Kill the Beast: Director's Cut

Kill the Beast: Director's Cut

Acclaimed comedy troupe Kill the Beast returns to the Fringe with a new show that is a bizarre mash up of Poltergeist and The Room. The performance is at times hysterical, even if it isn’t always able to hit the mark... 

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Membership of the local amateur drama society has dwindled to four. Time for dramatic action. There's only one thing that sells tickets these days – sex! But how will the conservative locals of Little Grimley react to the promise of a sizzling sex comedy?! All is revealed in this fast-paced comedy of an am-dram in trouble... 

Sam Campbell: The Trough

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues... 

Framed!

Framed!

Art and crime collide in a ‘brush with the law’ from Laughing Mirror. In this lively comedy, Ashley Lancaster, a foolish and inept criminal, longs to become a wanted man. Unfortunately, he lacks the skill to catch the attention of the police or the papers... 

Space Doctor

Space Doctor

This November happens to mark the 55th anniversary of the BBC broadcasting the first ever episode of Doctor Who, so it's hardly surprising that several shows on this year's Fringe have again opted to grab hold of this now-iconic part of British culture; indeed, the people behind Space Doctor even touch on some of the aspects which distinguish Doctor Who from other popular British TV shows like EastEnders—its active fandom base, for example... 

Get Silly With Willy – The Cannelloni Experience

Get Silly With Willy – The Cannelloni Experience

Come get silly with Willy Cannelloni and his many alter egos, as they take you on a mind-bending visionquest – an evening of trance-inducing stories, songs, raps and monologues based on your suggestions. 

Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff

Mistaken identities, a corpse in a wheelchair, a short-sighted ex-lover, an avaricious dogs’ home, an English shoe salesman, a French cabaret singer and some nuns. A hilarious romp that starts in East Grinstead and ends in Monte Carlo, with catchy tunes from the team that wrote Seussical and Ragtime... 

Number, Please.

Number, Please.

1952. When an unsuspecting switchboard operator answers a mysterious call from a dying woman, she is entrusted with a top-secret message that pulls her into an international plot to destroy the world... 

Bob the Russian

Bob the Russian

Multi award-winning Naughty Corner Productions bring you their most outrageous show yet! Russia, 2018. The FIFA World Cup is in full swing and so are the Russian and English hooligans... 

Sam Campbell: The Trough

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues... 

Cambusdonald Royal

Cambusdonald Royal

Brothers Barnabus and Donatus of Cambusdonald Abbey are back, now five years on from the events of The Sorcerer's Tale. Another crisis hits Cambusdonald when the nearby convent is burnt to the ground and its nuns are temporarily billeted with the monks in the Abbey... 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Musical farce based on the hit 1988 film. Life is good for Lawrence Jamieson. The season has provided a steady supply of wealthy, gullible women to con on the French Riviera. But the arrival of low-brow hustler Freddy threatens to scare them all away... 

Big Trouble in Little Monkey's Daycare

Big Trouble in Little Monkey's Daycare

Tommy is four-and-a-quarter years old, and a hard-boiled private investigator on the mean streets of Little Monkey’s Daycare. With his mostly silent partner Bobby, he sets out to uncover a plot that seems to go right to the top of the playground, which admittedly is not very high at all... 

Sam Campbell: The Trough

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues... 

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

Winner: VAULT Festival Comedy Award. Winner: Brighton Fringe Comedy Award. A hilarious new farce about the tragedies of war. As always, hecklers will be forcibly removed. Follow up to the five-star, award-winning comedy The Starship Osiris... 

Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

Ahh, Russia! Home of words! Home of books and plays! Home of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekov, Brezhnev, Gogol! Russian literature is the finest in the world. Gambling devices are also excellent! In this show, we combine Russian literature with gambling devices! Hurray! Roll a five, someone gets cholera! Land on red and communism happens! Roll a seven and Anna Karenina turns into a balalaika! Roll a one for the KGB! Comedian Will Seaward and actors Sullivan Brown and Jonathan Ashby-Rock present this show which puts dice back in Dicetoyevsky and the bookie back in Russian books! 

Good Evening Edinburgh, It's Sam Kissajukian

Good Evening Edinburgh, It's Sam Kissajukian

Sam (Australia) was nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016. Now enjoy this hilariously silly mock talk show inside his mind. 'Unceasingly funny' ****1/2 (TulpaMagazine.com)... 

All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare

All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare

Farce has a proud place in British theatre history. From 14th century mystery plays, to Oscar Wilde, through to Alan Ayckbourn and Tom Stoppard, it has tickled and shocked audiences by playing with the boundaries of absurdity, driven by a speed and a vigour one seldom sees in any other genre... 

