EdFringe22 – Musicals & Opera

Aug 4 2022 | By More

Edinburgh-made Musicals & Opera at EdFringe 2022

Edinburgh’s theatre companies have come back strong after the pandemic with 116 theatrical productions at the Fringe including many new shows and a handful of returning favourites.

There are a total of 20 musicals and one opera by Edinburgh-based companies in the EdFringe programme. Mostly from youth and amateur companies, but we haven’t made the distinction in the listings here.

Bare productions’ Kinky Boots in pre-Fringe cabaret. Pic Gavin Smart

In order to make things clearer, we have divided the listing up into seven parts. On this page you can find an alphabetical listing of all the Musical Theatre productions.

Here are links to the other listings:

Theatre by Edinburgh’s Amateur companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Grassroots companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Youth & Student companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Professional & Funded companies
Children’s Theatre
Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word .


A Bohemian Broadway
The Bohemians Lyric Opera Company
St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St (Venue 111)
25/26 Aug: 19:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆ Hits the right note
Join the Bohemians in their return to the Fringe and hear an eclectic selection of their favourite Broadway songs. You’re guaranteed to leave the venue singing and dancing! Further details.

Anthems – 40 Years of Edinburgh Music Theatre
Edinburgh Music Theatre
St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St (Venue 111)
11 – 13 Aug: 20:40 (50 minutes)
EMT celebrate their anniversary by sharing show-stopping favourites from their 40-year history of bringing wonderful shows to the Edinburgh stage. Further details.

Anthems – Movie Musicals
Edinburgh Music Theatre
St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St (Venue 111)
11 – 13 Aug: 19:10 (50 minutes)
A must-see for fans of musical theatre and musical movies! The talented performers of Edinburgh Music Theatre return with songs from movie musicals you know and love, and some you don’t but soon will! Further details.

Avenue Q
Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
5 – 28 Aug: 20:10 (1 hour 40 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Organised chaos
Avenue Q is back after its sell-out 2019 run. Join Princeton, Kate Monster, Gary Coleman and cast as they find out their purpose in life. A brilliant adult musical. A standout in 2019, a must see 2022! Further details.

Bare: A Pop Opera
Edinburgh Little Theatre
RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
5 – 28 Aug: 12:00 (2 hours 20 minutes)
Peter and Jason have a hidden love affair but what happens when this is exposed to their family and friends. A riveting piece of music theatre brought to life by this talented and dynamic cast. Further details.

Bonnie and Clyde
A-Team Productions
George Watson’s College (Venue 416)
8 – 13 Aug: 14:30, 19:45 (2 hours 15 minutes)
This fast-paced, Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of ill-fated, real-life fugitives Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The couple gained notoriety – and love – robbing banks in a depression-hit USA, before meeting an untimely death. Further details.

The Edinburgh University Footlights
C ARTS | C venues | C aquila (Venue 21)
3 – 14 Aug: 15:35 (1 hour 45 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Vibrant
An honest look at love, vulnerability and connection, this groundbreaking musical follows the perpetually single Bobby and the ‘good and crazy people’ he calls his friends, as he searches in his relationships for what ‘being alive’ truly means. www.edfootlights.com Further details.

Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152)
5 – 12 Aug: 16:05, 17:05 (2 hours 35 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Swishingly good
The Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group is returning to the Fringe with Kander and Ebb’s whodunit musical comedy. After a leading lady is murdered on opening night, can Detective Frank Cioffi identify the killer before another victim is claimed? Further details.

Haggis, Neeps and Burns
Edinburgh Little Theatre
RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
5 – 28 Aug: 12:00 (1 hour)
Brilliantly warm, moving and funny look at the life of Scotland’s greatest bard, Robert Burns. With poems and songs aplenty, we see what made this genius what he was; his story laid out, warts and all. Further details.

