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10 great Edinburgh Fringe shows that you can still see

We pick ten stellar shows that live on after the Edinburgh Fringe

dressed., The Fishermen, salt. and Six
© Clockwise from top left: Lidia Crisafulli, Pamela Raith, The Other Richard and Idil Sukan

The Edinburgh Fringe may slowly be slipping into the fog of time but a range of hit shows are now transferring to venues across the UK for further lives. We've picked some of our favourites here, but it's also worth mentioning Theatre503's Best of the Fest season coming in November, featuring some great Fringe hits including Lucy Danser's Lost in Thought, Holly&Ted's Polaris and Lily Bevan's Zoo.

10. Caledonian Express Festival

Tobacco Road runs as part of the festival
© Tim Hall

The brand new Caledonian Express Festival is your one-stop show for Fringe goodness. Pleasance Theatre has shifted a whole host of shows from Edinburgh to London, running at the venue's home in Islington. Highlights include the blood-soaked Ladykiller, the award-winning Tobacco Road and the side-splitting comedy Enter the Dragons. Poltergeist's Lights Over Tesco Car Park, which has already run as part of the festival, will also come to the New Diorama Theatre in London from 15 to 16 November. Pleasance Theatre, until December

9. Pickle Jar

Maddie Rice in Pickle Jar
© Amelia J Dowd

Maddie Rice, who previously starred in the revival of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag, debuted her brand new play Pickle Jar and now brings it to the Soho Theatre. All about the trials and tribulations of growing up, the show was a big critical hit for Rice when it first premiered at the Underbelly in August. Soho Theatre, 23 October to 10 November

8. The Fishermen

The Fishermen
© Pamela Raith

Chigozie Obioma's debut novel seems a perfect fit for the stage – critic Matt Trueman described The Fishermen as "quite the catch" when he reviewed it ahead of its Edinburgh Fringe run, and it now comes to London for a two-week spell at the Arcola. Arcola Theatre, 20 November to 1 December

7. Electrolyte


Wildcard's gig theatre piece was a whopping storm of a show, directed by the Olivier Award-winning Donnacadh O'Briain and exploring mental health through the form of music and an actor-musician cast. While full details have yet to be confirmed, the show will be hitting the open road next spring. UK tour from April 2019

6. ThisEgg

© Lidia Crisafulli

ThisEgg had a huge runaway hit with dressed. at this year's Fringe, following the success of Me and My Bee and Goggles. The award-winning Me and My Bee is currently touring throughout 2018 and 2019, while on the ThisEgg website there's a little teaser saying "watch this space" for more info about dressed. We will be watching it avidly. Me and My Bee is touring across the UK, including Tobacco Factories from 18 to 23 February

5. It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True
© The Other Richard

Breach Theatre's charged, brilliant show was an award-winning sell-out premiere at this year's Fringe, and the piece is currently running at the New Diorama for a full-length run. Based on the experiences of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, Sarah Crompton described it as "terrific stuff". Incoming Festival in 2019 will also feature a variety of shows that were big hits at the Fringe, after being spotted in 2018. New Diorama Theatre, until 10 November

4. salt.

© The Other Richard

Selina Thompson's show directed by Dawn Walton about the legacy of the translatlantic slave trade, was a huge hit at the 2017 Fringe, and seeing it transfer to the Royal Court is welcome news – WhatsOnStage described it as "a powerful, potent reminder to its audiences". Royal Court, 14 May to 1 June 2019

3. Mark Thomas: Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Mark Thomas in Check Up
© Sid Scott

Mark Thomas has been an Edinburgh Fringe regular, and a London spell for his newest piece Check Up (which bagged a Fringe First award) about the state of the NHS as it marks its 70th anniversary is an exciting treat for east London audiences. Arcola Theatre, until 3 November

2. Six

The current Six cast in action
© Idil Sukan

The hit musical about the wives of Henry VIII has successfully transformed from Fringe hit to general West End smash. After a winter tour, the show will return to reign supreme at the Arts Theatre, where it's just completed a sell-out smash run. UK tour and Arts Theatre, London from 16 January

1. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
(© Sarah Beth)

Luke Barnes' epic odyssey of a show has had sell-out runs at both the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, so its long upcoming run at the west London Bush Theatre is a very exciting prospect. Created by Middle Child with some epic music by James Frewer, this is one not to miss. Tom Wells and Matthew Robins' one-man musical show Drip will also head to the venue in December. Bush Theatre, 31 October to 24 November