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NEWS: Record breaking number of shows announced for Brighton Fringe

A record breaking 970 shows have been announced today [22 February 2017] for this year’s Brighton Fringe festival, which runs across Brighton and Hove from 5 May to 4 June 2017.

The month-long festival, England’s largest open access arts festival, will also see more than 300 world premieres and over 100 international shows perform.

Theatre highlights including the return to Brighton Fringe of Patrick Sandford who, following his award-winning Groomed, premieres his new show Blooming at the festival. John Osborne returns to the seaside city with Circled in the Radio Times while In Bed With My Brother share We are Ian, the winner of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Comedy fans can look forward to sets from Jerry Sadowitz, Scott Gibson, Zach Zucher (who will be appearing both with his one man show and as part of 2016 fringe favourites Zach and Vigo) and Sophie Willian, while dance fans can experience a mix of dance, animation and water at a major new fringe venue, Shiny Town, setting up shop in the Royal Pavilion Gardens.

The Reviews Hub is proud to be sponsoring the Spoken Word and Literature section of Brighton Fringe this year, and highlights of an exciting section includes The Angel and The Fiend, a dramatised reading set to projected images about the life of muse, model, surrealist photographer and WWII war correspondent Lee Miller, who lived at Farley Farm in East Sussex.

For Brighton Fringe a total of 155 venues are hosting events in 2017 with people’s living rooms, beach huts, cafes, parks and pubs all being transformed into performance spaces. The Brighton Spiegeltent returns to the Old Steine as does The Warren, to the grounds of St Peter’s Church.

For Julian Caddy, managing director of Brighton Fringe, the range of events on offer is vitally important. “The arts should be open to everyone, not an exclusive preserve of the few, so the open-access platform that Brighton Fringe provides is a vital support for what is a universal means of self-expression.”

As well as sponsoring the Literature and Spoken Word section of Brighton Fringe, The Reviews Hub is delighted to be an official Reviews Partner of The Festival. We shall be running extensive interviews and previews in the run up to the festival and extensive reviews coverage during the festival itself.

Tickets go on sale to Friends of Brighton Fringe today and on general sale from 3 March.
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