Rubbish Romeo and Juliet

Children's Shows (comedy, clown)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 10:35
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 5+ (4 and older)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Rubbish Shakespeare Company
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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 do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Enemies. Balconies. Kissing... sausage rolls!? Three idiots perform Shakespeare's tragedy, using only a box of tatty wigs, a floral dress and an airbed they found by the bins. Described as 'like Horrible Histories but funnier' (Primary Times), Rubbish Shakespeare Company are back with an anarchic and joyous family-friendly event. Featuring clowning, slapstick, and clever, mischievous storytelling, this Fringe favourite production is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare (or even theatre itself). Suitable for ages 5-105! 'Delightfully wacky' ***** (Families Edinburgh Magazine). 'They set it up so cleverly it really sings' **** (Daily Record). **** (North West End).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift, please notify venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at Info Shed upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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

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

Dave Simpson 40 days ago

This show is fantastic. Everyone in our family loved it and laughed from start to finish, and cringed a fair few times too. Highly recommended for all ages.

Richard 48 days ago

Took our 11 year old grandson. We all loved the show. Brilliant from start to finish. A clever mix of humour and serious Shakespeare.

Debbie 49 days ago

We saw Midsummer Night’s Dream a few years ago and have watched out for these guys ever since. We were sad they weren’t at the Fringe last year but delighted to see them back. My children are teenagers but the show really is for everyone. Lots of laughter, jokes, ad libbing and Shakespeare. We were at a show when there was a last minute replacement and you really couldn’t tell, although it was referenced in the show I thought it was a joke as Ryan was so good. Excellent show for all ages highly recommended.

Alba 50 days ago

A very funny and engaging show for the whole family. My 11 y.o and 8 y.o. enjoyed every minute and rated it 5 stars. Plenty for grown-ups to enjoy too! Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to have a laugh.

Amy 51 days ago

We saw Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2021 & loved it so returned to see Romeo & Juliet with my 5 year old this morning- we both had the best time! Amazing how this trio stay true to the plot using Elizabethan & modern language to give what feels like a truly Shakespearean yet accessible experience. This is Shakespeare for all!

helen Johnstone 54 days ago

The best kids show we’ve been to! Laughed from the start to the end. We adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. We have seen these guys before and they didn’t disappoint. Will definitely be back next year! This is a must see for anyone looking for something that is suitable for all the family ☺️

Isobel Parrack 54 days ago

This was so so good! They had the whole audience laughing the whole way through, captivating even my 1 year old. My son’s highlight of our 2 days in Edinburgh was ‘throwing a sausage roll at an actor’. A must see for Fringe visitors with kids (and those who are young at heart and love bum joke!)

Jill Walsh 54 days ago

Madcap, fun, a show for all ages! We really loved it.

Imogen Taylor 55 days ago

My nearly 6 year old daughter saw this for the second time today and wants to go again. She can’t stop talking about her favourite funny bits of the show and quoting lines from it. A fantastic introduction to Shakespeare. I also loved it; it made my day. This show deserves to be sold out every day. By far the best kids show we have seen on the Fringe for years, and we’ve been to a lot! 5*’s from us

Janis 56 days ago

One of the best shows I’ve seen so far at the Fringe. Very engaging for younger audience, but appealing to adults sense of humour too. Brilliant use of a classic Shakespeare tale made accessible. Went with my two twenty something daughters and we all enjoyed it as much as the kids did. Definitely a must see for all ages!

Leigh Farrant 56 days ago

This show was great. I mean it was rubbish, but in the best and most hilarious way. You may well expect this to be just Shakespeare themed silliness (which is perfectly good in its own right) but it is actually a bit more that that. The show is silly with the text for sure but it does tell the story rather well and uses a good amount of the original text. What I particularly liked was that when performing the Shakespeare lines, the actors made a good show of saying them with conviction and passion. It's not just rubbish, as the company would suggest, but some top drawer silliness woven into a fun retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

Hannah Phillips 56 days ago

This show was pure belly laughing Children’s slap-stick. (It’s not one of those shows that tries to be too clever and make too many indirect references to Shakespeare). These three drag us along through the story, wearing several wigs, and making every kid giggle like crazy the whole way through. BRILLIANT. My 8 & 10 year olds say this is the best show they’ve seen out of 10 so far this year.

Liz Lea 57 days ago

Absolutely fantastic show, equally hilarious for both adults and children yet manages to retain the essence of the play. We had already seen Shakespeare for Breakfast and this was far superior! Highly recommended!!

shinystar 57 days ago

Absolutely hilarious show and really well performed. The adults found it just as entertaining as the kids. Highly recommended!

Baer (aged 11) 57 days ago

Absolutely amazing! It was my first show at the fringe and it was a magical moment for me. It was the best show by a long way. You must see it! Brilliant.

stuart white 57 days ago

10/10!!! A hilarious and engaging hour long roller coaster ride full of laughs and entertainment. Brilliant for kids and grown ups alike. 5*

Clare Inglis 58 days ago

Amazing show! Laughed from start to finish. Was so funny- my 12,11 and 6 year olds loved it too. Cleverly done mixing the real story and words with modern jokes and references. Highly recommended!

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Mix Up Theatre (5/5 stars) 44 days ago

"This show is amazing! It’s so funny and creative a Shakespeare show with a modern twist."

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 45 days ago

A perfect start to your day at the Fringe, we laughed so much at their ridiculous antics and their storytelling that we could have happily watched it all over again. It is such a genius way to bring the Bard to fresh audiences.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

Don't let the show’s name fool you; Rubbish Romeo and Juliet is far from rubbish

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North West End UK (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

This is a fun-packed frolic for all the family!

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Fringe Review 51 days ago

This is a top quality show that I’d highly recommend. The script and staging are tight and there’s pace and energy coupled with impeccable comic timing.

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