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Edinburgh 2011 – 1,300 premieres of shows from around the world

Thursday, 9 June, 2011

Biggest ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Festival Fringe Society has announced its 2011 Fringe programme and this year’s Festival Fringe is bigger than ever, with the programme featuring 2,542 events.

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.

The Fringe landscape changes continually. St George’s West joins the programme after a year out, as part of Remarkable Arts. Assembly moves into George Square Theatre and George Square with several pop up performance spaces including Mirazozo with its own immersive theatre experience. Bedlam have a second venue for this year’s Fringe which will be used by International Festival Award winners from 2009, The River People. Battersea Arts Centre and the Demarco European Art Foundation partner with new venue Summerhall.

Legendary Fringe institution Late ‘n’ Live celebrates its 25th year.  The show is to be the subject of a BBC documentary to be broadcast in the autumn. C Venues are celebrating their 20th birthday with a programme of over 110 shows and move into the Edinburgh College of Art. PBH’s Free Fringe and Laughing Horse’s Free Festival return alongside a host of other free non-ticketed events which will take over pubs and bars across other city.

The BBC host a venue for the first time in 2011 and big names will 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.

Award winning companies, performers and productions return across the 2011 Fringe and the big issues of the day take to the stage alongside utterly unique goings-on.

Artists shrug off theatrical convention and take to any space that can support, expand and inform their work. Grid Iron will be celebrating their 10th year at the Fringe with What Remains in the University of Edinburgh Medical School’s Anatomy Department. Poet Ishbel McFarlane will be meeting her audience members under the departure boards for a ‘literal and literary’ tour to Glasgow by train in Even in Edinburgh/Glasgow.  Arches new resident artist Adrian Howells asks May I Have The Pleasure…? at a wedding breakfast at the Point Hotel in which he recounts his experience of weddings as an oft used best man.

All this and more at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe 2011. www.edfringe.com

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