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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Edinburgh International Festival expands remit as Fergus Linehan announces new line-up by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh International Festival is expanding its remit to take on mid-scale work from a much broader geographical reach at this year’s

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘There is no shortage of charm on display’: LOCAL HERO – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Local Hero, the Lyceum’s co-production with the Old Vic, has the authenticity and drive one would expect considering the source material, but fails to add much that is new.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Gaslight review at Perth Theatre – ‘cleverly cast, but lacking in chills’ by Thom Dibdin

Domestic drama spills over into terror in Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play, set in fogbound Victorian London. Though Kai Fischer’s production has plenty

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‘Commercial theatre for children is like a McDonald’s Happy Meal – unsatisfying’, says Imaginate boss by Thom Dibdin

Imaginate artistic director Noel Jordan has hit out at commercial theatre’s “McDonald’s Happy Meal” approach to work for children. Speaking at the

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘One of the best Josephs there has been’: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat proves it’s still at the top of its game as it returns to the Playhouse – again – over 50 years since it first launched.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Interference review at City Park, Glasgow – ‘chilling trilogy set in the near-future’ by Thom Dibdin

Interference is more than just a crackle on the line in this haunting trilogy of near-future plays, commissioned and directed by Cora

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘Still wonderfully magical’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Birmingham Royal Ballet puts on a truly magical and haunting performance of David Bintley’s Beauty & the Beast.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Scotland’s £90m annual funding to be scrutinised by culture committee by Thom Dibdin

Scotland’s annual £90 million state funding for the arts is to be scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament’s culture committee. The committee has

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Edinburgh residents urged to offer spare rooms to artists to make fringe affordable by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh residents are being urged to offer their spare rooms to artists at this year’s Fringe Festival in a bid to make

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Strangely fascinating but oddly frustrating entertainment’: THE DARK CARNIVAL – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In The Dark Carnival Vanishing Point and The Citizens (in association with Dundee Rep Ensemble) have crafted a strangely fascinating but oddly frustrating entertainment – theatre-cum-gig-c…

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Glasgow Citizens secures an extra £1.8 million of funding as cost of redevelopment rises by Thom Dibdin

Glasgow Citizens has been given an additional £1.78m government and council funds as the cost of its building redevelopment has risen by

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

C Venues loses second Edinburgh Fringe home in less than a month by Thom Dibdin

Beleaguered Edinburgh Festival Fringe operator C Venues has been kicked out of its George Street venue after two years. The move comes

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

‘Delivers a thoroughly enjoyable & entertaining night out’: GHOST THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A refreshingly strong turn from Rebekah Lowings ensures that the latest touring production of Ghost The Musical is alive and vibrant at the Festival Theatre, despite the show’s cloying sen…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Intriguing & beautifully presented’: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL RECKONING – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Reckoning, Twisted Thistle’s production for Annexe Arts Hub’s Formation Festival at the Assembly Roxy, is an intriguing and beautifully presented exploration o…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘Enough shining moments to justify another outing’: ALLAN STEWART’S BIG BIG VARIETY SHOW – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fake folkies and Armenia’s greatest boogie-woogie pianist stand out in the sixth instalment of Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Electrifying Mr Johnston review at Studio Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘nuanced, but lacking in tension’ by Thom Dibdin

The titular Mr Johnston of Robert Dawson Scott’s nuanced historical play was a one-time Red Clydesider who joined Churchill’s war cabinet as

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

‘Everything a high-profile touring show should be’: ART – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Art is everything a high-profile touring show should be – a carefully thought out, well-directed production of a hit play featuring a big-name cast at the top of their game.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘All the delight of the original’: THE SINGING MERMAID – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

All the delight of the original picture book story of The Singing Mermaid who gets swept away in the circus is brought to the stage in this puppet adaptation from the Little Angel Theatre. A…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

C Venues loses home amid row over Edinburgh Fringe working conditions by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Fringe venue operator C Venues has had the tenancy of its main site on Chambers Street revoked by the building’s owner,

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Fun, joyous & magical show’: THE CAT IN THE HAT – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Dr Seuss’ famous Cat in the Hat has been brought to life in this new version of the much-loved children’s book on at the King’s Theatre this week.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Musically this is properly exciting stuff’: AMERICAN IDIOT – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The tenth anniversary tour of Green Day’s American Idiot kicks up a storm as this Selladoor production arrives at the Playhouse for a week.

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Edinburgh Fringe boss addresses row caused by ‘living wage’ comments by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Fringe chief Shona McCarthy has sought to clarify her comments on low pay at the festival, after she was reported as

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘If it never convinces, it is always intriguing’: ANTHROPOCENE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Anthropocene, from Scottish Opera at the King’s, is a work that is constantly shifting its ground both dramatically and musically; while it is absorbing it never entirely solidifies.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Masterclasses to address shortage of women in Scottish theatre design by Thom Dibdin

Theatre company Stellar Quines has launched a series of training courses aimed at addressing the lack of women working in creative design.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Punchdrunk to present first Scottish production as part of new Imaginate programme by Thom Dibdin

Imaginate has announced a £535,000 programme of wide-ranging initiatives for the children’s theatre and dance sectors in Scotland over the next three

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Arresting & at times truly astonishing’: TOUCHING THE VOID – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is a depth and grit to Touching The Void at the Lyceum that threatens to carry all before it.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Anthropocene review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘ atmospheric operatic thriller’ by Thom Dibdin

For their fourth operatic collaboration, composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, who first collaborated as part of Scottish Opera’s 5:15 experiment,

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘Deserves to be seen by everyone’: GLASGOW GIRLS – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A thought-provoking and inspiring piece of musical theatre, Glasgow Girls at the King’s Theatre feels more relevant than ever as it returns for a new tour.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Aladdin review Motherwell Theatre – ‘popular, but patchy panto’ by Thom Dibdin

Spillers Pantomimes returns to Motherwell for the 13th year running with a show that is so popular it had its run extended

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Mother starring Natalia Osipova review at EICC, Edinburgh – ‘compellingly nightmarish’ by Thom Dibdin

There is no happy ending to choreographer Arthur Pita and dramatist Anna Rulevskaya’s nightmarishly unpredictable contemporary dance adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

17 theatre and dance projects win share of £1.2m Creative Scotland fund by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland has announced the first grants of a new touring fund for theatre and dance, with 17 projects receiving a total

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