Fool's Paradise

Fool's Paradise

Love in all its various forms can inspire different things in us. 

Coffee After Therapy

Coffee After Therapy

All of us have been on our own respective journey individually, focusing on healing from heartbreak, trauma, loss and a rediscovery of self. 

Slut Confessions

Slut Confessions

Court cases have always intrigued a modern audience. 

LOVE LABOURS WON & SWEET LOVE ADIEU

LOVE LABOURS WON & SWEET LOVE ADIEU

If Shakespeare were alive today, he would very likely have a lot to say about the state of the world currently. 

B*ST*RDS: A New Musical Comedy

B*ST*RDS: A New Musical Comedy

If Ben Elton's Blackadder met Oliver Cromwell and musical theatre, then you would have a funny musical extravaganza called B*rst*rds. 

Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody

Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody

From the creators of Dizney in Drag comes Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody. 

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

A sure fire winner, a tear-jerker with comedic appeal, Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures’ Edward Scissorhands, is based on Tim Burton’s 1990 film but reimagined for dance. 

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me is based on the true story of Lizzie Yu (Princess) Der Ling, who spent time as a lady in waiting to the Empress Cixi in Victorian China. 

Company RAu's DIDO

Company RAu's DIDO

Love is a powerful emotion. 

Music for Cats

Music for Cats

Time travel has always been in the public consciousness, with early influences such as HG Well's The Time Machine. 

Urban Retreat with Jing Institute of Massage

Urban Retreat with Jing Institute of Massage

Every now and then, during a busy period such as the Brighton Fringe, life can get hectic and even the smallest task can seem daunting. 

Great Britons

Great Britons

Great Britons starts with pomp and ceremony music setting the scene with a little row of Union Jack flags hung against a black backdrop. 

Macready! Dickens' Theatrical Friend

Macready! Dickens' Theatrical Friend

When people think of Charles Dickens, one of the first things people think of are the variety of novels and articles he wrote, as well as his troubled love life away from the spotl… 

RANK.

RANK.

At the end of drunken night out all that Gemma and Jane want is to jump into a taxi, get home and crash into bed. 

The Tower

The Tower

You might not think of combining Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner with Disney’s Moana, but if you do you might have a story that resembles The Tower, a tale of explo… 

Richard III

Richard III

From the moment you are handed your programme at the Bridewell Theatre you are immersed in the world of SEDOS’s Richard III directed by Dan Edge. 

A Song of Songs

A Song of Songs

The European premiere of A Song of Songs at the Park Theatre sees a work as mysterious in theatrical categorisation as the book on which it is based is in terms of religious litera… 

Tales for an Unruly Audience

Tales for an Unruly Audience

The art of storytelling has always inspired our imaginations. 

Maggie & Me

Maggie & Me

Let’s tackle head-on what a younger theatre-goer may think when they see a play called Maggie and Me; “who is Maggie?” is my bet. 

The Ballad of Mulan

The Ballad of Mulan

There is a lot to be said about historical figures that in their own quiet way made a difference to the world they lived in at the time. 

Can't Stop Carrying On

Can't Stop Carrying On

Back in the day, the Carry On franchise was one of the biggest contraversial hits of all time. 

Art by Yasmina Reza

Art by Yasmina Reza

Art by Yasmine Reza is a comedy focusing on a group of three friends, whose close friendship is tested and challenged by a painting. 

Practice of Zen

Practice of Zen

Practice of Zen, currently streaming as part of C ARTS’ online offering, explores the sensuality and resilience of traditional Chinese swordplay. 

Billy-the-Cactus and Lorraine Fontaine

Billy-the-Cactus and Lorraine Fontaine

Despite only being an infant when Margaret Thatcher left office, so not old enough to actually remember the era of Billy-the-Cactus and Lorraine Fontaine for myself, I was still vi… 

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Brighton's South Laines is not just about cobbled streets, boutique shops, interesting pubs and restaurants. 

