Edinburgh Fringe

11 theatre recommendations for the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Laugh Out London brings you a list of some of the best theatre shows you will see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 that the comedy fan might also like.

New for this year is our ‘must-see’ show. In each of our Fringe recommendation categories we will pick one outstanding act that you simply must see. It’s the one that’s all highlighted below.

See our other Edinburgh Fringe recommendations for 2018, including the including the best stand-up shows, the best sketch shows, the best character/clown shows, the best free comedy shows, the best musical/cabaret shows, the best theatre shows, the best special shows and the best international shows.


Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!

A kids show based on Kafka’s Metamorphosis starring Tom Parry from brilliant sketch group Pappy’s. The perfect Fringe experience.

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!
Pleasance Dome
Aug 1-26, 1.15pm
£12-£15


https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/half

The Half

The Half

A new play from Danielle Ward, host of the excellent podcast Do The Right Thing. It also stars Anna Crilly of acclaimed sketch group Anna and Katy. It’s the tale of a double act  who meet for the first time in over a decade just 30 minutes before the curtain comes up on their new show. Sounds tense.

The Half
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-26, 2pm
£


Ruth Cockburn

Love Letters From Blackpool

A one-woman show that uses found love letters, original songs, poetry and audience interaction to discuss two of the universe’s biggest mysteries: love and Blackpool. It’s already won huge acclaim with nominations for best new show at Leicester Comedy Festival and best comedy show at Greater Manchester Fringe.

Ruth Cockburn: Love Letters From Blackpool
Summerhall
Aug 1-26, 2.40pm
£9


Nina’s Got News

Nina’s Got News

Perrier Award winner Frank Skinner’s debut play about a failed relationship and some mysterious news. We’re hoping Statto makes a guest appearance.

Nina’s Got News
Pleasance Dome
Aug 1-26, 2.50pm
£14-£16


Drenched

Drenched

A new one to us, but it was recommended by Stewart Lee. And we trust his judgment. Although we’re still not into freestyle jazz guitar.

Drenched
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-27, 3pm
£10-£11


Timmy

Timmy

A two-hander about avoiding discussion when in a relationship. It stars LOL favourite Joz Norris.

Timmy
Assembly George Sq Studios
Aug 1-27, 4.15pm
£9-£11


Graham Dickson

Timber

The Edinburgh Fringe has been treated to many great shows from the talented members of the Austentatious crew, including Joseph Morpurgo, Rachel Parris, Andrew Hunter Murray and Cariad Lloyd. Graham Dickson was the latest to go it alone last year with the acclaimed The Narcissist. He returns for a theatrical comic experience of nonsense, danger and mystery in Hollywood.

Graham Dickson: Timber
Underbelly Cowgate
Aug 2-26, 5.30pm
£10.50-£11.50


The Journey

The Journey

A new romantic comedy about breaking up in a spaceship from LOL’s regular MC Stuart Laws.

The Journey
Pleasance Dome
Aug 1-27, 5.40pm
£9-£11


Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret

Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret

The chaos and bitterness of Brexit will no doubt make the perfect setting for a camp extravaganza. I imagine this will be worth just to see Jayde Adams as Boris Johnson.

Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret
Assembly George Sq Gardens
Aug 2-26, 6pm
£13-£15


Mr Swallow

Mr Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant

An act of pure class who puts an insane amount of work into comedy theatre shows that are consistently the most acclaimed at the Fringe.

Mr Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-26, 7.30pm
£12.50-£14.50


Adam Riches (must-see show!)

Coach Coach 2: Coach Harder

This Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Award winner 2011 is the master of intense audience interaction where it genuinely feels like anything could happen. Adam has a couple of solo shows this year, but he’s also bringing back this more theatrical piece about a high school sports coach.

Adam Riches is Coach Coach 2: Coach Harder
Pleasance Dome
Aug 3 -27, 9.45pm
£11-£15


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