Biggest ever Festival Fringe

It is already the world's biggest arts festival, but with 2542 events this year's Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest yet.

And with several new spaces being opened up, the University has cemented its place as the biggest landlord to the greatest cultural show on earth.

Biggest arts festival

Comedians Ricky Gervais and David Mitchell will appear at a new venue, BBC@Potterrow.

Located near the student union, it will play host to the BBC's Edinburgh favourites including Just A Minute and Radio 1's Scott Mills.

C Venues, celebrating its 20th birthday this year, will make use of Edinburgh College of Art for the first time.

London's Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) is decamping to Summerhall, the former Vet school, for August.

Working in conjunction with the Demarco European Art Foundation, the BAC will stage an all-night version of the Greek tragedy Medea, complete with hot chocolate and breakfast, a show that takes place in the belly of a whale, and an event where the audience decides how much it pays.

Celebrated Scottish theatre

Celebrated Scottish theatre company Grid Iron is staging its site-specific show, What Remains, in parts of the Medical School.

Assembly will shift its centre of gravity from the New Town to George Square for the first time.

It will stage comedy, theatre, music and cabaret in three spaces in George Square Gardens, as well as George Square Theatre and spaces in and under David Hume Tower.

Established venues back

As well as many University spaces being used for the first time, scores of well established venues are back: Appleton Tower will become Fringe Central; Underbelly will return to Bristo Square, Reid Hall and its surroundings; Pleasance will once more inhabit The Pleasance and Potterrow students union.

Theatre and performance spaces

In total the University will host 43 different theatre and performance spaces.

Last year 942,317 tickets were sold for performances in University buildings over the summer festival period.

University shows

As well as hosting a record number of events, the University has also inspired at least one show.

A major scientific study conducted by the University, supported by Age UK is behind the Spare Tyre theatre group's play Still Life.

Co-produced with the Wellcome Trust and staged at the Pleasance, it will examine stories behind the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 study which examines the secrets of successful ageing. The production marks the 75th anniversary of the Wellcome Trust and is part of a series of science and arts events across the summer.

Ticket venue

Festival goers can also collect their tickets at a new venue on the University campus.

The University Visitor Centre on Charles Street has extended its opening hours for the duration of the festival from 9.30am - 8pm (Monday - Saturday) and Noon - 8pm (Sundays) from 3 - 29 August.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs August 5 - 29.

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