Into The Woods Jr
Edinburgh Youth Theatre
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39)
5 – 12 Aug: 10:25 (55 minutes)
Edinburgh Youth Theatre perform a new take on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s ground-breaking musical fairy-tale about wishes and the choices we make. Musical theatre fun for all the family! Further details.

Kinky Boots
Bare Productions
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152)
5 – 13 Aug: 19:25, 20:20 (2 hours 30 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Uplifting
Bare Productions return following a sell-out run with one deliciously fabulous musical. Kinky Boots is an all-singing musical, which teaches us that the best way to fit in, is to stand out. A must-see for the whole family. Further details.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
Captivate Theatre
Rose Theatre (Venue 76)
5 – 16 Aug: 18:00 (2 hours)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆ Good effort
Captivate Theatre brings this timeless musical to life. ‘Everything you want it to be and more… Captivate Theatre’s adaptation of Oliver! carries enough energy to overflow from the stage and infect the audience’ (AllEdinburghTheatre.com). Further details.

Maria Stuarda
Aria Alba, Opera for All
Stockbridge Church (Venue 317)
11 – 14 Aug: 19:00 (3 hours)
Opposing queens, Elizabeth of England and Mary of Scots play a dangerous game, vying for the double crown of England and Scotland and the love of the Earl of Leicester. Historical fiction. Jealousy and passion. Further details.

Ordinary Days
Bossy Belters
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
11 – 13 Aug: 14:30, 20:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
The lives of four ordinary New Yorkers intersect as they all search for the impossible – happiness. A story told through song, from hilarious to heartbreaking, for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in life. Further details.

Shrek the Musical
Captivate Theatre
Rose Theatre (Venue 76)
12 – 27 Aug (not Suns): 15:30 (2 hours)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Captivating
Dare to be different. Everyone’s favourite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash-hit film. From the company that brought you the sell-out Fringe hit Sunshine on Leith. Further details.

Spring Awakening
Edinburgh Little Theatre
RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
3 – 28 Aug: 17:30 (2 hours 10 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆ Subdued
Set in late 19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of adolescent sexuality. This young and vibrant cast brings this story to life in this powerful and challenging musical. Further details.

Sunshine on Leith
Captivate Theatre
Rose Theatre (Venue 76)
5 – 28 Aug: 20:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Brilliant
Captivate Theatre’s five-star, vibrant, energetic, emotional, sell-out production is back. Book early to avoid disappointment. ‘If there’s one theatrical group that can coax the sunshine out, it’s Edinburgh’s grassroots Captivate Theatre’ (Skinny). Further details.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Happy Sad Productions
RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
11 – 28 Aug: 20:00 (1 hour 55 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Satisfyingly goofy
Six pre-teens learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything as they spell their way through tears and laughter in this hilarious Tony Award-winning musical, featuring an incredibly vibrant score by William Finn. Further details.

The Addams Family – A New Musical
Captivate Theatre
Rose Theatre (Venue 76)
5 – 24 Aug (not Suns): 13:00 (2 hours)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Fantastically fun
A musical, comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family. ‘If there’s one theatrical group that can coax the sunshine (in this case moonshine) out, it’s Edinburgh’s grassroots Captivate Theatre’ (Skinny). Further details.

The Mould that Changed the World
Charades Theatre Company
The Edinburgh Academy (Venue 70)
11 – 17 Aug (not Mon): 14:00, 19:30 (2 hours)
Would you save the world if you could? Alexander Fleming’s life-saving, death-defying miracle cure – penicillin – is about to stop working, and it’s time for us to act. The sell-out musical returns… Further details.

We Will Rock You: Young@part
Captivate Theatre
Rose Theatre (Venue 76)
5 – 11 Aug (not Sun): 15:30 (1 hour 15 minutes)
Captivate Theatre Summer School presents this fantastic musical by Ben Elton inspired by and featuring the songs of Queen. Exhilarating, entertaining, uplifting. All-female cast. Limited number of performances. Get tickets now! Further details.


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