Highlights include Basil Brush, Enid Blyton characters and the Mr Men and Little Miss crew
Put on your rose-tinted glasses because Underbelly are on a quest to make you relive your childhood with their range of throwback shows at this year's Fringe. From Basil Brush to the characters in Enid Blyton's books, the stars of our childhood worlds once reigned supreme and this pick of shows provides the perfect dose of nostalgia.
Basil Brush: Unleashed Old Basil has been about for so long he's now a cross-generational showbiz legend. Whether you have fond memories of Ivan Owen's 1963-1984 incarnation, or if you are young enough to only know Michael Winsor's 2002-2007 revival, Basil's trademark anarchic style will be sure to bring you back to your childhood living room in his Fringe debut. Underbelly Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug, 6.45pm.
Whose Line Is It Anyway Starting life as a radio show in the late 80s, this improv comedy TV show that concluded in 1999 took the form of a game show that really wasn't about winning, it was all about the jokes. After selling out its run when it came to the Fringe in 2017, the live show is back with a line-up that includes Greg Proops, Mike McShane, Stephen Frost, Richard Vranch, Phill Jupitus and more special surprise guests. Underbelly Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug, 7pm.
Austentatious As one of the most famous first lines in literature goes: 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an English student in possession of a good mark must be told to read Jane Austen.' OK, maybe that wasn't quite it, but it doesn't really matter. This improvised performance of Jane Austen's novels, based entirely on a single audience suggestion, shows that giving the original a bit of a twist is always more entertaining. Underbelly Bristo Square, Fri 16–Sun 25 Aug, 1pm.
Bumper Blyton From The Famous Five to Malory Towers and beyond, it was hard not to encounter an Enid Blyton book growing up. She was one of the most successful and prolific children's authors of the 20th century and continues to have an impact on children's lives. In this improvised live adventure the cast, performing in vintage costume, bring your childhood book worlds alive and find all the hidden innuendos that you'll only get now. Underbelly Bristo Square, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug, 5.05pm.
Shit Faced Shakespeare: Macbeth Mr William Shakespeare is a man whom we often get acquainted with quite early in life. Whether it's the tale of two star-crossed lovers, the 'Scottish play', or some 16th-century monarch or another, has anyone else often wished all that iambic pentameter could be a wee bit less boring? In this Fringe stalwart, they answer this wish by throwing a different drunk actor into the cast every night to shake things up. Underbelly Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug, 11pm.
Mr Men and Little Miss Live Now, this is what the youth of today might dub a #ThrowbackThursday, as all the main Mr Men and Little Miss characters come alive for a colourful live stage show. Straight from Happyland, the likes of Mr Bump, Little Miss Sunshine and Mr Tickle present their adventures and lessons through puppets and music. Underbelly George Square, Thu 1–Mon 26 Aug, 11am.
Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch If all the gossip about Disney's new Little Mermaid live-action film isn't giving you some sentimental feels about Ariel & co., then what about finding out what the movie's villain did next? Indisputably described as 'Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon', this musical parody reveals what's under those tentacles in a raunchy, magical tale. Underbelly Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug, 6.55pm.
Will Gompertz: Double Art History – The Sequel Reminisce about that Art History module you took back in uni with BBC arts editor Will Gompertz, who is back on the Fringe circuit to test your knowledge of the art world. You don't have to know everything about art to join Will as he aims to teach a fun lesson that proves contemporary art isn't just meaningless rubbish. Underbelly Bristo Square, Mon 19–Sun 25 Aug, 3.35pm.
Austentatious and Underbelly Productions present
After sell-out national tours, a West End run and Radio 4 special, Austentatious returns to the Fringe for its seventh glorious year! Every single day an all-star cast (including Cariad Lloyd, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and more) improvise a brand new Jane…
The Improvised Adventure
A riotous parody, chock full of innuendo and lashings of puns. The cast invent a hilarious improvised adventure live on the hoof. Performed in vintage costume with music and songs, the show offers an hilarious tongue-in-cheek homage. Return to a time when you could get a delicious tongue…
Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd.
They have toured the world, won multiple awards, broken onto London's West End, survived eight consecutive Festival Fringes and once received a zero-star review in The Times! They are Shit-Faced Shakespeare and they are back in Edinburgh with an all-new show for 2019. Featuring a…
Fat Rascal Theatre
Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. But who is the woman behind the tentacles? From the multi award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre, creators of sell-out hit musicals Buzz and Vulvarine, comes the untold story of Ursula the sea witch. It's time to take the plunge as we reveal what really happened…
Brett Vincent for Get Comedy
Following a total sell-out run in Edinburgh two years ago (including extra shows), as well as sell-out runs at the London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall, Clive Anderson once again takes the reins as many of the original cast members reunite in this now legendary live version of the…
Will Gompertz and Underbelly present
BBC arts editor Will Gompertz returns to Fringe with another humorous lecture about the world of contemporary art. Step into his fun-filled art history lesson as he aims to teach the audience that not all contemporary art is bollocks. Art aficionado or novice, you'll leave having…