Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006

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The 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the 59th Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


2006 was the first Fringe following the introduction of the new legislation banning smoking indoors. During a photocall at the Assembly Rooms for a play in which he was playing Winston Churchill, the actor Mel Smith lit a cigar, flouting the ban. Controversy arose when Smith insisted he would smoke onstage during the first performance - he did not go through with this claim.[1]


2006 was the first year that the udderBELLY, an offshoot of the Underbelly venues in the shape of an upside-down purple cow, was erected on Bristo Square.[2]



  1. ^ "Smith rethink on smoking gesture". BBC News. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Udderbelly – What is it". Underbelly Limited. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-10.