Edinburgh Festival Fringe booking opens

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has opened bookings early to allow performers to promote their work.

Tickets will go on sale at noon for 276 shows across 31 venues, including comedy, dance, physical theatre and circus, musicals and opera.

Another four batches of ticket sales will follow in April, May and June.

Organisers encouraged punters to book shows as early as possible, due to the financial challenges involved in putting on shows.

The festival, which runs between August 2 and 26, will be celebrating its 77th anniversary, and has been promoting values of inclusivity and accessibility.

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Ahir Shah winner of the Sky Best Comedy Show at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Dovecot Studios during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Jane Barlow/PA)

Acts from as far away as South Australia and Hong Kong will be on the line-up for the first tickets available, along with a play about the Syrian civil war.

Shows available for bookings include This Old Cello Box at St Giles’ Cathedral, where South Australian cellist and songwriter William Jack will perform covers of hits by AC/DC, Bob Dylan and Oasis, while 1970s folk-rockers Lindisfarne will be at Queen’s Hall.

The story of a Syrian refugee’s “odyssey” with her toddler son to escape the civil war, Hagar: War Mother, will also be performed at theSpaceUK, written by Aksam Alyousef and performed by Amena Shehab.

Performer Peter Barratt pays tribute to his great-grandmother in Alice Hawkins – Working-Class Suffragette at the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, while the All-New Crazy Puppet Magic Show at the Frankenstein Pub is tipped as having cross-generational appeal.

A biopic of a British Army doctor performed through poetry will take place in Frontlines and Lifelines – An Army Doctor in Crisis and War, at Forces @ The Fringe.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “It is always special to see the first batch of shows that will be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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The cast of A Comedy of Operas at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Jane Barlow/PA)

“It’s a reminder that the 2024 Fringe is just around the corner. I encourage audiences to support those performing at the Fringe this August by browsing shows and booking tickets as early as you can.

“It’s no secret that the cost of putting on a Fringe show can be a barrier to attending.

“Our role is in supporting artists in every way that we can, whether that’s keeping registration fees affordable, sourcing low-cost accommodation, seeking out direct routes to funding, or simply providing advice and information. Our team is on hand to offer advice around every aspect of putting on a show, so please do reach out to us.”

Shows can be booked at edfringe.com, with the full programme launch taking place on June 12.

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