Making History by Stephen Fry

Theatre (drama, sci-fi)

  • St Ninian's Hall - Theatre
  • 13:00, 18:00
  • Aug 19
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Edinburgh Theatre Arts
  • Warnings and additional info: None
  • 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 are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The first-ever stage adaptation of the 1996 novel by Stephen Fry. Michael Young is a brilliant young history student whose life is changed when he meets Leo Zuckermann, an ageing physicist with a theory that can change worlds. Together they realise that they have the power to alter history and eradicate a great evil. But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine, and nothing – past, present or future – will ever be the same again.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is level access from the main door, directly into the theatre.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Ferring Kev 38 days ago

Well worth the out-of-centre trip. All the cast were strong, but Mike and The Professor excelled. Considering the number of lines to learn, Mike's part was delivered flawlessly, professionally and with tremendous enthusiasm. Well done to all, including the Director, who's interpretation of the script was conveyed with aplomb.

Alison K 39 days ago

Adapting a novel for the stage is a tall order but Edinburgh Theatre Arts have done an excellent job with "Making History". The writing and performances were both excellent, and supported very effectively by nice set design and clever staging. The very heavy central theme is explored in a light hearted but never frivolous way. I really enjoyed it.

John Fuller 44 days ago

Well written and the whole cast was strong. Longer than most fringe shows (to do the book justice) but didn’t drag and there is
an interval in the pleasant adjacent garden - with bar - to recharge. I liked the clever set and the inventive selection of music to accompany scene transitions - music that helped to set a mood or to underscore the action. Highly recommended

Snap Judgement 45 days ago

★★★☆☆ Enjoyable, despite the flaws

* Dynamic Set Design. Walls embellished with historical icons, ingeniously doubling as concealed doors and storage.
* Loyal to its Roots. Haven't dived into the novel, but a quick peek suggests fidelity to Fry’s original work.
* Great Acting. A performance that held its ground.

* Deep Dive Denied. Was all set to plunge into a profound debate; got a toe-dip into light drama-adventure waters instead.
* Tardy Transitions. Swifter and smoother scene shifts would have made for a more seamless experience.

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Jane B 45 days ago

When I saw that this show was in a church hall in the suburbs I thought it might be a bit "Am Dram", but not at all. The plot was intriguing, the performances were amazing and the set was imaginative. We sat on the front row and were totally immersed in the show. I'd highly recommend it.

Christine MacArthur 48 days ago

I saw tonight’s performance and it was brilliant. The acting, staging and the play was worth every minute. Very intriguing - now I have to read the book!

Edward Bullitis 49 days ago

We booked this show in advance from Australia on a wing and a prayer. We were pleasantly impressed by the performance. It went from strength to strength and the playlist music between scenes was very well matched. The actors all delivered strong performances and the set was clever for the space & very well utilised. Would recommend this as it is intriguing and thought provoking (perhaps a bit more signage, colour or posters out the front would help the unfamiliar to Edinburgh tourist find it.)

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

they are to be commended; it is a joy to see a quality play based on such an iconic writer's work performed

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North West End UK (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

well performed, well directed, very enjoyable evening

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

Such care suffuses every aspect of this impressive production.

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Theatre Travels 44 days ago

A must see for any Stephen Fry fan or potential time traveller.

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The Student (5/5 stars) 46 days ago

I feel somewhat altered by the story of Making History and imagine it will stick with me for a long time.

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