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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Mat Ricardo's Varieties

Mat Ricardo's Varieties

At Ermintrude, Underbelly

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Sat 10th to Sun 25th Aug 2019 at 10.20pm

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- Mat Ricardo's Varieties

at Ermintrude, Underbelly

Sat 10th to Sun 25th Aug 2019 at 10.20pm

Mat Ricardo – “Undoubtedly one of the greatest variety artists working today” (The Scotsman) returns to the Fringe with a late night spectacle designed to leave you waking up the next morning with blurred memories of things you can’t really have seen, can you? This is knock-down, drag-out, scalpel-sharp, shenanigans from a cast of bona-fide international superstars of circus, comedy and cabaret who all share one singular vision – to drop jaws, split sides, and burn the house down.

For thirty years, Mat has been at the front lines of the variety and cabaret revival, and this year, for the first time, after three sold-out West End seasons, he brings his cult "Varieties" show to the fringe.

For 16 shows only, every night, death will be defied, eyes will be disbelieved, and the roof will be raised.

Mat Ricardo is one of Europe’s most in-demand comedy variety performers. He is a TedX Speaker, Magic Circle doyen, Royal Command Performer,the winner of the Herald Angel Award for theatre excellence, British Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, Stagetalk Magazine's Show of the Year, and the Arts Award Pick of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Gentleman Juggler, leading speciality act of the British cabaret revival and the UK’s most successful juggler, presents big laughs, serious skills, slapstick, and breathtaking spectacle. Mat presents genuine danger, dexterous elegance, and thrills, performed by a man at the top of his game.

In this iteration of his hit “Varieties” show, Mat will be hosting a motley cavalcade of the UK’s premier variety acts, including (but not limited to), Chortle Best Variety Act 2019 nominated Ada Campe, international sword swallower and professional daredevil Snookie Mono and Tom Crosbie, “the man who has mastered the Rubik’s Cube” – The Scotsman

“The word ‘legend’ is bandied about a bit too much these days… But if there’s one man on the cabaret circuit who deserves that status, it’s Mat Ricardo. Adored by audiences, worshipped by performers, and with a trophy cabinet to rival Manchester United in the 90s, Mat is a genuine treat who never fails to astound. Starting his Varieties show halfway through the Fringe due to being predisposed with America’s Got Talent, the one-man variety machine hosts, with three regular guests and one rotating slot for headline acts. Mat Ricardo's Varieties delivers everything one would hope from a variety show.. second to none. If you want to see a strong contender for the most talented man in this festival, ably assisted by a stellar supporting cast, look no further than this extravaganza.” – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Read the full review here


“Mat Ricardo’s Varieties, a terrific variety night created by the brilliant juggler and showman.” – Scotsman


Mat Ricardo's Varieties
Mat Ricardo's Varieties Mat Ricardo's Varieties

See the show at:

10 to 25 August 2019
Ermintrude, Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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