A glass-fronted emporium, plumly situated amidst some of Edinburgh's finest bars and restaurants, the Festival Theatre hosts a year-round programme featuring some of the world's most prestigious dramatic, musical, dancing, ballet, comedy and family-oriented entertainment. The contemporary architecture and top-notch facilities belie the restored grandeur of the Festival's original 1928 auditorium, which has a seating capacity of nearly 2000. Check out ground-floor Café Lucia for cakes, hot beverages and lunchtime light bites, or visit one of the Festival Theatre's trio of speciality bars (Johnnie Walker bar, Taittinger bar, Scottish Power Gallery) for something stronger.
Scottish Ballet: Highland Flingtimes vary, From £12.50Festival Theatre
Romantic ballet outing choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Matthew Bourne, following the antics of James – a young Scot with sex, love and rock'n'roll on his mind.
Scottish Opera: The Pirates of Penzancetimes vary, From £17.50Festival Theatre
Scottish Opera join forces with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company to stage an all-new production of the Gilbert and Sullivan's favourite. Avast, me hearties, etc.
Shaolin Warriors: Return of the Master7:30pm – 10:00pm, prices varyvarious venues
Theatrical Kung Fu show from the world-renowned Shaolin Warriors (aka don't try this at home).
Bill Bailey8:00pm – 10:00pm, £26.50Festival Theatre
The ever-funny Bill Bailey tours his new show, Qualmpeddler, in which he confronts such qualms as Living in a Time of Spectacular Ignorance... and muses on 'one amazing owl'.
The MGA Academy of Performing Arts: Flashdancetimes vary, £15Festival Theatre
All those unforgettable anthems – What a Feeling, and I Love Rock and Roll to name but a few – performed by the talented young lads and lasses at the...