There Was a Soldier...

There Was a Soldier...

There Was a Soldier... is a compelling tribute to the people of Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond, during WWI, and to Bangour (Edinburgh's War Hospital). OpenCast tell through music, poetry, slides and humour, the story of young men who enlisted with great enthusiasm to defend their country... 

Fallen Fruit

Fallen Fruit

Two Destination Language are encouraging audiences to see the personal narrative behind history with their performance Fallen Fruit. Set in 1989 at the fall of the Berlin Wall, Katherina Radeva presents two perspectives on this life-changing moment... 

Princes Street Gardens: A Drama in Time

Princes Street Gardens: A Drama in Time

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 abused them... 

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

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 underbelly that lurks just beneath the surface... 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves

The original show, performed for the first time in 10 years. Turn up early, sell-out expected. 

Queen of the Air

Queen of the Air

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. In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic... 

Loyalty

Loyalty

A war hero, a statesman, a husband, Alexei Petro had everything… to lose. In one conversation his whole life is placed on a knife edge when his wife Oksana has a special request. The whispered horrors of Stalin’s Russia come to light at the dinner table as Alexei learns you can never truly outrun the past... 

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

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 and Vote exhibition, her great-grandson Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice's suffrage campaign over a 100 years ago... 

Conchies!

Conchies!

Hundreds of thousands marched for peace but when war came, only a few dared to be different. Conchies tells the story of WWII conscientious objectors who refused to fight. Instead they strove to create a community where they could put into practice their beliefs in co-operation and nonviolence while the rest of humanity was smashing itself to bits... 

Edinburgh in the Shadows

Edinburgh in the Shadows

'A collection of... lesser known and thoroughly dark Edinburgh stories. Highly recommended...' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). Beattie and Scratchmann are back with their hugely successful historical spoken word show... 

Fast

Fast

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events... 

The Edinburgh Festival on Film

The Edinburgh Festival on Film

We're hosting drop-in screenings of Festival in Edinburgh (1955) and Edinburgh on Parade (1970). Watch these fascinating records of previous Edinburgh festivals from Scotland’s Moving Image Archive... 

Dancing With Mrs Murphy

Dancing With Mrs Murphy

Citadel Arts Group present Dancing with Mrs Murphy, an edgy new play by Vincent Maguire, directed by Mark Kydd. Rose Murphy, an unmarried mother, escaped Ireland before WWII. In 1956 the Suez Crisis signals the end of the British Empire... 

Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities)

Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities)

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 uncover the true story of conjoined twins Millie-Christine McKoy, 19th-century African Americans, former slaves and freak-show celebrities... 

Annie Brassey

Annie Brassey

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

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Viol Rackett Show

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Viol Rackett Show

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 Renaissance... 

Haydn: Seven Last Words

Haydn: Seven Last Words

The Edinburgh Quartet, founded in 1960, is one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles. In 2018, the Quartet appointed the internationally-acclaimed musician Tijmen Huisingh as its new leader and first violin... 

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

A dramatic representation of the life of Adam Smith. His friends, his enemies and the person who shaped his life, his mother, Margaret Smith. The play demonstrates how Adam Smith has been interpreted through the ages and why he is relevant to the present time... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – From Virgin to Queen

Sounds of St Cecilia's – From Virgin to Queen

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, using three appropriate instruments* from the museum collection... 

I, Sniper

I, Sniper

I Sniper, appropriately enough, starts with a bang. A group of Red Army soldiers march on stage as commands are barked at them in Russian, culminating in a chorus of ‘The Red Army is the Strongest’... 

My Name Is Dorothy

My Name Is Dorothy

The first point to make clear is that My Name is Dorothy has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It does have everything to do with the story of Dorothy Lawrence, who is far less famous, if not virtually unknown... 

Kono: Song Cycle of a New Town

Kono: Song Cycle of a New Town

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 pure-voiced Pakeha wife... 

Chamberlain... Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain... Peace in Our Time

'Leeson in the title role is absolutely phenomenal. His performance showed painstaking accuracy and research, particularly when Chamberlain finally recorded his speech. He sensitively depicted a man battered and broken by his mistakes, which made for a powerful portrait... 

King John

King John

Direct from the USA, the defending three-time National Shakespearean Acting Champions present Shakespeare’s rarely done history, King John. This heart-pounding 90 minute experience will keep you on your toes... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay... 

A Short, Sharp History of the Olympic Games

A Short, Sharp History of the Olympic Games

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 and community hub in Edinburgh... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero, but did he play the villain? In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set amongst the turmoil of post-war Italy, we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale to explore the politics of prejudice... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Memorial Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Memorial Concert

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, on the 1763 Hass clavichord and the 1769 Taskin harpsichord*... 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

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 of spiritualism! 

Wars of the Roses – The Last Plantagenet

Wars of the Roses – The Last Plantagenet

Explore how the Wars of the Roses still has relevance today. Although more Channel 4 than BBC Four, Richard knows his history and can trot out the facts, but his kids have other ideas... 

The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle

The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, hidden away at the end of a winding driveway, lies one of Edinburgh's secret treasures – Lauriston Castle. Imagine timeless tapestries, ornate silverware, but also a world of clandestine laboratories, hidden passages and secret rooms... 

Greyhounds

Greyhounds

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 Shakespeare’s Henry V... 

The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe

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. The play delves into history by exploring how the characters deal with dramatic events from 1400 to present day, including child labour, slavery, the plague, wars and exploitation... 

Female Transport

Female Transport

In a cramped cell aboard a ship, six prisoners are being shipped to a life of hard labour. During their six-month voyage, they endure hardship and suffering under the brutish regime of the ship’s crew... 

Outlander and Jacobite Tour

Outlander and Jacobite Tour

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 will be led by Saorsa Fraser, the illegitimate son of the illustrious Lord Lovat! Learn how the great kilt was worn, try on the great kilt (plaid), discover how the broadsword was used in battle, and learn about Jacobite history – the brutal truth... 

Professor Novak Presents: Cabinet – A Victorian Séance

Professor Novak Presents: Cabinet – A Victorian Séance

Past secrets remain hidden, not by the sinister or well-meant, but from fear. Fear of the veil and what lies beyond. Aided by Elizabeth and the Davenport's spirit cabinet, Professor Novak offers an invitation of enlightenment... 

All About Her – Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera

All About Her – Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera

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

The Promise

The Promise

Leningrad, 1942. Three teenagers struggle to survive the savage wartime siege that claimed over two million lives. Through their sufferings, a powerful bond of love is forged between them... 

The Psychic Project

The Psychic Project

Could you be a psychic spy? In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn. Concerned by Russia’s investment in mind control, the CIA began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill... 

Rebustours – Hidden Edinburgh

Rebustours – Hidden Edinburgh

Experience the dark and hidden atmosphere of the Detective Inspector John Rebus books, which are written by bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin. Discover some of the fascinating real locations and feel the history, mystery and humour of this most ancient and modern European capital city... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Memorial Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Memorial Concert

Emily Worthington, clarinettist and musicologist, presents 19th-century chamber music on historical clarinets from the world-class Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection,* accompanied on the fortepiano... 

Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

Excitement! Drama! Romance! And… knitting? A scintillating cabaret, featuring the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France. Bring your knitting (or crochet) and stitch along to these funny, poignant, toe-tapping, needle-clicking tunes... 

Royal Mile Tours

Royal Mile Tours

Join our expert guides for a free walk around the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. We'll show you the hidden corners of this fascinating district – the closes and courtyards, and nooks and crannies – places you might never discover on your own... 

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance, heartbreak, hope and love. They lived lives of drama and passion. This impossible concert, featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist Melanie Gall, relives the adventure and inspiration of their lives and music... 

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

One hundred years of blues, 60 minutes to play it. Blues! plays the songs and tells the stories of the artists that redefined popular music around the world. The show features a 12-piece line-up of acclaimed Edinburgh rhythm and blues band The Blueswater, playing an all-new set of songs... 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history, and blessed with beauty. We will bring the past and its people vividly to life... 

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

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. Chiaroscuro tells the story of both Winton’s remarkable and selfless act of heroism and the extraordinary journey of one particular group of children he saved. 

The Cloak and Dagger Show

The Cloak and Dagger Show

Dive into the horrors of history in our immersive walking tour and show. Explore the darker side of history and end the night with a performance of a true story of murder and revenge bringing history to life! 

