Edinburgh festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

Edinburgh festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

For the first time in over 70 years, the five festivals that transform Edinburgh into the world’s leading cultural destination every August are not going ahead this year due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic. Edinburgh Art Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are not happening as planned in 2020. Together, the five August festivals comprise over 5,000 events across Scotland’s capital each…

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Run of dates announced for new comedy The Booth

Run of dates announced for new comedy The Booth

Producer and director Colin Scougall has announced a string of dates for hilarious new comedy The Booth, written by Peter Paterson. The play is set in a Glasgow working-class pub where the lives of regulars and staff unfold in a comedic tale of love, loss, and friendship, guided along the way by a narrator who explores the relationship between the characters and this special place they like to call their own. Audiences can expect raw…

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Review: 9 to 5, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Review: 9 to 5, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

They say it’s a man’s world – but not under Dolly Parton’s watch. The legendary Queen of Country has brought her Broadway and West End hit musical, 9 to 5, to the Edinburgh Playhouse for nearly a week long run this November. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 tells the story of three office secretaries in 80s New York who, after incessant bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment from their…

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Review: Cabaret, Festival Theatre ****

Review: Cabaret, Festival Theatre ****

Bill Kenwright’s multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret was never going to disappoint, and if you like your musicals with all the glitz and glamour of a 1930s nightclub then it is not to be missed. Based on the musical adaption of Christopher Isherwood’s novel, Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of an aspiring young writer named Clifford Bradshaw (played by Charles Hagerty) who becomes involved in the wonderfully debauched lives of…

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Review: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

Suspenders at the ready, The Rocky Horror Show is back in town. Based on Richard O’Brien’s cult 70s musical of the same name, The Rocky Horror Show is a mind-warping production that’ll transport you straight to Transexual, Transylvania. This outrageous horror/comedy musical is like nothing else – it’s camp, it’s queer, it’s intergalactic and it will have you dancing all night, or at least doing The Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Show tells the story…

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Review: The King and I, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The King and I, Edinburgh Playhouse

Tradition states that your head should never be above the King of Siam’s but on this occasion you would be forgiven for a more relaxed meeting with his majesty as the The King and I rolls into Edinburgh for the latest part of its world tour. Set in the 1860s, this classic musical tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young English widow and the King of Siam after she accepts a job…

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From Scotland With Love to be performed at Usher Hall

From Scotland With Love to be performed at Usher Hall

Next March, From Scotland With Love will be performed for the first time in five years at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh – among other venues around the UK. From Scotland With Love was last performed to both critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival in the summer of 2015. Made entirely of Scottish film archive, From Scotland With Love is a 75-minute film by award-winning director Virginia Heath with a transcendent score…

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Fringe Q&A: Do Our Best

Fringe Q&A: Do Our Best

Self-obsessed Sephie finds herself back in the sanctuary of the Girl Guides following the death of her Mother. In a last ditch effort to fend off eternal unhappiness she attempts achieving her Entertainers badge for the fourth time. A devastating comedy about how to harness your grief, find your pack and never giving up. From 2018’s double Fringe-First winning Francesca Moody Productions. AAA caught up with Remy Beasley, writer and performer… Is this your first…

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Fringe Q&A: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass

Fringe Q&A: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn is ready for an adventure! Les Petits return to the high seas after their hugely successful shows David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon and Adventures in Wonderland. Join Flinn as he attempts to rescue his kidnapped friends who have been forced to hunt for the Magic Cutlass by his nemesis, the tyrannical Mr T-Rex. The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep-sea dangers…

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Fringe Q&A: BROMANCE

Fringe Q&A: BROMANCE

International award-winning smash hit Bromance is back! Five-star circus about camaraderie and affection. Audacious, touching, exhilarating tour-de-force of physical heroics where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. Among the UK’s hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the showstopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.  AAA caught up with performers Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift and…

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