Big Fish

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre)

  • Assembly Rooms - Music Hall
  • 10:00
  • Aug 27
  • 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of violence, flashing lights and strobe effects
  • 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 18 months


Edward Bloom's larger-than-life stories delight everyone – much to the dismay of his pragmatic son, Will. As Edward's health deteriorates and the realisation of a future without his father sets in, Will embarks on a journey to separate the man from the myth, and untangle the remarkable life of a Big Fish in a small pond. Based on the Daniel Wallace novel and Tim Burton's movie, and with a score from the composer of Broadway's The Addams Family, this fantastical musical about love, family and the joy of storytelling is an extraordinary tale unlike any other!

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

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

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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

Paul Devine 29 days ago

A live orchestra is always a good thing, and the singing was on point. Some of the songs were catchy. The staging was very clever. A highlight for me was people taking turns doing foley work at the side of the stage, I've never seen that before! Definitely worth your money. The only thing I will say is that the acting felt a little cheesy, but that's possibly down to the characters, who are incredibly peppy Americans.

Jacqui McIntosh 31 days ago

Just WOW!
You have one more chance to see this amazing show. The script is a delight, the songs are catchy, the acting, singing and music are tremendous! Get up early, clear your diary and get tickets!

Alex 31 days ago

Saw last year's production of Godspell which was enough to convince us to make the early trip from Glasgow to see this - well worth the effort! Talented cast with impressive visuals.

Isaak 32 days ago

A truly magical show! Absolutely superb cast and music. An emotional journey that was told exceptional well by a talented bunch of people. One of the highlights of the fringe!

John Dewhurst 39 days ago

I have seen most of the Conservatoire's productions over the years. Whilst the singing and production values were excellent, the show itself left me underwhelmed. It was a schmaltzy American musical which seemed dated and cliched. Some good tunes. I was surrounded by a group of young Americans who were very enthused, unlike me.

Callum Thompson 39 days ago

Finally got the chance to see Big Fish, a musical I’ve been desperate to see for years. Outstanding lead performances, and truly mesmerising choral singing, which I’ve come to expect from RCS over the years. Beautifully staged, a feast for the senses and incredibly moving.

As others has said: this is obviously the best musical at the Fringe, and is worth getting up early for!

David P 40 days ago

Wow this was utterly sublime! If you only see one thing at the Fringe this year, let it be this! It’s rare to see a musical at the Fringe of this quality - every cast member delivering a fantastic performance, stars of the future.

Don’t let the early start put you off - definitely worth getting up for! So many amazing moments, but “Time Stops”, “Stranger”, and “I Don’t Need a Roof” we’re just magical.

Sarah Carpenter 40 days ago

The best show of my Fringe experience, hands down. Every actor in this production held their own with incredible vocals and a believable emotional journey. I can't wait to see them on the West End!

N/A 41 days ago

The BEST show I went to see from my entire Fringe experience. Such a beautiful story, I loved the onstage sound effects and everyone was extremely talented. If you have the time this show is worth a watch!

Violaine Bigot 42 days ago

We just love it!
A colourful musical with inventive sound effects that makes you want to wander around this imaginary world. The first incredible scene gave me goosebumps, and we also love the meeting scene where time slows down to show the love at first sight and the final scene, which is so moving.

Geraint 45 days ago

Just brilliant. I saw the film many years ago but this musical had a freshness and excitement about it. The story has comedy and sadness, and transports the audience such that the time flies by. The cast were all excellent and would not be out of place in the West End. Really, really good. 5 stars at least.

Matthew Schofield 48 days ago

A heartwarming, joyous story performed by a talented, bright young cast. Don’t be put off by the early start and the length - musical theatre of this standard is rare at the Fringe and this will set you up for the day perfectly and leave you feeling good inside.

Hunter Logan 49 days ago

Super professional, well done in every aspect, highly entertaining.

Alistair Graham 50 days ago


Saw the Royal Conservatoire version of Legally Blonde a few years ago and this was another cracking show.

Other than the staging, which is obviously not to West End standards, the performances are as good as any big musical you might see for a fraction of the cost.

I didn't know anything about Big Fish going in and it was a very poignant story, not the fluffy stuff you might normally expect from a musical, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

Colette Dunsmore 52 days ago

Fantastic show. Both joyous and sad (bring your hankies). Great performances by all the cast. Clever direction showing what can be done with a small set. Definitely one to be seen!

Jonathan Brough 52 days ago

Quite astonishing- a brilliant production and the best thing I have seen at the Fringe in many years. Could transfer tomorrow to the West End! Get a ticket if you can (but be warned, everything else you see will be disappointing in comparison!)
And no, I have no links to the company, cast or crew- I’m just a really wowed audience member!

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 35 days ago

Full of inventiveness, originality and fun.

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Scottish & UK Theatre (5/5 stars) 36 days ago

A tale of family, love and ultimate joy.

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LondonTheatre1 (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

A very slick and engaging production.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Perfectly told and the whole cast received a richly deserved standing ovation. Bravo!

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Theatre Scotland (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

Big Fish is a fantastic production which hosts some of the great fresh talent in Scotland.

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ScotsGay Arts (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

highly inventive

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 39 days ago

… the best joy ride ever.... Each musical number is a story within a story, fantastical in its unique creativity, simply brimming with ideas…

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Lost in Theatreland (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

This is an excellent production of Big Fish – it is exciting to see fresh new talent, and the performance standard is incredibly high across the board

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 46 days ago

it will set you up for the day with a warm fuzzy feeling and a fondness for family

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