Brighton Fringe

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Brighton Fringe is an open access arts festival and the largest of it's kind in England, running alongside the main Brighton festival.

The nature of the event means that performers are not sourced, instead all those taking part have contacted the festivals themselves, wishing to be considered for the programme.


2012 line-up, news, updates and rumours

The Brighton Fringe line-up covers everything from Theatre to Music, from Comedy to Art, as well as workshops and talks.

To view a taster of the line-up, click here. A total of 675 events housed in 191 venues is on the cards for this year, making up one of the largest street and multi venue festivals in the UK.

This year Managing Director Julian Caddy aims to expand the event into the international horizon, inviting more companies from outside of the UK.

2012 will also see the addition of many new venues included the dedicated Hurly Burly, which will be the first family dedicated area.

Programme highlights

  • Cabaret: the award-winning Bourgeois and Maurice, the legendary Lynn Ruth Miller and Radio 1’s King of Cabaret Des O’Connor.
  • Comedy: Mark Steel, Jimeoin, Gina Yashere, Nick Helm, Isy Suttie, Brian Gittins, Pappy’s and Late Night Gimp Fight.
  • Dance: Eau Eau 7 at The Prince Regent Pool in which the synchro swimmers of Brighton celebrate fifty years of James Bond and Rhum and Clay Theatre Company bring absurdist humour and innovative physical theatre to The Old Courtroom
  • The biggest kids’ festival ever with a puppets, comedy and storytelling.
  • Literature: In Conversation with Tony Benn, a Charles Dickens Cabaret to celebrate his bicentennial and the distinguished US academic George Ritzer
  • Music: Cubana Bop playing music from West Side Story, Impact Opera’s paired-down production of, Carmen and Voodoo Funk, Kalkuta Millionaires.
  • Theatre: Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Harold Pinter, Arnold Wesker and Stephen Sondheim as well as cutting-edge new work such as Napoleon: A Defence in which clowns fight the Napoleonic Wars, the arresting allegory White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Iranian Soleimanpour which is performed by a different actor every night and Feral Theatre’s Tryptich which mixes puppetry, physical theatre and aerial skills to tell tales of freedoms lost, love extirpated and transformations amongst the trees.


As with many British seaside areas, Brighton has it's own distinct personality, with some dubbing it the "English equivalent to San Fransico".

Vibrant, current, colourful and welcoming to all, you can expect to view some serious viewing material right up to a good voice up arms wide cabaret.

As well as the extremely vast line-up, one highlight of the festival is the much loved Fringe City, a free outdoor shoecase . In 2011, over 40,000 people attended Fringe City over three fantastic days of performances, stalls, sideshows, dance-offs, acrobatic balloonists, roaming choirs, mechanical horses and surreal walkabout performers.

History and facts

The Brighton Fringe has run alongside the main Brighton Festival since its creation in 1967. The fringe was created and organised independently without funding or subsidy all thanks to the efforts of Katherine Perry, Jeff Hemmings and Samantha Hutton Bell.

In 2003 Chris Baron, then artistic director of the Brighton Festival announced plans to create a separate "fringe" program for the "Umbrella" section of the Festival. Negotiations begun between the main Brighton festival and the Fringe and thus the "Festival Fringe" was created.

Venues and other Entertainment

Over 191 venues are taking part in the event, including clubs, shops, hotels, school, cafes, right down to the Brighton marina itself.

In terms of other entertainment aside from those in the event listings, as mentioned earlier their is the Fringe city to enjoy, as well as Brighton itself.

The famous Brighton pier has many rides and arcade games for all to enjoy, as well as food such as old fashioned fish and chips in newspaper and various type of confectionary and hot food stands and shops.

Brighton is also well known for its shopping, with many specialist and kooky shops to be found in the centre and throughout the iconic city lanes.

Location and Travel

By Train

On weekdays and most Saturdays, trains run between London Bridge and Brighton up to four times an hour for most of the day with the last train leaving Brighton at 23:37.

On Sundays, trains usually run up to twice an hour with the last train leaving Brighton at 23:45. However, engineering work is taking place on some Sundays during the festival and may affect your journey. Please check before you travel - call 08457 48 49 50 or check

Trains to London Victoria via East Croydon and Gatwick airport run approximately every 20 minutes. For timetables and fares visit

By Coach

National Express runs a regular service from London Victoria to the Pool Valley coach station near the Old Steine. For timetables and fares visit

By Car

Brighton is approximately 60 miles from London via the M23. Car parks are clearly signposted in the city and there is metered parking in many areas

By Air

Gatwick Airport is 25 miles north of the city and has a regular, 25 minute train service direct to the city.

In terms of getting around Brighton when you are there, most if not all venues are accesible by foot, however there are regular buses that run around all of Brighton, for a fair price of £4 you can get a day ticket, which grants you unlimited bus access for the day.

On Site Information

In regards to information on accessibility and such, it's best to check the venues you intend to visit, you can do this by visiting the main website and using the contact details provided for each event.

There are plenty of cash points dotted around Brighton and for more information about the area, there are numurous Brighton tourist sites to be found.

Tickets and contacts

Although many events are paid ticketed events, there are also many free events, with many offering a 2-4-1 deal. When performing your search on the Brighton Fringe website you can also refine your search to accommodate cost.


Due to the popularity of the event, many choose to purchase a membership, which not only benefits you, but also helps to keep such a great event like the fringe going, here are the types of memberships you can purchase:


  • Priority booking
  • 2-4-1 ticket offers
  • No booking fee
  • 2 invitations to our programme launch party

Please note: During priority booking - no booking fee on all tickets bought online and over the phone. After priority booking - call the dedicated Friends Ticket Hotline to get your tickets


  • £100 (charitable donation)

Available for an individual/company or two people living at the same address

  • ALL Brighton Fringe Fanatic benefits, plus:
  • Your name or your company’s name in the brochure and on the website (supporters’ page)
  • 2 further invitations to the VIP launch party in February
  • Invitation to networking events


If you know somebody who is an arts lover, you can purchase them a membership, for more info you can email [email protected]

Further information

To speak to the Brighton Fringe Box Office, you can ring 01273 917272, however for more specified details visit the "Contact Us" section on the bottom of the official website