Edinbrugh Fringe Festival kicks off 4 August 2017, but before the festival begins venues across London are hosting preview acts to give Londoners a little peak into what they will be performing during the festival. The Resident checks out the best…

1 Greenwich Theatre Edinburgh Fringe Previews
Greenwich Theatre is hosting a number of Edinburgh Fringe preview acts. On Saturday 8 July catch Goody, an exclusive preview performance for Greenwich Theatre audiences before the show premieres at The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe. Awarded the Les Enfants Terribles Greenwich Partnership Award 2017, the tale, set in 1934 in Dustbowl America, delves behind the scenes of a travelling circus to discover the complex relationship between one man and his performing chimpanzee, Goody. Lucy Roslyn’s new play is a striking, darkly funny exploration of the extraordinary, heartbreaking world of performing apes and the humans who live with them, love them and break them. On 26 July see Beadledom α & Beadledom Ω, a new pair of shows from Familia de la Noche set in an infinite office block and the headquarters of the Universe. What makes the difference between a brilliant flash of life and a dull flicker? The two shows explore what makes humans tick. Then, on 29 July, the sell-out hit Gazing At A Distant Star, which launched the Greenwich Theatre Studio in January, explores three lives that intersect – three people struggling to cope with loss, to reach out and find the light beyond. All 7.30pm. Tickets £11.
Crooms Hill SE10 8ES; 020 8858 4447; 

2 Fight in the Dog Preview Fest
Brought to you by the theatre and comedy company, Fight in the Dog, the Landor presents a preview into a slew shows delivered to you by some of the Fringe’s comedic acts. From 7-9 July expect acts like Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar and Joseph Morpurgo (headliners) as well as comedians like Spence Jones, Mae Martin, Phoebe Walsh, Mat Ewins, etc (smaller acts) to bring you hilarious stand up comedy. With a mixture of both Fringe veterans and newbies, each night is sure to result in unending, uncontrollable laughter. Joe Lycett will headline Friday 7 July, Nish Kumar will headline Saturday 8 July and Joseph Morpurgo will headline Sunday 9 July.
70 Landor Road SW9 9PH; 020 7737 7276 

3 Cutty Sark Theatre Pre-Edinburgh Comedy Festival 
From 14 July to 30 July, the Cutty Sark Theatre is bringing out two acts per night for Londoners to enjoy in preparation for the Fringe Festival in August. With over 26 acts to choose from you’re surely in for a night of laughs no matter who you see. Though, be sure to check out the acts performing over the weekend as they’re the most well-known performers. Elf Lyons is set to perform her hilarious one-woman version of the iconic ballet Swan Lake on opening night, Friday 14 July. A familiar face from the Netflix original The Crown, Samantha Baines is schedule to take the stage with her new show ‘1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat-Bottom’ on Saturday 29 July. Performing on Sunday 23 July, Jan Ravens is due to bring her well-known impressions of The Queen, Kirsty Wark, Fiona Bruce and Theresa May to the Cutty Sark Stage.
King William Walk SE10 9HT; 020 8858 4422; 

4 Monica Dolan’s The B*EASTS 
Premiering at the Bush Theatre 26-28 July before premiering at the Fringe, Monica Dolan and Something for the Weekend have created a new play, The B*EASTS, for audiences to enjoy. Following the repercussions of an event (which could very well happen in today’s society), the B*EAST is calling for its audience to examine our culture from an extreme perspective by taking a circumstance we see as abhorrent and abnormal and then showing how it can evolve into something regarded as normal. Essentially, the B*EASTS forces the audience to leave the theatre questioning ‘how soon is too soon’ when it comes to allowing our children to pursue sexual ideas. As a well-established actor and writer, Dolan knows how to play to her audience’s emotions and thoughts resulting in them being moved by the show in some way once the curtains have come down.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; 020 8743 5050; 

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The B*EASTS by Monica Dolan

5 The Believers are but Brothers by Javaad Alipoor
From 12-15 July, stop by the Ovalhouse to catch Javaad Alipoor’s unique one-man show exploring the blurry and complex world of extremists, spies, journalists and fantasists. When the world’s order is collapsing more now than ever, tech savvy and extremist groups rip through twentieth century political certainties and amidst this a generation of young men find themselves turning to an online world of fantasy, violence and reality. Alipoor’s show will have you on the edge of your seat as he uses his incredible talent and strong voice to see how these occurrences are affecting the world around us. Tickets start at £9, and the show will start at 7.30pm each night.
52-54 Kennington Oval SE11 5SW; 020 7582 7680;

6 I am a Tree by Jamie Wood
Stop by the Ovalhouse from 27-29 July to catch Jamie Wood’s show, I am a Tree. While at first a little wacky, Wood has a gift at making his audience forget their inhibitions and allow themselves to get swept along by the craziness of the show. By the end of the night, don’t be alarmed if you find yourself making music right along Wood, and twice as happy as you were when you walked into the theatre at the beginning of the night. Tickets begin at £9. Shows start at 7.30pm each night.
52-54 Kennington Oval SE11 5SW; 020 7582 7680; 

7 Barnes Fringe Festival
Kicking of 9 July and going until 15 July, Barnes Fringe will be bringing a slew of comedic household names as well as rising stars as a teaser to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this summer. Lee Nelson will be headlining the festival, and is sure to make you laugh continuously with is razor-sharp stand-up and elaborate pranks on well-known figures (including Kanye West and Donald Trump). Throughout the rest of the festival, Nelson will be joined by acts like Lynn Ruth Miller, Ed Gamble, Matt Forde and Phil Wang so make you and friends come well prepared to laugh all week long. Check online for complete lineup and ticket prices.
OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF; 020 8876 9885; 

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Stop by the Barnes Fringe to catch Lee Nelson headlining the festival

8 Barnes Fringe Festival: Family Edition
Along with their outrageously funny, more adult-humour acts, Barnes Fringe will be presenting shows that are a little more family appropriate. On 9 July, Really big Panks: Wonky will be playing where the kids can get involved and help the characters solve the mystery, with some funny anecdotes along the way. Stop by again on 14 and 15 July to catch Hemlock Bones and the Case of the Missing Marsupial where the kiddos can once again put their detective skills to the test and help solve another hilarious mystery. Tickets and full lineup online.
OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF; 020 8876 9885;

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Barnes Fringe Festival has scheduled some family shows for you to enjoy as well