The Crown Dual

Comedy (farce, theatre)

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  • Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Big Yin
  • 16:20
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: By Daniel Clarkson, Director Owen Lewis, Presented by James Seabright
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation
  • Accessibility:
    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 are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Two actors farcically reimagine how Elizabeth Windsor became QE2. By co-creator of Olivier Award-nominated hit Potted Potter. ‘Happy and glorious parody of the Netflix series reminds us what theatre is all about’ **** (Telegraph). ‘Inventive fun skilfully combining play-that-goes-wrong antics with a potted history of the royals’ **** (Guardian). ‘Hilarious masterpiece. Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy are incredibly successful in bringing to life many different characters’ ***** ( ‘Somehow manages to surpass the original. Irreverent, hilarious slapstick… provokes a grin that will make your mouth ache. Joy from start to finish.’ **** (Islington Gazette).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Patrons enter the building via either 3 shallow steps or the platform lift. Please note the platform lift is only suitable for manual wheelchairs and not power wheelchairs. The Big Yin can be accessed via the building lift to the 3rd Floor. The Accessible toilet is located in the Basement. Please make yourself known to a member of staff (in a pink t-shirt) if you require assistance or require a specific seat.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Christina Harrison 135 days ago

This was a very last minute booking for us to squeeze an extra show into a gap, and it was one of the best things we saw at the fringe! So clever and funny. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next year!

John Fuller 151 days ago

Brilliant, enjoyable and increasingly hilarious celebration of the netflix show. The two gifted performers are rock solid in confidence and quickly win over the audience not just to enjoy but to assist everything they do. Favourite moments of the series are cleverly recreated and lampooned. And a fine time was had by all at the performance I attended, with the coronation scenes (involving sundry coopted audience members) a particular joy. Cannot speak too highly of the comic talents of the two principals, who made the most of a well written and produced show.

Joy 153 days ago

What an absolute treat this was. Extremely clever, witty and well put together - with a bit of ad lib now and again. Audience participation worked very well with the audience of the day. If you are looking for something that will leave you with a smile on your face for long after the show is over give this one a try.

Paul 155 days ago

A Farce featuring Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy loosely based on “The Crown” series 1&2, from Netflix. This does not mean you have to be a subscriber (or young person with access) to ‘get’ this entertainment, far from it - the characters and stories are either well known to older folks or not hard to imagine. The actors go at the amusing plot-within-a-plot script with gusto and true to the form, The Goodies meets The Secret Policeman’s Ball meets The Play that goes Wrong. Costumes and props are ridiculous and changed frequently and accents and musical clips are overdone. Limits are pushed but cleverly not exceeded and this also applied to the necessary, nay inevitable, audience participation. Comedy is said to be harder than straight acting – these guys are exceptional. An hour and ten of silliness and hilarity. Bravo! Encore! Three cheers! God save the Queen!

Barbara Williams 156 days ago

Loved this! Another rather random choice for us that turned out brilliantly. So funny- be prepared to participate especially if you are in the front row.

John Dewhurst 156 days ago

A skit on Netflix's The Crown. The cast of two play a host of characters but principally Liz and Phil as newly weds.
Great fun and well constructed. Some great ad libs and audience participation.

Curtis Stewart 156 days ago

This show is one of the best this year. Definitely go to see it.
It is well written, well acted and fun to see. I give it 5 stars.

Michael Blaha 156 days ago

Absolutely fantastic. One of the funniest and most entertaining shows I’ve seen in 20 years of Fringe attendance. Go!

Stephen Allen 158 days ago

This deserves a MBE -
Most Brilliant Edinburgh
Making Banter Enjoyable

Laughed all the way through this fast-paced story that had so much quality content.

Not tempted to buy a new conservatory however!

Elizabeth Roe 159 days ago

Absolutely hilarious. Laughed from beginning to the end. Audience participation fun and not threatening. Comic timing second to none. We all loved them from the start. What was surprising was that it was only a third full. Go and see this show. You won’t be disappointed. Five stars****

John Wood 164 days ago

A show of the highest standard. Very funny parody of the TV series from two extremely talented actors. Some wonderful audience participation to enhance the enjoyment. One of the best shows we have seen.

jackie 166 days ago

This was such a hilarious show by two talented performers who have natural comic timing and warmth. The audience loved them from the start and continued to laugh heartily all the way through. I would thoroughly recommend this show but it definitely helps if you have watched “The Crown” on Netflix!

Elz 167 days ago

This was great fun. I would definitely recommend to anyone who has seen the tv show

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 154 days ago

The Crown Dual is a play within a play. The premise of the show is this: having been overlooked for the titular role, wannabe actress Beth (Rosie Holt) comically recreates the first two series of Netflix’s The Crown with her bumbling agent Stan (Brendan Murphy).It begins with Stan demanding the...

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FringeReview 160 days ago

Struggling actress Beth Buckingham is upset, distraught in fact.  Despite what she thought was a faultless audition, Netflix don’t want her to play HM Queen in their new mega-series, The Crown, a role she’s been dying to take on ever since, ever since…….well let’s just say that she thinks she...

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Counter Culture UK (5/5 stars) 161 days ago

"The Crown Dual had me laughing a lot. It is incredibly well-written with many different forms of humour woven into it including visual. If you just feel like having fun this a great show to see."

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