The Edinburgh Festival Fringe starts properly today. The biggest arts event in the world, it's a great showcase of the best and brightest talents in the world. But there's no need to go to Scotland, as we're bringing the highlights here to Chorley Little Theatre!

Steve Royle & Phil Walker - Wednesday 18th September

Steve Royle is up at the Fringe this year with Slaughterhouse Live (Just The Tonic, 19th-22nd Aug) but performs his solo stand-up show here in September. He's joined by Phil Walker, bringing an updated version of his well-reviewed show from last year's Fringe.


Tickets £10


One night only!

Alistair McGowan - Saturday 21st September

Top impressionist McGowan returns to his stand-up roots with a new show in Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon, 18-25 Aug) before bringing it to Chorley on tour.


Tickets £15


Only Lancashire tour date!

Phill Jupitus - Friday 27th September

Phill Jupitus is bringing his EdFringe 2012 show to Chorley, but as it's part-improvised it's a constantly evolving show.

He's up in Edinburgh this year doing another Impro show, reviving his "Porky The Poet" persona, and starring in a play. Whew!


Tickets £15 - going fast


Only Lancashire tour date!

Vikki Stone - Saturday 28th September

Upcoming comedy musician Vikki returns to the Fringe after two sell-out years and loads of 4 and 5 Star reviews. This new show features songs, stand-up and possibly dog dancing (Underbelly, 31 July-25 Aug)

Sure to attract a lot of attention this year, book now to look clever when everyone else catches up.


Tickets £13/£11


Only Lancashire tour date!

Peacock & Gamble - Friday 4th October

Nominated for a Chortle Award three years on the run, the comedy duo Ed and Ray are back with a new show about being big in Japan (Pleasance Courtyard, 31 July - 25 Aug)

All tickets £10


Only Lancashire tour date!

Morgan & West - Sunday 6th October

With their unique mix of magic, comedy, and Victorian showmanship, Morgan & West have been selling out their family-friendly Fringe show every year since 2009 and return to the Gilded Balloon this year (31 July - 25 Aug)

The time-traveling magicians come to Chorley for the first time with a show that will dazzle and delight all ages.


Tickets £12 (Adults), £10 Children, £40 Family

Only Lancashire tour date!

ComedySportz - Saturday 2nd November

They began in Chorley 12 years ago and have gone onto conquer the world. Originally a spin-off from Chorley Youth Theatre, they're now the resident improvisation group at Manchester's Comedy Store and have appeared all over the UK and America.

They're doing free shows in Edinburgh for just one week (The Free Sisters, 18-25 Aug), and bring their family-friendly impro back to Chorley for one night only in November.

All tickets just £6

Craig Campbell - Saturday 9th November

The master storyteller from Canada comes off the back of a tour with Stewart Francis with a brand-new high-octane show. (Assembly, 1-25 Aug)


Craig is a veteran of the Fringe, and received a rave reception when he played Chorley Little Theatre two years ago.


Tickets £15


Only Lancashire tour date!

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre in Space - Saturday 16th November

After five sell-out Fringes the Socks return with a new space-themed hour of socks and violence (Gilded Balloon 31 July - 25 Aug)


With loads of 4-and-5-star reviews, the songs, sketches and silliness of the Socks must be seen!


Tickets £8, and it's 2-For-1 here until 9th September. Book now!


Only Lancashire Tour date!

Chris Ramsey - Sunday 17th November

A good friend of ours, his Feeling Lucky tour has been to Chorley twice and ends with a limited run at the Fringe (Underbelly McEwan Hall 23-25 Aug)

He's bringing his brand-new show, The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television, to Chorley Little Theatre this November - but there's only a few tickets left so be quick if you want to catch it.


Tickets £16.50

Russell Kane - Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st January

Russell won the Fosters Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) in Edinburgh in 2010 and has gone on to host top-rated shows on BBC Three.

His brand-new show is full of big ideas on a small scale and will be performed here for two nights running so although the Edinburgh Fringe run is fully sold-out you can still catch him here!


Tickets £17.50

Alex Horne - Saturday 8th February

Alex Horne has brought 20 solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, won the Turner Prize in 2006, collects egg memorabilia, whittled his own bed from ancient oak, only ever uses bowls rather than dishes, has killed a shark (by accident), and recommends snorkelling as a good way of meeting new people.


Alex Horne lies... and that's what this show (Pleasance Courtyard 31 July - 25 Aug) is all about


Tickets £12

Only Lancashire tour date!

Richard Herring - Saturday 29th March

The so-called King of Edinburgh has been performing at the Fringe for 21 years, and has recently hit critical success with his shows about Hitler, Jesus, and Love. In this brand-new show (Pleasance Courtyard 31 July - 25 Aug) he tackles the really big questions: Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in?

All tickets £15


Only Lancashire tour date!