Reverend Richard Coles: #SimpleCountryParson

Comedy (spoken word)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
    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


Revd Richard Coles is on a fortnight's leave from his country parish and has been excused from his co-presenting duties of Saturday Live (BBC Radio 4) to bring to Edinburgh this hilarious yet deeply moving one-parson show. Attempting to live a hybrid life as the 59th Vicar of Finedon, Richard discusses hatching, matching and dispatching among the gingerbread stone houses, neighbouring Weetabix factory and Primark Distribution Centre – alongside his alternative life as a broadcaster, writer, panel game show contestant, Strictly veteran and (thanks to being voted Most Whimsical Vicar on the wireless) borderline national trinket.

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  • Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. Once inside either remain in ground level seating or five steps down to stage level. All seating moveable.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
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Chris G 55 days ago

Anyone thinking of going to see this is likely to be familiar with celebrity vicar Richard Coles already. Therefore, all you need from me is reassurance that this show is exactly what you think it’s going to be. And it’s rather delightful as a result.

Fiona A 55 days ago

A delightful event. Rev Richard Coles is entertaining, witty, intelligent and his life is so interesting. The hour flew by and I could have listened to him for much longer. A gentle show amongst the many crazy and abstract ones on the Fringe and he a good raconteur worth listening to.

Paul Rayner 57 days ago

A clever, entertaining and very warm gentleman. An oasis in the crazy fringe. What an incredible life story.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 52 days ago

The Communards’ hit, Don’t Leave Me This Way, is playing as we take our seats in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, a reminder – if any is needed – that this bespectacled vicar was half of the gay pop duo who produced the biggest selling hit single of 1986. ...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 54 days ago

To say that finding an incumbent of the Church of England (or any religious body) doing comedy in a mainstream Edinburgh Fringe venue is unusual would be an understatement. But this is not your average parish vicar. The Reverend Richard Coles found fame and fortune as part of The Communards...

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FringeReview 58 days ago

Combining the unusual traits of being a world conquering popstar, media personality, dancer and country parish vicar, the Reverend Richard Coles is here to tell us how it all happened. This is an autobiographical account of Richards life, rather than a conventional stand up show, although its inclusion in the...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 59 days ago

The Reverend Richard Coles returns to the Fringe. This charming man! The show is littered with 1980’s references, which is proving very appealing to the audience, largely made up of people who remember it well and fondly....

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