History of Morecambe Fringe

In 2017 Matt Panesh was bored. He had just arrived in Morecambe and was looking for something to go and watch, a comedy club, a spoken word night, even a spot of theatre and there was none. In a town built for entertainment, who’s most famous son was a comedian, there wasn’t even a permanent producing theatre.

Something needed to change, and thus, the Morecambe Fringe was born. In 2017 the first Morecambe Fringe had 15 shows, over two days, opened by a performance of John Osbourne’s The Entertainer, which was originally filmed right here in Morecambe.

Morecambe Fringe 2017 Poster

Since then, there’s been the Scratch Festival, two more Fringes, Fringemas and numerous other events. We’ve moved into a new home, to Alt-Space at 21-C Yorkshire Street, which will be hosting 46 shows over two weeks for the third Morecambe Fringe.

We’re very excited to continue bringing you more and more entertainment, festivals and workshops, Morecambe has been ready for it since the Summer Gardens opened in what is now the West End in 1878, and we are too.

The Summer Gardens

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