Art Heist

Theatre (comedy)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Big Belly
  • 13:55
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Poltergeist / Untapped by Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation & infrequent violence in a comedic context.
  • Accessibility:
    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


Three thieves break into the same gallery on the same night. They're all intent on stealing the same extremely valuable painting. They're bound to meet and it's bound to get messy. An existential comedy caper which asks the big questions. What is art? Why is it extremely valuable? And, how much can I get for this on eBay? From the team behind multi award-winning Lights Over Tesco Car Park. **** (Scotsman). **** (Stage). New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly Untapped Award 2019.

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General venue access

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  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 13 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

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  • 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
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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Margaret Munro 90 days ago

Wow, I know why this show is sold out! Three art thieves intent one night to steal the same painting but for different reasons. One guard looking for love. Fabulous soundtracks and amazing choreographed actions as the would be burglars break in, meet each other and cause all sorts of chaos. Riotously funny, fabulous cameos. Everyone should go and see this!!!!:)

Caroline 97 days ago

From the description it sounded like this would be a comical farce but that’s not what this is. It was an interesting piece but quite surreal. An interesting way to spend an hour

Alistair 97 days ago

It was an intriguing idea, but it fails to deliver. It doesn't answer the "big" questions - what is art? Why is it extremely valuable? Some audience members are brought onto the stage, but it is unclear why - other than to fill time. Some of it is funny, some clever, but overall a disappointment.

Ben Leaman 99 days ago

surreal...funny...worth an hour of our time...still not sure what we saw...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 73 days ago

Three unrelated thieves attempt to steal a priceless painting on the same night. What could possibly go wrong? Art Heist by Poltergeist – an innovative comedy that demands the audience’s attention – is set up to ensure the theft isn’t easy. In a style that can only be compared to...

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An Organised Mess 80 days ago

In the search for something more lighthearted at the Edinburgh Fringe, Poltergeist’s Art Heist steps up to the mark.

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

Movement is the power in Jack Bradfield’s direction, clever and insightful blocking that utilises the stage and keeps the audience intrigued.

Because Art Heist is a fun concept, a cool execution.

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 87 days ago

Art Heist also sees its characters constructing their own narratives. Three separate thieves coincidentally break into a gallery to steal a painting on the same night. But their progress through the museum is controlled by a narrator (also behind a desk with a microphone) who doubles as a security guard....

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Empty frames are the order of the day in Art Heist. It’s a cleverly choreographed comic crime caper with three thieves after the same picture on the same night. There’s time for a segue on how art crimes make art history, from the famous theft of the Mona Lisa in...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

Three different burglars prepare to steal a painting from an art gallery, all for different reasons and all by adopting different methods of entry. Rosa is disguised as a chef and manages to gain access through the service entrance to … Read More ...

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FringeReview 94 days ago

Reminiscent of the Oceans movies, there are three thieves who decide to try their hand at stealing a valuable painting from an art gallery.  Each has a unique set of skills and a strategy.  Each has a reason why they should be the victor. The show opens with dramatic Bond-like...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Wacky, weird and wonderful is the easiest way to describe this show. Set out like a gaming experience, we see the characters given their scenarios and then making decisions, as three thieves attempt to rob a gallery on the same night. A narrator sits at a desk, seemingly controlling the...

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Exeunt 95 days ago

It’s weird what hype does, the way it changes your relationship to a piece of art. Where you might have gone in humble and receptive, you’re suddenly, subconsciously sitting up straighter, your shoulders squarer. ‘Oh yeah? You think you’re good?’. I thought about this reading the response to Hannah Gadsby’s...

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The List (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

A lingering sense of style over substance...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

If Art Heist—Poltergeist Theatre’s follow up to last year’s playful Lights Over Tesco Car Park—were a painting, what would it be? Definitely not a Mondrian, for there is nothing minimalist or restrained about this multimedia, multi-perspective sorta crime caper. Ostensibly, it’s about art and how we create, narrate, label and...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

Art theft has long had a glamorous allure. Think of Vicenzo Peruggia making off with the Mona Lisa in 1911, or the still unsolved Isabella Stewart Gardner robbery in Boston, or even the two Thomas Crown Affair films. It’s that hushed world of sophistication, danger and daring that Poltergeist Theatre,...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

Heist films are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s the effortless style of the The Italian Job or the precision of an Ocean’s film, heist movies amaze by tricking the audience as much as they trick the target they are ripping off. Titling a show Art Heist immediately conjures up enticing...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

It's a fairly diverting hour watching Poltergeist's new show Art Heist, which features three people playing a kind of game in which a narrator guides their attempts to steal the same painting at the same time. There's the hardcore art burglar (think Mission Impossible), the chancer (who dresses as a...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

A plastic shoe, scuffed around the edges, sits atop a white plinth. A figure stands back and regards it, chin in hand. It could be a familiar scene in a gallery. Instead, it’s one of many sequences in Poltergeist’s new show that prod mischievously at the concept of art. Does...

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