Brighton Fringe: 10 Shows to Book Before They Sell-Out

With Easter on the horizon it’s time to bring attention to Brighton Fringe with a look at some shows that are likely to sell out. Book early – you have been warned.

Saffron from Republica suddenly appearing on stage?! Jaw-dropping!

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
What would happen if the Government introduced a daily limit of 140 words per person? If you’ve not yet had the chance to see the excellent Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons (read our EdFringe review here) then take the opportunity at the Marlborough Theatre. Only 20-21 May.

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Tobacco Tea Company regularly fill 200+ seats a day in Edinburgh and bring their centrepiece show to The Warren: Studio 2. A good, solid hour of entertainment that will suit families over half-term. 1-4 June.

Hurricane Michael
Fresh from a four star review, Hurricane Michael (featuring Michael Fish), heads to The Warren: Studio 3 for 6 nights. This ‘blast of a production’ is in a limited capacity theatre so expect tickets to be snapped up. 18-21 May and 3-4 June.

Open Sky present Scorched
Awards have piled up in the past for Open Sky & Turtle Key Arts – so the Rialto will be delighted to host them. Scorched, a new piece from Open Sky is inspired by true WW2 stories and their blend of physical theatre with compelling storyline is sure to garner rave reviews. 9-13 May.

Rap Guide to Consciousness
Having once seen Baba Brinkman purely by accident when turning right instead of left in an Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue, I sat entranced as the literary master rapped about the Canterbury Tales, Gilgamesh and much more. Do yourself a favour, turn right as well and pick up tickets for this astonishing artist. 7-11 May (not 10).

Sweet Venues have expanded to the King Alfred centre in Hove to bring this acclaimed show to Brighton Fringe. It’s a brutal recreation of the story set to a blistering 90s soundtrack. "Shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing!" was Irvine Welsh’s reaction when he saw it in Edinburgh. 16-21 May.

This musical that started life at FringeNYC back in 2004 had a long life off-broadway but never quite replicated its success in the UK. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent production that’s worth seeing when possible. At Brighton Little Theatre from 13-20 May.

Revan and Fennell: Fan Club
When Broadway Baby reviewed the comedic duo back in 2015, they scored a coveted 5 stars (here).The new French & Saunders? Our reviewer thought they might be. Revan and Fennell are just one highlight from a strong comedy line-up at Komedia. 28 May only.

Shit-Faced Showtime/Shakespeare
Still going strong, or at least managing to make it through their hangovers each morning, Shit-Faced will be high on ‘must-see’ lists. Perfect for a fringe audience. 14-29 May.

The Girl From Mars
When an alien space-ship lands behind a rural pub… you might struggle to follow the rest of the plot. Last year had aliens, a dominatrix, robots, Saffron from Republica suddenly appearing on stage?! 90s nostalgia at its finest and a live band playing plenty of Britpop classics. Jaw-dropping! 4 June only.

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