City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Theatre


Edinburgh Sacred Arts Festival at the Fringe

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The historical development of Western music, visual art, ​iconography, poetry, drama, and architecture is deeply linked to the theology, culture and worship of the Christian Church.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019

Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds of performers, both from Scotland and bands and outfits from abroad, gather under the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The series of displays, which take place on the castle esplanade (an 18th century parade ground), combine breathtaking shows of military precision, often a battle re-enactment, military bands, traditional dancers, and a rousing finale of mass pipes and drums, topped by the lone piper playing from the castle battlements.

Edinburgh International Festival

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The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 72nd anniversary in 2019. A high-brow assembly of some of the world's best music, opera, theatre, and dance companies, the festival was launched in 1947 as a stage for peace and unity in Europe after the Second World War. It was out of the Festival that the now massive Edinburgh Fringe sprung and grew in subsequent years.

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

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The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".

The stats bear that out: 2019 will see 3,841 shows in 323 venues across Scotland’s capital city. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There are hundreds of free shows and pay-what-you-want shows at the Fringe as well.

25 and Live, Festival Theatre, Review

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“Everyone is an artist. Everyone is an expert of their own experiences,” recites Saskia Ashdown, co-host of 25 and Live, Festival Theatre’s Big Birthday Show.

The Last Five Years, Pleasance Theatre, Review

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The emerging Bossy Belters have chosen The Last Five Years as their debut production. The heart-wrenching musical examines a relationship spanning half a decade.

Lost At Sea, King's Theatre, Review

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“Fight. Survive.” It’s not an uncommon mantra for fishing communities like the one brought to life with Lost at Sea.

Small Wonders, Edinburgh International Children's Festival, Review

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Ring the bell at Number 17, and Nanny Lacey opens the door to her world of “scrapgic”, where ordinary things become the stuff of wonders.

2019 Theatre Critics Awards Shortlists Announced

My Left Right Foot the Musical - Christopher Bowen

The nominations for the 2019 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland have been announced, and it has been an incredible year.

Rock of Ages, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Rock of Ages Cast April 2019

Rock of Ages returns to Edinburgh, hair quaffed and ready to rock, with their classic love story, giving the middle finger to pretending to be anything more than a silly romp that enjoys mocking music