Two transgender performers say ‘up yours!’ to the gender binary and invite you to their radical dance party! Under disco lights, over pulsing music, a queer celebration takes place…
Food prices up.
Edinburgh’s favourite Guardian-approved naughty boy is back! And he’s bringing with him a brand-new hour of painfully funny stand-up for 2022.
Winner: Comedian’s Comedian, Chortle Awards (2020).
Top Comedy Pick, NY Times (2022).
Hilarious new improvised comedy starring members of Tony/Olivier Award-winning companies: Mischief Theatre and The Showstoppers.
The Improvised Doctor Who Parody is back! Travel anywhere in time and space with a live radiophonic workshop, on-stage TARDIS and a collection of hilarious improv comedy performers…
As the survivors of a global pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society, what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light? …
In aid of the suicide charity CALM, and sound-tracked live with songs from his upcoming second album, the acclaimed beatboxer is back with Breathe: a breathtakingly theatrical disp…
There’s anarchy in the monarchy as renowned swordsman and dumb hussy Don Rodolfo has risen from humble peasant to the highest seat in the land.
In 1953 a man wrote a play about waiting.
Ayden and Lizard want to be cool, sexually-liberated queers.
Who says poetry is box office poison? Fresh from wowing crowds opening for The Libertines and John Cooper Clarke, Luke Wright serves up banger after banger at the hottest late nigh…
Amongst the spires, spikes and sideburns of a 1970s university, a lonely Professor awaits a call.
So many comedians, so little time! In this unmissable Edinburgh Fringe institution, 12 top comedy and variety acts perform ridiculously short sets in one furiously fast-paced showc…
All aboard The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2022: Are We There Yet? Buckle up as we hit the road for a tour of life itself, visiting more sketch-shaped destinations…
‘Our modern life was built on the backs of the oppressed – if they were to demand repayment, would you be afraid?’ In 1791, a voodoo ceremony begins the Haitian Revolution to end…
The Pleasance Comedy Reserve is back for its 16th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with another four brilliant new acts, hand-picked by the Pleasance and supported by the Char…
It’s Mr Bean meets The Shining! Don’t be fooled – Jim and Barb are no ordinary elderly couple.
The 2014 plan was a simple one, I would Casanova myself around our nation’s capital looking for consenting heterosexual adult males.
A new play from acclaimed writer Philip Stokes (Heroin(e) for Breakfast).
Award-winning performer and viral YouTube sensation with 40 million+ views, Chris Turner presents his most ambitious show yet – a one-man comedy and hip-hop spectacular.
Tim Key (Alan Partridge, The Witchfinder, Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme) is back with an all-new show.
Out of the swirling maelstrom he steps, his sword of jokes, his shield of whimsy and his armour made of a third amusing thing.
Before launching his huge national tour, multi award-winning comedian Marcus brings this blisteringly funny hour of stand-up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A bittersweet tale of political campaigns, sexual consent and steam trains.
Welcome to The Twenty-Sided Tavern, where laughter flows like ale and the story is yours to control.
Wes Anderson meets Hitchcock meets spaghetti western in this multi award-winning, intercontinental, inter-genre, cinematic caper of accusations, accidents and accents.
Following his critically acclaimed debut and Soho Theatre Live Amazon comedy special, award-winning comedian Kai Samra is back with a brand-new hour about race, class, immigration,…
Joe has always been a nerd.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the woods.
‘This anarchic, multimedia show has cult in its genes’ **** (Chortle.
Legendary magician Joz Norris has perfected the hardest magic trick of all time – making an entire audience think and blink in unison.
Featuring the savagely comedic feminist discourse of Adrienne Truscott with the slippery dramaturgy of Brokentalkers, Masterclass parodies the “great male artist” to within an in…
Winner of Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022.
BBC New Comedy Award winner, Japanese Londoner Yuriko Kotani, was about to make a change and have a fresh start in her life.
When a shipment containing a highly protected Sypher Corp suit goes missing in space, it’s up to John Hawk and a team of space marines to collect the asset, transport it across the…
They say comedy’s about speaking truth to power.
So many comedians, so little time! Twelve top comedy and variety acts perform ridiculously short sets in one furiously fast-paced showcase.
Rubbish never dies.
‘Dazzling, inspired, perfectly observed.
Sell-out 2019! Audiences were gripped by this immersive story of a frightening night-time Lancaster Bomber raid in WW2, told through the eyes and ears of the wireless operator.
In 2010, the world was in a sorry state.
Out of the swirling maelstrom he steps; his sword of jokes, his shield of whimsy and his armour made of a third amusing thing.
