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The team of Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore was originally conceived as a potentially successful show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1960, and later hit Broadway in 1961 and 1964.

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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 7, 2017
John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Graham Chapman (Monty Python), Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually), John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), and Hugh Laurie (House, Fry & Laurie) all have one thing in common: they got their comedic start in Cambridge (Cambridge, England, that is) with the Cambridge Footlights.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 4, 2019
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has today announced the cast for the brand new in-house production of Alan Bennett's THE HISTORY BOYS from 7 a?" 22 February 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017
Playhouse on Park continues its Season Nine Comedy Series, Presented by Series Sponsor Shop Rite, on Saturday, October 14. Tickets are now on sale for the show featuring co-headliners Jim Mendrinos and Carol Montgomery.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 28, 2017
Playhouse on Park continues its Season Nine Comedy Series on Saturday, October 14. Tickets are now on sale for the show featuring co-headliners Jim Mendrinos and Carol Montgomery.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 16, 2016
BEYOND ENCORES presents the shows and performers from the last seven years of Hollywood Fringe Festival (HFF) and ENCORES that excelled during and after their run and who continue to push their work to the next level. Launching this October at Studio C in Hollywood, BEYOND ENCORES is an opportunity for audiences to catch these artists as they move beyond the HFF and ENCORES.
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 10, 2014
Voted the nation's favourite play, Alan Bennett's multi award-winning The History Boys will return in 2015, visiting Swindon's Wyvern Theatre from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 June 2015 as part of a major new UK tour for 2015. On sale now.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2016
BEYOND ENCORES presents the shows and performers from the last seven years of Hollywood Fringe and ENCORES that excelled during and after their run and who continue to push their work to the next level. Launching this October at Studio C in Hollywood BEYOND ENCORES is an opportunity for artists and audience to revisit these outstanding pieces, some not seen for several years. Performers (shows) already announced include Craig Shaynak (I Am Google), Abby Schachner (Schachner vs. Schachner), Heather Dowling (Unemployed Finally), Jon Armstrong (I Do Card Tricks and I'm Funny) and Antonio Sacre (The Storyteller). Additional shows will be added including productions from the San Diego and San Francisco fringes.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2017
Playhouse on Park continues its Season Nine Comedy Series, Presented by Series Sponsor Shop Rite, today, October 14. Tickets are now on sale for the show featuring co-headliners Jim Mendrinos and Carol Montgomery.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2018
Popular Plymouth based theatre Company go Above and Beyond to bring you the best children's shows from across the country in their new Half-Term Theatre Festival, for all the Family!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016
BEYOND ENCORES presents the shows and performers from the last seven years of Hollywood Fringe Festival (HFF) and ENCORES that excelled during and after their run and who continue to push their work to the next level. Launching this October at Studio C in Hollywood, BEYOND ENCORES is an opportunity for audiences to catch these artists as they move beyond the HFF and ENCORES.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 27, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that theatre and opera director Sir Jonathan Miller, best known for directing and starring in the Beyond the Fringe satirical revue, has died at age 85.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017
" 'Member when you were smart? Year six, start of high school, you know, fractions, Pythagoras's thing, all that? One day, just like that, ya got dumb, made yourself dumb, like that was more attractive."
by Ellen Dostal - May 6, 2014
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is just around the corner and this year, more than ever before, audiences will have an opportunity to see creative twists on some familiar classic plays, including some by Shakespeare. At last count, there were 8 productions scheduled to appear and, over the next few weeks, I'll be checking in with them to get the inside scoop so you can make the most of your Fringe experience. It's Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year; let the games begin.
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017
1812 Productions will present An Evening Without The Brits, the newest creation in its long-running An Evening Without… series. An Evening Without The Brits features performances by Philadelphia favorites David Howey, Leonard Haas, Daniel Fredrick, and Tony Lawton in a collection of material spanning three decades of comedy from the UK.
by Stephi Wild - May 29, 2018
As rehearsals begin, casting is announced for the world premiere of Nicholas Hytner's production of Alan Bennett's Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - May 29, 2017
Transgender choirs, police van drama, Idi Amin's impact in Scotland, refugee stories and record collection conversations among the highlights revealed as part of 2017 Made in Scotland Showcase.
by David Fick - May 27, 2016
Even if A COCK AND BULL STORY ultimately pulls its punches, the two performances around which Marthinus Basson builds his production are stellar, most likely some of the best work South African audiences will see on stage this year.
