Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Introduced by Jacquie Storey – who once successfully auditioned for the group that later became Hot Gossip (and turned them down) – we first see a short video from The Kenny Everett Video Show which first introduced the world to Arlene Phillips’ Hot Gossip dancers... 

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Former Prime Minister and global cabaret superstar Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is back – and this time she's hosting a club night! There'll be non-stop 80s hits from a non-stop 80s witch as the Iron Lady drops more beats then Theresa May has dropped manifesto pledges... 

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

The title of Hegley’s show refers to his latest book, Peace, Love and Potatoes, a perfect example of the juxtaposition between the common and the conceptual found throughout his quirky, poetic creations... 

A Little Blue Birdy Told Me

A Little Blue Birdy Told Me

Have you ever been shat on by the blue bird? The great rebirth of public shaming continues to evolve. Tearing people up, facelessly and mercilessly. A Little Blue Birdy Told Me is a brand new intimate production that unpicks pointing the finger in the Twittersphere and the terrifying role we collectively play in passing judgement in 140 characters or less... 

Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

There is a woman sprawled across the keys of a grand piano. She rises, sings a song and composes herself in order for her grand introduction. Adelaide’s Anya Anastasia presents herself as a dejected diva and, through original songs and plenty of audience interaction, she’s going to sort out her love life and maybe teach us some lessons along the way... 

Reuben Kaye

Reuben Kaye

Reuben Kaye is a cabaret god; he’ll tell you so himself. Launching himself onto the stage, he’s dressed like a chandelier mated with a Butlin's redcoat (in a good way) with massive eyelashes and ridiculously high heels and he’s come to Edinburgh to cement his place as a superstar... 

Dancing With the Star – Movin' With Melvin!

Dancing With the Star – Movin' With Melvin!

Tap into health! A rare, unmissable opportunity to dance with one of the world's most engaging performers. Dubbed one of the last great song and dance men of American tradition, it's impossible not to shake your hips when in the presence of Movin' Melvin Brown... 

The Birthday Game With Daniel Norcross

The Birthday Game With Daniel Norcross

Ever woken up in the night screaming at the revelation that Bruno Tonioli is 61 and wondered what happened to your life? Daniel Norcross has. Join the BBC Test Match Special commentator as he revives this cult internet hit... 

Supper Club at Checkpoint

Supper Club at Checkpoint

The glitz, the glamour, the good times. Edinburgh's finest cabaret stars line up late-night at Checkpoint. Handpicked gems from across the festivals come together to create some of the most exciting and memory-making shows you can find... 

Ensemble SU: The Party

Ensemble SU: The Party

This quintet crosses international boundaries with its blend of Korean traditional instruments (strings and percussion) and western instruments (cello and piano). Since 2010, Ensemble SU has been touring internationally bringing their unique blend of contemporary and classical music to world stages... 

Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen

Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen

Acclaimed crooner Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, La Clique) takes on three great poets of rock'n'roll: Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, in a show filled with beauty, power and humour... 

Lady Rizo: Multiplied

Lady Rizo: Multiplied

“Sleep deprivation is the new LSD” says Lady Rizo, after explaining how she’s gone from “smoky eye” make up to “sleepy eye” in a short 18 months. She’s here tonight, in front of a star-spangled backdrop, to prove that you can continue being a world-class cabaret rockstar whilst having a nine month old baby... 

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter

Written by John and Gerry Kielty, Confessions of a Justified Songwriter takes us on a journey through the creative processes and struggles of writing music when chasing that elusive hit song... 

Brexit at Tiffany's

Brexit at Tiffany's

In the aftershock of the Brexit referendum, what do the world’s funniest folk in comedy have to say about it and other world matters? Join us for one night only of International Comedy hosted by world renowned funny man Stephen K Amos... 

Dancing with the Star! – Movin' with Melvin!

Dancing with the Star! – Movin' with Melvin!

Tap into health! A rare, unmissable opportunity to dance with one of the world’s most engaging performers. Dubbed one of the last great song and dance men of American tradition, it’s impossible not to shake your hips when in the presence of Movin’ Melvin Brown... 

In the Wine

In the Wine

As a mournful cello plays, Sarah Gatzonis dances a playful ballet around three sturdy wine barrels. She’s naked except for her boots and a vine branch which she shakes at us playfully... 

Phil Nichol: Twenty

Phil Nichol: Twenty

Phil Nichol is a born entertainer. This year’s show, Twenty, is a rundown of his best bits from two decades of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Before the hour has even begun, Phil is on stage greeting people in the Assembly Checkpoint venue with a grin similar to that of a child who thinks Christmas has come early... 

