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29th June – 29th July 2018

Our 2017 coverage is now over – see below.

Welcome to our coverage of Guildford Fringe Festival. We’ll be updating this page soon.

“Guildford Fringe Festival is one of the youngest Fringe Festivals in the world but with one of the biggest hearts! Guildford Fringe is a open access multi-arts festival in the heart of Guildford Town Centre which runs for the month of July every year. In this historic and beautiful town Guildford Fringe Festival invites all artistic genres to get involved, it is literally open to everyone.”

“We are becoming know for edgy, exciting and diverse events that are shown at a number of venues in Guildford Town Centre which range from theatre, burlesque, comedy, kids events, music, dance, exhibitions, talks, workshops and cabarets!”

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The FringeReview Top Recommended Shows for Guildford Fringe

1- Mr Merrick. The Elephant Man (Highly rated by FringeReview)

2- Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

3- Of Mice Theatre: Playtime

4- Gag House Comedy Superstars

5- Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

6- C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation

7- Nick Hall: Spencer

8- Oli Bettesworth: Sunshine and Lollipops

9- The Start of Something

10- Nell Gwynn’s History Laid Bare

Comedy Must see: Jenny Bede: Eggtime

(“Award winning musical comedian Jenny Bede makes her Guildford Fringe Festival debut with Eggtime; a one-woman symphony featuring biological clocks, sexy beats and massive pants.”)

I want to see… at Guildford Fringe

We see a lot of Fringe around the world. We keep our ears to the ground. So here is our intuitive show-finding tool for Guildford Fringe Festival.

I want to see… 

… some famous stand-up comedians. Then see Gag House Comedy Superstars

… some free youth theatre street performance. Then see Street to the Point

… some Barbershop music. Then see Surrey Fringe Chorus

… an evening of songs from musical theatre to popular classics. Then see Let’s Face the Music

… a Goon Show style mash-up of John Buchan’s iconic thriller and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film presented as a ‘live’ radio show. Then see The 39 Steps… I counted them

… a cabaret show. Then see Going South or see Cabaret at the Stoke

… a magic show. Then see Benjamin Earl: Ordinary Things

… some short plays. Then see Three Unrelated Short Plays

… an acclaimed solo show. Then see Amanda Waring: Glass Half Full

… a brand new cabaret show. Then see Miscast Musicals

… some spoken word with a difference. Then see Naked Girls Reading

… an honest, hilarious and sometimes painful stand-up show. Then see Oli Bettesworth: Sunshine and Lollipops

… some sketch comedy. Then see The Twins Macabre

… a play about education. Then see The Staff Room By Michelle Payne

… some interactive children’s theatre. Then see Maisy’s Interactive Theatre presents An Outer Space Adventure

… some  music, puppetry and song during the daytime. Then see Crows Nest Theatre Company presents Alma

… some improv comedy. Then see C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation

… some theatre exploring attitudes toward mental illness. Then see Jeu Jeu la Foille: Frontal Lobotomy

… a comedy and magic chat show. Then see Danny Buckler’s Comedy & Magic Chat Show

… a family friendly fringe show. Then see Majella Yorston: A song or two

… some free, work-in-progress stand-up comedy. Then see Lloyd Griffith

… something about railways. Then see The Ramblings of a Railwayman

… a sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Then see Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

… some absurd comedy. Then see Odjo – King of the Ocean

Link Collage

This is a more visual way to find a show at Guildford Fringe. Simply click on an image that draws you in, and then get booking…




We’ll be growing the collage throughout July.

Keyword Chaos

This is a very popular little show-finding tool. We’ve trawled the descriptions of shows and press releases and pulled out the most interesting phrases and keywords to help you find a show at Guildford Fringe. Simply click on a phrase and find the show…

Who knows the mystical powers something as simple as an umbrella could hold?

With humour and sarcasm, the musician tells a story about his relationship with the Gadulka

The themes of grief, faith, fate, forgiveness, redemption, and the question – ‘Where is God in a world that is suffering?’

With fad diets, Instagram abs and the government imposing a sugar tax, do the educators even know what is good for us?

