All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare

All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare

Farce has a proud place in British theatre history. From 14th century mystery plays, to Oscar Wilde, through to Alan Ayckbourn and Tom Stoppard, it has tickled and shocked audiences by playing with the boundaries of absurdity, driven by a speed and a vigour one seldom sees in any other genre... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv is on the whole a light-hearted and enjoyable experience without a bad bone in its body. The show’s four performers are likeable, confident and slick with their improvisation, and their audience interaction does a good job of getting the house excited... 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Julius Caesar is perhaps the best aware of its historical place. It’s a retelling of an event already mythologized at the time of its writing – the assassination of the eponymous Caesar – and takes stock of its own place in the historical canon; it, more than any other Shakespeare play, confronts its own role in future recreations of the story it tells... 

Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival

Support indie film! Now entering its fourth year and including the premiere of event director Al Carretta's 10th indie feature Precious Little Things, we present a curated selection of shorts from worldwide film-making talent... 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

All-female Australian group Essential Theatre present their own gender-swapped take on Shakespeare’s classic. An intriguing concept, the production itself shows flashes of brilliance but also plenty of missed opportunities... 

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

An earthquake is erupting, but not in Orange Street. Shakespeare meets Ska, Two-Tone and Rudeboy in a high-energy comedy of... um... errors! Two pairs of twins, separated at birth now cause chaos in Ephesus as merchants and magistrates, and even wives can't tell which is which! Somehow Madness, Bad Manners, The Pretenders and even Bananarama all add to the fun... 

Songs from: A Shropshire Lad

Songs from: A Shropshire Lad

Sam Hird (baritone) and Sam Johnson (piano) perform songs by British composer George Butterworth, whose death on the Somme 100 years ago robbed us of one of our most promising musical talents... 

SoftLOUD

SoftLOUD

SoftLOUD is acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative. Sean Shibe’s new show combines contemporary classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich), with mellow Scottish tunes; searing New York sounds in Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for nine bagpipes) play against gentle melancholy in Maxwell Davies’ hit Farewell to Stromness... 

Chaucer Retold

Chaucer Retold

A group of bored friends decide they want to take a show to the Fringe. An argument ensues about what they should perform. Join them as they try to fuse Chaucer, Beyonce, a mop and a game of Bingo into a theatrical showstopper... 

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

‘What’s it going to be then, eh?’ Little Alex is charming, clever and sophisticated. She’s also a callous thug with a thing for amphetamine-laced milk and lashings of the old ultra-violence... 

The Writers' Room

The Writers' Room

Degrees Of Error, best known for Murder, She Didn't Write, present to you their latest creation. Welcome to The Writers' Room, a basement littered with ideas where some of the greatest creative minds available have assembled... 

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm is the story of Flora Poste, a bright young thing who finds herself forced to live with her relatives in the countryside. On arrival, she finds the farm in rack and ruin, being destroyed by the doomed Starkadders: Amos, preaching hellfire and damnation, Cousin Judith, racked with remorse and desperately seeking redemption in the tea leaves, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben... 

The Dolls of New Albion

The Dolls of New Albion

Paul Shapera’s steampunk opera The Dolls of New Albion is a macabre four acts featuring four generations in a small town where the dead can come back to life as human-sized, unworldly dolls... 

The MKC Experience

The MKC Experience

The ultimate choir experience with the UK’s most versatile and captivating vocal group. A fully immersive musical adventure taking you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and styles using rich harmony to paint pictures in sound... 

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas delivers The Sundaes back to Edinburgh for 2017 with the return of their boldest show to date. Sassy, sexy and sensational, The Sundaes pay homage to the biggest divas on the planet with their trademark stunning vocals, coupled with a generous scoop of comedy and the outrageous costumes that they are known for... 

René Mazing: (Dis)Appearing Nightly

René Mazing: (Dis)Appearing Nightly

René was raised in London and returned to Germany in 1996... for the humour. In his Edinburgh debut, he’ll be presenting amazing illusions combined with a dry wit seldom encountered among Germans... 

Loud in Babel

Loud in Babel

It is 2057 and the world’s population has reached 10 billion. To prevent unsanctioned births, British law states that no male and female can be allowed to be alone together in a private place... 

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Powerful one-man show based on the much-loved WWI novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). George Stagnell plays 17-year-old Tommo Peaceful and everyone else he remembers as he looks back on his short but wonderful life: from growing up in rural England with his brother Charlie, falling in love with the same girl, to the terrors the brothers face together in the trenches... 

A Boy Named Cash: Johnny Cash Experience

A Boy Named Cash: Johnny Cash Experience

A one-man band greatest hits tribute to the legend Johnny Cash featuring Monty Cotton, as seen on The Voice. Sold out 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, 2017 Adelaide/Perth Fringe. Monty woke up one day in 2012 and realised he could imitate Johnny Cash... 

