Edinburgh Fringe 2022

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The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth".

The 2022 Fringe will feature 3,171 shows, in 255 venues, which is 17% fewer shows than in the pre-pandemic Fringe, in 2019, which saw 3,841 shows in 323 venues across Scotland’s capital city.

It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There are hundreds of free shows and pay-what-you-want shows at the Fringe as well (355 free shows, 217 Pay What You Can and 234 Pay What You Want shows to be exact).

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Fringe in 2021 followed a slimmed-down, hybrid programme of both live performances at fewer, socially distant in-person venues and online.

In 2022, with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, the Fringe is readying for a return to a packed in-person programme.

Early tickets for some shows started to be released in March 2022 and have been staggered in the run-up to the full printed programme release on Thursday 7 July.

The Fringe Society did not print a Fringe brochure in 2021. The summer Edinburgh festivals were cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, although online shows did take place.

Fringe 2022 does have a printed programme, but there is no app this year. Fringe boss Shona McCarthy said this was due to lack of time, money, and general uncertainty caused by the pandemic, to develop the app.

Fringe 2022 Programme

  • View a digital version of the 2022 print brochure or download a PDF.
  • Check the Fringe website for booking info - its advanced search is useful for filtering shows
  • Check back here for news and reviews from the Fringe! You can find our reviews archive below.

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