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Guildford Fringe Launches 2017 Events

Published on: 5 Jan, 2017
Updated on: 7 Jan, 2017

It was in 2013 that Guildford Fringe first introduced adult panto to Guildford, with Cinders the Adult Panto.

Since then It has produced DICK, Aladdin Rub My Lamp, and most recently, Robin’s Wood.

Set in the Back Room of the Star Inn, performances and audiences have increased in number each year. In 2016, just under 2,000 saw Robin’s Wood, including a very special free performance in partnership with HOST – the Homeless Outreach & Support Team providing advice for people sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness.

The yearly adult panto has become something of a tradition for many and with Robin’s Wood the most popular so far, Guildford Fringe Director Nick Wyschna said: “This year’s show was always going to be riskier for us, as we had decided to change from the profit-share model to set wage contracts for all of our actors and crew.

“I couldn’t be happier that we made this decision. The whole production was boosted hugely in terms of the quality of the offering for our audiences. We have seen full houses every single night, even after buying new chairs and trying to squeeze in as many extra people as possible. Believe it or not we have started writing next year’s adult panto and tickets will be on sale within the next couple of months.”

Moving on from the adult panto, Guildford Fringe is planning a diary of events for 2017, including the fifth year of the Guildford Fringe Festival in July.

There are two comedy events happening in January.

Guildford Gag House Comedy Club is back on Saturday, January 21 at 8pm in the Back Room of the Star Inn. The line-up includes Masud Milas, Andrew Doyle, Catherine Boghart and Mark Maier. Tickets are £12.50.The comedy club was sold out throughout 2016, so advance booking is advised.

Mark Maier.

Continuing the comedy theme, Left Foot First will be hosting a comedy improvisation evening at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 25, also in the Back Room of the Star Inn. It specialises in narrative improvisation, taking suggestions from the audience and turning them into a comic story. Tickets are £10 (£6 NUS).

Left Foot First.

A new addition to the diary is the Fringe Film Club. This launches on Sunday, January 29, and thereafter on the last Sunday of every month throughout the year.

Showing in the Back Room of the Star Inn will be some of the best movie musicals, as well as an Elvis and a Sinatra season of movies.

Chosen to launch the club is High Society, starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly. Tickets are £8 (£6.50 concessions).

Tickets for all of these events can be purchased from or by calling 0333 666 3366. For full information on all events, visit

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