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Universal Arts announced this week that they are thrilled to be bringing BBC Radio 4 star Lach on board to produce and programme shows at the New Town Theatre (96 George St) for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

My motto for 2016 is ‘classic Fringe made modern’

Universal Arts programmes and manages two prestigious Fringe venues located in the heart of the city – the New Town Theatre and the Hill Street Theatre. Over the last twenty-seven festivals, UA has introduced literally thousands of artists from around the world to UK audiences winning the Herald Archangel Award in 2009 a 20-year track record of top international theatre at the Fringe. 

Lach is the writer and star of the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy series The Lach Chronicles. Now in its third season, the show has earned Top Radio Pick Hit from every major UK paper including The Times, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Radio Times. Lach is also the founder of the Antifolk music and arts movement that has been cited as a major inspiration for such diverse performers as Suzanne Vega, Beck, Jeff Buckley, Regina Spektor and countless others. Additionally, Lach hosted New York City’s longest running open stage, The Antihoot, and was the executive producer of NYC’s largest nightclub, Webster Hall before moving to Edinburgh in 2011.

“I became involved with UA through a series of amazing coincidences that would make a Fringe show in and of itself!” Lach says. “The New Town Theatre is a true champion of what has become regarded as “classic Fringe”; international touring theatrical productions. They have that nailed down so I’ll be concentrating on putting together a performances featuring some friends, some legends and a lot of surprises. We will be featuring lots of well-known names but it’s the Fringe, so they’re going to be doing something a little unexpected. My motto for 2016 is ‘classic Fringe made modern’."

Tomek Borkowy, Universal Arts CEO and Artistic Director, says, “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Lach, his vision and contact-book will bring something new and exciting to the Fringe. We will begin revealing our programme over the coming weeks on the website – universalartsfestival.com – and via Facebook and Twitter where you’ll be the first to know.”


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