Prague Fringe announces schedule

Tickets for the alternative theater festival are already on sale

The Prague Fringe festival is gearing up to start its 18th edition, and has just launched its full schedule. The festival runs for nine days between May 24 and June 1, with a total of 242 performances.

The one-hour shows will take place in eight venues spread across Prague’s Malá Strana district.

This year's program has a special focus on work created by and featuring women. Shows are mostly nonverbal or English-friendly, and have been selected from all over the world.

There will be a mix of shows that have already won awards and brand new offerings making their debut.

“It’s always an exciting moment launching our upcoming program, and this year is no exception. It is yet another bumper selection of fantastic shows from round the world.

There is a completely new play from multi-award winner Henry Naylor called Crime Story. BBC 4’s very own Sarah Kendall presents a new stand up show. This year, I am particularly pleased with the focus on work created by and featuring women,” festival organizer Steve Gove said.

The website also offers opportunities to support the festival. “Don’t miss the chance to become a Friend of the Fringe with a whopping 18 percent discount on the Fringe, and join us in May to celebrate our wonderful 18th birthday,” Gove added.

Other benefits of being a Friend of the Fringe include priority access to the venues to get the best seats in the house, discounts on Fringe eateries and more.

The online festival program can be browsed by date, genre, country or category. People can log into the My Fringe zone to create and export a calendar of shows they want to see.

Tickets can already be purchased through the Fringe website. Some of the more popular shows sell out, so tickets might not always be available at the door.

The festival has grown a lot since it was launched in 2002, and attracted around 400 theatergoers. Now it draws in more than 6,000 patrons, many of whom travel from other countries just to see the festival.

Performances run the range from stand-up comedy and cabaret to fully staged dramas.

The idea of fringe began in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947 as an as an alternative to the more stuffy Edinburgh International Festival. There is now a network of fringe festivals across the world, with acts touring from one country to another.

The program and more information is at

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