Edinburgh Fringe 2015
The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".
The stats bear that out: 2014 saw 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues across Scotland’s capital city. The number of shows reflects an 11% increase on the previous year’s programme, making it the biggest ever in the history of the Fringe. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There were also 825 free shows at the 2014 Fringe.
Each year, EG's Fringe team follows the drama, on stage and behind the scenes at the Fringe.
Fringe Festival Coverage
- Festival Fringe Reviews
- Fringe news (see also feed on right)
- Edinburgh Fringe Venues
- Free Fringe (venues | map)
- Fringe Image Gallery
- Scottish Fringe Theatre Award
- Edinburgh Accommodation
Fringe Ticket deals
The 2014 Fringe Programme was launched on 5 June 2014 and is free from outlets around town and in digital form on the Fringe web site. Tickets can be bought over the phone and in person at the Fringe Box Office (see BO details).
Ticket deals are available from the Fringe Half Price Hut.
Tickets to BBC shows at Potter Row are free but due to popularity are distributed by a random draw. See www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.
Tickets can also be bought by card at Collectin Points at Glasgow Queen Street Station from 25 July - 25 August, 2014 between 8am and 7pm each day (10am-6pm weekends) and Edinburgh Airport from 28 July (24hrs).
Tickets for shows generally tend to be cheaper at the start of the Fringe festival, with special deals at most venues and ticket giveaways, to get bums on seats during the crucial first week when the press are in. Some of the cheaper "preview" shows start at the end of July.
Booking online incurs a 90p booking fee up to a maximum of £5.40. Discounts are available for students, over-60s, unemployed, etc. There's often a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.
The Fringe half price hut has deals from 1-21 August (10am-9pm).