The Great Yorkshire Fringe returns for 2018


·         Headliners announced so far include comedians Omid Djalili, Stephen K Amos, Tony Slattery and Ed Gamble with plenty more to be announced 

·         Family-friendly fare with Monstersaurus, the brand-new show by the creators of West End smash hit Aliens Love Underpants, introducing a world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters to young and old audiences alike

·         Music from acclaimed Ronnie Scott’s All Stars direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, with performances from multi-award-winning vocalist and BBC Radio presenter Claire Martin

·         Multi sell-out fringe phenomenon Sh*t-faced Shakespeare return with their inebriated version of a classic

·         Yorkshire’s tastiest street food will be on offer with a chance to try the award-winning Yorkshire pudding wraps from Yorkypud which became a social media sensation in 2017

Various venues, York: Parliament Street | Grand Opera House York

Michael Palin In Conversation with Robert Ross –  Grand Opera House 28 July at 2pm

Michael Palin CBE is a founding member of the internationally renowned Monty Python team, revelling in the fish-slapping dance, the lumberjack song, and performing the Dead Parrot sketch more times than is good for anyone. He went on to star in and co-write Ripping Yarns with Terry Jones, before becoming the national’s favourite travelling companion with Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle. His big screen credits have included many collaborations with Terry Gilliam, including Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, and Brazil. He starred opposite John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda, and it’s equal Fierce Creatures. His many publications include the West End play The Weekend, a collection of Limericks, the novel Hemingway’s Chair, Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, and three best-selling volumes of diaries. Michael was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2013. He will be in conversation with  comedy historian Robert Ross.

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Reginald D Hunter –  Grand Opera House 28 July at 8pm.

Reginald returns to The Great Yorkshire Fringe this year with a new show.  Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a cross-generational fan base. His TV appearances have included Have I Got News For You?, and the hugely popular BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South documenting Reginald’s epic road trip through 150 years of American popular song.

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19th – 29th July 2018

Taking over York city centre for the fourth year running, The Great Yorkshire Fringe promises exciting theatre and comedy to entertain the whole family, plus world food and craft beer galore. Spread over eleven days, the 2018 festival will take place in the heart of York, transforming Parliament Street into a village green with the spectacular White Rose Rotunda and Turn Pot Spiegeltents, as well as hosting events at the stunning Grand Opera House and pop up venues throughout the city.

The lineup includes award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili, who has extended his UK tour for the fourth time due to overwhelming demand, as well as comedian and TV panel show regular Stephen K Amos who marks his return to the Great Yorkshire Fringe for one night only.

Meanwhile comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in his candid conversation with comedy historian Robert Ross in an unpredictable gallop through several lifetimes worth of hilarious anecdotes. Plus there’s work from stand-up comedian, writer and actor Ed Gamble, who most recently starred in BBC America’s cult US hit Almost Royal. For theatre goers, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon Sh*t-faced Shakespeare will be bringing their own version of Hamlet to York, served up with their signature twist of one genuinely inebriated actor.

Full of original song and plenty of audience participation, Monstersaurus is thrills, spills and mayhem for the whole family from the creators of West End smash hit Aliens Love Underpants. Also for younger audiences and their parents, Morgan & West (ITV’s Next Great Magician, CBBC’s The Slammer) will present a magic show mixing brain-boggling illusion and good old-fashioned tom-foolery.

Festival goers can expect world class music from the acclaimed Ronnie Scott’s All Stars direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, including performances from multi-award winning vocalist and BBC Radio presenter Claire Martin. The White Rose Rotunda Spiegeltent will play host to celebrations of iconic musicians from Ella Fitzgerald to saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Yorkshire’s finest street food will be on offer including the award-winning Yorkshire pudding wraps from Yorkypud which became a social media sensation in 2017. Alongside traditional local fare, local favourites Shambles Kitchen will be returning as well as Cattle Shed, last year’s winner of best Great Yorkshire Fringe concession award whilst tipples of choice will be available from a converted horse box with the Angel Share Gin Bar.

For four-legged friends, the hugely popular York Fringe Dog Show will be returning with prizes up for grabs for the Waggiest Tail, Prettiest Female, Most Handsome Male and Best in Show.

Full line up details can be found at with more shows to be announced.

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