Spontaneous Sherlock

Spontaneous Sherlock

Returning to Fringe for one night only! Spontaneous Sherlock is an entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play based on an audience suggestion of a title – with live Victorian musical accompaniment! Performed by the comedy improvisers behind the critically acclaimed and award-winning Spontaneous Potter… 

Tomas McCabe: The Mind Reading Experiments

Tomas McCabe: The Mind Reading Experiments

Fresh from consistently packing out the biggest room on PBH’s Free Fringe in 2018, Tomas McCabe walks out to a half-full room that is already half the size of his smash hit debut… 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Based on Edinburgh-born Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, this evocative tale of a brilliant doctor and his murderous counterpart has become a modern classic. Will Jekyll find a cure for the demon he has created? With a lush, romantic pop score, the show was a modern classic even before the show began its smash-hit Broadway run… 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus is back and will once again be rocking the main stage at the Rose Theatre. This modern, fast-paced, energetic, electric production tells of the last days of Jesus through the eyes of Judas… 

Oliver!

Oliver!

Captivate Theatre brings Lionel Bart’s timeless musical back to the Rose Theatre. Everything you want it to be and more… Captivate Theatre’s adaptation of Oliver! carries enough energy to overflow from the stage and infect the audience… 

HoneyBee

HoneyBee

I wasn’t really sure what this show was supposed to be going into it, and now that I’ve seen it, I’m not sure if I have any better an idea. 

Get Her Outta Here by Isabella Broccolini

Get Her Outta Here by Isabella Broccolini

Broccolini’s creation is a darkly raw absurdist comedy about Red Lady, a symbol and exploration of the female identity. Described as ‘gob-smackingly thrilling in what it reveals and is breathtakingly admiral in its outrageous courage, bravery’ (KJTheatreDiary… 

Spontaneous Potter

Spontaneous Potter

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Spontaneous Potter, from the eponymous Spontaneous Players, is just another improvised twist on a cultural classic. 

Spontaneous Potter Kidz

Spontaneous Potter Kidz

Spontaneous Potter Kidz is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fan fiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment! Magical fun for the whole family! This show is a family-friendly version of Spontaneous Potter… 

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

There’s a delightful pantomime-esque quality to Alfie Ordinary, who welcomes us into his world for this hour of song, dance, puppetry and even a spot of gymnastics. 

Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang

Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang

The Cardboard Exotics are back at Fringe with a new offering from writer and cast member Ben Alborough. 

Cream Tea and Incest

Cream Tea and Incest

The eminently search-engine-unfriendly Cream Tea and Incest returns to Fringe after a successful outing in 2017, but this time with an all-female cast. 

Cat Hepburn: #GIRLHOOD

Cat Hepburn: #GIRLHOOD

Millennial or non-millennial, any woman will be able to relate to Cat Hepburn's spoken word hour. 

Brandi Alexander

Brandi Alexander

Brandi Alexander has reinvented herself; a self confessed D-list night-time personality back in the saddle after a five year hiatus. 

Thirteen

Thirteen

What a show! With a new cast of talented teens, this fast-paced, hilarious coming-of-age musical with an unforgettable rock score is back at the Rose Theatre. Evan Goldman’s parents have split up and he is forced to leave the buzz of New York for the lamest place in the world in rural Indiana… 

The Last Dance with Fayne and the Cruisers

The Last Dance with Fayne and the Cruisers

Formed in 1965 in Edinburgh, Fayne and the Cruisers are still going strong, capturing the essence of those 60s dances in church halls and clubs and performing everything from The Beatles to The Beach Boys, Johnny Mathis to The Shadows, Ray Charles to Roy Orbison and everything in between… 

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

This crowd-pleasing musical is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into town rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swivelling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, and Don’t Be Cruel… 

Sister Act

Sister Act

A feel-amazing, disco, gospel extravaganza chock full of amazingly talented women! And a few bad guys too… Sister Act tells the hilarious story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder… 

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Join Bugsy, Fat Sam, Tallulah, Blousey and Dandy Dan for a fun time full of laughs, songs and lots of splurge! A great show for all the family, and is sure to inspire younger members of the audience to tread the boards! ‘Genuinely feel-good musical with shedloads of talent from a young cast’ (BroadwayBaby… 

