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Edinburgh Festival Fringe gets underway

5th August 2011

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which will see public performances from some of the most acclaimed actors, poets and speakers in the UK, has officially been launched.

Over the next three weeks, 2,542 shows will take place at 258 venues in the Scottish capital, ranging from small-scale poetry recitals at pubs and galleries to big-budget literary adaptations at the Festival Theatre and Edinburgh Playhouse.

The many productions include Hollywood actor John Malkovich directing his close friend Julian Sands in the stage show A Celebration of Harold Pinter, while Simon Callow is also starring in an adaptation of the French hit Le mardi à Monoprix.

However, the title of longest production goes to Hotel Medea, an interactive show based on the Greek tragedy Medea, which is six hours long and begins just before midnight.

Meanwhile, Shakespeare for Breakfast will also be returning for the 20th year, taking place at 10:00 BST each day and providing audiences with a unique twist on the Bard's work.

Commenting on this year's line-up, Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Festival Fringe Society, said there will truly be something for everyone, with plenty to entertain literature lovers.

She added: 'The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is still the first choice for performers, producers, venues, artists and creators to come and tell their story; we are proud that the Fringe is still the place to bring your work.'

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