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2019 Confirmed Acts for The Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival with performances spanning the whole of the artistic spectrum, including comedy, dance, musicals, opera, theatre, spoken word and cabaret. To be as inclusive as possible, the festival is open to all performers, both newcomers and big international names. In 2018, the festival ran for 25 days with over 55,000 performances. In 2019, the festival is set to take place from 2nd to 26th August, although some performances may start earlier. Here’s some of the acts who have already been confirmed for this year’s festival.

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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums
Star of BBC’s Have I Got News For You Paul Merton is heading to Edinburgh again with his highly-acclaimed Impro Chums, ready to take audience suggestions and turn them into something hysterical.
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard.
Dates: August 8th – 17th.
Time: 4pm.

Henning Wehn: Get On With It
The self-proclaimed German Comedy Ambassador, Henning Wehn has wowed audiences with his stances on being an immigrant in the UK and German stereotypes. Having appeared on several TV comedy shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI, he will perform his current stand-up show Get On With It.
Venue: The Queen’s Hall.
Dates: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning August 1st.
Time: 7pm.

Spontaneous Potter
Whether you are a fan of the books by J K Rowling or not, it is impossible not to like this hilarious take on Harry Potter. A complete improvisation performed by the Spontaneous Players and based on the title of a fan fiction which changes daily, there is even live musical accompaniment to the play.
Venue: Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre.
Dates: July 31st; August 1st – 25th.
Time: 9:30pm.

Daniel Sloss: X
Beginning his comedy career at the age of just 16, Daniel Sloss has been a hit on the comedy circuit for over ten years. This year he is making a one-night return to the Edinburgh Fringe following the success of his two Netflix specials.
Venue: Edinburgh Playhouse.
Date: August 15th.
Time: 7:30pm.

David O’Doherty: Ultrasound
Well known for his musical comedy, playing songs on the keyboard he was bought for his Confirmation, David O’Doherty returns to the Fringe for the eighteenth time where he will once again attempt – and fail – to fix all the wrongs in the world.
Venue: Assembly George Square.
Dates: July 31st; August 1st – 12th; 14th – 26th.
Time: 7:30pm.

Of Mice and Men
Performed by Nigel Miles-Thomas and Michael Roy Andrew, John Steinbeck’s drama about two migrant ranch workers and their experiences during the Great Depression had a hit run in 2015 and is back by popular demand.
Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot.
Dates: July 31st; August 1st – 12th; 14th – 19th; 21st – 26th.
Time: 1:30pm.

Fawlty Towers the Dining Experience
Back at the Fringe this year is the longest-running tribute show Fawlty Tower the Dining Experience. A fully-immersive performance, you will get served a three-course meal and be guaranteed non-stop laughs throughout. The show is 70% improvised so it is never the same experience twice.
Venue: Imagination Workshop.
Dates: August 1st – 2nd; 4th – 26th.
Times: Vary; check the calendar on the Fringe website for more details.

Kemp’s Jig
Steve Taylor stars as Will Kemp, actor and celebrity of Shakespearean England. Kemp has created many comedic roles for Shakespeare and wishes to explore these further, but as Shakespeare’s profile grows, the Bard craves respectability. After too many disagreements, the men part company, leading Kemp on a publicity stunt of Morris dancing up and down England. A must for fans of Shakespeare in Love or Upstart Crow.
Venue: theSpace on the Mile.
Dates: August 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th.
Time: 6:55pm.

Trainspotting Live
Irvine Welsh’s classic is brought to life in this immersive theatre experience. Taking place in a tunnel underneath the city of Edinburgh, the audience are full participants in the action, including the famous toilet scene. This will be the play’s fifth time at the festival, after selling out four previous seasons; be sure to book ahead to secure tickets.
Venue: Venue 150 at EICC.
Dates: August 1st – 6th; 8th – 13th; 15th – 20th; 22nd – 26th.
Times: Vary; check the calendar on the Fringe website for more details.

The Very Well-Fed Caterpillar
A funny adult twist on the well-loved children’s classic, The Very Well-Fed Caterpillar tells the story of a caterpillar with a love for food who is struggling to turn into a butterfly. As his classmates make the change around him, he is still in search of a cocoon that fits his size.
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall.
Dates: August 12th – 17th; 19th – 24th.
Times: Vary; check the calendar on the Fringe website for more details.

