About Us

About Us

We are based in Edinburgh all year at Assembly Roxy, run Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (we are the longest running of the multi-venue operators) and tour with the best of our programme. Throughout the year, we host theatre, music, comedy and events in the beautiful Assembly Roxy in the heart of the Old Town. An example of our previous credits include Nirbhaya, which we premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and we have since toured to London’s Southbank Centre and to New York, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore in India. In short, we bring the best talent in the world to Edinburgh.

2019 is our 39th Year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Theatre and comedy are at the heart of our programme, and this summer we are delighted to bring you over 240 fantastic shows including Sir Ian McKellen returning to Edinburgh to celebrate his 80th (part of the Edinburgh International Festival); Eddie Izzard presenting Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; legendary screenwriter Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk); and author, actress and activist Rose McGowan making her debut.

For music fans we have Friendsical: A Parody Musical About Friends based on the TV hit show; Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical; Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show; Legally Blonde: The Musical; and new tap-dancing and beat-boxing spectacular Noise Boys from the producers of Choir of Man which also returns this year.

Our theatre programme highlights include Liz Lochhead’s hilarious cut of Moliere’s Tartuffe; Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of; Judith Thompson’s riveting portrayal of a harrowing true story Watching Glory Die; The Fishermen, Status, and The Believers Are But Brothers, all part of the British Council’s theatre showcase; Fake News; and Brendan Galileo for Europe. At Roxy we showcase Disruption – our new season of contemporary work co-curated with HighTide; and premiere this year’s ART Award winner Ane City - a one-woman show about an unforgettable night-out in Dundee.

Our comedy line-up is packed with big names including US stars Nick Offerman, Phoebe Robinson, Jena Friedman and Tom Lenk, who join Clive Anderson, Frank Skinner, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne, David O’Doherty, Nish Kumar, Stewart Francis, Jessie Cave, Arabella Weir, new talent from Pinder Prize winners Sam Taunton and Steph Tisdell (as part of the Aboriginal Comedy All-Stars), plus many more.

Circus and cabaret fans can enjoy Flip Fabrique’s new show Blizzard; the return of Fringe sell-outs My Land and Paris de Nuit; Bromance; Machine de Cirque La Galerie; The Atomic Saloon Show; and the stunning voices of Reuben Kaye, Melinda Hughes, Christina Bianco, Miss Hope Springs, The Divet Show, and Diane Chorley bringing her 80s nightclub The Flick to the Underground in George Square. 

Younger audiences will have plenty to keep them entertained with our fun-packed programme including Jarred Christmas and Hobbit’s Beatbox Comedy Show; The Bubble Show; Morgan & West’s Unbelievable Science; and the return of Fringe favourite Monski Mouse.

For something completely different, we have the WiFi Wars Video Game Takeover; kinetic, physical comedy on the Back of the Bus;  dance, songs and shameless gossip at Pamela’s Palace; and our one-off comedy extravaganza and fundraiser Stand up for Your Planet raising awareness of one of the most pressing issues of our time.

To top it all off our George Square Garden is widely recognised as the hub of the Fringe with over 25,000 visitors at weekends and 350,000 visitors across the Festival. The main entrance of Assembly George Square Gardens and the main Assembly Box Office sees audiences of over 750,000 across the Festival. In 2019 we also presented shows from the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival as well as the Edinburgh Food Festival. 

Our Team

Chairman - Luke Johnson
Artistic Director/ CEO - William Burdett-Coutts
Managing Director – Sharon Burgess
Operations Director – Nik Whybrew
PA to Artistic Director – Judith Murrell
Technical Director – Peter McCabe
Company Secretary – Guy Hornsby


Programmer & Producer – Alex Hall
Associate Programmer & Producer – Jodie Adams
Programme Co-Ordinator – Mia Lewis
Finance Manager – Jana Dearn
Finance Assistant –  Orla Thompson
Assembly Roxy Manager – Caroline Fraser
Roxy Technical Manager – Mark Sodergren
Roxy Programmer – Luke Holbrook
Head of Box Office – Pete Patel
Bars & Venue Operations Manager – Conal O’Neill
Bar Manager – Cat Oliver
Operations Manager – Charlotte Crone
Technical Manager – Chris Buffham
Head of Communications – Emma Henderson
Marketing Manager – David McGinlay
Digital Content Manager – James Thomas
Edinburgh Food Festival Producer – Alex Fitzhowle
Staffing Manager – Rosie Fraser
Head of Sound – Jonny Duncan
Head of Lighting – Martin McLachlan
Head of Stage – Jamie Blackburn