The Imitator

Theatre (music, comedy)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Music is the key element that triggers Julian's memories in The Imitator. The songs that were once important in his life set him off on a journey back to his childhood in South America where he discovers his passion for music and his gift for imitating voices. From there, he faces struggles in New York and Europe as he pursues his dream of becoming an artist. Singer/actor Julian Fontalvo portrays different characters that play a part in his story and imitates 70 artists such as Sting, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner among others.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Ramped access
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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bill cunningham 29 days ago

We saw the Imitator last night. Brilliant performance. What a voice he has. And he can dance as well. A pity tonight is the last night. Hope he returns to Edinburgh. We would definitely go again.

Bryan Muir 30 days ago

A brilliantly talented performer and great show ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Reckon he would be a future Britain's Got Talent winner if he auditioned.

Sharon Wright 31 days ago

Absolutely fabulous ! So talented ! Blown away !

Trish 32 days ago

AMAZING! Could not take my eyes or ears from him! His range is incredible and impersonations were spot on. We smiled and talked about the show for hours after. Please please please don’t miss out, get a ticket, go and be mesmerised.

eileen boyle 32 days ago

The Imitator was fantastic entertainment from multi talented singer....would definitely recommend

Vicki M 34 days ago

If you love popular (and by that I mean all genres of mainstream music over the last 20-30 years), then go see this show. It's fantastic, I didn't stop smiling and laughing and being wowed for the whole hour. Never seen anything like it. And those Latino dance moves.... terrific!

dm 34 days ago

Very talented & entertaining, had such a great time, really enjoyed the performance! Highly recommend to see Julian!

Aileen 36 days ago

Absolutely first class, Julian is amazing, so talented. This is a must see show.

Andrea Macleod 37 days ago

Superb energy , wonderful story and a strong clear voice. Impersonations did not always strike but so many did and as for one hour of escapism from your own world it is definitely worthwhile

Douglas 37 days ago

I enjoyed this show. Some of the impressions/ imitations were not great (others were superb) but he put a lot into it and he seemed genuinely touched by the ovation at the end.

Cath 37 days ago

Wow- what have I just seen!! The most incredible show- you made me laugh, cry, laugh, cry on repeat!!! What an immense talent. Please please see this show it’s superb, it’s a must see!

Simon 37 days ago

One of the best shows I've ever seen. A spur of the moment decision to go, but everyone at the fringe should go and see this - such an amazingly talented guy. Banging tunes in a show that literally made me cry with joy and had the audience on their feet at the end. Fantastic

Laura 37 days ago

If you see nothing else this fringe, you have to see this! Unbelievable talent - loved it.

Gary 37 days ago

Just left the show. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Julian, you are a legend! By far the best thing we have seen at the Edinburgh festival

Andrew Kattou 38 days ago

A fantastic show & definitely one of the best shows I've seen.

P&L - Bruntsfield 41 days ago

We have just watched a very charismatic and talented Julian Fontalvo perform his one man show and what a thoroughly entertaining hour or so, it turned out to be! He has incredible vocal dexterity and he had his audience laughing and singing along throughout. We loved it all.

Auld wifie 42 days ago

Fantastic performance, energic & well paced - something for all generations. Highly recommended.

Fiona Hall 42 days ago

Fantastic show. Highly recommend!!

Catherine Walker 42 days ago

We loved the show,what a talent!! Thank you Julian for a terrific hour’s entertainment.

JAMES HILL 42 days ago

A tremendous singer with a mind-boggling range, he is also a tremendous actor, slipping from despair to joy to whimsy with precision and taking the audience with him. Many were the gasps and giggles of delight when yet another well-known voice escaped from his lips,
Fontalvo is astonishing.

James Sutherland 42 days ago

What an entertainer, from start to finish Julian was absolutely brilliant. It was possibly the best fringe show we’ve ever been to. His range of voices is truly incredible, a great way to spend early Saturday evening.

Rannoch Donald 43 days ago

What an incredible show. Julian Fontalvo is a human jukebox. The story is driven by his incredible voice and an fantastic selection of songs. Pure entertainment. Will catch this again before the festival ends.

Helen Campbell 46 days ago

Absolutely brilliant!!! Non stop entertainment/music for an hour. 5 stars, great talent.

Magdalena Kozicka 47 days ago

Great talent, fantastic show!

Miriam 47 days ago

Amazing show, 5 stars! Definitely worth it! Julian does a great job and the energy of the show is amazing!

Graeme Taylor 49 days ago

Simply fantastic. An amazing performance and an amazing talent.

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Fringe Review 34 days ago

Charming, engaging, funny, and truly a delight to watch, a complete entertainment package that is unique and compelling.

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Quite simply, Fontalvo is astonishing.

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HiFi Pig 39 days ago

Fontalvo gives a clever, entertaining, and impressive performance.

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