Ivy Paige: Seduction

Ivy Paige: Seduction

Ivy Paige opens her show gliding on stage in full sequins and crystals, elegantly poised as the heady beats of It’s Raining Men blasts in the background. 

Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father's Guide to Parenting

Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father's Guide to Parenting

When I heard the Radio 5 live interview with Laurence Clark at the end of July, I was immediately struck by the sense that this was a really nice guy: level-headed, easy-going, art… 

Andrew Maxwell: Shake a Leg

Andrew Maxwell: Shake a Leg

Area 51, Brexit, holding midfielders and bouncy castles. 

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist

Some shows are a must-see simply because of the title, and Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist is about the best title for a play I’ve encountered in several years of revie… 

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

The Worst Little Warehouse In London is crammed into The Box, which appears to be an actual shipping crate housed in Assembly Gardens. 

All Change

All Change

All Change is a new bittersweet comedy about growing old. 

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

Freya Parker and Celeste Dring are back at the Fringe with a refreshingly light-hearted slice of sketch show comedy. 

Maureen Lipman Is 'Up for It'

Maureen Lipman Is 'Up for It'

Maureen Lipman more than qualifies for National Treasure status; she’s shared the stage with everyone from Olivier to Hugh Jackman and has appeared in Oscar winning movies and na… 

Japan Marvelous Drummers

Japan Marvelous Drummers

Having performed in over 20 countries across the globe, Japan Marvelous Drummers use the traditional instruments of Japan, including drums of all sizes, the Koto harp, bamboo flute… 

Amsterdam Underground Comedy Collective

Amsterdam Underground Comedy Collective

For the last 25 years, comedian collective Comedytrain has been responsible for every major talent in Holland. 

Meet the Little Prince!

Meet the Little Prince!

When famous author/pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who lived many different lives, meets The Little Prince, two adventurous explorers discover the world and what is important in l… 

James Hancox: Sports for the Unsporty

James Hancox: Sports for the Unsporty

Do you have the heart of an athlete, but the skills of a toddler? Then this is the show for you! James Hancox is rubbish at sports. 

Don Juan

Don Juan

Don Juan: the world’s greatest lover, the most audacious of men. 

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwean artists make some of the best stone sculptures in the world. 

A Good Enough Girl?

A Good Enough Girl?

It’s 2025 - a world of mystery, spies and secret missions. 

(sorry)

(sorry)

What does it mean to be a millennial? One stands before you, trying to process her three most pressing concerns: job exploitation, crumbling friendship and the imminent apocalypse. 

Josh Berry: Voice Thief

Josh Berry: Voice Thief

Josh Berry is a Voice Thief. 

Mengele

Mengele

Mengele by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott. 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Oxford’s premier all-male a cappella sensation are back for their 15th year in a row! With over 16 million hits on YouTube, the Fringe’s biggest selling student show is sure to bri… 

Thrones! The Musical Parody

Thrones! The Musical Parody

Total sell-out in 2015, 2016 and 2017! Updated with new deaths and sexcapades from seventh series. 

Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve

Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve

Intrepid pop-culture archaeologist Jon is on a mission, hunting gems for his treasuRETROve of the world’s most unintentionally ingenious films and telly, to save them from being … 

Drip Feed

Drip Feed

Cork. 

David O'Doherty: You Have to Laugh

David O'Doherty: You Have to Laugh

Unhook your mindbras. 

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala

Best Dance: Adelaide and Perth Fringe 2017. 

Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World

Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World

The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world! Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World presents gender equality and femininity from the 1950s to now. 

Dilruk Jayasinha: The Art of the Dil

Dilruk Jayasinha: The Art of the Dil

It’s been a big year for Sri Lankan born Dilruk Jayasinha. 

Calling My Tribe

Calling My Tribe

We are the ones that fall between Gen-X and Gen-Y. 

Michael Griffiths: Songs by Kylie

Michael Griffiths: Songs by Kylie

He’s been Annie Lennox, Madonna and Cole Porter to great acclaim. 

