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Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘Best new musical to hit theatres in years’: THE BAND – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Heart-warming and bursting with pop songs, The Band perfectly captures teenage fandom as Take That’s songs shine in this brand new musical.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Edinburgh’s RFT believes the play Midnight Conspiracy is as relevant as it ever was by Thom Dibdin

It was the midnight of the 20th century, the day in 1942 when 15 Nazi bureaucrats met in the Wannsee suburb of Berlin to coordinate the “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem” – murder …

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘Cheesy but really uplifting too’: AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Yes, the show is cheesy and a little bit over the top at times, but it is also really uplifting. If you’re looking for a fun, feel-good, romantic musical to see this summer, then An Office…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

‘Fast-paced, colourful fun’: PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE! – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The average age of the audience for Peppa Pig’s Adventure has to be about three, but given the noise level throughout this short and fun new show, each and every toddler is captivated by t…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Scottish government publishes draft culture strategy by Thom Dibdin

A new cultural leadership post is being created within Scottish government, aimed at supporting “creative and innovative thinking” across the country. The

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

‘Properly entertaining evening of innocent fun’: SUMMER HOLIDAY: THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A properly entertaining evening of innocent fun pitched at a level which remembers the old days as being good but without ever indicating they would be worth going back to.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

‘Remains oddly uninvolving’: THE LAST SHIP – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There are plenty of memorable tunes to match the high production values of Northern Stage’s The Last Ship. However, despite having its heart firmly affixed to its sleeve, the production ne…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

‘Really begins to fizz as a piece of theatre’: TITANIC THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Tragic in a way that only stories of real life events can be, there is no small amount of hubris on display in this powerful touring production of Titanic the Musical.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

‘Needs a lot more thought on several levels’: YEAR ZERO – Edinburgh ★★ by Thom Dibdin

The Apocalypse is coming and it will be arriving in Leith in a few minutes – just in time for Year Zero, a piece of immersive theatre at the Biscuit Factory as part of the Leith Festival.

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Creative Scotland accused of falling below standard and ‘damaging’ the confidence of cultural organisations by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland has fallen “well below the standard that is expected from a non-departmental public body” and has “damaged” the confidence of

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Code of conduct drawn up for volunteers at Edinburgh festivals by Thom Dibdin

A 10-point code of conduct outlining how Edinburgh’s 11 festivals should work with volunteers is to go before the city’s council. The

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Edinburgh Lyceum’s Rhinoceros scoops four prizes at Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland by Thom Dibdin

A revival of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros is the major winner at this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.The co-production between Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, t…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

‘Conventional – if consistently enjoyable’: LOVE FROM A STRANGER – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Dark undercurrents flow beneath the surface of Fiery Angel and the Royal & Derngate, Northampton’s touring production of Love From a Stranger.

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Edinburgh book festival ‘incubator for new theatre ideas’ by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is becoming an “incubator” for new theatre, according to its director Nick Barley. Speaking at the launch

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Elizabeth Newman to leave Bolton Octagon for Pitlochry Festival Theatre by Thom Dibdin

Elizabeth Newman is to step down as artistic director of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton to run the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. She

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Street performers at Edinburgh Fringe to benefit from cashless donations pilot by Thom Dibdin

Buskers at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be able to accept cashless donations using a contactless payment system as part of

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Edinburgh Fringe vows to address fair pay for workers following complaints by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has promised to address the issue of fair pay for workers as it launches its biggest ever

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Monday, June 4, 2018

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other review at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum – ‘Engaging play with huge community cast’ by Thom Dibdin

People-watching is recreated as theatre in director Wils Wilson’s engaging production of Peter Handke’s dialogue-free play The Hour We Knew Nothing of

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – Touring ★★ by Thom Dibdin

Undemanding: A lavish staging and some spirited performances cannot redeem a thin script in the Theatre Royal Bath and Kenny Wax’s touring production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain.

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Baba Yaga review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘inventive children’s theatre’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish children’s theatre specialist Shona Reppe, Australian avant-cabaret artiste Christine Johnston and Windmill Theatre Adelaide’s artistic director Rosemary Myers have mash…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

‘Another successful takeover from the pop-up festival’: HIDDEN DOOR – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Hidden Door has returned to Leith for a second year, expanding in several directions – to put on more shows and more different kinds of shows in more spaces for longer hours.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Edinburgh Fringe participants programme expands events on inclusion, equality and mental health for 2018 by Thom Dibdin

The programme of free professional development events for participants at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe has been announced, including sessions on mental health,

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Monday, May 28, 2018

‘A constant revelation of delight & surprise’: ANIMALS – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Gentle as the velvet of a puppy’s ear, yet unafraid to take a deadpan gawp at a recently demised goldfish, Animals, Greg Sinclair’s examination of childhood tales of animals, is a consta…

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

‘Retains the heart of the original while bringing it right up to date’: SUNSHINE ON LEITH – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Raw in delivery and driven by big emotions, Sunshine on Leith returns to Edinburgh in a tough new version produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse which retains the heart of the original 200…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

‘Reverent, haunting & heartfelt’: ARANDORA STAR – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In this reverent, haunting and heartfelt production of Arandora Star at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Theatre Objectiv both condemns and exonerates in their efforts to give a voice to an…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘This off the wall experience is hard to beat’: THRILLER LIVE – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The undeniable talent of the controversial Michael Jackson is fully on display in Thriller Live, an energetic and thoroughly exciting showcase of his greatest hits.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

A Six Inch Layer of Topsoil and the Fact It Rains review at Birnam Arts Centre – ‘fascinating verbatim theatre’ by Thom Dibdin

In an attempt to reach the rural community in Perthshire, Perth Theatre has commissioned Kieren Hurley to write a verbatim play based

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‘In Ross & Woolf this production has a truly magical partnership’: WICKED – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It’s been to Edinburgh a few times, but this latest touring version of Wicked drops in on the Playhouse with the power of a flying farmhouse.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Sharper, tauter & more emotionally coherent than before’: BIRDSONG – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is more than one large-scale depiction of World War One on stage in Edinburgh at the moment. While the juggernaut that is War Horse may cause Birdsong to be overshadowed, the returning…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland nominations: Edinburgh’s Lyceum picks up 12 nods by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre has taken the lion’s share of nominations for this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, being shortlisted

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Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland: Nominations in full by Thom Dibdin

The nominees for the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland have been announced. Of the 180 new productions produced in Scotland from

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