Assembly Rooms

The iconic Assembly Rooms building is at the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, and plays host to four performance spaces with the Music Hall, Ballroom, Drawing Room and the Front Room. George Street will be closed outside the Assembly Rooms, where you will find a bar, street food, our box office and the FuturePlay Festival venues. 

SHOWING AT Assembly Rooms...

Choir of Man

From the creators of Gobsmacked! and Soweto Gospel Choir comes the Choir of Man – the all singing, all stomping, all drinking, all night party. Your landlords for the evening are nine outstanding singe...

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Choir of Man

18:35

03 Aug

Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated stand-up – and subject of 2016 Sky Arts documentary The Outcast Comic – pokes fun at liberal pretensions and the horrors of parenthood. As seen on Live At ...

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Performers

Making its debut in Edinburgh, Performers is a black comedy from Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. The longtime collaborators have turned their attention to 1960s swinging London and the making of the film Per...

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Performers

16:45

03 Aug

Michael Brandon – Off-Ramps

The star of 'Dempsey and Makepeace', ‘Episodes' and 'Jerry Springer The Opera', Michael Brandon gave himself two years to star in a Hollywood movie. Still there after 50, he now lif...

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My Leonard Cohen

Following a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House, D'Arrietta and his six piece band return, due to popular demand, with their rousing celebration of the late, legendary Cohen. This stirringly person...

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My Leonard Cohen

19:45

03 Aug

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver

Foot to the floor comedy courtesy of that funny blind guy. Irreverent, hilarious stories from the Glaswegian you don't want driving you home. The master storyteller has uncovered a conspiracy about humil...

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Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Funnyman Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for 50 years. His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows in clubs and on telly. His catchphrase: 'It's the way...

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To Hell in a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism by Helen Norton and Jonathan White. While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of...

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To Hell in a Handbag

12:25

03 Aug

 Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath!

Jerry Sadowitz - comedian, magician, and all round scary man is back! With his unique combination of comedy, absolute hatred, and card tricks, every moment is guaranteed to make you feel better about YOURSEL...

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Antonio Forcione and Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione are promoting their collaborative album Compared to What. They have both been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits ...

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Audrey's Absolute Fest of All

Each evening we welcome a top comedian to perform their full Edinburgh show on board Audrey, the most unique venue at the festival. A wonderful opportunity to see your favourite comedian in the most intimate...

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Bright Colours Only

Sadly missed after a decade pushing the daisies, Pauline Goldsmith resurrects her legendary Irish wake. This once in a lifetime theatrical send-off was a huge hit at the Fringe back when Pauline could squeez...

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Bright Colours Only

14:25

03 Aug

Burnt Toast

Two days, fifteen years later. Burnt toast. Boring sex. Viennetta. Knife roulette. Quick Pol and Average Alfred have the life they dreamt of: calm and simple. But then she arrived. Burnt Toast looks to explo...

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Burnt Toast

17:05

03 Aug

Catherine and Anita

All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of de...

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Catherine and Anita

21:05

03 Aug

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

2016 Winner of the Edfest Bouquet. ‘The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever!’ (ITV). 14 Royal performances. United Nations Command Performer. See the magic and experience the mind control ...

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Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

19:10

03 Aug

Comedians Film Club

This brilliant show returns to Edinburgh. Our favourite comedians present their favourite films. Every night, a different comedian will discuss why their film is so important to them. The film will then be s...

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Comedians Film Club

22:00

04 Aug

Concerto a Tempo d'Umore

Who says Vivaldi didn’t write bangers? That Beethoven couldn’t craft an earworm? Check your preconceptions at the door. This is a gateway gig for classical music, as world renowned performers tak...

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Concerto a Tempo d'Umore

17:00

03 Aug

DeLorean

The incredible true story of the man behind the iconic car from the Back to the Future movies in a brand new stage play. In the summer of 1978, John DeLorean received an astonishing £54 million from th...

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DeLorean

12:00

03 Aug

Elephant in the Room

Inspired by the Indian myth of the Elephant God - Ganesha; this is a coming of age story about a boy in search of his head, wandering through a forest where creatures fret over a prophecy of doom, as a motle...

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Elephant in the Room

18:25

03 Aug

FuturePlay Sessions

A diverse programme of talks, panels and showcases where artists, performers, experts and academics discussed and debated the latest trends, challenges and controversies in the worlds of art and tech. ...

