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Thursday, December 14, 2017

BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Musselburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A splendid script and pitch-perfect performances make a tale as old as time feel as fresh as a daisy at Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre.

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Arts organisations spared in Scottish draft budget by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2018/19 has set out measures to protect funding for arts organisations, despite earlier warnings that subsidy

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Aladdin review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘not as sparkling as it might be’ by Thom Dibdin

Returning to Kirkcaldy for a second year, Imagine Theatre Ltd rubs its magic lamp and delivers an Aladdin which has all the requisite elements right down

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – ‘nuggets of gold’ by Thom Dibdin

There’s nuggets of gold in those there panto hills up Dunfermline Alhambra’s way, where a Wild West theme, an on-the-button cast, and about a zillion musical

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CINDERELLA – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

This year’s King’s pantomime – Cinderella – is a more plot-driven and less reliant on effects than many of recent years. It also lacks some of the more interactive elements of panto,…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CINDERELLA – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Shona Reppe’s puppet version of Cinderella at the Traverse Theatre until Christmas Eve is a thing of airy, subtle wonder. The familiar fairy story is told with grace, space and imagination…

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Horsecross Arts chief executive steps down after three years in post by Thom Dibdin

Gwilym Gibbons is to step down as chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth’s Theatre and Concert Hall venues.

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How to Disappear review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘bleak, savage, hilarious’ by Thom Dibdin

The Traverse continues its tradition of pitch black Christmas shows with a savage yet hilarious indictment of a system that declares patently

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

SHARK IN THE PARK – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Colourful: A great deal of straightforward fun for young and old is to be had from Shark in the Park in the Festival Square Spiegeltent as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas.

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Sleeping Beauty review at King’s Theatre – ‘Glasgow to its core’ by Thom Dibdin

Glasgow’s annual panto at the King’s has been but sleeping over the last eight years, while Elaine C. Smith was away playing

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

‘Ravishing’: THE ARABIAN NIGHTS – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Beautiful to look at and clever enough to know when to be stupid, The Arabian Nights at the Lyceum in Edinburgh is genuine family Christmas entertainment.

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A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline review at Rose Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘heartfelt’ by Thom Dibdin

The life of country and western singer Patsy Cline is shot through with heartbreak. Morag Fullarton’s sketchy but heartfelt show was originally staged at Glasgow’s Oran Mor…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

A Christmas Carol review at Dundee Repertory Theatre – ‘rattles along’ by Thom Dibdin

The use of strong Scottish accents move Andrew Panton’s production A Christmas Carol away from London. But designer Richard Evans faux proscenium

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Peter Pan review at Theatre Royal, Newcastle – ‘glorious fun’ by Thom Dibdin

Clive Webb and Danny Adams own the Theatre Royal’s Peter Pan as they return to the theatre for the 13th consecutive year.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

OLIVER! – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There’s a fascinating concept behind the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s production of Oliver!, at the Pleasance Theatre until Saturday evening. The simple idea is that there is…

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BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Before she was Carole King, singer-songwriter, she was Carol Klein from Brooklyn, a 16-year-old sharp enough to have skipped two grades whose divorcee mother dreamed she’d become a teacher…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Arabian Nights review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a fresh, contemporary feel’ by Thom Dibdin

Many stories are told in Suhayla El-Bushra’s new adaptation of The Arabian Nights, but by creating a new telling of Scheherazade’s own

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

“OMG You Guys!” The Festival Theatre is awash with pink as the hilarious Legally Blonde arrives in Edinburgh at the end of the first leg of its extensive UK tour.

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Jackie Wylie champions Scottish work in first National Theatre of Scotland season by Thom Dibdin

The first season at the National Theatre of Scotland from artistic director Jackie Wylie will celebrate “the brilliance of Scottish work”, featuring

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GANG SHOW 2017 – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Big ensemble numbers, some high-kicking choreography and a clutch of stellar solo vocal moments ensure that Gang Show 2017 hits all the expectations for a grand night out.

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Jackie Wylie: ‘The National Theatre of Scotland has an incredible responsibility to reach every person in Scotland’ by Thom Dibdin

The National Theatre of Scotland’s new artistic director launches her first programme this week with the aim of extending the company’s reach

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Motherwell Theatre – ‘plenty of energy’ by Thom Dibdin

In his ninth consecutive appearance in Motherwell panto, Iain ‘Sheepie’ Smith gives a real spark to Bev Berridge’s basic Jack and the Beanstalk script as Jack’s

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Chick Whittington review at Macrobert, Stirling – ‘clever updating’ by Thom Dibdin

Johnny McKnight has gone back to the future for his return to the Macrobert, writing, directing and starring in a plot-heavy update of Dick Whittington. Emma

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LA CLIQUE NOEL – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Despite the name, there is nothing Christmassy about the show, bar a couple of nods at either end. Otherwise, La Clique continue to occupy a niche of their own between the underground and th…

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

TANGO MODERNO – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There’s a hitch at Tango Moderno but there are no missteps. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are the passionate pair who burned the Strictly floor for years before quitting to take to the …

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Friday, November 24, 2017

POMONA – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Flirting with darkness, Theatre Paradok’s production of Alistair McDowall's Pomona is well performed, but ultimately more staid than it first appears.

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La Clique Noel review at Festival Square Spiegeltent, Edinburgh – ‘turns up the heat’ by Thom Dibdin

Director David Bates brings La Clique, the mix of alternative burlesque and music he invented for the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, back

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Glasgow Citizens to go dark for two years in £19.4m redevelopment by Thom Dibdin

Glasgow’s Citizens theatre is to go dark from June 2018 to autumn 2020, while the theatre undergoes a £19.4 million redevelopment. The

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Monday, November 20, 2017

CABARET – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Chilling in all the right places, the revival of the award-winning tour of Cabaret starring Will Young as the Emcee feels as important a piece of musical theatre as it ever did.

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Scottish theatres warned of delay in arts funding decisions by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland has warned all its 119 regularly funded organisations that it will not announce its funding decisions for their 2018-2021 grants

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Edinburgh International Festival extends Fergus Linehan’s contract until 2022 by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh International Festival has extended director Fergus Linehan’s contract for an extra three years, meaning that he will run the festival until

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