This is what some of the “fringe” looked like at the beginning of this year's annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the granddaddy of them all, with 30,000 (!) performances and 2,600 productions.
Tickets for Edinburgh's Fringe are about the only thing found in the U.K. and Ireland which are cheaper or almost equal to prices in the U.S. ($22 converted vs. $24 for the D.C. Fringe with admission button.) Plus, there are many cheaper tickets and some free performances, too, along High Street (the Royal Mile) in Edinburgh.
What is the Fringe? It's performances of all makes and models by artists from around the world who perform short (usually under 60 minutes) uncensored dance, opera, theatre, comedy, musicals, you name it, in various local venues, often with minimalist sets.
Last year 1.8 million tickets were sold at the festival which ends August 27. Wikipedia says Dudley Moore (1960) and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Gilderstern are Dead (1966) got their starts at the festival, now celebrating its 65th year.