So. You want to go to the Edinburgh Fringe and watch some top notch comedy. That’s understandable – it’s an amazing place to go. You’re guaranteed to see some of the best comedians in the world in some amazing venues. Good idea!
But here’s the rub. You haven’t got any days off left. Or you haven’t booked any accommodation, and it looks like it currently costs £300 a night to sleep in a skip (check out our guide to attending the Edinburgh Festival here so you don’t make this mistake again).
In short, you ain’t going. But don’t worry – that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun all together. Loads of the best comedians don’t get it right first time, and they like to practice their shows before the Fringe itself. As a result, between now and August there are literally hundreds of Edinburgh preview shows taking place across the country.
We start with London. You’ll find the Manchester Edinburgh previews page here.
It’s not quite the full Fringe experience, but it might just make you feel a bit better about missing out. Or alternatively, if you are going, then it’s the perfect way to build up to it! You might discover a hidden gem (or avoid wasting valuable time in Edinburgh).
Watch Edinburgh Fringe previews in London
Unsurprisingly there are loads of fringe theatres in London. It’s a big place. Here are some of our favourites.
The Pleasance is one of the best known Edinburgh venues, and it also has a small theatre in London. Loads of acts are running previews, including: James Acaster, Rachel Parris and Tez Ilyas.
The Invisible Dot near King’s Cross has loads of shows coming up, including Edinburgh previews from the likes of Tim Key.
Battersea Arts Centre has a great programme of Edinburgh previews, including Adam Hess and Josie Long.
The lovely Etcetera Theatre above a pub in Camden has an Edinburgh season, including Wendy Wason and Jake Yapp.
Head to the Cutty Sark Studio Theatre in Greenwich from 22 July for its pre-Edinburgh season.
The Hen and Chickens in Islington has a great reputation for comedy. Edinburgh previews include Lou Sanders.
The Soho Theatre has several rooms and oodles of great comedy. Preview shows feature Sam Simmons, Simon Slack and Andrew Doyle.
The Museum of Comedy in Holborn isn’t just a museum. It’s also a venue, and the likes of Bridget Christie and Sam Fletcher are playing there in the build-up to Edinburgh.
Come back soon for previews in more UK cities!