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FuturePlay Sessions

11:30

05 Aug

FuturePlay Tech Zone

Audiences were invited to explore an interactive playground, where they could try new musical instruments, participate in multiplayer games and check out interactive artwork.  ...

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FuturePlay Tech Zone

14:00

03 Aug

FuturePlay Virtual Reality Studio

Audiences could immerse themselves in virtual worlds from the surreal to the sublime. Programme include animations, documentary and 360-degree films, multiplayer games and content from the Phi Cent...

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Gypsy Queen

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The story of "Gorgeous" George O'Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a colli...

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Gypsy Queen

13:00

03 Aug

Lemonade

Heather came to the Big Apple to become an actress. She worked her way up the ladder playing hookers, junkies and strippers: parts that most actresses are afraid to play. Heather Litteer's gripping, funn...

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Lemonade

16:40

03 Aug

Mies Julie

In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse, 23 years after apartheid, a single night of brutality and tenderness unfolds between a black farm labourer and his white master's daughter....

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Mies Julie

14:30

03 Aug

Naughty

In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, Australian cabaret sensation Pamela Shaw launches her spirited child from within. Bringing back a sassy irreverence nightly to the Assembly Rooms, this wicked and funny ...

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Naughty

19:40

03 Aug

Squeeze My Cans

Or The True Story of How I Survived Scientology. Cathy Schenkelberg, a small town Catholic girl from a family of ten, spent 18 years and almost one million dollars down the rabbit hole of this infamous and u...

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Squeeze My Cans

15:10

03 Aug

Tago: Korean Drum II

Group Tago makes a welcome return to this year's Fringe after wowing audiences last year, receiving standing ovations at every performance. Exciting, extreme and exhilarating, this is the ultimate drummi...

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Tago: Korean Drum II

15:15

03 Aug

The Naked Magicians

'It's R-rated magic at its stunning best' (TheGlobalGoddess.com). Following sold-out shows and rave reviews across the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and London's West End, the wor...

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The Naked Magicians

21:45

10 Aug

The Reel Comedy Club

This famous showcase returns with a dazzling array of the best comics from the Fringe. All performing on board the 22-seat Vintage Mobile Cinema – the most unique venue in Edinburgh.Thu 17th Aug...

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The Reel Comedy Club

19:30

04 Aug

The Truman Capote Talk Show

Glitzy, Bitchy, Chic, Unique... Heartbreaking. Scotsman Fringe First and New York Times Critic's Choice award-winning production returns to Assembly direct from sell-out seasons in London and Off-Broadwa...

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The Truman Capote Talk Show

11:05

03 Aug

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas

In the world premiere of Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's (Prelude to a Kiss, An American in Paris, Amelie) zany and touching new play, three stories collide in a world of voyeuristic theatre cr...

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Tony Roberts: Late Nite Ace High

Tony Roberts is back, he’s loose and ready to blow your mind with cheeky, salacious stand-up, songs, stories and crafty card manipulation. Nominated: Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2015, Sold Out Adelaid...

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Vintage Mobile Cinema: Free Daytime Show

Free EntryBack in the 1960s there were seven of these mobile cinemas made for the Ministry of Technology. There is now only one left. Come on board and hear its history. Meet the owne...

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Whose Line is It Anyway? – Live at the Fringe

The live incarnation of the legendary improvisational comedy TV show comes to the Fringe! Hosted by Clive Anderson, a stellar line-up from the improv world reunites for more unpredictable and hilarious nosta...

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Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas' enchanting masterpiece is brought vividly to life in an extraordinary solo performance by Edinburgh legend and Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson. Made famous by hi...

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Under Milk Wood

15:00

14 Aug

Design Informatics Pavilion

The Design Informatics Pavilion is a pop up exhibition space designed by biomorphis architects featuring a range of objects and experiences that invite you to step into the future....

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Design Informatics Pavilion

11:00

03 Aug

FuturePlay Immersive Gallery

Visual art is being revolutionized and technology has enabled an entirely new medium: immersive art. Imagine stepping into a canvas and exploring a visual world in virtual reality....

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FuturePlay Immersive Gallery

14:00

03 Aug

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright - EXTRA SHOW

Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, he ...

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Alex Salmond… Unleashed 

A Festival of Fun, Friends and Freedom, Undoubtedly the Most Exciting Event of this year’s Festival! Join Alex Salmond and friends in an afternoon of chat, stories, a little bit...

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Alex Salmond… Unleashed 

13:45

13 Aug