A Year And A Day

A Year And A Day

Christopher Sainton-Clark, the sole actor in A Year and a Day, founded Raising Cain Productions in 2021 ‘with the aim of producing bold, innovative and cinematic small-scale thea… 

So That You May Go Beyond The Sea

So That You May Go Beyond The Sea

As we sit in the Camden People’s Theatre, a performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is taking place at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at least for the purposes this pl… 

Frozen

Frozen

Bryony Lavery’s Frozen embraces difficult issues and circumstances. 

When Mountains Meet

When Mountains Meet

Heartfelt, feel-good, this is a highly enjoyable performance. 

Laughing Boy

Laughing Boy

Connor Sparrowhawk died this morning. 

The Girls of Slender Means

The Girls of Slender Means

The delightful wit with its dark undertow of Murial Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means is caught brilliantly in this adaptation by Gabriel Quigley, directed by Roxana Silbert. 

James V: Katherine

James V: Katherine

A brilliant gem, witty, gallus (cheeky) James V: KATHERINE by Rona Munro (a Raw Material and Capital Theatres Production) pulls no punches. 

Community Service

Community Service

Stan’s Cafe Theatre, Birmingham, is rooted in the community, so it’s no surprise that they have taken the local story of Trevor Prince, a gospel guitarist and one of the first bl… 

Besa

Besa

What an extraordinary and charming play this is, courtesy of De Insomniis Theatre. 

Iain Stirling - Relevant

Iain Stirling - Relevant

Iain Stirling's Relevant is undeniable proof of not only of his talent as a comedian and ability to entertain across generations, but also the level of his comedic reflexes, in… 

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

A hopelessly romantic modern musical that'll leave you beaming throughout, Two Strangers is all you could want from a feel-good evening of musical theatre. 

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

In the same way that, for many, Destiny’s Child is Beyonce, the Brontë Sisters is (are?) Charlotte (Jane Eyre). 

 The Dream of A Ridiculous Man

The Dream of A Ridiculous Man

An one-man adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky short story of the same name, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man comes to the Marylebone Theatre stage with all the pertinent of its day: … 

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is a one-act Hungarian opera saturated in symbolism. 

Blue Beard

Blue Beard

Emma Rice is a genius - we know this from her stage adaptations of classic texts - but when it comes to a wholly original play written by Rice herself, how does she fare?The play i… 

Rika’s Rooms

Rika’s Rooms

Rika’s Rooms is the second in the series of four works that form the Playground Theatre’s season of plays by Gail Louw and features Emma Wilkinson Wright in the eponymous solo … 

Marx in London

Marx in London

Unlike Marx's great work Capital, the one thing you cannot describe this boisterous comic Opera as, is boring. 

The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

Director Rachel Bagshaw has created a vibrant and vivid production of John Webster’s tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre that revels in the candlelight se… 

On Before Carlos Acosta

On Before Carlos Acosta

For charisma, no other male dancer can beat Carlos Acosta, one of the greatest classical dancers of our times, still spell-binding at fifty. 

Hadestown

Hadestown

It’s taken a hell of a time to get here, but finally, Hell has arrived in London’s West End. 

Two Sisters

Two Sisters

We live in turbulent and deranged times. 

King Lear

King Lear

Danny Sapani (Misfits, Killing Eve, Black Panther, the National Theatre’s Medea) is King Lear in this intricate, striking production directed by Yaël Farber. 

When You Pass Over My Tomb

When You Pass Over My Tomb

You know you’re in for a wild night at the Arcola Theatre when one of the content warnings is ‘Mentions of necrophilia’. 

The Gentleman of Shalott

The Gentleman of Shalott

Set in a secluded tower, this play is a queer adaptation of Alfred Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott, a poem detailing the life of said Lady, who is locked away, spending her days w… 

Ingoldsby Legends

Ingoldsby Legends

There is something gorgeously comforting about a show that within five minutes of beginning you know you can relax and enjoy, because even the things that are ad libbed and unscrip… 

Ķīn

Ķīn

Has the National Theatre put the Lyttelton on Airbnb? In October, we had the city-break-length two-week run of Alexander Zeldin’s The Confessions (quite long enough, in my opinio… 

9 to 5 The Musical

9 to 5 The Musical

Before the titular, double-Grammy-awarded opening number begins, we are exposed to a soundscape of cheesy 80s commercials for domestic products that serve to highlight some of the … 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Is there anyone who hasn’t seen at least one version of this story, a version filled with gore, elaborate story lines and ostentatious special effects? This production of Jekyll … 

Cinders!

