The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back!

With theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy, music, opera, cabaret, children’s shows, free shows, exhibitions and spoken word on offer, there truly is something for everyone this year.

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe continues to grow and evolve, 14 new and unique venues will play host to performing companies this year.

Fringe photo Copyright Alastair Barnsley

Underbelly will introduce Circus Hub, formed of two big tops called The Lafayette and The Beauty situated on the Meadows in the city’s southside. The new circus venue will provide a space for technically ambitious circus performances on a scale the Fringe has never seen before. The Circus Hub’s pop-up sister venue, the giant purple cow Udderbelly will move within a stone’s throw, in George Square.

St Stephen’s Church, a Grade-A Georgian listed building almost 200 years old in Stockbridge will offer a magnificent space for performers and audiences alike. The hit show The Lady Boys of Bangkok will move to their new location at Fountainbridge, alongside the beautiful Union Canal.  

A number of familiar faces and well-known names from the world of comedy will return to the Fringe. Jo Brand will take a break from her regular prime time TV appearances while fellow female comic Nina Conti will bring her show In Your Face to the festival. Ed Byrne, Al Murray, Sue Perkins, Fred MacAulay, Patrick Kielty, Paul Merton, Alan Davies, Trevor Noah, Marcus Brigstocke, Katheryn Ryan, Mark Thomas, Josh Widdicombe and Reginald D Hunter will all bring their side splitting material to the Festival in 2015. 

The Royal Mile and The Mound will once again be vibrant focal points with street entertainers performing extracts of their work in the two outdoor spaces, thanks to the support of Virgin Money. Over 250 shows will take place between the two locations every day between 11am and 9pm, providing a carnival atmosphere in the streets of the festival city.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the Council's Festivals and Events Champion, said: "Edinburgh has been working since 1947 on expanding our festivals offering and this longevity and growth is one of the greatest reflections of their success. Almost 70 years on, thousands of visitors and journalists continue to travel from all over the world to experience Edinburgh in August.

"Last summer, the Fringe put on almost 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows across 300 venues making it the largest scale Fringe. This year is ser to be just as adventurous and entertining. The range of artists coming to Edinburgh from around the world is as diverse as ever, and we will also see a wealth of Scottish performers taking part." 

The 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run 7-31 August. Find out what's on when and book your tickets at the EdFringe website.  

Fringe facts 2015 

  • The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 will feature 50,459 performances (up from 49,497 last year) of 3,314 shows (up from 3,193 shows last year) in 313 venues (up from 299 venues last year).
  • There will be 807 free shows, 1,778 premieres and 49 different countries represented.
  • Comedy makes up 34% (compared to 34.5% last year)
  • Theatre makes up 27% (compared to 27.5% last year)
  • Music makes up 14% (compared to 13.1% last year)
  • Musicals and Opera makes up 3% (compared to 3.4% last year)
  • Children’s Shows make up 5% (compared to 5% last year)
  • Dance, Circus & Physical Theatre makes up 4% (compared to 3.6% last year)
  • Events make up 4% (compared to 4.3% last year)
  • Cabaret and Variety makes up 4% (compared to 3.2% last year)
  • Spoken Word makes up 4% (compared to 3.9% last year)
  • Exhibitions make up 2% (compared to 1.6% last year)
Image: Street performance outside the Council's City Chambers, Copyright Alastair Barnsley

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