Words: Claire Smith
So what’s all this about you hosting The Fringe at Prestonfield?
James Thomson, who owns Prestonfield House and the Witchery is a marvellous Edinburgh character and and old friend of mine.
He has a theatre in the grounds of the hotel and one day we suddenly thought: ‘That would make a wonderful venue for the Edinburgh Fringe.’
We’re doing ten days at the end of August – it’s very exciting.
Are the people on the bill all friends of yours?
Yes! We have got Cliff Richard coming. He’ll be in conversation with Gloria Hunniford. He’s such an amazing character. He’ll be talking about his life and he might do a bit of A Capella singing.
Julian Clary will be here and Peter Duncan and Dame Arlene Phillips. We’ve also got the marvellous Scottish comedian Janey Godley for two nights.
We’ve also got musical shows like Gilbert and Sullivan the Barricade Boys and The Celtic Tenors.
And will you also be doing your own show?
I’ll be doing ‘TEA With Christopher Biggins at four o clock every day. I’ve got two Loose Women coming up and I’m going to have people from all over the Fringe coming to visit.
What is your interview style?
There’s a lot of things I want to ask. I think I’ll be asking questions the public want to know, I think it will be quite gossipy and quite fun. Hopefully all sorts of different people will come.
Are you looking forward to having a venue of your own?
It can be quite chaotic in the centre of Edinburgh when the Fringe is on so this will be more relaxed. It’s only three miles from the centre but the setting is so lovely.
If it goes well we’ll do it for a month next year.
The Fringe at Prestonfield: Hosted by Christopher Biggins
16.00 – 17.00
August 20 – 26 (Not 23)
Prestonfield Road, Edinburgh, EH16