The Improvised Doctor Who Parody is back!! Travel anywhere in space and time with a live radiophonic workshop, incredible props and set, and a collection of hilarious improv comedy…
Dance the night away to your favourite songs from the musicals – featuring live music from Amusical house band Dave and The Quavers, plus guest DJ sets from the best comedians in…
Taking on the voices of a group of monumental and important women throughout history, MARA embodies them physically and vocally with stunningly committed and skillful character wor…
Ash Phoenix dreams of being a rock star.
After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Tru…
Have you ever been to a comedy show by someone who can travel through dimensions, from one world to another? No, me neither.
Part party, part PSHE lesson and part coming-of-age rom-com, A Womb of One’s Own is a heartfelt love letter to women’s bodies everywhere.
Five years ago actor Amy Booth-Steel was diagnosed with cancer.
In this spoof chat show, David Reed (The Penny Dreadfuls, Comedy Store Players) interviews comedians about the career they never had.
At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, there is a work by the artist Robert Montgomery, a large piece of signage that declares ‘THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE’.
Bicycle Boy: an interactive, bike-powered eco-musical for children aged five to ten and their families.
Sofie Hagen enters the stage, seemingly nervous despite her extensive experience on the comedy circuit.
“I wanna be woke, but I’m tired.
In Bed With My Brother spend the largest portion of this, notably their third Edinburgh show, conducting a kind of aural warfare on their audience.
A high energy, jovial start introduces us to a young couple getting down to some sexy time.
There ain’t no party like a Max & Ivan party, ‘cause a Max & Ivan party uses equations to guarantee participant enjoyment!The comedy duo are back at the Fringe and read…
Tommy Fury once said “if life is a game, then love is the prize”.
Goodbear put on a pretty spectacular routine considering they never actually show up.
Disability access at the Fringe is a joke.
We enter stage to a flash of porn images, a seductive voiceover beckoning ‘come all over my face’, and ‘dominate me’.
We are introduced to Rosa as she jogs on the spot, planning her new years resolutions which include working hard, calling her grandma more and taking better care of her body.
Bombs are falling on Liverpool.
If you’ve not experienced Bec Hill live yet, then I have some bad news for you, my friend – your life has yet to reach its maximum for potential happiness.
Since the last time I saw this show, we’ve gotten a new Doctor in the strangely controversial form of Jodie Whittaker and Any Suggestions, Doctor? has moved from Sweet Venues to …
It’s 1999, soon to be 2000, and two sisters are wandering the woods of the Bournemouth area after fleeing a party.
A combination of live performance and short film, with a focus on new material and experimentation, The Paddock is a showcase of exciting and innovative work from the most ground-b…
Star of Made In Chelsea, business tycoon, man of the people.
It’s a late Friday afternoon and Polly is packing her things before she starts her PhD.
Debuting as a writer and director, TV’s Marcus Brigstocke – known for his comedy and occasional film roles – brings us The Red, a play informed by his own experience battling…
A tale of love, loss and exploration, this is an intrepid exploration of physical theatre and storytelling.
Part-biographical, part-political, part-musical, part-magical.
Ginger Johnsons’ Happy Place playing at Pleasance Dome is undefinable in an utterly enjoyable way: It is a mash-up of Mr.
For musical sisters Bella and Blue, competition means serious business.
The critically acclaimed, Breakthrough Act 2019 Award nominee returns with a defiant battle cry against the gloom – Smile.
How unlikely is your fleeting existence? This nine-piece, multi award-winning progressive brass band embark on a curious audio-theatrical journey.
The Pleasance Comedy Reserve is back for its 15th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with another four brilliant new acts, hand-picked by The Pleasance and supported by the Char…
A new world where cheerful totalitarianism is the fashion; where cities promote hilarious mass deportations and funny exterminations; where its leopard-pattern clad locals will do …
London’s best comedy Dungeons & Dragons show is rolling into Edinburgh to ask the funniest people on the Fringe if they have what it takes to be heroes.
Loyiso Gola dives into years of pop culture and the way they have shaped our lives.
George arrives in the city with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and self-dubbed ‘Lie-in King’, Seann Walsh returns to Edinburgh.
Tom was sent to all-boys boarding school at age six.
Holy f*ck! After six years away from Edinburgh and ahead of his national tour, Helm is back at the f*cking Fringe with a full Edinburgh run of his new show to remind the world what…
Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, trains and autocorrect.
Following their award-winning show Enter The Dragons, A&E Comedy return with a surreal and darkly hilarious brouhaha directed by Cal McCrystal.
So many comedians, so little time! 12 top comedy and variety acts perform ridiculously short sets in one furiously fast-paced showcase.
The multi award-winning Jordan & Skinner present a riotous new solo show that cuts to the bone of gender politics.
Alfie lives with his little brother, Hugo, Mum and George.
A show about living, laughing, loving and losing your debit card five times in one year.
