The Playhouse #Fringe 2017 Line-up Announced @edinplayhouse #Edinburgh


The Playhouse on the Fringe 2017 line-up announced

  • Iconic Edinburgh venue to showcase works by five international performers, marking 70 years of Edinburgh’s world-famous festivals
  • Tickets for sixth annual celebration at the Playhouse now on sale

A unique take on rock ‘n’ roll, a musical insight into family dynamics, an improvised one-man musical, a self-retrospective with Michelle Shocked and a show exploring the works of Annie Lennox, are to play in The Boards at the Edinburgh Playhouse this August.

Announced today – Thursday 1st June – this year’s The Playhouse on the Fringe line-up will showcase the works of five international performers across 56 shows. Helping celebrate seven decades of Edinburgh as a festival city, the programme includes comedy, music and cabaret.

Now in its sixth year and running from 2nd until 26th August, The Playhouse on the Fringe will see return performances by Danny Condon and Michael Griffiths. Following a hit season at Adelaide Fringe, Condon’s Songs from the Black Sheep is a unique comedy providing an insight into family dynamics, set to original music, Chopin and show tunes. Returning after his 2014 sell-out debut In Vogue, Helpmann Best Cabaret Award winner Michael Griffiths takes on Annie Lennox as he charts her career and life from the early days of the Eurythmics to her solo work, with Sweet Dreams.

As well as Australian talent, the venue will also provide the backdrop for American singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy nominee, Michelle Shocked with Truth vs Reality. Meanwhile Jason Kravits’Off the Top! presents an evening of improvised cabaret based on audience suggestions. Following her Edinburgh Fringe debut last year, Carla Lippis’ Cast a Dark Shadow sees original songs and cult classics come together in a reinvention of rock ‘n’ roll in an intimate cabaret style.

Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre Director, James Haworth, said: “We’re pleased to be returning for our sixth year of The Playhouse on the Fringe. We’ve worked with Civil Disobedience to develop a small but dynamic programme that offers Fringe-goers international variety, all within one of the city’s most iconic venues.

“It’s a real celebration of talent in cabaret, music, diversity, performance art and comedy. Including a completely improvised one-man cabaret show and a performance exploring the career and works of Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, amongst others.

“Our Fringe offering, which runs alongside movement and music performances for the Edinburgh International Festival, promises to make for a fantastic August season. All made doubly special as Edinburgh marks 70 years of its world renowned festivals.”

The Playhouse on the Fringe has been produced in partnership with Civil Disobedience. Members of the public will be able to get tickets from today, Thursday 1st June.

Barry Church-Woods, Co-founder of Civil Disobedience and Producer of The Playhouse on the Fringe, added: “We’re really excited that we’re co-producing our first venue season with the iconic Edinburgh Playhouse.  As a local, the venue has been part of my life since childhood and it’s where I attended my first-ever festival performance – Sandra Bernhard in 1993.  We’re excited to bring Carla Lippis, Michelle Shocked, Danny Condon and Michael Griffiths as part of the Civil Disobedience Fringe 2017 season and equally thrilled to have partnered with New York’s PM2 Management to bring Jason Kravits to the Edinburgh stage.” 

Alongside a programme of dance and music for the Edinburgh International Festival and in addition to the Playhouse’s Fringe line-up in The Boards, throughout August the main stage will welcome performances by the likes of singer songwriter Regina Spektor (3rd August) and renowned illusionist Derren Brown (14th and 15th August). Over the course of two days, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August, Forth on the Fringe will present this year’s must-see acts and performers with a selection of dance, comedy and music.

Tickets for The Playhouse on the Fringe will be available to purchase online from 10am and at the venue Box Office from midday today, Thursday 1st June. Information and tickets for this year’s performances are available through The Playhouse on the Fringe section of the website at:                                                                                      

The Playhouse on the Fringe 2017 Programme | 2nd-26th August

The Boards at the Edinburgh Playhouse – Venue 59A

 Carla Lippis – Cast a Dark Shadow

Carla Lippis by Sophie Armstrong

Incorporating original music and cult classics, Lippis reinterprets rock ‘n’ roll into an intimate cabaret format. Traditional instrumentation fused with modern electronics evokes the spirit of Connie Francis drifting through the dreams of David Lynch.

Music, Modern

 Suitable for those aged 12 and above. Tickets are priced at £10 and £8 for concessions.


Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

From a hit season at Adelaide Fringe, Danny Condon finds a grey area between art and science and lifts the lid on some hilarious family dynamics. Featuring original music, a bit of Chopin and a show tune or two, this new comedy embraces the oddball in every family.

Cabaret, Comedy

 Suitable for all ages. Tickets are priced at £10.


Off the Top!

Jason Kravits - Off The Top! 1

A man. A band. Totally unplanned. TV and Broadway veteran Jason Kravits (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drowsy Chaperone) pulls off his most fearless act yet… a completely improvised, completely fictional, completely ridiculous one-man musical cabaret. Everything – patter songs, showstoppers, eleven-o’clock numbers, showbiz

anecdotes and overshares – made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions.

Music, Comedy

Suitable for those aged 14 and above. Tickets are priced at £12 and £10 for concessions.

Michael Griffiths: Sweet Dreams

Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths is Annie Lennox. From the gender-bending early days as one half of 80s new wave sensation Eurythmics through to her stunning solo career, Annie’s bittersweet lyrics share stories of her triumphs and her heartbreak. Featuring unforgettable songs including Why, Thorn In My Side, Walking On Broken Glass and There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart).

Music, LGBT

Suitable for those aged 12 and above. Tickets are priced at £12 and £10 for concessions.

Michelle Shocked: Truth vs Reality

USA – Michelle Shocked - Portraiture

Texas’ badass Godmother of Americana touches the third rail yet again… Arrested for peaceful protest. Ridiculed for dissecting the censored history of blackface. Blacklisted for antagonising virtual-media zombies. This August, triple Grammy nominated artist Michelle Shocked celebrates the 30th anniversary since the launch of her Mercury Trilogy.

Music, Performance, Art

 Suitable for those aged 12 and above. Tickets are priced at £12 and £10 for concessions.

 Please note that all performances will take place in The Boards. Dates and times can be found on The Playhouse on the Fringe section of the website at

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