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Monday, December 23, 2019

Aladdin review at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – ‘gem of a show’ by Thom Dibdin

It looks like director Ian Bustard has rubbed the magic lamp in his Aladdin for the Alhambra, Dunfermline. Theatre owner Bill Fletcher

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘Interesting twists and strong magical characters’ by Thom Dibdin

Iain Lauchlan drops enough local mentions into his Jack and the Beanstalk to ensure that, combined with plenty of pantomime set-pieces and

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget’: THE LION KING – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Visually arresting, the touring production of The Lion King which is booked into the Playhouse until March 2020, wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Andy Gray’s triumphant return’ by Thom Dibdin

Andy Gray, the uncrowned King of the King’s pantomime, returns to the stage in some style in Alan McHugh’s circus pantomime, directed

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘panto-by-numbers’ by Thom Dibdin

There is a pleasing female focus in this year’s pantomime at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre, with four of the six named characters played

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Cinderella review, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh – ‘a real community show’ by Thom Dibdin

John Binnie adds a circus theme to Cinderella for his second year directing and writing the Brunton panto, allowing him to bulk

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Beauty and the Beast review at Theatre Royal, Newcastle Upon Tyne – ‘variety and glamour’ by Thom Dibdin

Director and writer Michael Harrison’s production for Qdos Entertainment harks back to pantomime’s origins in variety. In the main this comes care

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘humour triumphs over humbug’ by Thom Dibdin

Director and writer Tony Cownie’s relocation of Charles Dickens’ great Christmas fable to Edinburgh has a real family-friendly feel. Cownie has married

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Beauty and the Beast review at Motherwell Theatre – ‘a stand-out performance from Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith’ by Thom Dibdin

Bev Berridge’s inventive new script for Beauty and the Beast, which she also directs for Motherwell Theatre, is a near perfect example

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘Deserves to be remembered for years to come’: THE KING & I – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The collective charisma of the cast in a stunning production of The King and I earns a well-deserved standing ovation.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

‘As finely-tuned a theatrical machine as you are likely to see’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is a winning combination of the playful and the profound in Barber Shop Chronicles which allies serious stagecraft and knowledge to sheer enjoyability.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

‘Little in the way of pre-Halloween excitement’: FRANKENSTEIN – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Confused in its execution, this touring version of Frankenstein has high production values but offers a rushed retelling of the story that fails to work in practice.

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Fibres review at Paisley Arts Centre – ‘cleverly constructed and staged with precision’ by Thom Dibdin

Frances Poet’s well-crafted new play for Stellar Quines and the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, touring as part of the Citizens Women Season, explores

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tosca review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ’emotionally charged revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Anthony Besch’s production of Tosca, set in Rome in 1943 on the eve of Mussolini’s defeat, does not appear to have aged

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Still Game: The Final Farewell review at SSE Hydro, Glasgow – ‘outrageous doesn’t begin to describe it’ by Thom Dibdin

Born on stage at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe before becoming a TV hit, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill’s sitcom about old boys

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

‘Remains a vital piece of theatre’: A TASTE OF HONEY – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Some outstanding performances overcome a series of gimmicky directorial choices in the UK National Theatre’s touring production of A Taste of Honey at the King’s.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

‘How can you resist it?’: MAMMA MIA! – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It’s not just one of us who was pleased to have Mamma Mia! back on the Edinburgh Playhouse stage – an air of expectation and excitement filled the entire auditorium for the show.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Mamma Mia! review at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh – ‘the ensemble is as tight as the lycra’ by Thom Dibdin

Sharon Sexton owns the role of Donna Sheridan, the Greek island taverna-owning unmarried mother whose daughter Sophie (a bright and effervescent Emma

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Zanetto and Susanna’s Secret at St Mary’s Church, Haddington – ‘strong emotional heft and brightly played comedy’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish Opera brings strong emotional heft to the Scottish premiere of Mascagni’s Zanetto and some brightly played comedy in Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘Provides some moments of genuine theatrical magnetism’: SOLARIS – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Dealing with troubling questions about human interaction, the Lyceum’s adaptation of Solaris is – like all the best science fiction – not really about alien planets but about our own w…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Glasgow young people’s theatre company Junction 25 closes following funding issues by Thom Dibdin

Young people’s theatre company Junction 25 is to close after 14 years because of the “challenging situation” in arts funding, according to

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

BBC Scotland to broadcast six shows from A Play, a Pie and a Pint by Thom Dibdin

Six plays from Òran Mór, Glasgow’s award-winning lunchtime theatre, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, are to be broadcast on the

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Backbone review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘cleverly choreographed circus’ by Thom Dibdin

Backbone, the latest touring circus show from Gravity and Other Myths, is a wonderful example of how to make something insanely difficult

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Slime review at Pleasance Pop-up, Edinburgh – ‘inclusive and relaxed pre-school show’ by Thom Dibdin

There is an unexpected physicality to Lucy Bairstow’s splendid performance as Slug in the Herd Theatre’s immersive, relaxed production for pre-school children

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Blood and Gold review at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh – ‘heart-rending and hilarious’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish-Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies has constructed a beautifully weighted set of nested stories for contemporary times, revealing them with a commanding sense

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Tales from the Garden review at Assembly Rooms George Street, Edinburgh – ‘compelling yet hugely unsettling’ by Thom Dibdin

There is a strong sense of foreboding to Ameera Conrad’s first appearance in this compelling solo show, thanks to Kathleen Stephens’ mask

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Monday, August 26, 2019

‘Characters create an interesting dynamic’: MADAME GEORGE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Madame George, by award-winning playwright Keir McAllister at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose on Chambers Street is a dark comedy filled with easy laughs that are tinged with a great sadness.

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‘Captivating, thrilling & spellbinding’: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Apphia Campbell triumphs in Black is the Color of My Voice at Gilded Balloon Teviot. A riveting show inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone and featuring songs such as ‘I Put a Spel…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Shark is Broken review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘humorous and knowing’ by Thom Dibdin

Set on the film set of Jaws as its three stars bicker and drink to pass away the interminable between-shot delays, The

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Queer identities couldn’t be explored in a more delicate way’: THE HAPPINESS PROJECT – Edinburgh Fringe by Thom Dibdin

The first thing that strikes about The Happiness Project is the colours. Shocking pink and neon yellow on a plain background and plastic-grass floor.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘Truly magical’: THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In a world full of fear and worry, we all need a reminder that there’s still hope. Luckily, in The Man Who Planted Trees at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, two storytellers and their pup…

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