This year MA Musical Theatre students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of the world’s top ranked performing arts institutions, will be back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two great musicals to entertain and delight all you Fringe-goers.

In the 17 years that RCS has been coming to the Fringe, their high quality productions have earned a string of five-star reviews and are some of the hottest tickets in town.

With high-energy singing, dancing and a live band, this year’s full-length, professional staged musical theatre performances are the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women and the much-loved Gospel musical Godspell. RCS will be at Assembly Rooms’ Music Hall, George Street, from 5 – 28 August, and the musicals are being performed on alternate days.


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Little Women

5-27 August (odd days), 10am-12.20pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of the world’s top performing arts institutions, presents the full length musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women.

In the midst of the American Civil War, four sisters are trying to forge their own paths. There’s Meg, ‘the beautiful one’, uncertain of her way but determined to make her own choices; aspiring writer Jo, restless, rebellious and determined to do something; ‘Astonishing’ wise and gentle Beth, selflessly supporting her sisters through everything; and baby of the family Amy, used to getting her own way.

Follow their adventures, full of laughter, loss and discovery, in this Tony Award nominated musical, as their lives intertwine and diverge, and their plans and dreams for the future change more than any of them could expect. As Jo discovers, you can’t choose your family – but you can write about them.

Musical Theatre Review

“…a magical start to the day.”

British Theatre Guide

“This production should not be missed. It’s an absolute gem!”


6-28 August (even days), 10am-12pm

Learn your lessons well! The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of the world’s top performing arts institutions, presents the full length version of Stephen Schwartz’s acclaimed gospel-rock musical, Godspell.

With popular songs such as “Day by Day”, “We Beseech Thee” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”, this feel-good musical based on the gospel according to St Matthew will have you dancing in the aisles!

UK Theatre Web

“Prepare ye for this joyous production!”

Scots Gay Arts

“RCS’s Godspell is a strong, beautifully presented and loaded with outstanding performances and makes the effort of attending the 10am curtain up so worth it.”


Class of 22

Jared Alexander


Lorna Baxter


Jason Belanger


Angus Bhattacharya


Kathleen Brenner


Lucía Cerván


Ong Cheng Ka


Eoin Corcoran


Kristina Fehse


Rhian Ferrigan


Colum Findlay


Gregory P Franz


Coggin Galbreath


John Gurdían


Lydia De Luca


Adam Makepeace


Pien van Meegen


Sierra Philbert


Jingjing Sun


Emily Rose Sutherland


Emily Tracey


Feifei Xiang


The Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience

The Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience! Mozart, Beethoven and Bach will be reimagined by Californian hip-hop artists and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland classical musicians in a new show that bends musical boundaries to create new and compelling sounds.

The Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience will see around 15 young musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland join US rapper Young Reshaud and turf dancer Yung Phil of Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe from 5-14 August.

Samantha McShane, Head of Artistic Planning at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “The team at Ensemble Mik Nawooj are bending the boundaries of genres and creating inspiring, relevant, and important art.

Edinburgh Deaf Festival

A new festival taking place in Edinburgh this year, Edinburgh Deaf Festival is an accessible celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage.

Featuring many D/deaf performers and facilitators from the RCS’ BA Performance in BSL and English programme (the only programme of it’s kind in the UK), as well as our partners at Solar Bear, the Edinburgh Deaf Festival aims to give deaf people access to festivals in a way that they haven’t had before, and mainstream audiences the opportunity to learn about deaf culture whilst enjoying a variety of performances.

MA Musical Theatre

The Performance pathway offers an intensive blend of high-level vocational education and creative opportunities for students. The programme requires a related degree and/or related performance experience and marries together project-based learning experiences with focused skills classes in acting, voice, singing and dance.

The Directing pathway is designed to support the development of skills and creative thought for musicians with a passion for theatre. As a Masters student, you will study the musical landscape, engage in practice-based-research and explore your own potential as a contributor to the future of the art form.

These programmes are closely linked with the industry and this ensures that students acquire the practical skills to support a sustained and varied career.


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