July 9, 2009
July 9, 2009
This year’s 63rd annual Edinburgh Fringe runs from 7 to 31 August and involves some 18,901 performers from over 60 countries giving 34,265 performances of a record-breaking 2,098 shows in 265 venues. It’s followed, from 14 August to 6 September, by the Edinburgh International Festival.
If you would like to attend the festival too, enter our prize draw below to win a super August break!
About the prize:
The prize is a two-night hotel break for two at the peak of this year’s festival fun (19 and 20 August), and taking in the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo as well! Accommodation is provided at the Royal Scots Club which offers country house charm with a cosy club atmosphere, in the heart of the city, with easy access to all the attractions. All bedrooms are individually designed, traditionally furnished, and with private en-suite facilities with luxury toiletries, hospitality trays, iron and board, cable television, DDI telephones and WiFi internet access. The level of comfort and hospitality is second to none. The classical Georgian features and tranquil views over Queen Street Gardens are matched only by the traditional Scottish fayre.
Your package with Superbreak includes:
- two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH3 6QE, Scotland
- 3rd price ticket to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (starting at 9pm) on the 20 August
- a souvenir copy for each person of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2009 Official Programme
- a 10% discount voucher for goods to the value of £20 or more in the official Edinburgh Tattoo shop.
In addition, our friends at FestivalHighlights.com will provide a pair of tickets to two of their top shows at this year’s Fringe. Subject to availability, the winner can choose from 18 productions, including Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Experience, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, My Grandfather’s Great War, Barbershopera II, Nun the Wiser, Madonna impersonator musical Almost Like a Virgin, David Benson Sings Noel Coward, Linda Marlowe’s dramatisation of poet Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife and some great comedy as well! For full programme offerings, visit FestivalHighlights.com.
(NOTE: Travel is not included in the competition prize. The winner will be announced – and contacted – on 7 August 2009 and must make arrangements to and from Edinburgh. The prize, including the dates of 19 and 20 August, is non-transferrable. By entering this competition, you are also signing up to receive Edinburgh-related email updates from Whatsonstage.com only. Your details will not be passed to any third party.)
July 9, 2009
Born in Zimbabwe, William Burdett-Coutts began his career as a theatre director in Scotland in the late 1970s before setting up the Assembly Rooms in 1981. Since then, the Assembly Rooms has gained a reputation as one of the most prestigious venues at the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, sometimes referred to as the “National Theatre of the Fringe”. In 2007, the Assembly Rooms was joined by several new venues which resulted in Burdett-Coutts being responsible for 144 shows from 22 countries playing over 2,826 performances and selling more than 700,000 tickets. Read more
July 7, 2009
The Edinburgh Fringe is so vast – and manic – that you can tear your hair out deciding what to see. But can a producer survive Fringe fever and remain sane? James Seabright, one of the festival’s most prolific producers, says you can survive Fringe fever without going bald.
This year’s Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest ever, once again breaking its own record as the largest arts festival in the world. With 2,098 productions appearing at 265 different venues across Scotland’s capital city during August, the Fringe is as daunting as ever. And with its ever-increasing scale combined with the average visit being just a few days of the Fringe, there are tough choices to be made about which shows to see. Read more
July 3, 2009
Fresh from his screen success in The Wire and in Endgame, in which he played Nelson Mandela, actor Clarke Peters will return to his theatrical roots – though he won’t be treading the boards himself. Peters has signed up to direct Denise Van Outen in the new one-woman musical show Blondes, in which she’ll make her Edinburgh Fringe debut next month (See News, 10 Jun 2009).