Review: Daniel Nils Roberts – The History of the World in 1 Hour, Fringe 2019

While Daniel Nils Roberts may not be a household name, he’s a ‘name’ in Fringe circles, having achieved success as part of the acclaimed hit improvised show, Austentatious. Coming from this kind of pedigree, we know we can expect a slick, well put together, professional and reasonably funny show (many of the Austentatious crew bring solo shows to the Fringe). And this is exactly what we get.

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Review: Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show, Fringe 2019

2019 brings us a choice of not one, but two Fawlty Towers themed dining experiences. The most notable difference is that this one, as its marketing is keen to remind us, is fully endorsed by John Cleese and Connie Booth. This is its first time at the Fringe, where dinner shows have long proven popular options for punters seeking a longer, more elegant experience than the average show can provide.

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Review: Friendsical, Fringe 2019

In yet more 90s nostalgia, reincarnations of New York’s best-loved Friends hit the Fringe with a musical version of their entire history. It’s no mean feat to fit that many episodes into an hour and a half – with original tunes. And while they cover a lot of ground, they do so at such speeds it’s nothing short of frantic.

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Review: Friend, Fringe 2019

As soon as we arrive in the Central Perk styled venue (“all similarities with a fictional 90s TV show are purely coincidental” we’re told as a legal disclaimer), we know the deal. This is full of nostalgia, for a comedy series that’s achieved legendary status. It’s not the only piece to take more than a little inspiration from Friends this Fringe. And it’s a marketers dream, because anything connected to the show will draw crowds, hungry for the tropes and reminiscence.

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Review: Assembly Gala Launch, Fringe 2019

Assembly’s programme launch is unique. At other venues, these are closed-door events reserved only for the press. But here the launch is extended into a full two-hour gala performance with both media and the ticket-buying public looking on. As such, this one is a slick, audience ready affair, designed not only for photo ops and press info but to provide a night of glamorous, appetite-whetting variety, to a packed Assembly Hall.

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