Supper Club at Checkpoint

Supper Club at Checkpoint

Assembly’s Supper Club is up against the big, flashy late night circus revues and cabaret shows and sets out to compete with these by presenting many of the very best guest acts in variety at the Fringe... 

Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon

Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon

Naughty Cat is bored. There's no more furniture to ruin, no more trees to climb. She needs adventure. And chocolate. And cheese! So there's only one place to go: the cheesy moon where the chocolate mice live... 

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad, Part Two

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad, Part Two

An audience with Rodney Bewes... Who? The Likely Lad returns to the Fringe with more stories of his career on and off the stage. Charming, chaotic and immensely entertaining. A vintage Bewes performance... 

Grace

Grace

Grace is popular, successful and happy, loving her life and her hidden wild side. Then, catastrophe. Will she fall forward into the unknown or jerk back to the familiar? Multi award-winning circus artist Emma Serjeant brings superb physical and performance skills to an apparently simple story, an intimate journey through five life-changing seconds of a woman's life... 

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

Penny Arcade is a force of nature and NYC's undisputed underground queen. Driven by her magnetic rock'n'roll energy, Penny Arcade presents 'an orgasm of adrenalin and sunshine' (Sydney Morning Herald)... 

Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

Sell-out hit returns! Singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe pays tribute to much-loved movies. Self-confessed film buff Joe raids his collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to the most memorable moments in cinematic history... 

Willy's Bitches

Willy's Bitches

An all female cast takes some of the classic soliloquies and scenes from Shakespeare's work and deliver them in an almost cabaret, review format, with the addition of new contemporary songs... 

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo

This double bill of new writing by Tom Coash brings us to Cairo, where we're welcomed with dates and hookah pipes. These are two politically relevant plays on important issues in the Middle East, giving an open and balanced airing, though their messages are weakly conveyed... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Improv All Star Explosion!

Baby Wants Candy: The Improv All Star Explosion!

Award-winning Fringe favourite musical improvisers present an evening of spontaneous music, monologues, mayhem and hilariously insane fun. Special guests TBA! ‘Pretty damn brilliant, pretty damn hilarious, and made up on the spot!’ (HuffingtonPost... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Graduation Show

Baby Wants Candy: The Graduation Show

The Graduation Show is where BWC’s Fringe Improv Intensive Workshop students strut their stuff in a showcase performance having learnt long-form improv from the finest! Find out more and register for BWC’s award-winning four-day Fringe Intensive Workshop at www... 

John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns

John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns

John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns is billed as an hour of comedy, but turns out to be so much more. A potent mix of TED Talk and stand-up, Lloyd’s show flawlessly combines anecdotes with inspired ideas... 

Nina Simone: Soul Sessions

Nina Simone: Soul Sessions

“Gospel is the music of the soul” says Apphia Campbell midway through her romp into the music of Nina Simone. With a voice echoing the very same heart and soul of gospel music which Nina Simone has come to personify, Campbell’s performance is a powerful and captivating journey through her and Simone’s life... 

Die Roten Punkte – Haus Party

Die Roten Punkte – Haus Party

For the first time, Die Roten Punkte's Otto and Astrid bring their late night cult hit to Edinburgh! A ganz-toll line-up of musical comedy, variety and party game madness from Berlin's self-proclaimed best band ever! Ich liebe Haus Party! 

Movin' Melvin Brown: Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr

Movin' Melvin Brown: Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr

Melvin is a toe-tapping throwback to the golden era of song and dance men. A must-see celebrating the genius of Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr. Movin’ Melvin Brown is an award-winning international entertainer, a living showbiz legend who has shared the stage with BB King, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and more... 

Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

Calculating the stocks of our emotional economy, Smoke and Mirrors weaves acrobatic exploitations and high flying distortions to examine the contorted state of America in the pursuit of happiness... 

Under the Ground

Under the Ground

A brand new musical following the seemingly simple journey of a girl on a single Glasgow Subway car. Forced to face her fears and overcome private demons on this very public platform, surrounded with characters on journeys of their own... 

Miss Behave's Gameshow

Miss Behave's Gameshow

A renegade Gameshow for the austerity generation. Part game show, variety show, and disco... Important: Bring-briiiiing your phones! Expect big prizes, and surprise VIP guests in this unique strain of idiocy, fun and chaos from the award-winning Miss Behave... 