Under Milk Wood
Following 2018’s hugely successful run of Sophocles’s Antigone, the Malvern Theatre’s Young Company perform again at the Fringe this year, this time with an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, the funny and poignant tale of a Welsh seaside town and its inhabitants.
Venue: theSpace @ Niddry Street.
Dates: August 12th – 17th.
Time: 3:50pm.

Musicals and Opera
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable
The Coily Dart Theatre Company present a show about Gilbert and Sullivan in the afterlife. Gilbert claims that as masters of the genre of musical theatre, all current musicals are just variations on their own plots. Sullivan then challenges him to a task: to tell the story of the longest-running musical but only using their songs. Gilbert accepts, but only if he can have his happy ending. As Gilbert takes on the challenge, you will be treated to music from each of their operettas and lots of dancing and singing.
Venue: theSpace @ Niddry Street.
Dates: August 2nd – 3rd; 5th – 10th.
Time: 11:20am.

Songs For a New World
Telling the story of a group of immigrants finding their feet in their new life in post-World War II New York, Simply Theatre perform a new adaptation of this rarely-performed song cycle with a cast of ten and live music.
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall.
Dates: August 2nd – 3rd; 5th – 10th.
Time: 5:50pm.
Best of the West End
After selling out their shows the previous three years, American Performing Arts International return with a selection of hits from West End musicals to delight audiences again. The group will also be performing the Best of Broadway during the Fringe as well.
Venue: theSpace @ Symposium Hall.
Dates: August 2nd – 3rd; 5th – 10th.
Time: 11:05am.

Based on genuine songs from the Renaissance period, David William stars as Tobias Bacon, who lusts and lutes his way through Elizabethan England with his three lovers, all with the help of the audience and some very silly wigs.
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeon Hall.
Dates: August 2nd – 10th; 12th – 17th; 19th – 23rd.
Time: 6:05pm.

Verity is not having a great time at the moment. She has just been ditched by her fiancé on their wedding day and it is quite possible she is about to be fired. And if that was not bad enough, her family are always on her back. Join Verity as she tries to put her life back together, which involves a spot of online stalking, drinking a hell of a lot of cocktails and making an unlikely friend.
Venue: theSpace on the Mile.
Dates: August 13th – 17th.
Time: 4:50pm.

The Aretha Franklin Story
Featuring the star of Thriller Live in the West End Cleopatra Higgins, you will journey through the life of the Queen of Soul and 21-times Grammy Winner, Aretha Franklin. Performed by Night Owl Shows, they deliver Franklin’s story and music in their own signature style.
Venue: theSpace @ Symposium Hall.
Dates: August 2nd – 25th.
Time: 2:50pm.

Bala Baile
Edinburgh-based Latin trio Bala Baile perform a unique blend of Cuban son, boogaloo and the blues. This year they will be performing their original music in the Jazz Bar, the perfect venue for a Latin party.
Venue: The Jazz Bar.
Dates: August 8th; 11th – 14th.
Time: Midnight.

Brass Gumbo Plays the Music of the Beatles
For a different take on the music of the Beatles, performed on trumpet, sousaphone, saxophone, trombone and drums, head to see Brass Gumbo. A Scotland-based jazz and funk brass band, they do a great job of making the melodies their own.
Venue: The Jazz Bar.
Dates: August 19th – 23rd.
Time: 4pm.

Massaoke Mixtape
A fantastic way to spend the late evening, Massaoke Mixtape has all the fun of karaoke, except you are doing it en masse. A huge singalong bonanza, you the audience will help the live band create the ultimate mixtape with the aid of giant video lyrics. There will be classic anthems, mashups, megamixes and more.
Venue: Assembly George Square.
Dates: August 1st – 4th; 8th – 11th; 15th – 18th; 22nd – 25th.
Time: 11:30pm.

Rock Choir Live
Described as the most popular choir experience available to the general public, Rock Choir has over 30,000 members across 400 communities and is the largest organisation of its kind to offer people the chance to sing without the need for an audition or the ability to read music.
Venue: theSpace Triplex.
Dates: August 2nd – 24th.
Time: 7:20pm and 8:20pm.

