• Posted:Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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London to rival Edinburgh's Fringe

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London to rival Edinburgh's Fringe
If you've plans to be holed up in a London hostel next summer then you're in for a bit of a treat as it has just been announced that the organisers behind this year's London Bridge Festival are putting on a Fringe event to rival that of Edinburgh.

According to the Stage - which had a chat with the director of the programme, the aptly named Greg Tallent - the showcase is to run between August 6th and 30th, which means that it will be in direct competition with the Scottish capital's listing that is organised for around the same time.

Apparently, venues in the West End will be used over the month for artists and promoters to host shows at affordable prices so that any earnings won't be reduced by travel and accommodation expenses. And if you're up for some outdoor entertainment, then fear not as the organisers are also putting on performances in the streets and squares of the city so there will be plenty for all to see.

"We realised there is a huge demand in London for a festival fringe. There are so many people working and living in London who are performers and they have nothing to go to under one big banner event," Mr Tallent said.

Playhouses in London have this week been meeting with those involved in setting up the Fringe, including the Jermyn Street, New Players and Almeida theatres, so you'll get to see some of London's famous auditoriums while on holiday.

But if you've booked your vacation for this year, don't worry. London's plans for New Year's Eve sound amazing, with a fantastic firework display recently confirmed by Boris Johnson to ring 2010 in.

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