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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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Monday, December 3, 2018

Mammy Goose review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘progressive and entertaining’ by Thom Dibdin

While Scottish panto legend Johnny McKnight, who writes the pantomimes for both the Macrobert in Stirling and the Tron in Glasgow, usually

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Wendy and Peter Pan review at Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a rich, nuanced adaptation’ by Thom Dibdin

There is plenty for audiences to chew over in Ella Hickson’s clever and contemporary adaptation of Peter Pan. Based on JM Barrie’s

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

‘Achieves an excellent balance between old & new’: Wendy & Peter Pan – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Old and new collide in Wendy & Peter Pan, a beautifully staged Lyceum Christmas production that combines originality with fidelity to the spirit of a much-loved classic.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

‘High-octane, utterly feel-good show’: NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

All Edinburgh Theatre’s Hugh Simpson went along to the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh to catch Nativity! The Musical.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘A delightful treat of a show’: FLUTTER – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Built in a flurry of snow Flutter, from Tortoise in a Nutshell and Freshly Squeezed at the Assembly Roxy and then on tour, is the charming story of young sisters who venture out into the gar…

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears review at Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – ‘outstanding’ by Thom Dibdin

The circus setting of Goldilocks and the Three Bears makes it the perfect fit for clowning magicians Clive Webb and Danny Adams,

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Witty, tuneful & life affirming’: Doris, Dolly & The Dressing Room Divas… At Christmas – Edinburgh ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The Gilded Balloon Basement in the Rose Street Theatre hosts top-tier talent this Christmas as five fabulous female stars tell their stories… via three spookily talented backstage assistan…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

National Theatre of Scotland to explore Brexit as part of 2019 season by Thom Dibdin

Scotland’s scheduled exit from the European Union is to be marked by the National Theatre of Scotland with a special production on March

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Fun & outrageous’: LA CLIQUE NOEL: PART DEUX – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

La Clique returns with an eclectic array of outrageous and magnificent circus cabaret to Edinburgh this festive season for Noel – Part Deux.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘Doing much more than singing the hits’: Talking to the creatives behind Motown The Musical by Thom Dibdin

Big of voice and oh so slick in presentation, the West End production of Motown the Musical – which is now on UK tour through 2019 and pausing at the Edinburgh Playhouse for a three-week …

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

‘Just experience the production as something elusive & unknowable’: RAMBERT: LIFE IS A DREAM – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Rambert’s Life is a Dream is a peculiar, poetic piece that suffers from pulling in too many directions at once.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘Genuinely joyous’: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Motown The Musical has a strangely conceived storyline but is carried along on a wave of wonderful music.

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Pitlochry Festival Theatre awarded £10m towards redevelopment by Thom Dibdin

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has been awarded £10 million towards its £25 million redevelopment project. The announcement is part of the £700 million

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Motown the Musical review at Playhouse, Edinburgh – ‘vibrant and slick’ by Thom Dibdin

Motown the Musical is that rare beast: a jukebox musical that has heart, soul and a little bit of social politics, along

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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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