Ladyboys of Bangkok move to Leith


THE Ladyboys of Bangkok announced today that they would move to a Leith location for their return to Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.

Last year the show celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Edinburgh Fringe with their ‘Wonder Women Tour’.

The Ladyboys of Bangkok on their 2018 Wonder Women Tour
The Ladyboys celebrated 20 years at the fringe last year with their Wonder Women Tour (Photo: Ian welsby)

They were ousted from their prime spot in the Meadows in 2015 after 17 years at the location.

But the cabaret show went on when the Ladyboys moved their pop-up venue to a Fountainbridge site – which they have returned to for the last three years.

Now after working closely with Edinburgh City Council they have secured another move to Pilrig Park in Leith.

The park is a 40 minute walk from the fringe hub of the festival at the main Edinburgh University sites, but the new venue is close to the popular food and drink scene at Leith shore.

Since the show was created for the festival 21 years ago it has turned into the UK’s largest touring cabaret show.

Edinburgh residents make up 70% of the annual fringe audience for the production.

The Theatre Big Tops, The Ladyboys of Bangkok's pop up Fringe venue
The Theatre Big Tops was at a Fountainbridge site last year (Photo: Ian Welsby)

Phillip Gandey, creator and producer of the show said: “I would like to thank all the team at Edinburgh City Council and the people of the city for securing a new home for The Lady Boys of Bangkok.”

“Since it was created especially for the Edinburgh Festival 21 years ago the people of the city of Edinburgh have taken us into their hearts and adopted us as their very own.

“The Lady Boys have their own Scottish tartan and we change the end of the show each spring to ensure our Scottish audiences get a little bit extra.

“We thank you for the last 21 years and we look forward to many more.”

Last year one of the Ladyboys claimed to worry she couldn’t go on stage after being “attacked by a seagull and developing a fear of feathers“.