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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘A constant fascination to it all’: THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The Last Days of Mankind, an international co-production at the reborn Leith Theatre, is an exasperating but ultimately worthwhile exploration of the horrors of the 1914-1918 war. Both resol…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Extremely seductive’: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Top-notch comic performances and a production that purrs like a Rolls-Royce mean that the touring production of Shakespeare In Love from Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath is e…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Edinburgh Lyceum’s Alex McGowan joins Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre as executive director by Thom Dibdin

Alex McGowan has been appointed executive director and joint chief executive of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. He joins the theatre in

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The Last Days of Mankind review at Leith Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘passionate and ambitious’ by Thom Dibdin

The Last Days of Mankind by Austrian playwright and journalist Karl Kraus has been deemed ‘unstageable.’ Using found texts from newspapers, political

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Gareth Nicholls appointed interim artistic director at Edinburgh Traverse amid ‘consultation’ on future by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre has appointed Gareth Nicholls as interim artistic director, while the venue enters a period of consultation about plans for

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Neither as funny nor as clever as the audience desperately want it to be’: VULCAN 7 – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There are some brilliantly imaginative elements to the touring production of Vulcan 7 at the King’s. Unfortunately, none of them are in Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer’s script.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

King’s Theatre in Edinburgh to go dark for two years as it undergoes £20m redevelopment by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre is to go dark for 23 months from September 2021 for a £20 million refurbishment that will protect the

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Obituary: Pauline Knowles – ‘influential actor of intensity and fierce understanding’ by Thom Dibdin

Pauline Knowles, who has died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 50, was a leading actor on the Scottish

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Unashamedly crowd-scaring’: DRACULA – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Noisy fun is to be had in the touring Dracula at the King’s, in a production that lacks depth but is unashamedly crowd-pleasing, not to say crowd-scaring.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Francesca Hegyi named new executive director of Edinburgh International Festival by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh International Festival has appointed Francesca Hegyi as its new executive director, from February 2019. She is taking over from Joanna Baker,

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘There is nothing new being said here’: MACBETH – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is a peculiar absence of majesty at the heart of the National Theatre’s touring production of Macbeth.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Rigoletto review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘starkly beautiful’ by Thom Dibdin

The misogyny in Verdi’s Rigoletto is given an added edge in Matthew Richardson’s timely revival of his 2011 production for Scottish Opera.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Saddened by the death of brilliant & much-loved actress Pauline Knowles by Thom Dibdin

The news of Pauline Knowles’ death has come as a shock to the Scottish theatre community, with an outpouring of sorrow from the many actors and theatre professionals who worked with her as…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘Equally fun for children & adults’: QUEST FOR OZ – Musselburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

An infectious cross between an interactive game and a piece of immersive theatre, Quest for Oz sees the paths around Drummohr House near Musselburgh turned into the land of Oz.

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Gagarin Way review at Dundee Rep – ‘a resonant, revelatory revival’ by Thom Dibdin

It’s nearly two decades since Gregory Burke’s darkly comic Gagarin Way first burst onto a stage, but Cora Bissett’s new production for

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘Constant wonder at the skill in storytelling’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It’s 23 years since Mathew Bourne changed the gender of the swans in Swan Lake for his choreography of the ballet but it still stands the test of time.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘Might be a good way to introduce children to the world of theatre’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Madagascar The Musical is very much a show that only young children will enjoy. Unlike other kids shows, however, there’s just not nearly enough adult content to keep them entertained too.

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A quarter of Scotland’s arts workers are considering leaving post-Brexit – survey by Thom Dibdin

Brexit has already had a negative impact on the work and business of more than half of Scotland’s arts workers, a new

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘Riotous, joyous expression of the human spirit’: CYRANO DE BERGERAC – Edinburgh ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Visually and verbally intoxicating, Cyrano de Bergerac at the Lyceum, Edinburgh is a riotous, joyous expression of the human spirit.

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The 306: Dusk review at Perth Theatre – ‘haunting and powerful’ by Thom Dibdin

The 306: Dusk is the final part of Oliver Emanuel and composer Gareth Williams’ emotional trilogy for National Theatre of Scotland about

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘Never going to catch fire’: REBUS: LONG SHADOWS – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Despite boasting the talents of two of Scotland’s greatest writers and a more than adequate cast, Rebus: Long Shadows is nowhere near as compelling as the stage debut of Edinburgh’s most…

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Charles Lawson pulls out of Rebus stage play after collapsing on stage by Thom Dibdin

Charles Lawson has pulled out of performances of Rebus: Long Shadows after collapsing on stage at the opening night on October 8.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Manpower review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘an examination of modern British masculinity’ by Thom Dibdin

Two Destination Language’s devised piece, Manpower, might have started life in 2016 as an examination of masculinity, but it says just as

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‘Little more than a retread of the film’: RAIN MAN – Touring ★★ by Thom Dibdin

There are probably enough fans of the original movie to sustain The Classic Screen to Stage Company’s touring version of Rain Man. However, as a piece of theatre, it never makes a successf…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Obituary: Chahine Yavroyan – ‘talented lighting designer’ by Thom Dibdin

Chahine Yavroyan, who has died of cancer aged 68, was known most recently as a talented lighting designer who worked with many

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

‘An outstanding display of craft & commitment from Sharon Small’: STILL ALICE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The portrayal of early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, touring to the King’s all week, will certainly resonate with many, thanks largely to Sharon Small’s magnetic central performanc…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Burning Fiery Furnace review at St Mary’s Church, Haddington – ‘an engaging semi-staging’ by Thom Dibdin

Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace is a clever choice for the first collaboration between Scottish Opera and East Lothian’s Lammermuir Festival.

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Benidorm Live review at Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘saucy humour’ by Thom Dibdin

The long-running ITV sitcom Benidorm gets an extended remix by creator Derren Little in this live stage show. It brings together six

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

‘There is a woozy melancholy at this production’s heart’: TWELTH NIGHT – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Shifting emotions are filtered through autumnal sunlight in the Lyceum’s Twelfth Night, with as much defiant sadness on view as happy resolution.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

‘Boldly brash & and brazen with it’: BENIDORM LIVE – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

However, by the time the whole auditorium is on its feet for the finale, dancing along to Y Viva Espana, you’d be forgiven for forgetting how many cracks in the Benidorm carapace have been…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

‘Enough artistry & drive to make this well worth a look’: LUDUS: PLAYFUL LOVE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Ludus: Playful Love, Theatre Broad’s production of two contrasting plays by early 20th-century poet and playwright Clifford Bax provides an evening that is high on period charm but never r…

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