23 -30 OCTOBER

23 – 30 OCTOBER

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

The Royal Lyceum: Barber Shop Chronicles

23 October – 9 November 2019

Inua Ellams is one of today’s most exciting voices in poetry and theatre and his smash hit was originally staged at the National Theatre in London. For black men around the world the barber shop is a community hub where they can air their dreams, hopes, ambitions and fears as the clippers buzz. In this piece Inua has woven a patchwork of barber shop banter from around the globe and welcomes you into this world with warmth, music, humour and politics – with a large and a small p.

The Usher Hall: Will Young

26 October 2019

Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002. His expansive career has culminated in four chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards and four UK number one singles. His new 7th album is built around the joy of pop music.

You may prefer Marina on 28 October (recently scored her 3rd UK Top 5 album) or Ludovico Einaudi on 29 October, playing piano for his new project Seven Days Walking, with Redi Hasa on cello and Federico Mecozzi on violin.

Nelson Monument: Charles Piazzi Smyth 200

Until 31 Dec 2019

2019 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Scottish Astronomer Royal and polymath, Charles Piazzi Smyth. This special exhibition presents the story of this extraordinary man, whose pioneering work at Calton Hill changed the practice of astronomy across the world. A life size carved wooden figure of a sailor using a sextant, from the 19th century, is one of the star objects on view. Other displays investigate the importance of Scotland’s Merchant Navy, as well as the ongoing work of the Northern Lighthouse Board.

The “upturned telescope” perched high on Calton Hill in the east end of the city centre, is the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory, and death, at the battle of Trafalgar.

While you’re up there, be sure to visit Collective which brings people together to look at, think about and produce contemporary art in the recently refurbished and repurposed, city observatory.

King’s Theatre: Frankenstein

21 October – 26 October 2019

An 18 year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness.

Rona Munro’s brilliant new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

Edinburgh Playhouse: The King and I

18 – 26 October 2019

Hailed as ‘the theatrical event of 2018’, the multi-award-winning Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I is embarking on a World Tour direct from its record breaking, sold out season at The London Palladium. It’s one of the best shows from the golden age of musicals with an outstanding score (Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, Shall We Dance) and features a company of over 50 world-class performers and a full-scale orchestra.

“Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book now. It’s a hit.”

Traverse Theatre: The Monstrous Heart – World Premiere

22 October – 2 November 2019

Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep having been freshly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present. And it has teeth.

Love. Hate. Good. Evil. Nature. Nurture.

The Queen’s Hall: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Anderszewski plays Haydn and Schumann

24 October 2019

As we toast Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall in its 40th year, one of Mozart’s most festive symphonies opens the evening with a flourish.

Pianist Piotr Anderszewski marks his 50th birthday with a pair of magnificent piano concertos. Haydn is in high spirits throughout this concerto – he opens with the kind of tune that puts a spring in your step, and closes in Hungarian style, with a brilliant tour de force, flashing with fireworks. In contrast, Schumann’s is perhaps the most poetic of all piano concertos: a searching, passionate, Romantic masterpiece.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: The Modern Portrait

Until March 2021

The worlds of science, politics, the arts, business and sport collide in this awesome collection of familiar, famous Scottish faces.

There’s photographs, paintings, sculptures and more featuring everyone from Alan Cumming and Annie Lennox, to Calvin Harris, Dame Muriel Spark, Sir Chris Hoy and Billy Connolly.

 Image credit: Christian Hook


National Museum of Scotland: Wild and Majestic – Romantic Visions of Scotland

Until 10 November 2019

Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s highland idyll at Balmoral, Wild and Majestic considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world, expressed through highland and military dress, royal visits, art, literature and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry. Featuring rich displays and iconic objects, this landmark exhibition charts Scotland’s journey into the global imagination.

Filmhouse: Der Golem with a live score by S!nk

October 31, 2019 – Part of the Halloween season

In their 7th film score commission for Filmhouse, brilliant multi-instrumental trio S!nk perform a new live soundtrack to Carl Boese & Paul Wegener’s absorbing silent feature Der Golem, one of the first horror movies ever made.

The film takes us to 16th century Prague, where Rabbi Loew, spiritual leader of the Jewish community, divines from his astrological tables that a disaster is imminent. He summons the dead spirit Astaroth and build the Golem, a huge clay figure which will serve the man who gives it life. Lust drives the initially helpful clay terminator to the perpetration of terrible acts of violence.

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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.

Royal Lyceum Theatre

30b Grindlay Street

Phone: 0131 248 4848

The Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 1155

Nelson Monument

32 Calton Hill


King’s Theatre

2 Leven Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

The Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street

Phone: 0131 228 1404

The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street

Phone: 0131 668 2019

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street

Phone: 0131 624 6200

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street

Phone: 0300 123 6789


88 Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 2688