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Monday, June 1, 2020

‘It has all of the hallmarks of classic Ayckbourn’: ANNO DOMINO – Stephen Joseph Theatre ★★★★ (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

Perfectly pitched: Anno Domino has all of the hallmarks of classic Ayckbourn - razor-sharp observation, subtle skewering of preconceptions, and exploration of murky hidden depths.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

‘A devastating moment for our industry’: Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre in hibernation by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre has entered a period of "hibernation" as a building-based producing theatre, postponing all 2020 shows and entering into negotiations with all staff over redundanc…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Edinburgh Festival Fringe cancelled by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, along with all of the city’s August festivals, will not take place in 2020 because of coronavirus, it

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Eden Court to redeploy staff in community roles as part of council tie-up by Thom Dibdin

Eden Court in Inverness is to work with its funders the Highland Council to find ways for its 200 employees to join

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Scottish theatres face closure after Holyrood advises cancellation of events with more than 500 people by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish government has advised all organisers to cancel or postpone any events involving more than 500 people, both indoors and outdoors.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

‘Does exactly what it says on the tin’: CIRQUE BERSERK – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Newbury-based circus company Cirque Berserk! appears at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre as part of its 2020 tour. The company brands itself as ‘Real Circus made for Theatre’ and it does e…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Funny, heart-warming & joyous show’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A real joy to watch from start to finish. the story behind Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is one of courage against adversity, but one that is full of humour and love too.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘well-performed but overlong update of Brecht’ by Thom Dibdin

This gender-swapped update of Brecht’s 1940 comedy, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti, is less than the sum of its individually shining

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

‘Enough energy to light Hampton Court for 500 years’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

You’ll lose your head over Six The Musical, which is bringing a new audience to the Festival Theatre just a week ahead of the show’s Broadway debut.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

‘Its heart is undoubtedly in the right place’: OOR WULLIE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Oor Wullie, the touring musical from Selladoor, Dundee Rep and DC Thomson has moments of comic brilliance.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘Surprising & endlessly entertaining affair’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) has a superbly wide frame of reference, and which is thought-provoking as well as being sheer good fun.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Aladdin review at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – ‘gem of a show’ by Thom Dibdin

It looks like director Ian Bustard has rubbed the magic lamp in his Aladdin for the Alhambra, Dunfermline. Theatre owner Bill Fletcher

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘Interesting twists and strong magical characters’ by Thom Dibdin

Iain Lauchlan drops enough local mentions into his Jack and the Beanstalk to ensure that, combined with plenty of pantomime set-pieces and

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget’: THE LION KING – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Visually arresting, the touring production of The Lion King which is booked into the Playhouse until March 2020, wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Andy Gray’s triumphant return’ by Thom Dibdin

Andy Gray, the uncrowned King of the King’s pantomime, returns to the stage in some style in Alan McHugh’s circus pantomime, directed

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘panto-by-numbers’ by Thom Dibdin

There is a pleasing female focus in this year’s pantomime at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre, with four of the six named characters played

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Cinderella review, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh – ‘a real community show’ by Thom Dibdin

John Binnie adds a circus theme to Cinderella for his second year directing and writing the Brunton panto, allowing him to bulk

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Beauty and the Beast review at Theatre Royal, Newcastle Upon Tyne – ‘variety and glamour’ by Thom Dibdin

Director and writer Michael Harrison’s production for Qdos Entertainment harks back to pantomime’s origins in variety. In the main this comes care

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘humour triumphs over humbug’ by Thom Dibdin

Director and writer Tony Cownie’s relocation of Charles Dickens’ great Christmas fable to Edinburgh has a real family-friendly feel. Cownie has married

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Beauty and the Beast review at Motherwell Theatre – ‘a stand-out performance from Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith’ by Thom Dibdin

Bev Berridge’s inventive new script for Beauty and the Beast, which she also directs for Motherwell Theatre, is a near perfect example

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘Deserves to be remembered for years to come’: THE KING & I – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The collective charisma of the cast in a stunning production of The King and I earns a well-deserved standing ovation.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

‘As finely-tuned a theatrical machine as you are likely to see’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is a winning combination of the playful and the profound in Barber Shop Chronicles which allies serious stagecraft and knowledge to sheer enjoyability.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

‘Little in the way of pre-Halloween excitement’: FRANKENSTEIN – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Confused in its execution, this touring version of Frankenstein has high production values but offers a rushed retelling of the story that fails to work in practice.

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Fibres review at Paisley Arts Centre – ‘cleverly constructed and staged with precision’ by Thom Dibdin

Frances Poet’s well-crafted new play for Stellar Quines and the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, touring as part of the Citizens Women Season, explores

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tosca review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ’emotionally charged revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Anthony Besch’s production of Tosca, set in Rome in 1943 on the eve of Mussolini’s defeat, does not appear to have aged

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Still Game: The Final Farewell review at SSE Hydro, Glasgow – ‘outrageous doesn’t begin to describe it’ by Thom Dibdin

Born on stage at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe before becoming a TV hit, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill’s sitcom about old boys

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

‘Remains a vital piece of theatre’: A TASTE OF HONEY – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Some outstanding performances overcome a series of gimmicky directorial choices in the UK National Theatre’s touring production of A Taste of Honey at the King’s.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

‘How can you resist it?’: MAMMA MIA! – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It’s not just one of us who was pleased to have Mamma Mia! back on the Edinburgh Playhouse stage – an air of expectation and excitement filled the entire auditorium for the show.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Mamma Mia! review at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh – ‘the ensemble is as tight as the lycra’ by Thom Dibdin

Sharon Sexton owns the role of Donna Sheridan, the Greek island taverna-owning unmarried mother whose daughter Sophie (a bright and effervescent Emma

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Zanetto and Susanna’s Secret at St Mary’s Church, Haddington – ‘strong emotional heft and brightly played comedy’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish Opera brings strong emotional heft to the Scottish premiere of Mascagni’s Zanetto and some brightly played comedy in Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘Provides some moments of genuine theatrical magnetism’: SOLARIS – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Dealing with troubling questions about human interaction, the Lyceum’s adaptation of Solaris is – like all the best science fiction – not really about alien planets but about our own w…

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