Brighton Fringe launches its 2021 programme | More than 85 in-person live comedy shows

Brighton Fringe launches its 2021 programme

More than 85 in-person live comedy shows

The Brighton Fringe has officially launched its programme for this year, with more than than 330 events – including 85 in-the-flesh comedy shows – going on sale.

Arthur Smith, Marcel Lucont and Zoe Lyons, pictured, are among the comics lined up to appear at the event, which takes place at venues across the city for a month from May 28.

Other comics running through work in progress shows include Sara Barron, Chloe Petts, Harriet Kemsley and Anna Morris.

Smith will be presenting Syd, the tribute show to his dad, although it is not among the first 85 comedy shows on sale, while Lyons will be hosting her gay-friendly comedy night Bent Double.

Brighton Fringe chief executive  Julian Caddy said: ‘I am delighted that after an incredibly difficult year we are now launching ticket sales for Brighton Fringe 2021.

‘Putting together Brighton Fringe is a massive undertaking, especially with the challenges that we have all faced during the pandemic, so I would like to pay tribute to the participants, venues and producers for their passion, dedication and resilience. It is thanks to you that there is any point in having a Brighton Fringe.

‘we tell, the experiences we have, the recommendations that we make. We can’t wait to welcome back audiences and artists safely to the city.’

Venues operating during the Fringe will include  pop-up hub The Warren, a Spiegeltent offering cabaret shows in the Old Steine in the centre of town, and  the Laughing Horse running comedy at  The Caroline of Brunswick, The Quadrant and The Walrus pubs.

The announcement comes amid continuing uncertainty over the Edinburgh Fringe, with the Scottish Government giving no indication as to what might be permitted in August.

Published: 12 Apr 2021

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