The Red Emerald: A Farce for the Colourblind

The Red Emerald: A Farce for the Colourblind

Two thieves. One emerald. No refunds. The Red Emerald is a blisteringly funny farce set in a crumbling, old German castle across from the Guildford Tesco’s. Herr Falkenstein's broke... 

NSFW

NSFW

'The articles are shit. No offence, Charlotte. But no one buys our publication principally for the literature. I think it’s important to recognise that.' Lad’s mag Doghouse is in trouble: after a topless image of an underage girl is featured, her furious father threatens to bring down the magazine... 

12

12

Using drag to explore Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 3BUGS and UoB LGBTQ present a night not to forget – get your stockings ready! Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in-between – welcome to 12! A reimagining of a classic ready for the 21st century, 12 is the perfect mixture of drag, dulcet tunes and a lot of daring fun. 

Sweet Nothings: Who Run the World?

Sweet Nothings: Who Run the World?

Exeter's longest-running all female a cappella group are back for their fourth year, ready to give the boys a run for their money! Performing songs sung by men, but with the style and sass of women, they will pay tribute to some of the best male talent around, whilst never forgetting who run the world! Having featured on BBC Two's The Choir: Gareth's Best in Britain and as Voice Festival and International Collegiate Competition semi-finalists, they know a little something about performing and will entertain you no matter your age or taste in music! 

Bare Threads

Bare Threads

We are often barely conscious of dressing and undressing in our daily routine. Yet, the very same actions have the potential to make us feel exposed, uncomfortable, wild, daring and sensual... 

A Joke

A Joke

A new comedy by Dan Freeman starring Sylvester McCoy, Richard Oliver and Robert Picardo. An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a joke... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

It's 1956, when men slayed business on the golf course and women had the dinner waiting. Sir John Falstaff is past his prime and down on his luck; his need for quick cash and his gross underestimation of these (not so desperate) housewives has riotous results! Watch as Mistress Page and Mistress Ford exact their revenge through a rousing story of hilarious jealousies and mischievous misunderstandings... 

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

Join us on a bewitching journey as we return to the Fringe for the 12th time, fresh from a year of sell-out gigs! Expect a veritable potion of songs, with a sprinkling of magic and a dash of girl power... 

Macbeth Kills the Duchess

Macbeth Kills the Duchess

Deep below an English manor house, in which a beloved member of the British royal family sleeps, a young woman is dressed as Shakespeare’s tragic hero Macbeth. Together with a group of friends, enemies and disgruntled employees, she has hatched a plot to murder the Duchess of Chelsea... 

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

This accomplished piece of theatre from Bristol Old Vic’s Theatre School is beautifully acted, wonderfully imaginative and excellently produced. A retelling of the classic Jason and the Argonauts, this theatre company have used Greek mythology as a basis to shine a light on our current immigration crisis... 

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable)

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable)

The premise of Caridad Svich’s Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable), here performed by Clumsy Bodies Theatre, is truly exciting. The play is a female reclaiming of the Iphigenia myth translated into the contemporary rave scene amidst political turmoil and horrific femicide... 

The Laramie Project
BOBBY WINNER

The Laramie Project

Fourteen cast members. One stage. Almost twenty years since the brutal murder of gay teenager Matthew Shepard by his peers that shaped the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of America. Moisés Kaufman’s verbatim piece The Laramie Project is based solely upon the words of those interviewed in the aftermath of this terrible event, and remains as poignant, touching and relevant today as it did upon its publication... 

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Medusa

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Medusa

Energetic, disturbing and just a bit confusing, Fourth Monkey's latest offering of physical theatre crashes onto the festival stage in this entertaining if messy and uneven reworking of the Greek myth of Medusa... 

Scenes from Punk Rock

Scenes from Punk Rock

In the library of a grammar school in Stockport, a group of school pupils gather who appear to lead typical teenage lives. But, with A-level exams fast approaching and individual agendas emerging, relationships soon come under strain and friendships begin to unravel... 

The Good Person of Sichuan

The Good Person of Sichuan

Exploring themes of life and death, wealth and poverty and what it means to be ‘good’, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Sichuan is innovatively and creatively brought to life by The Italia Conti Ensemble, under the direction of Tamasha Theatre Company co-founder, Kristine Landon-Smith... 

Grimm Tales

Grimm Tales

Perfect Pullman. The Northern Lights writer brings his wit, storytelling and dark imagination to the Grimm Brothers' classic tales. Including Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, along with some less well-known stories, these playlets will make you laugh and shudder in equal proportions as Lambrook Theatre's talented young cast entertain and make you gasp... 

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

A group of boys crash-landed on a deserted Pacific Island begins this dark and disturbing tale of savagery, bullying and the breakdown of civilised society. With a cast of boys of exactly the right age, this play has a relevance today that is as powerful as when it was first written... 

The Burial of the Rats

The Burial of the Rats

Fourth Monkey return to the Fringe with a fearless and bold new piece of work, inspired by Bram Stoker's short story of the same title and directed by associate director Simone Coxall... 

Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid

This fun filled revue is choke-full of classic barbershop quartet-style harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies! The show pays homage to the close-harmony guy groups that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s... 

