Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022: line-up, venues and how to get tickets

Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee, Sir Ian McKellan and Paul Sinha are among the big names to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival will return to the city of Edinburgh for its 75th anniversary this summer and there’s a huge line-up for 2022.

The festival is known for bringing an array of artists to Edinburgh throughout the month of August.

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After a cancellation in 2020 and a reduced sized event in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2022 festival is set to be the same scale as the pre-pandemic events with thousands of performances set to take place.

This time, the fringe festival will feature 49,827 artists from 58 nations performing in 3,171 shows in a full event schedule that will take place from August 5 through August 29.

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    Here’s everything you need to know about some of the line-up that is set to perform throughout the month.

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 03: Artists from Gravity and Other Myths, a renowned circus troupe from Australia, mark the opening of the Festival in its anniversary 75th season at BT Murrayfield where MACRO takes place on August 03, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The critically acclaimed Australian circus and physical theatre company is joined by First Nations dance company Djuki Mala, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and other Scottish musicians to produce MACRO. This large scale performance combines superhuman coordination, projections, drums and a spectacular light display with a fusion of Australian First Nations and Scottish traditional music to open the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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    Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022 line-up and venues

    Comedy stage

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    Frankie Boyle: Lap of Shame

    Assembly Rooms - Music Hall

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    August 5 to August 28

    Paul Sinha: One Sinha Lifetime

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    The Stand’s New Town Theatre

    August 5 to August 28

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    Comedian Paul Sinha to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022

    Liz Kingsman: One-Woman Show

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    Traverse Theatre

    August 16 to August 28

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    Rosie Holt: The Woman’s Hour

    Pleasance Courtyard

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    August 5 to August 28

    Stewart Lee: Basic Lee

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    The Stand Comedy Club

    August 5 to August 28

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    Catherine Cohen

    Pleasance Courtyard

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    August 8 to August 21

    Tim Key: Mulberry

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    Pleasance Dome

    August 5 to August 28

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    Sophie Duker: Hag

    Pleasance Courtyard

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    August 5 to August 28

    Frankie Thompson: Catts

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    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

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    Sheeps: Ten Years, Ten Laughs

    Pleasance Courtyard

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    August 5 to August 14

    Patti Harrison

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    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 15

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    Theatre stage

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    Tim Crouch: Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel

    Royal Lyceum Theatre

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    August 6 to August 28

    This is Memorial Device

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    Wee Red Bar

    August 13 to August 28

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    Hamlet with Ian McKellen

    Ashton Hall

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    August 5 to August 28

    Ian McKellen will appear in Hamlet in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Pic: Devin de Vil
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    Every Word Was Once An Animal

    Zoo Southside

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    August 5 to August 28

    Burn

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    King’s Theatre

    August 5 to August 10

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    A Little Life

    Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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    August 20 to August 22

    Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World

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    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

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    Half-Empty Glasses

    Roundabout @ Summerhall

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    August 5 to August 28

    Feeling Afraid as If Something Terrible is Going to Happen

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    Summerhall

    August 5 to August 28

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    Head Set

    Pleasance Courtyard

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    August 5 to August 28

    Dance stage

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    Dance Body

    Summerhall

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    Until August 27

    Ballet Freedom

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    Pleasance @ EICC

    Until August 28

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    August 5 to August 7

    71Bodies 1Dance

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    Dance Base

    August 5 to August 7

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    Amina Khayyam Dance: One

    Dance Base

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    August 5 to August 10

    The Pulse

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    Playhouse

    August 8 to August 9

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    Scottish Ballet: Coppélia

    Festival theatre

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    August 14 to August 16

    The Rest of Our Lives

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    Summerhall

    August 16 to August 28

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    Are You Guilty?

    Dance Base

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    August 16 to August 28

    Kyle Abraham: An Untitled Love

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    King’s theatre

    August 20 to August 21

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    A Death Has Occurred

    Greenside @ Nicolson Square

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    August 22 - August 27

    Where are the Edinburgh Fringe Festival venues?

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    According to the Edinburgh Fringe official website, there are 239 different venues that will be hosting fringe performances across the city this year. From basement bars to libraries there is something for everyone.

    The majority of Fringe locations are found in the Old Town, however there will be shows taking place on Princes Street, and Haymarket as well as areas further out of the city like Leith.

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    Street performer Paddy Potato gets ready for the Fringe to start this week.

    As well as official venues, the Fringe festival is known for bringing some of the best street performers to the city too.

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    Simply take a walk around the picturesque streets of Edinburgh and you’re bound to come across some stellar entertainment.

    You can find out more about the venues taking part in the fringe this year by heading to the official map on the Edinburgh Fringe website.

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    Tickets are still available for multiple shows across the festival.

    You can find tickets for your preferred show via the Fringe website.

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    What is the Edinburgh Fringe programme for 2022?

    You can find a full breakdown of performances taking place at the official programme on the Edinburgh Fringe website.

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    What is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?

    The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival which brings together an array of comedy, music and other performances from around the globe.

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    The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has become a world-leading celebration of arts and culture, surpassed only by the Olympics and the World Cup in terms of global ticketed events.

    The festival was first established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival.

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    In 2018, the festival spanned over 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in 317 venues.