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Reading Fringe Festival 2020

Reading Fringe goes digital!

Fri 17 - Sun 26 Jul

From Laurel & Hardy, Roald Dahl, Shakespeare and Moomins to live cabaret, photography and a showcase of East Asian talent from across the UK, the full line-up of 50+ events for Reading Fringe Digital (17th - 26th July) is now available to book!

The Fringe is going ahead in a new digital format thanks to emergency funding from the Arts Council and the National Lottery. The vast majority of the programme will be free to watch, with the option to donate, alongside a handful of pay-to-view events. In both cases all money will go directly to the artists involved.

Over the 10 days of the Fringe viewers in Reading and all over the world will be able to watch theatre, comedy, music, magic, panel discussions, photo exhibitions, Q&As, poetry, family events, films, spoken word, drag shows, podcasts and more by registering at The festival kicks off on Friday 17th July with a live launch evening featuring musical-comedy duo the Jollyboat Pirates.

Highlights include: Exit Pursued by Panda’s From the Rooftops, a series of short plays from writers including Daniel York Loh and Jimin Suh; family fun with Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers, Crayola’s Rainbow and Mischief & Mystery in Moominvalley; international theatre and dance project Love, Sex & Zombies; stand-up and sketches from Eleanor Conway, Reading University Comedy Society, Tales of Whatever, Preet Singh and the Laurel & Hardy Cabaret; and a wide range of music including jazz singer Purdy, Nicole Monique Johnson, live looper Adam Wallace and award-winning acapella group Readiophonics. The full programme - plus registration and booking - is available now on