Circus - The Show

Children's Shows

Circus – The Show

Roll up! Roll up! Prepare to enter a world of whimsy, wonder and amazement where your imagination will soar like never before, in this completely re-imagined family circus spectacular! Winner: Best Children's Event, Adelaide Fringe Weeklies 2021, 2023, 2024. Sure to astound the entire family, Circus is the latest trailblazer in children's entertainment – featuring world-class illusions, tumbling acrobats, highly skilled jugglers, elegant aerialists and an endearing clown with his gigantic six-foot balloon. 'The greatest circus show around!' ★★★★★ (Kiddo Magazine). 

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:50 am

Underbelly George Square

How to Catch a Book Witch

Children's Shows

How to Catch a Book Witch

Kira loves reading. Visiting the library is her favourite. But why are words disappearing from the books and where have all these book monsters come from?! Could there be a Book Witch hiding somewhere? Graham Grey plans to knock down the library to make way for a car park! Join Kira and Barry the Bookworm on this heartwarming adventure to save the day. An open-hearted show aimed at children ages 4+ exploring the importance of libraries and sharing stories. Featuring live music, puppetry, storytelling, key-word signing and captions.

31 July - 18 August 2024, 11:30 am

Underbelly Bristo Square

Daniel Cainer's Jewish Chronicles

Cabaret and Variety

Daniel Cainer's Jewish Chronicles

More stories in song from this multi-award winning Edinburgh favourite. Cainer's stories are about all our families and all our foibles, lovingly and intelligently depicted. Smart, funny, timely and deeply moving. 'A truly gifted musician and an extraordinary performer. At times heartbreakingly poignant, at other times laugh-out-loud funny. 'Utterly charming, thoroughly recommended' (EdFestMag.com). 'An hour in Cainer's company is a true pleasure' (Stage). 'Heart-rending, delicate and witty' (Daily Express). Highly Recommended Show 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2022 (FringeReview.co.uk). Veteran of seven Off-Broadway runs and 19 Edinburgh Fringes. MAC Award Nominee 2024.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 1:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Come Dine With Me: The Musical

Musicals and Opera

Come Dine With Me: The Musical

Take a bunch of tuneful strangers. Mix in a dollop of behind-the-scenes skulduggery, a Sound Man playing detective, a sprinkling of star-crossed love, and plenty of juicy arpeggios. Marinade, cook for 60 minutes... and serve hot. The result is a mouth-watering fusion dish, combining the beloved TV show and a sumptuous original score to form Come Dine With Me: The Musical – a winning recipe that will delight even the pickiest palate! (Warning: May Contain Spice.)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 2:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Will Sebag-Montefiore: Will of the People

Comedy

Will Sebag-Montefiore: Will of the People

With over 62 millions views across his digital platforms, Will Sebag-Montefiore brings his sharp musical, comedic and satirical prowess to the tangible realm of the stage. Will is an actor, writer and satirist who turns the news into sketches and songs and ‘Will of the People’ is his debut solo show. Watch him struggle to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle as he tries to make the world a better place (for him).   You may have heard Will alongside Olivia Colman in the recent remake of Green Wing. He is a regular guest on Rosie Holt’s Noncensored, was murdered in Endeavour (ITV) has performed Shakespeare alongside Mark Rylance in Westminster Abbey with Shakespeare’s Globe and won Most Valued Player at a Primary School Football camp in 2001 (he was bad at football but people quite liked him).   His satirical videos have been shared by the likes of Alastair Campbell, Owen Jones, Dermot O’Leary, Dawn Butler, Lorraine Kelly and, unfortunately, Joey Barton. Will is deeply ashamed of that last one but look, a retweet’s a retweet.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:30 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Can Duggan Should Duggan

Comedy

Can Duggan? Should Duggan? Will Duggan

Will Duggan (as seen on the Russell Howard Hour, Sky One) is never going to be the youngest person to achieve... anything, anymore. Barrelling, as he is, towards 40 with terrifying speed, but looking at all those things he had planned, there's probably the vestige of something that he can grab, polish and present as a life's work. Maybe. Probably. Perhaps. You may have seen Will on Sky, BBC Three, ITV, or heard him popping up on BBC Radio 4. Maybe you've walked past him on the street. 'Effortlessly funny' ★★★★★ (JOE.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 3:50 pm

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Barbaren Barbies: A Wild Women Circus

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Barbaren Barbies: A Wild Women Circus

Witty, touching, hilarious and unapologetic. Watch these barbarians smash together incredible acrobatics, dance and comedy with delightfully shocking silliness. Five ridiculous superheroines playfully tease stereotypes and tackle the complexity of womanhood. It's as if the underground Berlin circus scene had a beautiful love child with a Vegas Spice Girl. Bursting onto the Berlin scene in 2022, the Barbaren Barbies have successfully toured throughout Germany, Austria and Poland. This international company is now ready to shake up the Fringe.

