Featured shows

  • Merlin's Apprentice

    A thrilling new family musical, telling of Arthur’s rise from homeless orphan to King under the guidance of the legendary magician, Merlin! ‘A magical re-telling of the legend that holds the audience spellbound’ ***** (Western Morning News)

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  • Nosferatu's Shadow

    Who was Max Schreck? The man behind the most iconic movie monster. A man who played 800 roles. A mystic and nature lover. How did he endure the rise of Hitler? Learn as Max emerges from Nosferatu’s Shadow.

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  • Trumpageddon

    Half a million people signed a petition to ban Donald J. Trump from entering the UK. Yet he’s here at Edinburgh in all his horrifying glory. Immerse yourself in Trump’s world before he blows it to kingdom come.

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  • Beryl

    Frank, a sensitive loner haunted by his past, avails himself of the private cross-dressing services of Beryl. In Beryl’s rundown, cluttered bedsit, their stories unravel, forcing them to confront dark truths about themselves they could never face before.

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  • Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo

    Real-life story of a 10-year-old juggling her career on live TV in 1957 with the demands of her stage mother and an awareness of her gender dysphoria. Tap dancing, mime, physical comedy and song.

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  • The Meeting

    That meeting that we’ve all been to. The one featuring an array of interesting colleagues that make up an office workplace. Just your average meeting... until it's not!

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  • Drink! The Musical

    Fun and full of laughter this heartfelt musical will take you on an emotional journey full of the twists and turns of life living with alcoholism. With original songs and the enthusiasm of a cast of 20!

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  • Nowhere Now

    Making international trade deals isn't easy but it is funny, absurd, ridiculous, stupid, nonsensical, manic, moronic, filthy, terrifying, profane, devastating and moooo-ving. We will sell all the beef! You just gots to believe. If you still can.

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  • This is Japanese Iki!

    This is Japanese Iki! What do you get when you put breathtaking projection dance, inspired by karate and hip hop, together with hilarious traditional Japanese storytelling? You get Japanese Iki, of course… Seeing is disbelieving!

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  • Light Relief

    Award-winning, fast-moving comedy show featuring original songs, sketches and special guests, including Old James Bond, Sacha Distilled, Jeremy Clarkson, David Cameron, Fifty Shades... and a caption competition for a bottle of wine. 'Real originality and highly entertaining' (Stage)

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  • Rapture!

    When an error cuts her public benefits, Sarah banks on secular sensibility and starts her own post-rapture pet sitting service. But if this jaded hipster could be wrong about love, maybe the end of days isn’t far off?

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  • Cheekykita – Tittitutar Town

    An absurd character clown show. 'One of the strangest acts you're likely to see' (ManchesterWire.co.uk). Come to Tittitutar town, meet the other odd bods 'like The Mighty Boosh on crack' **** (BroadwayBaby.com)

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  • Vivaldi for Breakfast!

    You’ve heard Vivaldi’s music commercially, but what do you know about him? What role did virgin girls and the inquisition play in his life? Hear his story and his music will never sound the same again.

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  • Aidan Goatley: The Joys of Retail (and How to Escape Them)

    Aidan Goatley shows the delights and horrors of the retail world, from insane area managers to delightful customers and how, with some luck, you might escape them.

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  • Irrelevant

    In a mismatched Edinburgh flat, three young, bohemian adults chat about who they would want by their sides in the apocalypse and what wigs to wear at their own funerals. A dark, comedic critique of the modern day hipster.

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  • The Cult of Comedy presents...

    Showcasing the best on offer this Fringe. Tasters and snippets from four and five-star shows, plus exciting, emerging talent. Comedy, music, spoken word, cabaret... any or all of these with different performers every night.

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  • Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show – Live on Stage!

    New show! A Princess who farts. What more do you need to know? Can Princess Pumpalot and her friend Guffy find the missing super-farting bean? Fringe 2013, 2014 and 2015 *****

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  • Living Luke

    This brilliant debut hour is an observational, personal and hilarious account of life, through Luke’s funny tinted eyes and told in his laid back and friendly style.

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  • Etherwave: Adventures with the Theremin

    Notorious performer Hypnotique explores the theremin – the first electronic instrument – and its influence on music today. Expect espionage, spooky soundtracks and encounters with Amazonians, Bob Moog and Simon Cowell. Performance/multimedia lecture.

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  • Made in Cumbria

    Jane Postlethwaite's debut solo show introduces you to a selection of dark female characters who welcome you into their unique world. Jane Postlethwaite is a Funny Women finalist and Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award finalist 2015.

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  • F*ckboys for Freedom

    What is the most pressing issue that our society faces today? F*ckboys, obviously. This theatre/sketch show will take you on a bizarre journey through the murky depths of society to find the true King of the F*ckboys.

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  • Hella Granger – Superstar

    Hella Granger is the first white artiste to be signed to Motown. She tells the roller coaster story of her career, her life, her addictions, her lost loves and her inexorable slide down a slippery slope.

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  • In Defence of Hitler!