Parliament House: The Hidden Gem

Parliament House: The Hidden Gem

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 Supreme Courts. 

Architecture Tour of Dean Village

Architecture Tour of Dean Village

A small group walk in a lush valley with a focus on key Scottish architectural features. Stroll up the picturesque banks of the Water of Leith to marvel at the goddess Higea within a Georgian Neoclassical water temple, then take in the 1830s stonework of Dean Bridge designed by Thomas Telford... 

The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

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 forgotten places where the Holmes legend really began – places unseen by most visitors and fans... 

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

November 22nd 1963. The President was brutally slain and, as the world reeled, the press looked to political, criminal and cultural conspiracies for answers. Within 48 hours, suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on national television... 

Scotland Through the BeverAGES

Scotland Through the BeverAGES

A boozy history of Scotland held on the most unique of venue – on board The Lochrin Belle canal boat. Join Greg and Joey, our resident drinks geeks, on an immersive journey into Scotland’s historic relationship with 'the water of life'... 

The Crucible

The Crucible

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, Elizabeth... 

Woodbine Willie: Poet and Padre

Woodbine Willie: Poet and Padre

A play of overwhelming sincerity and honesty and a moving tribute to an incredible and unique First World War chaplain. **** (BroadwayBaby.com, 2014). Poignant drama interspersed with war songs and emotive poetry... 

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh's Old Town. Behind the historic buildings, find the surprising number of gardens and green nooks and crannies, all with a story to tell... 

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak was a Polish doctor and writer, who passionately championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love. Dr Korczak’s Example is set in 1942 in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone wants to survive... 

A Gallant Life

A Gallant Life

It\'s August 1918 and it’s finally beginning to look like an Allied victory is on the cards. The Kippers, the performing members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in St Omer, are putting on a show to celebrate... 

Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour

Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour

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 Scottish king... 

Heaven Burns

Heaven Burns

Morayshire, 1662. Runaway Isobel works for charismatic witch-pricker John Dixon. She worships him, but when he's accused of falsifying his identity, will she accept that he's not the man he claims to be... 

Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man

Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man

Award-winning Lucky Dog bring their acclaimed Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man to Edinburgh for the first time. The most famous 'freak' who ever lived was more than just a victim. He was a complex and intelligent character who felt love, insecurity and anger... 

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest

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 sides... 

Daniel Downie: 2 O'Clock Gun

Daniel Downie: 2 O'Clock Gun

Daniel Downie takes an irreverent look at Edinburgh’s history that’s more hysterical than historical. Why do they fire a massive cannon every day at lunchtime? Is there really a strip club named after a pair of brutal murderers? Why did they mark the spot where people were burned alive with a well? Is all of Scotland as middle class as this? The 2 O'Clock Gun is everything you needed to know about Edinburgh and everything you didn’t want to know about Daniel! 'Up-to-the-minute material that had the audience in stitches' (MumbleComedy... 

An Evening With Miss Wong

An Evening With Miss Wong

From laundry girl to one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong. Fighting against prejudice and ignorance, she rose to become one of the acting elite, the leading lady that was not allowed to kiss her leading man... 

OTOSOTR

OTOSOTR

A story of one of the 200,000 Koreans who were deported from the Russian-Korean boarder by the Soviet government in 1937. It is an exploration of the life of a Soviet soldier of Korean descent Anatoliy Ogay... 

A War of Two Halves

A War of Two Halves

There is only one football champion in Scotland, and its colours are maroon and khaki. 1914. Edinburgh’s Heart of Midlothian Football club have won 19 of 21 matches and are on the brink of winning the Scottish League Championship... 

Heimatmann

Heimatmann

11:87 returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a new show by John Casey. One man came within minutes of killing Adolf Hitler and saving 60 million souls destined to perish in WWII... 

Mengele

Mengele

Mengele by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott. 1979, a beach in Brazil, a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible. A warning from the past for what happens when the world buys into hatred and bigotry... 

Henry Box Brown – A Musical Journey

Henry Box Brown – A Musical Journey

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. In a fusion of original songs blending gospel, R\'n\'B and bluegrass, as well as a cappella spirituals, it is performed by New York\'s finest gospel singers and top Broadway artists... 

That Daring Australian Girl

That Daring Australian Girl

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 movement and the foremost woman orator in Britain... 

Paul Duncan McGarrity – A Practical Guide to Attacking Castles

Paul Duncan McGarrity – A Practical Guide to Attacking Castles

From the age of sieges and chivalry comes a show about medieval love, adrenaline junkies and an insane quest for glory. Join comedian and archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity as he explains how modern life could be so much better if we all take a moment and learn how to attack a castle... 

The Secret Room at The Writers' Museum

The Secret Room at The Writers' Museum

The final resting place of the work and artefacts of Scotland's most creative writers: Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. And, most recently, temporary home to JK Rowling's hand-drawn edition of Harry Potter... 

Famous Taste of Scotland Show

Famous Taste of Scotland Show

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 Provost... 

The Freedom Machine

The Freedom Machine

The history of cycling mirrors the history of feminism in a fascinating way. As the call for women's suffrage grew towards the end of the 1800s, so did women's use of the bicycle, which were a source of unprecedented liberty for women... 

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo flee the Dresden firebombing in the Second World War. Escaping the Allies from the West – and the Russians from the East – this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: an RAF officer who has bailed out of his aeroplane, a school choir on the run from the Nazis and the American army tanks appearing over the horizon... 

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

'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 strength of human spirit' (Michael Morpurgo)... 

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club

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. There’s more than one way to look at history and yourself… Improv, stand-up, characters and puppets – history with a twist and a shot of original comedy... 

Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany

Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany

Eleanor Ramrath Garner's best-selling memoir of her youth, adapted for the stage and performed by her granddaughter Ingrid. In 1939, when she is nine, Eleanor's family moves from her beloved America to Germany... 

Edinburgh – Festival City Explorer Tours

Edinburgh – Festival City Explorer Tours

Join a local guide for a fun and informative introduction to Edinburgh's Old Town. From kilts and kings to volcanoes and glaciers, find out how Auld Reekie has changed over the last 900 years and hear stories of some of the people who have lived (and died) here... 

Eglantyne

Eglantyne

Vibrant, inspiring play about Eglantyne Jebb, the visionary, courageous, passionate, human rights pioneer and founder of Save the Children. ‘Written with wit and buoyancy, delivered in fine style’ (Theatreview... 

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there's a sinister secret wrapped in the stories we tell. Douglas Walker unravels a shocking true story with his ingenious new comic play... 

Little Fish Free Walking Tour

Little Fish Free Walking Tour

For the first time Little Fish Tours is running our Festival Friendly Tour. This is a one hour highlights of Edinburgh tour that should fit in well with your busy festival timetable. 

Author, Composer, Soldier-of-a-Sort

Author, Composer, Soldier-of-a-Sort

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. It was to Scott, that Gurney sent his music and poetry from the trenches... 

Half-Dozen Musical

Half-Dozen Musical

Half-Dozen Musical is a new musical based on the life and death of King Henry VIII and his family – with a supernatural twist. This is a story of the Tudor Court you haven't yet heard. 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

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 inherent racism in our world could not be more pertinent... 

Nora and Jim

Nora and Jim

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. Nora and Jim does just that, imagining how Nora Barnacle, James Jocye’s partner, would reply to Jim’s letters... 

Bunker Girls

Bunker Girls

Bunker Girls shows us two women who worked as secretaries documenting the German perspective on WWII. We see them go from proud nationalists full of hope to breaking down as they witness their country ultimately losing the war... 

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

The story goes that in November 1786 the Scottish poet Robert Burns borrowed a pony and left his native Ayrshire for Edinburgh. Burns’ Edinburgh is a dark, soulless bed of artless commercialism, a maze of grim roads, brutal drawing rooms and eating clubs... 

Year Zero

Year Zero

A tale of two countries. A man in his fifties looks back at growing up in postcolonial South East Asia. Leaving his country of birth, Malaysia, to migrate to greener pastures in Singapore... 

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history, as they affect the black world across Africa, the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports and spread love and peace through the medium of song... 

JS Bach Motets

JS Bach Motets

Scotland's new chamber choir makes its debut, bringing to life three of Bach's incomparable masterpieces. Director George Wilson has been drawing growing audiences for his Bach performances with his twin sons at the Fringe since 2011... 

