Edinburgh Festival Fringe preview

The 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run from Friday 7th August to Monday 31st August. Tickets are on sale from Monday June 15th either online (edfringe.com), in person at the box office on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile or over the phone (0131 226 0000). Here The Edinburgh Blog takes a look at some key dates and picks out a few shows which should be worth seeing.

Blurry Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 programme

Given the holes in Princes St at the moment the organisers have sensibly moved the opening Edinburgh Festival Fringe cavalcade to Holyrood Park this year - it will be on the 9th August, 12pm - 4pm. The 2 for 1 show offer applies to shows on the 9th and 10th of August, although be aware a lot of the popular shows aren’t participating. For online and telephone bookings a 90p per ticket booking fee applies, which I think is a little cheeky given the farcical meltdown of the Fringe’s booking system last year!

The Festival Fringe programme is available to browse online or can be picked up at Fringe locations around Edinburgh or Waterstone’s book shops - I picked mine up from the branch on George St. The programme really is a monster to digest, but my initial picks were:

  • Surely great comedy from comedians Jason Byrne, Adam Hills, Pete Firman and Alun Cochrane
  • Daniel Kitson back with a stand up show at The Stand comedy club and the world premiere of his new play - ‘Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church’ - at The Traverse Theatre. In my opinion Kitson is the most talented and original comedian at the Fringe
  • The UK premiere of ‘One man lord of the rings trilogy” from Charlie Ross - I was impressed by his equivalent Star Wars offering a couple of years ago
  • Frank Skinner’s Credit Crunch Cabaret at The Assembly on George St.
  • The return of Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience. This was an hilarious end to our Fringe last year.
  • The reliable and beautiful Scottish Dance Theatre performing two different shows
  • Denise van Outen singing and dancing in Basildon Blonde

There are also a large number of free festival fringe shows this year and many shows offering the fringe for a fiver. This is refreshing given the upward trend in ticket prices over the years. I’m planning on taking advantage of these cheaper offerings, which surely beat paying £16 a ticket to see Brendon Burns!

Feel free to share your Edinburgh Festival Fringe tips with the blog using the comments functionality or by e-mailing mailXtheedinburghblog.co.uk, where X is @.

2 Responses to “Edinburgh Festival Fringe preview”

  1. Way less comedians doing preview and 2-4-1 or Friends of the Fringe tickets. Not that impressed with the entire program this year.

  2. Look forward to the one man Lord of the Rings! And I agree Daniel Kitson is a genius! Definitely booking tickets for his show! Have you seen this website? http://www.thefringething.com/ You can do anything to the egg thingy!

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