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The Pear Tree

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

The Pear Tree

Fringe Venue 257 - Click here for map
38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD. Phone: 0131 667 7533
Food  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 11:30 to 02:00
All ages until 6pm, then 18+ only

The Pear Tree and sister venues The Counting House and 32 Below form a complex featuring four public bars, six performance spaces, dining area and a huge outdoor courtyard and barbecue area. The Pear Tree is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of Fringe Central, Assembly at George Square, The Udderbelly, Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Dome venues.

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

Shows sorted by Venue Room

Main Room

3's Comedy: Late Late Nights

3's Comedy: Late Late Nights

Comedy

3's Comedy: Late Late Nights

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-25 at 00:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

It’s not late. It’s late late. And there’s no better time for some loose laughs than when it’s late late. 3’s Comedy: Late Late Nights brings together three of the hottest grots of the new wave of Australian comedy in Lewis Garnham, Alessio Carducci & Ty Gray to make you laugh....


Bubba-Licious

Bubba-Licious

Childrens

Bubba-Licious

Childrens

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 10:45 (30 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 11:30 (30 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Yes, it's a show for babies! A sensory display of colour, sound, light and movement to spark joy and ignite wonder. Incorporating puppetry, clowning, bubbles, shadow play and much more. Winner "Best Kids Show" Weekly Award Adelaide Fringe 2023. "Perfect show for the babies and toddler crowd... we feel the need to shout from the rooftops!" ★★★★★ KidsInAdelaide.com.au "It’s a lovely bite-size installment to excite the little ones, just enough to ensure a good afternoon snooze" ★★★★★ Advertiser, Adelaide Edinburgh Fringe Sel...


Comedy for the Curious

Comedy for the Curious

Comedy

Comedy for the Curious

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

★ Winner Best Comedy Shaftesbury Fringe UK 2023 ★ Can we do life better using science? Join marine biologist-turned-award-winning comedian Robyn Perkins as her globally-touring panel show of stand-up comedy and backyard science chat. In a hilariously refreshing show featuring comedians and scientific experts, this engaging hour will answer questions you never knew you had. Watch a professional athlete explain why some people can't lose at monopoly in our Competitiveness Show. Or better yet, learn from a psychologist how to get the confidence of Donald Trump without being a...


For Your Entertainment (Charity Comedy)

For Your Entertainment (Charity Comedy)

Comedy

For Your Entertainment (Charity Comedy)

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 12 at 18:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

For Your Entertainment is the Scottish Huntingtons Associations charity comedy night, now entering its third year in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These charity comedy nights take aim at helping families dealing with Huntingtons disease with two nights of laughter featuring five excellent comedians from the Scottish comedy circuit....


Late Bite – Mixed-Bill Late Night Stand-Up

Late Bite – Mixed-Bill Late Night Stand-Up

Comedy

Late Bite – Mixed-Bill Late Night Stand-Up

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 21:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

A stunning mixed-bill of new and established acts. A nightly changing line-up. A fantastic way to see a crazy bite-sized chunk of the Fringe. You’ll talk about this show for years to come. Acts from our previous shows have gone on to appear on Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard, Radio 4 etc. 'One of the best MCs I've ever seen'; 'The acts were brilliant, compere was fantastic. We laughed so much'; 'Loved this show! Great mix... a very warm, engaging and funny compere. Will definitely return: highly recommended!' (Audience reviews)....


Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 2-25 at 20:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

The very best comedians selected from across the Fringe with a different top-notch comedy line-up at every show. It's the absolute best way to see a great Fringe comedy smorgasbord, with line-ups selected from shows and venues all around the Fringe and the international comedy circuit... And you can Pay What You Can to watch! International Festival sell-out shows 2004-2024. 'Cracking comedy selection' ★★★★★ (Cream of the Fringe). 'A Great Night Out' ★★★★★ (SouthWestLive.co.uk). 'A fantastic night of comedy' ★★&...


Olaf Falafel Asks: Has Anyone Ever Actually Woven A Sigourney?

Olaf Falafel Asks: Has Anyone Ever Actually Woven A Sigourney?

Comedy

Olaf Falafel Asks: Has Anyone Ever Actually Woven A Sigourney?

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-13, 15-25 at 15:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Join the best-joke-list-bothering, holey-cheese-flinging, diaphragm-jiggling comedian as he presents a laundry basket full of stuff he hopes you’ll find funny. “Best-reviewed Edinburgh Fringe shows 2023“ British Comedy Guide “Unqualified, unadulterated, and deceptively astute fun.” **** The Quintessential Review “This is a must see show.” ***** Phoenix Remix “Leave feeling just a little bit better about the world around you.” **** Broadway World ...


Paddy the Irishman – How Lucky Can One Man Get

Paddy the Irishman – How Lucky Can One Man Get

Cabaret

Paddy the Irishman – How Lucky Can One Man Get

Cabaret

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 12:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

A fully packed hour of entertainment. Comedy, magic, stories and a wee bit music. Paddy is a charmer and is a joy to watch. Intertwined in the show are stories about his life and how lucky things have been and sometimes they haven't worked out the way they should have. As you can imagine growing up in northern Ireland moving to Scotland then Australia and now married to a Thai there's lots of stories to be told. Don't miss this you will not be disappointed....


Stand-Up Science

Stand-Up Science

Comedy

Stand-Up Science

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-25 at 17:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Love science? Love comedy? Want to laugh and feel smart? Come to Stand-up Science, a compilation of the best scientific comedians the Fringe has to offer. Returning for a third year following successful runs in 2022 and 2023, this show is guaranteed to make you laugh and learn. Following on from successful sell-out shows about nature, bacteria, evolution and insects at the Oxford Natural History museum, Oxford''s finest academic comedians bring Stand-up Science back to the Edinburgh Fringe. "Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, genuinely interesting, genuinely original." (Daily Info, Oxford). Each ...


The Asian Comedy Showcase

The Asian Comedy Showcase

Comedy

The Asian Comedy Showcase

Comedy

The Pear Tree / Main Room
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 14:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

From the East to Edinburgh, it's The Asian Comedy Showcase! Back for a second year, catch some of the best Asian acts (and one token white person) from all over the world! Our acts have been seen on the BBC, Comedy Central, Netflix and various Asian TV Channels you won't recognize! Line-up changes every day, and regularly hosted by Sam See! (Singapore, **** - Fest Mag) If you don't watch this show, you're probably racist! [For legal reasons you are not but still, come to be on the safe side.] ...


The Courtyard Stage

Fringe Prrojections

Fringe Prrojections

Events and Tours

Fringe Prrojections

Events and Tours

The Pear Tree / The Courtyard Stage
AUG 2-25 at 10:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Fringe Projections is a unique, collaborative art project transforming a bustling courtyard into a vibrant tapestry celebrating the essence of the Fringe. For two captivating hours daily throughout the festival, a massive screen will showcase an ever-evolving display of art. We’re inviting submissions from everyone! Whether you’re a seasoned artist or an aspiring creative, we welcome: Paintings and drawings capturing the Fringe’s energy and atmosphere. Photographs that tell stories of laughter, performance, and connection. Digital art that brings the Fringe’s spirit to life in a ne...


Irish Comedy Invasion

Irish Comedy Invasion

Comedy

Irish Comedy Invasion

Comedy

The Pear Tree / The Courtyard Stage
AUG 1-25 at 23:15 (55 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

The best Irish comedians performing their own solo hours at the Fringe will be performing their 15-minute highlight sets. We've been bringing carnage and chaos to Edinburgh for over a decade, and have no plans to go easy any time soon....