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

“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 Lieder with renowned pianist, Malcolm Martineau, OBE... 

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain has been relegated to history as one of life’s wishful thinkers. The famous photo of him proudly waving the Munich Agreement live on as a symbol of failed negotiation and blistering naivety towards Hitler’s evil... 

David Narayan: The Psychic Project

David Narayan: The Psychic Project

A mind reading show based on the true story of America's psychic spies. In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn. Concerned by Russia’s investment in mind control, the CIA began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill... 

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

Victor Hugo once said “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” It’s a line quoted in A Common Man… but I include it here because it neatly summarises what I found most irresistible about this show – its incredible timeliness... 

A Field of Our Own

A Field of Our Own

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 Hibernian... 

We'll Meet Again: Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart

We'll Meet Again: Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart

We'll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover, There'll Always be an England: Dame Vera Lynn’s nostalgic songs defined a generation. She was awarded a Damehood, received the Burma Star campaign medal, and was the first centenarian to have a top 10 album... 

I Am Your Love Story

I Am Your Love Story

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

The Fair Intellectual Club

The Fair Intellectual Club

1717 – the inaugural meeting of a secret society where young ladies exercise their minds. In Lucy Porter's sparkling play, the constraints of the day have a habit of intruding as they search for a higher plane... 

The Chess Player

The Chess Player

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 using the game of chess... 

Vote 100 – Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Vote 100 – Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

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 women's suffrage... 

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

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 footsteps... 

100 Years of Balfour

100 Years of Balfour

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 relations in the Middle East... 

Atlas

Atlas

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. Halley, enlisting the help of academic outcast Isaac Newton, unwittingly begins a grudge-fuelled chain of events that sees the course of history – and of friendships – change forever... 

Bloody Poetry and the (un)Staged Reading Series

Bloody Poetry and the (un)Staged Reading Series

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 Howard Brenton's Bloody Poetry... 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

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 spokesman on spiritualism... 

Brown Bag Events

Brown Bag Events

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 guest panellists and esteemed scholars will discuss an eclectic mix of interesting and extremely relevant topics, designed to create debate and discussion and to get you thinking. 

Fashionable Medicine: Syphilis, Spas and Melancholy

Fashionable Medicine: Syphilis, Spas and Melancholy

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond. Learn how the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking, overeating and sexual promiscuity gave rise to the prevalence of diseases like syphilis, lethargy, gout and consumption... 

Multitudes

Multitudes

Walt Whitman stops somewhere, waiting for you... at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, 7-11 August at 4:30pm each day. This original one-man show, written by the founders of the Zephyr Stage in Fruita, Colorado, USA... 

Fall of Duty

Fall of Duty

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 an actor who falls from the sky in 1916 be a wake up call for Jack a hundred years on? The true story of Basil Hallam and Elsie Janis... 

Unquiet Spirits – Whisky, Ghosts and Sherlock Holmes

Unquiet Spirits – Whisky, Ghosts and Sherlock Holmes

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 and ghosts... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He’s the only Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately, no one’s heard of him. 205 years later, Nick Hall tells his story. As seen on BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC Radio 4... 

Bach and the Dance of God

Bach and the Dance of God

Since 2011, George Wilson and his twin sons have presented Bach at the Canongate. Adam and Tom, age 15, now play an equal role in exploring the heavenly world of Bach and the dance... 

The Poltergeist of Cock Lane

The Poltergeist of Cock Lane

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 by Tim Connery... 

The Amish Project (Ensemble Version)

The Amish Project (Ensemble Version)

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. In this ensemble production, performers tell the story through monologues of victims, witnesses, and the shooter... 

Vintage Mobile Cinema: Free Daytime Show

Vintage Mobile Cinema: Free Daytime Show

Back in the 1960s there were seven of these mobile cinemas made for the Ministry of Technology. There is now only one left. Come on board and hear its history. Meet the owner and watch a short 10-minute film... 

Yayapa

Yayapa

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. Time travel elements combined with ancient philosophical conflicts... 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

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. They search for peace only to find destruction and poverty, the outside world as indifferent to them as Russia is hostile... 

The Sneeze

The Sneeze

The Sneeze is a collection of hilarious short plays by the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn. Among history’s most celebrated dramatists next to Shakespeare, Chekhov wrote plays that could expose our deepest fears and longings while leaving us laughing through the tears... 

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

One hundred years of blues, one hour to play it. From early delta blues to modern artists still playing today, Blues! plays the songs and tells the stories of the artists that redefined popular music around the world... 

Royal Mile Tours – Free

Royal Mile Tours – Free

Join an expert local guide for a historical walking tour around Edinburgh's world-famous Old Town. Tours leave twice daily from the City Chambers, opposite St Giles Cathedral. Small groups... 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history and blessed with beauty. We will bring the past and its people vividly to life... 

The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

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 forgotten places where the Sherlock Holmes legend really began... 

For the School Colours: The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

For the School Colours: The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

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 books... 

Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Dude

Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Dude

A light-hearted lecture on the German Renaissance's coolest dude, Albrecht Dürer. Active from the 1490s until 1522, he saw in his lifetime the discovery of the Americas, the first sea voyages to Asia and the seismic shift of the Reformation – all of which he responded to with warmth and humour in his work and numerous diaries... 

Daniel Downie: 2 O'Clock Gun

Daniel Downie: 2 O'Clock Gun

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 first place? Why did they mark the spot where people were burned alive with a well? Is all of Scotland as middle class as this? Join comedian Daniel Downie for an alternative look at Edinburgh... 

1917: A Phantasmagoria

1917: A Phantasmagoria

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 poets, protests, scientific wonders... 

Toll

Toll

'I thought they wanted soldiers.' Four long years later, his naivety had turned to regret. Experience the remarkable true account of WW1 solider Oliver Clement Soanes, or Toll to his friends... 

The Giant Killers

The Giant Killers

Football wasn't always a game for the masses. The first players to compete for the FA Cup were lords, knights and peers, the wealthy and the privileged. That was until a group of mill workers from Darwen in Lancashire joined with two talented Glaswegians to change the game forever... 

Little Boy

Little Boy

'Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' So said my father. At the farewell address, I am thinking of him, the truth, and a man who is to destroy the world. All I know is the truth lies in myself... 

Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour

Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour

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. Your guide will delight, entertain and horrify you with stories of ghosts, torture, witchcraft, hangings and girstly horror, all with the odd bad joke thrown in from time to time... 

Famous Scots from the Past

Famous Scots from the Past

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 the national archives... 

Free Walking Tour: Sandemans

Free Walking Tour: Sandemans

On this guided walking tour of Edinburgh, an expert guide will show you all the city has to offer. From the narrow alleyways off the Royal Mile to the majestic castle, this tour will bring history to life and show you the sights to define your trip to Scotland's capital... 

St Cecilia's Hall and Museum of Music

St Cecilia's Hall and Museum of Music

Originally opened in 1763, St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland. It is the only place in the world where it's possible to hear 18th-century music in an 18th-century concert hall played on 18th-century instruments... 

Edinburgh – Festival City Explorer Tours

Edinburgh – Festival City Explorer Tours

Join a local guide for this fun and informative walk through 900 years of Edinburgh's history. No gimmicks, no ghosts (well, maybe one...), just fact based stories from the city's past to give you an entertaining introduction to the Old Town, Royal Mile and surrounding areas... 

Enduring Eye

Enduring Eye

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... 

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

This major exhibition tells the real story of the rise and fall of the Jacobites. The Jacobite legend has an enduring fascination and now renewed global interest due to the Outlander books and television series... 

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Some people might think that setting the Battle of Stalingrad to Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time is somewhat trivialising the matter. On the other hand, who's to say that the most appropriate tribute to two million deaths isn't a super catchy pop song?Andy Thomas is a History teacher... 

The Tale Of The Cockatrice

The Tale Of The Cockatrice

An 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 Cockatrice. Mumblecrust Theatre offers a wonderful introduction to the magical world of puppets and object theatre... 

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain's first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, but only as one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song... 

Olive and Bosie

Olive and Bosie

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 Bosie... 

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

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-couture over Hitler... 

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is mostly remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians, Oscar Wilde... 

