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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

‘Everything a high-profile touring show should be’: ART – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Art is everything a high-profile touring show should be – a carefully thought out, well-directed production of a hit play featuring a big-name cast at the top of their game.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘All the delight of the original’: THE SINGING MERMAID – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

All the delight of the original picture book story of The Singing Mermaid who gets swept away in the circus is brought to the stage in this puppet adaptation from the Little Angel Theatre. A…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

C Venues loses home amid row over Edinburgh Fringe working conditions by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Fringe venue operator C Venues has had the tenancy of its main site on Chambers Street revoked by the building’s owner,

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Fun, joyous & magical show’: THE CAT IN THE HAT – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Dr Seuss’ famous Cat in the Hat has been brought to life in this new version of the much-loved children’s book on at the King’s Theatre this week.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Musically this is properly exciting stuff’: AMERICAN IDIOT – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The tenth anniversary tour of Green Day’s American Idiot kicks up a storm as this Selladoor production arrives at the Playhouse for a week.

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Edinburgh Fringe boss addresses row caused by ‘living wage’ comments by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Fringe chief Shona McCarthy has sought to clarify her comments on low pay at the festival, after she was reported as

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘If it never convinces, it is always intriguing’: ANTHROPOCENE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Anthropocene, from Scottish Opera at the King’s, is a work that is constantly shifting its ground both dramatically and musically; while it is absorbing it never entirely solidifies.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Masterclasses to address shortage of women in Scottish theatre design by Thom Dibdin

Theatre company Stellar Quines has launched a series of training courses aimed at addressing the lack of women working in creative design.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Punchdrunk to present first Scottish production as part of new Imaginate programme by Thom Dibdin

Imaginate has announced a £535,000 programme of wide-ranging initiatives for the children’s theatre and dance sectors in Scotland over the next three

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Arresting & at times truly astonishing’: TOUCHING THE VOID – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is a depth and grit to Touching The Void at the Lyceum that threatens to carry all before it.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Anthropocene review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘ atmospheric operatic thriller’ by Thom Dibdin

For their fourth operatic collaboration, composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, who first collaborated as part of Scottish Opera’s 5:15 experiment,

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘Deserves to be seen by everyone’: GLASGOW GIRLS – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A thought-provoking and inspiring piece of musical theatre, Glasgow Girls at the King’s Theatre feels more relevant than ever as it returns for a new tour.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Aladdin review Motherwell Theatre – ‘popular, but patchy panto’ by Thom Dibdin

Spillers Pantomimes returns to Motherwell for the 13th year running with a show that is so popular it had its run extended

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Mother starring Natalia Osipova review at EICC, Edinburgh – ‘compellingly nightmarish’ by Thom Dibdin

There is no happy ending to choreographer Arthur Pita and dramatist Anna Rulevskaya’s nightmarishly unpredictable contemporary dance adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

17 theatre and dance projects win share of £1.2m Creative Scotland fund by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland has announced the first grants of a new touring fund for theatre and dance, with 17 projects receiving a total

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘It has a universal appeal’: POGGLE – Edinburgh ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is real delight for pre-school kids to be had at the Studio of the Festival Theatre this Christmas, as the clever and playful Poggle is revived by Barrowland Ballet.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Remains a thing of considerable beauty’: CINDERELLA – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella, back at the Festival Theatre this Christmas, is still a festive treat. Christopher Hampson’s celebrated production of Prokofiev’s ballet, originally seen …

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Beauty and the Beast review at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘superbly-executed’ by Thom Dibdin

Imagine Theatre has finally found its feet in Fife after two under-firing years, with a family-orientated Beauty and the Beast that works

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cinderella review at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow – ‘flashy panto that lacks a soul’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish comedy legends the Krankies return to Glasgow’s Armadillo at the SEC after two years away in a version of Qdos Productions’

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Cinderella review at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Simply sublime’ by Thom Dibdin

Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella, choreographed to Prokofiev’s score, remains a sumptuous seasonal delight in Scottish Ballet’s revival of its 2015 production. Hampson uses

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

McGonagall’s Chronicles review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘comedy doggerel’ by Thom Dibdin

Gary McNair revives his chronicles of the life of William Topaz McGonagall, originally created for Oran Mor’s A Play, a Pie and

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Aladdin review at King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘lacks a sense of cohesion’ by Thom Dibdin

Alan McHugh’s Aladdin both subverts panto traditions and celebrates them. He’s ditched the racist overtones and made sure the love story between

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‘Tantalises rather than delivers’: MOUTHPIECE – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is much to admire about the staging of Mouthpiece at the Traverse, and even more about how it is acted. In the end, however, the play tantalises rather than delivers.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

A Christmas Carol review at Tramway, Glasgow – ‘strong ensemble work’ by Thom Dibdin

Dominic Hill’s production, first seen at the Citizens in 2014 and revived by the company for its sabbatical at Glasgow Tramway, revels

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

‘This year’s panto won’t disappoint’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Beauty & the Beast comes to the King’s for the first time since 1946 in a pantomime that continues a classic run of hits and is sticking around well into January next year.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

‘Bundles of energy’: YOU CHOOSE – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is plenty of choice and bundles of energy at Nonsense Room Productions’ adaptation of the children’s picture book, You Choose, for Edinburgh’s Christmas at the Festival Square Sp…

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The Bodyguard review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘Alexandra Burke makes a triumphant return’ by Thom Dibdin

Since Alexandra Burke last starred as trapped superstar Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, she has reached the finals of Strictly and featured

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Beauty and the Beast review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a beauty of a panto’ by Thom Dibdin

Beauty and the Beast was last staged as a pantomime at the Edinburgh King’s in 1946. This year’s return is a triumphant

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘Delivers the goods & then some’: JACK & THE BEANSTALK – Musselburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There’s a happy ending, beginning and indeed, middle, as Jack and the Beanstalk gets a Musselburgh makeover at the Brunton Theatre this festive season.

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Duncan Hendry to step down as chief executive of Capital Theatres by Thom Dibdin

Duncan Hendry, the chief executive of Edinburgh’s Capital Theatres, is to step down in June 2019 after seven years in the role.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh – ‘inventive, but dated’ by Thom Dibdin

John Binnie returns to the Brunton after 18 years to write and direct a pantomime that finds inventive solutions to staging Jack

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