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I Want to See … at Edinburgh Fringe

This is a much visited page during the Fringe in August.

Welcome to our quirky show-choosing tool. Simply browse the list and click on a show that matches what you want to see.

We’ve kept our ear to the ground, we know of the work of some of these performers, and we take tips from our own networks around the world and we’ll be adding to this list regularly.

Watch the list grow. Check back from time to time during the Fringe.

Here are our opening tips…


I want to see…


… two shows about Mariyn Monroe. Then see The Marilyn Conspiracy and see The Marilyn Monroe Story

… some immersive science fiction – an unfolding story. Then see Extinguished Things

… an exciting world premiere written and performed by artists from Scotland and Québec. Then see First Snow / Première neige

… some solo theatre about Andy Warhol. Then see Warhol: Bullet Karma

… an intergenerational, interdisciplinary and interrupting piece of theatre reaching into the guts of family mythologies. Then see Valerie

… a hit at Adelaide Fringe, a play with music about the quest for fame, inspired by forgotten histories of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Then see The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

… an interactive, immersive solo Shakespeare. Then see Hamlet (An Experience)

… some early evening comedy theatre. Then see The Journey

… a play about what happens when one person wants to go and the other wants them to stay. Then see Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure


… political, scientific, period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line. Then see Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

… some late afternoon sketch comedy. Then see Bad Clowns: Hostage

… some free midday comedy. Then see Some Like It Holt

… a brand-new hour of critically acclaimed stand-up, sketch and mid-20s angst. Then see Rose Matafeo: Horndog

… an impressionist. Then see Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare: The Great British Take Off

… some verbatim comedy like you’ve never seen before. Then see (even) HOTTER

… a sharp-witted comedian who explores her agency, the third-culture-kid-experience, weight loss and what this shift means for her as a woman of colour. Then see Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt

… an interactive masterclass in salacious storytelling and a reading which will make you weep from every orifice. Then see Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits

… an hour of non-stop, razor-sharp, unadulterated show business. Comedy, crooning, cocktails and class from critically acclaimed character comedians. Then see The Crooners

… an anarchic improv night. Then see Criminal

… some absurdist verbatim comedy. Then see Joz Norris Has No Show This Year, but Mr Fruit Salad Does

… a free comedy show from an Australian comedian. Then see Blaise White Changes the World

Cabaret, Music and Variety…


… a starburst of cabaret and rock show experience inspired by David Bowie. Then see Starman

… Margaret Thatcher, hosting a club night. Then see Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

… a show that uniquely blends magic with storytelling. Then see Strangers: Mindreader

… Maureen Lipman. Then see Maureen Lipman Is ‘Up for It’

.. some absurdist clown. Then see Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

… an LGBTI cabaret with songs from Shirley Bassey to Duke Dumont. Then see Cazeleon: The Movies in My Mind

… the story of Eva Cassidy. Then see Eva Cassidy: The Story

… some comedy magic. Then see John and Claire Lenahan – Loud & Louder

… a burlesque drag artist in a unique venue. Then see Bilbao Is Not in Spain

… Billie Holiday. Then see Billie Holiday – Tribute to the Iconic Lady Day

… a powerhouse of drag, dance, circus, and music. Then see Yummy

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus…


… a showcase of choreographic innovation. Then see Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform

… a physical, visual and metaphysical battle for total beauty. Then see The Last One

… some circus theatre – a vision of light and shadow crafted by six stunning circus artists fusing mind-blowing skills and raw talent. Then see My Land

… circus and acrobatics. Then see Attrape Moi

… a sumptuous performance combining traditional Chinese dance and folk dance. Then see China Young

Children’s shows …

… five pop princesses celebrating the power of being yourself, a drag pop concert for kids. Then see Denim: The Denim Juniors

… a revolving line-up of acts selected from the best comedians, cabaret acts, children’s entertainers and street performers at the Fringe. Then see Huggers (Free Festival) and see Huggers (Free Festival) and see Huggers (Free Festival)

… some children’s improv comedy. Then see ComedySportz UK and see ComedySportz UK

… an impropvised classic tale. Then see The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

… some puppetry and storytelling. Then see A Dragon in the Family

… a brand-new show featuring Room on the Broom, The Magic Paintbrush, The Ugly Five, Superworm, The Gruffalo and newly released The Cook and the King. Then see The Gruffalo, the Witch and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson

Musicals and Opera…

… the best of the West End. Then see Best of the West End

… a musical farce based on a hit film. Then see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

… a Fringe premiere –  two Scottish operas by Alexander McCall Smith set to music by Tom Cunningham. Then see The Tumbling Lassie

… Opera Allegra’s adaptation of  Verdi’s popular opera La Traviata into a chamber version for just four voices and piano – but with a contemporary twist. Then see Violetta

… a classic Webber and Steinman musical. Then see Whistle Down the Wind

… a celebration of Irish Dance and Culture. Then see Rhythm of the Dance

… a fully improvised musical. Then see Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.