The Elephant Girls

The Elephant Girls

Forget lovable rogues and artful dodgers, this uncomfortable monologue tells the true story of a London awash with criminal gangs in the interwar years. The Bermondsey boys, Battersea boys, City Road boys, Goose Green boys; the list goes on, but with only one girl gang- The Elephant Girls... 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane. That evening, a brutal storm hit the south coast of the country, eventually killing 18 people... 

Longing, or Exile at Home

Longing, or Exile at Home

An Arab, a Jew, and a new immigrant take a voyage into memory, dramatising their personal stories. The daughter who returned to Berlin in her fathers’ footsteps, and now longs to go back to Israel, to where her father emigrated to save himself from the Holocaust... 

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Richard III. An audience. Anything can happen. All the world is a stage. What part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show... 

Underworlds

Underworlds

In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique. As she leads us through many kinds of underworld, characters including Eurydice, Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights), Cleopatra and a black widow get a chance to set the record straight... 

In Debt We Trust

In Debt We Trust

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 historical figures (laughs), and hard core social anthropology (no laughs - but hey! Learning is fun!) we’ll explore the historical relationship of debt within social institutions such as marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war and, our old pal, austerity... 

The Angel and The Fiend

The Angel and The Fiend

"I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside." Lee Miller (1907-1977, New York). A muse, model, photographer and one of the first female war correspondents during WWII. Post war she married Surrealist artist Roland Penrose and settled at Farley Farm, Muddles Green, E... 

Double Whammy

Double Whammy

Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs). Now they’re bringing it all to Brighton Fringe. You like Opera? You’re in (G)luck... 

Etherwave: Adventures With The Theremin

Etherwave: Adventures With The Theremin

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 Zeppelin, Kraftwerk and Portishead... 

Take Shelter!

Take Shelter!

Take Shelter at Downs Junior School, and step back to the 1940s when you visit our original WW2 Air Raid Shelter under the playground. Our 45 minute guided tours offer the public a rare opportunity to experience this amazing space... 

Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy

Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy

The award-winning true story of the lives of the best-loved comedy duo of all-time. Uncannily similar to Stan and Ollie, and including live and film recreations, expect to laugh your socks off before having your heart broken... 

Open Church: Sacred Heart, Hove

Open Church: Sacred Heart, Hove

Come and take a look around our beautiful church. The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic church built in Early English Gothic style with art dating from 1881. Light a candle, say a prayer, or just have a look at the art work, sculptures, stained glass and frescos... 

Streamline Taxis: A Social History Since 1936

Streamline Taxis: A Social History Since 1936

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, spreading from Brighton & Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate... 

Taliesin: A Tale of Power, Class and Environmental Catastrophe

Taliesin: A Tale of Power, Class and Environmental Catastrophe

Plunge into tales of the legendary Welsh bard Taliesin. Tread the line between history and myth in a world of magic and wonder, courage and cruelty, and a very special boy who would defy a king... 

The Brighton Killers

The Brighton Killers

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. Our desire to seek out every lurid detail within cases and fascination with the darker impulses of humanity did not arise out of the various Netflix miniseries and podcasts currently available, focusing on killers and their victims, but is a much older and deeper trait... 

Pals

Pals

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... 

Fall of Duty

Fall of Duty

1916. An actor falls from the sky in Northern France. A hundred years on, can Sue and her son Jack, 20, escape political turmoil and an addiction to infinite warfare? Four people thrust together by war, song, reality, and escapism, but pulled apart by a century... 

French & German Immigrants' Contribution to Victorian Brighton

French & German Immigrants' Contribution to Victorian Brighton

Before World War One most immigrants to Brighton were French and German speakers from the Continent. They included artists, chocolate makers, couturiers, governesses, ladies maids, musicians, photographers, scientists and waiters... 

Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2017

Pavilion Gardens Cafe History Tour 2017

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. This tour will take place in various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, The Lanes and the beach... 

'Sweethearts' and 'The Hooligan' by W. S. Gilbert

'Sweethearts' and 'The Hooligan' by W. S. Gilbert

Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert, England's leading 19th Century dramatist. 'Sweethearts’, a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and ‘The Hooligan’, a brutal, yet blackly comic study of a condemned man’s final minutes that was a sensation at its debut in 1911... 

Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton

Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton

Exclusive after hours tours, just on offer as part of the Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go of the public route to learn about the past entertainment and the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium... 

Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces

Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II* listed railway station... 

St Michael and All Angels Church Tours the Cathedral of the Backstreets

St Michael and All Angels Church Tours the Cathedral of the Backstreets

Guided tours of this magnificent Grade I* listed church - one of the finest Victorian churches in the country. In Simon Jenkins’ book 'England's Thousand Best Churches'. It is in fact, two churches in one, the first designed by G... 

Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests

Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests

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. How many are there? Why are they coming here? What do they want? And who exactly are these 'bloody foreigners’ anyway? Immigrant Diaries is a chance to come and hear some of those who chose to live and work on this marvelously multi-cultural island... 

A Brighton Story 90 Minute City Tour

A Brighton Story 90 Minute City Tour

Brighton's most popular 90 minute traditional city walking tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. Discover secret tunnels, lost Royal romances, Jack the Ripper's favourite pub and much more on this acclaimed city tour... 

Piers & Queers

Piers & Queers

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. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage... 

Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour

Geoffrey Mead's London Road Tour

London Road is an area rapidly regenerating after years of inner city decline. New businesses have moved in, with improvements to the Open Market and The Level, new housing at the Co-op, New England and on Ditchling Road and a general feeling of urban regrowth... 

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton's most haunted quarter. All storytellers perform in full Victorian attire. 

In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer

In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer

Join John George Haigh in his cell, the night before he is hanged in 1949. Written by Nigel Fairs and directed by Louise Jameson, this terrifying true story won an Argus Angel Award in 2011... 

Eglantyne

Eglantyne

Inspiring solo play about Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, passionate, Edwardian human rights activist. From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, spiritualism, co-founding Save the Children, and pioneering children's rights... 

HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander

HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander

Award-nominated sell-out hit HIP returns as an immersive journey through the streets of 1970s Brighton. HIP explores the true story of Brightonian Anne Clarke. The discovery of Anne's diaries and letters by squatter Jolie Booth, unearthed a huge archive about the city they've lived in and experiences they've shared... 

The Writers' Bloc

The Writers' Bloc

Soviet Russia, 1937. Deflecting public attention away from his deadly purges, Joseph Stalin commissions a great book to be written. Five great writers are placed in a room with an infinite supply of vodka, cigarettes and fear... 

Only in Brighton!

Only in Brighton!

A fact-filled walk celebrating our unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution. A stained wall to a worldwide brand. Mount Everest to Tesco's in Hove. A 19th century vegetarian... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and as they gather the fallen together in the ever-growing cemeteries, Jack is looking for someone - someone in particular... 

Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & Montpelier Tour

Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & Montpelier Tour

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 history background... 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Much has been said and written about gin but Dorothy Parker probably uttered the most appropriate for this event. Forming its indispensable base she remarked, “I like to have a martini, two at the very most, three I'm under the table, four I'm under my host... 

A Terrified Soul – Macbeth

A Terrified Soul – Macbeth

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. Chinese opera aficionados don’t get many opportunities to see the art form in the UK so will enjoy this, but it is accessible and interesting enough for anyone with a basic understanding of the plot of Macbeth to watch and enjoy... 

Thirty Years of the Workcenter: A Retrospective

Thirty Years of the Workcenter: A Retrospective

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, interweaving analysis, screenings of film fragments and discussion... 

Thirty Years of the Workcenter: A Retrospective

Thirty Years of the Workcenter: A Retrospective

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, interweaving analysis, screenings of film fragments and discussion... 

Bach: Variety and Variations

Bach: Variety and Variations

Organist David Hamilton presents a programme including Bach's Sei gegrüsset variations and the mighty Passacaglia. 

Edinburgh - A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh - A Tale of Two Towns

This tour covers both the Old Town and the New Town, and includes a wide breadth of history about Edinburgh. I highly recommend it for people both old and new to the town. If you’re new, it will make this city feel like home, and you’ll get a better idea of what you want to get done while you’re here... 

Immortal

Immortal

A splendidly constructed World War Two piece, that struggles to be heard.A group of American and British airmen are shot down behind enemy lines, one member of their crew is badly injured, so they take refuge in an empty school... 

