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, The Blue Room, Drawing Room and the Front Room. George Street will be closed outside the Assembly Rooms, where you will find a bar, street food, and our box office. 

SHOWING AT Assembly Rooms...

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

2016 and 2017 winner of the Edfest Bouquet. The sold-out 2017 Edinburgh show returns, with a few new surprises for 2018! Fourteen Royal performances. 'One of the top magicians working the circuit' (B...

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Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

19:10

02 Aug

Jamie MacDonald: Blinkered

Blind Jamie is taking a long hard look at this blinkered world. Gender is becoming one homogenised dull sex, baby-boomers lament the lack of manners from cold-calling millennials while they slam down their p...

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Jamie MacDonald: Blinkered

20:25

02 Aug

A Joke

Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who, Hobbit), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis) and John Bett (Shallow Grave, Tess) star in Dan Freeman's hit play exploring our attitudes to humour and life. An E...

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A Joke

16:25

02 Aug

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

Nina is 14. All she wants to do is to fall in love with a cardigan-wearing tree frog expert, decide on her perfect theme song and avoid her dad's trigonometry lessons. But when her friend Ailsa goes miss...

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Ailsa Benson Is Missing

14:20

02 Aug

Belly of a Drunken Piano

Multi-award winning performer and artistic director Stewart D’Arrietta (My Leonard Cohen, Fringe 2016-17) returns with a new show for 2018. Belly of a Drunken Piano offers gritty, imaginative arrangeme...

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Belly of a Drunken Piano

18:15

02 Aug

Choir of Man

The Choir of Man was the runway hit and 'the ultimate feel-good show of 2017 Fringe' ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). A night of unadulterated entertainment that combines high-energy dance, live music...

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Choir of Man

20:00

02 Aug

Dysney Disfunction

In Brexit Britain happily ever after (and UK residency) is just a marriage visa away. But Australian Alice's visa expires today and she's only got Primark flats for glass slippers, an Oyster card for...

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Dysney Disfunction

15:40

02 Aug

Janis Joplin Full Tilt

The award-winning, sell-out hit by writer Peter Arnott and director Cora Bissett returns. Angie Darcy's Joplin, backed by a live band, is electric. 'So brilliant and intense it lifts the hairs on the...

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Janis Joplin Full Tilt

19:45

02 Aug

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast

Margo Lion, celebrated Weimar Berlin cabaret star and lover of Marlene Dietrich, is gripped by the decadence and debauchery of 1930s Berlin. This is the story of her tragic relationship with the lyricist Mar...

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Marie

It's Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing. Landlady Liz is run off her feet, whilst husband Barry struggles to get into his new costume. Elsewhere in London, ...

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Marie

13:00

02 Aug

Reversible

Internationally renowned The 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. A reversible world where everyday life is turned upside down into new, spectacula...

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Reversible

18:15

02 Aug

Sing Sistah Sing!

Internationally renowned singer Andrea Baker celebrates the extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice. A joyous mix of storytelling, jazz, blues, gospel, featuring singers including: Leontyn...

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Sing Sistah Sing!

17:55

19 Aug

Sisters (CANCELLED)

An everlasting spell. An impossible quest. Two sisters named You and Me. A prince named Him. An audience named Them. Staying true to the ethos of previous shows by The 7 Fingers, Sisters takes us on an exper...

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Sisters (CANCELLED)

16:40

02 Aug

The Voice Behind the Stars

This one-woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon: the best film diva you (almost) never saw. Dubbing for over 50 Hollywood films, she was the singing voice for s...

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The Voice Behind the Stars

14:00

02 Aug

An Evening With Miss Wong

From laundry girl to one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong. Fighting against prejudice and ignorance, she rose to become one of the acting elite, the lea...

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An Evening With Miss Wong

12:40

02 Aug

Baby Daddy

'The day I've been dreading arrives. All the answers I have prepared go out of my head when she asks me, "where's my Daddy?"' A painfully honest insight into the world of a young si...

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Baby Daddy

18:20

02 Aug

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. Jeong-Heong-So offers counselling in the tearoom, but takes one day off every year: the anniversary of his ...

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Dust

The world premiere of a multi-media collaboration that combines live music from the Melomaniacs trio with film by the Scottish filmmaker Lee Archer, photographs taken by the New York based photographer Jean ...

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Dust

21:30

13 Aug

F**k You Pay Me

An anarchic, unprecedented and hilarious insight into the life of a stripper in London's fast-changing cityscape. It's lunchtime, Bea hasn't slept, and she's dreading going home to face ...

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F**k You Pay Me

15:25

02 Aug

Frau Welt

The infamous international shapeshifter Frau Welt tells her story for the first and last time in this genre-busting new play by Peter Clements and Oliver Dawe. From Weimar Berlin to Broadway stardom, her sec...

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Frau Welt

20:35

02 Aug

Funny Women on the Fringe

Join Funny Women for a sparkling mix of comedy including performances by special guests and the brightest new talent at the Fringe. Enjoy stand-up, chat, sketch and more as we showcase some of the best acts ...

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Funny Women on the Fringe

19:20

20 Aug

Gibbon

Gandini presents a wildly original hodgepodge of juggling, choreography, and theatre that explores the connections between human behaviours, the cycle of nature and to explore the journey into oneself. Poeti...

