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BACK for its seventh year on the Buxton Fringe, Underground Venues will be presenting its largest programme ever of arts for 2012.

Seventy-five separate acts, from every genre, discipline and corner of the world, will all perform in their three spaces over the Fringe’s three weeks.

This includes the largest stand-up line-up in the UK outside of Brighton and Edinburgh. Comedians from across the country will be flooding to the Fringe venue every day, along with sketch groups, cabaret and improvisation acts, with tickets starting at £5 a show.

Underground Venues is returning to their ever-popular spaces under the Old Hall Hotel, home to the Buxton Fringe’s own Fringe Club, open daily from noon until midnight. Over the road, the venue is once again occupying the Arts Centre Studio, with some of their more ambitious projects.

Co-manager Yaz Al-Shaater said: “We’re really excited to have so many wonderful acts – up to 16 a day on some days. Just a few Buxton favourites who come to mind include Matt Pritchard, REC Theatre, Bill Woolland, Three’s Company, Emlyn Vaughan, George Telfer and Buxton Film.”

The venue also affords Buxton audiences the chance to catch a whole selection of Edinburgh Fringe favourites trying out their new material before Edinburgh. This includes top comedy from Piff The Magic Dragon, Edward Eales-White, Max & Ivan and Elis James.

There’s also a true international flavour at Underground this year, with Lecoq-based Parisian company Le Mot Juste, Makoto Inoue from Japan, and New York’s John Rainer all presenting radically different theatrical work at the venue this July.

Tickets to all shows can be booked online at www.underthefringe.com.