The Starship Osiris: Special Performance

The Starship Osiris: Special Performance

Join us for a one-off performance of The Starship Osiris, performed the way George Vere originally intended... 'George Vere is a pioneer and a visionary' (Tom Parry, Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2015). 

Dino Wiand – Yorkshire Ripper / Free Festival

Dino Wiand – Yorkshire Ripper / Free Festival

Dino Wiand plays the Yorkshire Ripper, who has been allowed out of prison on a rehab program to perform a stand-up comedy routine, which he uses to discuss his plans for orchestrating an independent nation of Yorkshire, broken away from Great Britain... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

The multi award-winning Fringe sell-out comedy is returning for it's final run at Edinburgh Fringe. Tony is a 20-year-old Scouser who finds himself in a labyrinth of trouble. After losing an illegal horse racing bet to a notorious group of London gangsters, Tony and his mates have four days to find £250,000... 

Dino Wiand – Yorkshire Ripper / Free Festival

Dino Wiand – Yorkshire Ripper / Free Festival

Dino Wiand plays the Yorkshire Ripper, who has been allowed out of prison on a rehab program to perform a stand-up comedy routine, which he uses to discuss his plans for orchestrating an independent nation of Yorkshire, broken away from Great Britain... 

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon has a strong premise – a facile Q and A with the man of the hour. It is enjoyable enough but occasionally struggles to be larger than life, particularly when the source material is himself so overblown... 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

Moliere’s classic comedy is one of the great originals that have been remade, adapted, musicalised and everything else-ised over the years. But, as with most classics, the original is still the best, and this is the original, brilliantly and wittily adapted by Roger McGough! The plot: a power hungry impostor uses fear and religion to gain power... 

2027: Requiem for a Lost Generation

2027: Requiem for a Lost Generation

A postmodern post-mortem of how hate won. Comedy about a pretentious student theatre company attempting to take their student union by storm with their Orwellian vision of a dystopian 2027... 

The Oppression Olympics

The Oppression Olympics

It’s an almost universal experience of public transport, sitting at the bus stop and overhearing someone else’s conversation. Happy or sad, we let ourselves – if only for a moment – into the lives and problems of others... 

Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Join the 18th-century’s wildest nuns as they act out the story of their Mother Superior: a young lady forced to don increasingly ridiculous disguises to seduce the same man over and over again... 

The Second Coming

The Second Coming

In a world full of hatred and ignorance, Simply Surreal, fresh from our sell-out show last year, welcomes you to our exciting play. The Second Coming is a farcical retelling of the Nativity story focusing on the Virgin Amy and her surprise when a stranger leaves an unexpected gift in a public toilet... 

The Red Emerald: A Farce for the Colourblind

The Red Emerald: A Farce for the Colourblind

Two thieves. One emerald. No refunds. The Red Emerald is a blisteringly funny farce set in a crumbling, old German castle across from the Guildford Tesco’s. Herr Falkenstein's broke... 

Guy Fawkes It Up

Guy Fawkes It Up

'Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot-holes...' Ever wondered what really went wrong under the Houses of Parliament in 1605? Or how one mysterious gentleman and his motley crew nearly changed history with a bang yet ended up with their plans hung, drawn and quartered? Well, we have the answers and, in two words, expect fireworks! Laughing Mirror present... 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Some things seem as traditional to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as being bombarded with flyers on the Royal Mile. For me, this production is one of them. This is no-holds-barred ecstasy in Shakespearean guise, and with a different culprit every night you can always come back for more... 

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith is an amusing farce about a doctor’s waiting room filled with patients in desperate need of solutions to their relationship problems.This is a production written by Caitlin Sherret in her teenage years that she has adapted in order to take a step into the exciting world of theatre... 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

Looking for a star-spangled adventure into science-fiction? The Starship Osiris is certainly not that: it’s much, much better. Watch the glorious disintegration of cast and script in this chaotic celebration of theatrical failure as you have never seen before... 

Cream Tea and Incest

Cream Tea and Incest

Strap yourself in for an hour of puns, props and plenty of plot. Cream Tea And Incest is a top-notch riff on the classic Edwardian farce, and a merciless poke at the old-time aristocracy and English gentleman... 

The Amorous Ambassador

The Amorous Ambassador

There’s nothing that says 'Edinburgh Festival Fringe' quite like the portrayal of sex on stage: that said, compared with many of the thousands of shows in Edinburgh this August, there’s an genuine old-school innocence about Michael Parker’s The Amorous Ambassador... 

