8 unmissable shows to see at the Edinburgh Festival this year

Friday, 10th August 2018

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration (3 weeks) of arts and culture on the planet.

Every August, endless shows come to the Edinburgh Festival for 3 weeks so choosing one is not always simple. It doesn’t matter if you like theatre, comedy or musicals, here’s some suggestions to keep everyone entertained – including a play for the little ones if you’re travelling with them!

1. Circus Show – Tabarnak

Dates & times: 4-7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-25 August, 7pm.

Location: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, Middle Meadow Walk, EH9 9EX

One of the most renowned acrobatic companies around the world, Canadian Cirque Alphonse is a regular visitor of Edinburgh Fringe. This year they are presenting Tabarnak, a show which is, in their own words, “a celebration of Heaven and Hell and everything in between!”

To buy tickets for Tabarnak, click here

2. A Classic for Adults - Waiting for Godot

Dates & times: 3-12 August (check times).

Location: The Lyceum, Grindlay Street Edinburgh EH3 9AX.

Not only one of the most important plays of the 20th century, but also one of the funniest ones. This new version, by the Galway-based Druid, has been hailed as one of the greatest productions of Beckett’s piece.

To buy tickets for Waiting for Godot, click here

3. Something for the Kids – The Wizard of Oz

Dates & times: Aug 3-4, 6-11 August, 10.05am.

Location: theSpace @ Niddry St. Niddry Street, EH1 1TH Edinburgh.

A new version of the classic story by Tribe Porty Youth Theatre, a young & growing Edinburgh-based company made up of children aged 2–18. TPYT has performed to sell-out audiences at the Fringe for the last eight years, earning outstanding four-star reviews one year after another. 

To buy tickets for The Wizard of Oz, click here

4. Stand-up Comedy Show – Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dates & times: 15-19 August, 6.30pm.

Location: The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB

Before embarking on his UK tour, BAFTA award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his brand-new show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Known as “the Oscar Wilde of comedy”, this is an excellent chance to enjoy Moran’s deadpan and poetic humour.

To buy tickets for Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos, click here

5. Book Talks – Muriel Spark 100

Dates & times: 11-27 August 2018 (check times).

Location: Edinburgh International Book Festival, 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR. (Different events throughout the month.)

To commemorate the centenary of Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with BBC Scotland are running a series of talks, performances and workshops to analyse her work. Authors such as Janice Galloway and Ali Smith will be discussing different elements of Spark’s novels and her influence on their books.

To know the full list of events, click here

6. An Opera – The Beggar’s Opera

Dates & times: 16-19 August 2018 (check times).

Location: King’s Theatre 2 Leven Street Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

An adaptation of John Gay’s 18th-century brought into the modern day, The Beggar’s Opera has an incredibly contemporary plot and has been directed by celebrated opera director, Robert Carsen. This new production is by Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, resident company at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival.

To buy tickets for The Beggar’s Opera, click here.

7. A Concert – Lau-Land

Dates & times: 18th August, 7.30pm.

Location: Leith Theatre, Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH6 4AE.

Scottish band Lau, whose style combines electronic music with Scottish folk, obtained a huge success with this show at the Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival in February. For their Edinburgh performance they have reunited a stunning group of first-class musicians, including American singer Joan As Police Woman and electro retro DJ Some Chick Called Bob.

To buy tickets for Lau-Land, click here

8. An Exhibition – Rembrandt, Britain's Discovery of the Master

Dates & times: Until 14th  October 2018. Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm.

Location: Scottish National Gallery. The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.

An exclusive exhibition that will be only shown in Edinburgh. Rembrandt, Britain's Discovery of the Master displays major works by the legendary Dutch Master alongside those of the British artists he inspired. According to The Guardian, this a show from which it’s “impossible not to come away spellbound”.

Click here to buy tickets for Rembrandt, Britain's Discovery of the Master.

Discover everything you need to know about visiting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – an inspiring celebration of the best performance and entertainment from every continent of our planet.

Written by Edinburgh Flats

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