King John

King John

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. Its live music (atmospherically played by Jemma Fendley and Tom Vallance) and energetic battle scenes provide some entertaining theatre... 

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's The Constant Prince

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's The Constant Prince

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 1969 with the Laboratory Theatre Company, first in Opole and then in Wroclaw (Poland)... 

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's The Constant Prince

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's The Constant Prince

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 1969 with the Laboratory Theatre Company, first in Opole and then in Wroclaw (Poland)... 

Nancy's Philosopher

Nancy's Philosopher

“Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions.” Reason and passion were driving forces in the life of Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume. His reason got him labeled a genius, while his passion manifested as a stubbornness that had him labeled an atheist... 

A Sketchy History

A Sketchy History

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). It’s a nice, open premise which allows plenty of leeway to play with historical inaccuracies in this well-paced and gently humourous hour of sketch comedy... 

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's Akropolis

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's Akropolis

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 realisation of Grotowski's Laboratory Theatre which has its premiere in Opole (Poland) in 1962 and was also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1964. 

Brundibar

Brundibar

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

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's Akropolis

Presentation of the Film Documentation of Jerzy Grotowski's Akropolis

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 realisation of Grotowski's Laboratory Theatre which has its premiere in Opole (Poland) in 1962 and was also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1964. 

The Eagle and The Oystercatcher

The Eagle and The Oystercatcher

Come and meet Holly Bidgood, author of The Eagle and The Oystercatcher. Her novel is set in the Faroe Islands in April 1940, when two British Destroyers sail into the harbour at Tórshavn... 

Remember Edith Cavell

Remember Edith Cavell

100 years ago Nurse Edith Cavell was shot for assisting allied soldiers out of Belgium. Her death prompted a nationwide outcry and made her into a reluctant heroine. She wanted to be remembered only as a nurse, but instead she is remembered as someone who did more than her duty and for whom patriotism was never enough... 

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. Who's the Umpire is a humorous journey through the lives of three historic Londoners, some you may know of, others you may meet for the first time... 

The Diana Tapes

The Diana Tapes

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, which ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its core... 

The Winter Gift

The Winter Gift

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. New York, 1955 – a solitary, alcoholic, penniless and forgotten idol of the silent screen languishes in a slum tenement... 

I Will Speak for Myself

I Will Speak for Myself

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, memoirs, diary entries, court records, poems, public addresses and newspaper advertisements... 

Matthias Weckmann @ 400

Matthias Weckmann @ 400

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. 

John Knox

John Knox

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 at this year’s Fringe, but is commonly done in Scottish secondary schools and universities, where you can see similar production values and performances in a script that doesn’t use one of Scotland’s most controversial historical figures as a tool for the American political right... 

Dr Alasdair Raffe Presents James VII: A Misunderstood King?

Dr Alasdair Raffe Presents James VII: A Misunderstood King?

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. Over the following centuries, historians depicted James as a bigot determined to force his religion on his Protestant subjects... 

Cradle King

Cradle King

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. Set towards the end of his long reign, the piece is simultaneously an elucidation of the history of James himself, along with his views on his family, his thoughts on witches and his attitudes towards religion, as well as being a celebration of his patronage of The King’s Men, the title afforded to Shakespeare’s company during his time as monarch... 

Bubble Revolution

Bubble Revolution

George Orwell once wrote a fairy tale in order to avoid accusations of criticising reality. His novella Animal Farm, though ostensibly a warning against a particular brand of Stalinist communism, might also be read as the struggles of some pigs and other animals... 

Dr Bill Aird Presents The Men in St Margaret of Scotland’s Life

Dr Bill Aird Presents The Men in St Margaret of Scotland’s Life

The Life of St Margaret provides a unique insight into late 11th-century Scotland and her profound influence on her husband and his kingdom. This talk discusses Margaret's interaction with her husband, Malcolm III, her biographer, Prior Turgot, and her sons, three of whom, Edgar, Alexander I and David I, became kings of Scots... 

Paul Duncan McGarrity – Ask an Archaeologist

Paul Duncan McGarrity – Ask an Archaeologist

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 Festival... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson is Tayo Aluko’s tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable singers in terms of looks and voice. A towering man, both physically and professionally, he is most widely remembered for his songs and film credits, but there was far more to him... 

Noiseless and Patient

Noiseless and Patient

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. They unravel their disparate stories of love, betrayal and hope as they spin and sew their young friend's wedding dress, looking towards uncertain futures in a pioneering land of mixed opportunities. 

John Muir: Rhapsody in Green

John Muir: Rhapsody in Green

Directed by Patrick Sandford. A declaration of love for the wilderness based on the writings of the Scottish mountaineer and environmentalist, performed by Mike Maran with a soundtrack of glaciers, huskies and Native American song. 

There Was a Soldier...

There Was a Soldier...

WWI stories, songs, poems, humour and visuals by performers aged 14-70. The outbreak of war, young men volunteered and pals enlisted together, including Hearts football team. Men sent to France where they find comradeship, hardship, horror, honour and bravery... 

Dr Andrea Major (University of Leeds) Presents An East Indian Slave Trade? Rethinking Indian Indentured Labour Migration

Dr Andrea Major (University of Leeds) Presents An East Indian Slave Trade? Rethinking Indian Indentured Labour Migration

Between the 1830s and 1920s over 1.3 million Indians travelled as labourers to locations in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean and across the world. When their contracts ended some returned to India, while others chose to remain and form new communities in their adopted homes... 

The White Crow

The White Crow

Adolph Eichmann never personally killed anyone, but he was hanged in 1962, having been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The evidence against him was overwhelming, but he remained as detached from the facts as he had been from the millions of deaths he facilitated... 

Dr Sandra Bingham Presents Pirates, Plunder and Personalities: The Rediscovery of Ancient Carthage

Dr Sandra Bingham Presents Pirates, Plunder and Personalities: The Rediscovery of Ancient Carthage

Early archaeological enthusiasts at Carthage were drawn in search of the city of Dido and Hannibal. Although the Romans had destroyed the Punic city in 146 BCE, travellers, antiquarians, and proto-archaeologists set out with the intention of looking for whatever remains could be found... 

Verge of Strife

Verge of Strife

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 himself is certainly not lacking in confidence, bordering on adulation... 

Soddin’ Flodden

Soddin’ Flodden

1513, Flodden Field: among the dead lay Scotland's most popular Stewart King and the flower of her nobility. Who was James IV, the charismatic monarch with a passion for women, alchemy, cannons and metal underwear? Were his 'three steps into England' just a mad-cap, ill-considered, naive adventure, destined to end in disaster? Or was he driven to it by the French, and having suffered relentless provocation by the arrogant Henry VIII? With creative and quirky storytelling interwoven with a witty selection of songs, Ideoms will attempt to dispel the resulting 500-year-old inferiority complex. 

The Necessity of Atheism

The Necessity of Atheism

The genius of the Romantic poets was their ability to bring emotion to the forefront in a world where faux-rationality reigned. They championed the sublime over the logical in poetry that still resonates today... 

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

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

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

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’s kings... 

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

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, but one that unfortunately doesn’t quite hit the mark... 

1857: Turrebaz Khan

1857: Turrebaz Khan

A premiering play based on the life of the 19th-century Indian soldier Turrebaz Khan who rebelled for his country's freedom. It is a gripping drama of the last few hours spent with his dictatorial captor, who in fact, is a slave to the very system that Khan is fighting against. 

Dr David Silkenat Presents The Long Life of the Lost Cause: Why it Took 150 Years for the Confederate Flag to Come Down

Dr David Silkenat Presents The Long Life of the Lost Cause: Why it Took 150 Years for the Confederate Flag to Come Down

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 exist... 

Girl

Girl

International theatre has always been a key component of Edinburgh Fringe. Yet, for most visitors, the prospect of watching a play in a foreign language is more than a tad daunting... 

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first black judge in 1978. He is also a fine singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the heart of the Empire, he muses on international politics and history from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song... 

So Good a Thing

So Good a Thing

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 programme of both early European music for voice and period instruments (medieval, renaissance and baroque), and recent choral compositions, mostly unaccompanied, by Australian and Taiwanese composers... 

Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

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 theatrical extravaganza which captures the scandal, wit and wisdom of this instant classic... 

