Must-See Productions! | Edinburgh Fringe & Edinburgh International Festival 2022

The Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival return to the streets of Scotland’s capital this year in full swing. We are proud to announce that we will be reviewing at both the fringe and international festival this year, on the lookout for exciting new productions and talent. 

Below are our ten picks of what productions you should see this year in Edinburgh. 

Showstopper!: The Improvised Musical 

‘Showstopper!’ is a fringe favorite. Now in it’s fourteenth year, the collective of talented comedians create an entirely original show inspired by existing musicals and the audience’s suggested scenarios. Every show is different and equally as entertaining as the last. If you haven’t seen this Olivier Award-winning show, then make sure not to miss it at The Grand (Pleasance Courtyard) 21:30 from 3rd – 15th & 17th – 28th August.  

Burn – Edinburgh International Festival 

Alan Cumming returns to Edinburgh’s International Festival in a brand-new riveting dance production focusing on the life of Robert Burns. A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival, the National Theatre of Scotland, and New York City’s The Joyce Theater, this promises to be a special piece of theatre. Especially since it’s the final production to play Edinburgh King’s Theatre before it closes for renovation. Playing 4th – 10th August at 15:00 or 20:00. 

Rob Madge: My Son’s A Queer (But what can you do?) 

Winner of What’s On Stage’s Best Off-West End Production 2022, ‘My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do)’ follows Tik Tok and West End star Rob Madge as they explore their childhood of creating a full-blown Disney Parade in their house for their grandmother. This is a joyous and bright production which has been tipped as one of the best productions at the fringe in 2022. Playing Underbelly (George Square) 4th – 29th August (except 10th, 15th & 22nd) at 16:15.

Hamlet with Ian McKellen 

The legendary actor comes to Edinburgh with a new version of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. McKellen collaborates with Peter Schaufuss to bring this production to life. Albeit this production has yet to be seen with a critical eye, however, being up close and personal to Ian performing a Shakespearian text is something many will undoubtedly want to tick off their bucket list. Playing from 3rd – 28th August (except 8th, 15th or 22nd) at 16:00 or 19:00. 

The Beatles Were a Boyband 

F-Bomb Theatre return to the Fringe hot off the back of their success last year with ‘Afterparty’. This year the female lead company once again brings us a brand-new production, ‘The Beatles Were a Boyband’, which focuses on a group of women fighting to making the streets safer. Rachel O’Regan returns to pen this production, making it clear that audiences are in for a poignant and comedic piece of feminist theatre. Playing the Big Yin (Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose) from 6th – 13th August at 20:00. 

Kinky Boots – Bare Productions 

Bare Productions return to the Edinburgh Fringe in glamorous fashion with their production of the iconic musical ‘Kinky Boots’. This is the first time the Cyndi Lauder and Harvey Fierstein musical has been performed at the Fringe and undoubtedly Bare will present it in all its glitzy and camp glory. Playing The Sanctuary (Paradise in Augustines) from 5th – 13th August at 19:25 or 20:20. 

Press 

Black Bat Productions return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their previously reviewed ****½ play, ‘Press’. This production is one which features important issues of the film industry but it could easily relate to any industry. It’s pressure cooker and comedic style brings important issues to the table in a wonderfully nuanced entertaining way. Playing Pleasance Below (Pleasance Courtyard) from 17th – 29th August (except 22nd) at 12:45. 

One Man, Two Guvnors – Captivate Theatre 

Captivate Theatre bring us many productions to look out for this Fringe as they take over The Rose Theatre, however ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ has already earned five stars from our Editor during its stint at the Brunton back in March. This new take on the National Theatre and Richard Bean’s hysterical play is one which will leave audiences in stitches. Playing at The Rose Theatre 18th – 28th August at 18:00. 

Shona The Musical Choir 

‘Shona The Musical Choir’ were a highlight of the Edinburgh International Festival last year, gaining five stars from our Editor. The music featured radiates African culture and brings a very fresh style of musical theatre to the Scottish theatre industry. The production returns to Edinburgh in August. This time to the EICC (The Pleasance) from 10th – 14th with performances at 14:10. 

Salamander

Pretty Knickers Productions brings us a brand-new play based on the true story of a sex worker that was brutally murdered in Leith in 1983. This production features a cast of local performers portraying the perspective of those involved in the incident. This is an exciting piece of new writing which is sure to resonate with those who can remember the tragic events at Gyspy Brae. Playing The Thistle Theatre, Riddles Court (Greenside) from 22nd – 27th August at 20:45. 

Tickets for Edinburgh Fringe shows are available here:

https://www.edfringe.com/

Tickets for Edinburgh International Festival shows are available here:

https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on