Shadow Kingdom

Theatre (family-friendly, puppetry)

  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


In a kingdom where it is always night, the Owl had declared himself king and made sleeping forbidden. Can he be stopped before our undreamt dreams destroy the world? The creators of the smash-hit Space Hippo present an epic fantasy adventure for all ages. Four hundred shadow puppets are used to create a live animated movie. ***** ( 'Shadow Kingdom ought to be held as the standard for children's entertainment' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There is 25 steps into the performance space. The surrounding street area has some cobbles/uneven pavements.
  • 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

Mary Pollard 98 days ago

One of the finest things I've seen at Edinburgh this year! It's an absolutely beautiful, crafted piece of work! And how many puppets are in this?? A magical fantasy that's humorous, inventive and drives along at an excellent pace. Catch it if you can!

Hannah Preece 100 days ago

This is possibly the best thing we’ve seen this year.

It is an absolute tour de force of skill, craftsmanship and talent.

Like real time Anime with a touch of Labyrinth, this wonderful piece is funny, moving, sweet, imaginative and so very clever.

The absolute love, care and attention that has gone in to this incredible piece is so clear and I was very moved by the clear passion these artists have for their craft.

This is an unmissable gem for kids and adults alike.

Our pick of the fringe!


KS-R 100 days ago

This show was a lot of fun and the shadow puppets they made are beautiful

Rebecca 101 days ago

The most beautiful and heartfelt show of the Fringe. It was recommended to us by Fringe giant Frank Skinner, who had seen it twice. Mesmerising stuff.

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Fleur 102 days ago

Just beautiful. We saw their show last year and couldn't wait to see more. The artwork is gorgeous, the storyline is fantastic, this couple's creativity and performance is perfect. Can't wait for next year!

Shobhana Das 104 days ago

Brilliant show!
We loved the storyline and the shadow puppets were fantastic!

Sharon Skinner 104 days ago

Amazing show, it’s a beautiful tale & the whole story is animated and acted live, as impressive as any physical feat I’ve seen at the fringe. It’s incredible that this is the work of two people.

W H 105 days ago

Incredible and riveting. I'm only sad that I wasn't going to bed immediately afterward as it makes a great bedtime story. Really well done.

mike owens 111 days ago

Gorgeous as others describe, the story timely and unique. What really sticks with me is that I felt privileged to watch such a special performance by such passionate people. A true gift to experience live.

Tristan Selvage 112 days ago

This is the best show I've seen at the Fringe in 2023. If the gorgeous poster sticks out to you - it lives up to that promise, and then some.

It is like an unfurling tapestry made of pure magic, creating a grand fantasy epic that is at once beautiful and hilarious. It has the dreamlike energy that its premise demands, and feels like a Studio Ghibli film in all the best ways. It's got a brilliant script, it's got beguiling shadow puppetry, and it's got DJ Slug. I couldn't ask for anything more.

tom espley 116 days ago

amazing inventive, engaging, creative and accessible shadow puppets. 6 yr old and 9 yr old loved it. lots for children and adults.

Who would have thought you could do live animation like that with simple shadow puppets.

I would recommend without hesitation

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

A bewitching bedtime story with a fantastical plot and mind-blowing shadow puppetry skill.

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Mix Up Theatre (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

"A beautiful tale with masters of the Shadow Puppetry craft at it's best."

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FringeReview 103 days ago

This is a gem of a show.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 104 days ago

A must-see.

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Theatre Travels 105 days ago

“Shadow Kingdom” is gripping entertainment

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