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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sequins, sporrans, lechery and lap-dancing: why The Lady Boys of Bangkok rule the fringe by Alex Needham

Shunned by hipsters, adored by local Scots, they’re the fringe’s biggest show. How did this retro cocktail of cheesy euphoria become such a phenomenon? Friday night in Edinburgh and a tr…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The Half: revealing the horrible truth about being a woman in comedy by Alex Needham

A show about entertainment industry sexism and the dynamics of double acts is making Edinburgh audiences laugh and sob. Its writer and stars tell allFor many, this year’s Edinburgh fringe …

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Punchdrunk's luxury rebrand is the theatrical version of gentrification by Alex Needham

The immersive theatre company’s new show Kabeiroi has just 864 tickets (for £110 a pair) and is closed to critics, while its corporate gigs are on the rise. Have the showstoppers sold out…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taylor Mac on queering history: 'Someone like me doesn't normally get to represent America' by Alex Needham

Set to headline Melbourne festival, the performer’s epic 24-hour show presents an alternative history that celebrates the outsidersYou know you’re witnessing something special when it’…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bigfoot and me: Roddy Bottum on his avant garde monster opera by Alex Needham

He was one of the first openly gay men in metal. Now, after losing everything in a house fire, Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum is bankrolling an opera featuring crystal-meth arias and intersp…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Royal Ballet 'shocked' by Sergei Polunin resignation by Alex Needham

Twitter feed of Royal's youngest ever principal, who was compared to Nureyev and Baryshnikov, had suggested dissatisfactionWhen Sergei Polunin, 21, walked out of rehearsals with the Royal Ba…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stephen Fry's Twelfth Night: this all-male affair is no one-man show by Alex Needham

In my humble, non-reviewer opinion, no single actor dominates this radical yet perfectly balanced production at the GlobeThanks to the World Shakespeare festival, one of the Cultural Olympia…

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Taylor Mac review – 24-hour-long pop show is everything by Alex Needham

Lasting an entire day and night with no breaks, Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music contains multitudes, a ‘radical faery realness ritual’ which reimagines an America creat…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Best quotes from the Tony awards 2016: 'If I didn't deserve it, this would be embarrassing' by Alex Needham

From Sheldon Harnick accepting his lifetime achievement award to James Corden’s dad’s advice to his son, here are the best lines from this year’s Tonys“Think of tonight as the Oscars…

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Tony awards 2016: Hamilton sweeps the board, winning 11 Tonys by Alex Needham

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical dominates the Broadway ceremony, while attendees pay tribute to those murdered in Orlando shootingHaving won the Pulitzer prize and a Grammy award,…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Spring Awakening on Broadway: deaf viewers give their verdict by Kayla Epstein and Alex Needham

Deaf West’s innovative new version of the controversial musical is performed by a cast including many deaf actors using ASL – but does it work for deaf people?It’s one of the most buzz…

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Tony Awards: Hamilton looks to make history on Broadway's big night - live! by Alex Needham and Jana Kasperkevic In New York

The 70th annual Tony awards begins at 8pm ET live from the Beacon Theater in New York City. This year’s show will be dedicated to the victims of Orlando shooting 12.35am BST Need a quick …

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Dustin Hoffman: ‘I was an outsider. I came to New York and I was cleaning toilets’ by Alex Needham

Even after The Graduate made him a superstar, he always saw himself as a ‘funny looking semitic guy’ on the fringes of fame. Five decades on he talks about racism and the movies, how Too…

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grease: Live – watch it with us - live! by Alex Needham and Brian Moylan

We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplyin’ ... probably because the TV musical Grease: Live is on and we’re live-blogging it. Please join us on the couch for some hand-jiving, bomber …

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Spring Awakening on Broadway: deaf viewers give their verdict by Kayla Epstein and Alex Needham

Deaf West’s innovative new version of the controversial musical is performed by a cast including many deaf actors using ASL – but does it work for deaf people?It’s one of the most buzz…

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Little Shop of Horrors review - Jake Gyllenhaal blossoms in plant musical by Alex Needham

New York City CenterThe 1982 musical about a man-eating plant rides again in an uproarious concert performance – and to the audience, Gyllenhaal isn’t even the biggest star onstagePart o…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Our complete Fourth of July cultural guide by Alex Needham and Lanre Bakare In New York

From TV-loving agoraphobes to those looking for brazen shirtless male strippers, this holiday weekend offers plenty for the culturally curious to exploreYoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971…

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ryan McNamara – ME3M 4 Miami Art Basel review: the web made dance by Alex Needham

Miami Grand TheatreThis award-winning work attempted to convey the experience of the internet through performance artHow to make a ballet out of the web: with pop, spandex and wheelchairs Co…

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade - as it happened by Alex Needham and Lanre Bakare In New York

Join us as we watch the inflatable-heavy procession through New York, which this year threatens to be disrupted by Ferguson protestorsThe Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade: in pictures Continue r…

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Emma Stone in Cabaret review: a fragile Sally Bowles by Alex Needham

Studio 54, New YorkWhile occasionally tentative, in her Broadway debut Stone delivers where it counts in a classic production of the Weimar-era musical Continue reading...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Rob Hayes, the man behind the play with the most shocking title in Edinburgh by Alex Needham

Writing a monologue about bestiality is certainly arresting, but does it deliver more than shock value? Yes, says playwright Rob Hayes its the closest thing to a love story hell ever write …

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blockbusters on the fringe: the shows riffing on pop cultural giants by Alex Needham

If you want to see Breaking Bad, Star Wars, Fawlty Towers, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey at Edinburgh you can, thanks to condensed parodies. Are they satisfying to perform and do the perform…

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Klanghaus: a revolutionary new way of staging live music by Alex Needham

The Edinburgh festival show applies the techniques of immersive theatre to an indie gig, resulting in something genuinely groundbreaking Continue reading...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Edinburgh festival 2014: 10 questions for Sara Pascoe by Alex Needham

The comic on making gags about your partner, artistic paranoia and whether comedy can ever be an agent of social changeReview: Sara Pascoe takes lively tour of her magpie mind10 questions fo…

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Jeremy Paxman mixes gravitas and glitz in one-man show by Alex Needham

Paxo combines clips, opinions, anecdotes and audience Q&A to make one of Edinburgh's most sought-after tickets Continue reading...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult Edinburgh 2014 review on the sofa and on the skids by Alex Needham

Though its an unflattering portrait of the pop-culture columnist, Tim Fountains sequel to his Burchill play reminds you of her rhetorical force Continue reading...

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Unreleased Nick Drake track inspires spoken-word show by Alex Needham

Musician Michael Burdett describes how he travelled the UK inviting strangers to listen to an unreleased recording by the cult British folk singerListen to Nick Drakes Cello Song from a John…

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Will Adamsdale  subtle, self-deprecating and smart by Alex Needham

Underbelly, EdinburghCarefully concealing his masterful control of the show, the former Perrier winner explores the interzone between comedy, theatre and spoken word Continue reading...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams: Edinburgh stars pay tribute to a comedy 'game-changer' by Alex Needham and Chris Wiegand

Both seasoned and new performers at the Edinburgh festival acknowledge the influence America's master of crazy comedy had on their lives and their acts Continue reading...

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Strictly Ballroom the Musical review plenty of sparkle but not much emotional depth by Alex Needham

The new staging of Baz Luhrmann's film ladles on the glitz, but drowns out the simple human core that made the movie so well-lovedWith its motto "to live with fear is a life half lived&…

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