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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Addams Family review at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘sizzling musical comedy’ by Thom Dibdin

Love, quite incongruously, is all around in the musical comedy version of The Addams Family, which sees Charles Addams’ famously morbid cartoon

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HIS FINAL BOW – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

In Peter Arnott’s splendid account of the final hours of John Wilkes Booth, the actor who murdered President Lincoln, the two are shown so entangled and engorged that the performance of th…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

World Fringe Day to celebrate Edinburgh’s 70th anniversary by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is uniting with other international arts festivals to launch World Fringe Day in July. The event, which will take

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monstrous Bodies review at Dundee Rep – ‘exhilarating, fierce theatre’ by Thom Dibdin

Sandy Thomson dives deep into Dundee’s hidden history to create a powerful and triumphantly entertaining piece of theatre that speaks a with a voice that

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Out of This World review at MacRobert Theatre, Stirling – ‘a car crash’ by Thom Dibdin

Flying, film, dance and dynamic stage design are used to augment reality in Out of This World, an exploration of the moments

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

ORLANDO – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

This is the story of the forever young Duke Orlando who wakes from a deep, trancelike sleep to discover that he is now a she. Neither ageing naturally nor staying the same gender for long, i…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

FUNNY GIRL – Touring by Thom Dibdin

This version from Chocolate Factory Productions returns to the original – with some updates – and is now touring after an acclaimed West End run. Much of the publicity has centred on She…

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Coriolanus Vanishes review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘a meticulous meditation’ by Thom Dibdin

Deliberate and calculated in every facet of its delivery, David Leddy’s Coriolanus Vanishes explores a complex mix of guilt, trust and the perpetuation of abuse through

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Starcatchers launches free ticket scheme for disadvantaged young Scots by Thom Dibdin

An initiative to give free tickets to disadvantaged young children and their families has been launched by Scottish early years company Starcatchers. The

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Gilded Balloon to launch new Rose Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Festival Fringe producer Gilded Balloon is to expand into the city’s New Town for this year’s festival, taking on a new

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NELL GWYNN – Touring by Thom Dibdin

A musical about Nell Gwynn, when ‘orange’ is notoriously the most difficult word with which to rhyme? Sounds a tough prospect. As it happens, this isn’t strictly a musical, it’s a co…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CHANNELLING JABEZ – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Giles Croft, the artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, is perhaps best known to Edinburgh audiences as the director of the West End and touring adaptation of The Kite Runner, but here t…

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The Red Lion review at Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – ‘passionate and accomplished’ by Thom Dibdin

Football does not feel like a metaphor for life in director Max Roberts’ intense and heartfelt production of Patrick Marber’s 2015 play,

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Monday, April 10, 2017

A NUMBER – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Philosophical questions that have puzzled us for centuries are given a contemporary yet timeless spin in A Number, presented by the Lyceum in partnership with the Edinburgh International Sci…

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A Number review at Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a driving, punchy production’ by Thom Dibdin

Zinnie Harris’ revival of Caryl Churchill’s A Number is the perfect show to present in partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

New owner to turn Edinburgh’s St Stephen’s into ‘world-class dance theatre’ by Thom Dibdin

Danish choreographer Peter Schaufuss is buying long-term Edinburgh Fringe venue St Stephen’s and plans to turn it into a world-class theatre for

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Girl in the Machine review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘haunting and prescient’ by Thom Dibdin

Stef Smith’s haunting and prescient Girl in the Machine is set in the near future. Rosalind Sydney plays harassed lawyer, Polly. Michael

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

SISTER ACT – Touring by Thom Dibdin

If you like musical comedy you really should catch up with nun on the run Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act at the Playhouse this week. The wannabe disco diva is forced to hide out in a conv…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DING-DONG (A BIT OF A FARCE) – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Ding-Dong (A Bit of a Farce), the first offering in the new series of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Traverse, has its heart in the right place and provides some laughs, but ultimately fail…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Northern Stage Edinburgh project enlists theatres in Hull, Leeds and Manchester by Thom Dibdin

Northern Stage is teaming up with theatres in Hull, Leeds and Manchester for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme at Summerhall this year.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

OFFSIDE – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Offside, Futures Theatre’s touring production at the Traverse, is a heartfelt, energetic and ultimately uplifting play about women’s football that explores wider issues with humour and i…

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THE NETHER – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Problematic, simply because of its subject matter, The Nether is given a solid and suitably powerful production by student company Paradok Theatre at Checkpoint to Saturday. Set in the near …

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Saturday, April 1, 2017


Wilde’s comedy of love, class, secret lives and imaginary invalids needs little introduction. Countless numbers who have never seen the play, or witnessed Edith Evans, know exactly how she…

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Friday, March 31, 2017


Written by the late Alan Cochrane, a stalwart of Edinburgh People’s Theatre, the piece is a sequel to his Ne’er The Twain (which Saughtonhall presented in last year’s Fringe) and is pr…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

ANITA & ME – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Seventies teenager Meena lives in Tollington, a former mining village in England’s Black Country in Anita and Me. Meena is a thoroughly British Asian, but mum Daljit and dad Shyam have a d…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The 8th Door and Bluebeard’s Castle review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘intense and moving’ by Thom Dibdin

The 8th Door, Matthew Lenton and Lliam Paterson’s new companion piece to Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, is powerful, intense and utterly moving. A

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NEWS: King’s Theatre Edinburgh set for £25m refurbishment by Thom Dibdin

The complex plans involve work on both the front of house facilities and back stage. The redevelopment is expected to take 18 months, it would start in 2021 and be timed to “mitigate” im…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

TWLFTH NIGHT – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Solidly performed and cleverly directed, there is much to enjoy about Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s lucid production of Twelfth Night at Teviot House to Saturday.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Underbelly extends Edinburgh dominance with Hogmanay coup by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Fringe venue operator Underbelly has won the contract to run Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration, adding to its control of the city’s Christmas

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RUDDYGORE – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

This is not the best-known Savoy Opera, and (perhaps unfairly) was deemed a flop on first production, coming after the all-conquering Mikado. It tells of young farmer Robin Oakapple, who pla…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Rollicking and rumbustious, but with surprisingly deep reservoirs of emotion, the Bohemians’ production of 9 to 5 The Musical at the King’s is a definite hit. There can be no denying tha…

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