Thu 4 July 2013

Many eyes turn to Edinburgh in August, but while Soho Theatre presents a packed Edinburgh Festival Fringe season, there’s also a cornucopia of events in the heart of London.

Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre says: “This summer we have some of the best artists around performing at Soho, so if you aren’t going on holiday or to the festival then we’re the place for you.

Edinburgh is a really important time for Soho Theatre. It is a chance for us to showcase and support artists we have been working with, but also an opportunity to discover the ones we’re yet to meet. And if last year is anything to go by, we will be seeing about 400 other shows!”

First up, a tale of love, lust and murder. Associate Company OperaUpClose, with whom Soho Theatre won an Olivier Award in 2011 for La bohème, bring their thrilling adaption of Puccini’s Tosca. Tosca is driven to violence and destruction by a corrupt communist party official in this updated vision of the story, set in 1989 East Berlin.

Luke McGregor – Melbourne International Comedy Festival Awards 2013 Best Newcomer – makes his first trip outside his native Australia. My Soul Mate is Out of my League explores the fear of failure, and the importance of trying anyway.

We welcome back some familiar names including groundbreaking ventriloquist Nina Conti who has got Dolly Mixtures to share and suburban absurdist comedian Sam Simmons with his Shitty Trivia.

Looking towards the end of August and September and fresh from performing at Edinburgh presented by Soho Theatre, we welcome back friends and joint winners of the Melbourne Best Newcomer Award 2012, Matt Okine and Ronny Chieng.

From Australian to American comedians – Jen Kirkman is making her UK debut after taking part in Drunk History with Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle. While Susie Essman, best known for playing sassy Susie Greene in critically-acclaimed Curb Your Enthusiasm, makes her Soho debut and her first extended UK engagement.

Soho Theatre stalwarts and glitzy satirists Bourgeois and Maurice return with their Edinburgh 2012 show Sugartits, and in a co-production with Soho Theatre, TO&ST Award-winning cabaret superstar Lady Rizo performs a one-off show at Leicester Square Theatre as well as headlining Soho Theatre’s cabaret programmes at Latitude and Secret Garden Party.

The Soho Literary Festival also returns, with speakers for 2013 including Dan Snow, Richard Ingrams, Rachel Johnson, Rupert Everett, Ian Hislop and Ruby Wax.

As well as Matt Okine and Ronny Chieng, Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh programme includes: Alexei Sayle, Bryony Kimmings, Doctor Brown, Late Night Gimp Fight, Pajama Men, Rubberbandits and Stewart Lee.

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