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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Solaris review – love and loneliness collide in best take yet on sci-fi classic by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghDavid Greig follows Tarkovsky and Soderbergh with this bold, rewarding take on Stanisław Lem’s novel about a sentient planet speaking to its visitors If a sentient …

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Friday, September 13, 2019

One Man, Two Guvnors review – a jolly romp wearing borrowed clothes by Mark Fisher

Derby theatreSarah Brigham’s revival of Richard Bean’s brilliant and chaotic comedy hoodwinks the audience into its games, but lacks the original’s taste for danger Such was the air of…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Handbagged review – a battle of wills between Thatcher and the Queen by Mark Fisher

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeWith modern-day parallels and an excellent ensemble, this play about two powerful women tests the limits of intolerance and compassion How refreshing to be plung…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Tay Bridge review – adventurous story of ghost-train-in-waiting by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepPeter Arnott’s brilliant vignettes about a 1879 railway bridge disaster imagine the lives and hopes of passengers stalked by death Peter Arnott has written enough plays to know y…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

North and South review – strikes and strife in a factory town by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatre, Port Na CraigRarely has theatre seemed so much part of the public sphere as in this electrifying adaptation of the Elizabeth Gaskell novel There is a thrilling tr…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Blood and Gold review – mesmerising fairytales about Scottish colonialism by Mark Fisher

Scottish Storytelling Centre, EdinburghDrawing on her dual Scottish and Kenyan heritage, Mara Menzies weaves together an exquisite set of stories about the power of language to liberate and …

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Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True review – a raucous voice of dissent by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghThis full-blooded agitprop cabaret comprises 10 monologues about resistance and emancipation, based on true stories about the treatment of women in Nigeria In a week w…

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How to Be Brave review – one mother's soul-searching BMX odyssey by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghLaura Dalgleish is magnetic as a woman marauding through the Newport night after family pressures become too much Theatre is a laboratory where we put a character centre…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Stephen Fry's Mythos review – a head-spinning marathon of legends by Mark Fisher

Festival theatre, EdinburghThe avuncular storytelling sage leavens seven-and-a-half-hours of myth-recounting with boyish enthusiasm and silly voices Stephen Fry is lying prostrate on the st…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

To Move in Time review – hypnotic tale of the time-traveller's strife by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghTim Etchells’ thought experiment doggedly asks what if you could go back and right the wrongs of your past? Tim Etchells is surely a master of the late-night pub conve…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Scene and heard: the Edinburgh shows fusing music and landscape by Mark Fisher

Drawing from folk music, Celtic myth – and a drunken night out, three plays are imbued with a deep sense of terrain Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance, which makes a welcome return to Edin…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Before the Revolution review – a beguiling anatomy of Egypt's uprising by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghAhmed El Attar’s bruising two-hander dives into the long lead-up to 2011 in an attempt to determine what causes mass revolt What causes a people to rise up? Is it a si…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Oedipus review – Robert Icke's take exerts thriller-like grip by Mark Fisher

Kings theatre, EdinburghAn updating of Sophocles’ classic, set on election eve, has such political resonance you can imagine Boris Johnson not far away The play has hardly begun and alread…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Red Dust Road review – Jackie Kay adaptation loses its way by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghSasha Frost sparkles as a curious and vulnerable Kay searching for her birth parents, but this unfocused production fails to capture the intimacy of the soul-searching…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The beat goes on: drummers crash the Edinburgh fringe by Mark Fisher

A trio of performances – Daniel Bellus in Beat, Alexander Fox in Snare and Mick Berry’s Keith Moon: The Real Me – put drums centre stage It must be something to do with being at the b…

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'My own birth went horrifically wrong – having twins was like a reclamation' by Mark Fisher

Robert Softley Gale’s show Purposeless Movements turns the involuntary gestures of cerebral palsy into choreography Becoming a parent for the first time can be nerve-racking for anyone. Kn…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Swiss Selection Edinburgh review – lives of sex workers laid bare by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghIn a series of autofictional shows, Traumboy and Traumgirl offer insights of varying quality amid the intimate revelations and erotic dancing ‘I’m not the person mos…

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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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The Patient Gloria review – shrinks take the rap in waywardly funny drama by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghMale psychotherapists feel the heat in pantomimic telling of a true story about the voyeuristic exploitation of a female patient’s private disclosures If you search onli…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Roots review – whimsical 'folk jokes' and a very greedy cat by Mark Fisher

Church Hill theatre, EdinburghThe 1927 company became darlings of the festival scene after their first fringe outing, but this showcase of traditional tales lacks urgency When the Margate co…

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A Table Tennis Play review – ping-pong puzzler by Mark Fisher

Underbelly, Cowgate, EdinburghThis slight drama, in which a woman sifts through old possessions and memories, leaves so much unsaid one wonders if there is any meaning at all The premise of …

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Crocodile Fever review – like Tarantino for feminists by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghSet in South Armagh during the Troubles, Meghan Tyler’s anarchic and OTT revenge fantasy hits back at the patriarchy and turns into a bloodbath It turns out Killing Eve …

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation review – cult theatre by Mark Fisher

The Studio, Festival theatre, EdinburghTim Crouch plays a messianic cult leader prophesying catastrophe in a formally adventurous show about the dangers of environmental fatalism And, lo, as…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Last of the Pelican Daughters review – haunting tale of sisterly solidarity by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThere’s lots to love about the polished and fizzy scenes of this family drama, but too many themes leave its message unclear There’s lots to love about this…

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Musik review – Pet Shop Boys' musical evokes Warhol, Dalí and Nico by Mark Fisher

Assembly Rooms, EdinburghFrances Barber stars as Zelig-like chanteuse Billie Trix, in this one-woman spinoff from the band and Jonathan Harvey’s 2001 musical Closer to Heaven Despite her g…

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Arthur review – man and baby in unique double act by Mark Fisher

Your home, EdinburghDaniel Bye enlists the help of his five-month-old son in an unpredictable hour-long exploration of nature versus nurture A show can have the same words, same actors, same…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Are We Not Drawn Onward to New ErA review – palindromic drama of dazzling proportions by Mark Fisher

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh The pioneering Ontroerend Goed company takes on a conceptually daring view of environmental apocalypse Three years ago, the pioneering Belgian company Ontroerend Goe…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Accident Did Not Take Place review – all aboard in search for the post-truth by Mark Fisher

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghVolunteers are game in YESYESNONO’s lively show that uses drama-school exercises to investigate the nature of truth Jim from the Wardrobe Ensemble has been in…

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Anguis review – what if Cleopatra went on Desert Island Discs? by Mark Fisher

Gilded Balloon Teviot, EdinburghIn her playwriting, Sheila Atim puts a female scientist on stage with the pharaoh to chat about music, men and misrepresentation Sheila Atim, the Olivier awar…

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