Edinburgh Fringe Rounds Up First Batch Of Shows Announced – Tickets On Sale Now

Major New Tour For Fern Brady
Edinburgh Fringe Rounds Up First Batch Of Shows Announced – Tickets On Sale Now

The first batch of shows that will be staged at the 2024 Edinburgh Festival Fringe have been revealed. All shows are available to view on edfringe.com

The 276 shows span many genres of the Fringe programme, including cabaret and variety; children’s shows; comedy; dance, physical theatre and circus; music; musicals and opera; spoken word; and theatre. They will take place across 31 venues, with more shows to be revealed in the run-up to August. 

It’s Fringe artists themselves who choose which date their show listing will go live on edfringe.com. For many, the reason to go live at this early stage in the year is to have a broader window in which to finance the show, sell tickets and promote their work.   

This year, more than ever, the Fringe Society encourages audiences to start planning their Fringe experience as early as possible; to support the artists, venues, producers, promoters and all the participants of this world-renowned festival. It is a serious investment to put on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe and the only way that Fringe-makers can get a return is if audiences come out, see the shows and support the creatives who are the beating heart of this festival. 

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. Those working across the Fringe have been preparing for this moment for months – laying the groundwork for artists to come to this year’s festival and the creative explosion that is August in Edinburgh. Being able to browse the first set of shows always adds an extra level of excitement. It’s a reminder that the 2024 Fringe is just around the corner, and it feels a lot more real for the whole Fringe community. 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, and 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 Artist Services team is on hand to offer advice around every aspect of putting on a show, so please do reach out to us.”  

Below is a small representative sample of shows available to book from today. The full list of shows released today can be found at edfringe.com. 


Gilded Balloon hosts ‘the top three acts from the 2023 edition of So You Think You're Funny?’ – Samira Banks, Christopher Donovan and Lizzie Norm – at their Best of So You Think You're Funny? line-up show. ‘Transatlantic middle-aged Jewish atheist divorcee’ Leslie Gold brings A Chip Off the Gold Block (WIP) to Laughing Horse

Canada’s Ajahnis Charley dies and ‘awakens at the gates of Gay Heaven’ where he faces ‘a mighty, flighty and unabashedly white-y God’ in Thots and Prayers (theSpaceUK). Kemah Bob brings their debut stand-up show, Miss Fortunate, to Pleasance. Character creation Frank Sanazi returns to the Fringe, once again ‘engaging in a spirited battle against the forces of political correctness’ in Frank Sanazi's Mein Way (Le Monde). 

At Greenside, Laura Rose will perform ‘an autobiographic comedic feast following stories from growing up on an Australian pineapple farm, misadventures abroad, Laura’s crazy family, and her forever loving husband’ in BUSHPIG. Polish-Cockney comedian Dickie Richards is at PBH's Free Fringe with his show, Sexual Tyrannosaur 2024. Among the comedians representing Scotland at this year’s festival are Adele Birkmyre (Boteco de Brasil), Connor Burns (Just the Tonic), Jo Caulfield (The Stand Comedy Club), Kathleen Hughes (Gilded Balloon), Susie McCabe (Assembly) Raymond Mearns (Hootenannies) and Stuart Mitchell (Scottish Comedy Festival). 

All of the above will be joined by some familiar famous faces at the Fringe: Jason Byrne, Jessie Cave, Rob Auton are at Assembly; Fern Brady (pictured top) is at the Edinburgh Playhouse; Jimeoin (pictured bottom, Jimeoin picture by James Penlidis) is at Just the Tonic; Catherine Bohart is at Monkey Barrel; Catherine Cohen, Chloe Petts and Rosie Jones are at Pleasance; and Geoff Norcott and Rhys Nicholson are at Underbelly

Cabaret and variety 

Cameron Young: The Scottish Magician (Gilded Balloon) offers ‘mind-bending illusions, captivating mind reading, and uproarious comedy’, while Ben Hart: HeX (Assembly) is a collection of Ben’s ‘most exciting material from the last decade alongside new ideas fresh from his laboratory, guaranteed to put a spell on you’. 

Musicians Juliette Pochin and James Morgan promise ‘outlandish musical mashups (who knew Meatloaf worked with Mozart) and the entire history of Western music in just under four minutes’ in Music, Mayhem and a Mezzo at theSpaceUK. All-Stars Burlesque is a ‘celebration of bodies, tradition and inclusivity by award-winning, world-class artists and rising stars on the scene’ – it’s at Just the Tonic. At Laughing Horse, Stacey Clare and Gypsy Charms return with their adult Q&A session, Ask A Stripper: No Holes Barred. 

Dance, physical theatre and circus 

At theSpaceUK, ‘Hong Kong veteran community theatre company, Art Home, masquerade in masks and physical theatre to confuse the definitions of what is a human and who is a dog’ in Hound in the Light. Caller Ken Gourlay and his ceilidh band are hosting Ceilidhs (Scottish Dancing) at Royal College of Physicians, ‘an authentic Scottish experience in a historic building’. The Black Blues Brothers (Assembly) are returning to the Fringe ‘for the last time’, inviting audiences to join them for ‘the farewell season of this acrobatic celebration joining the energy of Africa with a R'n'B sound’. 

