Famous Spiegeltent to close off George Street

Famous Spiegeltent to close off George Street

City of Edinburgh Council and Capital Collections

The venue will be linked to the recently-refurbished Assembly Rooms

Part of George Street will be closed off to traffic during August to make way for The Famous Spiegeltent. The venue, which has been a fixture at the Fringe since 1985, will be erected as part of a pedestrianised terrace in front of the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms, which announced The Stand boss Tommy Sheppard as its Fringe director earlier this year.

‘The Famous Spiegel Terrace will provide much-needed circulation space for the Assembly Rooms – enhancing the experience for everyone – and it also increases the critical mass of the whole venue,’ said Sheppard. ‘More than just a place to meet before shows, it’ll be the place to be this Fringe, to kick back with a long drink and feel the Festival heartbeat.’

Among the acts announced for The Famous Spiegeltent so far are cabaret act La Clique, rising star Virginia Gay, Shooglenifty and character-crooner The Balkan Elvis. The tent will also boast a continental-style café bar, a Saddlespan marquee stage and a free classical music stage. Sheppard promises the area will be in keeping with the historic surroundings, with quality seating, discreet signage and a perimeter constructed from live yew hedging.

The announcement came at the launch of the Assembly Rooms’ programme for the Fringe 2012, which features Stewart Lee, Russell Kane, Camille O’Sullivan and Scottish musician Karen Matheson. International guests include Canadian funnyman Stewart Francis, Americans Kristine Levine and Mick Foley, and Swedish comic Magnus Betner, while the venue is also proud to present two theatrical world premieres: The Comedians Theatre Company’s The Intervention and the satirical musical Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory from the Belfast Lyric Theatre.

Shows for all Assembly Rooms and The Famous Spiegeltent shows are now on sale at arfringe.com .

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1. mary g3 Aug 2012, 6:27pm Report

I've just been past the Spiegeltent in George St. For 4 years or so we have had our streets regularly closed by the tramworks. We finally have George St free of traffic with Princes St reopened and a huge swathe of it has been closed to public access. Now to access this are you have to pass security guards on the entrances. This is APPAULING. Our public spaces in this city are getting smaller and smaller. I can't remember there being any public consultation about whether we would like ONE OF OUR MAIN STREETS closed to create a series of BARS? All I can say is I hope it PI**ES down with rain all August.

2. mary g3 Aug 2012, 6:28pm Report

PS what kind of rent are they paying for this major inconvenience for us?

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