See the consequences of drinking hardcore vodka, studying opera and using outdoor loos in -20 temperatures

a witty, pretty, grown-up bedtime story for lovers of fine words and fine women

bizarre animal impressions,  Michael Jackson moves and infectious foolishness with glimpses of Mr Bean

Ever imagined, I Feel Pretty, sung by a man? How about Maria, sung from a female perspective?

10-year-old psychic siblings who have a penchant for finger painting and murder

Ever feel that the eyes of a painting are following you? Or a statue isn’t still when you turn your back?

We’ll be adding more in July.



Michelle Payne talks about The Staff Room







What’s the theme of the show?

Biscuits and banter dominate in new comedy The Staff Room

A new comedy containing a very high level of biscuit consumption hits the Guildford Fringe Festival.

The Staff Room examines the life inside a state school staff room. Behind closed doors three teachers form an unlikely friendship. Bonding over fad diets, Instagram ads and the government’s impending sugar tax – in this school it’s not just the students who have lessons to learn. Sometimes all that matters are biscuits and banter.

What’s unique about The Staff Room?

There’s an all female creative team behind The Staff Room.

Coming from a working class background, I used to find theatre a little bit intimidating! I started writing to help make plays feel more accessible and this play is definitely for the Netflix generation.

Desribe one of your rehearsals.

I shot myself in the foot really writing three characters who are incredibly close, with excellent energy and dynamic between them as it seems to have imprinted itself on real life  and my cast love a chat and a laugh! It’s really lovely knowing that we’re all really good friends now, but I do have to allocate 15 minutes at the beginning of every rehearsal for catching up and gossip… Then the work begins.

How did the show come into being?

I was a freelance dance teacher in schools for a couple of years, so I spent a lot of time in a lot of staff rooms across London, Essex & Surrey. I heard a lot of gossip and saw a lot of different lunches and decided to set my play here.

I had a short play in a scratch night as part of a Guildford Fringe & Actor Awareness project last year and decided I’d really like to be part of the Guildford Fringe Festival this year. I was also an acting student of PPA in Guildford, so thought it’d be a fun reason to return to Surrey!

What are your favourite shows, and why?

People, Places & Things by Duncan Macmillan. — Finally a strong female lead! I loved that it opened up theatre and plays specifically to a wider audience. Addiction is something I feel needs to be discussed to be understood and it did exactly that. The writing and story-telling was incredibly inspiring, as well as the main actress Denise Gough — She was an absolute force. I’d love one of my plays to have that sort of impact on an audience.

The Staff Room plays at Bellerby Studio, G Live on Monday 24th July, 7.30pm

More details and booking here


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Hundred Watt Club

Hundred Watt Club and Guildford Fringe have teamed up once again to bring the sauce, the sass and the downright silly to Guildford Fringe Festival!

In true Fringe style, the last weekend of Guildford Fringe Festival features one of the best nights out around, as the Hundred Watt Club commandeers the Electric Theatre on Saturday, July 29 in fabulously feisty fashion.

Indulge in a glittering evening of burlesque and cabaret, brought to you by a lustrous line-up of acts never seen before on a Hundred Watt Club stage.

Your host for the evening is celestial wit and holy drag queen, Virgin Xtravaganzah.  She will be joined on stage by statuesque showgirl Sensuelle, with hoop tricks from record breaking hula artist Symone, and side-splitting comedy burlesque from Crimson Skye.  And making her debut on the UK stage, traditional Music Hall madness ensues from bawdy broad Aunty Mae.

“I cannot think of a better show to include in our last weekend of Guildford Fringe Festival’s 5th birthday bash! I am particularly excited to see Aunty Mae’s debut performance,” says Guildford Fringe director Nick Wyschna.

“A regular fixture on the Guildford Fringe events calendar, The Hundred Watt Club is always a huge hit with our audience – so much so that our last five shows were all sell-out successes.  Due to its popularity, please get clicking on the Guildford Fringe Festival website and nab your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.”


Dig out your best vintage gear and get ready to party!

*The show is strictly over 18s only, adult themes are employed and embraced with gusto. No dress code, but glamorous, vintage inspired-attire encouraged for both men and women*

The Hundred Watt Club is on Saturday 29 July at 8pm at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford. Tickets are £18 (£15 concessions) and are available online at www.GuildfordFringeFestival.com or by calling 0333 666 3366. Strictly over 18s only.