Assembly Festival expand their 2019 Edinburgh Fringe programme with 100 more shows

This article is from 2019

Assembly Festival expand their 2019 Edinburgh Fringe programme with 100 more shows

Nick Offerman

The longest running multi-venue operator at the Fringe adds names such as Rose McGowan, Nick Offerman and Russell Howard to their festival lineup

Let's face it, as much as it is a big part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to venture into the unknown and see acts by people you have never heard about before (until they shoved a flyer in your hands, that is), it's always good to have at least one or two familiar, safe bets up your sleeve for a guaranteed good time. Assembly Festival surely are providing in that department, with some big names having just been added to their already impressive Fringe programme.

One of the most recognisable faces of the #MeToo movement, Rose McGowan is making her Fringe debut this year with her one-woman show Planet 9, a mix of memoir, music and storytelling. After touring with his newest comedy hour, Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation fame, is also coming to Edinburgh at the end of August with All Rise. Other well known names filling up the Assembly roster include Russell T Davies, Clive Anderson, Russell Howard, Larry Dean and Mark Watson.

If you're looking for more of a musical good time, you can always head along to Friendsical: A Parody Musical about Friends ('We were on a break!' will definitely be referenced at least once), or Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show, if you missed out on a ticket for the reunion of the real deal (minus Victoria Beckham).

In the dance and physical theatre department, Fringe favourites Flip Fabrique debut their new show Blizzard, set in the dead of winter and featuring mind-blowing acrobatics, while international success Bromance continues to explore the dynamics of male relationships.

Struggling to find something to keep the young ones entertained? Assembly have got you covered with interactive bonanza Jarred Christmas & Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show, Comedy Club for Kids and intergalactic adventure Valentina's Galaxy.

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director of Assembly Festival, says it best when he states that their programme is 'packed with new talent, returning favourites and some truly incredible shows, that demonstrate the real breadth of world-class performance that comes to Edinburgh every August under Assembly's banner'. There is plenty of choice already, but leave some gaps in your planner, because Assembly will be announcing even more talent before the Festival begins.

Assembly Festival, Various Venues, Wed 31 Jul--Mon 26 Aug. Tickets are on sale now at