Audacious Mr Astley

Awarded 5 stars at the 2018 Fringe and written and performed by professional ringmaster Chris Barltrop, this is a unique insider's view of entertainment history.

Audacious Mr Astley

About Audacious Mr Astley

31st Jul 2019 to 25th Aug 2019
Daily 10.50am
The Pleasance Edinburgh
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh South EH8 9TJ
£7 to £12
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Meet the man who invented the circus! Presenting Sergeant-Major Philip Astley, late of His Majesty's Royal Regiment of Light Dragoons. Master equestrian, horse-trainer, and proprietor of the celebrated Astley's Amphitheatre, Westminster Bridge. At your service to recount a most h'interesting and h'informative history!

Written and performed by professional ringmaster Chris Barltrop - a unique insider's view of entertainment history. Awarded 5 stars at the 2018 Fringe, back in 2019 by special invitation.

Venue 33: Pleasance Courtyard

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

9th August 2019
Nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live and extra, later, ramblier shows have now been added! Don't miss his incredible 26th Edinburgh Fringe!
Fingers and Thumbs with Andy Gunn

Fingers and Thumbs with Andy Gunn

10th August 2019
Scottish guitar virtuoso Andy Gunn debuts his all new show 'Fingers and Thumbs' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, exploring in trio format various stringed instruments.
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

10th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

10th August 2019
Nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live and extra, later, ramblier shows have now been added! Don't miss his incredible 26th Edinburgh Fringe!
Triplex Adventures

Triplex Adventures

10th August 2019
Blue Bird's young performers present an exciting musical showcase of devised stories of Change Myself, An Adventure in Teeth Street and a youth version of Hakuna Matata.
A Night of Romanian Traditional Music

A Night of Romanian Traditional Music

10th August 2019
Enjoy a night of Romanian traditional music with songs reimagined and performed by Lizabett Russo with Graeme Stephen and Brodie Jarvie at Leith Depot as part of the Fringe!
Fringe for Bairns

Fringe for Bairns

11th August 2019
The Three Sisters will be hosting meet and greets for all the little ones to enjoy along with a good old fashioned sing-along as they watch their favourite films!
Andy Gunn Presents: From T-Bone To Trucks

Andy Gunn Presents: From T-Bone To Trucks

11th August 2019
Scottish virtuoso Andy Gunn's back with his homage to the greats of electric blues guitar with a multimedia experience featuring projected films, narrator and eight-piece band.
Fest on Forth

Fest on Forth

11th August 2019
Showcasing an eclectic mix of cabaret and comedy, a different group of quality acts will perform in the Forth Floor Brasserie at Harvey Nichols every Sunday throughout August.
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

11th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
TalkFest19 - Ways and Means: Theatre In 2019 and Beyond

TalkFest19 - Ways and Means: Theatre In 2019 and Beyond

12th August 2019
What happens when we pair up two theatre artists from different backgrounds to co-host a discussion about what makes great theatre in 2019?
Pre-View

Pre-View

12th August 2019
Readings from eight brand new plays by emerging playwrights from England, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, the USA and Wales.
FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Anna Ferrer Live

FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Anna Ferrer Live

12th August 2019 - 14th August 2019
Come and enjoy the warmth and sound of the Mediterranean as FiraB Balearic Music Nights brings you Menorca born singer Anna Ferrer from 12th to 14th August as part of the Fringe!
The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

12th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
The multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale by Puppet State Theatre Company returns to the Fringe with it's blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling.
Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy

13th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Bomb Happy brings to life the powerful testimonies of five Normandy Veterans, inexperienced young conscripts, who find themselves part of one of the most dangerous operations of World War II.
Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

13th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
This year’s Breakfast Plays give a glimpse of the now and new from four of the most exciting rising voices in Scottish theatre.
Supernatural: Wonder Tales From Scotland

Supernatural: Wonder Tales From Scotland

13th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Dougie Mackay shares stories of strange places full of fantastic creatures and curious characters gathered from tradition and presented fresh for a modern audience.
The Night With... Evenings

The Night With... Evenings

13th August 2019 - 20th August 2019
Three alternating concert programmes, featuring music by Scottish composers and settings of Scottish poetry.
Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground

13th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
From Serbian snowfields to deserts in Afghanistan, four women unite across a century. Hallowed Ground comes to Army @ The Fringe fresh from an Australian tour.
I am Mark

I am Mark

13th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
Sit back, relax, and imagine being among Mark’s first audience, as you experience the story of Jesus as it was in the beginning.
Blazin’ Fiddles with Emily Smith

Blazin’ Fiddles with Emily Smith

14th August 2019
Scotland’s most celebrated fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles joins the twice voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ Emily Smith for a special one-off Scottish tour and plays The Queens Hall in August!
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

15th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
Daniel Sloss: X

Daniel Sloss: X

15th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
Daniel Sloss returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his international smash-hit show 'Daniel Sloss: X' to mark his first ever headline gig at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
(Can This Be) Home

(Can This Be) Home

15th August 2019 - 19th August 2019
Half music concert, half spoken word performance where Kolbrún Sigfúsdóttir examines the immigrant experience of Brexit and flautist/composer Tom Oakes plays the tunes his travels have inspired.
FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Blai Vidal Trio Live

FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Blai Vidal Trio Live

15th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
Catch the Blai Vidal Trio Live as FiraB Balearic Music Nights brings the warmth and sound of the Mediterranean to the Edinburgh Fringe!
Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