Following a sold-out run at last years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tom Brace returns with a brand-new magic show for the whole family! Featuring Tom’s unique blend of comedy and mag…
National treasure Christopher Biggins requests the pleasure of you company at his late lunch chat show.
The critically acclaimed cult comedy chat show thing is back! Welcome to the multimedia mayhem of Mr.
Doug Crossley’s solo show brings together songs, comedy and the heartache of trying to understand a friend’s suicide.
A sparkling comedy classic and international hit show from ‘one of the world’s greatest clowns’ (La Repubblica).
Join ‘the most renowned sketch troupe of them all’ (Independent) as they embark on another exceptional world tour, performing to over 20,000 people across two continents.
Terry Johnson’s deeply personal Ken enjoyed a geographically personal run in as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where much of the play takes place.
If you were anywhere near the Pleasance Courtyard this year, you’ll of heard of Lab Rats Theatre’s In Loyal Company as it shook the Fringe with its sell out run and critical ac…
As a reviewer I'm fortunate enough to get free tickets to many shows.
Best of BEASTS is a wild and brilliant explosion of a show packed with slightly smaller explosions throughout – and I’m not talking about pyrotechnics.
Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan return to Edinburgh with a new hour of their …
For three nights only, award-winning musical comedian and star of BBC Two’s The Mash Report, Rachel Parris, presents a late-night jamboree of tunes intended to tickle, including so…
We’ve all been there, the shattering realisation that you’re not Adele.
Let’s talk about drugs.
Sheeps are officially back, following previous acclaim and an underground status as one of the Fringe's finest sketch groups and then a three year sebatical.
Robert says he saw strange lights over Tesco car park.
There Will Be Cake is an improvised short-form sketch show based on the input of audience members.
It’s hard to review Nina’s Got News without revealing what Nina’s news actually is.
Half-hearted waitress and aspiring actress Elsa works in a cafe, eavesdropping on overly earnest coffee chats, regretful memories of the night before, and exhausting tales of the r…
Direct from sell-out performances in London’s glittering West End, the Edinburgh phenomenon and absolute staple is back for an eleventh elephantine year! Tim and Jordan present t…
George Buchner’s great working class tragedy Woyzeck has long cast a shadow over European theatre.
Arthur Smith presents this heartwarming tribute to his dead father, Syd.
Jukebox musicals are undeniably hit and miss.
‘You go into a hospital with a father and you come out with a bin bag, and no father’.
As the audience file in Rose Matafeo is playing table tennis with members of the front row, in a gimmick that does not factor into the later story at any point.
A late night slot at the Pleasance Dome perfectly suits the latest offering from The Lampoons, a raucous, defiantly silly parody of the creaky well-loved William Castle classic, de…
If you have a ticket to Pants On Fire’s Ovid’s Metamorphoses, you have in your possession a way of securing the ferryman’s passage to one of the most mischievous and charming…
I was transfixed.
Feed is a thought-provoking and memorable piece by Theatre Témoin that explores the insidious relationship between the Internet and capitalism.
Fresh from Britain’s Got Talent 2018, Robert White brings you his unique form of musical stand-up in a laugh-packed hour.
Elf Lyons should be feeling pretty good right now.
Welcome to Criminal, an anarchic improv night in which four comedians have an hour to solve a grisly murder.
Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after five sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can’t quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious …
‘Today is the day I make a decision.
The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner returns with this hotly anticipated sequel to his 2015 smash hit.
Tape Face presents an evening with the best acts at the Edinburgh Fringe with a social media twist.
Award-winning comedian Rob Carter’s cult-hit creation, Christopher Bliss, is back.
Following the ‘audacious’ (**** (Scotsman)) and critically acclaimed Follow Suit, Silent Faces return to the Fringe with more physical political fooling in the heart-warming A …
25 years after the murder of the Romanovs and 25 years before the murder of Martin Luther King, a group meet in an English birch wood.
Tom’s just been made ‘The Honourable’.
The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner returns with a brand-new show unlike anything else.
The legendary terpsichorean twosome make their Edinburgh Fringe debut.
TV magician Ben Hanlin returns to Edinburgh with his brand-new show.
For over 25 years, Steve Best had been delighting audiences around the world with his particularly silly brand of stand-up comedy.
‘The most relevant comedian in Edinburgh’ (EdFestMag.
Ismo will challenge your perception of words – and the world.
An electric performance influenced by S-Town, True Detective and Seasick Steve.
You’ve just been dumped, but you’re stuck on a spaceship, alone with that person.
What appears to be light and entertaining, can be dark and lonely behind the curtains.
Join ‘the most renowned sketch troupe of them all’ (Independent) as they embark on another world tour.
Alex Stone is a hotshot lawyer about to make partner, when an urgent call from an old friend drags her back to the town she thought she’d left behind.
