Shakespeare for Breakfast

Theatre (adaptation, family-friendly)

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The Bardic Breakfasters are back! C's sensational Shakespearience returns, for our 32nd sell-out Fringe, as ever, a brand-new show with breakfast included! A pleasing plethora of pentameter, puns and pastry. Perfect for hardened fans of the Bard and blank-verse virgins alike. 'A bouncy and boisterous take on Willie’s work' (List). 'Well worth getting out of bed for' (Independent). 'No holds Bard' ( 'Irreverent humour… clever' (Stage). 'Side-splitting… glorious' ( 'Full of fun' ( 'Sizzling' (Scottish Daily Express). Free coffee and croissants! Book early.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Entrance to main house and accessible toilet is via near-level entrance to halls to halls at 30 Lauriston Street (no steps, slight downward slope once in building). There is level access to the auditorium. Adapted WC located off foyer adjacent to performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Andrea Bird 22 days ago

We were not sure what to expect from the description, but this turned out to be a delightful mashup of Shakespeare's original words from A Midsummer's Night Dream with some modern language and themes, all compressed into a fast-paced fifty minutes. The entertainment was thoroughly delightful and we were all very pleased by this theatrical experience (although the croissants could have been better...)

Stephen Wilkinson 26 days ago

Great performers and a fun show well worth seeing and enjoying a coffee and croissant!

Avril Ritchie 27 days ago

Not quite what we expected. The actors were very energetic and worked hard but whole thing was confusing (and I know the play very well) and not really amusing. Needs sharper writing. Wouldn’t be on the top of my list for a return visit.

Alastair McInnes 28 days ago

In all honesty, this isn't the best of the many Shakespeare for Breakfasts I've seen. The case are great but there's just not enough support to help sort out them out. Putting on or taking off a shirt doesn't really help me remember just who this guy is playing now. Maybe go back to some more costume differentiation. And I only remember a single prop (Puck - apologies if I've forgotten others).

Stripping the play back to its essentials is fine - it's what we came for - but we need some help to keep up. I'm pretty sure I'd have had no idea if I didn't already know the play.

But, still, it's a great way to get your Fringe day off to a start.

CD 28 days ago

Been coming to see Shakespeare for Breakfast every Fringe for years and enjoyed the days of audience participation, many songs and loads of laughter! I know things can’t stay the same and the 4 actors this year were very good and my coffee and croissant, but I didn’t laugh very much. Sorry.

James Harvey 28 days ago

Loved the show, well acted and funny. Great start to a day at the fringe

Nancy Workman 30 days ago

Needs better writing! This show was just not up to the standard of the ones we saw in earlier years. The performers are winning as ever, but it just came off as an underrehearsed, abridged Midsummer Night's Dream, rather than a witty adaptation. My favorite remains the year the Macbeth plot was superimposed on the battle for control of a local allotment--if I had seen this year's production first, I don't think I would be seeking it out in the future. Here's hoping they get back on track--I wish them well.

Kevin Moss 32 days ago

Fun and accessible Shakespeare for all. Cast show a lot of potential.

Dave 32 days ago

This show was good fun, but not very exhilarating. It was well acted. We have been to Shakespeare for breakfast before, but it was a better experience on previous occasions.

Julie Phillips 32 days ago

Seen this every year apart from when it was shown at a venue that was not wheelchair accessible. So we were thrilled that the access arrangements were fine this year. Sadly disappointed by the show it lacked the wit and puns of previous years. I can still remember how much we laughed at ‘Taming of the Shoe’.

Linda Watt 32 days ago

Have been many times in the past but not sure it was to the same standard. Very clever though.

Roger Bradwell 32 days ago

This has been a Fringe must see show for me since I moved to Edinburgh in 2010, this year however it wasn't as sharp as past presentations and with notably less audience amusement. I will probably give it a miss next year unless the reviews show an improvement.

the Bunsen 33 days ago

WE have watched Shakespeare for Breakfast for many years and this group of actors did not let us down. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole play, good for young and old (all of my children started off their love of theatre by watching past performances and these actors I am sure will continue the trend for other families).

This year there was 5 of us and we all enjoy theatre none of us were disappointed.

Stéphanie Goud 34 days ago

So bold and creative! If you haven't seen this, you haven't seen Shakespeare.

Colin Foster 36 days ago

Excellent show, it was my first time seeing this production.

The enthusiasm and professionalism of the cast was well in evidence

Timothy GIBBONS 38 days ago

really enjoyed this. great performance from the cast and a really well written script. great start to the day.

Agnes Joyce Wells 39 days ago

A shadow of previous shows. We used to laugh so much at the cleverness of the script. Perhaps time to put this one to bed.

Elliot and Meg 39 days ago

An absolutely fantastic way to start your day! This incredibly accomplished troupe turns Midsummer Nights Dream into a new, down to earth, incredibly accessible new play. Sure to leave you laughing all day long, start your day the best way!

Lynne Davis 41 days ago

Very entertaining. A cast of only 4 prior portraying the entire cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love Island style. Have seen a couple of Shakespeare for Breakfast asked before and always enjoyed them. Also nice to have fruit juice as an alternative to coffee!

Randal Richmond 44 days ago

A delightful parody of Midsummer Nights Dream with 4 brilliant young actors. Highly entertaining.

Leigh Farrant 44 days ago

I hate writing a bad review because everyone who comes here works hard, but this felt like the definition of trading on past glory. The script was so-so, the actors mostly stood in a line with no direction, and they didn't seem to understand (let alone like) Shakespeare. There was none of the stagecraft or imagination of previous shows. Shakespeare for Breakfast used to be one of my go-to favourites, but I'll never see it again without reading all the reviews first.

Chesney Flaxton 45 days ago

It's a shame, really. Before the pandemic this show was a must see for me. Lightning in a bottle. Now its more like drizzle in a washing up bowl. Not bad. But not great.

Alexander Lang 46 days ago

There is no better way to start a Fringe day! An energetic cast that's brimming with the desire to act together, drawing in the audience from the first minute into a high-paced and good-humored play. Excellent!

Sarah 47 days ago

Delightfully silly and a great way to start the day (& the fringe for us!). The actors are all so good & manage to make multi-roling look seamless. This is the 4th year we've seen the show & it's a fringe favourite for us, really recommend.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

There aren’t many better ways to start a day at the festival.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

The laughs came strong and fast and it was a joy to watch.

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North West End UK (3/5 stars) 35 days ago

It is delivered with flair, some song and alot of fun.

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