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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Them! review at Tramway, Glasgow – ‘inventive and stuffed with ideas’ by Thom Dibdin

The classic Cold War era monster movie, Them!, in which humanity is under threat from giant mutant ants, played on people’s fear

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘Sort of treat which gives musical theatre a good name’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Amelie is a slick, clever and hugely appealing production which reveals the heart of the original in a way which the initial Broadway production did not, if the clips of the latter are to be…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘Feels remarkably relevant’: THE SIDESHOW – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In the week when moves to regulate Airbnb failed and it was decided to curtain Princess Street Gardens off during commercial gigs, Active Inquiry’s The Sideshow feels remarkably relevant.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘It soars in its second half’: HAIR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Over 50 years on and the Age of Aquarius is still providing a relevant, controversial (in parts) and – eventually – thunderously entertaining piece of musical theatre in Hair.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘The heart & soul is caught with sometimes burning intensity’: CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

This touring production of Captain’s Corelli’s Mandolin allows aching heartbreak to overcome any nods to cloying sentimentality.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Edinburgh International Festival facing ‘accelerated decline’ due to planned 10% cut by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh International Festival is facing a 10% cut to its grant from the city council, prompting fears of “accelerated decline”. The planned

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Fun, entertaining & feelgood’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Passports at the ready! It’s time to jet off to the Club Tropicana Hotel in this brand new jukebox musical which is touring the country.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘vibrant storytelling’ by Thom Dibdin

The new show by Wonder Fools tells the story of a group of men from the former mining village of Prestonpans, a

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2019: the winners in full by Thom Dibdin

The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland took place at the Tramway in Glasgow on June 9. Here are the winners in

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‘Makes us think while making us laugh’: AVENUE Q – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Hilariously insightful, touchingly funny, tunefully sharp and filthily charming, Avenue Q is the street where you laugh.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Biggest ever Edinburgh Fringe programme announced as support for performers is boosted by Thom Dibdin

Support for performers at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to be boosted, as the organisation behind it announces its biggest programme

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scottish government calls cultural visa summit amid concerns over impact on Edinburgh festivals by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish government has announced its intention to hold a summit exploring concerns around the visa difficulties faced by foreign artists performing

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Edinburgh festivals at risk because of “hostile immigration policy” by Thom Dibdin

A “hostile immigration policy” is putting Edinburgh’s festivals at risk, according to MSP Gordon Macdonald. Macdonald, who is the SNP MSP for

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Theatre company Fire Exit closes after 17 years following funding cut by Thom Dibdin

Glasgow-based theatre company Fire Exit is to close permanently after 17 years, due to the loss of its Creative Scotland core funding.

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‘Should you go and see it? I have a strong suspicion that you should’: THE MOUSETRAP – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The world’s longest-running stage production The Mousetrap returns to Edinburgh to thrill a whole new audience in this classic murder mystery tale at the Playhouse

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Playwright David Harrower launches scholarship in memory of Scottish actor Pauline Knowles by Thom Dibdin

A scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is being launched to commemorate Scottish actor Pauline Knowles, who died suddenly in 2018,

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Hard to beat’: THE DUCHESS [OF MALFI] – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The blood-soaked events of The Duchess [of Malfi], a co-production between the Lyceum and the Citizens Theatre, are almost unwatchably intense at times. As a depiction of timeless and timely…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Duchess review at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘slick and streamlined, a towering adaptation’ by Thom Dibdin

Zinnie Harris has filleted John Webster’s great Jacobean revenge tragedy in a slick and streamlined adaptation. This is all lean meat and,

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil review at Eden Court, Inverness – ‘catches the feel of 7:84’s 1973 original’ by Thom Dibdin

Revived and reconfigured with a reduced cast for small-scale Highland touring, the National Theatre of Scotland‘s production of The Cheviot, the Stag

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘There is no denying the skill of the performers’: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY – Touring by Thom Dibdin

There are plenty of laughs to be had in the touring Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the King’s. There are also a couple of gasp-inducing coups de theatre.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Startling piece of work’: SMALL WONDERS – Edinburgh ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

World renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk makes its first ever foray to Scotland with a comprehensively startling piece of work, Small Wonders, as part of the Edinburgh Internation…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Broadway star Donna McKechnie launches musical theatre scholarships in Scotland by Thom Dibdin

Broadway star Donna McKechnie is launching a new scholarship fund in her name at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which will support

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The Magic Flute review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘a sparkling steampunk staging’ by Thom Dibdin

Music hall informs the tone of Scottish Opera’s 2012 production of The Magic Flute. Thomas Allen’s production, using Kit Hesketh-Harvey’s English translation,

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘Even non-sports fans will love it’: THE RED LION – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Rapture Theatre shoots, and scores, in Red Lion, a soccer drama by Patrick Marber that even non-sports fans will love.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland: the nominations in full by Thom Dibdin

My Left/Right Foot – the Musical leads the nominations for this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland with six nods. Seventeen

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Elaine C Smith to star in gender-swapped Brecht play as part of Royal Lyceum’s new season by Thom Dibdin

Scottish crime writer Denise Mina is to create a gender-swapped version of Bertolt Brecht’s Mr Puntila and His Man Matti for Edinburgh’s

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‘High-octane, clever & extremely enjoyable’: THE WORST WITCH – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The touring production of The Worst Witch is high-octane, clever and extremely enjoyable.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘It’s no trial watching this’: THE VERDICT – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It’s no trial watching this stage version of the classic film The Verdict at the King’s. In fact, it’s a real pleasure seeing washed-up Boston lawyer Frank Galvin get his mojo back as …

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Edinburgh’s first purpose-built performance venue in more than 100 years wins planning permission by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s proposed new 1,000 seat concert hall and 200 seat studio theatre space has won planning approval from the city’s council. Previously

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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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