Good morning, Edinburgh! Three funny, thought-provoking “menus” of ten-minute plays.
There’s more than meets the mince pies in this appealing homage to 1970s TV Private Eye Jim Rockford, filtered through the lens of classic Ealing comedies and brilliant live roots …
Kafka for kids? Karter thinks it’s a brilliant idea.
The Pleasance Comedy Reserve is back for its 14th year at the Edinburgh Fringe with another four brilliant new acts, hand-picked by the Pleasance and supported by the Charlie Harti…
Enter the Dragons is a riotous, surreal odyssey exploring the pressures facing women as they age.
Are you stuck to your smartphone? Fearful that Facebook is listening to your every word? Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.
High-energy actors, colourful puppets, amazing characters and fantastic songs combine to create AnimAlphabet: The Musical.
Mawaan brings you a deeply personal and skilfully physical show about love, freedom and Missy Elliot.
The only winner of the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards returns for an encore of his 2017 critically acclaimed hit.
Winner: The Pleasance’s Charlie Hartill Award.
Jeremy Stockwell and Chris Larner celebrate British comedy legend Spike Milligan with 90 minutes of laughs, songs, philosophy and utter, utter silliness.
Join the audience wielding Cards Against Humanity to challenge the Fringe’s best comedians to create material on the spot.
There’s something both hilarious and poignant about the dynamic between younger and older generations, the way in which the older relate the tales of their own youth to younger n…
The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth is a dazzling feat of storytelling.
Sophie Willan has had a lifetime of being branded by others.
Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific, Dane returns to the Fringe with a show about our worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure.
As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 …
50 years ago, Ken Loach’s TV drama, Cathy Come Home, won plaudits for its gritty and honest treatment of homelessness.
The Sleeping Trees feel like the love child of Police Cops and Max and Ivan: high-paced, energetic character comedy with inventive visual effects and impressive teamwork.
Rachel Parris has been invited back to her old school to speak at prize giving, but what is she going to say? Is she even a role model at all? Rather than prepare for this speech a…
The Wardrobe Ensemble returns to the Fringe festival with a fast-paced and incredibly entertaining look at the education system in BritainThe play focuses on the last day of school…
Folie à Deux returns! Two of the stars of Fringe smash-hit Austentatious, Andrew Hunter Murray (No Such Thing As A Fish, No Such Thing As The News) and Charlotte Gittins (Grand Th…
Adele is Younger Than Us is a hilarious, down to earth comedy about the everyday struggles that ‘normal’ girls face.
When a show’s success or failure supposedly rests almost entirely on the skills and willingness of its audience, the trust and confidence placed between performer and viewer is t…
After a sell-out debut show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, Giants return with their sophomore hour.
It is a real privilege to get to spend time with Dave Johns for an hour as he recounts the rollercoaster that he has experienced since being cast as the lead part in Ken Loach’s …
This is character comedy at its finest.
Back for another year, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann of Showstoppers! fame return to wow us with what is possibly the most impressive improvisational feat at the Fringe.
A unique cabaret experience brought to you from a stoner’s living room.
The Fringe’s favourite flâneur returns, as always ‘excellently dry’ (Times) and ‘fresh, accessible and hilarious’ (Guardian), with another serving of his international hit show.
Too often, we see the First World War as a stretch of years where only war happened, followed by years where the art about the war exploded in its disruptive manner.
Gutted is a one-woman, solo show about IBD.
The idea is a brilliant one: reducing an epic to the size of a man.
Late at night.
A spectacular night of comedy to celebrate the middle of the festival from award-winning production company Berk’s Nest, featuring festival favourites, the best new acts and specia…
Merce used to protest in the streets but now she just gets angry on Facebook.
Don’t worry, I also had to Google most of the words in the title.
Colin the Country Cockatoo is on a mission to reunite all the notes of the stave and save his friends from the dastardly plans of Calando the duck who wants to bring eternal silenc…
Jenny Bede wants a baby.
Behind every great man stands a great woman.
Incognito Theatre’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front is a solid, if predictable, production which ticks all of the necessary First World War boxes.
With the overwhelming amount of options at the Fringe, Bite-Size allows one to see several short and sweet plays in the space of an hour.
When a Fringe show sells out on opening night, you know it’s doing something right.
London’s Critical Hit comedy Dungeons & Dragons show is rolling into Edinburgh for one night only, five times! Join your host, Paul Foxcroft (Cariad & Paul, Marcus Brigstocke’s Una…
Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Meeting an alien? Becoming an astronaut? Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering …
The Mental Health Foundation’s annual gala show returns for a third year.
For a show about a break-up, Lloyd Griffith in:Undated has all the comfortable generosity, grossness and joy of a long-term relationship.
