Whatsonstage.com is heading to Edinburgh! It’s less than a month to go until the world’s largest arts festival, and we’re getting ready on our dedicated festival microsite - www.whatsonstage.com/edinburgh2009.

This year’s 63rd annual Edinburgh Fringe runs from 7 to 31 August and involves some 18,901 performers from over 60 countries giving 34,265 performances of a record-breaking 2,098 shows in 265 venues. It’s followed, from 14 August to 6 September, by the Edinburgh International Festival.

Key members of the core Whatsonstage.com team – chief critic Michael Coveney, editorial director Terri Paddock and deputy editor Theo Bosanquet – will all be attending this year’s festival, blogging, twittering and reporting throughout on Whatsonstage.com/edinburgh2009. They’ll be working alongside our year-round Scotland correspondent Joseph Pike, a large squad of freelance reviewers and a bevy of specially selected theatre practitioner bloggers.

Ahead of that, our countdown coverage on Whatsonstage.com/edinburgh2009 begins in earnest from this week with our editors’ picks, surviving the Fringe advice and a series of “My Edinburgh” interviews with key festival figures and venue heads, launching with Assembly Rooms founder William Burdett-Coutts.

Please do check out Whatsonstage.com/edinburgh2009 between now and 6 September for our continuing coverage, including festival reviews, news, interviews, gossip, blogs, photos, videos and more. You can also sign-up to receive Edinburgh email updates direct from the microsite.

Join us in Edinburgh

If you haven’t already, there’s still plenty of time to book your own trip to Edinburgh in August. Prolific Fringe producer James Seabright offers travel and accommodation advice in his festival survival guide. We’re following James’ lead and booking our train tickets today...

As an extra incentive to get everyone thinking Edinburgh, we’re giving away a hotel break for two to this year’s Fringe, in conjunction with our partners at Superbreak, the UK’s leading short break operator, and FestivalHighlights.com, we’re giving away a hotel break for two to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

This fantastic prize for two includes two nights’ accommodation – on 19 and 20 August 2009 – at the centrally located Royal Scots Club hotel, tickets and souvenir programmes to the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and tickets to a choice of two shows from the 2009 Festival Highlights programme.

Click here to visit Whatsonstage.com/Edinburgh2009
and enter our prize draw now!!