    Johan and Stefan want to defeat fascism, but how does one K.O. an abstract concept? In the name of science, they travel in time to put their theories to the greatest test there is: Adolf Hitler.

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  • Death of Her Brother

    Anna stands pale and powerless before a jealous queen. Determined to protect her beloved little brother, the time for courage has come. But fate is spinning dark cobwebs and a sister's love may not be enough...

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  • Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky

    Despite a fear of confrontation, flying and the future, Aidan Goatley explains how a prosthetic testicle, being teetotal and a hit from the 70s finally led him to happiness. 'A riotously funny comedian' (BroadwayBaby.com)

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  • Poe's Last Night

    Enter the fascinating mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Share the horror of his last hours on the streets of Baltimore. Hear him come to life as David Crawford (of Dawn of the Dead) portrays Poe's haunting story.

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  • Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

    Accident-prone crooner Tomás Ford wants to put on a massive spectacle, but all he’s got is a set of the worst songs ever and death-defying charisma. It won’t matter, right? ‘Guaranteed to enthral’ ***** (West Australian)

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  • Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

    Malachy’s been alive for 43 years but never lived. He won’t let the pink disease kill the one thing he has, hope. A darkly funny examination of taking control of life before death does.

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  • The Man Who Knows Everything

    Imagine how much fun you could have if you knew everything! What’s the smelliest food? How could you get to the moon? And every story in the world! Featuring comedy, music, puppetry and magic.

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  • The Gorgon Girl

    A retelling of Greek mythology, told from Medusa’s point of view. Everyone in Thebes thinks she’s a monster and so she needs to prove them wrong. Just don’t piss her off. She might turn you to stone.

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  • Songs and Stories of Scotland

    Poetry, storytelling and song weave together to tell but a few stories from Scotland's rich folk tradition. Delve into the mythology, history and traditions of this most magisterial of countries, and leave wanting more.

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  • Poe's Last Night

    Enter the fascinating mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Share the horror of his last hours on the streets of Baltimore. Hear him come to life as David Crawford (of Dawn of the Dead) portrays Poe's haunting story.

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  • After the Flood

    The end of the world didn’t happen quickly. It was a slow drowning. Now only the tribal young survive. But today is a special day. One will be chosen, there’s a sacrifice to be made.

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  • Twonkey's Drive-In: Jennifer's Robot Arm

    A melodrama about a girl whose delusions and a circular saw cost her an arm. Her dreams give birth to an inventor, who offers her a robot arm at a devilish cost.

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  • Gender Spanner

    Melbourne artist Jessica McKerlie (PACT Ensemble, People Piss in Here) presents Gender Spanner, an exploration of gender fluidity, a joyous and empowering burlesque cabaret that goes to the very core of what it is to be human.

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  • Coup de Grâce

    A young woman is forced to relieve the grizzly events leading up to the evening that changed her life. However, the harder she tries, the more she realises her memory might be playing tricks on her.

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  • Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

    Master songsmith Dean Friedman delivers a fun, informative, practical take on the art and craft of songwriting. Technique and craft are explored using examples from popular music including Friedman’s own hits: Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia.

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  • Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

    A new episode of Doctor Who every day! This fantastic improvised parody brought to you by a brilliant five-star team takes everything in space and time and dives in. Geronimo!

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  • Cast Iron Theatre: Richard Hearn

    Cast Iron Theatre ('a shining jewel', 'vibrant with big ideas') proudly presents an evening of six short plays by local playwright Richard Hearn, who has provided many of Cast Iron's most memorable pieces. This evening will include some audience favourites, alongside two never before seen pieces.

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  • Simon Plotkin and Dougie Walker: Edinburgh Preview

    Previews of two exciting new fringe productions - Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour and Komischer. Click through for more information.

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  • Juliet Meyers and Sam Savage: Edinburgh Preview

    Previews of two exciting new fringe productions - This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life and LINDA LARKIN: Looking Out For Linda. Click through for more information.

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  • AART & Community Matters

    Previews of two exciting new fringe productions - Aart and Community Matters. Click through for more information.

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  • John Robertson & Aidan Goatley do Edinburgh Previews!

    Join comedians John Robertson (The Dark Room) and Aidan Goatley (10 Films With My Dad) as they present their brand new Edinburgh Fringe shows. They're both really good and make people laugh. So, you should come!

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  • Joan, Babs and Shelagh 2

    Joan Littlewood: brilliant, maverick, revolutionary, rude. A series of snapshots to show the woman behind the myth. A glorious, lively one woman show using Joan's mix of politics and variety. From triple award-winning company Conscious Theatre.

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  • Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic

    Griffin and Jones are a pair of grifters, tricksters, conmen and award-winning magicians. Famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and show-stopping finale, these guys will not only leave you asking how they did it, but also why…

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  • Sherlock in Sussex - His Last Bow

    Join us on a slideshow tour through the life of Arthur Conan Doyle and the career of his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle lived in Sussex for many years and some of his most famous stories take place along the cliffs of the South Coast. A fascinating journey into the world of the Great Detective and his creator.

