The Festival Fringe Society is thrilled to announce the 2011 Fringe programme, crammed full of the stories, reflections and experiences of artists, producers and companies from all over the world. True to form this year’s Festival Fringe is bigger than ever before with the programme featuring 2,542 events. Read more …
The increase in size is alongside a number of exciting shifts in the Fringe landscape from venues to content. For the first time the Fringe programme has a dedicated cabaret section reflecting the growth of this increasingly popular genre at the Fringe. Cabaret joins comedy, theatre, dance and physical theatre, events, exhibitions, children’s shows, music, musicals and opera taking work to new and exciting places across the city of Edinburgh in August.
New for 2011 the BBC host a venue at the Fringe. The BBC@Potterow will be home to some of the corporation’s Edinburgh staples. The ever popular Just A Minute returns, as does BBC Scotland’s MacAulay & Co and Off the Ball. Ricky Gervais will be appearing in a Q&A with Warwick Davis to discuss their new TV show Life’s Too Short, and David Mitchell returns with The Unbelievable Truth. Radio 1’s Scott Mills will be returning to the Fringe alongside a whole host of Radio 1 favourites including Nick Grimshaw’s late night show broadcast live from the BBC’s new Edinburgh tent.
Big names at this Fringe appear on and off stage, John Malkovich directs Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter (Pleasance) and Mark Ravenhill returns as writer and director with Ten Plagues(Traverse) starring Soft Cell singer Marc Almond. Diane Quick (Midnight Your Time), Art Malik (Rose), Bobby Crush (Liberace: Live From Heaven) Simon Callow (Tuesday at Tesco) and Gerda Stevenson (Federer and Murray) will all be appearing on stages across the city. Internationally celebrated performer Barbara Morrison, who has toured with Ray Charles, brings Barbara Morrison - Up On The Roof(The Outhouse) to Edinburgh.
A host of top names in comedy make their annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh. Sarah Millican returns with Sarah Millican - Thoroughly Modern Millican at Assembly which is also the venue for Al Murray's Compete for the Meat and fans can see Ed Byrne: Crowd Pleaser at the EICC. Fringe favourite David O'Doherty will be at the Pleasance with David O'Doherty is Looking Up. Peep Show and White’s Isy Suttie brings Pearl and Dave (Pleasance), Ruby Wax brings Losing It (Underbelly). Kristen Schaal of Flight of the Conchords, Daily Show and Penelope Princess of Pets fame, returns with Kurt Braunohler in Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen. Cult comedy fans can see Tim and Eric performing at Assembly.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place between 5-29 Aug, 2011.
Multiple venues. Check the website for event and venue details., from Friday August 5, 2011, until Monday August 29, 2011.