To be surprised by a show at the Fringe is a rare and wonderful thing.
Join the Fringe’s best acts during a free live broadcast where anything could happen! Hand-picked by the Pleasance, every day features a different line-up of brilliant guests from …
The cast and crew of The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Plays coax their audience into starting their day bright and early with coffee, croissants and strawberries.
Uplifting, fast-paced and heart-warming, Todd & God tells the tale of how God selected an atheist as her chosen one.
As their hotel receptionist alter-egos, Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes help us check into The Hotel Après Vie for an hour of horror movie-themed entertainment.
Imagine William Shakespeare wrote Attack the Block and you get Flesh and Bone, a tale of an East London tower block and it’s residents.
Form is a wordless physical tragicomedy about escaping the pressures and boredoms of contemporary life, if only momentarily.
Bletherbox provide an alternative insight into the lives of the men who worked and died on the Piper Alpha oil rig.
Perhaps you’ve heard of The Midnight Beast? Their blend of comic indie-pop-rap began on a humble Youtube channel and moved to Channel Four just a few years later.
When an Edinburgh Fringe virgin asks a seasoned Fringe-lover (that’s me, by the way) for show recommendations there are a number of shows I always highlight before reviews have e…
The set of this play included a fish tank with a small toy fish that swam around in it.
Audible presents four weekends of completely free live comedy shows, showcasing the finest acts the festival has to offer, all being recorded for a new Audible stand-up series.
Hi! I’m Jonas Müller (Age 27).
The Glenda J Collective are four superheroes of improv, ready to smash your minds with improvised songs, sketches and japes created right there on the spot.
The heart-warming tale of Ingo the dog and his journey of bravery, hope and finding courage where you thought you had none.
I first met Robin Hood in the Autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old boy, and we have been good mates ever since.
Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after four sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can’t quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious …
The Pleasance Comedy Reserve is back for its 13th year at the Edinburgh Fringe with another four brilliant new acts, handpicked by the Pleasance and supported by the Charlie Hartil…
Join your hosts Ross Brierley and Joshua Sadler as they take the late-night chat show to its illogical conclusion.
In their 12th year, Comedians’ Theatre Company has become synonymous with exciting new writing and pushing comedians’ performance boundaries by casting them in works of theatre.
It’s been a particularly tough year for Mark and Fran.
Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immort…
Marcel Lucont is one of the great comic characters of the new millenium; a soft-spoken Gallic egotist with bare feet beneath his blue suit, and a large glass of pinot noir permanen…
At its most fundamental, theatre could be described as a series of entrances and exits, with a variety of complex journeys thrown in between the two to spice things up.
Andrew Hunter Murray, star of Fringe smash-hit Austentatious ***** (Times), QI podcast No Such Thing as a Fish and No Such Thing as the News (BBC Two), presents his debut solo hour…
It is a rare treat to see surrealist comedy this good.
Sketch troupe BEASTS are not here to perform sketches.
For many like me Knightmare was watched with a religious fever back in the 90s.
On top of the breakfast (croissant, coffee and strawberries), there is a handful of ten-minute theatre pieces that are eccentric, funny and outrageous.
In its second year at the fringe, Police Cops is a spoof boys-in-blue parody along the lines of Police Squad.
To commemorate the 100th year of the Bearpit Podcast (Podcast) the gang have invited back some of the best loved guests from the back catalogue, and some new faces, to help celebra…
I’m sure we’re all used to growing the Fringe brochure and seeing shows with enigmatic titles which tell you nothing about the eventual content.
This quirkily named show from young company SharkLegs follows the story of Gavin Plimsole as he finds out he has a rare heart defect which could end his life at any moment.
Nel is a charming little love letter to cinema that follows foley artist, Nel, on her misadventures with her insufferable aunt, demanding boss and a hopeful screenwriter.
Too often, successful American comedians make their way to the UK assuming that audiences are as easy to please as they are back home.
At the end of Trickhead, Ben Hanlin asks the audience to tell everyone about the show but not to spoil the tricks.
I like Sarah Callaghan.
Top comedians Felicity Ward, Chris Gethard, Susan Calman, Richard Gadd and Martha McBrier team up for a gala show to explore the funny side of mental ill-health – and to raise mo…
We’ve all been irritated by unfair traffic fines and generic email newsletters.
Fossils is an intriguing play where scepticism meets the loch ness monster.
A lot has happened to Boris Johnson since Boris: World King’s runaway success at last year’s Fringe.
The reason to go and see Don’t Wake the Damp is simply for the moment after you’ve walked out, sat down with your pint, and think: ‘There’s no way I could’ve predicted an…
Parris has a seemingly natural knack for creating comedy imbued with emotional depth that doesn’t feel forced or insecure.
