Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017: hit shows that are returning for another run

This article is from 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017: hit shows returning

The Duke returns to the Pleasance / credit: Brian Roberts

Missed a five-star stunner last year? It may not be too late...

With so many shows on offer during the Edinburgh Fringe, it's no easy task to see everything on your wish list. Even with three and a half weeks to fit it all in, some of the best shows sell out well in advance, and five star reviews and award nominations can turn the most outré show into a hot ticket overnight.

To give you a steer of what you've got another chance to see, we've selected five returning shows each from the 'big four' venues (Assembly, Pleasance, Gilded Balloon and Underbelly), featuring a mixture of comedy, dance and theatre – and sometimes all three at once.

Gilded Balloon

Adam Kay: Fingering A Minor on the Piano
Former doctor Kay brings sings silly songs and recounts horror stories from the NHS in a show that inspired his forthcoming book, This is Going to Hurt.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Mon 14–Mon 28 Aug

Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas
The titular make-up ladies bitch, sing and laugh in double Fringe First winner Morag Fullerton's lively show which sold out at its Fringe debut two years ago.
Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug

This Is Not Culturally Significant
Performed entirely nude, this high-energy, darkly comic one-man show takes its audience on an emotional journey through the lives of 10 characters.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Fri 4–Sat 26 Aug

The Actor's Nightmare
Christopher Durang's absurdist comedy about an accountant who is accidentally thrust into the spotlight of the stage.
Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Mon 7–Sat 12 Aug

F*cking Men
This play by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro relocates Arthur Schnitzler's outrageous La Ronde to the gay scene.
Gilded Balloon, Teviot, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug


This Fringe First winner from 2015 is a story of migration, family and prejudice.
Pleasance Courtyard, Thu 10–Sun 27 Aug

James Acaster: The Trelogy
Perennial comedy-award nominee Acaster presents a trilogy featuring his past three nominated shows.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug

Translunar Paradise
Ad Infinitum return to the Fringe with their multi award-winning show about a man who learns to let go of his grief with the help of his late wife.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug

The Duke
Shȏn Dale-Jones brings back his playful mix of fantasy and reality in a show that's also raising money for Save the Children.
Pleasance Courtyard, Sat 5–Sun 27 Aug

Max & Ivan: The Reunion
Max and Ivan return for a short run with their Comedy Award-nominated sketch show, directed by sometime-Pappy's member, Tom Parry.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 2–Sun 13 Aug


Bright Colours Only
Pauline Goldsmith's legendary woman-woman show returns to the Fringe for the first time in over a decade.
Assembly Rooms, Tue 3–Sat 26 Aug

How to Win Against History
Seiriol Davies's costume drama musical examines the florid life of Henry Cyril Paget, the cross-dressing 5th Marquis of Anglesey.
Assembly George Square, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug

Australian dance company Casus Circus return with their spectacular, gravity defying exhibition of strength and flexibility.
Assembly George Square, Thu 3–Mon 28 Aug

Thrones! The Musical
This musical, based on the phenomenally popular fantasy series, will be brought bang up-to-date for season seven.
Assembly George Square, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug

Tago: Korean Drum II
A unique fusion of traditional Korean instruments and martial arts performed by a group of extraordinarily dextrous musicians.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug


Bruce may look innocuous enough (he's a yellow block of foam) but he goes on an epic adventure in this funny and touching show.
Underbelly, Cowgate, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug

Acrobatic skills are at the forefront of this show about a trio of acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life.
Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Fri 4–Sat 26 Aug

Knightmare Live
This revival of the cult 80s TV show was a huge hit last year. It returns to the Fringe, bigger and better.
Underbelly, George Square, Sun 6 & Sun 13 Aug

Luke Wright: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan
This Fringe First winner tackles British politics head-on. Challenging the recent political landscape, it's as timely now as ever.
Underbelly, Cowgate, Mon 21–Sun 27 Aug

Still hot from its success as a BBC Three series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's award-winning play returns to where it began.
Underbelly, George Square, Mon 21–Sun 27 Aug

Read more about the Fringe shows we think will sell out fast.