Durham Fringe Festival: What to see

Durham Fringe Festival is sometimes framed as the fringe just before the Edinburgh Fringe. That does it no justice at all as it is a true fringe in its own right, briging the city of Durham to life at the end of July with a short but impressive programme that spans the genres. Though you’ll find more than a few pre-Edinburgh shows, there’s a Fringe-in-itself here with plenty of other exciting work on offer as well.

The Fringe runs from July 26th to July 30th 2023.

What so see at Durham Fringe

I want to see…

… some scarey, bloodthirsty stroytelling theatre (Age 12+). Then see Buckets Of Blood – Fairy Tales Not For Kids

… some Shakespeare. Then see (The Taming) of the Shrew. Or see Macbeth. Or enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream

… an award-winning play. Then see Chance

… some theatre, a 21st century take on A Comedy of Errors. Then see Error at the Bigg Market

… a solo theatre piece themed on Sherlock Holmes, an Edinburgh Fringe hit. Then see Watsom: The Final Problem

… a later evening theatre piece about mass murderer Harold Shipman. Then see THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Concerning the life and crimes of Dr Harold Frederick Shipman

… a theatrical veesion of Frankenstein in a production that uses the original 1818 text to faithfully recreate the cautionary tale of arrogance, betrayal revenge and murder. Then see Frankenstein

… some improv comedy. Then see The Improvesarios

… some sketch comedy. Then see Drop Dead. Or see Rompers

… some LBGTQ+ theatre, a queer horror exploring the history of homophobia in Spain. Then see The Rotting Hart

… a magic show with sleight of hand, illusion and mind reading. Then see Grow Up Magic Man. Or, for a mind reader and a magician, then see Forster & Smith – Impossibilities

… some family-friendly storytellling theatre. Then see The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

… a dance-based (with a Michael Jackson twist) take on the infamous Romeo & Juliet. Then see Jackson and Juliet

… some interactive, outdoor, famiuly-frinedly aerial theatre. Then see Letters of Hope

… a triple bill of contemporary dance. Then see Triple Bill of Dance

… some acclaimed live poetry. Then see Greg Byron – Standup Poet

… an a Cappella show. Then see Northern Lights A Cappella’s 10th B’day Bash: Top of the Bops

… some live music from an award-winning singer songwriter. Then see Steve Pledger

… poetry, spoken word, music and dance all combine to tell the story of one individual, growing up gay and navigating young life. Then see Everjoy

We’ll be adding some more recommendations, previews and features in the run up to the Fringe, so do check back.