15th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
A courageous new work by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans, weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and genre-melding original songs.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

16th August 2019
Nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live and extra, later, ramblier shows have now been added! Don't miss his incredible 26th Edinburgh Fringe!
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

16th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
A Massaoke Night at the Musicals

A Massaoke Night at the Musicals

16th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
This is your chance to sing along with the fantastic and versatile Massaoke band, guided by giant video lyrics, as they raise the curtains on all your favourite show tunes.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

17th August 2019
Nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live and extra, later, ramblier shows have now been added! Don't miss his incredible 26th Edinburgh Fringe!
Fingers and Thumbs with Andy Gunn

Fingers and Thumbs with Andy Gunn

17th August 2019
Scottish guitar virtuoso Andy Gunn debuts his all new show 'Fingers and Thumbs' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, exploring in trio format various stringed instruments.
Heat Transfer Printing Young Maker Workshop: Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

Heat Transfer Printing Young Maker Workshop: Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

17th August 2019
Maker Kim Gunn will guide you through how to apply dyes to paper before transferring onto a tote bag or t-shirt using heat in this workshop for ages 12 to 16 years.
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

17th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
Fest on Forth

Fest on Forth

18th August 2019
Showcasing an eclectic mix of cabaret and comedy, a different group of quality acts will perform in the Forth Floor Brasserie at Harvey Nichols every Sunday throughout August.
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

18th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
Fringe for Bairns

Fringe for Bairns

18th August 2019
The Three Sisters will be hosting meet and greets for all the little ones to enjoy along with a good old fashioned sing-along as they watch their favourite films!
FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Júlia Colom and Toni Vaquer Duo Live

FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Júlia Colom and Toni Vaquer Duo Live

18th August 2019 - 20th August 2019
Enjoy the warmth and sound of the Mediterranean as FiraB Balearic Music Nights brings you Júlia Colom and the Toni Vaquer Duo as part of the Fringe!
Introduction to Paper Folding - Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

Introduction to Paper Folding - Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

18th August 2019 - 21st August 2019
Learn the art of paper folding with designer/maker Kate Colin in this workshop at the Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019 on 18th or 21st August!
Andy Gunn Presents: From T-Bone To Trucks

Andy Gunn Presents: From T-Bone To Trucks

18th August 2019
Scottish virtuoso Andy Gunn's back with his homage to the greats of electric blues guitar with a multimedia experience featuring projected films, narrator and eight-piece band.
TalkFest19 - Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

TalkFest19 - Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

19th August 2019
Playwright Nicola McCartney and actor Dritan Kastrati are joined by Professor Sharon Cowan to dissect the process of writing Dritan's astonishing biographical play.
James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

19th August 2019
Join today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of performed readings and interviews with presenter Shereen Nanjiani.
Willow Weaving Workshop: Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

Willow Weaving Workshop: Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

20th August 2019 - 24th August 2019
Weave a boat-shaped basket from organically grown Scottish willows, guided by experienced basketweaver Anna Liebmann, in this workshop run by Craft Scotland on either 20th or 24th August.
Dr Korczak’s Example

Dr Korczak’s Example

21st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Set in 1942, David Greig’s play tells of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and writer who championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love.
FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Ermanno Panta and Banda Zeitun Live

FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Ermanno Panta and Banda Zeitun Live

21st August 2019 - 23rd August 2019
FiraB Balearic Music Nights brings you Ermanno Panta & Banda Zeitun, transforming Mediterranean soundscapes into Mediterranean jazz, as part of the Fringe!
Blues and Burlesque

Blues and Burlesque

21st August 2019 - 25th June 2019
Blues and Burlesque, the saucy, sexy, award-winning live music cabaret is back at the Fringe after sell-out runs in Adelaide, Perth and Brighton!
Blazin’ Fiddles with Emily Smith

Blazin’ Fiddles with Emily Smith

21st August 2019
Scotland’s most celebrated fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles joins the twice voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ Emily Smith for a special one-off Scottish tour and plays The Queens Hall in August!
The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly

21st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Storyteller Alice Fernbank and musician Graham Dickson lead you on a storytelling voyage laden with song and myth, presented through flute and voice.
Walk The Oars

Walk The Oars

21st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician/singer Neil Sutcliffe return to the Fringe to share a story inspired by the Viking’s arrival in Scotland.
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

22nd August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

23rd August 2019
Nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live and extra, later, ramblier shows have now been added! Don't miss his incredible 26th Edinburgh Fringe!
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

23rd August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Jansky Live

FiraB Balearic Music Nights: Jansky Live

24th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
FiraB Balearic Music Nights brings you Catalan duo JANSKY, with their rave of sound, verse and a great deal of jazz improvisation, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Jimeoin: Ramble On... Some More!

24th August 2019
Nothing beats seeing Jimeoin live and extra, later, ramblier shows have now been added! Don't miss his incredible 26th Edinburgh Fringe!
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

24th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!
Fest on Forth

Fest on Forth

25th August 2019
Showcasing an eclectic mix of cabaret and comedy, a different group of quality acts will perform in the Forth Floor Brasserie at Harvey Nichols every Sunday throughout August.
Fringe Dome Nights

Fringe Dome Nights

25th August 2019
Dynamic Earth Dome Nights return every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fringe, showing three films in Edinburgh's only 360 degree cinema!

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22nd July 2019
NA, Edinburgh West
Join the Scottish Saxophone Academy for a fun, intensive and inspiring five-day summer school with SSA tutors and special guest coach for the week, David Milne.
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