Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021: First shows revealed

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The first set of shows for the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe are now available to book at edfringe.com. Tickets for over 170 shows were released, with more programme details set to be announced weekly in the run up to the Fringe (06 – 30 August).

This year’s Fringe will look a little different. In 2021, audiences will be able to access a wide range of amazing Fringe shows through socially distanced in-person events, scheduled online performances and on-demand digital shows. Tickets and information for all kinds of registered Fringe shows – live, online, paid and free – can be found at edfringe.com 

In-person shows

The shows will include a Traverse theatre production on Silverknowes beach; live music - including Sacred Paws, Carla J Easton, Hudson Hawk, Mersault and James Yorkston - in the courtyard of Summerhall; Treasure Island at Musselburgh racecourse; live standup at the Corn Exchange – including Jason Byrne, Andrew Maxwell and Daniel Sloss – and Myra’s Story, an Assembly production in George Square Gardens. All live, in-person performances taking place at various outdoor and indoor venues must comply with City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government covid-related regulations. 

Online shows

There will be two kinds of online events available this year: scheduled and on demand. With scheduled shows, audiences can buy tickets as they would to a traditional in-person event. Shows will have a dedicated start and end time and are treated as an ‘appointment to view’ event. For on-demand shows, audiences can buy tickets to watch at their leisure.

Fringe Player and other online platforms

Audiences can view Fringe shows via the brand-new Fringe Player. Available via edfringe.com, this bespoke digital platform offers audiences an exciting new way to engage with Fringe content. The player will be accessible to audiences from 06 August, with captioning built in. Both on-demand and scheduled online shows are available on this platform. Where other platforms (such as Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo) are being used to host online work, information on how to access these is clearly provided at the point of purchase.

Tickets and programme

This year and in keeping with reducing contact during in-person interactions, all events will be e-ticketed and shows will be listed online, as there won’t be a printed programme for 2021. Audiences will be able to attend shows without using paper tickets. More information on ticketing can be found on edfringe.com.

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