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Pandora

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Pandora

***** (FringeGuru.com). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (ThreeWeeks). Pandora carries a jar everywhere she goes, believing she will not open it. Zeus looks down from above, knowing that she will... 

Penthouse

Penthouse

Ewan is one of the country's most intelligent young bankers. However he's just lost close to £1.4 billion of investors' money in an illegal trade he should not have made. His plan? Hire the penthouse of a hotel and indulge in a blowout before ending it all... 

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga!

You give us suggestions and we’ll give you a show! Improvabunga is the totally improvised movie-adventure-extravaganza. Featuring live musical accompaniment and buzzers which you'll use to control the performers... 

NSFW

NSFW

'The articles are shit. No offence, Charlotte. But no one buys our publication principally for the literature. I think it’s important to recognise that.' Lad’s mag Doghouse is in trouble: after a topless image of an underage girl is featured, her furious father threatens to bring down the magazine... 

Death by Shakespeare

Death by Shakespeare

A chorus of bawdy spirits lead you through this physically dynamic amalgamation of Shakespeare's finest death scenes, which fuse together familiar characters and scenes to create a fresh look at the Bard's beautiful words... 

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Persephone

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Persephone

***** (FringeGuru.com). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Stage). Persephone desperately struggles with bullies who make her life a misery, a mother who seems to have forgotten she exists and a force that wants to pull her into the underworld... 

God Ltd

God Ltd

10th anniversary at the Festival Fringe, four-star reviews and sell-out shows! This year STAG is returning to the Fringe to present the completely original play: God Ltd. Sunday. God's day of rest, when he leaves his three trusty angels in charge of answering prayers... 

Pibroch Tales

Pibroch Tales

Two men enter a forest… Fear meets mythical creature and strange happenings ensue. A vibrant blend of bagpipe music, storytelling, dance and comedy amid sharp-humoured interaction with the audience... 

NSFW

NSFW

'The articles are shit. No offence, Charlotte. But no one buys our publication principally for the literature. I think it’s important to recognise that.' Lad’s mag Doghouse is in trouble: after a topless image of an underage girl is featured, her furious father threatens to bring down the magazine... 

Schiz

Schiz

Benjamin Teel, a paranoid schizophrenic, believes he is responsible for the murder of millions. Millions who now want him to pay for his sins. Within his mental chaos he finds a lifeline in daily sessions with psychoanalyst Carolyn Wakefield... 

Aladdin

Aladdin

Join us on this wonderful rags-to-riches story as Aladdin journeys from the street markets to the Sultan's palace having retrieved a magical lamp with the power to grant the owner the chance to wish for whatever he wants... 

Stone

Stone

Pick up and open a tale of our time, magical fables told through story and rhyme. A Hurly Burly production, Stone fuses storytelling, music and movement in a simple, spellbinding parable that explores our impact on the planet, friendship and the power of hope... 

Grimblewitch

Grimblewitch

Will little Sun defeat Grimblewitch and show her father how to forgive? A Hurly Burly, tale of our time, Grimblewitch fuses storytelling, music and movement to explore the impact of conflict and war and how communities can rebuild peace... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Like many of the other spontaneous improvisation shows here at the Fringe, Absolute Improv! offers non stop comedy through a variety of funny and fresh games that are inspired by suggestions from the audience... 

The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown

There’s always a good smattering of obscure, seldom-performed or minor plays at the Festival Fringe. Many prove to be hidden gems. Others provide the necessary evidence as to why they have been almost forgotten... 

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness is an adaptation of a PSA film from 1936 of the same name – famous for being embarrassingly awful – that warned parents of the dangers of marijuana. It feels weird in this day and age, now the position of weed has moved from the “leafy green assassin” to a drug that is slowly being legalised... 

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

In this play we’re granted a view into a future version of the world of Peanuts. In this world, Charlie Brown & Company are all teenagers, and they’re completely changed, yet totally recognizable, versions of their cartoon selves... 

Fémage a Trois

Fémage a Trois

Hard hitting and immensely emotional, the beautiful performances in Fémage a Trois don’t hesitate in getting down to the real challenges that modern day, western women must face... 

Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life

Take a play with no plot, an unspecified number of players, no defined characters, pages of intense prose and lines that can be spoken by any performer and what do you have? Unmistakably, Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life... 

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

Rarely performed and more or less unknown to all but the most hardcore of Shakespeare addicts, Troilus and Cressida explores star-crossed love and political machinations in the midst of the Trojan War... 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Italia Conti Ensemble returns to the Festival Fringe with their second-year students again split into two groups, each with its own choice of play. This production of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes Matthew Francis' adaptation of the classic tale and reformats it to suit their own highly distinctive style... 

Road

Road

It’s Road, but not as we know it. Italia Conti Ensemble give their own take on JIm Cartwright’s 1986 classic. Much has changed in the ensuing thirty years but the working-class struggle is still with us: poverty remains an issue as does housing and its quality... 