Oh Là Là! Starring Isabelle Georges

Oh Là Là! Starring Isabelle Georges

Fantastique and féline, Parisian cabaret star Isabelle Georges returns with her trademark soaring vocals, theatrical delivery and a stunning five-piece band. 'She’s every inch a star’ (Scotsman)... 

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

It was an interesting prospect to write about Dame Diana Rigg’s Edinburgh Fringe debut (at the age of seventy-six), in which she muses on the role of the theatre critic. No Turn Unstoned is, as Rigg describes it, purely intended as a form of ‘entertainment’ but it’s more of a lecture, or reading, than anything else... 

Baby Wants Candy Workshops

Baby Wants Candy Workshops

American improv comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy are among the most familiar veterans of the Fringe. For years they have been peddling high-class musical improv to appreciative audiences, many of whom must have wondered how on earth they manage it... 

New Zealand Music Showcase

New Zealand Music Showcase

The New Zealand Music Showcase is a great way to see some of New Zealand’s greatest artists here at the fringe. In the second and final show, the acts were the deep and dark anxty sounds of Martin Phillips of band The Chills fame and the livelier smooth rock trio Lawrence Arabia... 

The Velma Celli Show

The Velma Celli Show

Direct from London's Hippodrome Casino, cabaret star Velma Celli presents an evening of all things fabulous and diva. Velma and her Musical Director Joe Louis Robinson bring you an eclectic mix of live music, hilarious parodies and more leg than a bucket of chicken... 

Divallusion with Christina Bianco and Velma Celli

Divallusion with Christina Bianco and Velma Celli

Christina Bianco has become a bit of a YouTube sensation on our shores with her fantastic renditions of female singers. Her UK debut comes to the festival this year and it’s a most welcome, transfixing hour of cabaret and she’s joined by the glamorous, hilariously camp drag queen, Velma Celli... 

The Electric Swing Circus

The Electric Swing Circus

The Electric Swing Circus are a double female fronted six-piece bringing a mish-mash of art funk and ‘50s jive to the opulent halls of the Assembly Checkpoint.The night began with a good half an hours delay, mildly irritating but understandable in light of the extensive selection of instruments waiting on the stage... 

Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo has quickly become a darling of the Edinburgh Fringe. In three short years, she's now a must-see act and it's easy to see why. She's funny, sexy, smart, dangerous and daring... 

The After Party with Alex Rossi and the Rhythmic Circus Band

The After Party with Alex Rossi and the Rhythmic Circus Band

Alex Rossi and friends roll a mash-up of traditional blues, the swagger of hip-hop and the high energy of rock'n'roll into three funky hours of music. Special Fringe guests! 

Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film

Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film

Joe Stilgoe and his excellent band create a wonderful atmosphere with their musical stylings, charming personalities, and atmospheric lighting. Although presented in the afternoon, you feel like you’re experiencing a 'cool and hip' late-night gig rather than at the more civilised time of 4:35pm... 

Russell Kane: The Kaneing Podcast

Russell Kane: The Kaneing Podcast

Russell Kane sparks back into action with a new format, anchoring a podcast about various news stories from the last few days. The show is good and Russell Kane is flawless, although the direction is a little more unclear... 

In Vogue: Songs by Madonna

In Vogue: Songs by Madonna

If you struggle to believe that a grown man with a deep baritone can convince you that he is in fact Madonna, be prepared to suspend your disbelief. This show presents Madge in a whole new refreshing way and does so convincingly without any need for a wig or costumes... 

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

Grab your feather boas, slug down a bottle of Jack Daniels in one and prepare yourself for this rocking, superb and moving show. Janis Joplin: Full Tilt brings the life of the famed singer barrelling off the stage with a perfect blend of music and theatre... 

The Ruby Dolls: Fabulous Creatures

The Ruby Dolls: Fabulous Creatures

The first original musical from The Ruby Dolls is a triumph. It has everything that makes cabaret glorious, it has brilliant original songs, and it has a message that is fully deserving of the attention it will undoubtedly receive... 

FLASH/BANG!

FLASH/BANG!

From the team behind the legendary Bongo Club Cabaret, the longest running and most successful late night variety show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, comes FLASH/BANG! Unlike a cabaret nightclub where the dancing has to stop to watch the acts, or a cabaret with a compère who insists you sit down and pay attention, FLASH/BANG! is a non-stop DJ set with walkabout performers and stage performances from the very best circus, dance and cabaret acts from across the Fringe...