by Nicole Rosky - May 26, 2015
The Muny announced today the complete cast for its production of Alan Jay Lerner (book & lyrics) and Frederick Loewe's (music) classic My Fair Lady. The production will be directed by Marc Bruni, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Ben Whiteley.
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 10, 2017
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Welcome to Wednesday, May 10, 2017…which prompts us to ask the musical question: Who remembers the Saturday Night Massacre back in the 1970s, during which Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor and all hell seemed to break loose (even more than it had already) in Washington, D.C.?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017
Moya Productions and the Old Red Lion Theatre, have announced the world premiere production of Mark Weinman's Dyl. Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion, Clive Judd, directs and the production will open on the 9 May and run until 3 June.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Mar 26, 2019
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces this year's inductees for its Music Business Hall of Fame, including the late Sir George Martin, who will be inducted by his son Giles Martin. This year's honorees will be recognized during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner -- sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber, and TiVo -- as part of Music Biz's Annual Conference on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2019
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre announced today that it will produce its third in-house production in 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014
Due to popular demand and great reviews when it played in SF, 'The Habit of Art - A Very British Comedy' by Alan Bennett is coming back for a return engagement for 19 performances only, running July 31 - Aug. 23, 2014 in this exclusive Theatre Rhinoceros production in SF. Previews: Thurs., July 31 - Fri., Aug. 1, Sat. Aug. 2 (3:00 pm).
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 17, 2014
David Mirvish and Seabright Productions will present a unique double bill of award-winning shows from the Edinburgh Festival: JULIDavid Mirvish and Seabright Productions will present a unique double bill of award-winning shows from the Edinburgh Festival: JULIE MADLY DEEPLY and THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE. E MADLY DEEPLY and THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2020
BroadwayWorld Book Club is officially off and running! Or should we say, reading! The first BroadwayWorld Book Club selection is Jennifer Ashley Tepper's The Untold Stories of Broadway Volume 1. Tepper has just released the first volume of the book for free on Kindle!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015
My Fair Lady (running tonight, June 15, through June 21) is the opening production of The Muny's 97th summer season. 
by Marianka Swain - Jul 4, 2017
This year the Edinburgh International Festival celebrates 70 years of unifying artists and audiences from across the world. With one month to go until the start of this year's International Festival on 4 August 2017, a new website has been launched which houses these memories and stories from the past 70 years: 70years.eif.co.uk
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014
Due to popular demand and great reviews when it played in SF, 'The Habit of Art - A Very British Comedy' by Alan Bennett is coming back for a return engagement for 19 performances only, running today, July 31 - Aug. 23, 2014 in this exclusive Theatre Rhinoceros production in SF. Previews: Thurs., July 31 - Fri., Aug. 1, Sat. Aug. 2 (3:00 pm).
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 3, 2018
BWW chats to Eliza Jackson about bringing The Voice Behind The Stars to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
by Sam Abney - Jul 19, 2018
With over 80 plays to choose from, Capital Fringe Festival can be overwhelming for the average theatergoer. There are plenty of good choices ranging from over-the-top comedies to funky experimental dramas to allegories and satires and everything in between. Obviously, with so many offerings, there will be works that fail to execute their artistic vision effectively. Thankfully, Derek Hills's Shopworn, which opened on Tuesday night at Capital Fringe's Orange venue (Christ United Methodist Church), is a true diamond in the rough: a family drama that provides modern commentary without getting too preachy. It is thoroughly delightful and a perfect selection for Fringe veterans and first-timers alike.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 18, 2018
BBC Arts and Avalon announce today the casting and directors for DEBUT - a unique new initiative enabling four professional creatives - Bim Adewunmi, Katherine Parkinson, Beryl Richards and Frank Skinner - who have never written for the stage before to create their debut play. All four plays will be directed by emerging directors giving a new generation of talent an opportunity to direct a play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 18, 2018
BWW catches up with Max Dickins about bringing Kin to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 19, 2015
The Belgrade Theatre will host to a new UK tour of Alan Bennett's multi award-winning play The History Boys, which returns in 2015, playing at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre from Tues 3 - Sat 7 Feb.
by Tyler Peterson - Feb 27, 2014
Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, will present David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, adapted from the play by Jean-Francois Regnard, beginning performances Friday, March 28 at CSC (136 East 13th Street). Directed by John Rando, THE HEIR APPARENT will feature Suzanne Bertish (Madame Argante), Carson Elrod (Crispin), Claire Karpen (Lisette), Amelia Pedlow (Isabelle), David Pittu (Scruple), Dave Quay (Eraste) and Paxton Whitehead (Geronte). The official press opening for THE HEIR APPARENT is Wednesday, April 9. The production will play at limited engagement through Sunday, May 4.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 23, 2018