Going AWOL

Going AWOL

A two-handed, multi-rolling farcical extravaganza written and produced by Bristol-based AWOL Productions. Set in 1966, Valerie Silverston, Chief Editor at a London newspaper firm, finds herself on a wild and wonderful adventure with simple Nancy Upshaw... 

Jody Kamali: Hotel Yes Please

Jody Kamali: Hotel Yes Please

Need a Hotel? Then why not book a room at Hotel Yes Please, a shambolic hotel managed by Fernando, a clueless dimwit with different ideas of how to run a hotel. Cheap rooms; a chef who shouldn't be a chef and a terrible Murder Mystery event... 

The Topsy-Turvy Hotel

The Topsy-Turvy Hotel

Fernando’s rickety hotel is under threat from the pesky property developer. Can you help? Come check in and expect a feast of physical slapstick and colourful characters. Featuring acclaimed character comedians and Fringe regulars Jody Kamali and Jo Neary... 

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

A darkly comic, Mel Brooks-style parody following the storyline of the DH Lawrence novel… with a few twists. Lord Clifford Chatterley comes home to his wife, Constance (Lady Chatterley), from a war that has left the world in tatters... 

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

A darkly comic, Mel Brooks-style parody following the storyline of the DH Lawrence novel… with a few twists. Lord Clifford Chatterley comes home to his wife, Constance (Lady Chatterley), from a war that has left the world in tatters... 

That Moment

That Moment

How far would you go to achieve your dream? This farcical comedy centres around failing actor Alicia Harding. Alicia regales us with how one audition led her to be landed with the director’s nightmare of a dog, Titus, who not only causes trouble in her personal life but delights in using the living room carpet as his personal toilet... 

Dino Wiand – Yorkshire Ripper / Free Festival

Dino Wiand – Yorkshire Ripper / Free Festival

Dino Wiand plays the Yorkshire Ripper, who has been allowed out of prison on a rehab program to perform a stand-up comedy routine, which he uses to discuss his plans for orchestrating an independent nation of Yorkshire, broken away from Great Britain... 

Four Go Off On One! A Jolly Good Romp Through Childhood

Four Go Off On One! A Jolly Good Romp Through Childhood

This 'highly energetic laugh-a-minute show' (TheTab.com) comes to Edinburgh again, after sell-out 2016 shows in Cambridge and Edinburgh. One hour, eight comedians and hundreds of pages of children's literature lovingly ridiculed into submission... 

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

This was a hugely disappointing hour of theatre. Overall, it was less a comedy of errors than it was merely an error in comedy. The production is described on the Fringe website as being “an exciting, lively and colourful production”... 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

Akin to a sort of Galaxy Quest on stage, The Starship Osiris is a non-stop comedic spoof space romp. It follows the adventures of the crew led by Captain Harrison, a starship Captain in the truest traditions of Star Trek’s Kirk, if Kirk was a member of Spinal Tap... 

Bob

Bob

There’s a lot to be said for injecting a bit of funk into one of Shakespeare’s many classics, particularly when a new twist comes along that hasn’t been seen before. Bob is perhaps one of the more madcap editions currently on the Fringe, and whilst I admire the pizazz and energy brought to the stage by the cast, there are a few issues that still need to be ironed out... 

The Erpingham Camp

The Erpingham Camp

Start by mixing together a tyrannical manager, a sycophantic padre, a chief yellow coat of clownish incompetence, and dysfunctional punters. Add dodgy British humour, wonderfully comical fights, then fold in biting humour – very tasty... 

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

Rolling in the Aisle Productions presents a classic black comedy full of confusion, cross-dressing and a little bit of darkness. Professor Marcus and his gang of crooks aim to hoodwink their good-natured landlady, Mrs Wilberforce, by posing as amateur musicians... 

Four Plays for Coarse Actors

Four Plays for Coarse Actors

What do you do when your set crumbles, your actors forget their lines and lighting fails? Cry? Laugh? Or just carry on? Rolling In The Aisle presents a comedy where everything that can go wrong does and the hilarious efforts of an amateur theatre company trying to claw back their dignity and present a decent show... 

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!)

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!)

Making its European premiere, this Canadian comedy gem packs more ideas and laughs into 40 minutes than most plays triple its length. This hilarious farce showcases four 10 minute acts in which four period costumed actors repeat identical blocking and emotions yet tell zealously different stories – each one as zany as the last... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

Almost twenty years ago, Guy Ritchie changed the landscape of British cinema with his love letter to the charismatic psychopaths of the East End underbelly Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels... 

The Necessity of Atheism

The Necessity of Atheism

The genius of the Romantic poets was their ability to bring emotion to the forefront in a world where faux-rationality reigned. They championed the sublime over the logical in poetry that still resonates today... 

