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Karen and Katy Koren are thrilled to announce that Gilded Balloon will expand into the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, as they embark upon an exciting new partnership with the Rose Theatre. This Fringe, Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre will open its doors to present an eclectic programme of over 40 productions, from acclaimed musical theatre, through drama, comedy and cabaret, to Edinburgh’s very own panto kings and Scottish-American star of screen, stage, and radio – Craig Ferguson.

I finally made enough money in America so I can afford to work for Karen again. As long it’s only two weeks and she lets me sell snacks at intermission

Karen Karen, Artistic Director of Gilded Balloon said “Gilded Balloon is looking forward to working with Peter Schaufuss and the extraordinary Rose Theatre during the 70th year of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are all incredibly excited to be bringing the Fringe to the West End, expanding into a brand-new home that’s a stone’s throw away from the Book Festival. I first worked with Craig Ferguson in 1985, and I am so pleased that he is headlining our programme at the Rose Theatre. We can’t wait to welcome him – and his American audience! – to the 70th year of the Fringe”

Returning to the Fringe for the first time in 24 years, cherished Scot Craig Ferguson will headline the inaugural Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre programme with The Craig Ferguson Show. Boasting celebrity guests, discussions on (and dissections of) current events, and your favourite acts from across the full festival, each edition of The Craig Ferguson Show will also be broadcast LIVE to the US on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Ferguson explained “I finally made enough money in America so I can afford to work for Karen again. As long it’s only two weeks and she lets me sell snacks at intermission”

The Rose Theatre was founded by esteemed ballet dancer and director Peter Schaufuss. The completed venue will bring four brand-new, mid-scale theatre spaces to Edinburgh’s city centre, with its Main Theatre space housing 300 seats. Of the partnership with Gilded Balloon, Peter said:

“I am delighted with this development at Rose Theatre Edinburgh and am looking forward to developing a successful partnership with Gilded Balloon”

To mark the 70th year of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Gilded Balloon will house more than 170 shows across three venues: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Gilded Balloon at the Museum, and Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre.

The full programme, including The Craig Ferguson Show, will go on sale May 11th 2017.


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