A Game of Death and Chance

Theatre (site-specific, historical)

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  • Gladstone's Land - Gladstone's Land
  • 11:00, 11:15, 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 13:00, 13:15, 14:00, 14:30, 15:15, 15:45, 16:00, 16:15, 16:30, 16:45, 17:00, 17:30, 17:45, 18:00, 18:15
  • Aug 25
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: National Trust for Scotland
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are required to have a complimentary ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


Meet characters including a publican, an investor and a spy who’ll share details with you from Edinburgh’s colourful past as you journey through Gladstone’s Land. You’ll hear tales spanning from the Union of the Crowns in 1603 to the Act of Union in 1707. At this time, Edinburgh was haunted by death and disease but propelled by the hope of a better country. When you’ve heard from each character, you’ll have a choice to make. That choice will result in a different outcome for each character!

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • 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.

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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

Kirsty R 111 days ago

Great little promenade-style show. 4 mini plays about different episodes in Scottish history. Amazing venue.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

In A Game of Death and Chance, the National Trust for Scotland’s first ever Fringe show, four characters from the 17th century – and death himself – have occupied an old Edinburgh tenement to tell stories of Scotland’s past. The building in question is Gladstone’s Land on the Lawnmarket in...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

Down a close, across some cobblestones, through a locked door, and up a steep stone spiral staircase, the journey to the location of A Game of Death and Chance, written by Ben Harrison, takes its audience back in time to 17th century Scotland. Co-directed by Harrison and Allie Winton Butler, and set in one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at Gladstones Land, the intimate and immersive 45-minute production introduces you to a host of characters who take you back to some of the most difficult days in Scotland’s history.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

IF YOU visit a National Trust for Scotland property, you won’t be surprised to find someone in period costume chatting about life as it used to be lived. So it is in A Game Of Death And Chance, playing several times a day in the bedrooms and drawing rooms of Gladstone’s Land, but in the hands of Grid Iron director Ben Harrison, you get a better class of historical re-enactment.

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The Herald (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

SOME countries have all the luck. This is something made abundantly clear in this second theatrical excursion by the National Trust for Scotland, which, following on from Enlightenment House in Charlotte Square, moves into another of the capital’s most historically charged but largely unsung buildings. Originally built in 1550 in the Lawnmarket, the six-storey tenement was redeveloped in the 17th century to become home for a variety of tenants from across the social classes.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 128 days ago

Look for tickets... Devised by site-specific theatre company Grid Iron in association with the National Trust of Scotland and performed as a promenade play in one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh, this series of character-driven monologues covers a tragic period of Scottish history from James IV / I and...

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The List (3/5 stars) 132 days ago

Tales of burning witches, riots, executions and more...

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