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UNDERBELLY is a live events producer and venue operator, known as one of the "BIG FOUR" venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
. From its roots as a Fringe venue, the company has expanded to include a festival on London
London
's South Bank
South Bank
and seasonal events in Edinburgh and elsewhere.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Edinburgh
Edinburgh
* 1.2 Other locations

* 2 Performers

* 2.1 Comedians * 2.2 Musicians

* 3 External links

HISTORY

EDINBURGH

Underbelly was founded in 2000 by directors Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood to operate one venue at the Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Festival Fringe. In 2001, Underbelly Limited was formed to turn the Underbelly venue into a professional operation. The original venue, on Edinburgh's Cowgate
Cowgate
, now includes a number of different performance spaces, with themed names such as Iron Belly, White Belly and Big Belly. Over the years, Underbelly's operations have expanded beyond the Cowgate, to include a hub space known as the Udderbelly pasture in George Square and a Circus Hub on The Meadows . For several years, Underbelly operated a hub in Bristo Square
Bristo Square
, but recent redevelopment works at the nearby McEwan Hall mean the site is currently unavailable. Each Underbelly venue is recognisable by its purple, cow-themed branding, most notably a large, upside-down, inflatable purple cow which serves as one of the venues. In 2015, Underbelly hosted over 130 shows at the Fringe.

Besides its Fringe operations, Underbelly also co-ordinates "Edinburgh's Christmas" - a funfair, market and events programme in Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street Gardens
. In 2014, 3.6 million visitors were recorded.

OTHER LOCATIONS

In 2009, in collaboration with the Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre
in London, the company launched Udderbelly Festival, an eight-week programme of comedy, circus and family entertainment inside the upside-down purple cow venue. By 2015, the festival had extended to fifteen weeks. The festival won Best Festival at the London
London
Lifestyle Awards in 2012.

In 2012, Underbelly also launched London
London
Wonderground, a programme of circus, cabaret and family entertainment, based in a 1920s Paradiso Spiegeltent
Spiegeltent
. The Wonderground also presents oddities, curiosities and eccentricities such as the 60-metre high Star Flyer which gives views over London's rooftops.

Other London
London
events which Underbelly produces include West End Live in Trafalgar Square, Pride in London, and the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge at Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. In 2015, Underbelly produced the official Fanzone at the Rugby Union World Cup in Richmond.

Elsewhere, the company produced the Comedy Hullabaloo in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Udderbelly Festival in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
.

PERFORMERS

Performers who have appeared at Underbelly venues since 2000 include:

COMEDIANS

* Stewart Lee
Stewart Lee
- co-writer / director of Jerry Springer - The Opera * Waen Shepherd * Will Adamsdale aka Chris John Jackson in Jackson's Way * Rob Deering * Lucy Porter
Lucy Porter
* Janey Godley * Rain Pryor * Robin Ince
Robin Ince
* Russell Howard * Howard Read * Paul Provenza * Ricky Tomlinson * Topping ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

* t * e

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

KEY ARTICLES

* Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
* Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Society * Edinburgh
Edinburgh

PROMOTERS

BIG FOUR

* Assembly * Gilded Balloon
Gilded Balloon
* Pleasance * Underbelly

OTHER PAID

* C venues * Greenside Venues * Just the Tonic * theSpace * Sweet Venues * Zoo Venues

FREE

* Free Fringe
Free Fringe
* Laughing Horse

VENUES

CURRENT

* Fringe Shop * Fringe Central * Assembly George Square Gardens * St Columba\'s-by-the-Castle * The Stand Comedy Club
The Stand Comedy Club
* New Town Theatre * George Square Theatre * Mayfield Salisbury Church
Mayfield Salisbury Church
* Teviot * Traverse Theatre * Sweet Grassmarket * Royal Over-Seas League * Assembly Rooms * Dance Base * Summerhall
Summerhall
* John Hope Gateway
John Hope Gateway
* John Knox House * Scottish Storytelling Centre
Scottish Storytelling Centre
* St Cecilia\'s Hall * Cowgatehead * The Pleasance
The Pleasance
* Adam House
Adam House
* Assembly Hall * Bruntsfield Church * Quaker Meeting House
Quaker Meeting House
* Hill Street Theatre * Symposium Hall * Bedlam Theatre * Surgeons\' Hall * Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Playhouse * Canongate Kirk
Canongate Kirk
* Cafe Camino * Voodoo Rooms * Zoo Southside * St Mary\'s Episcopal Cathedral * St Michael and All Saints * The Famous Spiegeltent
Spiegeltent
* The Caves * Wee Red Bar * St Bride\'s Centre * Assembly Roxy

PREVIOUS

* Dunfermline Abbey
Dunfermline Abbey
* Gateway Theatre * Meadowbank Stadium
Meadowbank Stadium
* Palladium Theatre

PERFORMERS

THEATRE COMPANIES

* Edinburgh
Edinburgh
People\'s Theatre * Glasgow Unity Theatre * Pilgrim Players

SHOWS

* Black Watch * Jerry Springer: The Opera * Stomp

AWARDS

* Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Comedy Awards * So You Think You\'re Funny?

PUBLICATIONS

* The British Theatre Guide * Broadway Baby * Chortle * Fest * Fringe Review * The Guardian
The Guardian
* The Herald * The List * The Scotsman
The Scotsman
* The Skinny * The Stage
The Stage
* ThreeWeeks

PROMINENT FIGURES

* Anthony Alderson * Ed Bartlam * William Burdett-Coutts * Robert Kemp * Karen Koren * Christopher Richardson * Tommy Sheppard * Charlie Wood

LOCATIONS

* George Square * New Town * Old Town * Royal Mile
Royal Mile

FRINGE BY YEAR

* 1947 * 1948 * 1949 * 1950 * 1951 * 1952 * 1953 * 1954 * 1955 * 1956 * 1957 * 1958 * 1959 * 1960 * 1961 * 1962 * 1963 * 1964 * 1965 * 1966 * 1967 * 1968 * 1969 * 1970 * 1971 * 1972 * 1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1976 * 1977 * 1978 * 1979 * 1980 * 1981 * 1982 * 1983 * 1984 * 1985 * 1986 * 1987 * 1988 * 1989 * 1990 * 1991 * 1992 * 1993 * 1994 * 1995 * 1996 * 1997 * 1998 * 1999 * 2000 * 2001 * 2002 * 2003 * 2004 * 2005 * 2006 * 2007 * 2008 * 2009 * 2010 * 2011 * 2012 * 2013 * 2014 * 2015 * 2016