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O'Doherty: Big Time

O’Doherty is back with his mini-keyboard, flopping hair, and uninhibited attitude, but this time in one of the most prestigious venues that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has to o… 

Perhaps Perhaps Quizás

Perhaps Perhaps Quizás

I have a great admiration for clowning; whilst superficially there is most certainly a stereotype of the heavily made-up children’s entertainer doing nothing more than blowing up… 

Half Breed

Half Breed

Natasha Marshall’s Half Breed is a vibrant and moving monologue about what it is like to grow up mixed race in a parochial white community. 

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

Comedian/guru Jamie Wood returns with his new show I Am A Tree in Assembly’s enchantingly draped gypsy-chic Omnitorium theatre space. 

Juan Vesuvius: I am Your Deejay

Juan Vesuvius: I am Your Deejay

New Zealand’s Barnie Duncan has created a perfect comedy persona; he’s believable enough as a character but ridiculous in so many perfectly pitched ways. 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

Solo comedy show Tatterdemalion’s Henry Maynard is charming, ridiculous, adorably pathetic and completely enchanting as he frolics about excitedly miming out conversation to audi… 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

I remember the time when, several years ago, Out of the Blue came to my school and did an assembly. 

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy is a comic telling of the fictional relationship between two young lovers on Coney Island and their subsequent journey into marriage. 

The Establishment: Eton Mess

The Establishment: Eton Mess

Satire can often be found at the root of absurdism. 

Boris & Sergey's One Man Extravaganza

Boris & Sergey's One Man Extravaganza

The technical choreography from Flabbergast Theatre that delivers this consistently joyful, yet bleak, puppetry extravaganza is exceptional. 

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala, formerly known as the Chooky Dancers, rose to fame ten years ago with a viral YouTube video of Aboriginal dancers performing Zorba the Greek in homage to a Greek woman … 

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

When a comedian comes on clutching notes you would expect that you were about to watch something that was underdeveloped and in need of refinement. 

Wereldband: Släpstick

Wereldband: Släpstick

On first viewing the stage I thought I would try and count all the instruments I could see scattered around waiting to be played. 

Bump

Bump

If you’re in search of the next big thing this Fringe, look no further. 

Tom and Bunny Save the World

Tom and Bunny Save the World

The novelty musical gets its fair share of traction over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Fat Rascal Theatre are attempting to stake their claim as rulers of the field. 

Moonlight After Midnight

Moonlight After Midnight

If Moonlight After Midnight were easier to follow, I’m sure it would make for an incredible piece from Concrete Drops Theatre. 

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Ed Byrne’s latest show is based around the notion that as a generation we are all spoilt. 

Brutal Cessation

Brutal Cessation

Described by its creator as a two-actor play of “a relationship rotting” and a manifestation of domestic “purgatory”, it quite quickly becomes apparent through this tense a… 

Damien Power – Utopia: Now in 3D!

Damien Power – Utopia: Now in 3D!

The translation of the word utopia, if my Ancient Greek (and Wikipedia) haven’t let me down, is “no-place”. 

Hairy Maclary

Hairy Maclary

Nonsense Room Productions are no strangers to the Edinburgh Festival, having first debuted Hairy Maclary all the way back in 2010. 

Whales

Whales

Don’t just watch Fringe shows, BE in one! Whales gives you the opportunity to participate in this interactive performance either as a whale rescuer or as a whale. 

Ruby Redfort

Ruby Redfort

The first ever stage adaptation of Lauren Child’s bestselling mystery series, ‘one of the best things to happen to British fiction’ (Sunday Times). 

One With Everything

One With Everything

Strange physical theatre with soul-lined theatrics and odd feats. 

Snap

Snap

‘The best magic show in 2016 Edinburgh Fringe’ (BroadwayWorld. 

One Man Shoe

One Man Shoe

When the headline act fails to show up, Jango, a bumbling theatre caretaker, is suddenly thrust into the limelight and embarks on a hilarious journey of highly crafted and heartfel… 

Welcome to Paradise

Welcome to Paradise

Strap in for the Captain and Raoul’s playfully anarchic bouffon rollercoaster that ventures to the darkest corners of the grotto where the mould festers under the tree. 

