Billy Elliot to twirl into Edinburgh

Billy Elliot to twirl into Edinburgh

Billy Elliot the Musical is set to make its Edinburgh debut as part of its first ever tour of Ireland and the UK. The hit show, which is currently running at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, will twirl into the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday, September 20 until Saturday, October 22 next year for its only Scottish tour dates. The musical, which has been running in London’s West End since 2005 and features an original score composed…

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Only Fools and Horses dinner show set for The Brunton

Only Fools and Horses dinner show set for The Brunton

If loveable rogue Del Boy Trotter is one of the guests you dream of inviting to your hypothetical celebrity dinner party, then a British theatre group have created the perfect show for you. Del & Rodney: The Comedy Dinner Show, which is set to arrive at The Brunton in Musselburgh on Wednesday, November 18 for one night only, promises to give fans of Only Fools and Horses the chance to dine with some of the…

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Jersey Boys to return to Edinburgh

Jersey Boys to return to Edinburgh

Jersey Boys is set to return to The Edinburgh Playhouse in March. The Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, which enjoyed a successful three-week run at the theatre in October last year as part of its first ever UK tour, will return to Edinburgh from Tuesday 1 – Saturday, 5 March 2016. The popular Broadway and West End musical, which has now been seen by nearly 23 million people worldwide, tells the remarkable story of…

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This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

In local theatres this week, West End smash Handbagged hits the Capital on its UK tour, everyone’s favourite green ogre continues to tread the boards at the Playhouse, and the Chrysalis Festival opens at the Traverse. Handbagged Liz vs Maggie: Two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Starring Susie…

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This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

In local theatres this week, everyone’s favourite green ogre is treading the boards at the Playhouse, there’s a raucous new take on Sarah Waters’ 1998 bestseller at the Lyceum, and The Great Gatsby brings some 1920s glamour to Musselburgh.   Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage to follow in the footsteps of the company’s hugely successful…

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Young Edinburgh actors to sing for Jonathan Reid Gealt

Young Edinburgh actors to sing for Jonathan Reid Gealt

Two local aspiring stars of the stage will this weekend have the opportunity to perform some of musical theatre’s most popular songs — in front of the New York composer who wrote them. Teenagers Kieran Cooper and Ross Jamieson, from Granton and Currie respectively, will star in An Evening With Jonathan Reid Gealt on Saturday night in Edinburgh after auditioning for the American composer and lyricist via a YouTube video. Tickets remain on sale for…

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Godspell cast on Susan Boyle and Gok Wan

Godspell cast on Susan Boyle and Gok Wan

Showbiz A-listers Susan Boyle and Gok Wan enjoyed a Saturday night performance of hit musical Godspell by Edinburgh’s MGA Academy of Performing Arts at the Assembly Roxy Theatre in the Capital. Boyle, the singer who has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide and who is now a regular visitor to MGA Academy shows, joined How To Look Good Naked television star Gok in the audience for the production by young actors from the leading…

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Young Edinburgh actors have Wicked time with Kerry Ellis

Young Edinburgh actors have Wicked time with Kerry Ellis

Aspiring local stage stars from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh have taken part in a masterclass with one of musical theatre’s biggest icons. Kerry Ellis, famous for appearing in shows such as Wicked, Cats and We Will Rock You on Broadway and in London’s West End, travelled to Edinburgh to mentor the next generation of stage professionals during a workshop organised by Beyond Broadway Productions. Eighteen-year-old Sarah Dickson, a former pupil of…

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West End leading ladies will join the cast of Tonight…A West End Christmas

West End leading ladies will join the cast of Tonight…A West End Christmas

Edinburgh is in for a treat this November as two West End leading ladies will join the cast of Tonight…A West End Christmas. Musical theatre stars Ruthie Henshall (Miss Saigon, Follies, Chicago, Billy Elliot) and (pictured, right) Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita, Jekyll & Hyde) will jet in for one night only to appear in this glitzy extravaganza. The show will feature classic Broadway tunes as well as West End showstoppers. The audience can also expect a…

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David Greig’s AAA Edinburgh

David Greig’s AAA Edinburgh

Scotland’s most successful playwright, Edinburgh’s David Greig has had his work performed in every major British theatre since starting his career in the early 1990s. A highly regarded theatre director, too, his work has been produced Internationally, winning many awards along the way. Now living in Fife with his wife and two children, Greig has gone on to become a chief political commentator where the arts is concerned. A leading voice on the Scottish Independence…

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