Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022: line-up, venues and set times

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

Friday, 5th August 2022, 5:18 pm

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.

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 the line-up and its set times 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)

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022 line-up, venues and set times

    Comedy stage

    Frankie Boyle: Lap of Shame

    Assembly Rooms - Music Hall

    August 5 to August 28

    Time: 6.15pm (One hour)

    Paul Sinha: One Sinha Lifetime

    The Stand’s New Town Theatre

    August 5 to August 28

    Time: 4.40pm (One hour)

    Liz Kingsman: One-Woman Show

    Traverse Theatre

    August 16 to August 28

    10pm (1hr 15mins)

    Rosie Holt: The Woman’s Hour

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

    6pm (One hour)

    Stewart Lee: Basic Lee

    The Stand Comedy Club

    August 5 to August 28

    10am (One hour)

    Catherine Cohen

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 8 to August 21

    11.20pm (1hr 10mins)

    Tim Key: Mulberry

    Pleasance Dome

    August 5 to August 28

    10pm (One hour)

    Sophie Duker: Hag

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

    7.30pm (One hour)

    Frankie Thompson: Catts

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

    9.25pm (One hour)

    Sheeps: Ten Years, Ten Laughs

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 14

    7pm (One hour)

    Patti Harrison

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 15

    8.30pm (One hour)

    Theatre stage

    Tim Crouch: Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel

    Royal Lyceum Theatre

    August 6 to August 28

    8pm, 8.15pm (1hr 10mins)

    This is Memorial Device

    Wee Red Bar

    August 13 to August 28

    3.30pm, 8.30pm (1hr 30mins)

    Hamlet with Ian McKellen

    Ashton Hall

    August 5 to August 28

    4pm, 7pm (1hr 15mins)

    Every Word Was Once An Animal

    Zoo Southside

    August 5 to August 28

    2.15pm (One hour)

    Burn

    King’s Theatre

    August 5 to August 10

    12.25pm (1hr 5mins)

    A Little Life

    Edinburgh Festival Theatre

    August 20 to August 22

    6.55pm (One hour)

    Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

    1.30pm (1hr 20mins)

    Half-Empty Glasses

    Roundabout @ Summerhall

    August 5 to August 28

    11.20pm, 2.40pm (1hr 10mins)

    Feeling Afraid as If Something Terrible is Going to Happen

    Summerhall

    August 5 to August 28

    7pm (One hour)

    Victoria Melody: Head Set

    Pleasance Courtyard

    August 5 to August 28

    4.50pm (One hour)

    Dance stage

    Dance Body

    Summerhall

    Until August 27

    4.15pm (One hour)

    Ballet Freedom

    Pleasance @ EICC

    Until August 28

    August 5 to August 7

    4pm, 9pm (1hr 15mins)

    71Bodies 1Dance

    Dance Base

    August 5 to August 7

    6.50pm (50 minutes)

    Amina Khayyam Dance: One

    Dance Base

    August 5 to August 10

    12.30pm (55 minutes)

    The Pulse

    Playhouse

    August 8 to August 9

    2.10pm (45 minutes)

    Scottish Ballet: Coppélia

    Festival theatre

    August 14 to August 16

    2.30pm, 7.30pm (1hr 15mins)

    The Rest of Our Lives

    Summerhall

    August 16 to August 28

    10.15am (One hour)

    Are You Guilty?

    Dance Base

    August 16 to August 28

    4.50pm (50 minutes)

    Kyle Abraham: An Untitled Love

    King’s theatre

    August 20 to August 21

    3pm, 8pm (1hr 10mins)

    A Death Has Occurred

    Greenside @ Nicolson Square

    August 22 - August 27

    3pm (50 minutes)

    Where are the Edinburgh Fringe Festival venues?

    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.

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

    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.

    Tickets are still available for multiple shows across the festival.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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