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Gibbon

13:30

02 Aug

Gratiano

With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero, but did he play the villain? In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set am...

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Gratiano

12:40

08 Aug

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jacobi as Old Hamlet! S...

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Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

16:40

03 Aug

Hans – Like a German

International superstar Hans, the boy wonder of Berlin, serves up an all-singing, all-tap dancing, accordion-pumping, glittering blitzkrieg of cabaret backed by his three-piece band The Ungrateful ...

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Hans – Like a German

21:50

02 Aug

Henry Box Brown – A Musical Journey

Tony Award winner Ben Harney (Broadway's Dreamgirls), and writer Mehr Mansuri, lead this musical about an 1850s Virginia slave who ships himself to freedom in a box. In a fusion of original songs blending go...

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Henry V – Lion of England

Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. Agincourt as never before! A solo tour de force through Shakespeare’s patriotic masterpiece. Incredible performance, brilliant original m...

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Henry V – Lion of England

16:40

02 Aug

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Based on the best-selling series of books by Laura Numeroff, this fast-paced, comedic adaptation embraces the joys of parenting – as told through the eyes of a child and a surprise encounter from a hyp...

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

10:30

02 Aug

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

The star of Mark Steel's in Town (BBC Radio 4) brings back his 2017 sell-out show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it still is. 'True comedy gold' ***** (Herald). ***** (M...

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Nine Foot Nine

What would happen if every single self-identifying woman across the world grew to be nine foot tall? Critically acclaimed Sleepless Theatre Company return to the Edinburgh Fringe with LET Award-nominated Nin...

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Nine Foot Nine

11:45

02 Aug

Once Seen on Blue Peter

Makes, Bakes and Outtakes. On October 16th, 1958, Blue Peter sailed onto our TV screens. 60 years and over 5,000 episodes later, an elite group of ex-presenters gather to receive an award celebrating this ex...

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Once Seen on Blue Peter

14:50

04 Aug

Owen O'Neill: Ten Songs to Die For

In his new one-man play Owen O’Neill takes the audience on a trip to the soundtrack of his life. Ten songs that transport him back to the heartache and hilarity of a wild and reckless time. A musical m...

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Providence

'A richly theatrical hour of madness and the macabre' **** (Stage). 'A masterclass in physical comedy' (ThePlaysTheThingUK.com). Life is a hideous thing. And Lovecraft's was no exception....

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Providence

17:00

02 Aug

Reel Comedy Club

Twice a day, Audrey, the unique 22-seat Vintage Mobile Cinema will become a comedy venue. In the evenings, this TV star (from George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Melvyn Bragg and the BBC's Reel Histor...

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Reel Comedy Club

18:00

02 Aug

Simon Callow in De Profundis

Olivier Award winning Simon Callow performs Oscar Wilde’s searing meditation on his life, in the form of a devastating letter of reproach to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas - ‘Bosie’. Impriso...

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Simon Callow in De Profundis

12:30

02 Aug

Skin a Cat

Every teenager thinks they're the only one not having sex. For Alana, it might be true. Every time she gets close something gets in the way... Follow Alana on a wickedly funny sexual odyssey: from gettin...

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Skin a Cat

16:10

02 Aug

Synchronised Swimming - The Dry Version

Infamous comedy duo Ursus and Nadeschkin have been dubbed the 'Swiss-German Marx Brothers' by Village Voice NYC. The pair fuses physical and verbal acrobatics at the speed of light. It's impossib...

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The Alleycats: Champions by Default

The Alleycats, Scottish A Cappella Champions 2017, bring to you the thrilling tale of a title defence gone astray. After a year of Brexit, blizzards and broken dreams, The Alleycats return for their ninth co...

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The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

The most entertaining film of the year is swinging onto the Fringe... and you're invited to sing along! Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that c...

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The Marilyn Monroe Story

She is arguably the most famous Hollywood screen icon and pin-up. This show tells the story of her troubled life from the beginning to her untimely death, which to this day is still clouded in mystery. Class...

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The Marilyn Monroe Story

21:40

02 Aug

The Straw Man

He is Generation X. Weaned on punk and indie he survived Thatcher's Britain and the Cold War, then high on ecstasy he raved in a field all weekend – and still got up for work on Monday. Fearless, h...

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The Straw Man

14:50

02 Aug

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay. A story of comradeship,...

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The Unknown Soldier

14:50

09 Aug

This Is Just Who I Am

This is a show about identity, authenticity and the murky area between the two. It's about being yourself, and not having a f*cking clue what that even means. Using nothing but a microphone, a poorly put...

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This Is Just Who I Am

20:55

02 Aug

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

Barbara Brownskirt, the prolific poet-in-residence at 197 bus stop, Penge, semi-welcomes you to her thought-provoking and unsettling knee-length poetry comedy show. Charting Barbara's life as an unsucces...

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DNA - Stealing Thoughts

DNA’s incredible feats of mind reading and telepathic thought transference have amazed audiences worldwide. ‘Stealing Thoughts’ will make you question what is truly possible as the duo read...

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DNA - Stealing Thoughts

13:20

08 Aug