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... 

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sleeping Dogs Lie

‘When growing up makes you feel as if you’re on trial, and people are building a case against you the moment you step out of line.’ Eight individuals invite their audience to help delve into the past... 

The Supermarket Six

The Supermarket Six

Unexpected item in bagging area… Over-worked, under-appreciated, threatened with unemployment, a tin of baked beans that refuses to scan pushes the beleaguered shop assistants of the BestCo supermarket chain over the edge... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

Madness? Love. A forgotten heroine / tragedy / suicide: oppression mining all within, infects unseen. That’s for remembrance. Pray. Remember Hamlet... and Ophelia. Cambridge University presents Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy in 80 minutes... 

Fiddler on the Roof Junior

Fiddler on the Roof Junior

This is a fresh, charming abridged version of the award-winning 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof. If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a Match and other familiar songs, with wonderful choreography enrich this beautiful story... 

The Deer Johns: A Journey

The Deer Johns: A Journey

A three-man band from Adelaide, Australia, tell an odd and very random story of one man’s travels through spoken word and song. There’s strong musicianship, with some cracking numbers and inventive lighting making for lovely moments, but there are also a lot of areas where the shows falls flat... 

Private Manning Goes to Washington

Private Manning Goes to Washington

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning remains in a high security US Military Prison on a 35-year sentence for passing nearly a quarter of a million classified files to Wikileaks in 2010... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Sodom

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Sodom

Of all the forms of theatre regularly utilised in our part of the world, physical theatre remains the most beleaguered. At its best, it can be the emotive, striking way of delivering information beyond words, like its practitioners want it to be... 

Wychwood

Wychwood

Horror is one of the most difficult genres to pull off in theatre. Whereas horror books are limited only by the imagination, and films have special effects and atmospheric editing, theatre has to find its own voice; usually through a mix of practical effects, creepy visuals, music and the live actors’ performances... 

5 Out of 10 Men...

5 Out of 10 Men...

Top ratings aren’t always just about putting on a remarkable production, although 5 Out of 10 Men is that. Sometimes a play ventures into new territory, swims into unchartered waters or deals with a topic that has been been ignored, avoided or swept under the carpet in the belief that it might go away... 

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

‘Power into will, will into appetite’ – Shakespeareonthelevel applies its attack to Shakespeare’s thrilling play about the depravity of war. This young company of professional actors brings pace and precision to Shakespeare’s most energized language... 

May Contain Nuts

May Contain Nuts

BroadwayBaby.com said of last year’s breakthrough sketch show, 'I am astounded by the quality of their work. Pure laughs from start to finish, this fantastic foursome deserve a full house each and every night... 

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

'We are the reckless, we are the wild youth!' In the ruins of an old derelict church, secrets and lies strain friendships to breaking point. During the course of a single night, young lives and loves may be lost or redeemed, but some will be changed forever... 

Bhumi

Bhumi

Home. Singapore. Departure. Arrival. London. Home. 'I’m Z, short form for a name that you probably can’t pronounce and I’m trying to find my place in the world.' Bhumi (Sanskrit for earth or soil) is a multi-disciplinary theatrical performance by a collective of Singapore Malay artists based in London... 

Private Manning Goes to Washington

Private Manning Goes to Washington

A new play imagining a secret meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chelsea Manning, the transgender US soldier currently imprisoned for leaking classified information to Wikileaks... 

Stop!

Stop!

Following their sell-out Fringe run in 2014, Make Theatre CIC return with their brand new, original show, Stop! A lighthearted, observational musical comedy based on overheard real and imagined exchanges between various stereotypical characters you might be lucky enough to share a bus with... 

May Contain Nuts

May Contain Nuts

BroadwayBaby.com said of last year’s breakthrough sketch show, 'I am astounded by the quality of their work. Pure laughs from start to finish, this fantastic foursome deserve a full house each and every night... 

It Just Takes One

It Just Takes One

Fans of The Office and The IT Crowd, we’ve found the answer to the gaping sitcom shaped hole in your life: an office where the graduate dream has died. It Just Takes One follows the demise of five colleagues... 

Stop!

Stop!

Following their sell-out Fringe run in 2014, Make Theatre CIC return with their brand new, original show, Stop! A lighthearted, observational musical comedy based on overheard real and imagined exchanges between various stereotypical characters you might be lucky enough to share a bus with... 

Dark North and Hungry Jane: Two Plays of Supernatural Horror

Dark North and Hungry Jane: Two Plays of Supernatural Horror

After comedy, horror is the next most difficult art form to tackle; although comedy reigns king at the fringe there is still an eager audience waiting to be scared. Unfortunately they certainly are not going to find it in this production... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Hamlet

Shakespeare Shorts – Hamlet

Shakespeare Shorts: Hamlet - Shakespeare’s Hamlet condensed into an hour by kids, for kids. Performed by eleven kids from Shakespeare at Traquair, this was a very entertaining piece with the script reduced and simplified to make it more accessible to youngsters... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Ascension Part 2

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Ascension Part 2

Here we go again. The other half of Fourth Monkey’s Ascension is here, though according to them the parts are “complementary, but independent”. And they are complementary, if by ‘complementary’ you mean utterly the same in tone, image and structure... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: The Ark

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: The Ark

Drawing from Biblical allusions, Fourth Monkey’s The Ark, as part of their Genesis and Revelation programme, centres on people attempting to play God with the lives of modern-day refugees... 

