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Arthur Smith: My 75 Years at the Edinburgh Fringe

Pleasance Courtyard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

August 10, 2022 at 1:40:00 PM

Arthur Smith is an Edinburgh Fringe legend. His exploits on and off the streets of the Scottish capital are legendary, I believe only this morning he embarked upon his usual (accompanied) walk down the Royal Mile at 2.00am, and in many ways he single-handedly put the festival on the map in the 1970's and 80s.

This is the 4th time we have seen him at the festival, previously seeing him wandering the Gilded Balloon with programmes saying "programmes 50p .. it's all I can afford" before giving them to bewildered punters, once appearing in a hospital gown having recently been diagnosed with pancreatitis, leading to his Pissed Up show, where he remained sober whilst his guests (Luke Wright, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Clive Mantle the night we went) were drunk and featured the gratuitous nudity of a young man and woman.

He may not have attended every festival since it began but his reminiscences (spoiler - not all of his stories are true) are well worth hearing. This is basically a greatest hits package but as it is Arthur Smith that doesn't matter. Some performers are just so majestic and captivating that to be in their presence is a honour (and McKellen and Hegley to that list this year).

For reasons he will explain at the end this may be his last show at the festival so catch him while you can, you will be missing a legend if you don't.

Oh, and there is gratuitous nudity!

Arthur Smith: My 75 Years at the Edinburgh Fringe
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