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Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show

The Maydays / La Favorita Freestival Theorising that new episodes are possible within their own lifetime, the Maydays step into the Quantum Leap accelerator … and vanish. Paying homage to the classic sci-fi series and based entirely on audience suggestions, the Maydays jump through time to put right what once went…

Cowgatehead, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Funz and Gamez

Phil Ellis Paul Ellis returns to Edinburgh but this time he's brought along some friends. Jim Elf and Bonzo the dog will be on hand to ensure it's a giggle-packed hour of family fun where anything could happen. There'll be prizes, laughter and plenty of Funz and Gamez. 'Endearingly daft … and solidly funny' (List).

The Mash House, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£7 (£6) / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£9 (£6) / 0131 220 2987

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£9 (£6) / 0131 220 2987

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£9 (£6) / 0131 220 2987

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Inheritance Blues

DugOut Theatre Back by popular demand, DugOut Theatre return with their award-winning, Fringe favourite Inheritance Blues. A comedy about decade old rivalries, heavy drinking, familial debt and a blues cover band. Join this exciting young company for a night of laugh out loud comedy, consummate storytelling and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Pleasance Above

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance Above

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance Above

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Plumbing The Depths

Hattie Hasan, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers A new one-woman show by Hattie Hasan: plumber, comedienne and founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers. From the disapproving murmurs of her male counterparts to strange things she’s been asked to do, from odd items down toilets, fittings named after intimate body parts to…

Paradise in The Vault, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Annexe

£6 (£4) / 0131 510 0022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Annexe

£6 (£4) / 0131 510 0022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Annexe

£6 (£4) / 0131 510 0022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant

  • 3 stars

Alan Bissett's sparkling satire for contemporary Scotland.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for a mix of live music, in-depth interviews and a daily dose of the Radio 2 Book Club. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

  • 17:00

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

  • 17:00

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Frank Sent Me

Em-Lou Productions Underworld enforcer Howe’s not afraid to die, but it would've been nice if Frank had sent someone vaguely competent to do the job. Partner in life and crime Wallace isn’t doing much to ease his mind on that score, ‘they made a terrible mess of the last one. First bullet only took his ear off’. A…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Dairy Room

£9 (£8) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Dairy Room

£12 (£8) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Dairy Room

£12 (£8) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Winter Is Coming

  • 2 stars

Backwards Anorak Green Room Award winners Backwards Anorak present Game of Thrones. Sorry, what? You can't call your show that? Winter is Coming? Good. Sorted. Singing. Dancing. Incesting. And finally an answer - what song will Westeros select to represent their people at Eurovision? Created and performed by Michelle…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Nightclub

£11 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Nightclub

£11 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Nightclub

£11 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

April in Paris

  • Directed by: John Godber
  • Written by: John Godber

A warm-hearted comedy about a married couple's first experience abroad.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 8 Oct

£16.25–£23 / 02476 553055

  • 14:30

Sat 11 Oct

£16.25–£23 / 02476 553055

  • 14:30

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 21 Aug

£10–£29.50 / 08441 717620

Sat 23 Aug

£10–£29.50 / 08441 717620

Darlington Civic Theatre

Thu 16 Oct

£17–£20.60; £21–£25.50; £18 / 01325 486555

  • 14:00

Sat 18 Oct

£17–£20.60; £21–£25.50; £18 / 01325 486555

  • 14:30

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Café Ruse

This Theatre Company The quaint, and ever so English, Café Ruse is being shut down, which forces an unlikely team of outcasts to prepare for the biggest heist of their lives. Although their plan seems simple, the group soon run into trouble with unplanned murders, mistaken identity, love smitten gang members, revealed…

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Studio

£8 (£6) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Studio

£8 (£6) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Studio

£8 (£6) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Circus Incognitus

  • 4 stars

Jamie Adkins Jamie Adkins is a performer in the vaudeville tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. With no hi-tech distractions, his irresistible character heroically battles with the everyday objects of life, permanently on the verge of disaster… moving but hilarious. He treats the audience as a partner and as…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Majestic

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Majestic

£14 (£12) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Majestic

£14 (£12) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Majestic

£14 (£12) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

David Elms: Nurture Boy

  • 4 stars

Musical comedy and inventive wit from the former BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Awards semi-finalist.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Cellar

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Cellar

£9.50 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Cellar

£9.50 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

John Lloyd's Museum of Curiosity Live

So Comedy by arrangement with Quite Interesting Limited Following his sell-out fringe debut, John and curator Dan Schreiber host a live version of the BBC Radio 4 hit in which guests donate their favourite items to an infinitely large and impossible museum. Different guests daily include Jimmy Carr, Susan Calman, Phill…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Cow Barn

