Fringe Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Get ahead of Edinburgh Fringe with our top picks of Fringe Theatre happening in Manchester and across the North this summer.

You’ll find an eclectic selection of fringe performances – from autobiographical shows to stand-up and cabaret – all happening at our favourite intimate venues across the North ahead of their runs at Edinburgh Fringe.

Supporting explosive new work and adventurous artists is at the heart of what we do. So expect to see fresh and exciting previews, from a dynamic mix of emerging and established theatre-makers, before they head off to the world’s largest theatre festival.

Experience some of the best of Edinburgh Fringe – right here in the North – before anyone else.

Do check back regularly too. We’re updating our guide with new shows as we find them.

Our top picks

Greater Manchester Fringe 2024

Greater Manchester Fringe 2024 at The Fitzgerald, Manchester (and other venues), Until 31 July 2024 - Book now

With a fascinating programme and pleasing ticket prices, you’ll find some of the most exciting artists previewing their work here ahead of Edinburgh Fringe.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2024
Image courtesy of Amy Webber/ Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

Ben Hart: HeX at Waterside

Ben Hart: HeX at Waterside, Manchester, 23–24 July 2024, from £18.00 - Book now

Witty, dark and enigmatic, catch magician Ben Hart’s fascinating performance at Waterside’s Refract:24 before it heads further north to Edinburgh Fringe.

Ben Hart: HeX at Waterside
Image courtesy of Matt Crockett.

Gallifrey Cabaret at HOME

Gallifrey Cabaret at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 25–27 July 2024, from £10.00 - Book now

Jump aboard for a night of cosmic drag and cabaret, all inspired by the popular TV show Doctor Who.

Gallifrey Cabaret at HOME
Image courtesy of Contact.

Look After Your Knees at Leeds Playhouse

Look After Your Knees at Leeds Playhouse, Leeds, 26 July 2024, from £1.00 - Book now

Natalie Bellingham’s new show, tackling the pain and beauty of growing older, will preview at Leeds Playhouse ahead of its month-long run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Look After Your Knees at Leeds Playhouse
Image courtesy of Matt Rogers.