Edinburgh Fringe 2022: LGBTQ+ shows to see – from musicals to comedy

There’s something for everyone (Photo: TheSpaceUK)

Edinburgh Fringe is back, which means another program of diverse queer theater, cabaret, musicals, and comedy.

This year, the Fringe invites LGBTQ+ people and allies to celebrate stories from across the ages: from ancient Greece, to the 17th century, to the present day.

Whether you want to explore euphoric biographical musicals or poignant dystopian realities, there’s something for everyone as the Fringe returns for the first time since the pandemic hit.

In total, Edinburgh Fringe will show 3,364 this August, with theSpaceUK specifically welcoming a spectacular range of LGBTQ+ entertainment in 400 shows.

New writing from queer-led companies sits alongside gripping LGBTQ+ stories across a fantastic range of genres, so let’s take a look at what’s on offer for 2022.

Julie: The Musical

Julie: The Musical is an extraordinary show (Photo: Julie: The Musical/theSpaceUK)

Adored opera singer and flaming bisexual Julie D’Aubigny is honored in this original show.

Cream Faced Loons celebrates Julie’s extraordinary life and adventures, queerness, and carving a place for yourself in the world.

A Wild Life

A Wilde Life is a musical celebration of the ineffable Oscar Wilde. Witty and powerful, this biographical retelling takes place in a Parisian jazz cafe.

Chevron Theatre’s score combines classical musical theater with jazz and blues, providing a sultry soundtrack for an hour of unadulterated queer representation and celebration.

How to be a girl (in three easy steps)

This is a love letter to adolescence, and an ode to those who grew up in the closet and in the middle of nowhere (in this case, rural Iowa).

Gara spent most of her life as a ‘girl’, but as a trans-masculine, non-binary person, they’re ready to say goodbye to girlhood, giving you some tips and tricks along the way.

Fabulet 1933

Fabulett 1933 is a one-person show (Photo: Fabulett 1933/theSpaceUK)

Enjoy the haunting one-person musical Fabulett 1933, featuring music, original songs, and the ideas and lives classified as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis.

Set at a deeply tragic turning point in human history, this poignant musical deals with the struggle of visibility.

Real, crazy world

Follow the joys and sorrows of trans life in the poignant new play Real, Mad World – a funny and tender study of how we treat the people we love.

TV Apocalypse

In TV Apocalypse, a lesbian couple wonders from their sofa whether it’s even worth trying to survive in a homophobic world.

Blue and Pip

Blue and Pip is an emotional ride (Image: Blue and Pip / theSpaceUK)

From the award-winning writer of the five-star musical Rust comes the modern folk tale Blue and Pip, a poignant, hopeful play about what it means to simultaneously grieve and celebrate our bodies.


City Lighthouse presents Concha, the story of a 21st century immigrant who has just found out they have chlamydia.

Join Concha on her misadventures through queer sex, race, self-love, and the all-important use of condoms.

The fire at the edge of the earth

Fool & Vine bring you The Fire at the Edge of the Earth, a queer love story set against the ethereal backdrop of the myth of Prometheus.

Soho Boy

Soho Boy follows Spencer on his trip to London (Photo: Soho Boy/theSpaceUK)

In Soho Boy, young, trendy Spencer leaves home and hits the London party scene like a whirlwind, but stumbles into the dark side of neon lights and tight white t-shirts in this whimsical modern story.


Like History Boys, but with a hint of Gossip Girl, Quartet is a hard-hitting drama with plenty of comedy, following a group of young men as their roaring 20s approach.

Originating from Oxford University, Strikes Back Productions is an active inclusive company that educates people of color and other marginalized groups.

Founded in 1995, theSpaceUK hosts the largest and most diverse program on the fringes, with businesses – both professional and amateur – given an affordable, supportive and professional platform to showcase their work.

Charles Pamment, Artistic Director of theSpaceUK, said: ‘LGBTQ+ stories by LGBTQ+ writers have always been a cornerstone of theSpaceUK’s programme.

‘They explore, reflect and celebrate the community and invite audiences to experience and engage with a wide range of varied and exciting work from these artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tickets for Edinburgh Fringe are available now for sale.

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