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Beowulf: The Blockbuster

  • 5 stars

The UK premiere of Beowulf: The Blockbuster is at the Pleasance Courtyard: Beside, Edinburgh from Wednesday 30 July to Sunday 24 August at 12.50pm. It is written and performed by Bryan Burroughs, directed by David Horan designed by Maree Kearns with lighting by Kevin Smith: the creative team for 2013 Fringe First Award…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Beside

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Beside

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Beside

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bianco

Contemporary circus featuring 16 performers and a live band.

NoFit State Big Top, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£20 (£18)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

£20 (£18)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Eric's Tales of the Sea

Ex-Submariner Eric tells of life beneath the ocean wave, with astonishing visuals and many a dark-edged joke.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Just the Wee One

£11 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Just the Wee One

£11 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Just the Wee One

£11 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Exhibit B

  • 5 stars

A modern look at racism.

Old College, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£14 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 23 Aug

£14 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 24 Aug

£14 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 25 Aug

£14 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant

  • 3 stars

Alan Bissett's sparkling satire for contemporary Scotland.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

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.

Pioneer

  • 4 stars

curious directive/ NNF/ Watford Palace Theatre/ Escalator East to Edinburgh In 2025 the first human mission to Mars disappeared without a trace. Years later a reclusive Indian billionaire named Mrs Singh is leading Ghara I, a new attempt. In Siberia, two Russian brothers drive a Lada Sputnik 1.3 in search of the birth…

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Main House

£12 (£10) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Main House

£12 (£10) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Main House

£12 (£10) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Main House

£12 (£10) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Pitiless Storm

  • 4 stars

On the eve of the Scottish referendum, on the most important night of his life, a left wing trade unionist goes through a crisis of conscience as he is forced to question his political and moral beliefs in the face of a sea-change in his country’s political life. Starring David Hayman and presented by Fair Pley.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sunshine on Leith

Stephen Greenhorn's uplifting musical based on the music of The Proclaimers.

The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£15 / 07546213274

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

£15 / 07546213274

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

£15 / 07546213274

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

£15 / 07546213274

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Every Brilliant Thing

  • 3 stars

Paines Plough / Pentabus Theatre Company You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. You start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Roundabout

£15 (£10) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Oscars XI Based on the Roger Corman film, this is a laugh-a-minute spoof about young nerd Seymour and his mysterious plant, Audrey II, who possesses an unusual appetite. The monster grows and grows, causing business to boom, but at what cost? This riveting musical comedy will have you toe-tapping your way to, possibly…

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Theatre 2

£8 (£6) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Theatre 2

£8 (£6) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Don't Let Go

Manic Chord Theatre Leonard’s life is absorbed in nullity, that is until he meets the most unlikely of saviours; a red balloon. Don’t Let Go tells the most enchanting and beautiful of stories, whilst exploring what it means to be an adult. Highlighting the importance of play in our lives, this show celebrates the…

Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Bedlam Theatre

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0131 225 9893

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Bedlam Theatre

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0131 225 9893

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Bedlam Theatre

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0131 225 9893

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dr Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

  • 4 stars

Les Enfants Terribles Roll up for the most magnifical, tremendible and fantasticulous experience in town! Ever wanted to count a Decapus' legs? Or wondered what a Whistling Pank eats? Would you like to catch a glimpse of the fabled 'Massive Paw', lick a Tresillian toad? Or see a cow that looks like Brian May? Then…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain

Hibrow Hour An iconoclastic new opera devised and directed by multi award-winning artist, photographer and filmmaker Alison Jackson, internationally renowned for her satirical lookalike images (including BBC2 Bafta winning series Doubletake). Celebrities beware! www.alisonjackson.com. The show may contain mild adult…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

The Dissection Room

£15 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Dissection Room

£15 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Dissection Room

£15 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Animal Farm

  • 4 stars
  • Written by: George Orwell

Guy Masterson presents his acclaimed solo adaptation of George Orwell's political novel, in which a collection of oppressed animals take over the running of their farm.

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

The Theatre

£15 (£13) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Theatre

£15 (£13) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Theatre

£15 (£13) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Ernest And The Pale Moon

Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest And The Pale Moon is a spine-chilling tale of obsession and murder from Les Enfants Terrible.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance One

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance One

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Pleasance One

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Pleasance One

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Directed by: Lucy Bailey
  • Written by: Oscar Wilde

The Bunbury Company of Players present their take on Wilde's witty masterpiece.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 9 Oct

£10–£35

Sat 11 Oct

£10–£35

The Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1Y

Sat 23 Aug

£15–£85 / 0844 871 7622

Wed 27 Aug

£15–£85 / 0844 871 7622

Sat 30 Aug

£15–£85 / 0844 871 7622

…and 6 more dates until 20 Sep

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Wed 22 Oct

£10–£35 / 0870 607 7533

Sat 25 Oct

£10–£35 / 0870 607 7533

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Lippy

  • 4 stars

Dead Centre Fourteen years ago four women made an extraordinary decision. They decided to die. We weren’t there. This is not their story. We don’t know what they said. We are only putting words in their mouths. A haunting investigation into why we tell stories in the face of tragedy, Lippy was widely acknowledged as…

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Man Who Would Be King

A pulsating piece of rough theatre that rips up Kipling's adventure story to interrogate Britain's place in the world today.

The Zoo, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

The Aviary

£9 (£7) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Aviary

£9 (£7) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Aviary

£9 (£7) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

The Aviary

£9 (£7) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

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.

Sun 24 Aug

Main Hall

£20 (£18) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Main Hall

£17.50 (£15) / 0131 651 2120

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Dead Letters

  • 4 stars

PropUp Theatre Following the story of George and his discovery of the Dead Letter office: a room full of desolate letters that are are left to die after being deemed undeliverable. Unable to simply let these letters go, he embarks on a mission to deliver each and every one. George is forced to confront the possible…

C cubed, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

studio

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

studio

£9.50 (£7.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

studio

£9.50 (£7.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

studio

£9.50 (£7.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Dinosaur Zoo brings its Jurassic creations to Scotland with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Tue 18 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 19 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 16:30

Dundee Rep

Tue 23 Sep

£12.50–£15.50 (Students £5) / 01382 223530

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 24 Sep

£12.50–£15.50 (Students £5) / 01382 223530

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Wed 12 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Thu 13 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

  • 16:30

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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

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.

Sun 24 Aug

Pleasance Above

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Pleasance Above

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Scamp Theatre Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. Private Peaceful relives the life a young WW1 soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

McEwan Hall

£12.50 / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

McEwan Hall

£12.50 / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

McEwan Hall

£12.50 / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

McEwan Hall

£11 / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Welcome to Terezin

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 1944, Terezin, near Prague is dubbed Hitler's 'village for the Jews'. Is it a Paradise ghetto as the Nazis claim, where the work of musicians and actors thrives? Or something far more sinister? Film star Kurt Gerron is making a documentary about the camp and the Carousel Cabaret is rehearsing for…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Wine Bar

£9 (£7) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Wine Bar

£9 (£7) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Wine Bar

£9 (£7) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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