Back for its 72nd year as one of the world's leading theatre festivals, Fringe is taking over Edinburgh once again this summer. Bringing together the best and biggest performers across comedy, cabaret, circus, theatre, music and pretty much every other art form imaginable, there's a show to pique every interest. We've done our own deep-dive into the programme; from drink-along comedy lectures to the West End's next big thing, here's our top picks of what to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.
Cabaret: Shit-Faced Show Time
Theatre, cabaret and irresponsible boozing collide in the latest piss-up from the Shit-Faced Showtime team. Stepping through the looking glass on this occasion, this adaptation of Alice In Wonderland is an all-singing, all-dancing take on the classic story, with comedy by the bucket courtesy of one absolutely screwball-ed cast member.
Various dates from 31st of July - 26th of August at Underbelly Bristo Square
Comedy: Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch
Alcohol can inspire us to do some pretty dumb stuff a lot of the time, but did you know that it also inspired some of history's most influential thinkers? From Plato to Picasso, the award-winning Thinking Drinkers will be taking you on a journey into one very boozy past, and the best part? You'll be furnished with five free drinks throughout the show. Now, that's what we call inspiring.
Various dates from 31st of July - 25th of August at Underbelly Bristo Square - Cowbarn.
Theatre: Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical
One of the most anticipated shows of the year, the ultimate brooding teen title of the 90s gets a nostalgia-fuelled re-work featuring all the classics from Britney to REM. Already a smash-hit over the other side of the Atlantic, this run of Fringe shows marks the UK debut for the Cruel Intentions cast before a West End transfer, so grab your place in the crowd while you can.
Various dates from 1st - 25th of August at Assembly George Square Gardens
An all-female circus ensemble with more than a few awards under their belts, YUCK are all about showcasing the most miraculous and disgusting elements of the female body. From necking pints to eating Nutella out of the jar, they've got a handle on relatability, as well some eye-popping skills that are set to bring out all the gasps.
Various dates from 3rd - 24th August at Circus Hub on the Meadows
Something A Little Different: Confetti & Chaos
Get yourself down to the wedding of the year with this immersive work from the teams behind the Faulty Towers and Only Fools And Horses dining experiences. Across three courses of delicious food you'll get to know a cast of colourful characters, all harbouring their own personal dramas, some of which you might just get a little sucked into.
Various dates from 1st - 26th of August at The Principle Edinburgh Hotel.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place from the 2nd - 26th of August across the city.