Edinburgh Festival Fringe guide

Our critics' pick of the tickets to fight for at this year's festival

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Boasting over 40,000 performances in over 250 venues this summer, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will once again be the talk of the arts world this August 1-25. Our critics will be seeing as many shows as they can handle to keep tabs on all the new talent, so check back here for reviews as they come in. Can't make it up to Scotland this time around? We'll also be rounding up the best of the London transfers so that nobody misses out.


The latest theatre reviews

Pioneer review

  • Rated as: 4/5

It's probably written down somewhere in an old dusty book of Edinburgh Fringe Rules that staging a big-scale sci-fi thriller with a complex set is Not Advisable. Science-focussed theatre company Curious Directive have clearly ignored all the rules.

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Mmm Hmmm review

  • Rated as: 3/5

There are three exceptionally strange beings in Verity Standen’s piece ‘Mmm Hmmm’.

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Little on the Inside review

  • Rated as: 4/5

How do you escape the same four walls, when they're all you have to look at for the next 20 years? Alice Birch’s two hander play ‘Little on the Inside’ has the answer: with your imagination.

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Early Doors review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Pint after breakfast anyone? Noon may sound a little early to be drinking, but you’d feel out of place if you didn’t join in with the regulars during this play staged in a small Edinburgh boozer.

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The latest cabaret reviews

Is cabaret heading for a class war?

As cabaret goes mainstream, it faces challenges as well as opportunities. Time Out London's cabaret editor explored the issues in a talk at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

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The LipSinkers

  • Rated as: 5/5

The hilariously entertaining and exuberantly queer alt-drag troupe hit the Fringe

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Dandy Darkly's Gory Hole!

  • Rated as: 4/5

Gruesomely satirical storytelling from a Deep South fop with a way with words

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Broadway Enchanté

  • Rated as: 3/5

A Parisian tribute to musical theatre bursting with joie de vivre but lacking in momentum

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When is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

In 2014 the Fringe takes place from August 1-25. Some shows run for the whole month, but if there is something in particular you want to catch, check the programme first and plan around it.

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Can't face the train journey? Find excellent new comedy right here in London with our pick of the acts at August's Camden Fringe

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