Twentieth anniversary performance of David Benson’s Fringe First Award-winning tour de force, showing Kenneth Williams at his funniest and his most badly behaved.
Hardeep Singh Kohli was meant to talk about seven nostalgic songs within his hour show, Mix Tape.
For a night of revelry and a hot mix of incredible performances, Lili La Scala’s Another F*cking Variety Show is a tough show to rival.
En Folkefiende, in English, translates as An Enemy of the People, and in this clever and modernised adaptation of Ibsen’s classic tale, Brad Birch has written a scandalous piece …
Do you know what a foley artist does? No? Well here’s your chance to find out from Hollywood’s unsung hero, Dusty Horne.
Breach Theatre blew everyone away with The Beanfield last year, and their new show, Tank, is no disappointment, retaining their distinctive brand of semi-devised/semi-verbatim thea…
One Sunday, aged 13, Katy Brand went to a local church service and became a fundamentalist Christian.
Judi Dench Broke My Heart is a farcical hour of spot-on impressions, loosely tied together with a basic premise: Luke Kempner is marrying Judi Dench, and the congregation has a few…
Ten Storey Love Song may be the greatest Fringe show I’ve ever encountered.
Ahead of his national tour in 2017, Steve McNeil (Videogame Nation, Dara O’Briain’s Go8Bit) presents the future of live video gaming comedy! Log in with your charged smartphone/tab…
Weird cabaret. At the end of the day does it matter? Comedy pioneers Nina Conti and Simon Munnery bring their playful best, plus oddball guests from across the Fringe.
It’s difficult trying to describe We Are Ian.
Max & Ivan are celebrating the anniversary of when they met – and having in recent years become a staple of the Fringe, it’s easy to understand why.
HUB is back in Edinburgh with a weekly line-up of brilliant acts! Catch the sell-out, smash-hit comedy night, with some of the most exciting names at this year’s festival, hand-pic…
It’s a little bizarre to go and see something which calls itself ‘a touch of genius’ in its description.
In a free live broadcast where anything could happen, join some very special guest hosts as they meet the Fringe’s finest acts.
Florence Read’s play takes place in a hotel room.
Callisto: A Queer Epic is a thoughtful piece of theatre which explores social conflicts that coincide with the queer lifestyle.
Reprint Productions present The Ruby in the Smoke, a detective story that delights in its Victorian setting, following the adventures of resourceful Sally Lockhart.
Big Bite is celebrating it’s 10-year Fringe anniversary with a ‘best of’ showcase: although an enjoyable selection of short pieces - effectively boiling down to long sketches…
What do you do when your mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption? In the case of Milagros, you fight for the justice your mother was denied and see…
This is a pretty great show.
Houdini came to Newport twice in the early twentieth century - not a piece of information you’d find at the top of Houdini’s Wikipedia page, but of utmost significance to young Ala…
Audible presents a series of completely free live performances and special guest appearances, celebrating the best of spoken word comedy.
On his misguided quest to follow his dreams, Garrett Millerick got locked in a shipping container by Eminem, directed hip-hop videos for deluded city traders and once made a featur…
A unique exhibition telling the little known but inspirational story of socks.
Catch four of the best new acts on the comedy circuit in the twelfth year of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve, supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund.
YouTube sensation Neil Henry is back following his five-star sell-out show Mindsquirm, the hilarious and brain-scratchingly mystifying show that What’sOnStage.
As a boy, Jack lived in a world of monsters and invisible guardians, as he fought to protect the people he loved.
Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after three sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can’t quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious…
One of Ireland’s most successful comedians is back in Edinburgh with a show about getting older.
Why do we forget our dreams? Why can’t we control them? And how can dreams impact on our day-to-day lives? Touching Sky Young Company explore a society where dreams are an unpreced…
The link between Greek myth and a deprived district of Cardiff is not an obvious one, and Iphigenia in Splott raises this intriguing question tantalisingly.
You probably expect misdirection from magic, but it’s a rare thing for it to move you.
Yve Blake is fascinated by the lies we tell and has even gone so far as to set up a website where you can anonymously reveal the various untruths you’ve told.
It’s almost impossible to see a sketch show that doesn’t have its misses; hit and miss is so much of an audience expectation it has almost become the received format.
Following last year’s generally well-received comic homage to the Edwardian Ghost Story (The Haunting of Lopham House), writer and performer Tom Neenan shifts his genre gaze forw…
Deceptively sweet, Lazy Susan bring a cheeky malevolence to their character-driven sketch comedy.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is a tale ingrained in our cultural consciousness.
Once he gets going, Nathan Caton’s anecdotes and stories are funny, clever and a pleasure to listen to.
‘One of the best acts to happen to South African comedy’ (Argus).
