Now in its ninth year, the Camden Fringe festival was originally set up as an antidote to the evacuation of theatre companies every August to the Edinburgh Fringe, but is fast emerging from the shadow of its illustrious rival.
And while the Edinburgh Fringe has become increasingly commercialised and top-heavy with established comedians and theatrical troupes, the Camden Fringe has retained the true spirit of the Fringe in offering up-and-coming performers the chance to strut their stuff in front of an enthusiastic and open-minded audience.
Originally constrained within the area around Camden High Street, the festival has expanded over the years and now takes place in 26 venues between Covent Garden and Highgate, covering the length and breadth of the borough of Camden.
The events in the month-long programme range from experimental theatre and opera to stand-up comedy and improv, and the festival has gained a reputation as a breeding ground for the theatrical and comic talents of tomorrow. So, if you want to find the next Stewart Lee or Ricky Gervais, get yourself down to Camden this August!
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