We're just a week away from the start of the Fringe, so just a reminder of what I am up to in Auld Reekie this year, plus news of a ticket offer. Please feel free to recommend these shows to anyone you think might be interested. I am in a BIIIG theatre this year. There will be plenty of tickets available.
LORD OF THE DANCE SETTEE
After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, 'The King of Edinburgh' (6 Music) is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness, whether the term cool comedian is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how Herring's whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16. Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones? 'Dependably funny' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A new Richard Herring show is a never-ending cause for delight" List -
Tickets - http://www.assemblyfestival.com/event.php?id=132
George Square Theatre 30th July- 24th August at 22.45
I KILLED RASPUTIN
A new play by Richard Herring. American journalist EM Halliday visits the aged Russian Prince and conspirator in the murder of Rasputin, Felix Yusupov, improbably still alive in 1967. The former richest man in Russia, now reduced to making money from his tall tale, is haunted by the Mad Monk, who even 50 years on refuses to die. Will Yusupov finally reveal the truth? "I don't know of an instance in modern history where so many reputable as well as disreputable historians have solemnly repeated such a patently improbable story as if it were gospel" (EM Halliday). You'll believe a monk can't die!
Starring Nichola Macauliffe as Felix Yusupov and Justin Edwards (Jeremy Lyons) as Rasputin
George Square Theatre 31st July-24th August at 15.35 (80 minutes)
SEE BOTH SHOWS ON THE SAME DAY AND SAVE £££s
For this special offer saving £5 (I think) on individual tickets. See both shows on the same day. You have to buy the tickets here - https://www.assemblyfestival.com/event.php?id=200
Lord of the Dance Settee will be on
23rd-25th Battersea Arts Centre at 7.30pm https://www.bac.org.uk/content/32468/see_whats_on/current_shows/cook_up/richard_herring__lord_of_the_dance_settee
27th Live Theatre Newcastle at 8pm (only 15 tickets left) http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/richard-herring-lord-of-the-dance-settee
I will also be touring this show throughout the autumn and spring. Details slowly emerging at http://www.richardherring.com/gigs
I Killed Rasputin is doing three previews this week at the Riverside in Hammersmith
24th-26th at 7.30pm https://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/online/performances.php?eventId=1111:3726
If the play is a success then hopefully it will get another run in London at some point - maybe even a tour, but neither of those things are guaranteed.
There are loads of great shows to see. I suspect James Acaster and Sara Pascoe will be up for award nominations this year, so book now. Bridget Christie has always been my favourite Edinburgh act, but now everyone else has caught up with me on that one you probably won't get tickets now. Christian Reilly will be up there too (AIOTM fans). Phil Wang shares a surname with a Mrs Brown's Boys character, but he is much better and less racist than that. I love Susan Calman and so should you. Glenn Wool is ace. Oh there's too many to mention.I am not planning on doing any audience RHLSTPS this year, but if there is the time and the inclination I might chat to some acts in my kitchen and keep you abreast of what's good up there, so check you're still subscribed to the feed just in case.
Have fun in the sun (come to Edinburgh - sun not guaranteed).
Thanks for reading this.