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  • Cast Iron Storytelling

    Cast Iron Theatre presents a night of short storytelling live at the Dukebox Theatre. The short stories will be written by local new and up-and-coming writers. Stories will be rehearsed and performed in front of a live audience.

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  • Christian Talbot and Paul Duncan McGarrity: Edinburgh Preview

    Previews of two exciting new fringe productions - Everyday I Wake Up Hopeful and Ask An Archaeologist. Click through for more information.

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  • Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

    Award-winning stand-up comedian and mind reader Peter Antoniou uses his unique skill set to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone. ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). 'Tall, dark and charming' (Skinny).

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  • Jody Kamali is The International Man of Mystery

    The Man of Mystery... he’s handsome, debonair and incredible. He’s also a bit of an idiot. Bristolian Jody fuses props and physical comedy in this riotously enchanting show. Think David Copperfield meets Ben Stiller. Expect serious facial expressions and an array of 80s montage music. As seen (flopping) on Britain’s Got Talent. Jody has worked with Harry Hill and is currently appearing in the British feature film Golden Years alongside Bernard Hill.

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  • Airswimming

    Critically acclaimed Weird Sisters Theatre Company present this uplifting story about friendship, fantasy and freedom. In 1924: Persephone Baker is planning her coming-out ball at the Dorchester when she finds herself abandoned at St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane, with only 'unhinged cigar smoking monomaniac transsexual' Dora Kitson to keep her company. Forgotten for 50 years, they create a surreal fantasy life involving Doris Day and a host of epaulette-wearing heroines to escape the drudgery and isolation of their existence.

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  • The Big Stiffy

    Bob's dead. Please pay your respects at the funeral. Karl's providing complimentary crudités (with dips), chopped by angle grinder, plus teas and apple crumble. There will be songs and erotic hoovering. Please wear black and a smile.

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  • The Sweet Release

    This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across Edinburgh Fringe for our late night revue. With new and established acts, as well as theme nights galore, The Sweet Release is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Edinburgh Fringe.

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  • Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

    Rakugo. A 400-year-old tradition of Japanese comic storytelling, every bit as hilarious today as it ever was - and in English! Come for 45 minutes of laughter and leave with a piece of Japan in your heart! “A raconteur extraordinaire. One of a kind.” - The Japan Times

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  • The Glamour of Yesteryear

    Conceived upon its inspiration from the unique and enigmatic world of cabaret & burlesque…Parisian style! We encompass all performing arts genres, but particularly pay homage to dance, in an ultimate celebration of femininity.

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  • Dean Friedman: Story Songs

    Short stories set to music. This legendary singer/songwriter/pop-icon performs his chart hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more. Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years - the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith.

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  • My My Immortal

    Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way is the star of 'My Immortal', the world’s worst fanfiction. Harry Potter meets teenage goths (literally, that’s the plot) and no one survives unscathed. Celebrate 10 years of this literary masterpiece with a dramatic reading by Mathilda Gregory ('Werewolf Erotica, She Wrote', 'How to be Fat').

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  • Milkshake!

    Crazier than finding a poodle in your fridge – yes it’s SESKA! Sold out Brighton Fringe 2014 -2016. Nominated Best Family Show 2015. Siesta's first Edinburgh show! Packed with magic tricks, music, laughter, happiness, sword swallowing, mind reading and lots of cookies! It's fab!

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  • Séance

    2013-16 Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe sell-out! Twelve guests join Peter Antonio for a shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact. Forget the horror films, experience a séance first hand. This show is not for the faint-hearted.

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  • Talking To The Dead

    Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Magicians Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Using techniques from Victorian seance rooms, you are invited you to join them in an unforgettable journey into the unknown. Will you face your fears and join them as they peer into the Great Beyond and ask the question - Is anybody there? Sceptics and believers welcome.

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  • Imaginary Porno Charades

    Why take a single entendre when you can have the double? An hour of unstoppable panel show mayhem in a game show that's strictly adult - and if we find any prizes, we'll give you one... 'One of the best late night shows at the Fringe...' ***** (TVBomb)

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  • Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

    Do you think you're really naughty? Like, really naughty?! Because James needs you to help take over the world. Prepare for tests and challenges to show how wicked you are. We want the worst!

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  • Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

    'He creates wonderlands of weird' **** (Kate Copstick, Scotsman). Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality nominee. 'Completely bonkers charm' **** (Times). Stop the hotel from being flattened! Time to enter the legendary Twonkeyverse!

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  • Iron Clad Improv

    It doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner, or have more experience, our drop-in sessions are perfect for you, looking at all manner of things from short-form games to long-form world building and story-telling… £5 per session, loyalty cards available.

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  • Gamie Lee Curtis presents...

    Our weekly Games Nights at The Iron Duke! We'll provide some games to play, but feel free to bring your own too. We're asking for a small £1 donation per person, which will be put into a kitty towards purchasing new games/ replacing any games that may get damaged. Come one, come all! Come alone and make new friends, or bring some existing friends! (Strictly 18+ due to licensing)

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