Becky Lucas: Little Bitch

Becky Lucas: Little Bitch

Becky Lucas is a little bitch, but she’s also a writer, performer, rat and prolific tweeter. 

Patti Plinko – Dreadful Little Girl

Patti Plinko – Dreadful Little Girl

Patti Plinko returns with her dark and erotic songs inspired from Virginia Woolf, Joan of Arc to the whore houses of Paris. 

The Omnitorium's Rotating Roster of Erudite Amusements and Motley Delights

The Omnitorium's Rotating Roster of Erudite Amusements and Motley Delights

Devilish diversions and arcadian amusements to while away the wee hours. 

Charlie Baker: The Hit Polisher

Charlie Baker: The Hit Polisher

Entertainment combined harvester Charlie Baker (Harry Hill’s Teatime Sky 1, O2 Comedy Gala Channel 4, EastEnders) sings his nostalgic love letter to pop music of the 80s, 90s and … 

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

It’s back! The undisputed late night hit of 2016’s Fringe! Join improv legends Mike McShane and Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci for a mind-blowing, side-splitting sho… 

The HandleBards: Richard III

The HandleBards: Richard III

The Handlebards are a unique group, reinventing the concept of the company of travelling players. 

Henry Paker: Guilty

Henry Paker: Guilty

Taking to the confined stage of Assembly’s ‘Box’, and looking for all the world like a key-note speaker at the world’s tiniest tech conference, Henry Paker sets the tone of… 

Deirdre O'Kane: 1Dee

Deirdre O'Kane: 1Dee

After a seven-year break from stand-up, during which she had babies, made a movie in Vietnam and became the mother of Moone Boy, Deirdre O’Kane returns with a brand new show. 

Andrew Maxwell: Slight Return

Andrew Maxwell: Slight Return

Slight Return’s showbiz opening - jazzy music, searchlight scanning the crowd - is a fun contrast to a consciously dressed-down show, but it’s unfortunately prophetic in an hou… 

Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death

Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death

In a little circus salon tent named ‘The Omnitorium’ tucked away behind George Square Theatre, Anya Anastasia proves that she is a force to be reckoned with. 

The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing

The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing

After cycling 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare’s play as you’ve never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bi… 

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us! should not in a way be confused with the TV series Come Dine With Me. 

Skrimshanks

Skrimshanks

“We have a reviewer in tonight” crows a tall, stunning, grotesquely padded and malformed white-painted clown. 

How to Win Against History
BOBBY WINNER

How to Win Against History

On every front, this show is a winner. 

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Apparently, even circuses nowadays feel a need to satisfy the public’s desire to glimpse behind the scenes, to smell the greasepaint and discover how the magic happens. 

Tatterdermalion

Tatterdermalion

Puppet pioneers Flabbergast Theatre have made an interesting move this year, establishing their own dedicated performance space, The Omnitorium, within the confines of Assembly Ge… 

Fran & Leni

Fran & Leni

“This shit definitely passes the Bechdel test,” is a statement that can be found emblazoned on the show’s marketing material. 

Laurence Clark: Independence

Laurence Clark: Independence

Some things never change; despite more than a decade performing stand-up, Laurence Clark still opens his set by drawing attention to his cerebral palsy: “This is just how I talk. 

FanFiction Comedy

FanFiction Comedy

This reference-heavy show fills a key niche for fan fiction comedy at the Fringe. 

Mervyn's 25th Gala Show

Mervyn's 25th Gala Show

Join Mervyn and a host of top talent in a glorious two hour variety show to celebrate the 25th year of the legendary Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe showcase. 

SNAP

SNAP

Snap is an incredible display of the very best magic performance that South Korea has to offer. 

The Piff the Magic Dragon Show

The Piff the Magic Dragon Show

Piff the Magic Dragon is the character creation of comic magician, John van der Put. 

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Star of Live at the Apollo, QI and The Jonathan Ross Show, the razor sharp and hilariously funny Canadian returns to the festival. 

