Broadway Baby’s very own Bobby Award. The rare and highly-prized accolade of the Edinburgh Fringe. Fashioned from the iconic Greyfriar’s Bobby and awarded only to the very best of the festival.
Launched in 2011, The Bobby recognises that in a festival of well over 3000 shows, there’s an awful lot of good stuff. Only roughly 8% of the shows we cover will receive a five-star rating, but when you’re covering nearly 2000 shows, that can still mean over 150 top-rated performances. Our Bobby Award seeks out the best of the best, those that stand out even amongst the five-star shows.
Eligibility & Selection
In Edinburgh any show that receives a five star rating from Broadway Baby is automatically considered for a Bobby Award. Our judging panel will consult with the reviewer, discuss the merits of the production and then if it is shortlisted send one of the panel along to see the show. There is no single criteria that makes a show Bobby-worthy, it will be a combination of things that simply blow us away.
In 2015 we introduced the Bobby to the Brighton Fringe, selecting just one show out of those that we’d given a five-star review to to be our ‘best of fest’.