31 July - 16 August 2024, 4:00 pm

Underbelly George Square

Sooz Kempner: Class Of 2000

Comedy

Sooz Kempner: Class Of 2000

The award-winning, viral sensation returns to the Fringe with a follow-up to her sell-out Fringe 2023 hit. Join Sooz as she looks at class through the lens of doing her GCSEs in 2000 at a state comp... while knowing all about dressage. Politics, horses, EastEnders and the Millennium Bug. 'Brilliant' (LA Times). 

31 July - 25 August 2024, 4:40 pm

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William Thompson: Scumbag Millionaire

Comedy

William Thompson: Scumbag Millionaire

Would you invest? Save it for a rainy day? Or blow it as quickly as possible? BBC New Comedy Awards finalist. As seen on Dave and Channel 4 and BBC Scotland. Co-host of The Mudblood podcast and a regular guest on Tea With Me, stand-up comedian and rising star from Belfast, William Thompson will answer this question in his brand-new solo show for 2024! ★★★★ (TheArtsDesk.com) 'One of Northern Ireland's funniest new voices' (Fest)

31 July - 24 August 2024, 6:55 pm

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Greg Larsen: Revolting

Comedy

Greg Larsen: Revolting

Greg Larsen plays Ethan Krum in BBC One's The Tourist but he's also one of Australia's fattest, most psycho comedians. He's won awards, he's been all over Aussie TV, and even got investigated by the Australian Media Authority for calling a conservative politician a c*nt live on air. He would like you to come and enjoy his stupid stories about his younger days when he played in punk bands and worked for a porn website. Winner: Director's Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival. Nominee: Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival. 'Powerfully funny' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 7:15 pm

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Colin Cloud

Comedy

Colin Cloud: Consequences

Cloud is going to solve the biggest mystery on the planet. You. What do you believe? More importantly, what impact do those beliefs have on your existence? Secrets will be unravelled, impossible outcomes will be predicted, and reality itself will be manipulated. You make 70,000 decisions every single day, your next one is to decide which night you come to see this show. Your life depends on it. 'The closest thing to a real-life Sherlock Holmes' ★★★★★ (Daily Record) 'See this show!' ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby). Star of: America’s Got Talent and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. Please note the performance on 10th August is at 5:30pm, not the usual 7.20pm.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

The Magnets

Music

The Magnets: Legends

Get ready to relive the magic of the greatest musical icons of all time with the UK's No 1 a cappella super-group The Magnets! This sensational five-voice sound machine features the hottest vocal and beatboxing talent on the international a cappella scene, performing legendary hits by Queen, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, U2, Robbie Williams and more! The Magnets are a must-see act and they have performed alongside music legends including Blondie, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Gregory Porter, Rick Astley and The Kaiser Chiefs. Sing and dance along to the ultimate soundtrack of your life, Magnets-style!

31 July - 13 August 2024, 7:50 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Rhys Nicholson: Huge Big Party Congratulations!

Comedy

Rhys Nicholson: Huge Big Party Congratulations!

On this, the year of our Lord 2024, it’s a brand-new, hour-long, stand-up comedy concert from your ol’ pal Rhys Nicholson. Only a coward wouldn’t attend.  Winner Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022. As seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, Roast Battle UK, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Taskmaster AU & Netflix. 'Skilful, elegant and perfectly crafted stand up.' ★★★★★ (The Scotsman) 'This is a genuinely great stand-up comedian at work... awe-inspiring to watch.' ★★★★★ (Time Out)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:25 pm

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Lewis Garnham: Choosing The Wrong Story To Tell

Comedy

Lewis Garnham: Choosing the Wrong Story to Tell

Humans have started developing a genetically modified onion that doesn't make you cry when you cut it. In our search for ultimate convenience, constant comfort, a total absence of pain, we've lost the real. We're going through the motions, having scripted, rehearsed conversations, losing touch with authenticity and spontaneity. Join Lewis as he tries to make sense of the world (and himself). Lewis has performed to sold-out crowds at festivals and amassed 2.3 million likes on TikTok. Nominee Best Newcomer, Melbourne Comedy Festival. 'A rich source of edgy jokes.' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:30 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Oliver Coleman: Goof

Comedy

Oliver Coleman: Goof

Coleman comes onstage, gets straight into it. He's on fire tonight. Something has gone terribly wrong. The audience shout at him to stop. But he's acting like this happens every night. The man's a professional and he's got jokes to tell. It's beautiful in a way, but then the room begins to stink up with smoke and the fire alarm goes off. Everyone is asked to evacuate. Coleman carries on doing the show to an empty room. 'The journey is a wonderfully wild one, and a break from the normal' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW NOMINEE – MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2024