Octopus

Octopus

What does it mean to be British? That’s the question that underlies this political, anarchistic play Octopus. 

Once...

Once...

Russian Company Derevo’s Once takes place early in the morning by Fringe standards and many of the audience members at the George Square Theatre might have been wondering whether… 

Hold the Front Page with Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hold the Front Page with Hardeep Singh Kohli

The comedian and regular on BBC One’s Question Time, This Week and Sunday Morning Live, and Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, gives his unique take on Brexit, Independence, and all… 

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment

Improv comedy is a tricky beast - when it’s good, it’s very, very good; when it’s bad, it’s pointless. 

House and Amongst the Reeds

House and Amongst the Reeds

London-based Clean Break fit two plays into one show: House, a tight family drama set in a British-Nigerian household, and Amongst the Reeds, a nondescript tale of homelessness, fr… 

Stuff

Stuff

What is love? In an immersive clown show with an interesting lyrical vein, Sean Kempton (of Cirque du Soleil) attempts to find out. 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue are something of a Fringe staple by now. 

Shappi Khorsandi: Nina Is Not OK

Shappi Khorsandi: Nina Is Not OK

Nina Is Not OK is the shocking and funny account of a teenage girl slowly coming to terms with the fact she’s an alcoholic – and what happened to her one dark night. 

Shark in the Park

Shark in the Park

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, what’s this he spies – is that a shark, in the park!? From the producers of The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show – see… 

The Tap Pack

The Tap Pack

If you only see two shows this festival, see this one. 

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwean artists make some of the best stone sculptures in the world. 

Worbey and Farrell's Rhapsody

Worbey and Farrell's Rhapsody

In this brand new show following sell-outs in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the internationally acclaimed duo bring their unique touch to the world’s greatest music. 

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

A jaw-dropping, side-splitting comedy experience every night, created with the likes of guest improv legends Colin Mochrie or Mike McShane, with one of the world’s top hypnotists (… 

The Letter: To be or to MBE

The Letter: To be or to MBE

There’s an enlightening moment in Jonzi D’s dance-based piece where a disembodied voice interrogates him as he ponders whether or not to accept a New Year’s honour. 

Siro-A

Siro-A

The live rhythm action bonanza Siro-A is quite simply multi-layered hyperactivity for the stage. 

Charlie Baker: Just the One

Charlie Baker: Just the One

Charlie Baker blends song with stand-up, as he intersperses his versions of one hit wonders with tales from his life. 

The Shuffle Show

The Shuffle Show

If The Shuffle Show is anything to go by, life behind the Genius Bar requires a very specific skill-set. 

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Margaret Thatcher truly is the Queen of Soho. 

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Celebrity Juice regular and the man who once got pizza delivered to a moving train returns to Edinburgh with a brand new show. 

This Is Your Trial

This Is Your Trial

The improv concept of This Is Your Trial is sound: two comedians take on the roles of prosecution and defence as they argue over cases that are brought by the audience. 

David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O'Doherty

David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O'Doherty

This time next year, the Assembly George Square Theatre will not be big enough to contain David O’Doherty. 

One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne

One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne

Nick Payne’s bittersweet love story One Day When We Were Young charts Leonard and Violet’s tangled relationship across five decades of love and longing. 

Goose: Kablamo

Goose: Kablamo

In Goose: Kablamo, comedian Adam Drake has created a comedy show that doesn’t so much defy description, it just stuffs so much in that it is very difficult to do the act justice … 

Alfie Brown: -ism

Alfie Brown: -ism

Alfie Brown has a real problem with moral absolutism. 

Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?!

Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?!

Fresh, hilarious and brilliant! Another signature party with jokes from Luisa Omielan, following her unprecedentedly successful debut stand-up show, What Would Beyoncé Do?! An emp… 

FanFiction Comedy

FanFiction Comedy

FanFiction Comedy is a chilled-out hour of laughs that doesn’t try to change the world or do anything radically new with the artform; it’s just having fun, despite a few hitche… 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out Of The Blue could well be classed as Fringe veterans, returning year after year over the past decade for an afternoon of singing, dancing and suggestive hip-wiggling to guarant… 

Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel is an exploration of beyond ‘happily ever after’, using the two Friends characters we all know so well as a medium through which to explore the artifice of relati… 

The Room

The Room

Bring your plastic spoons and enjoy a Sunday night screening of the cult phenomenon that is The Room. 

