What’s on in Edinburgh

Theatre in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has plenty to offer theatre-goers throughout the year, from cutting edge new plays by Scotland's leading playwrights, to heart-warming children's shows and pantos that have become a much-loved annual tradition. However, it's in August that the city's theatre scene truly bursts into life. From ground-breaking world premieres at the International Festival, to the colourful frenzy of the Fringe, there's a performance to suit every taste and budget during Edinburgh's festival season. We've rounded up some of your best bets for theatre in Edinburgh to help you make the most of your visit, whatever the time of year.

Edinburgh – home of the literature lover

As a UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh is renowned for its outstanding contributions to Scottish and world literature. Home to the world's largest book festival and a surprising number of esteemed authors, including the likes of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith and J.K. Rowling, the city's stunning architecture, dark history and colourful characters have inspired countless novels, short stories and poems. Whether you're searching for a glimpse of Edinburgh's literary past, or are a fan of contemporary crime and drama, eager to see the setting for your favourite books, there are plenty of Edinburgh attractions that will appeal to book lovers, both in August and throughout the rest of the year.

Edinburgh's music scene

Music rings out from every corner of Edinburgh – from street performers to the Scottish Opera, there's scarcely a day in the year a concert or performance isn't taking place somewhere in the city. All this excitement comes to a head in August for the Edinburgh International Festival, where world-renowned musicians come to share their talents. Grassroots musicians are just as prevalent, filling the venues of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and offering something for even the most particular music lover.

Edinburgh – Scotland's comedy capital

There's no better time to catch a bit of comedy in Edinburgh than at the world famous Fringe Festival. Thousands of performers descend on the city to amuse, inspire and entertain audiences of all shapes and sizes. Over the course of the month, visitors can catch everything from cabaret to spoken word, but there's no denying that, at its heart, the Fringe is all about comedy. From the most established performers to new comedians testing out material for the first time, there's plenty of laughter to be had day and night. And whether you're visiting for a couple of days or a couple of weeks, when you stay in one of our Premier Inn Edinburgh hotels you’ll have a front row seat to all the action. Music rings out from every corner of Edinburgh – from street performers to the Scottish Opera,