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:45 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Foil Arms and Hog: Skittish

Comedy

Foil Arms and Hog: Skittish

Internet sensations Foil Arms & Hog are back in the magnificent McEwan Hall to premiere their brand new show, ‘Skittish’. A mix of sketch comedy, audience participation and improvisation. Sold out 2009-2023. Best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 & 2019. 'Quite simply, a sensation' (EdFest Magazine). 'They’re just fantastically funny' (The Times) 'Very funny show' (Rowan Atkinson) 'Hilarious' (Kevin Bridges) 'An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines' (Chortle)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 9:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

SILENCE! the Musical - The unauthorised parody of The Silence of the Lambs

Musicals and Opera

SILENCE! The Musical – The Unauthorised Parody of The Silence of the Lambs

SILENCE! the Musical is the unauthorised musical parody of the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. As rookie FBI agent Clarice matches wits with the brilliant but insane Dr Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill, a chorus of singing lambs breaks out into show tunes about the most horrific of subjects. Complete with singing serial killers, songs with unprintable titles and a chorus of lambs, SILENCE! the Musical comes charging at you with gleefully unstoppable bad taste. In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edges of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and of course “It places the lotion in the basket.” And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be – as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 11:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Amazing Bubble Man

Family

Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last 14 years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles, to rocket bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. (Some shows will have live music by Jet Black Pearl).

1 - 26 August 2024, 11:20 am

Underbelly Bristo Square

Dance N'Speak Easy

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Dance N'Speak Easy

World champions of Hip-Hop, Wanted Posse, take us into the depths of a New York speakeasy in the 1920s, to a world filled with Charleston footsteps, jitterbug beats and freestyle hip-hop. Remixed to the sounds of Miles Davis, James Brown, Aretha Flanklin and Betty Boop, Dance N’Speak easy is an exciting cocktail of all things dance fit for the whole family, 3 to 93. 'They explode the frontiers of hip-hop' (LeMonde.fr)

1 - 26 August 2024, 3:25 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Jamie Finn: Nobody's Talking About Jamie (Taylor’s Version)

Comedy

Jamie Finn: Nobody's Talking About Jamie (Taylor's Version)

After a sell-out run, Nobody's Talking About Jamie returns with "Taylor's Version"... ' 'Who are you Jamie!?' 'I'm that bitch!' Jamie is not, in fact, that bitch. Jamie has been dumped. Jamie is a hot mess and needs to reinvent himself. Celebrating the dizzying romance and heart-breaking tragedy of friendship, Jamie Finn explores the chaotic wilderness of platonic love and searches for someone who will finally talk about Jamie! 'Jamie Finn will make you feel better... fresh and funny' (Michael Palin). BBC Comedy Awards Regional Finalist 2021. Best Fringe Debut, Theatre Weekly 2023.

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

You're SO F**KING Croydon!

Theatre

You're SO F**king Croydon!

'It was my nemesis, I hated Croydon with a real vengeance. It represented everything I didn't want in my life, everything I wanted to get away from. I think it's the most derogatory thing I can say about somebody or something: God, it's so f**king Croydon!' (David Bowie). You're SO F**king Croydon! explores noughties club culture and female resilience, interweaving music, dance, comedy, spoken word and Croydon celebrities. It's a f**k you in pink to the cant's and wont's and a strut down Croydon High Street in 2003. Featuring David Bowie. Featuring interactive moments and a fun, ‘Love of Huns’ aesthetic, You’re SO F**king Croydon holds up a mirror to societal perceptions of women from places like Croydon: predominantly working class with a notoriously negative reputation. Challenging Bowie's quote, it looks at stereotypes attached to certain locations, in particular trying to dispel the notion that being from a particular place diminishes someone's worth. At its essence, it's the story of a woman triumphing over adversities. It’s a stomp through pop culture, identity and destiny, blending comedy with profound exploration and personal narrative with societal perceptions.

1 - 25 August 2024, 4:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Really Good Exposure

Theatre

Really Good Exposure

Molly was a child star. Now she's considering getting into porn. What would you do if your acting career peaked in 2009 (well before the Me Too movement) and you hadn't booked another role in years? Exposed for working as a stripper, dumped by her agent (and her boyfriend), Molly's giving mainstream success one last shot. Enter a world of child stars, strip clubs, and casting couches, and question what it means to earn a living as a performer.

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

Comedy

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

Following multiple five-star sell-out runs, “CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation” returns with another rip-roaring crime comedy made up entirely on the spot. Leicester Comedy 2023: ‘Best improv’ award Who? What? How? The choice is yours in this fully-improvised, witty and absurd murder mystery where the audience creates the crime. 'Quick thinking & fast paced. A spectacular must see' ★★★★★ (Bunbury Magazine) 'A novel idea, executed superbly' ★★★★★ (The Wee Review) 'hysterical murder mystery & a tight witty improv show' ★★★★ (Fringe Biscuit)

2 - 25 August 2024, 3:10 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Max Fosh: Loophole

Comedy

Max Fosh: Loophole (Work in Progress)

Come join Max as he works on a brand-new show that he'll be touring around (some of the) world at the end of this year!