Hairy Maclary's Cat Tales

Hairy Maclary's Cat Tales

A brand new show featuring your favourite characters including Hairy’s feline friends. 

Japan Marvelous Drummers

Japan Marvelous Drummers

Having performed in over 20 countries across the globe, Japan Marvelous Drummers’ eight performers use the traditional instruments of Japan including drums of all sizes, the Koto… 

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

‘Timmy Failure is a winner!’ (Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid). 

Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire

Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire

Your friend and ours Andrew Maxwell is back and funnier than ever for his 21st appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Guy Masterson, Stage 2001 Best Actor Award winner, celebrates the brilliance of eleven poems and three short stories from the Welsh wizard in his centenary year. 

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything

David O’Doherty is one of those rare stand-ups who is a familiar face without being plastered everywhere, who is successful without being packaged. 

Shirley and Shirley: Late Night Lock In

Shirley and Shirley: Late Night Lock In

Like any sketch show there is often a sense that the evening may play out something like lucky dip. 

This is Your Trial

This is Your Trial

An interactive, improvised courtroom drama, This is Your Trial puts the audience under scrutiny, pulling people onto the stage as the accused, charged with ridiculous crimes. 

The Room

The Room

The Room is the worst film ever made. 

Paul McCaffrey: Paul Or Nothing

Paul McCaffrey: Paul Or Nothing

“You’ve proved my point: nobody has any respect for me”, McCaffery laments as four latecomers traipse across his stage to their seats, interrupting his flow. 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all male a capella group, have many things to offer. 

Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit

Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit

‘Knob jokes with depth’ are the words that fifty-six year old Frank Skinner himself uses to describe his new stand up show Man in A Suit. 

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

The Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre Company present George Orwell’s Animal Farm in a remarkable, poignant enactment of the dangerous rise of tyranny in a state where ideals of f… 

Making It!

Making It!

Billed as a poignant one-woman comedy drama, actress Davina Leonard delivers exactly that, with more accent on the drama. 

FanFiction Comedy

FanFiction Comedy

Big-time book nerd Lev Grossman once told Time magazine that “fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band… 

Richard Herring: Lord of the Dance Settee

Richard Herring: Lord of the Dance Settee

Lord of the Dance Settee marks Richard Herring’s 23rd Fringe show, an accumulated Edinburgh residency of just under two years; enough, as he himself points out, to make him mor… 

The Generation of Z: Edinburgh

The Generation of Z: Edinburgh

Zombies have become a considerable presence across entertainment and pop culture, which has led to a growing fascination with the undead and the world being overrun by them. 

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

This new one-man show from South African theatre company Hello Elephant is by turns heartfelt, amusing, and pleasantly evocative of a morning run through Johannesburg. 

Laurence Clark: Moments of Instant Regret

Laurence Clark: Moments of Instant Regret

We all have them, if we’re honest; those moments in our lives where we’ve reacted without thinking and “put our foot in it”, slipping from innocent victim to outright offen… 

Away From Home

Away From Home

Away From Home is the sensitive, touching tale of Kyle, who in his capacity as a rent boy is used to his fair share of sensitive touching. 

Luke McGregor: I Worry That I Worry Too Much

Luke McGregor: I Worry That I Worry Too Much

I’m not worried that you won’t have a great time at my show though . 

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Vhukutiwa Gallery return, together with renowned stone sculptor Wellington Nyanhongo, presenting a beautiful and haunting range of work, all with a remarkably tactile quality evoki… 

Japan Marvelous Drummers

Japan Marvelous Drummers

Prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime show, filled with power, humour, dance, and traditional Japanese drums, that has performed in more than 20 countries including the United …