Late Night Lip Service

Late Night Lip Service

Gingzilla – the award-winning, bearded belle of the Fringe’s most debaucherous ball – and the utterly iconic Late Night Lip Service are back! Featuring heart-stopping live performances, the Fringe’s wildest stars, lip-sync battles, midnight madness and much, much more from the giant, ginger, Glamonster herself! Open wide my loves and take in the Gospel of Ginge… 

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

What do the widow and mistress of Scotland’s famous bard discuss over tea? After the death of Robert Burns, his wife Jean Armour and mistress Nancy Maclehose finally meet. Female-led theatre company Fearless Players bring an all-female production dedicated to the women behind Scotland’s history… 

Gregory's Girl

Gregory's Girl

The stage adaptation of the iconic film by Bill Forsyth – all the original humour is retained as Gregory wrestles with his passion and Dorothy takes control. Andy and Charlie pursue their seemingly hopeless quest for female company which might take them to Caracas; whilst Steve the master cook is offering advice, pastries and maybe his smart, white jacket… 

The Tap Pack

The Tap Pack

With sold-out shows on London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s newest and hottest sensation; The Tap Pack are high energy entertainment inspired by Frank, Dean and Sammy infused with world-class tap dance… 

Searchers

Searchers

Taigé Lauren presents one woman’s journey to find what makes an American. But where does this journey begin? History? Personal experience? Culture? Politics? Religion? As she travels west, to the land of tomorrow, she digs further into the past where she meets unlikely strangers, becomes part of the nation’s origin stories and eventually finds the dark heart of it all… 

Definitely Louise

Definitely Louise

From the comfort of her flat, an excitable, precocious, irrepressible woman with a dirty mouth and a lot to say discusses life, her many opinions and her best friend, all the while avoiding the advances of her over-eager neighbour… 

Laufey Haralds: Nordic Noir

Laufey Haralds: Nordic Noir

Iceland – the safest place in the world according to the Global Peace Index – is obsessed with stories about murder, and Icelandic comedian Laufey Haralds wants in on the joke. In her debut solo show, Laufey uses her ‘sharp comic timing’ (Scotsman) to play around with Scandinavian stereotypes, impersonate her own parents and invites you to help create the next smash-hit TV crime drama… 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Comedian, physiotherapist, mother of three and recovered incontinent, Elaine Miller says #laughdontleak. The science of continence, vaginas and orgasms are a lot funnier than you thought… 

Gareth Mutch: The Old Man in the Carvery

Gareth Mutch: The Old Man in the Carvery

Mutch returns to the Fringe with a hilarious new hour chock-full of his trademark comedic tales of personal woe. Gareth is looking back to an encounter with an old man in a carvery that has haunted him for years… 

Burns: A Lost Legacy

Burns: A Lost Legacy

How much of your future would you sacrifice in order to preserve the past? Sarah Burns is a mother and wife, but in 1865 she gave up her life in Australia to return to Britain. Granddaughter of Robert Burns, Sarah is the forgotten guardian of her family’s legacy; it is due to her that the world remembers Burns with so much devotion… 

Dusty and Shirley

Dusty and Shirley

From London, for the first time, the incredible Hideaway show comes to the Edinburgh Fringe. It celebrates two of the most iconic and legendary British pop voices of our time: Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey... 

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his brand-new show, Dr Cosmos to the Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on his 49-date UK tour. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation... 

Al Murray's Three Night Stand (Definitely Not a Preview)

Al Murray's Three Night Stand (Definitely Not a Preview)

The nation's favourite pub philosopher turned pop-up publican, brings his unique comedy genius to the Edinburgh Fringe, serving up his satirical brew of no-nonsense banter for three shows only... 

Spontaneous Potter

Spontaneous Potter

Spontaneous Potter, created by the Spontaneous Players, takes a title from the audience (“Harry Potter and the…”) and skilfully creates an hour-long, brand new Harry Potter story from it... 

Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Performed entirely by very talented students, Captivate's production has been seen by an estimated 22,000 people, with sell-out crowds, standing ovations, and multiple five-star reviews... 