Nosferatu's Shadow

Nosferatu's Shadow

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 and nightmares of people across the world - all thanks to the work of the actor Max Schreck in the seminal silent horror classic Nosferatu... 

Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh

Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh

Come to the College’s spectacular hall to be shocked by our seventh Fringe event. Hear about the characters ‘curing’ diseases with millipedes and celestial beds, and the use of innovative devices such as the miracle whirling spray and the magneto-electrotherapeutic machine... 

The Soul in the Machine – George Williams, YMCA Founder

The Soul in the Machine – George Williams, YMCA Founder

‘We are more than bodies to be fed to a machine. We are made for more than work. We have souls, we have spirits and somewhere in this dead city there must be a place for those things... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

Paul Robeson is a world-famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel... 

Arthur Conan Doyle, an Edinburgh Man

Arthur Conan Doyle, an Edinburgh Man

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! Famous author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle eventually became the world's foremost spokesman on spiritualism... 

Out of Our Father's House

Out of Our Father's House

The self-empowerment of interesting American women from history is a dramatic premise that instantly arrests your attention. Unfortunately, Red Compass’ production, in every sense, fails to captivate... 

Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada

Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada

The intimate SpaceTriplex Studio, tucked underground beneath Edinburgh’s cosmopolitan centre, is an appropriate home-from-home for Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada. Though framed through the unlikely love story of a prince and a temple dancer, this 45 minute offering from Mohammed Ali Baig tells the tale of how another multicultural capital - the old Indian city of Hyderabad - came to be... 

The Psychic Project

The Psychic Project

A mind reading show based on the true story of the Cold War’s psychic spies. In 1975, the Cold War took an unusual turn. Concerned by Russia’s investment in mind control, the CIA began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill... 

Change

Change

A collection of witty, intelligent and highly entertaining plays written for and by members of the Actresses Franchise League. Despite what you might think, the Suffrage cause had a sense of humour and in Change, it’s alive and kicking! Performed by the full time students of Acting Coach Scotland's Professional Diploma in Stage and Screen Performance. 

Bach and the Dance of God

Bach and the Dance of God

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 violin and solo 'cello. 

Parliament House: A Hidden Gem

Parliament House: A Hidden Gem

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. Come and take a walk back through Scotland's political and legal heritage. 

Stand-Up History

Stand-Up History

History meets hilarity as stand-up comedians bring the past to life with punchlines. Expect to see everything from modern riffs on ancient myths to crazy things about queens and kings to gut-busting stories from history’s repertory – like your funniest history teacher with more laughs... 

Condemned

Condemned

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 and most ardent opponents... 

Royal Mile Tours – Free

Royal Mile Tours – Free

Join a trained festival guide for a historical walking tour around Edinburgh's world-famous Old Town. Tours leave twice daily from the City Chambers, opposite St Giles Cathedral. All tours are free... 

Celts

Celts

The Celts exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland is well worth a visit. Entry to the museum as a whole is free, but buy a ticket for the current exhibition and you’ll come out with a richer knowledge of the enigmatic Celts and what they mean for us today... 

Aidan Killian: The Money Shot

Aidan Killian: The Money Shot

‘Ireland’s hottest comedian’ (OneWorldChronicle.com) brings his intelligent, passionate comedy show about the secret history of money. If you have ever spent a penny you need to be there... 

Etherwave: Adventures with the Theremin

Etherwave: Adventures with the Theremin

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 Zeppelin, Kraftwerk and Portishead... 

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first black judge in 1978. He is also a fine singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the heart of the Empire, he muses on international politics and history from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song... 

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Meet the real edgy Bard. In crisis and contradiction but at full creative stretch. Rough Cut brings you Burns in the raw for the 21st century. Based on Donald Smith's controversial novel, Between Ourselves, it focuses on the pivotal crisis of Burns' life and career – his stay in Edinburgh... 

Mr Kingdom's Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

Mr Kingdom's Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

The queen who ruled a kingdom (and an empire) as you've never dared think of her before. A bitingly irreverent, painfully funny and strangely moving new show from legendary Fringe First Award winner Bob Kingdom (Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, The Truman Capote Talk Show)... 

You Are Here

You Are Here

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. A map says ‘you are here’ in a street, a town, an exact place in the world... 

Edinburgh – Festival City Explorer Tours

Edinburgh – Festival City Explorer Tours

Join a fun and informative small group tour through Edinburgh's historic city centre, led by a knowledgeable and experienced local guide. Explore how the city has changed over 900 years, and hear stories about the people who have lived (and died) here... 

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Character comedian Nick Hall brings a one-man Cold War thriller to Brighton. In this energetic and hilarious show, Nick brings to life a world of spying, suspense, seduction and Scrabble! 

Bouffe!

Bouffe!

"Highly recommended. Great performances of Donizetti, Martini, and Offenbach. If you missed it, you'll be kicking yourself!" (Fringe Review 2015) Redblonde Productions and West Sussex Opera present the triumphant return of last year's hit... 

Noiseless and Patient

Noiseless and Patient

Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1883 - home to L.M. Montgomery, creator of ‘Anne of Green Gables’. Also home to four young spinsters, united through the making of a friend’s wedding dress, but separated by their disparate stories of love, loss, and betrayal . 

Gran Consiglio (Mussolini)

Gran Consiglio (Mussolini)

Opening in 1943 Rome, Gran Consiglio is set with The Grand Council of Fascism meeting to discuss the deposition of Benito Mussolini. As he waits within a small study-room of Palazzo Venezia, the overwhelmed and tired Duce reflects on his life prior to this moment... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay. A story of comradeship and betrayal in the aftermath of WW1... 

Year Without Summer

Year Without Summer

May 1816. The world is locked in winter. Claire Clairmont invites lover Byron to Lake Geneva with her stepsister Mary Godwin and Percy Shelley. Passions run high. Ghost stories are shared... 

An Old Fashioned Girl

An Old Fashioned Girl

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 their heads... 

Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs And Loves Of A She-Comic)

Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs And Loves Of A She-Comic)

Izzard, Brand, Hardee - comedian Charmian’s had steaming hot cuppas with them all. Now she tells tales of the notorious Tunnel Club, Frank Skinner’s avocado, Arnold Brown’s sandwiches, Glastonbury and Tinky Winky love. 

Preston Village Community Heritage Open Day

Preston Village Community Heritage Open Day

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. Archaeologists reveal the results of the recent geophysical survey made of Preston Park, plus mini-tours and family activities. 

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

A one-man drama about Indian chief, Crazy Horse that captures the high adventure of the Sioux Wars of the Wild West. A quiet hero, Crazy Horse defies the US military at the Little Bighorn; loves, loses, and clings to his culture, his freedom, and the mystical power of his personal vision - a dream of thunder. 

Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton

Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton

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 of 1885, and his God-fearing mother’s villainy in the 1985 riots. 

The White Crow: Eichmann in Jerusalem

The White Crow: Eichmann in Jerusalem

I should have known from the start.As we filed into the Theatre Box, we were greeted by a screen showing video clips of 1930s Germany, interspersed with title cards giving information about Hitler’s rise to power, Kristallnacht, and so on... 

Piers & Queers

Piers & Queers

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 spans the seafront between the West Pier and the Palace Pier... 

Stage, Screen and Trench

Stage, Screen and Trench

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 camera for the groundbreaking 1916 movie 'The Battle of The Somme'... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat. He is a commanding figure and his stage presence is impressive. I had heard of Paul Robeson before I went to the show but didn’t know much more than that he was a singer, had sung Ol’ Man River and starred in the musical Show Boat... 

Sky Lounge: Embassy Court Sun Terrace

Sky Lounge: Embassy Court Sun Terrace

Embassy Court's time-travelling cocktail bar returns to celebrate this modernist building's 80th birthday. The year is 1936 and the first residents have just moved in. You are invited to join them for a cocktail and enjoy the best view in Brighton... 

The Bear Space

The Bear Space

"We are sorry to have to tell you that in this country it all began with a bear... " A man explains the nature of the theatre to his daughter in the 17th century and an audience gamble with puppets in the 21st... 

Joan

Joan

Thoroughly entertaining, cleverly written and immaculately performed. These are the words that spring to mind when describing this production. The stage was sparse but the drama was presented with full force... 

Love in 'The Harbour'

Love in 'The Harbour'

Argus Angel award winners with brightonirish.co.uk present a love story set between Shannon Harbour and a Royal Flying Corps base, in France from 1916-1918. It explores The Rising in Ireland 1916 and the exploits of 3 Irish air aces in WW1... 