Cinders!

Is Cinders a male or a female? Audiences won’t know until the curtain rises on a particular night. 

Robin Hood (that sick f**k)

Robin Hood (that sick f**k)

Baby Lamb Productions have scored another success with their latest production, Robin Hood (that sick f**k) at the Bread and Roses Theatre. 

SPY MOVIE: The Play!

SPY MOVIE: The Play!

The protagonist of Matthew Howell and Jack Michael Stacey’s new comedy farce almost says,“The name’s Blonde, Jane Blonde”. 

Infinite Life

Infinite Life

The human brain doesn’t allow us to remember pain. 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre is back again with Peter Pan Goes Wrong, an effortlessly hilarious show where magic and mayhem coexist. 

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

At first blush, it may seem a strange choice for a festive show but this latest incarnation is bang on the money. 

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie called And Then There Were None the most difficult to write book of her career, but staging her play comes with challenges of its own. 

The Witches

The Witches

A fatal car crash, generational genocide, and child mortality. 

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

As comedy vehicles go, this is a Rolls Royce. 

Passing

Passing

Thought provoking, touching and incredibly true-to-life, Dan Sareen’s Passing provides thoughtful insight into the cultural conflicts that can come with the biracial experience. 

Aladdin

Aladdin

After great success in London’s West End, Aladdin heads on a UK tour, enthralling all that come with tale of the street rat-turned-prince as charms the princess. 

The Loaf

The Loaf

Head to the Bridge House Theatre, Penge for an evening of delightful storytelling and charming performances in Alan Booty's two-hander, The Loaf. 

The Kaspar Hauser Experiment

The Kaspar Hauser Experiment

Winston Churchill’s famous expression, “It’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…” could accurately be applied to the subject of The Kaspar Hauser Experiment a… 

The Gods Are All Here

The Gods Are All Here

Touring the UK in Black History Month and into November is Philip Okwedy’s The Gods Are All Here, a one-man show about the performer's distant relationship with his parents a… 

Dracula: Mina's Reckoning

Dracula: Mina's Reckoning

What would you do if you were offered god-like powers? That's the final dilemma faced by Mina in this adaptation of the Dracula story by Morna Pearson. 

fell

fell

The current transformation of the postage stamp stage of Barons Court Theatre, located in the cellar vaults of The Curtains Up pub, has been wrought by Designer Jane Linz Roberts, … 

The Brief Life & Mysterious Death of Boris III, King of Bulgaria

The Brief Life & Mysterious Death of Boris III, King of Bulgaria

The play’s excessively long title has a folktale ring to it and with only limited knowledge of Balkan history sounds like a work of comic fantasy. 

Lessons on Revolution

Lessons on Revolution

Billed as ‘documentary theatre’ Lessons on Revolution at the Hope Theatre is a fascinating excursion into performance and the creative process that challenges the traditional i… 

The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Religious fervour and football fanaticism have much in common, so it seems entirely appropriate that Patrick Marber’s changing-room drama, The Red Lion should open to the sound o… 

Mathew Bourne's  Romeo +  Juliet

Mathew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet

Rape, homophobic bullying, knife crime and murder in a mental health/correctional institute, Mathew Bourne’s Romeo+Juliet is probably the most shocking and bold of his re-imaginin… 

Mess Maker

Mess Maker

We’re all familiar with mess in one form or another, but for most of us dealing with it is probably not an all-consuming activity in the way that it is for writer and performer Jen… 

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

The contribution of Stephen Sondheim to musical theatre was commemorated in a one-off tribute show last year, following his death in 2021. 

Strategic Love Play

Strategic Love Play

Strategic Love Play offers a tragic and often hilarious mirror to the fears and hopes of the vast majority of us who harbour a fear of dying alone. 

