Pauline Quirke Academy is moving into venue operation and will run a listed building in Edinburgh as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Riddle’s Court has just completed a £6 million restoration project, and part of it will be used by PQA Venues this summer to host a programme of theatre, stand-up and live music.
The building was last used as a fringe venue in 2014, when it was operated by C Venues.
PQA Venues is a new arm of Pauline Quirke Academy that aims to operate rehearsal and performance spaces in Edinburgh and London.
At Riddle’s Court it will programme some work produced in-house, including Early Birds, from the writers of Birds of a Feather, and Our Boys, written and directed by Jonathan Guy.
The venue will also host a production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years.
The Edinburgh Fringe venue is located on the Royal Mile, with Fry appearing there in 1979 and Smith appearing there in 1953.
PQA Venues producer Eddie Dredge described it as a “unique gem” and added: “We are delighted that following its multi-million pound restoration, we can bring it back to life as one of the fringe’s much-loved venues.”
He said there would be a programme of more than 30 shows, delivered by professional companies.