The cows come home to McEwan Hall as Underbelly returns and first Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows announced
29th Jan 2018
Underbelly returns to the stunningly refurbished McEwan Hall for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 with Nina Conti and Foil Arms and Hog as first shows announced for the refreshed space.
Underbelly puts five of the Fringe’s popular acts on sale giving festival-goers a chance to book tickets early for Nina Conti and Foil Arms and Hog as well as the first of the Circus Hub, Cowgate and Ermintrude shows.
Tickets go on sale Monday 29 January at 12 noon at underbellyedinburgh.co.uk
After a gap of three years, Underbelly returns to McEwan Hall for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. To celebrate the spectacular renovation undertaken by the University of Edinburgh, Underbelly has put together its strongest programme yet which will be revealed over the next three months.
Five spaces will be Underbelly auditoria for the duration of the Fringe, the main McEwan Hall auditorium (capacity c.900), and four smaller spaces ranging in capacity from 60 to 145.
A new show from Foil Arms and Hog, Craicling, brings their Irish banter – potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato ….you racist, to Edinburgh for their 10th Fringe. With over a 100 million You-Tube hits, and 9 years of sold-out shows in Edinburgh their sensational, fast-paced, inventive gag-tastic show will come to Underbelly’s McEwan Hall from 1 – 26 August (9pm).
Following the sell-out success of In Your Face and its two West End runs, three UK tours and three sell-out Edinburgh seasons, British Comedy Award Winner and BAFTA-Nominated Live At the Apollo star Nina Conti returns to Edinburgh with her brand new show at Underbelly’s McEwan Hall.
Side-splitting Edinburgh Fringe favourite, Nina Conti’s new show joins Foil Arms and Hog in the main auditorium at McEwan Hall from 1st to 27th August (7pm).
Twice raucous sold-out family favourite at Underbelly’s Circus Hub the Trash Test Dummies bring a brand new, wet and wild show to the Lafayette tent at Circus Hub for Fringe 2018, Splash Test Dummies. Running from 4 – 25 August at 1pm.
A new production of oceanic proportions, Splash Test Dummies roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity with a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.
Tucked in to graze at Underbelly Bristo Square, Ermintrude hosts the incredibly popular The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl. Running from 1 to 26 August at 8.35pm this seven year on the trot sell-out show, The Thinking Drinkers returns with its hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer.
Spank! is back for its 15th year with incredible hosts, awesome comedians and hilarious stunts. One of the best and wildest nights out on the Edinburgh Fringe it returns to Underbelly’s Cowgate from 3 to 26 August at 11.55pm.
Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly said, “We are delighted to be returning to McEwan Hall in 2018. We are bringing together a fantastic programme of entertainment for the five beautifully refurbished spaces and are thrilled to announce the first shows as Nina Conti and Foil Arms and Hog. Putting our first shows of the Fringe season on sale is always exciting and this year is no exception with five of the most popular shows and artists on the Fringe.”
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Keep up to speed with Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Foil Arms and Hog, Craicling
McEwan Hall, Aug 1 - 26, 21:00 (60 minutes)
Previews: Aug 1-3 £8.00
Aug 8-9, 13-16, 20-23 £13.50 (£12.50)
Aug 4-7, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 £16.00 (£15.00)
Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato... you racist. Sold out Edfringe 2009-2017. Over 100 million hits on YouTube. Foil, Arms and Hog celebrate a decade at the festival with their best show yet, ‘Craicling’. ***** (Irish Times). **** (Times). ***** (Irish Examiner). 'Very funny' (Rowan Atkinson). ‘An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines' (Chortle). 'Quite simply, a sensation' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
McEwan Hall, Aug 1-27, 19:00 (60 minutes)
Previews: Aug 1-3 £12.00
Aug 8-9,14-16,20-23 19:00 (1h) £16.00 (£15.00)
Aug 4-7,10-12,17-19,24-27 19:00 (1h) £19.00 (£18.00)
Following the sell-out success of In Your Face and its two West End runs, three UK tours and three sell-out Edinburgh seasons, British Comedy Award Winner and BAFTA-Nominated Live At the Apollo star Nina Conti is back with a brand new show.
‘Put simply, Nina Conti is a genius’ (Mirror)
'Devastatingly witty' **** (Times)
'Gut-bustingly funny' **** (Daily Telegraph)
Splash Test Dummies
Underbelly Circus Hub, The Lafayette, Aug 4 - 25, 13:00 (60 minutes)
Preview: Aug 4 £9.50
Aug 8-9,14-16,20-23 £11.50 (£10.50)
Aug 5-7,10-12,17-19,24-25 £12.50 (£11.50)
Rub-a- dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous. Join the Dummies and come diving from bathtubs to beaches in this new aquatic adventure!
The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl
Underbelly Bristo Square, Ermintrude, Aug 1-26, 20:35 (60 minutes)
Previews: Aug 1-3 £8.00
Aug 8-9,14-16,20-23 £13.00 (£11.00)
Aug 4-7,10-12,17-19,24-26 £15.00 (£13.00)
After seven years of sell-out shows, The Thinking Drinkers return with a brand new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy. You’ll learn a lot, you’ll laugh a lot and, don’t forget, you get five free drinks. 'Pioneers of alcohol based comedy' (Sunday Times). **** 'A terrific show. the best value for money in town’ (Scotsman). **** 'Hugely funny, genuinely fascinating' (Edinburgh Evening News).
Underbelly Cowgate, Belly Dancer, Aug 3-26 23:55 (180 minutes)
Aug 3-4,10-11,17-18,24-25 £15.50 (£14.50)
Aug 5-9,12-16,19-23,26 £13.50 (£12.50)
Spank! returns for an incredible 15th year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. Showcasing the most exciting comedy and cabaret on the Fringe, don't miss the 'best wild night out' (Scotland on Sunday) at the festival! 'Comedy and legendary party night... if you haven't experienced this night, get down there right away!' (Time Out). 'It's raunchy, raucous and ridiculous. Utterly and absolutely hilarious' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Everything you could hope for in a late-night comedy showcase... absolutely must-see show' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Atmosphere is electric... you just don't quite know what is going to happen next... superb' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).
Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company, its festivals and events division produces a number of events annually, including Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Underbelly Festival on London’s Southbank, Udderbelly Festival Hong Kong, Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, Christmas in Leicester Square, Pride in London and, West End Live in Trafalgar Square on behalf of the Society of London Theatre and Westminster City Council.
2017 marked their fifth year producing Edinburgh’s Christmas for the City of Edinburgh Council, and their first year producing Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (also for the City of Edinburgh Council), one of the world’s leading New Year Festivals lasting three days in Scotland’s stunning capital city and drawing an estimated 150,000 people from Scotland and around the world.
Through its Underbelly Productions arm it produces and promotes live theatre in London’s West End, throughout the UK and on tour internationally. Focusing on revivals of plays and musicals as well as commissions, their credits to date include, a revival of Clarke Peters’ Five Guys Named Moe in association with Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Clarke Peters’ himself, performed in a specially constructed theatre at Marble Arch.
In 2017, Underbelly sold 1.3 million tickets to its festival events and shows.
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