20 – 29 SEPT


We want you to make the most of every minute you spend in Edinburgh. That’s why we’ve created Wonder Weeks – a short guide to specific weeks when the city’s  events and performances are at their most varied and best.

Scottish National Gallery: Bridget Riley

Until 22 September 2019

For more than 60 years, Bridget Riley has created dazzling and compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. Through her observations of the natural world, her experience of looking at the work of other artists, and through her own experimentation, Riley has made a deep, personal investigation of the act of painting, and of how we see. She is one of the most distinguished and world-renowned artists working today.

[Image: Bridget Riley, High Sky (detail), 1991 © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved]

Festival Theatre: Richard Alston Dance Company Final Edition

27 – 28 September 2019

Over the past 50 years, Richard Alston has played a major role in contemporary dance, developing a distinctive dance language and shaping the art form.  This show is the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s  A Far Cry set to the impassioned Introduction and Allegro of Elgar and the British premiere of Voices and Light Footsteps set to the vocal music of Claudio Monteverdi.  Also enjoy the revival of Mazur, a duet for two men to evocative pieces by Chopin,  and the hugely popular Brahms Hungarian, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway.

[Image: Chris Nash]

Kings Theatre: A Taste of Honey

23 – 25 September

Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play, written when she was 19, A Taste of Honey is one of the great taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.  This British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford.

Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) directs Jodie Prenger (One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party) as Helen in this new production.

Edinburgh Playhouse: Mamma Mia

19 – 28 September

Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.  Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!  The ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical.

© LITTLESTAR Photos of UK Tour company by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

The Queen’s Hall: An American Journey with the SNJO and Bill Evans

27 September 2019

Enjoy an amazing night of Jazz when the SNJO is joined by saxophonist Bill Evans and take a musical expedition across America from north to south and east to west. Along the way, jazz meets up with bluegrass, soul, funk and fusion to create a road trip to remember.

This week also gives the chance to see Duncan Chisholm and The Gathering (20 September), the legend that is  Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (28 September) and the ever-enigmatic Penguin Cafe (29 September).

National Museum of Scotland: Body Beautiful 

Until 20 October 2019

See examples from fashion creatives who are embracing inclusivity and body positivity, exploring themes such as size, gender, age, race and disability. Explore how the industry is calling into question existing practice, and why becoming more inclusive behind the scenes will ensure a genuine reappraisal of contemporary ideals of beauty.

Enjoy pivotal looks from designers including Max Mara, Ashish, Vivienne Westwood, Pam Hogg and Jean Paul Gaultier, alongside catwalk photography by Chris Moore, and hear from key influencers in the industry, from models and stylists to editors and educators.

[Image: Model line-up wearing slogan t-shirts ahead of Simply Be’s AW17 Curve Catwalk © Simply Be Curve Catwalk AW17]


The Lyceum: Solaris by David Greig

12 September – 5 October 2019

A co-production between The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.  UK premiere of a new play, adapted from Stanisław Lem’s 1961 novel and directed by Malthouse’s Matthew Lutton. 

Science fiction on stage; three scientists on a space station orbiting a great planet, a psychologist arrives to check on their wellbeing, and strange things start to happen – is the planet communicating with them? Or are they imagining it? Is it a god? Or a demon? Or a child?

The Usher Hall: Ant Middleton, Mind over Muscle

21 September 2019

Ant Middleton is best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape. The Sunday Times Best Selling Author demonstrates the mental strength it took to complete his recent SAS series and the huge Everest challenge.   Ant will take the audience through a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery.

Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra (22 September) is one of the freshest classical ensembles around, bringing together exceptional young musicians from the UK and Russia in a captivating celebration of cultural friendship. 

Spend Sunday afternoon enjoying the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opening their new season with the famous Mahler Symphony No. 5 on 29 September.  

Dovecot Gallery: Julie Cope’s Grand Tour – The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry

25 July – 2 November 2019

Grayson Perry, the celebrated Turner Prize winner and self-styled ‘unapologetic fetishist’, tells the story of fictional everywoman Julie Cope through the extraordinary medium of tapestry. Featuring larger-than-life machine-woven tapestries, the exhibition narrates key events in the protagonist’s journey from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953, to her sudden death in a tragic accident. Set in the context of Dovecot Studios, one of the world’s leading hand-woven tapestry studios, the exhibition explores the different crafts, skills, and techniques used to produce these extraordinary works of art.

City Art Centre: Victoria Crowe – 50 Years of Painting

Until 13 October 2019

The City Art Centre is proudly presenting the first major survey devoted to the work of one of the UK’s most distinguished artists, Victoria Crowe. Embracing every aspect of her practice, 50 Years of Painting will feature over 150 paintings, stemming from youthful student works to the assured, timeless landscapes and portraits of recent years.

This is a rare opportunity to see so many major paintings assembled from public and private collections from home and abroad.

[Image: Reflected Drama, San Giorgio, 2017 (detail). Private Collection. Photographer: Antonia Reeve]

The Filmhouse: Twelve Monkeys

20 September 2019

Scotland’s leading independent cinema, celebrating world cinema in all its brilliance and diversity, Filmhouse offers a hand-picked selection of films each month.   This week includes Twelve Monkeys directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, as part of its regular season of late night Friday frights, Uncanny Valley.  In 1996, a deadly virus wipes out most of the human population. In 2035, survivors from the post-apocalyptic underground send Bruce Willis to find the original, un-mutated virus, so that scientists might find an antidote.   Terry Gilliam’s dystopian feature has a thrilling, complex, sobering plot, brilliantly carried by Brad Pitt and Willis.

Always WOW in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s restaurant and bars scene has something for everyone – chilled and relaxed, on-trend hotspots or Michelin star to suit your budget or mood. Many offer pre-show menus offering great value. For ideas, visit Edinburgh City Centre or Edinburgh’s West End.

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Scottish National Gallery

The Mound

Phone: 0131 624 6200

The Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

King’s Theatre

2 Leven Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane


The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street

Phone: 0131 668 2019

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street

Phone: 0300 123 6789

Royal Lyceum Theatre

30b Grindlay Street

Phone: 0131 248 4848

The Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 1155

Dovecot Gallery

10 Infirmary Street

Phone: 0131 550 3660

City Art Centre

2 Market Street

Phone: 0131 529 3993


88 Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 2688