£12.50 (£11.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Cow Barn

£13.50 (£12.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Cow Barn

£13.50 (£12.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Cow Barn

£13.50 (£12.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Live Forever

Liverpool Playhouse and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Pleasance 'I’m sure most of you remember this, but in case any of you were wandering about in some sort of self-induced coma…' September 1997. Where were you? A burnt-out Britpop hanger-on finds himself embroiled in the grief frenzy meltdown of a…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Attic

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Attic

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Attic

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Chaplin

ACE Production The story of Chaplin is as great as all stories he gave life to on the silver screen. Growing up in the London slums, he put the world at his feet through his talent and tenacious work and became one of the world's most famous and beloved persons. His life is a classic story of someone who has nothing…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Forth

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Forth

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Forth

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Fanfiction Comedy

  • 3 stars

Have you ever wondered if it's lonely inside a Poké Ball? Or if Optimus Prime has to file tax returns? Or if the Hufflepuff Badger is based on an actual badger? Fanfiction Comedy is the show that lets you delve deeper into your pop-culture fantasies than you ever wanted to delve. Winner of Best Show at the 2012 NZ Comedy…

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Box

£8 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Box

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Box

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Box

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Government Inspector

Incognito Theatre with the Pleasance In a greedy and decadent world, power-hungry politicians behave badly as they battle to save their skins. An ‘immensely talented ensemble’ Fest conjure a hilarious, irreverent and physically playful version of Gogol’s timeless tale of power and corruption. Witty, smart and wildly…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Pleasance Below

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance Below

£9.50 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance Below

£9.50 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

In The Window

Theatre Tours International - Guy Masterson and Nuala McKeever Life hasn't turned out the way Margaret dreamed. Lonely as hell, a house that won't sell, no hubby, no kids and a deathly boring job. So tonight, she's got a play date with a bottle of rosé and bowl of pink pills. But her romance with death is rudely…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Baillie Room

£11 (£9) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Baillie Room

£13 (£11) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Baillie Room

£13 (£11) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Baillie Room

£13 (£11) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mock Tudor

  • 2 stars

by Lily Bevan Welcome to Hampton Court Palace. The year is 1533. Please turn off your mobile phones. Jess, Sophie and Sam re-enact Henry VIII's weddings, feasts and river pageants. They take pride in authenticity. Well, they try. They aren't sure if potatoes exist yet. Can you wear glasses with a kirtle? Now visitor…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Beneath

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Beneath

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Beneath

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Move On the Cha-Cha's

Diane Ripstein in association with Nocas Productions From ballet to bop, with a dash of mid-life salsa dating, this poignant one-woman show depicts a life lived and danced. Love, loss and laughter intermingle on the journey from age 5 to 55+. We’re introduced to a parade of unique characters joining the musical beat…

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Theatre 3

£9 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Theatre 3

£9 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Theatre 3

£9 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

  • 3 stars

Reduced Shakespeare Company ‘A wild, wild ride! It's funny. Really, really funny… And most of all, it's really, really smart’ (Cincinnati Enquirer). The subject they were born to reduce! Festival favourites return with The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), dissecting humour from Aristophanes to Zaltzman. The bad…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Pleasance One

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance One

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance One

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Simon Callow in Juvenalia

  • 3 stars

Assembly, Riverside Studios and Theatre Royal Plymouth Simon Callow does stand-up comedy. Filthy, foul-mouthed, viciously funny and deeply politically incorrect. The target: immigrants, plutocrats, women, gays. As last delivered in Rome AD 100. Juvenal was one angry white middle class male. In Juvenilia he tells it…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Main Hall

£17.50 (£15) / 0131 651 2120

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Main Hall

£20 (£18) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Main Hall

£20 (£18) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like She's Dead

  • 3 stars

Sophie Wu / Soho Theatre / PBH's Free Fringe Star of Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Sophie Wu rises magnanimously above taking petty revenge for her teenage humiliations, in her well-balanced, light and sane debut show. ‘Sophie Wu is almost too good’ ★★★★ (Times). ‘Sophie is an isolated child’ (Mrs Peckham, Geography).

Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies

  • 4 stars

Jessica Sherr It’s early evening of 1939 Academy Awards, young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress and the Los Angeles Times leaked the Oscar winners early! ‘This year Vivian Leigh will take home the Oscar for Best Actress’. Newspaper in hand, the bold and defiant Bette Davis decides to leave! Journey into the…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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