Doon Mackichan The award-winning star of Smack the Pony, The Day Today and Brass Eye has crafted a powerful, funny show based on the three worst years of her life, cunningly entitled Primadoona. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 662 6552, 7–30 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 5.30pm, £11.50–£12.50 (£10–£11.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
Clive Russell His name might not trip off your tongue, but this busy Fife-raised actor is a well-kent face having starred in everything from Coronation Street to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He stars in Fringe snooker drama Touching the Blue. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7-29 Aug (not 16), 3.30pm, £11–£12.50 (£10–£11.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.
Simon Callow The much-loved thespian, writer and theatre director returns to the Fringe with new one-man show Shakespeare the Man From Stratford, which brings the Bard and his characters to vivid life. Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 7–29 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 2.30pm, 2.30pm, £20–£22 (£18–£20). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £10.
Abi Titmuss Best-known for her career as a glamour model, and as a mainstay of the reality TV circuit, the former nurse takes on her meatiest acting role to date as fitness instructor Hazel in the 25th anniversary production of John Godber’s Up N Under. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 5.25pm, £17.50–£19.50 (£15.50–£17.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £10.
Rodney Bewes The former Likely Lad heads back to the Fringe with his successful adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s much-loved novel about messin’ about on the river, Three Men in a Boat. New Town Theatre, 220 0143, 7-29 Aug (not 16, 23), 5pm, £11–£13 (£9–£11). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.
In a magical tour de force, Simon Callow, one of Britain's greatest actors, tracks down the real man behind William Shakespeare, the world's greatest writer, bringing to life both the man and the unforgettable characters - lovers, kings, soldiers and clowns - who have since conquered the world's stages.
John Godber directs the 25th anniversary production of his Olivier Award-winning comedy. Actress and TV personality Abi Titmuss, fresh from a critically-acclaimed performance as Lady Macbeth, stars as a gym instructor attempting to kick an unruly bunch of amateur Rugby League misfits into touch. When Rugby League…
At 17, Derek Hodges was the youngest player to be crowned world snooker champion; forty years later he arrives at the championships, a complete outsider, washed up, broke, a shadow of his former self. As he prepares for what is surely his last chance at greatness he reflects on a life that has been as unpredictable as it…
In this powerful one-woman show, award-winning comedienne and actress Doon MacKichan takes you on a hilariously brave and physical journey into the depths of three dark, painful and miraculous years and what it meant to survive. Shocking, moving and extremely funny.
The opening line? 'There were four of us!' Eyebrows go up and jaws drop in astonishment. 'Three Men in a Boat' as a one-man show? Rodney Bewes sets his adaptation in Jerome K. Jerome's study some years after the famous book was written. He recalls the japes, scrapes and narrow escapes with George, Harris and dog…
Clive Russell stars in this one-man drama by Joe Wenborne, about a former snooker champion trying to prove he still has the game. Featuring video appearances by Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty and Leslie Grantham.