NEWS: Fringe favourites return as Pleasance announces its first shows for Edinburgh 2018

At the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1985, the Pleasance Theatre Trust announce the first acts on sale in its 2018 Festival programme, including Reginald D Hunter, Colin Cloud and Showstopper! An Improvised Musical.

An entire festival in itself, the Pleasance’s programme will offer some of the biggest names in entertainment, much-loved returning acts and exciting newcomers over three sites. The first released names in this year’s line-up hint at the epic full programme in store for the 2018 Fringe, with tickets available from Thursday 1st February.

Reginald D Hunter celebrates his 20th year on the Fringe with his highly anticipated new show. Reginald’s searingly honest brand of comedy is one of the many highlights of a much-expanded programme at Pleasance at EICC, which promises the very best in comedy, circus and theatre, all under one state-of-the-art roof.

Joining the bill at the EICC is internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish stand-up star Daniel Sloss, who returns to the Festival with new show X, and a double dose of Fringe regular Jimeoin, who brings Result! and the late-night Roast Chicken Result!

Elsewhere, the Pleasance Courtyard remains one of the Festival’s best-loved and most familiar sites, and in 2018 there’s even more magic in the air…

Scotland’s very own forensic mind reader Colin Cloud makes a triumphant return to the Pleasance Grand after his sell-out 2017 run, with a brand-new thrill-ride of a show; Psycho(logical). Cloud has won worldwide acclaim for his astounding deductions and outrageous stunts, most recently wowing audiences on America’s Got Talent, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and the Royal Variety Performance. He promises that for better or worse, audiences will leave altered forever. You have been warned.

Meanwhile, over at Pleasance Beyond, TV regular and Fringe favourite Pete Firman’s new show Marvel combines laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic.

Olivier Award-winning (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016) West End hit Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical also returns for its 11th consecutive year. A brand-new musical comedy is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show, with audience suggestions transformed into hilarious all-singing, all-dancing productions. For family audiences, the Showstoppers team will also appear in The Showstoppers’ Kids Show – taking suggestions from kids (and only kids!) to create interactive musical adventures.

At Pleasance One, Just a Minute regular and One Show reporter Gyles Brandreth is back with a riotous celebration of all things theatrical in Break A Leg! Delivering a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy and hilarious name-dropping, the show follows Brandreth’s last three Edinburgh appearances, all of which were five-star sell outs.

Also taking to the Pleasance stage is Hal Cruttenden, who has been (literally) filling our screens recently on Have I Got News for You and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show; Chubster.

The Pleasance will continue to add to its award-winning programme, with over 200 shows still to be announced in March, April and May. With comedy, theatre, circus, magic, dance, kid’s shows and much more still to come, alongside support for some of the most innovative newcomers through artist development strand Pleasance Futures, there’s surely no better place to be this August.

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