Full programme announced for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

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Full programme announced for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Brendon Burns / Photo by Steve Ullathorne

New shows from Ontroerend Goed, Michael Nyman and Brendon Burns among highlights

After a month of being drip fed nuggets, the full Fringe feast has been revealed, with a whopping 2,871 shows performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues across Edinburgh up for grabs. From X-rated puppet musicals and guerrilla style pop-ups to the London riots and Scottish independence, the Fringe has it covered.

Highlights of a bursting theatre programme include the National Theatre of Scotland’s study of love and loneliness in Ménage à Trois and Thick Skin’s Chalk Farm by Kieran Hurley and AJ Taudevin about the 2011 London riots.

While familiar faces from the telly include Ian Lavender, aka Pike in Dad’s Army, making his Fringe debut alongside Omid Djalili and Eastenders' Paul Nicholls – in the Assembly Room’s The Shawshank Redemption. Comedy regulars Russell Kane, Brendon Burns, Reginald D Hunter, Sarah Millican, Jenny Éclair and Ardal O’Hanlon also return to the festival fold, as well as a hotly tipped appearance from funnyman Alexei Sayle.

Seldom ones to disappoint, the much-anticipated Traverse programme includes Kate Tempest performing Brand New Ancients and Fire Exit’s Long Live the Little Knife by David Leddy, as well as hot Trav favourite and political pondering, I’m With the Band. Controversial Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed also return to the festival, with Fight Night.

Across town, the ever-impressive Summerhall return with a packed programme. Holocaust survivor Zdenka Fantlova’s story will be told through a solo performance by Jane Arnfield in The Tin Ring, while elsewhere in the line-up artists Yael Karavan and Tanya Khabarova take on Goethe in Somnabules and the 7 Deadly Sins. Dance highlights include a performance from Guilio D’anna, whose Parkin’Son explores family relationships and illness. The visual art strand is well represented by Michael Nyman, Lawrence Weiner, Fiona Banner and Gregor Schneider, as well as an appearance from the blissfully unorthodox Ryanthewheelbarrow.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery will also be opening its doors for the first time for some festival comedy for festival night Tickling Jock: By Night, with Des Clarke performing a tribute to Chic Murray as part of the line-up.

Other major new venues for 2013’s jamboree include Paterson’s Land, around Holyrood, which is set to become an important hub for performances from Scottish Opera, the National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow’s Tron Theatre Company and the city’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in the West End will also host an array of shows out of its drawing room.

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