8-14 APRIL

8 – 14 April

We want you to make the most of every minute you spend in Edinburgh. That’s why we’ve created Wonder Weeks – a suggested guide to some of the city’s best events and brightest performances, events and exhibitions during specific weeks of the year.

National Museum of Scotland: Robots

Until 5 May 2019

This exhibition explores our centuries-old quest to build robots in our own image. It includes the metal manikin used by 16th century natural philosophers to show the articulation of the human body, showcases some of the deliciously imaginative designs of the 1920s and moves into 21st century attempts to create artificial intelligence in a humanoid form. Watch out for a guest appearance by the T-800, last seen striking terror into movie-goers in 2009’s Terminator: Salvation. By turns eerie, interesting, hilarious, horrifying, frightening and fascinating, this exhibition is one you won’t want to miss.

[Image © Neil Hanna]

Edinburgh Festival Theatre: Victoria

10 – 13 April 2019

Queen Victoria’s era has come down through history as one where passions were repressed, feelings were not spoken of, marriages were a matter of convenience and Her Majesty was rarely amused. This production by Northern Ballet, however, tells the true tale, and it’s one filled with often-expressed passion, undying devotion, dedication to duty and a family almost torn apart by the fierce independence and fiery character of its leading lady. This extraordinary and beautiful biography begins on Wednesday 10 April.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: I want to be a machine and The Real Thing

Until 2 June 2019

These two exhibitions, both showing throughout April, offer a fascinating insight into the worlds of the Pop Art and Minimalist movements. I want to be a machine explores the themes and techniques used by Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi, while The Real Thing looks at the contrast between Pop Art and Minimalism, and how the two styles developed almost side-by-side. Featuring works by Hockney, Lichtenstein, Judd, Andre and Flavin as well as Warhol and Paolozzi, both exhibitions are a must-see for any art lover.

[Image: Eduardo Paolozzi, Vulcan, 1998-1999 © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2019.]

Edinburgh Playhouse: Matilda The Musical

2 – 27 April 2019

A meeting of Roald Dahl and the Royal Shakespeare Company, this wonderful, multi-award winning musical will be at The Playhouse from 2 – 27 April. Scripted from the novel by Dennis Kelly, with original songs composed by the multi-talented Tim Minchin, Matilda tells the story of a five-year-old girl with stupid parents and a horrible headmistress who discovers she has magical powers and learns to use them for good. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to catch the production that has been delighting audiences all over the world since 2010.

The Traverse Theatre: dressed.

11 – 13 April 2019

Presented by ThisEgg, dressed. combines dance, comedy and original music with live sewing to present the true story of Lydia. After being forced to strip at gunpoint during a terrifying assault, she sets out to reclaim her body and herself by creating an entirely new, self-made wardrobe, and now wears only clothes she has created. The show was awarded a Fringe First in 2018, as well as a New Diorama Theatre & Underbelly Untapped award the same year, and has enjoyed widespread critical acclaim.

Usher Hall: National Youth Orchestra 40th Anniversary and Scottish Opera in Concert

12 April 2019

On Friday, 12 April, The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) will celebrate its 40th anniversary alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. With principal guest conductor Elim Chan, they’ll be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3, Tarrodi’s Liguria and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The following week, on Tuesday, 16 April, Scottish Opera will perform Mascagni’s Silvano. A glorious seafaring tale, it combines the passion, drama, disaster and despair that makes Mascagni’s work so recognisable, eloquently performed by an outstanding lineup including soprano Emma Bell.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Artist Rooms

6 April – 20 October 2019

A photography collection owned jointly by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, ARTIST ROOMS Self Evidence — Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe celebrates the work of three influential photographers, with particular focus on how they represented themselves. Mapplethorpe’s works include a series of self-portraits that explore his various personas. Woodman involved herself in her work as both subject and creator in images like Space2 and the Eel Series, while Arbus represents herself through her creativity in the self-selected, limited edition A Box of Ten Photographs. 

Now showing at Filmhouse

8-14 April 2019

Filmhouse is Scotland’s leading independent cinema. The programming is hand-picked for the audience that is looking for a more diverse, varied and thoughtful international cinema than is the norm at the multiplex. Films that might be trying to say something – emotionally, culturally, cinematically or whatever else. This week, there are dozens of films showing and the offer varies from a newly released Scottish film about the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers (The Vanishing) to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 classic (A Clockwork Orange) or the striking biopic of Vincent Van Gogh (At Eternity’s Gate.)

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street

Phone: 0300 123 6789

The Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Road

Telephone: 0131 624 6200

The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane


The Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street

Phone: 0131 228 1404

The Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 1155

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street

Phone: 0131 624 6200


88 Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 2688