Press release: Edinburgh Fringe 2021 – Quakers scale back plans

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 11:31

The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, usually transformed into Fringe Venue 40 every August, will not be operating as a venue for live performances this year due to ongoing uncertainty about what Covid-19 restrictions may still be in place. The Fringe was cancelled for the first time in 2020, and although it is likely that some events will take place this year, it is thought that the prospects for small, indoor, seated venues are not good. As the Meeting House would soon have to start committing significant funds towards expenses such as seating hire and licences, the Festival Committee felt that it would be unwise to press ahead.

It is hoped, however, that the Meeting House will still be a part of whatever festivities do happen, and the Committee is working on some ideas that will make the most of the building’s enviable location just off the Royal Mile. Sadly we won’t be needing to recruit our usual teams of volunteers from all over the country and beyond, and via The Friend, we’d like to send our good wishes to all our regulars (volunteers, performers and audience members) and say that we hope to see you next year. The Fringe will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2022 – it should be quite a party!

Contact: Festival Committee, via Sue Proudlove & Tony Wilkes, Meeting House Managers,