Edinburgh Fringe 2023: Top Picks – Cabaret and Variety

Discover the must-see cabaret shows from late-night live music to a vibrant celebration of South African culture

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Published 26 Jul 2023

Ben Hart: Jadoo
Assembly George Square, 2-27 Aug (not 14), 6pm

Magician Ben Hart brings a personal show inspired by his trip to India, where he went to uncover magical secrets and explore his own heritage. 

Danny Beard and Their Band
Underbelly, George Square, 21-25 Aug, 9.40pm

RuPaul's Drag Race UK series four winner takes to the Fringe stage with their live band.

Lady Marmite
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13-14 Aug, 10pm

Liberate your inner diva for this drag and burlesque homage to Lady Marmalade, featuring cabaret stars A'Whora, Coco Couture, Kiki Snatch and Sminty Drop.

Suhani Shah: Spellbound
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 2-27 Aug (not 14), 5.25pm

India’s renowned mind reader Suhani Shah debuts in Edinburgh for a show of mental mysteries, deceptive word power and comedic charm.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 3-22 Aug, 11.30am

Meet a troupe who have never been to the Fringe, or on an aeroplane, as they fly in courtesy of the Imibala Trust – a South African non-profit that works with children in impoverished circumstances. The show celebrates the 12 official languages of South Africa with energetic and authentic song and dance.