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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘Truly special’: WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Bursting with emotion and tuneful energy, the return to the Traverse of What Girls Are Made Of is a thing of wonder.

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Edinburgh’s Lyceum hires Mike Griffiths as co-chief executive director by Thom Dibdin

Mike Griffiths has been appointed co-chief executive director at the the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. The post had been vacant since

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘A great deal of fun & surface gloss’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There are plenty of laughs to be had in the production of Abigail’s Party which finishes an extensive UK tour this week at the King’s.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? review at Utilita Arena Newcastle – ‘lame, lazy and lacking in guile’ by Thom Dibdin

Lame, lazy and lacking in guile, Brendan O’Carroll’s latest live show, on a 12-city arena tour, continues from the plot of D’Movie,

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

‘There’s plenty of life & bundles of irony’: STONES IN HIS POCKETS – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Clever: There’s plenty of life and bundles of irony in the latest production of Marie Jones’ magnificent two-hander, Stones In His Pockets, now on a major UK tour.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

‘Plenty to keep fans of thrillers entertained’: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Whether you know the story or not, The Girl On the Train will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the end.

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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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