Rent

Rent

In the intimate surroundings of the Basement Theatre, with a small and extremely talented cast, Captivate's original take on Larson's rock musical will be intense and emotionally charged... 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Captivate Theatre is delighted to be bringing the universally acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar to the Edinburgh Fringe. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera tells the story of the last days of Jesus through the eyes of Judas... 

Rik Carranza: Still a Fan

Rik Carranza: Still a Fan

Rik Carranza is a Star Trek fan. Still. The title of this touching, heartfelt show rather gives that away, which is why it's initially a surprise when he tells us how at one point he boxed up all his Star Trek memorabilia and donated it to a charity shop... 

Marmite

Marmite

Marmite: it’s the breakfast spread that we apparently love or hate, and the word has – in that way the English language often does – subsequently evolved far wider metaphorical implications covering a whole host of things we’re unlikely to sit on the fence about... 

Scientology the Musical

Scientology the Musical

Deciding to take on Scientology, the notoriously thin skinned and litigation happy “religion”, as the central subject matter of a comedy rock musical is certainly a brave choice, but one that Australian company George Glass fearlessly runs with, crafting one of the most bizarre and utterly hilarious musical experiences I have ever witnessed... 

Late Night Lip Service

Late Night Lip Service

Ferocious queens and fierce divas of the world, rejoice! Gingzilla, the giant, ginger, award-winning Glamonster, returns to host Late Night Lip Service, featuring the Fringe's wildest acts, lip-sync battles, debauched drag and midnight madness... 

Whistle Down the Wind

Whistle Down the Wind

Swallow finds a man hiding in the barn, when she asks who he is his words are 'Jesus Christ'. Her prayers have been answered and she is determined to protect him. Whistle Down the Wind by Webber and Steinman, based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the film by Richard Attenborough, follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young... 

Annie

Annie

After last year's Fringe success with sell-out audiences and great reviews, Captivate is bringing back this much-loved family favourite. Young but determined orphan Annie's luck changes when she gets to spend Christmas with billionaire Daddy Warbucks... 

Thirteen

Thirteen

A fast-paced, hilarious, coming of age musical by Tony award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown with book by Dan Elish and Robert Horne. Evan Goldman's parents have split up and he is forced to leave the buzz of New York for the 'lamest place in the world' in rural Indiana... 

Rabbie

Rabbie

This play with songs distils the essence of Burns' life and his paradoxical personality through his poetry, music and the witty and poignant words of the late Dallmeyer, three-time winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

Primary Times Children's Choice Award winner 2017, Brave Macbeth, is back. On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife... 

Huge News

Huge News

Kyron and Menschy will deliver a fresh batch of comedic biscuits nightly accompanied by a preemptive doggy bag of accessible uploads so you can relive the madness whenever and wherever you want... 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller, physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak. Everyone wants control of their own body (and the bonus side effect of improved orgasms… 

Alex Cofield: Supernova

Alex Cofield: Supernova

No sound, no atmosphere, nobody for miles around. North Piddle is one scary village. But there's a Big Bang coming... A funk-fuelled hip hopera, Supernova is the critically acclaimed comedy that is changing the sound of storytelling, as Melbourne Fringe best comedy award nominee Alex Cofield rhymes his way out of his routine rural life and shoots for intergalactic stardom... 

Gary Meikle – Before All This

Gary Meikle – Before All This

Scottish comedy award winner Gary Meikle premieres his debut hour and lays bare his remarkable life story and how he's defeated the odds set against him from surviving children's homes to raising his daughter alone... 

Tom Stade: I Swear To...

Tom Stade: I Swear To...

After last year's smash-hit tour, the comedy legend returns with a new show, picking up just where he left off. Welcome to I Swear To... as an hour wasn't long enough. Tom knows the times are a-changing and he wants time to know he won’t be changing with them... 

The Onion Club: American Apocalypse Now

The Onion Club: American Apocalypse Now

A deliciously dark musical cabaret exquisitely crushing the American dream, delivered with rare power and visceral beauty. Musically stunning. Theatrically enthralling. God may be away, but this pair mean business... 

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress is just that, a work in progress. Jaded and disappointed with their lack of success within acting, friends John and Jane decide that the only way they can become rich and famous is to physically barricade themselves in their flat and write an award-winning script... 