Brighton's Seawater Tour

Brighton's Seawater Tour

Fresh air, amazing sea views, forgotten histories, architecture and aquatic entertainment. See how the seawater has drawn people to Brighton for their health and delight. Discover lost bath houses, the seawater cure, seaside architecture, pleasure piers and swimming pools on this seafront tour. 

Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

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 death in 1962... 

A Walk Through Homelessness in Brighton & Hove

A Walk Through Homelessness in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove is a city of contrasts. Behind its rich architectural façade there has always been poverty, inadequate housing and homelessness. Join us on our heritage trail through the city and visit First Base, a day centre for people experiencing homelessness today. 

The History of Everything in 60 Mins (more or less)

The History of Everything in 60 Mins (more or less)

Ben Watson's meet and greet as we entered the theatre made his audience immediately warm to him. It was personal touches like this that proved to be the most enjoyable part of his fact-driven foray into his more-or-less sixty minute history of everything... 

The Iliad

The Iliad

It is the tenth year of the siege of Troy, the year that Calchas the soothsayer has predicted the city will fall. The mightiest Princes of Ancient Greece are camped in their thousand black beached ships, desperate for revenge for the kidnapping of Helen, the world's most beautiful woman. 

Conductors' Unbecoming Scenes from Orchestral Life

Conductors' Unbecoming Scenes from Orchestral Life

Gavin Henderson regales first hand hilarious stories of the many conductors he has worked with: Stokowski, Otto Klemperer, Giulini, Svetlanov, Barbirolli, Sargent and Rattle amongst them. 

Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy

Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy are the best-loved comedy duo of all time. This hugely popular, award-winning, and accurate play about their lives and movies plays to sold-out houses, standing ovations and five-star reviews internationally... 

Stories of the Sword: The Second Stab

Stories of the Sword: The Second Stab

So much history, so little time... 'Stories of the Sword' is returning for a second stab, with the real-life tales of some more of history’s famous duellists. Using real swordplay, film, narration and live action, their stories will be explored and the inspiration for the 'Three Musketeers' revealed. 

Sharing Toys: Memories and Recollections

Sharing Toys: Memories and Recollections

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. 

Special Lecture: 250th Anniversary of Judaism in Brighton

Special Lecture: 250th Anniversary of Judaism in Brighton

'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 Manchester... 

Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton

Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton

A unique opportunity to go off the public route and learn about the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, then a tour of the grade II*-listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade... 

Pavilion Gardens Cafe 75th Anniversary History Tour

Pavilion Gardens Cafe 75th Anniversary History Tour

Geoffrey Mead will be conducting a special tour dating back over 90 years of cafe and family history. This tour takes place in various locations around the old town including the Royal Pavilion, East Street, the Lanes and the beach... 

250th Anniversary Jewish Heritage Bus Tour

250th Anniversary Jewish Heritage Bus Tour

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. See also the 250th Anniversary Concert at Middle Street Synagogue, on May 8th, in the music section. 

All The Nice Girls

All The Nice Girls

Fascinating, touching and truly enlightening, this lesbian musical romance tells the story of forgotten Variety stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney. Nominated for Outstanding Local Talent at Brighton Fringe 2015... 

250th Anniversary Concert

250th Anniversary Concert

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. The concert features the London Jewish Male Voice Choir, who will be performing traditional Jewish and other songs. 

A Good Jew

A Good Jew

Frankfurt 1938: Jewish pianist Sol and Aryan violinist Hilda are lovers. As Nazis sweep Europe, refugees flee, Sol's mother's fatal advice: “Survive. At all costs!” Misguidedly swapping identities, they play their last duet at Terezin Nazi show-camp... 

Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & Montpelier Tour

Geoffrey Mead's Clifton & Montpelier Tour

The Clifton Hill and Montpelier area is a charming, inner-city architectural gem that is the essence of Brighton style. This walk takes in the geography, architecture and social history of the area. 

Streamline Taxis: A Social History

Streamline Taxis: A Social History

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, spreading from Brighton & Hove to Portsmouth, Bristol, Nottingham and as far as Harrogate. 

Damien by Aldyth Morris

Damien by Aldyth Morris

The story of Fr Damien, leper priest and patron saint of outcasts. In this passionate, one man show, Daniel Finlay channels the powerful stories of the challenges Damien experienced whilst caring for exiled lepers on a remote Hawaiian island in the 1870s until his own life was taken by the affliction. 

Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces

Brighton Station Tours: Limited Spaces

These amazing tours only happen during Brighton Fringe. A chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton's grade II*- listed railway station... 

Notorious Women of Brighton

Notorious Women of Brighton

Wilful princesses, Music Hall stars, headstrong courtesans, acrobats, entrepreneurs - Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame. 

Brighton's Hidden Mysteries Tour

Brighton's Hidden Mysteries Tour

“A fascinating stroll through the city’s association with the occult, packed with detail and entertainingly dodgy conjecture” **** (The Argus). Architecture hiding secret archetypal knowledge, witchcraft, stone circles, freemasonry, alchemy and magic symbols... 

A Brighton Story: The Original City Tour

A Brighton Story: The Original City Tour

Brighton's No. 1 'traditional city' walking tour. Perfect for visitors and residents alike. 90 minutes of fascinating facts about this incredible city. Find lost fishermen's cottages, curious little 'twittens' and a long lost little black cat on this acclaimed tour. 

Only in Brighton!

Only in Brighton!

A walk celebrating all that's unique, and a little bit weird, about Brighton. "Thoughtful and captivating" ***** (Love Fringe), "Funny, entertaining and well-informed" **** (Latest 7), "Charming, funny... 

Notorious Women of Hove

Notorious Women of Hove

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 entertainers... 

George Douglas: The Unseen Archive

George Douglas: The Unseen Archive

A new exhibition from the archive of Brighton photographer, George Douglas. Working for titles such as ‘Life' and ‘Picture Post’ during the 50s and 60s, he captured everyone from celebrities to charladies, amassing a rich and diverse collection, much of which remained undiscovered for 60 years. 

Lost Cinemas of Brighton Tour

Lost Cinemas of Brighton Tour

Brighton's rich cinema history rediscovered on this acclaimed 90 minute tour. Alongside favourites such as The Regent and The Academy were dozens of smaller and fascinating little local cinemas... 

The Greatest Stories Never Told

The Greatest Stories Never Told

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 performer will know all too well... 

The Cranston Fiddle

The Cranston Fiddle

The Cranston Fiddle tells the story of the Cranstons of Haddington – an ordinary family who suffered great loss during the First World War. Out of seven Cranston sons who served their country, only three returned, two with grievous injuries... 

Mill Girls On Tour

Mill Girls On Tour

Comic and tragic. Defiant and loving! A unique production of theatre, poetry and music, join the Mill Girls, Rosie, Sadie, Betty and Agnes as they celebrate the lives of thousands of women who worked in Scotland's great thread mills over two centuries... 

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue

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. Since catching the King's attention, she reconsiders her roles on-stage and off, and the relationship between the two... 

White Poppies

White Poppies

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. Through a twist of fate, he is wrongly blamed for his comrades’ deaths in an explosion at Hill 60, and his loved ones are ostracised... 

All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well

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 That Ends Well... 

Since You Went Away

Since You Went Away

It’s 1941 and millions of women have their loved ones ripped away from them, unsure if they'll ever meet again. Using their own words, from a moving and inspiring collection of letters, three women share their hopes, fears and real-life romance in a world at war... 

Tessa Dunlop: An Audience with The Bletchley Girls

Tessa Dunlop: An Audience with The Bletchley Girls

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 Bletchley Girls... 

Jack the Ripper: Facts, No Fiction

Jack the Ripper: Facts, No Fiction

London, 1888. Jack the Ripper is killing Whitechapel prostitutes. One hundred and twenty-seven years later, all most people know about the most infamous serial killer of all time is myths and legends... 

Romanovs

Romanovs

The Romanovs is not about royalty. It’s about madness. The story takes place after the death of the Romanov family in 1918 when fake Romanovs sprang up around the country. The plot imagines that these pretenders were brought together and locked up in the very place where the originals met their end... 

