Pleasance Theatre Trust announces new shows for Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Drop Dead Gorgeous

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the Pleasance Theatre Trust is set to enchant audiences with an impressive array of musical productions at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Among the standout offerings is Tit Swingers, a bold new Queer Punk Gig Musical that dives into the lives of Anne Bonney and Mary Read, the infamous polyamorous queer pirates.

Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical! With Puppets! brings a fresh and surreal take on the classic tale, incorporating puppetry, shadow play, and unforgettable music.

Another highlight is The Emu War, a musical inspired by the true events of ex-military men turned farmers in post-WW1 Australia.

The Pleasance’s musical lineup is not just about new shows; it also celebrates the return of past successes and the diversity of musical theatre.

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® makes a triumphant return with a unique rendition of Much Ado About Nothing, combining classical theatre with an element of unpredictability that has become a fan favourite.

The Greatest Musical The World Has Ever Seen by Randy Thatcher, created by the renowned Matt Haughey, whose songs have amassed over 10 million streams, promises a blend of heartbreak, friendship, and intergalactic warfare.

Drop Dead Gorgeous: A New Musical (Work-In Progress Concert Series) takes a cult classic film and transforms it into a musical with an entirely original soundtrack penned and performed by Riki Lindhome.

Ellie MacPherson brings history to the musical stage with Babe Lincoln, where she channels comedic historian talents into a portrayal of the former US President with a twist, engaging audiences with songs and stories from America’s past.

The Scot & The Showgirl features Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle and West End star Norman Bowman in a musical about a beautifully flawed romance that blossomed 28 years ago at Edinburgh Waverly station. This true(ish) story explores the complexities of relationships through captivating musical numbers.

How Can I Help You? is a musical tribute to the life of Callum Patrick Hughes, depicting his 33 years as a chronic people pleaser through various jobs from call centres to cafes. The show combines humour and musical storytelling to shine a light on the often-overlooked experiences of service industry workers.

The line up also includes productions like Ginger Johnson Blows Off! and Wuthering Shites, blending drag, comedy, and musical theatre.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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