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What are the best musical theatre shows of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018?

Cora Bissett in What Girls Are Made Of at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Photo: Sid Scott Cora Bissett in What Girls Are Made Of at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Photo: Sid Scott
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With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 now underway, our expert reviewing team pick their best musical theatre shows of the festival so far. Their selection will be updated throughout the festival as more shows are reviewed. 

What Girls Are Made Of

Traverse Theatre, times vary

Euphoric and deeply moving autobiographical gig theatre from Cora Bissett

What Girls Are Made Of review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Euphoric autobiographical gig theatre’

The Flop

Summerhall, 4.55pm

Weird and wonderful musical farce about a 17th-century French nobleman with erectile dysfunction

My Left/Right Foot

Assembly Roxy, 6.10pm

Irreverent and entertaining, if occasionally brash, comedy meta-musical about disability and inclusivity

Timpson: The Musical

C Venues, 17.10

Zany musical comedy that hits all the right notes

Timpson: The Musical review at C Venues, Edinburgh – ‘zany musical comedy’


Pleasance Dome, 17.30

An energetic electronica-fuelled gig-theatre piece exploring the emotional damage that grief can cause

Electrolyte review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘energetic electronica-filled gig theatre’

One Life Stand

Roundabout at Summerhall, 21.45

A stylish, smartphone-saturated Odyssey from Hull-based gig-theatre makers Middle Child


One Life Stand review at Roundabout, Edinburgh – ‘boundary-breaking buzz’

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

TheSpace, 14.10

Outstanding new writing about Robert Burns’ wife and mistress from female-led collective Fearless Players

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard review at TheSpace, Edinburgh – ‘warmth and sincerity’


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