Dead Dad Dog and Sunny Boy

Dead Dad Dog and Sunny Boy

It was a low turnout at the intimate Finborough Theatre for John McKay’s Dead Dad Dog, but we were all clearly in the mood for a fun night out. 

An Afternoon with Anton Du Beke and Friends

An Afternoon with Anton Du Beke and Friends

An Afternoon with Anton Du Beke and Friends, and what an afternoon; Du Beke gives a hilarious and dazzling show filled with humour, dance and song. 

Harriet Dyer: Mother

Harriet Dyer: Mother

Keeping stand-up weird since 2013, Harriet Dyer is everything I love about the Fringe. 

Life is a Dream

Life is a Dream

There’s a great, restless energy in Director Declan Donnellan’s production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s seventeenth century Spanish classic Life is a Dream. 

Bluebeard's Castle

Bluebeard's Castle

Director Daisy Evans draws the audience not only into the dark corridors of a mysterious castle in her revival of the Bela Bartok opera Bluebeard’s Castle. 

Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries

Three distinct dance acts bring the unexpected to the stage for Beyond Boundaries, a show billed as a time-travelling showcase of Scottish hip-hop dance. 

Irrepressible

Irrepressible

Gillian Lacey-Solymar, Carrie Penn and Toby Huelin’s Irrepressible, whilst a compelling story seems to rehash old messages without leaving us with a sense that we should do somet… 

The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer

St Andrews University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society is in sparkling form with their presentation of this little known show. 

The TUNEabomber

The TUNEabomber

Another in the seemingly endless flow of musicals about unlikely subjects that prove successful. 

Pippin (2013 Broadway Revival Musical)

Pippin (2013 Broadway Revival Musical)

An exceptionally enthusiastic and talented youth theatre put on a revival of the 2013 version of Pippin. 

Tandava

Tandava

Tandava – the cosmic dance of Shiva – symbolising time; existence; non-existence and so much more. 

Julius Caesar Must Die

Julius Caesar Must Die

Julius Caesar Must Die is a little misleading, as initially it appears to be an absurdist original dramatisation of the assassination of Julius Caesar. 

how to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit musical 'cats'

how to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit musical 'cats'

How to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit musical ‘cats’ is as bonkers as it sounds, whilst still adding to the philosophical debate on how to live a good lif… 

Magical AF!

Magical AF!

Sam Hurst leaps onto the stage in a black sequin suit and skull-covered tie ensemble that screams “entertainer”. 

Do Rhinos Feel Their Horns or Can They Not See Them Like How We Can't See Our Noses

Do Rhinos Feel Their Horns or Can They Not See Them Like How We Can't See Our Noses

Do Rhinos Feel Their Horns or Can They Not See Them Like How We Can't See Our Noses may be in the running for the Fringe’s wackiest title and the show itself is an equally pl… 

Shakesperimental

Shakesperimental

Edinburgh University’s Shakespeare Company present the chilling tale of Hekabe, a reimagined translation of Euripides’ original Greek tragedy. 

The Night of the Musicals

The Night of the Musicals

The Night of the Musicals is a dazzlingly fun, exceptionally energetic hour of musical entertainment. 

Wet

Wet

When you think of cabaret you might think of bawdy strip teases, caricatures of femininity, and lewd jokes. 

Bird

Bird

Relating the most horrible experience a woman can go through portrayed in the most beautiful form, Amina Khayyam Dance Company return to the Fringe with a stage version sequel to t… 

SKETCHES/GLISK

SKETCHES/GLISK

This double bill is a treat of depth of talent performing across a huge range of scope – all compressed within a single hour. 

AFTER ALL

AFTER ALL

Don’t be put off by the topic - this dance show about death is far from gloomy. 

Dimanche

Dimanche

In an era where anthropogenic climate change is not only an abstract global concern, but also becoming a lived reality for countless people, the joint production of Belgian puppetr… 

The Stall

The Stall

The Stall by Jack Twelvetree is an abstract show that uses a childhood memory of flying as an extended metaphor to explore grief, loss, regret and mental health. 

Atalanta

Atalanta

Expecting a retelling of the Greek myth, the office set is initially a little confusing.