The 12th Camden Fringe Festival Launches At London Irish Centre

The 12th Camden Fringe is just three weeks away – with 270 different productions and more than 940 performances at 22 venues.

It’s going to be a hot summer with more shows than ever before between 31st July and 27th August – launching with a party at London Irish Centre (Monday 10 July).

One of our first shows is Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A New Musical Drama at Shaw Theatre, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her death and its publication. Featuring music from Austen’s manuscripts and the era, a chamber orchestra, Regency costumes, and world-champion Irish dancers! 

That’s not the only musical at this year’s Camden Fringe. There is also Boris the Musical at The Cockpit, following the rise, fall and rise again of the former London Mayor, with songs such as I’m Talking About Brexit, BeLeave! and Me and My Johnson, Boris is the 5* anti-musical with something for everyone. Now newly updated after General Election 17!

Free Solo: A New Musical, is at Hen and Chickens 31 July – 2 August and is the story of solo free climber who falls to his death and how his daughter finds his journal 11 years later.

On a lighter note, anyone who loved Barry Gibb and Chic at Glastonbury is going to love 5, 6, 7, 8, upstairs at the Gatehouse 14-19 August – a musical featuring the music of Steps, which is already proving popular at the box office. It’s written by BAFTA Rocliffe winner Shaun Kitchener (Hollyoaks (Channel 4) and Positive (Park Theatre).

Award winning play, Borders in the Bedroom 8-12 August at Tristan Bates Theatre, is set across one evening in New York. As Maya, a British born Hindu woman, and Imran, an American born Muslim man, get ready for Maya’s birthday party in their New York apartment, their preparations are interrupted by numerous BBC alerts on current affairs and terrorism. 

Under The Mental Health Act, 4-5 August at The Cockpit, creates an eye-opening perspective and insight into what’s happening nowadays within our psychiatric facilities. It is in a double bill with Black Love Matters highlights the link between modern society and one of the biggest hidden secrets.

Sari: The Whole Five Yards, 7-12 August, Tristan Bates Theatre, is a play about a 62-year-old woman, who reclaims her life after 40 years of pretending. She has the most seemingly perfect life (six-bedroom detached house, two en suite bathrooms, great kids, granddaughter, generous husband…) that is until the truth slips out.

Found In Translation Theatre Company make their debut with Leave. To Remain (An Aristophanic Brexit Tale), 31 July – 2 August at the Water Rats, in which one man decides to rejoin the EU on his own with a dash of ancient Greek comedy.

Norwegian comic and winner of Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Daniel Simonsen is presenting two shows this year No Net of unscripted standup (1-13 August) and Net of scripted standup (14-27 August), both at The Bill Murray.

For something completely different, Photographer Idil Sukan is presenting Bigger, an hour of improvising, designing and stand-up comedy at The Bill Murray, 24-27 August.

All tickets are on sale now via the Camden Fringe website www.camdenfringe.com.

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Matthew has been writing for the past 5 years about music, sports and movies and has now finally got his chance to write about theatre. Having previously worked for the likes of Kerrang and Uncut, as well as previously having a radio show for 6 Towns, he has interviewed hundreds of bands throughout his career.

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