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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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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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