Fresh from headlining Glastonbury with Kanye West and bribing Sepp Blatter at FIFA’s headquarters, Lee Nelson returns to the place where it all started.
Massive Dad (Liz Kingsman, Tessa Coates, and Stevie Martin) have a sense of humour like Japanese fusion cooking, with their combination of social detail and zaniness.
Fast Fringe is a comedy showcase of comedy and variety acts from all over the fringe with a simple but entertaining premise: each performer, all selected by comedy website Chortle,…
Sunset Five puts a quirky British twist on a thrilling heist drama.
Jess Robinson is a first class mimic.
Captain Morgan is back – and now he is armed with the Sands of Time.
Rose’s earliest memory is a ruined birthday party at the age of eighteen.
An engaging, inventive and deliciously silly ride, Unmythable will appeal to anyone who enjoys either Greek legends or big laughs.
This show begins with the sound of drums and then a dreadful storm and so gives its audience certain expectations of what is to come but, as Russell himself exclaims, “prepare yo…
Alan Cox is Harry Houdini and Phill Jupitus is Arthur Conan Doyle in a play exploring a belief in the spiritual and the reasons that can lead you to believe in something which nobo…
When High Court Justice Sir Horace Fewbanks is found dead, Detective Inspector Chippenfield and Detective Sergeant Rolfe are on the case to find the killer.
Fiction is unlike anything else you’ll see at the Fringe.
Conceived and directed by Guillaume Pigé, Blind Man’s Song follows the imagination of a blind musician at the speed of thought.
We are invited into the supposedly idyllic lives of an average suburban family, where absolutely nothing is amiss.
Graeae Theatre Company, according to the information sheet handed out before the start of the show, sees itself as ‘a force for change in world-class theatre – breaking down ba…
Seated and ready for some late night entertainment in the Pleasance Dome, Best of HUB brings the best of the best from the Fringe arena, providing a mixture of stand-up comedians a…
Like some much of our interaction with the wider world, it starts with a button.
Eating Seals and Seagulls’ Eggs is a poetic telling of Ireland’s ‘most hated woman’ – Peig Sayers.
Divas charts the relationship of two men from first meeting to last parting.
I would like to preface this review by saying that I think this production could be fantastic.
Spillikin, expertly directed and written by Jon Welch, follows two periods in the life of Sally, a charming and rebellious woman who married her unlikely childhood companion, the c…
Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang could perhaps be best described as the illegitimate love child of CBeebies and Michael Gondry, conceived in a fever dream.
In Max and Ivan: The End, the eponymous duo take you on a guided tour of the small town of Sudley-on-Sea, introducing you to all of the residents.
Only in Edinburgh could you start your morning off having breakfast while watching some theatre.
A troupe of hopeful Fringe performers get lost in the woods, forced to deliver their starry-eyed show to the “nonexistent” audience.
Years ago Ari Shaffir and some of his comedian buddies were sitting around in LA telling stories.
Smooth Faced Gentlemen have subverted the original performance conditions of Shakespeare’s plays, which were all-male productions, and have tackled his bloodiest tragedy, Titus A…
While Riches’ audiences are usually treated – one might say subjected, if you’re on the front row - to an abundance of audience participation, this year’s iteration feature…
If you think that swashbuckling adventures are only for children, think again.
Two-time Edinburgh Comedy award nominees and stars of BBC Three’s Badults, Pappy’s, bring their comedy club to the Edinburgh Fringe for four very special shows.
In her one-woman play, Portrait, Racheal Ofori fuses poetry, music and monologues as she gives her take on the perception of role models and cultural stereotypes with black women i…
Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised spins out a fully-fledged, one hour show, firmly founded on nothing more than the performers’ wit, charm, comedic reflexes and audi…
The hottest ticket of the Fringe is back! Treat yourself to a late night date with Lili la Scala and her glittering cavalcade of Cabarati.
When you’ve a mouth this big, is it any wonder you get into trouble? The Fringe’s favourite comedian, broadcaster, journalist and chef explains all in a brand new show.
Beckett’s back with a brand new hour of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! Star of BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, BBC Two’s Mock the Week, Channe…
Catch four of the hottest new acts on the comedy circuit in the 11th year of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve, supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund.
A series of personal portraits of extraordinary men.
LET Award Finalist.
Ever had a burning desire to see radio entertainment being made in the
studio? Me neither.
In a technological netherworld, government agents struggle against
rebels for control of the ‘mindspace.
During the last few years, the Belarus Free Theatre company has built a
strong reputation in issue-based theatre, utilising a wide range of performance
techniques to frame and ex…
Australian born Frances-White was adopted into a loving family as a baby.
A completely spontaneous improv adventure, taking one word from the audience and immersing them in a bespoke world of bizarre scenes and bold characters.