Grannies With Guns

Grannies With Guns

Oddly enough, Grannies with Guns is kind of an anti-Matilda. A group of feisty, charming old people are opposed by a care worker who hates the elderly, played by a man portraying a woman... 

Dracula

Dracula

Performed with high energy and boundless amounts of enthusiasm, Let them Call it Mischief’s irreverent and fast paced take on Bram Stoker's Gothic horror story is decent fun, if lacking in any truly stand out comedic moments... 

The Cucumber Crime

The Cucumber Crime

Disaster strikes as a beloved vicar is brutally murdered in his church, due to jealousy over his large cucumber. Tensions rise, as no one is innocent and everyone’s a suspect. It’s now up to the notorious Detective Hunt and his trusty sidekick to solve the case... 

Yuri

Yuri

Patrick and Adele dream of having children of their own, yet their biological clock is ticking and here comes her solution: she picks up a homeless boy in Lidl (of all places) and brings him home, to Patrick’s great dismay... 

Mat Ewins: Mat Ewins Will Make You a Star

Mat Ewins: Mat Ewins Will Make You a Star

Actor Mat Ewins will make you a star in Mat Ewins: Mat Ewins Will Make You a Star. ‘Mat Ewins is a very strange man... whilst delivering massive hilarity' (Guardian). pay-what-you-want... 

Pottervision!

Pottervision!

The Harry Potter parody show that celebrates and highlights the absurdities of those magical movies. Join us, four full grown men pretending to be twelve-year-old children as we re-enact and re-create scenes from the first Potter film. 

The Graduettes

The Graduettes

The Graduettes starts with a great farce premise: flatmates wake up on Christmas morning to find their home robbed and their landlady dead on the floor. There's also a visit from a judgemental in-law planned, an intrusive ex and a policeman who's related to said dead lady... 

Time at the Bar!

Time at the Bar!

Beardman production Time At The Bar was written and directed by Kieran Mellish and follows the story of The Duck’s Beak pub, whose future is uncertain. By their own admission, they need to improve or close up, promising their customers the five ‘C’s’ – comfort, company, and class, with the addition of cholera and chlamydia on disco nights... 

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Trying to keep up with the ever changing and intense plot of Dario Fo’s fast paced and absurd play can often be a challenge that leaves many productions lagging behind the playwright’s anarchic writing style... 

Can't Spell Right

Can't Spell Right

All too often, comedy shows at the Fringe can look like they are being either pretentiously clever or simply trying too hard. Thankfully, Can’t Spell Right does neither of these. This fantasy farce by the Herald Theatre Company is a breath of fresh air: fast-paced, bursting with energy and full of bizarrely comic situations that will leave you feeling much amused... 

Noises Off

Noises Off

Having ventured far away from the Fringe into a tucked away little village hall in a particularly small auditorium, the first thing that you clasp your eyes on is the absolutely remarkable set - one that could have been taken straight out of any professional venue... 

Cardinal Sin

Cardinal Sin

Cardinal Sin delves into the dark (or at least rather mauve-ish) world of papal intrigue and mystery in an hour-long comedy romp through the Sistine Chapel. Gasp at the tragic murder of a beloved cardinal! Cheer for our brave and intrepid heroes! Be at least partially satisfied with their madcap antics! Will the assassin be caught? Can the detectives do the detecting thing? Why don’t they just call the police? Find out in this comic twist on the detective genre, which is guaranteed to bring a smile to at least three faces – don’t miss out! 

Thrones! The Musical

Thrones! The Musical

The opening salvo of this musical Game of Thrones pastiche has such brazen, devilish promise that for a while I entertained the possibility of being blown away by it. Dips in quality during the hour of medieval-ish frippery gradually eliminated that possibility, but this remains a mostly well-pitched and, crucially, funny show... 

#BlurredMinds – Free

#BlurredMinds – Free

A high-octane hilarity blast right in your daft face, featuring two of the funniest new comedians on the circuit. Multi-award-winning Rob Mulholland (Hilarity Bites Northeast New Act of the Year, Yorkshire’s Funniest Non-Musical New Comedian, Yorkshire Fringe) brings his unique brand of everyday absurdism to the Fringe for the first time... 

Bebe+Luna Present...The Cabaret Farce!

Bebe+Luna Present...The Cabaret Farce!

Bebe van der Belt (a glamorous American) and Miss Luna Peach (a cheeky Brit) conspire to host the most divinely decadent evening Edinburgh has ever seen. However, everything spirals into spectacular pandemonium, chaos and catastrophe! Come for the songs, stay for the shenanigans...