The Rooster Rebellion

The Rooster Rebellion

This is a drama about a young woman who discovers that a former history teacher of hers has become homeless on the streets of London. She decides she’s going to run away from home in order to help him survive... 

The Enchanted

The Enchanted

The Enchanted is a show all about disconnection, both in its subject matter and the way that it’s performed. It is also a hard-hitting and a compassionate look at prisoners on Death Row, based on a novel by Rene Denfeld... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Ascension Part 1

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Ascension Part 1

The Genesis + Revelation cycle by Fourth Monkey promises “traditional Bible stories with a contemporary twist”. I struggle to see what’s contemporary about Ascension Part 1; it’s a mishmash of apocalypse imagery and shouting, unfettered by sense... 

The Producers

The Producers

The Producers charts the tale of Broadway producer Max Bialystock and meek accountant Leo Bloom as they try to defraud the wealthy widows of New York out of two million dollars by staging a sure-fire Broadway flop... 

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

This production of Mary Poppins draws heavily from Disney’s 1964 film, but fails to conjure the same magic.It’s worth noting that this production comes from local youth group Tribe Porty Youth Theatre, with a cast ranging in age from 5-18 years old... 

Tell Mary I Love Her

Tell Mary I Love Her

A captivating piece of storytelling that takes the audience back to 1939 and then through to 1945, telling the tale of two best friends in the army, a night club owner and three alluring singing sisters... 

#ICYMI

#ICYMI

Trapped in a bar after a mysterious explosion, a group of disparate twentysomethings come to terms with the fact that life has #nochill when facing potential mortality, and the #strugglefest that it is being a millennial... 

Puddles, the Posh School Musical

Puddles, the Posh School Musical

What's a boy to do? Puddlescombe Prep, the poshest school in Britain (and therefore, or course, the world), is going to the dogs. Is it just plain incompetence from Mr Powers, the pathetic principal? Or are the teachers just not good enough? After all, Mr Dither's always in a... 

Just So?

Just So?

Did the world come about just so? Have forces of science and evolution been the only things at work? How did the world come to be filled with so many strange wonders? A new reworking of some of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories takes a fresh look at these questions – maybe, just maybe, there has been something or someone else at work, playing with the course of human and animal history and having great fun along the way. 

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

stage@leedscompany mount an original adaptation of Tang Xianzu’s A Dream Under the Southern Bough. Xianzu was a playwright and he died 400 years ago, like our dear Bard. But he’s obscure and Chinese; therefore he’s the kind of under-appreciated source ripe for a Edinburgh Fringe performance... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Shorts – Romeo and Juliet

Balthasar’s bemused, Romeo’s a wuss and the Friar’s on the fiddle but Juliet Capulet calls the shots in an ice cream war with the Montagues. Throw in a voluptuous Nurse, a dandy Paris, two warring tribes with loads of raspberry ripple and you’ve got the recipe for a rip-roaring romance with a twist in a show specially adapted for a young audience... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Shorts – Romeo and Juliet

Balthasar’s bemused, Romeo’s a wuss and the Friar’s on the fiddle but Juliet Capulet calls the shots in an ice cream war with the Montagues. Throw in a voluptuous Nurse, a dandy Paris, two warring tribes with loads of raspberry ripple and you’ve got the recipe for a rip-roaring romance with a twist in a show specially adapted for a young audience... 

The Suitcase Kid

The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson's bestseller is brought to life with puppetry and song by a large cast. Vicky Ireland's exciting adaptation tells the story of young Andy and her rabbit friend, Radish, as they adjust to their new homes following her parents’ divorce... 

5 Out of 10 Men...

5 Out of 10 Men...

On average, 12 men take their own life every single day. Rooted in true experience and inspired by a verbatim text, 5 Out of 10 Men invites men to be open – to journey unabashedly into themselves... 

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming

Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare, the award-winning ST@UIBE company from Beijing presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and misunderstanding in a refreshing new light... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: The Whale

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: The Whale

**** (Stage). ***** (Independent). Fourth Monkey return to the Fringe with a season of work inspired by the books of Genesis and Revelation following last year's success of their Grimm season... 

The Bristol Suspensions in: Netflix and Trill

The Bristol Suspensions in: Netflix and Trill

Snuggle in, unwind and let the award-winning a cappella sensations and 2016's Voice Festival University champions, The Bristol Suspensions, give you a night you won't forget. From Muse and Michael Jackson to a viral internet mega mix, watch these talented students make music using nothing but their mouths... 

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga!