Nicholas Hytner will direct the world premiere of Alan Bennett's Allejujah!, previewing at the Bridge Theatre from 11 July 2018 with opening night on 18 July and running to 28 September 2018. Designed by Bob Crowley, Allelujah! will have lighting by Natasha Chivers and music by George Fenton. Tickets will go on sale at 10am today for priority members with public booking opening on Friday 2 March 2018 at 10am. Casting for Allelujah! will be announced shortly.
by Christina Mancuso - Feb 22, 2016
Acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark will team up with some of the UK's most celebrated playwrights for an evening of political satire: A VIEW FROM ISLINGTON NORTH, opening at the Arts Theatre in London on 18 May until 2 July, with a press night on 24 May.
by - Feb 16, 2015
Playwright ROY SMILES' brilliant and irreverent trilogy on comedy history ends fittingly with his ingenious comic revue, PYTHONESQUE.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 15, 2022
Hall served as Production Stage Manager for several Broadway shows, beginning with Beyond the Fringe in 1962. Other notable productions include Promises, Promises; Private Lives; The Misanthrope; Sweeney Todd; Camelot; Much Ado About Nothing; Cyrano de Bergerac; Chess; Damn Yankees; and many more.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 9, 2018
Internationally acclaimed star of stage and screen Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) returns to Melbourne Theatre Company as the cantankerous Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett's extraordinary and mostly true story, The Lady in the Van, directed by Dean Bryant (An Ideal Husband).
by Stephi Wild - Dec 17, 2019
Jan Ravens and Julia Watson are cast in Talking Heads, three of the much-loved classic monologues from British playwriting royalty, Alan Bennett, directed by Watford Palace Theatre's own artistic director Brigid Larmour. Poignant, comic and full of humanity, Talking Heads invites us into the hearts and minds of three peculiarly English ladies - Muriel in her tweed skirt and pearls in Soldiering On, the public-spirited Miss Ruddock in A Lady of Letters, and Susan, the long-suffering Vicar's wife in Bed Among The Lentils.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 31, 2018
Roundabout Theatre Company's premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Bernhardt/Hamlet begins previews today. Get to know the cast as they begin Broadway performances!
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 27, 2019
The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre will be hosting a celebration of the life and career of Terence a?oeTerrya?? Knapp on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Doors will open at 5:00pm, participants will be welcome to visit with one another on the upper lanai; the formal Celebration will begin at 5:30pm in the Kennedy Theatre auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 20, 2020
Tonight, Thursday 20th August, sees the very first Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds brand-new online series, At Home With... in partnership with Theatre Tokens and sponsored by Theatre Royal Autumn Season Sponsor, Churchgates. The event, hosted on Zoom, will see celebrity pairings in conversation with each other from their own homes.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 14, 2020
FringeArts in Philadelphia has announced details for their 24th annual Fringe Festival, which runs September 10 through October 4.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 10, 2016
The classic comic songs of satirists Flanders and Swann will be brought back to life by Sydney's own double Logie Award-winning TV compere Andrew O'Keefe (Deal or No Deal, Weekend Sunrise) and Mr Showmanship himself, Glenn Amer at Glen Street Theatre for two special performances only.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 7, 2017
SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) by Alan Bennett Word for Word's first production of the 2017 Season, running May 13 - Jun 11  (previews May 10-12) with a press night on May 13 in the Z Below Theater in San Francisco. Alan Bennett is one of England's finest and wittiest writers who explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people's public appearance and their private desires in this tender and surprising story. Bennett is known for authoring a range of plays and screenplays including the plays: The History Boys (Tony 2006), Kafka's Dick, The Wind in The Willows,The Madness of George III and for film: The Lady in
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 26, 2017
SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) by Alan Bennett Word for Word's first production of the 2017 Season, running May 13 - Jun 11  (previews May 10-12) with a press night on May 13 in the Z Below Theater in San Francisco. Alan Bennett is one of England's finest and wittiest writers who explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people's public appearance and their private desires in this tender and surprising story. Bennett is known for authoring a range of plays and screenplays including the plays: The History Boys (Tony 2006), Kafka's Dick, The Wind in The Willows,The Madness of George III and for film: The Lady in
by Gil Kaan - Apr 23, 2019
Theatrical hyphenate Michael Shaw Fisher brings his latest creation DR. NYMPHO VS. THE SEX ZOMBIES - A ROCK MUSICAL to the Celebration Theatre @ the Lex beginning April 26, 2019. I had the very fun opportunity to probe actor/writer/producer Michael's brain for his birthing of Dr. NYMPHO.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017
Today, Moya Productions and Old Red Lion announce the full cast for the world premiere production of Mark Weinman's Dyl.

