Broadway Baby presents the top ten choices of our reviewers for Edinburgh this year. Well, top 14 technically, as there are five shows at equal tenth place.
If, like us, you look at the Edinburgh Fringe programme and wonder how on earth you can work out what to see in advance, then fear not. Here are our predictions of the top ten shows at the Fringe in August.
How do we build this list?
Broadway Baby will be taking 100 reviewers to Edinburgh this year, and as part of the scheduling process we ask them to select their wish-list of shows. This is simply a list of the most requested shows by our team without editorial bias or judgement. If they made this list, it just means they are the most sought-after, anticipated and highly desired by our reviewers. Make of that what you will ;-)
C venues - C nova. 2-27 August 18:30 (1h).
Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel. Princess to pauper: listen to Sara's tales, join her in play, relish in the magic and the tragic beauty of her story. 'Edinburgh Fringe royalty' (Time Out). www.beltuptheatre.com.
Pleasance Courtyard. 2-26 August 21:40 (1h).
Brand new show! As seen on The Royal Variety Performance, BBC2’s Comedy Prom and BBC3’s Live at the Fringe. ‘Spectacular! Hysterically funny – fight for a ticket!’ ***** (TimeOut).
The Assembly Rooms, George Street. 1-26 August 15:10 (1h40).
Written by Greg Hemphill and Donald McLeary. @LochParryPlayer rehearse their version of classic cult film – sadly, more Glee than Christopher Lee. ‘It was brilliant, really just laugh laugh laugh all the way through’ (@FrankieBoyle).
Pleasance Courtyard. 1-26 August 15:40 (1h20).
Award-winning, electrifying all-male celebration of gorgeousness and gorgeousity returns to Edinburgh after 2011 sell-out season. Burgess' infamous literary masterpiece of ultraviolence reworked for a new generation. ***** 'Astonishing' (WhatsOnStage.com). ***** 'Breathtaking' (ThreeWeeks). ***** 'Triumphant' (BroadwayBaby.com).
Underbelly, Bristo Square. 1-26 August 22:30 (1h15).
A memoir of the early days of musical Rent - including the untimely passing of Jonathan Larson. A stunning show about grief, hope, and triumph combining original music and songs from Rent with a five-piece rock band.
Pleasance Courtyard. 15-21 August 23:00 (1h).
International teams of comedians (including David O'Doherty, Adam Hills and Mark Watson) compete in a variety of disciplines not recognised by the so called 'real' Olympics. Different, mostly stupid events each night. Full schedule at www.markwatsonthecomedian.com.
C venues - C. 1-27 August 14:40 (50m).
The Fringe's must-see journey through dance and music from street to ballet, to Nirvana and the Beatles. An unashamedly chaotic treat, exploring what happens when dance styles collide, and proving that you can dance disco to Beethoven.
C venues - C. 1-27 August 16:20 (2h30).
Bobby is turning 35 - time to settle down? His girlfriends and friends think so. But for a New York bachelor can there ever be too much Company? 'Deserves more stars than I can hand out' (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Scotsman). www.companyatthefringe.com.
Edinburgh Playhouse. 15-23 August 20:00 (2h).
Following his critically acclaimed 2011 sell-out tour, ’The Oscar Wilde of Comedy’, Dylan Moran returns to the Festival for two dates only. ‘In a class of its own’ (Independent). ‘Razor Sharp’ (Times).
Pleasance Courtyard. 1-26 August 18:20 (1h).
Like a battering ram to the funny-bone, stars of BBC3’s Live at The Electric rocket back to the Fringe with a lavish parade of inventive characters and sketch magnificence. ‘Hilarious’ (Independent). ***** (List). ***** (Comedy.co.uk). www.wittank.com.
Zoo Southside. 21-27 August 18:40 (50m).
A fast-paced world of technological illusion created through 3D and 2D digital media. Dance and technology co-exist and interact in **** company (Herald, Skinny) Pair Dance's Duality, recognising how technology shapes ways we communicate, think, move, play and act.
Zoo. 3-27 August 18:40 (1h30).
With live music, multimedia projections, and pulsating physicality, we enter oppressive Oceania in this new adaptation of 1984. Winston spins between hopes of love and threats of torture, as his every movement is tracked. www.1984fringe.tumblr.com. ‘Arresting’ ***** (RemoteGoat.co.uk)
C venues - C nova. 2-27 August 22:45 (1h).
Returning after sell-out and critically acclaimed runs in Edinburgh, London and Australia, a dark, beautiful tale of one boy's awakening to the harsh realities of adulthood. 'Still drying my eyes' (Stephen Fry). www.beltuptheatre.com.