The critically described Watch This Improv Troupe strike again at the Fringe with their unique brand of improv comedy. Come and watch an adventure based on nothing but your fantastic suggestions... 

Pesky Pirates: A Hip-Hop Adventure

Pesky Pirates: A Hip-Hop Adventure

After sell-out shows of The Princess and the Frog last year, Let’s All Dance is back with this high energy interactive show, full of action, giggles and fantastic hip-hop dancing! Children will be able to clap along and join in with the pirate-y moves... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Come and join us for a wonderful adventure in Neverland and see how Peter, Wendy, John and Michael battle the pirates, mermaids and native Indians with help from the Lost Boys and a sprinkle of fairy dust from a very feisty fairy... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Five-star, three-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out improv comedy show! Edinburgh's improv theatre company presents a fast-paced, hilarious improv show that will have you coming back for more... 

The Enchanted

The Enchanted

Are monsters born or are they created? A mute prisoner sits on death row in a maximum security prison. He watches and he listens. And he wonders – how do we stop men like me from happening? An investigator unravels unspeakable crimes – she does not let men go to their deaths without a fight... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Hamlet

Shakespeare Shorts – Hamlet

Hamlet’s got the hump. His Uncle Claudius has bumped off his dad and married his mum, who’s a bit too fond of "ginger beer". Girlfriend Ophelia won’t listen to a word he says and his best mate, Horatio, keeps seeing ghosts... 

The Suitcase Kid

The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson's bestseller is brought to life with puppetry and song by a large cast. Vicky Ireland's exciting adaptation tells the story of young Andy and her rabbit friend, Radish, as they adjust to their new homes following her parents’ divorce... 

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Italia Conti Ensemble score an absolute triumph with Neil Bartlett's Oliver Twist. They get it right from start to finish and never falter – every component is honed to perfection... 

Piaf

Piaf

Piaf opens with a spectacular tableau of the entire cast. All the ingredients for this show are visible: the keyboard, the accordion, the guitar, the drums and an audience longing to hear the unmistakable voice of Piaf pumping out those unforgettable songs that captivated audiences in Europe and the USA... 

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight

NakedFeet Theatre’s Dust Never Settles in Torchlight is a short and sweet reimagining of a selection of Greek myths. Whether or not you’re familiar with the myths of Echo, Narcissus and Pygmalion, the physical theatre involved is utterly captivating and the imaginative lighting design (the stage is almost entirely lit by hand-held torches) transports you to another world... 

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... 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

If you are looking for some respite from hackneyed scripts and dodgy accents, you are not going to find it in Sanctuary.Written and performed by Susanne Sulby, this one woman show is trying to do something quite admirable: examining how war affects women around the world, which is partly why it comes as such a disappointment... 

Tissue

Tissue

Cancer Out Loud is a student led organisation organising and supporting cancer related charities and events to get people talking about cancer OUT LOUD! One in two people are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime... 

This Language

This Language

Once there was Pangaea, now we have a broken world. But this is the language of unity. Theatre meets spoken word... Over the past 60 years, there has been a ground-breaking increase in cultural diversity throughout Britain, resulting in the urge to achieve equality through cultural preservation... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A Daily Mirror awaits us on our seats announcing the death of a 'pair of "star-crossed" lovers … in the wake of increasingly violent clashes in the streets'. It serves as background and gives context to this 1960s mods-and-rockers swinging version of Romeo & Juliet... 

Staircases

Staircases

Staircases is a piece of collaborative new writing from Antonym Theatre. It explores l'esprit de l'escalier, or the conversations you wish you could have had; the retorts you've said in your head and weren't brave enough to vocalise... 

The Colours of Kenny Roach

The Colours of Kenny Roach

Kenny Roach is an artist, lecturer and alcoholic. His story is one of success, jealousy and frustration in this moving drama about the pressures and rivalries within the arts where relationships, even those closest to you, are put to the ultimate test... 

Fold

Fold

This show brings the arts of dancing and paper folding together in an exploration of how the two mediums can unite. Dance company DANCE Kho who include dancers Takao Komaro and Kirsten Ho - the latter of whom also choreographed the piece - hail from Hong Kong and aim to bring their innovative approach to Edinburgh... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

As one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a very common choice for the Fringe. Many companies try to stand out with bizarre interpretations and new gimmicks that stand out from the crowd... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Edinburgh Fringe is often filled with adaptations and remixes of classics, so it is very refreshing to see Tread the Boards Theatre Company bring J.M Barrie's children's' classic Peter Pan to life in a magical production that is true to the text... 

Paradise: Lost

Paradise: Lost

'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' 3Bugs returns with an original dark comedy: a tempestuous twist on Milton's account of the Fall of Man. Set in the bedroom of Adam and Evelyn, in the corner of a dark, dystopian world, the voice of temptation echoes from wall to wall... 

Paradise: Lost

Paradise: Lost

'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' 3Bugs returns with an original dark comedy: a tempestuous twist on Milton's account of the Fall of Man. Set in the bedroom of Adam and Evelyn, in the corner of a dark, dystopian world, the voice of temptation echoes from wall to wall... 

