With the start of the Edinburgh Fringe just a week away (6 August 2010), the Whatsonstage.com Edinburgh microsite is already filling up with news, features, blogs and interviews.

And from next week, we'll also be running a series of video interviews with some of the biggest names at this year's Festival – including Gyles Brandreth, Abi Titmuss, John Godber, Clarke Peters, Peter Straker, Linda Marlowe and Hardeep Singh Kohli.

Interviews have been conducted by our Broadcast interviewer Joseph Pike over the last two weeks. Here's a sneak peak of what's to come...

The 64th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs from the 6 to 30 August 2010, features a record 2,453 shows, a 17 percent increase on last year - of those, 29 percent are theatre (a one percent increase on last year).

More than half a million people plan their August holidays each year around a trip to Edinburgh. Though commonly seen as one single festival, the event is in reality several different festivals - the main ones being the original Edinburgh International Festival, which launched its programme in March (See News, 17 Mar 2010), the Edinburgh Fringe, the Military Tattoo, the Film Festival and the Book Festival - of which the Fringe is, by far, the largest, representing 75 percent of the overall festival market share and annually generating around £75 million for the local economy.

And Whatsonstage.com will be there, with Michael Coveney, Terri Paddock, Theo Bosanquet, Andrew Girvan and Jo Caird among the editorial team members making the trip to the Scottish capital.

Get all the latest from the festival frontline on Whatsonstage.com/Edinburgh.

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