Online, Displaced ‘explores contemporary challenges such as culture, place, race and imperialism’, while Odyssea ‘follows the epic journey of a curious sea traveller as she encounters flora and fauna in fantastical realms’ – both courtesy of C venues


At Novotel, Jazz at Lunchtime offers ‘jazz standards and melodic originals in a comfortable, intimate jazz club setting’ created by Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer. Memphis, Tennessee-born songwriter/singer/guitarist Andrea Carlson offers ‘a delicious evening of swing, jive, romance and occasional special guests’ at Andrea's 21st-Century Speakeasy! (Argyle Cellar Bar). The Jazz Bar plays host to John Hunt Four O'Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing for his 12th year at the Fringe. Orchestra of Sound (Greenside) is ‘an electrifying one-man show seamlessly weaving unique inventive instruments, hundreds of sounds, and explosive original music into an unforgettable sonic and visual extravaganza’. 

At St Giles' Cathedral, South Australian cellist / songwriter William Jack performs ‘iconic songs (by AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Oasis and more) dismantled and reimagined for solo cello’ in This Old Cello Box. Marchmont St Giles Church is hosting Marchmont Music, a series of free afternoon concerts ‘from up-and-coming young musicians’. At Bannermans, Driven Serious play folk-rock from their new album Look On These Works, described by NARC Magazine as ‘an impressive experience’. 

There are tributes to a host of popular artists across the Fringe, including (but not limited to) Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison (Frankenstein Pub); Lady Gaga, Adele and Joni Mitchell (Le Monde); Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Sam Fender (Liquid Room); plus Amy Winehouse, Celine Dion, Blondie, Dusty Springfield and many more at theSpaceUK

‘Legendary 70s Tyneside folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne present a classic five-piece line-up of long-time members fronted by founder-member Rod Clements’ at the Queen’s Hall. Edinburgh trio Curmudgeon play their Traditional Scottish Folk Music at artSpace@StMarks. 

Musicals and opera 

Created by Sarah Bishop, Somewhere (theSpaceUK) is ‘a brand-new fantasy musical with music and lyrics by internationally acclaimed indie-folk duo The Dunwells and other established Yorkshire singer-songwriters’. At Pleasance, Gwyneth Goes Skiing is ‘a story of love, betrayal and skiing – where you are the jury’.  

Spoken word 

‘The distilled 40-year career of an internationally renowned British Army doctor’ is ‘presented as a collection of original poems’ in Frontlines and Lifelines – An Army Doctor in Crisis and War (Forces @ The Fringe). Peter Barratt pays tribute to his great-grandmother in Alice Hawkins – Working-Class Suffragette at the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Eileen Mahony performs a pair of thematically linked shows at Greenside, each musing on artefacts and memories from the past: Loft Clearance and Loft Luggage. Nikky Smedley, aka ‘LaaLaa (the yellow one)’, returns the theSpaceUk with Confessions of a Teletubby. 

Online via C venues, Hiding Behind the Mask: Jesters, Jokers, and Clowns is ‘a rollercoaster through the joys and sorrows, comedies and tragedies of life’ with Professor Rosemary George. 


Written by Aksam Alyousef and performed by Amena Shehab, Hagar: War Mother (theSpaceUK) follows ‘one woman’s odyssey to escape Syria’s brutal war with her son, who should be having his first birthday party’. At Greenside, Purple Hat Theatre present A Time Traveller's Life, ‘a Fringe show about the Fringe; a time-travelling odyssey through one woman's joys, sorrows, triumphs and inability to learn from her mistakes’. 

Sarah Cameron-West brings KAREN to Underbelly, ‘a powder keg of heartbreak and identity crisis which explodes in the ultimate office showdown’. ‘Familiar Chekhov themes of lost opportunity, failed love affairs, sibling rivalry and fear of a changing future are thrown into the blender with 21st-century characters and high comedy’ in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at St Ninian's Hall

At Assembly, Pali and Jay's Ultimate Asian Wedding DJ Roadshow follows an ‘uncle and nephew DJing duo’ who ‘must successfully navigate their latest gig to save the company, their future aspirations, and ultimately, their relationship’. ‘Unstoppable 82-year-old Miriam Margolyes returns to the Fringe’ with Margolyes & Dickens: The Best Bits (Pleasance), ‘combining her infectious passion for Charles Dickens with her phenomenal versatility’. 

Online, Theatre Ronin of Hong Kong ‘recreates folklore and contemporary emotional landscape’ in their Wuxia-themed production, Practice of Zen (C venues). 

Children’s shows 

A Bee Story (Assembly) is ‘a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families incorporating a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music’. Doktor Kaboom: Man of Science! returns to Pleasance with a combination of ‘astonishing live science experiments, stand-up comedy and lessons in empowerment’. The Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl, is at Underbelly, ‘thrilling audiences… with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles’. 

All-New Crazy Puppet Magic Show at Frankenstein Pub promises ‘crazy puppets, lots of magic and audience participation – young kids and older ones alike will love it’.  Fever Pitch Academy Showcase 2024 (theSpaceUK) is an Edinburgh Fringe debut, ‘featuring music from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, SpongeBob, Legally Blonde, Grease and loads more’. 

Tickets are now on sale here.

This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run from 02 – 26 August 2024. More shows will be revealed on the following dates: 

  • Thursday 04 April  
  • Thursday 09 May 
  • Wednesday 12 June (full programme launch) 


Articles on beyond the joke contain affiliate ticket links that earn us revenue. BTJ needs your continued support to continue - if you would like to help to keep the site going, please consider donating.

Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.