Returning to an even bigger venue this year, sketch duo McNeil and Pamphilon reprise their geekalicious gameshow for this year’s Fringe: once again McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8 Bit …
This chuckling two-man verse-play charts part of the life of a TFL
office worker trying to navigate life’s rocky road after the death of his
mother and reappearance of his fath…
Travesti claims to emphasise the absurdity of the difficulties women face by
putting their words into the mouths – and bodies – of men.
Stepping into some pretty big comedy shoes, Cambridge Footlights have brought a fast-paced sketch and improv show to this year’s Fringe.
Born in America, Irish-bred and currently residing in China, it’s a safe bet that Des Bishop has a diverse collection of experiences and stories to share.
Full disclosure: I came very close to tears during Hardeep is Your Love.
After a hilarious pre-show announcement which tells the audience to prepare themselves for an “extravaganza”, Dan Nightingale has set the bar for himself considerably high.
Frank Wurzinger’s Goodbye Günther takes the audience on a curious little journey through facing the inevitabilities of life and death, which provides ample amounts of gentle hum…
Tired of being tired of panel shows? This show is for you! About the internet, it differs enough from other ones to make it legally viable but not enough to make you feel uncomfort…
Young Pleasance has built up a reputation as a company surprisingly close in quality to many more adult and professional theatre troupes at the Fringe.
The sea has inspired fear, dread, awe or hope in many a work of literature.
Foul Play offers up the filthiest material from the most daring comics, and it really doesn’t disappoint.
The Hive presents a dystopian future which functions by the principle of “safety
in segregation”: each person lives isolated in an eight-by-eight-metre cell and
Dan Clark is back on form.
If you’re looking for a variety show that is deliciously sexy, a little bit bizarre and a whole lot of unbridled, raucous fun, look no further.
One has to admire Alexis Dubus’ character of Marcel Lucont.
Joseph Morpurgo’s epic, sprawling opus opens with a montage of a VHS recorded presentation of early ‘80s TV adverts and news reports from the city of Odessa, Texas.
The poptacular London band started thirty minutes late for their three and half hour set, most likely due to technical difficulties or the arrangement of the room.
The intriguing central premise of The Curing Room is based upon a
terrifying true story.
The line-up of this comedy showcase changes daily, making each
Jason Cook reveals near the beginning of Broken that his journey into stand-up comedy was a stereotypical one.
Juggling is impressive.
Performed with delightful Victorian flair and charm, magic has
never looked quite so dashing and debonair.
Never have I laughed out loud so much at a show which has left me
feeling so hollow.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that starting a review of Austentatious with ‘it is a truth universally acknowledged’ is so cliché that the author should be beaten.
Shappi Khorsandi is set to take Edinburgh by storm at this year’s Festival with her show, Because I’m Shappi.
Take two Radio 4 poets, Matt Harvey: ‘.
It is amazing what a coffee and a croissant can do to a bleary-eyed
From Bruce Springsteen to Mitch Benn, music has long been a great
vehicle for political enlightenment and for having a good liberal whinge.
Lorraine and Alan adapts an Orkney
folktale about selkies - seals who shed their skin to become human - and places
it in the contemporary world.
The John Conway Tonight show is an oddball comedy night that could be called A Comedian’s Descent into Madness.
Broke sells itself as a collection of dramatised verbatim interviews tied together less narratively than thematically, the exchanges centring on the financial circumstances of thei…
Andrew O’Neill (Buzzcocks, Museum Of Curiosity, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle) knows more about metal than you’ve had hot dinners.
Back by popular demand! Even more untold stories from TMS! Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter cordially invite you to join them on a trip down memory lane to discover fascinating untol…
True spirit of the Fringe, multi award-winning, Perrier nominated expeditionary comedian, author and explorer Tim FitzHigham is back in a brand new show.
When comedian/producer McQueen Adams called up Timothy Oakley of Phantogram fame he wanted to create something nobody had ever seen before.
Catch four of the hottest new acts on the comedy circuit in the 10th year of the Pleasance’s Comedy Reserve, supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund.
2011 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Adam Riches returns with a brand new hour of phenomenal bullshit.
The award-winning Nathan Caton (BBC2’s Mock the Week, BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, News Quiz and Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing) brings his wonderfully entertaining new show to the…
What does it mean to be happy in 2014? How is it even possible? No jobs, no cash and no hope.
Join the star of BBC1’s Dead Ringers, Impressions Show, and Jim Cartwright’s Little Voice for a sublime hour of laughter as she impersonates everyone from classic Hollywood sta…
A stand-up show about feeling bamboozled by the modern world.
Aardman Animations are giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own classic character, at these hands-on clay modelling workshops with Aardman’s Lead Senior Model Mak…
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