Pip Utton: Adolf

Pip Utton: Adolf

One of the most exciting solo shows of the past decade. Live theatre at its best. 'Terrifying, searing, transfixing ... it's quite impossible to be anything other than totally absorbed by Utton's performance... 

Jane Austen's Forgotten Stories

Jane Austen's Forgotten Stories

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. Not just tea drinking and polite parties; this is heroines dying of fainting fits, dastardly villains, thieves, prisons and devastatingly dreadful carriage crashes, as we introduce: the lost Austen classics... 

History of Porridge

History of Porridge

Like bagpipes, deep-fried mars bars and kilts, eating porridge is one of those ‘typically’ Scottish clichés that gets bandied about far too often. However in every stereotype there is a grain of truth as Scotland is still to this day one of the largest oat producers in the world... 

Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

There’s niche and then there’s the niche of the niche. That’s what you get in Melanie Gall’s Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret. The niche part is that she’s singing songs that mention knitting... 

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

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. As the interpretations of the work progressed they took on separate identities - the English version was given an ancient setting during the Celtic rebellion in Roman-occupied Britain, while the tale in Arabic was placed in the modern Middle East... 

God's Smuggler

God's Smuggler

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 journey of its founder, Brother Andrew... 

Sequamur

Sequamur

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 1925... 

The Scottish Songstress: Recollections of My Aunt

The Scottish Songstress: Recollections of My Aunt

Gask 1847. The second anniversary of Baroness Nairne’s death. Her niece, Margaret Stewart reveals her aunt’s secret. Caroline Nairne, a much neglected contemporary of Burns, wrote over 100 of Scotland’s best-loved songs, many known far and wide... 

Song Tales from the American Edge

Song Tales from the American Edge

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-famous legends of America’ **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Grim Reaper Graveyard Tour

Grim Reaper Graveyard Tour

Uncover the secrets of the dead in this creepy night time tour of Greyfriars, Edinburgh's most historic graveyard. For 450 years the great, the good and the bad of Edinburgh have been interred here and their resting places marked by towering gothic monuments, obelisks, sarcophagi, effigies, underground crypts and majestic tombs adorned with hidden symbolism and imagery... 

Women of the Mourning Fields

Women of the Mourning Fields

This is a play for fans of Greek tragedy and theatre nerds. Luckily, this niche audience can be found in droves at Fringe festivals.It’s a play about a play within a play that considers those discarded from the narratives of history... 

Female Transport

Female Transport

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 to survive the conditions below the decks... 

Fair Cruelty

Fair Cruelty

The Tudors and the Stewarts enjoyed a colourful and controversial past, occasionally solicitous but more often a battle of wills involving courtship and conquest. This new adaptation, full of vim and vinegar, follows the greatest Queens of the Elizabethan Age... 

Boundary Riders: NZ Pioneer Women

Boundary Riders: NZ Pioneer Women

‘An invaluable body of work that traverses genres and captures untold stories of Kiwi pioneer women’ (NZ Herald, September 2014). Hear the stories of women who left their homelands' shores in search of a better life, as Rachel Dawick (NZ Folk Album Award Finalist, 2015) brings her tales of women in 1800s New Zealand to Edinburgh... 

Richard III
BOBBY WINNER

Richard III

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 his way to the English throne is in a league of its own... 

Troublesome People by Jill Haas

Troublesome People by Jill Haas

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. Jill Haas, in her exploration of the experiences of conscientious objectors and enemy civilians, has certainly hit upon such a point of departure... 

Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations markets itself as a reworking of the Dickens classic, but this time told from the perspective of the love interest, Estella. What we find instead is a compressed version of the novel that will leave anyone not familiar with the text scratching their heads and even those familiar with it likely doing the same at the bizarre production choices... 

O! Glorious Youth

O! Glorious Youth

It’s the early 20th Century, and dancing, drugs and violence are rife in London. O! Glorious Youth shows us the lives of bohemian adolescents around the end and aftermath of the Great War, revealing the darker side of the party... 

Lost Voices

Lost Voices

A moving multilingual anthology of the First World War, recreated by contemporary poet and playwright, Andy Cargill. First performed in November 2014 to commemorate Armistice Day. Poetry, prose, movement and music deliver an added poignancy 100 years on. 

Touched by Fire

Touched by Fire

This is immersive theatre. But not as we know it. It promises much – Lord Byron is, after all, somewhat synonymous with extravagance, indulgence and excess – and we ought, therefore, to be treated to fifty minutes’ worth of opulence and pleasure... 

It's a Woman's War

It's a Woman's War

This show invites us to take a look at life in wartime Britain. It is the year 1916 and we follow several women through the stress and hardship of contributing to the war effort while trying to carry on with everyday life... 

Titans of the Enlightenment

Titans of the Enlightenment

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 viveur and raconteur and Cameron Goodall, retired military man, musician and purveyor of hilarity... 

Bach E

Bach E

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 output... 

Mary Queen of Scots – The Edinburgh Story

Mary Queen of Scots – The Edinburgh Story

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. A story of power, politics, romance, religion, murder and treachery... 

Royal Mile Tours – Free

Royal Mile Tours – Free

Take part in the Festival's longest running show at no charge at all. Join one of our trained local guides for a gentle walk around Edinburgh's world-famous Royal Mile. There are few streets in the world filled with over 1,000 years of history... 

Nelson: The Sailors' Story

Nelson: The Sailors' Story

Nelson: The Sailors’ Story. Written and performed by Nicholas Collett. Directed by Gavin Robertson. Original soundtrack by Danny Bright. Inspirational hero – flawed maverick. Tactical genius... 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history and blessed with beauty. We will bring the past and its people vividly to life... 

With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

September 11, 2001, started off like any other day at Stuyvesant High School, located only a few blocks from the World Trade Center. Within a few hours on that Tuesday morning, they would all share an experience that transformed their lives... 

The Complete History of America, Abridged

The Complete History of America, Abridged

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. From the discovery of America to presidents to our political party system, this historical farce goes from rollicking to irreverent! The vaudevillian performance includes singing, dancing and audience participation that pokes fun at history that everyone is familiar with, but from a fresh young perspective... 

History's Greatest Monster

History's Greatest Monster

Recommended by LondonIsFunny.com. The show where comedians are challenged to ransack history for inspiration comes to Edinburgh! From medieval monks to the decline of the hat industry, anything from the past is ripe for ridicule... 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

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 death of her father... 

Going Underground

Going Underground

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 could go wrong? ... 

The Dark Truth Tour

The Dark Truth Tour

This late night special one hour tour takes you on a journey into the darker side of Edinburgh's underground history. Experience Mary King’s Close in a darker light, with a wicked comedy edge... 

Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Photography: A Victorian Sensation

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 recording the world around us... 

Lifting the Lid: A History of Scottish Cooking

Lifting the Lid: A History of Scottish Cooking

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. We also have a treasures display featuring the art work of watercolourist Hugh Buchanan... 

Edinburgh: Festival City Explorer Tour

Edinburgh: Festival City Explorer Tour

New in town? Start your day with a fun and informative walking tour, following a scenic route through Edinburgh's city centre. From the the medieval Old Town to the Georgian-era New Town, explore the history, heritage and culture of this city of two halves, with a knowledgeable and experienced local guide... 

Edinburgh Free Tour

Edinburgh Free Tour

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 famous Royal Mile, we lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter... 

Art for Lunch

Art for Lunch

Escape the thunderous thrill of the High Street! Unwind and enjoy tranquillity, inspiring music and stunning architecture in the medieval heart of Edinburgh. Classical, folk, jazz and more! Details on www... 

Barbara

Barbara

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 this day... 

Building Emily Warren: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge

Building Emily Warren: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge

Award-winning Thespian Troupe #7892 presents an original musical on the life and times of Emily Warren Roebling, the first woman field engineer. Website includes bios of the cast and crew, photos and videos from rehearsals, historical information, and song samples. 

In Loyal Company

In Loyal Company

The incredible true story of missing WWII soldier Arthur Robinson by David William Bryan and Sascha Moore (Trashed, 2017). Declared missing after his ship is sunk during the Battle of Singapore in 1942, this epic untold tale of survival is a one-man powerhouse performance presented by the team behind Trashed in 2017... 

We Have Ways of Making You Talk

We Have Ways of Making You Talk

Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland are bringing their highly acclaimed World War II podcast to the Edinburgh Festival.