John Bishop to play 14 Edinburgh Fringe shows

John Bishop will play 14 shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

And this year the Liverpudlian funnyman will snub the Capital’s bigger venues and perform a series of intimate gigs in the 278-seater Cow Barn.

Bishop will be performing previews of his Winging It autumn tour from August 12 to 25.

Among the other big-name acts announced today by Underbelly is Jason Manford, who is also returning to the city for a week of ‘work in progress’ shows ahead of his just-announced 2018 tour Muddle Class.

Manford will be at the Fringe from August 14 to 20.

Underbelly announced details of 90 Fringe shows today – among the names appearing in August are Jess Robinson, Austentatious, Aditi Mittal and Zach & Viggo.

There are plenty more shows to be announced, and the rest of the programme will go on sale on 11 May.

Theatre highlights include the return of innovative American shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema following last year’s sell out show Ada/Ava with their new show Lula del Ray, and W1A’s Monica Dolan brings her one-woman show The B*easts.

Alvin Sputnik creators The Last Great Hunt bring three shows from Australia – the return of BRUCE, the yellow block of foam with a heart of pure gold which took the Fringe by storm in 2015, the UK premiere of FAG/STAG, a new play exploring male friendship, and The Great Ridolphi, an enchanting mystery for all the family.

The Underbelly Untapped programme, designed to support innovative new writing at the Fringe, returns for its second year following fantastic acclaim for Untapped shows Blush, JOAN and Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain in 2016.

This year’s companies are Gracefool Collective with This Really Is Too Much, a satirical and anarchic show which combines dance and dark comedy to look at what it is to be a modern woman, Quarter Life Crisis by Yolanda Mercy who mixes spoken word, basslines and audience participation in her unique coming of age tale, and Prom Kween, a sequinned, satirical and uplifting musical based on the true story of the first non-binary kid to run for Prom Queen.

For booking info, visit www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk  or call 03333 444761 2017

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