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus
Cirque Berserk!
Cirque Berserk! are Britain’s largest theatre-circus spectacular and are back at the Edinburgh Fringe after their highly successful debut last year. Bringing traditional circus acts bang up-to-date, the troupe have over 30 performers, including acrobats, aerialists, stuntmen, dancers and musicians.
Venue: Pleasance at EICC.
Dates: August 2nd – 20th; 22nd – 25th.
Times: Vary; check the calendar on the Fringe website for more details.

Circa: Humans
One of the most popular acts to perform at the Fringe, this year Circa’s show explores the human body, what it means to be human and how our bodies and aspirations are connected to the world around us and make us who we are. Performed by ten acrobats, the question of how much we can take – both physically and emotionally – is asked and pondered.
Venue: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows.
Dates: August 2nd – 6th; 8th – 11th; 13th – 18th; 20th – 24th.
Time: 7pm.

Ceilidhs in Lauriston Hall
Ceildh is a social event with Scottish folk dancing, singing and storytelling, and this event gives you the opportunity to try this tradition yourself. Priority admission is given to those who come without handbags, rucksacks and bags, and although taking videos and photos is OK, the musicians are very strict on the use of mobiles for other reasons. As dancing and singing is thirsty work, there is also a bar there for your enjoyment and refreshment.
Venue: Lauriston Halls.
Dates: August 2nd – 3rd; 5th – 10th; 12th – 17th; 19th – 24th.
Time: 9pm.

Black Blues Brothers
A completely unique act, the Circo e Dintorni fuse together rhythm and blues with African culture to perform their version of the cult hit movie The Blues Brothers. Watch as the five acrobats perform dances, fire routines and make human pyramids using the furniture and surroundings as props.
Venue: Assembly Rooms.
Dates: August 1st – 25th.
Time: 4:30pm.

From India to Triana
A wonderful journey of dances around the world, The Rootless Company explore the similarities and differences of the globe’s dance styles, from the primitive sounds of India to the passionate flamenco. This performance is a glorious mix of world communities coming together to connect as one.
Venue: theSpace Triplex.
Dates: August 2nd – 10th; 12th – 24th.
Time: 6:10pm.

Children’s Shows
Children are Stinky
All the way from Australia come the Circus Trick Tease who will bring you circus acts such as acrobatics, stunts and hula-hooping along with a great soundtrack and lots of belly laughs. Circus Trick Tease are a five-star act and are often sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Venue: Assembly George Square Gardens.
Dates: August 1st – 6th; 8th – 13th; 15th – 20th; 22nd – 26th.
Time: 1:30pm.

Lost in a Book
Melissa loves reading her favourite fairy stories. But then one day, as she is rereading them, she goes from turning the pages to actually living in the stories themselves. As she jumps from tales such as Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast, she tries to fix the problems she causes. But with no way of controlling how the stories go, will she manage to find her own happy ending and make her way back home?
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall.
Dates: August 6th – 8th.
Time: 11am.

Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science
If your young ones love explosions and thrills then this show is perfect. Morgan and West are magicians, time travellers and all-round great chaps but they have a secret – they are also amazing scientists, super qualified in the fields of chemistry, biology and physics. In this show, you will see them conduct experiments right before your very eyes.
Venue: Assembly George Square.
Dates: July 31st; August 1st – 20th; 22nd – 25th.
Time: 4:30pm.

The New and Improved I Hate Children Children’s Show
A multi-entertainment show including live music, jokes, magic and family time, this show aims to tease and embarrass the teenagers in order to get a giggle out of the younger audience. A fun experience for all the family.
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall.
Dates: August 2nd – 11th; 16th – 18th; 23rd – 25th.
Time: 1:25pm.

Shark in the Park
Based on the books by Nick Sharratt and performed by the Nonsense Room Productions, the creative team behind The Hairy McLary Show, the family-friendly musical tells the story of Timothy Pope as he goes on three adventures with his telescope.
Venue: Assembly George Square.
Dates: July 31st; August 1st – 13th; 15th – 18th.
Time: 10:30am.

Splash Test Dummies
From the makers of Trash Test Dummies comes a new show all set around the theme of water. Watch as they perform acrobatic stunts such as diving from bathtubs to beaches and make you roar with laughter with their slapstick silliness.
Venue: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows.
Dates: August 3rd – 11th; 13th – 18th; 20th – 24th.
Time: 1pm.

Here’s just a sample of what’s going to be on at this year’s festival. More and more acts will be announced every month in the run-up to August. Keep an eye on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s website to stay updated.


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