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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has announced the first set of shows for the 2022 Festival Fringe with more shows to be announced monthly, ahead of its 75th anniversary this August.

The 75th anniversary of the Fringe takes place from 05 – 29 August 2022 and will feature an exciting range of shows, with theatre, comedy, music, dance, circus, musicals, variety, cabaret, events and more all represented in the programme.

Tickets for 283 shows have been released, with more shows set to be announced on Thursday 07 April, Thursday 05 May and Thursday 09 June. The official launch of the festival, including the reveal of the iconic printed programme, will take place in early July.

Amongst the shows available to book from today are: 

  • Acclaimed mystery maestros Highly Suspect return to the Fringe “with a new duo of hilarious and interactive murder mysteries, which you – the audience – must solve”
  • BAFTA award-winner Jack Docherty is in town with Nothing But: a darkly comic tale which grapples with lost youth, love, fatherhood, sex, secrets and truth
  • Award-winning Myra’s Story returns, in which a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker relives her back story
  • Comoedia is a celebration of traditional Italian masked theatre, as the most famous characters of Commedia dell’arte come together in a one-man show
  • Stewart Lee: Basic Lee is a work-in-progress show in which “Lee enters the post-pandemic era in streamlined stand-up mode”
  • David O’Doherty is back with his show whoa is me and “all of the misplaced confidence of a waiter with no pad'
  • Jason Byrne is back with Unblocked, as “the constipation of Covid has been cleared, live entertainment has been colonically irrigated and readied up for us all”
  • Justin Moorhouse’s brand-new show Stretch & Think, which “may contain yoga, getting older, Madonna, shoplifters, labradoodles, middle-aged cyclists
  • Fringe stalwart Nina Conti returns with The Dating Show, in which “finding true love can't be promised, but big laughs are guaranteed”.
  • And after a UK and Australia tour and an Amazon special, Taskmaster runner-up and accidental YouTube cult leader Mark Watson brings his show This Can’t Be It back to where it began (at last year’s “mini Fringe”)
  • California-based Hip-Hop Orchestra, Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN), presents music from their new album, Death Become Life, which fuses hip-hop and classical (think full strings, woodwind, French horn and soprano)
  • The Strange Valentines are a Nova Scotian folk duo, blending acoustic instrumentation and their signature stunning two-part harmonies to tell provocative stories
  • And Peppa Pig – My First Concert at Assembly is an interactive introduction to a live orchestra is “an accessible, exciting concert designed for the youngest audience members, with Aurora Orchestra.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:

It’s always a hugely exciting moment when the first set of Fringe shows are announced, and this year, it feels more important than ever to celebrate the breadth of creativity and freedom of expression that these shows represent.
We know that so many artists are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, and getting your tickets early is a brilliant way to support them at this vital time. It’s also an important investment in the value of culture and creativity, and with some shows offering free and Pay What You Can options, the Fringe remains an essential access point to culture for many.
I can’t wait to see the programme continue to unfold as we get closer to August, and to see Edinburgh filled with live performance once again as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this magnificent festival.

The 75th anniversary of the Fringe takes place from 05 – 29 August 2022 and the full list of shows can be found at

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