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Friday, October 20, 2017

La Traviata review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘a lavish revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Staged on Tanya McCallin’s lavish funereal set, David McVicar’s production of La Traviata, revived by Marie Lambert, gets straight to the tragedy of the courtesan

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

COCKPIT – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There are huge and troubling resonances throughout the Lyceum’s startling Cockpit. Fascinating staging and committed performances make for a thoroughly vital production – albeit …

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Love Song to Lavender Menace review at Royal Lyceum Theatre Studio, Edinburgh – ‘celebratory’ by Thom Dibdin

Pulling ghosts out of the air – or rather off the shelves – James Ley’s historical drama recalls the years in the

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

THE KITE RUNNER – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Raw and powerful, the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel The Kite Runner has lost none of its edge as it returns to the King’s for a week-long run, three years afte…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

THE SUNSHINE GHOST – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Taking (very loose) inspiration from the 1935 film comedy The Ghost Goes West, Richard Ferguson and Andy Cannon’s musical features a Scottish castle that is transported to Florida by an Am…

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Creative Scotland warns of upcoming cuts as cash continues to fall by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland has warned that it will have to reduce its network of regularly funded organisations because of the continuing decline in

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dundee Rep chief executive Nick Parr steps down by Thom Dibdin

Nick Parr, chief executive of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, has left the companies two years after taking up the newly

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Perth Theatre to reopen after four years with Christmas pantomime by Thom Dibdin

Perth Theatre is to reopen on December 9 after a £16.6m restoration project on the 115-year-old building, which has been dark since

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cockpit review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a resonant revival’ by Thom Dibdin

It’s taken almost 70 years for there to be a revival of Bridget Boland’s Cockpit. Written in 1948, this immersive play is

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Sunshine Ghost review at the Studio, Edinburgh – ‘promising new Scottish musical’ by Thom Dibdin

Crammed with strong ideas, new musical The Sunshine Ghost combines the cliches of canny Scotts, misguided American billionaires and supernatural hauntings to

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Friday, October 6, 2017

SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is no doubt that Ria Jones, as Norma Desmond, owns the Curve theatre’s production of Sunset Boulevard that lights into the Edinburgh Playhouse on the first date of its major UK tour.

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Touring ★★ by Thom Dibdin

Worthy but earthbound, Rapture Theatre’s touring production of Tennessee Williams' classic A Streetcar Named Desire never really convinces.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jury Play review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘fascinating and provocative’ by Thom Dibdin

Stretching the edges of where theatre becomes a driver of social change and a place for popular debate, Grid Iron’s Jury Play

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Damned Rebel Bitches review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘great age-blind casting but plot is too complex’ by Thom Dibdin

Making a virtue of the difficulties of telling a story that rages between two full moon events that are 71 years apart,

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

SPAMALOT – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The Mercury Theatre, Colchester’s touring version of Monty Python’s Spamalot for Selladoor Productions is consistently funny and may just be the best version of the show to have come to …

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

International Co-Lab: the global artistic vision that started at the Edinburgh Fringe by Thom Dibdin

Theatremakers from Scotland, New Zealand and Hong Kong met at this year’s fringe in the first part of a three-year collaborative artist

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rocket Post review at Platform, Glasgow – ‘a quirky musical for a younger audience’ by Thom Dibdin

The National Theatre of Scotland returns to what it does best with Rocket Post, a musical tale that explores a little known

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

CILLA THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Mersey hard to beat: Step inside, love, and see the triumphs and tragedies on the way to Cilla Black becoming an entertainment legend.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

WHAT SHADOWS – Edinburgh & London by Thom Dibdin

Ian McDiarmid’s extremely fine performance as Enoch Powell is resentful, fidgety and frustrated, either from feeling overlooked earlier in life or from illness later on.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GREASE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There’s enough pizzaz and passion for a whole production in the opening number of Grease, at the Playhouse to Saturday. Which is a good thing, given that the overture during which the curt…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Hospital clown pioneer steps down as artistic director of Hearts and Minds by Thom Dibdin

Magdalena Schamberger, the co-founder of Scottish arts-in-health charity Hearts and Minds, is to stand down as its artistic director and chief executive. Schamberger

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A gentle romance combines reinforces the right-on message that you can be who you want, in LYAMC’s tuneful take on High School Musical at the Church Hill Theatre to Saturday.

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The Steamie review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘hilarious and poignant’ by Thom Dibdin

Tony Roper’s great celebration of female unity, set in a Glasgow washhouse – or Steamie – at the turn of 1950, proves

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Nassim Soleimanpour: ‘Refusing military service in 
Iran doesn’t make me a hero’ by Thom Dibdin

The Fringe First-winning playwright’s works have travelled the world while he was unable to leave his native country. Now he’s performing his

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Monday, September 4, 2017

New performing arts centre and studio theatre planned for Dunfermline by Thom Dibdin

The Alhambra Theatre Trust in Dunfermline has lodged a planning application to create a new performing arts centre in the town. If approved, the plans

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Bathgate Regal to cease theatre operations by Thom Dibdin

The charity that runs the Regal Theatre in Bathgate, West Lothian, has gone into voluntary liquidation and cancelled all future performances at

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Friday, September 1, 2017

August: Osage County review at Dundee Rep – ‘magnificently staged’ by Thom Dibdin

Disfunction permeates the revolving house at the centre of Dundee Rep’s magnificent staging of Tracy Letts’ modern American tragedy, August: Osage County.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

La Boheme review at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘clever staging’ by Thom Dibdin

Love is thoroughly aired in Alex Olle’s Italian-set La Boheme for Teatro Regio. It is all a bit skeletal to start with,

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Edinburgh Fringe tickets top 2.6m in 2017 by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has posted record ticket sales for the fifth year running with an estimated 2,696,884 tickets sold in its

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The Inconvenience of Wings review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘fails to fly’ by Thom Dibdin

There is a disconcerting distancing from its subject in Lara Foot’s interesting but flawed The Inconvenience of Wings, which the telling of

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Monday, August 28, 2017

VELVET EVENING SEANCE – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Mesmerising: High production values and a compelling narrative make Ross MacKay and Suzie Miller's atmospheric Victorian mystery, Velvet Evening Seance, a suitably haunting experience.

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