Good Manners Gone Bad

Good Manners Gone Bad

Ever wondered what happens when nice manners go head to head with a Russian gangster? In a fusion between theatre, comedy and cabaret, James McLean is a one-man theatre company and presents the 'brilliantly acted' **** (GlamAdelaide... 

Gareth Mutch: Wants Mutch More

Gareth Mutch: Wants Mutch More

After sell-out shows in 2016 and 2017 Gareth Mutch returns with a bucket list to help fix his tragic life. What do you do when you wake up aged 24 and realise you have seen, done, experienced, and achieved nothing? Well, comedian Gareth Mutch made a list: a roadmap to sorting out his life and figuring out what it is he actually wants... 

Dean Hendry: Smells Like Dean Spirit

Dean Hendry: Smells Like Dean Spirit

Low self-esteem doesn't grow on trees, but it can grow funny fruit. Let’s explore how, underneath, Dean's spirit smells like a fire in a diarrhoea factory. If that fire contained boxes of explosive shame and overcompensating bravado... 

The Bench

The Bench

A new play by award-winning Scottish writer Keir McAllister. Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations. For five minutes a day, he finds a little solace and peace alone on the bench... 

Not in Our Neighbourhood

Not in Our Neighbourhood

Maisey Mata, a filmmaker, is invited by the Women's Refuge to document their clients in order to raise awareness about domestic violence. There, she encounters Sasha, Cat and Teresa – three individuals living together in the safe house, seeking solace and trying to rebuild their lives: all performed by award-winning actor Kali Kopae... 

Stuart McPherson and Donald Alexander

Stuart McPherson and Donald Alexander

Gilded Balloon Futures presents an hour of stand-up from two of Scotland's fastest rising talents. 'The next generation in Scottish stand-up – Stuart McPherson is dry and acerbic, Donald Alexander is a charismatic oddity' (@FringeMonkey)... 

The FlyBoys: A Postmodern Swing Sensation!

The FlyBoys: A Postmodern Swing Sensation!

Imagine a night where Pharrell Williams croons with Judy Garland, Ricky Martin scats with Cab Calloway, and Maroon 5 groove with Ella Fitzgerald – that night is here! In a fusion of unforgettable showmanship, these four masters of mashup, with their effortless vocals and sublime harmonies, will whisk you back to the golden age of big bands but with an incredibly unique twist! Come and hear swing reimagined – it's like Sinatra started a band with Bruno Mars! 

Aye, Elvis by Morna Young

Aye, Elvis by Morna Young

'Yer a wifie. Dressed as Elvis. In Aberdeen!' Joyce Falconer (River City) stars in this A Play, A Pie and A Pint smash hit, directed by Ken Alexander. Joan is an Elvis impersonator with big dreams... 

The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale

The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale

Alan Ledger didn't want the limelight and he didn't want the praise. Unfortunately, he often got one, but hardly ever got the other. Join Alan on his journey through the murky, monetary mayhem lurking behind the scenes of Scottish football, as he asks: 'Who is football for? Why do fans insist on pies? What kind of oddbod would put money into a football club?' All these questions and more are mostly ignored in this hilarious comedy written by Bryan Jackson and David Belcher, and directed by Frank Miller. 

The Junkies

The Junkies

One man's junk is another man's treasure. Edinburgh's hardest working second-hand dealers, Archie and Donny, discover a huge stash of cash in a New Town house clearance. But when their pal Choo Choo turns up, they all soon learn... 

Sarah McGuinness: Back to Blacks

Sarah McGuinness: Back to Blacks

Director and singer/songwriter Sarah McGuinness presents Back To Blacks, the eclectic live music and chat show streaming regularly from Blacks Club in Soho. Making a special appearance for three nights only in Edinburgh, Sarah presents the best of the festival: headliners, emerging talent, music and comedy in a warm and spontaneous mixture that is irresistible... 

Spontaneous Potter

Spontaneous Potter

An entirely improvised Harry Potter play, based on a suggestion of a fan fiction title. With live musical accompaniment! Brought to you by the comedy improvisers behind the critically acclaimed and award-winning Spontaneous Sherlock...