Submarine

Submarine

A seamless stage adaptation of book and film, Submarine deserves a round of applause. Coming-of-age, parental marital difficulties, terminal illness and the battle of hormones in a first relationship are all comically walked through in a pair of battered DocMartens by young Oliver Tate... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A solid and entertaining piece of Shakespeare that’s well handled by its young cast. In Flying High Theatre’s rendition of this classic comedy, the plot of the show is very quickly established: an exiled pair of lovers, Lysander and Hermia, attempt to escape the city, followed by a jilted suitor, Demetrius, and the friend of Hermia who also has an unhealthy love for Demetrius, Helena... 

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Rapunzel

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Rapunzel

Rapunzel is part of Fourth Monkey's 2015 fairytale season and features their signature physical ensemble work. This large, youthful cast, directed by Angela Gasparetto, explores themes of abuse and entrapment through a twisted version of a familiar story... 

Death by Shakespeare

Death by Shakespeare

“My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale”. This quotation from Richard III encapsulates the nature of this aesthetically powerful performance; a chorus of spirits, bruised and bloodied, gather to re-enact their deaths and, while some stand out as characters, they work as an ensemble to do so, with every member of the group a part of every tale — a murderer, a victim, or standing by, observing and mocking the action... 

The Wishing-Chair Adventures

The Wishing-Chair Adventures

Running Torch's The Wishing-Chair Adventures prides itself on audience interaction. It's brilliant to see a group of young actors really going out of their way to engage with the crowd and it goes down an absolute treat with the kids... 

Fifty Shades of Fizzog

Fifty Shades of Fizzog

Who doesn’t want to see grannies street dance?In an unexpected turn of events, this year’s breakthrough sketch show is not just another bunch of students. This year it is the turn of the Fizzog’s and they’ve broken through fantastically... 

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap

A bare stage, obscured by low lighting and backed by an eerie sinister soundtrack set the tone for this gripping retelling of the classic children’s fairy-tale, but this telling is definitely not for children... 

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Hansel and Gretel

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Hansel and Gretel

You think you know the story of Hansel and Gretel, but can you fully comprehend the suffering that they endured? Poverty, starvation, abandonment, incarceration, murder and insanity? No, you don't think about that bit, do you?Look beyond the candy sticks and the crumb trail, and goose pimple your way into the demented abusive tale of Fourth Monkey's adaptation... 

The Northern Lights Display

The Northern Lights Display

From the frosted Northern landscape of County Durham come the Northern Lights. Still fresh to the scene of a cappella, they are elated to be performing for only the second time on the Fringe stage and welcome the opportunity to show off entirely new material to the Scottish capital... 

The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew

The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew

There's trouble afoot, all the Dragons have been quashed, and what's a young knight to do? Especially, when there's the trouble-making Oblong with nothing to occupy him. Unless, but no, that's surely too dangerous, too foolhardy even for the troublesome Oblong... 

The Quentin Dentin Show

The Quentin Dentin Show

The Quentin Dentin Show is an extraordinary and eccentric dark comedy rock musical, which sees main characters Nat and Keith’s relationship on the rocks and their lives in a rut. Enter Quentin Dentin, an otherworldly doctor in shades of white and gold, part David Bowie, part Christ figure, who along with his friends emerges from Keith’s broken radio with the intention of fixing their lives and making them happy again... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Macbeth

Shakespeare Shorts – Macbeth

Macbeth’s afraid of his missus, the witches think they’re on Masterchef and a pair of murderers want Banquo’s head on a platter. With Lady Macbeth getting ever more power crazed and deranged, can Macduff save Scotland? Only if the audience join his army... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare Shorts – Comedy of Errors

Multiple mistaken identity as confusion and hilarity reign. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio meet their twin counterparts from Ephesus, with each being unaware of the other’s existence... 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

After Alice tumbles down a mysterious rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange land where everyone is raving mad. With the help of a Cheshire cat, a caterpillar, and an unpunctual rabbit, Alice must find her way back through the locked door she magically came in from... 

Sweeney Todd: The Panto

Sweeney Todd: The Panto

After 15 years in exile, famed barber Sweeney Todd returns to London in search of his wife Lucy. Little does he realise that she has been captured by the villainous Judge Turpin. Can Sweeney rescue her from his grasp? And what is the secret behind the curvaceous Mrs Lovett's pie shop? With a razor sharp wit and apologies to Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Panto is a bloody good time! 

Baron Sternlook's Improvised Musical

Baron Sternlook's Improvised Musical

James Lovelock (Showstopper, Music Box) and his herd of musical improvisers bring you the silliest musicals ever never written, all improvised from your suggestions. ‘This quality of performance, which is rarely assured within improvised performance, is a breath of fresh air and entirely in debt to the bond and rehearsal of the entire cast’ (Redbrick... 

