Edinburgh Fringe

Boris the Third

  • Theatre (satire)
  • 4:10pm (60 mins)
  • 3-14 & 16-29 Aug
  • Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
  • £13.50 - £15
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Tickets

Most tickets cost between £13.50 and £15. To book visit the official Fringe website or contact the venue:

Venue

33: Pleasance Courtyard
Room: Pleasance One

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When Boris Johnson was 18 he played Richard III. Apparently, he wasn't prepared, didn't learn his lines and the result was chaos. Boris the Third is a comedy imagining of what that school play might have been like. Will young Boris play the clown, charming his critics, or will he be remembered as the villain? A possible origin story for one of the most colourful and divisive figures in modern British politics. This is one illicit party you won't want to miss. Written and directed by Adam Meggido, starring Mischief Theatre favourite, Harry Kershaw, as Boris.

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Boris the Third: 'The show is asking: can a clown be king and can a king be a clown'

Actor Harry Kershaw is stepping into the shoes of Boris Johnson this month. He tells Fergus Morgan about the political comedy.

Fergus Morgan, The Stage, 9th August 2022

Boris Johnson satire at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 is relevant now more than ever

Imagine the scene: a theatre at Eton College, an expectant audience awaits a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, and, playing the titular, hunchbacked villain, one Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, aged 18. However, Johnson arrives on stage woefully under-rehearsed and incapable of remembering his lines.

Mark Brown, The National (Scotland), 7th August 2022

Boris Johnson's downfall proves fruitful for Edinburgh Fringes comedians

Comedians performing at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival draw inspiration from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's downfall, and the ensuing turmoil in the Conservative Party.

Katie Spencer, Sky News, 6th August 2022

Politics loom larger than ever at Edinburgh fringe

Scandals, an outgoing PM and a Tory leadership race - comics seeking material are spoilt for choice.

Miranda Bryant, The Guardian, 6th August 2022

Fringe 2022: this year's highlights from comedy, theatre and dance

The Fringe is back, which means an overwhelming choice of thousands of shows. Isobel Lewis and Jessie Thompson bring you their unmissable highlights.

Isobel Lewis and Jessie Thompson, The Independent, 30th July 2022

Boris Johnson's Fringe exit

A new play about the former PM's 'rise and fall' is even more timely following his resignation.

Adam Meggido, The Scotsman, 26th July 2022

Interview with actor Harry Kershaw

Harry Kershaw, founding member of Olivier award winning Mischief Theatre, is bringing a new show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. We talk about Boris III, his career path, and how Covid-19 changed the way he worked.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 23rd July 2022

Ten political shows at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe

Boris still looms large at the festival.

Chortle, 20th July 2022

Boris the Third interview

When Boris Johnson was at Eton he was in a school production of Richard III playing Richard III. Apparently he didn't learn his lines and the result was a total chaos. Boris III is an imagining of what that might have been like.

On The Mic, 13th July 2022

Boris Johnson play to premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The comedy play Boris III that premieres at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival is still to happen despite of the news of the Prime Minister's resignation.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th July 2022

Top 40 shows to see at Edinburgh Festival 2022: music, art, theatre and more

Times critics on the hottest tickets at the Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival to book now.

Dominic Maxwell, Clive Davis, Neil Fisher, Alex O'Connell and Ed Potton, The Times, 2nd July 2022

Edinburgh Preview: Boris III

When Boris Johnson was eighteen years old, he played Richard III in a school play at Eton. Apparently, he wasn't prepared, didn't learn his lines, and the result was chaos. Boris III is a comedy imagining of what that production might have been like.

Theatre Weekly, 29th June 2022

Performances

Date Time Venue
3rd Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
4th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
5th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
6th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
7th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
8th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
9th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
10th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
11th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
12th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
13th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
14th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
16th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
17th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
18th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
19th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
20th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
21st Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
22nd Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
23rd Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
24th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
25th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
26th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
27th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
28th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)
29th Aug 16:10 Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance One)

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