SATURDAY 24th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Theatre (cabaret, music)
Richard Shelton’s masterful show revealing the man behind the music returns following a sold out West End season. Palm Springs, California, 1971. Frank Sinatra faces retirement, the air is electric and the crowd jockey for position. But times are changing as the Stones and Bowie dominate the charts. Things take an unexpected turn when he drinks One for My Baby too many. This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting. Dangerous. Unpredictable. Brilliant. ‘Splendidly tough yet laid-back, authentic performance’ (Times). ‘Singing the hits with style… marvellously played’ (Telegraph).
2019: ★★★★★ One4Review, ★★★★ The Times
Geoff Norcott: Work in Progress
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
The star of BBC2's The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and his own BBC Radio 4 special returns to the Fringe. Join the BBC One Question Time regular for this limited run of performances. 'A class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics' (Times). 'A right laugh' (Guardian).
India Flamenco – A Gypsy Tale
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (flamenco, world music)
Come on a journey of discovery across the globe, in search of the essence of flamenco. From the primitive expressive beauty of Indian Kathak dance, through the swirling intensity of middle eastern belly dance, arriving in Europe with the passion and tragedy that is flamenco. Three different musical cultures; three different dance styles; all united by a single thread of continuity over time and continents. A celebration of cultural differences, and also our similarities, as the three powerful female dancers combine in a cultural fusion for the finale. 'Expressive, hypnotic, intense, powerful' ***** (ThreeWeeks).
The Crown Dual
Comedy (farce, theatre)
Two actors farcically reimagine how Elizabeth Windsor became QE2. By co-creator of Olivier Award-nominated hit Potted Potter. ‘Happy and glorious parody of the Netflix series reminds us what theatre is all about’ **** (Telegraph). ‘Inventive fun skilfully combining play-that-goes-wrong antics with a potted history of the royals’ **** (Guardian). ‘Hilarious masterpiece. Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy are incredibly successful in bringing to life many different characters’ ***** (TheatreWeekly.com).
2019: ★★★★★ Counter Culture UK
Lost Voice Guy: I'm Only in It for the Parking
Comedy (stand-up, multimedia)
Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain's Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4's comedy series Ability, Lee Ridley (AKA Lost Voice Guy) is back at the Edinburgh Fringe. He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless. 'Laugh-out loud funny' **** (Independent). 'Savagely funny... he's a bloody good comedian' **** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Consistently hilarious' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Ben Hart: The Nutshell
Cabaret and Variety (magic)
West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart makes a triumphant return to Edinburgh (due to phenomenal demand) with a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2014/2017/2018. Best Magic Show at Adelaide Fringe weekly awards. 'Devilishly clever' **** (Scotsman). 'Mind-blowing... supreme master of the vanishing act. He really is a must see. 'Makes sceptics become believers' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Utterly enchanting' **** (Daily Mail).
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★★ UK Theatre Network, ★★★★★ Sardines Magazine
Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse
Music (storytelling, jazz)
Back To Black premiers at the Fringe to take you on an electrifying journey through the career of a modern legend who shattered records and moved millions. This captivating show is delivered in the Night Owl trademark show-umentary format giving a fascinating insight into Amy’s sharp rise to fame and stardom, focusing on the musical contribution of this six-time Grammy winner. Both moving and electrifying, experience the hits delivered by the dynamic and soulful Reine Beau Anderson Dudley who makes her Fringe debut. Includes Back To Black, Valerie, Rehab and more.
2019: ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide, ★★★★★ one4review
Mervyn has been in the entertainment industry since 1974. He started in theatre where he acted, wrote scripts, songs, and directed for around 14 years. In the 1980s, he became the 'regular topical song bloke' on the BBC TV's first ever daytime show, 'Open Air', fronted by a thin Irishman called Eamonn Holmes. Over the years he has performed weekly topical songs on many TV current affairs programmes and more of the same on radio. In the late 1980s, Merv took his comedy songs onto the Comedy Circuit and then touring theatres. Merv's first Edinburgh Fringe was in 1986 and he has been every year since. He started his 'Pick of the Fringe' in 1992 and he has hosted it ever since. More at About Mervyn.
Pleasance One photos
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
3rd-25th Aug 2019
(not 15th, 22nd)