Beyond the Fringe Frequently Asked Questions

What other awards has Beyond the Fringe been nominated for?
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical (Evening Standard Awards).

What other awards has Beyond the Fringe won?
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical (Evening Standard Awards).

What awards has Beyond the Fringe been nominated for?
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical (Evening Standard Awards).

What awards has Beyond the Fringe won?
Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical (Evening Standard Awards).

What productions of Beyond the Fringe have there been?
Beyond the Fringe has had 5 productions including West End which opened in 1961, Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1962, US Tour which opened in 1963 and Regional (US) which opened in 1971.

What is the songs are in Beyond the Fringe and what's the order?
Steppes in the Right Direction
Royal Box
Man Bites God
Fruits of Experience
Bollard
A Piece of My Mind
Deutscher Chansons
Chanson
Die Flabbergast
The Sadder and Wiser Beaver
Groves of Academe
The Prime Minister Speaks
And the Same to You
Aftermyth of War
Civil War
Real Class
Little Miss Britten
The Suspense Is Killing Me
Porn Shopping
Studio 5
The Lord Chamberlain
The Duke
Sitting on the Bench
Men Only
Take a Pew
So That's the Way You Like It
The End of the World
Portrait from Memory
T.V.P.M.
Black Equals White
Home Thoughts from Abroad
The English Way to Death
Weill Song
The Philosophers
Old Maid, She Was a Gypsy
The Great Train Robbery
The Restaurant
The Death of Nelson
The Scientist
The Following Paid Political Broadcast
Sunlight from the Sea
Let's Face It
Fol-de-Rol
Enter, Pursued by a Bear
Words...And Things
Highly Strung
Old J. J.
Buld-knuk Mk V
WRY Twist
Isn't He Rude
Move Along There
Whose Finger on What Button
This Is the End
One Leg Too Few