The Final Act

The Final Act

Given one last chance to save their theatre society, an eccentric creative team must stage a spectacular sell-out show. There’s only one problem: it must be a musical! Following a hugely successful debut last year, RopeWalk Productions bring you this hilarious, timely story of a theatrical battle for survival... 

Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

A single mother, a businessman and a 14-year-old girl find themselves trapped together in a mysterious room. Brought together by unknown persons, Lacey, Peter and Abbie have nothing in common except a desire to escape... 

The Bastard Queen

The Bastard Queen

My appreciation for the acting in The Bastard Queen was matched by my strong distaste for the actual play. As apocalypse dramas go, it’s pretty standard; the last few people on earth bicker over food, question morality following the annihilation of humanity, and revert to religious superstition and violence in the absence of order... 

Can't Stay Away!

Can't Stay Away!

Can’t Stay Away! is a farce centred around an immigrant worker from Eastern Europe who has saved up some money and just wants to return home. He goes on an endless journey, encountering travail after travail as he attempts to hitch-hike his way back to his family with a sackful of gifts... 

Architects and Anarchists

Architects and Anarchists

This is a play about a writer, the girl he loves and the characters in his head. Writer is recovering from writer’s block and reunites in his head his two characters: a protagonist called Virtue and an antagonist wearing red contact lenses called - ah yes - Satan... 

Victorian Vices – Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

Victorian Vices – Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

From the corridors of a modern hotel we enter Victorian London in this immersive musical theatre piece. Crafted with flair by writer/director Dave Spencer, Victorian Vices: Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls offers an imaginative new take on the well-known tale of the murderous barber and the woman who cooked the victims into pies... 

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a Broadway musical based on the Peanuts comic strip, featuring familiar characters like Lucy, Snoopy and Schroeder. It's a feel-good musical, laced with life philosophy and heartfelt comment on the world, through bright, wide-eyed innocence... 

Palatinotes: The a Cappella Show

Palatinotes: The a Cappella Show

This is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut of Durham University a Cappella Choir and we couldn't be more excited to share our show with the people of Edinburgh and beyond. We are a contemporary, mixed a cappella group reigning from the cobbles of Durham... 

The Lover

The Lover

A beautiful young housewife anticipates her lover’s arrival; she pours the drinks, paces the carpet and awaits instructions. But at six o’clock her husband returns, expecting more than a smile and a gin and tonic... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

The Italia Conti Ensemble’s rendition of Spring Awakening is a well-directed and expertly performed take on Frank Wedekind's controversial play. Sexual repression and erotic fantasy are evoked by the large cast, every member of which is constantly present and involved in creating the symbolism or atmosphere of each scene... 

The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba

Spain during the 1930s. A strict household inhabited by women only: two servants, five sisters, a demented grandmother and Bernarda, the matriarch. There's only one man these women have had contact with in years - Bernarda's second husband - and he has just died... 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale is given a family-friendly and wonderfully whimsical adaptation in this new production by Fourth Monkey. Renowned for their physical theatre work, here the company have tailored their style to their audience, providing an ultimately entertaining if unchallenging hour of theatre... 

Two

Two

'First night in here? Well, you'll get used to us. We're a lively pub...' Italia Conti BA actors invite you to their local, a hub of calamity and heart in 80's Manchester. Relax, order a stiff one and encounter a host of wacky yet familiar Friday night characters... 

Victorian Vices – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Victorian Vices – The Picture of Dorian Gray

The moment you step into this showroom, I can guarantee you’ll wish you had worn your suit or gown. Leave your 21st century self at the threshold as lords and ladies abound to greet you into Victorian England... 

Barbara and Yogashwara's Safe Space

Barbara and Yogashwara's Safe Space

Ruthless adult comedy horror in a caravan exploring power, abuse and New Age spirituality, via an exceptionally close mother-daughter relationship. 'Pure brilliance' (Totaltheatre.org... 

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Flying High Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is a charming lunchtime production, faithfully recreating its source material and providing entertaining moments of physical theatre throughout the 50 minutes... 

The Hollywood Ten

The Hollywood Ten

Hats off to 8pB Theatre Company’s extremely young cast. They’ve formed their own theatre company and written, directed and performed a show about a challenging historical event — all before leaving school... 

The Tulip Tree- The Love Story of J Enoch Powell

The Tulip Tree- The Love Story of J Enoch Powell

The Tulip Tree is a very intelligent piece of theatre that crams a lot of subtlety into a short period of time.It focuses on a period very early in the life of Enoch Powell, the infamous Tory politician particularly known for his “rivers of blood” speech... 

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Honolulu based company of aspiring performing artists present Stephen Sondheim's horrifically beautiful masterpiece performed in an intimate setting. This one of a kind horror musical depicts the story of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge... 

Snow White: The Whole Grimm Affair

Snow White: The Whole Grimm Affair

New black comedy musical satirising celebrity culture in a modern take on Grimm. 34 eccentric characters are played by a cast of five to dish the dirt on a diabolical ex-page three model...