We are delighted to announce the long-anticipated return of our annual festive showcase A Christmas Wish. Featuring over 200 of our Full-time and Junior School students, this extravaganza of song, dance and festive cheer promises to be more magical than ever after a three year hiatus.

Celebrate with us and book your tickets by visiting the Usher Hall Box Office website or calling 0131 228 1155.

In addition, this show is being produced in aid of the Scottish Association of Mental Health – a local charity that we have been working with to further support the wellbeing of our community.

Monday 19th December, 7.30pm at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students for their final production.

Weds 22nd, Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th June at 7.30pm
Saturday 25th June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.


Directed by Simon Greiff
Musical Direction by Simon Hanson
Choreography by Rebecca Wallace
Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based upon the New Line Cinema film
Written by Tim Herlihy

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre

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This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

Directed by Molly Innes, we are pleased to present our School of Acting graduating class in Joy Wilkinson’s ‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’.

Weds 15th & Fri 17th June 2.30pm,
Thurs 16th & Sat 18th June 7.30pm

‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’ is Joy Wilkinson’s ode to women everywhere. In highlighting the vulnerabilities of women in the 19th century, this production reminds us just how far we’ve come – and how much further we really have to go – in allowing the strength of women to truly shine through.

Based on historical research into 19th-century women’s boxing, ‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’ is a fascinating play, featuring an ensemble cast, this is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism, presented by our School of Acting graduating class.


Written by Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Molly Innes

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre Edinburgh

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The amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Dance students.

Weds 15th, Thurs 16th, Fri 17th June – 7.30pm
Sat 18th June – 2.30pm and 7.30pm


Directed by Lisa Cottrell
Choreographed by the MGA Dance Faculty

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Saint Stephen’s Theatre

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Directed by Samantha Robinson, we are pleased to present our School of Acting graduating class in Howard Korder’s ‘The Lights’.

Weds 15th & Fri 17th June 7.30pm
Thurs 16th & Sat 18th June 2.30pm

Rose, Lilian and her girlfriend, Freddi, are faces in the crowd, striving for the promise of a richer life that beckons all around them, just beyond our grasp. On their night-long journey from innocence to experience, The Lights follows them across the landscape of New York City haunted by desperation, hope, passion, corruption and the ghosts of its own past.

Directed by Samantha Robinson
Written by Howard Korder

*Please note this is suitable for ages 15+, themes of rape and drug abuse.

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre Edinburgh

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The amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students in a Sondheim classic.

Weds 11th, Thurs 12th, Fri 13th May at 7.30pm
Sat 14th May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. Our 3rd Year Musical Theatre students present the enchanting Tony Award-winning piece, hemmed by UK-based director, Max Bex Roberts. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Directed by Max Bex Roberts
Musical Direction by Ian Sutherland
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondehim
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre Edinburgh

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This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Dance students.

Weds 4th, Thurs 5th, Friday 6th at 7.30pm
Saturday 7th May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

A triple bill of exciting new choreography, created by three different choreographers, and presented by our graduating Class of 2022 at Saint Stephen’s Theatre as part of the MGA Academy Of Performing Arts’ Spring Season.

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Saint Stephen’s Theatre

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The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Acting students in this classic Shakespeare comedy.

Weds 4th, Thurs 5th, Fri 6th 7.30pm
Saturday 7th May 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Directed by renowned UK-based director, Paul Brotherston, we are delighted to present our third-year School of Acting students in their graduating classical production for this year’s Spring Season. Based on a pair of comic dramas from ancient Rome, ‘The Comedy of Errors’ presents a spectacle of pure farce in the spirit of utmost fun and—as the title suggests—hilarious confusion. One of Shakespeare’s earliest pieces, the play abounds in his trademark conceits, puns, and other forms of fanciful wordplay.

Directed by Paul Brotherston
Written by William Shakespeare

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre Edinburgh

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The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Dance students.

Thursday 31st March, 4pm and 7.30pm

Our third-year Dance Choreography Collective present IMPULSE – a programme of innovative choreography.

From submitting proposals, to casting, rehearsing, and designing their work, each choreographer encompasses the whole creative process. Impulse offers a unique platform for artists to present their work on a professional stage, as well as offering tailored support and guidance throughout the process.

Ticket Price: £10
Venue: Saint Stephen’s Theatre

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The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students in three unique evenings of first-class entertainment in the Dirty Martini cabaret bar at Le Monde.

Three evenings of different performances:
Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March – 7pm

It’s that time again folks. Cabaret time!

The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students in three unique evenings of first-class entertainment.

Our fabulous students will be flexing their cabarets muscles in what promises to be an evening of powerful vocals, hilarious storytelling and moments of real heart.

We have VERY LIMITED availability so early booking is advised as these completely sold out last time!

Devised, developed and presented by the Graduating Class of 2022.

Directed by Kris Harding
Musical Direction by Simon Hanson

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Published 13/1/23   9:10AM

We're ready to welcome you!

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day events this February. We will be opening our doors on Wednesday 8th (Acting/Dance) and Thursday 9th February (Musical Theatre) for another series of Open Days. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with lecturers,… » Read more

Published 23/12/22   3:28PM

Season's Greetings from MGA

The whole team at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts wishes you a very merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year! We’ve got lots of exciting news to bring in 2023 and we can’t wait to bring more training opportunities in the Performing Arts to Edinburgh! We will be welcoming… » Read more

Published 7/7/22   3:55PM

Congratulations Léo!

Big congratulations to MGA graduate Léo Gabriel (Musical Theatre, class of 2020) who has just concluded his run of WEST SIDE STORY with Opéra national du Rhin as Baby John. Check out these stunning production and rehearsal shots of him in action. Well done, Léo!

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