Edinburgh festival

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The shows must go on: the best of Edinburgh fringe, in person and online
From a play in a car park to an online event from a shed, this year’s festival is finding new ways to entertain

Natasha Tripney

31, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘I’m double-vaxxed and won’t spit on you!’ Six standups on returning to live comedy
Andrew Maxwell, Olga Koch, Sadia Azmat and more reflect on the return of audiences after a year away – plus offer up some new jokes!

As told to Leonie Cooper

31, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Enda Walsh: ‘All my plays are about people who haven’t been loved or looked after’
The Irish playwright is known both for feverishly claustrophobic plays – including his latest, Medicine – and big commercial hits. If a project doesn’t feel right, he fires himself

Mark Fisher

12, Jul, 2021 @8:38 AM

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Camels, clowns and sex education: what to see at Edinburgh fringe 2021
The festival has shrunk because of Covid but there are plenty of shows in person and online this summer – here’s our pick of the first to be announced

Chris Wiegand

01, Jul, 2021 @2:31 PM

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Edinburgh fringe: plans unveiled for far smaller ‘joyous’ festival
Venues include beaches, city squares and pedestrianised streets as organisers adapt to Covid rules

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

01, Jul, 2021 @9:15 AM

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Edinburgh fringe performers feel ‘jilted’ as Covid closes venues again
Only a handful of events will be staged this year as producers complain about ‘dithering’ by council and Scottish government

Vanessa Thorpe

13, Jun, 2021 @8:15 AM

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Edinburgh festivals offered millions in emergency funding
The Fringe, international and book festivals forced to curtail August’s event for second year running

Severin Carrell

10, Jun, 2021 @6:26 PM

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Edinburgh international festival returns with music-heavy lineup
With theatre and dance scaled back, music dominates, including concerts from Simon Rattle, Damon Albarn, Nicola Benedetti and Laura Mvula

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Jun, 2021 @11:28 AM

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Edinburgh festival fringe threatened by Covid rules, says organiser
CEO calls on Scottish ministers to replace 2-metre rule with 1 metre to secure future of world’s largest arts festival

Clea Skopeliti

29, May, 2021 @3:01 PM

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Edinburgh international festival plans outdoor return for 2021
Organisers hope outdoor pavilions and shorter performances will make event ‘relatively bulletproof’

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

13, Apr, 2021 @10:49 AM

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All the fret of the fringe: Annie Griffin’s cringe-filled trip to the Edinburgh festival
Our series on films about theatre continues with a boozy, darkly funny comedy that captures the event’s pick’n’mix quality

Chris Wiegand

09, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Edinburgh book festival to quit New Town for art school
Festival cites Covid and costs of staging event heavily dependent on live audiences as reason for move

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

27, Jan, 2021 @10:39 AM

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