Boris the Third

Theatre (comedy, satire)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance One
  • 16:10
  • Aug 29
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Something for the Weekend
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains scenes of a sexual nature and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


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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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. Lift access through Pleasance Bar ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Ellie 36 days ago

Easily one of my favourite shows of this year's Fringe. The writing was extremely clever and drew lots of funny (and depressing) parallels between Boris' irresponsible destruction of the school play and his behaviour as Prime Minister. The performances were uniformly excellent, and the actor playing Boris gave a hilariously accurate impression. A thoroughly brilliant show!

Elizabeth Daly 37 days ago

Only in the UK could a room be packed out with people laughing at the buffoonery of its Prime Minister. The guy playing Boris was spot on and the similarities between what he was inflicting on his teenage peers with what he has inflicted on the rest of us were very cleverly portrayed. One of my Fringe Faves this year!

Emma Hulme 39 days ago

We went to see this at the last minute and I am so glad we did! Boris was so funny - such a good mimic. And the script was hilarious - we loved it. Would thoroughly recommend it.

Julie Phillips 42 days ago

Great show 5*. Boris was excellent and so funny. All the cast gave polished performances. We loved it. Go see this if you can.

Nicola Julius 44 days ago

I thought this might have been a painful show in light of what we have had to endure under Boris' tenure (one cannot call it leadership!). But this play was hilarious and incredibly well delivered. The actor who played Boris was outstanding. The story brilliant. Just do not miss this play at the Fringe.

Julia K 44 days ago

This was a revelation. We expected some obvious jokes against an obvious target, but this is much cleverer than that. An intelligent play that makes intelligent demands of its audience. Our unexpected star pick of the Fringe so far

Jill Van Wormer 47 days ago

Great show! Funny, great performers, poignant.

Harry Hinks 48 days ago

We booked this as a last minute time filler and my god I'm glad we did! Honestly my favourite show we've seen. Cast are brilliant, concept magnificent and boris was bang on. So so worth seeing this show!

Adrienne Brown 48 days ago

Very witty . Great Acting. Boris was hilarious !

Steven Derbyshire 52 days ago

Very enjoyable show. A witty script that was well delivered. Boris, of course, takes the limelight and he did a terrific job, more than ably supported by the Duke and his lovely girlfriend(s)! Highly recommended!

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 32 days ago

A thoroughly enjoyable hour of fringe theatre which I would highly recommend catching.

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