THE FRINGE (A Guest's Guide)

  • What is the Fringe?

The Fringe is 'The world's greatest platform for creative freedom'.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the Fringe caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

With over 54,000 performances of 3,548 shows in 317 venues in 2018 there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Fringe.

This year the Fringe is taking place from the 2nd - 26th of August 2019.

  • Who are TheatreDigsBooker?

TheatreDigsBooker is the No.1 online accommodation resource for the UK's theatre industry. Our small team works with more than 7,000+ Hosts across the UK to provide affordable, flexible, reliable and trustworthy accommodation for theatre professionals.

TheatreDigsBooker consists of a small but highly motivated and friendly company led by Phil Barley. Phil is both an actor and a singer, who has toured, on and off, for over eight years. His tours have taken him across the UK, Europe and the USA, experiencing the best and worst of what it is to be a touring company member, along with regular reminders of how important the living situation can be.

  • What is happening this year in Edinburgh?

TheatreDigsBooker is the official online accommodation partner for this year's Fringe and we have worked closely with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to help provide affordable accommodation to all participants of the Fringe.

We have created a Fringe digs collection to enable Guests to find affordable digs. Those bringing a show to the Fringe will have access to this collection of digs at price-bound rates*

  • I'm not a Theatre Professional, can I still get access?

As long as you're a registered participant then yes. All participants registering for the Fringe are permitted to sign up as a 'Theatre Professional' when setting up their Guest account for the duration of the Fringe. 

Already a Guest on our site and going to the Fringe? Please contact our support team to give you further advice on how to access our Fringe Digs Collection,

  • How do I get access to the Fringe List?

- New Guest

Simply head over to our site and 'Register as a Guest' to get started. 

Once you have an account set up you can access our digs collection by following the link provided on your participant account of the Fringe 

Please Note: that if you are a registered participant of the Fringe 2019 you are permitted to mark yourself as a 'Theatre Professional' for the purpose of bookings digs for the duration of the Fringe.

We advise all our Guests to look into how we work as we are different from other booking sites. The following are some helpful articles:

How does it work
How does the payment process work?
Why do you charge 10% commission (Guests)
What is required from a Guest?

- Existing Guest

Great you're all good to go. You can access our digs collection by following the link provided on your participant account of the Fringe 

Please Note: Any existing Guests not marked as a Theatre Professional may not have access to all digs on the list. If you are a registered participant of the Fringe 2019 you are allowed to mark yourself as a Theatre Professional. You can update your status by editing your profile page 
here.  (See our help article 'How to edit your Guest profile').

  • How much are your digs?

TheatreDigsBooker was set up to help touring professionals experience safe and affordable accommodation whilst on tour.  As our Guests are travelling for work purposes (and often on a limited budget), we feel that it would be unfair to promote the increase of digs prices during times that are likely to be expensive. For this reason, our Fringe digs collection will only show digs that meet the price-bound rate* criteria.

  • Will you vet digs on the Fringe List?

We do not physically 'vet' or inspect digs ourselves. Even if we could get to all of our 7000+ Hosts personally, a quick visit and look around is nowhere near as good as actually staying for a night or more. 

Instead, we rely heavily on our Guests to provide feedback by writing booking reviews after they have stayed in digs. We also ask for feedback if Guests need to say anything that they don't feel comfortable writing in a publicly viewable review. 

TheatreDigsBooker also tries to call every new Host who lists their digs on the site, which helps us to ensure that our Guests are being provided with clean and safe accommodation. For the Fringe, TheatreDigsBooker will monitor digs to ensure they not only meet our sites standard requirements (see here: The Host's Checklist) but also to ensure they meet the price-bound rate* set for this list.

  • What happens after the Fringe is over?  

Once the Fringe is over TheatreDigsBooker's default action will be to keep your account active on our site. We welcome artists throughout the year, however all non-theatre professional Guests will be required to update their status after the event.  You can also get in touch with us via email ( to remove you from our site.

*Price-bound rates: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society recommend a rate of between £100 - £200 per person per week (a £250 price cap will apply).