5 - 18 August 2024, 6:40 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Things Between Heaven and Earth

Theatre

Things Between Heaven and Earth

A psychological thriller with echoes of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Rosemary’s Baby: female "hysteria" vs sexual identity. On the tenth anniversary of her husband’s death, May adds the finishing touches to the table settings just as the doorbell rings. Beside her lies a hardcover book titled Things Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Lee. This is it. The moment of truth. But as May welcomes Eric with a warm embrace, their conversation takes an unexpected and unsettling turn..

8 - 26 August 2024, 1:00 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

James O'Brien

Talks and Events

The Front List: James O'Brien

With the General Election looming (or at least the possibility of its announcement), the political news cycle is in overdrive: each day brings drama, often with mishandlings directly attributed to those who should know better. James O’Brien, one of Britain’s leading broadcasters, reaches 1.4 million people weekly through his lunchtime show on LBC. Renowned for his blistering analysis and critique, he’s among the fiercest critics of contemporary Britain's management by our current crop of political leaders. How They Broke Britain is his forensic takedown of the key figures responsible for the UK’s current mess. He’s even updating it exclusively this month to ensure Rishi Sunak can take his place among them (with a chapter longer than Truss’s, but shorter than Murdoch’s). O’Brien systematically connects the dots to damning effect, urging us to demand better as we examine our expectations from 21st-century politicians. Expect sparks to fly as Assistant Editor of the Spectator Isabel Hardman takes the interviewing hot seat.

12 August 2024, 1:30 pm

McEwan Hall

Impromptunes - The Completely Improvised Musical

Comedy

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical

Musical mayhem abounds in a show that has to be seen to be believed. You suggest a title and seconds later the curtains open on a brand-new musical for the first, last and only time. Everything is made up on the spot. You'll be on the edge of your seat throughout as Australia's finest improvisers create a musical full of hijinks, harmonies and hilarity. It's unrehearsed. It's unpredictable. It's Impromptunes. 'Improv Gold. You'll leave with sore cheeks from laughing' (Herald Sun).

12 - 26 August 2024, 4:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Drag & Draw

Events

Drag & Draw

An art class with a difference! We host life-drawing sessions with drag queens as models, so it's essentially half-art class and half-drag show. The class is made up of various different fast and slow-paced drawing exercises, incorporating lip-syncs and audience interaction. This is an informal event, very suitable for life-drawing beginners (so you can ignore RuPaul's advice and feel free to mess it up!). It will also challenge experienced artists by providing with not your typical life-drawing model – think more sass! Basic drawing materials will be provided.  

12 - 16 August 2024, 6:45 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Suhani Shah.

Cabaret and Variety

Suhani Shah: Spellbound 2.0

Experience the extraordinary as Suhani Shah, the world's highest-subscribed mentalist, returns to Edinburgh following her smash-hit sell-out debut. India's most famous mind-reader has captivated audiences worldwide with her pioneering magic. In this new show, Suhani delves into the depths of mental mysteries, enthralling with surprises, laughter and interactive engagement. With her charismatic persona, linguistic deception, mind-reading prowess and comedic charm, Suhani guarantees an unforgettable evening that will leave you Spellbound! 'The launch of a new Fringe superstar' ★★★★★ (WorldMagicReview.com). 'Shah blows our minds... wildly impressive' ★★★★  (List). 'Would make anyone want to believe' ★★★★ (Fest).

12 - 25 August 2024, 7:00 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Comedy

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Maggie returns in her smash hit drag extravaganza! Following four sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, UK tours and a West End season, the Iron Lady is back and more fabulous than ever. On the eve of the vote on Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar. Will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it's too late...? 'A big gay odyssey about LGBT rights, the 80s and disco, created by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford.

12 - 25 August 2024, 9:15 pm

Underbelly George Square

Tim Murray is Witches

Comedy

Tim Murray Is Witches

From The Craft to Wicked to Hocus Pocus, Murray will have you howling at the moon in a tribute to queerness and how we discover our powers once we find our coven. Winner of Entertainment Now’s Best Musical Theatre Show of Edinburgh Fringe 2023 and named by Playbill as the Pick of the Fringe, Witches is an hour of stand-up, original comedy songs, drag and, also, he flies. Ok not really, but wouldn't that be sickening? Nominated for an Off West End Award. ★★★★★ (BroadwayWorld.com).

12 - 18 August 2024, 9:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square