Review: The Band, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The Band, Edinburgh Playhouse

The Smash Hits generation will be flocking to the Edinburgh Playhouse this week for the Scottish premiere of Tim Firth’s The Band which is, surprisingly, so much more than just a nostalgic run-through of the boyband’s greatest hits. First things first: The Band is not about Take That. Instead, it is a heartwarming tale about four estranged school friends – Rachel (Rachel Lumberg), Claire (Alison Fitzjohn), Zoe (Jayne McKenna) and Heather (Emily Joyce) – who…

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Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Opened on Broadway in 2014, Sting’s The Last Ship tells the story of the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard in his hometown of Newcastle. Earlier this year, the musical set sail across the UK and Ireland for its first ever national tour and it has finally docked at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. It’s refreshing to see that Sting, one the music industry’s most well-known figures, has used his fame to create a truly interesting debut…

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Review: Wicked, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Wicked, Edinburgh Playhouse

“Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” ponders Glinda the good witch, shortly after the curtain rises at The Edinburgh Playhouse. The answer to this question is intelligently explored throughout Wicked, the smash-hit musical which tells the story of how her unlikely friendship with Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, came to be. As one of modern musical theatre’s biggest triumphs, Wicked continues to draw sold-out crowds internationally more…

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Listen: Thom Yorke shares new music from Tarik Barri collaboration

Listen: Thom Yorke shares new music from Tarik Barri collaboration

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has previewed atmospheric new music from his collaboration with composer Tarik Barri. You can listen to it here. The shared clip is part of a new audiovisual installation titled City Rats, which was commissioned by Berlin’s Institute for Sound and Music. Yorke and Barri’s piece will play from the ISM Hexadome, a 54-speaker and six-screen structure, at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin this Saturday (April 21). Its description explains: “All…

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Interview: Public Service Broadcasting

Interview: Public Service Broadcasting

J. Willgoose Esq is reminiscing about his first visit to the Scottish capital, back when Public Service Broadcasting was still a solo project. “I know Edinburgh better than most cities that we pass through, because there was a very formative experience there doing the Fringe in 2010,” he says, speaking from his home in South London. “It was back when it was still a solo show. And it was tough. A right old slog. I think I played…

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Matilda the Musical to open in Edinburgh

Matilda the Musical to open in Edinburgh

Matilda the Music will have its Scottish premiere in Edinburgh next year. The popular musical, which has already enjoyed successful runs both on Broadway and in London’s West End, will run at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 2 – Saturday 27 April 2019. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book about a little girl with magical powers, Matilda the Musical was  commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010 and has since been seen by more…

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Eating & Drinking: Joseph Pearce’s

Eating & Drinking: Joseph Pearce’s

For more than a century, Joseph Pearce’s was a traditional drinking man’s boozer – but it has long since ditched the spit and sawdust feel. These days, its white-walled, split-level interior is padded out with comfy sofas and armchairs under large windows, giving it a light, airy atmosphere. The revamp of this Elm Row, street-corner establishment came about in 2008 and was the work of Anna and Mike Christopherson, the Swedish couple behind Boda and…

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Frank Turner to visit Edinburgh on UK tour

Frank Turner to visit Edinburgh on UK tour

Frank Turner will return to Edinburgh later this year as part of his upcoming UK tour. The singer-songwriter will also play dates in Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Southampton – and more. See full tour dates below. Turner is set to perform live at Liquid Room on Saturday, 21 April in support of his eighth studio album, Be More Kind. The album, which is due to be released in May, was inspired by the…

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Review: Legally Blonde, Festival Theatre

Review: Legally Blonde, Festival Theatre

Ohmigod, you guys – Legally Blonde the Musical is back and it’s better than ever. Based on the popular book and 2001 movie of the same name (starring Reece Witherspoon), the show follows the story of what happens when a pink-clad Californian ‘fashion merchandising’ graduate named Elle Woods enrols at Harvard Law School in a desperate attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend who has cruelly dumped her because she’s not ‘serious’ enough. Wales’ Lucie Jones,…

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Hacienda Classical announces Edinburgh Festival debut

Hacienda Classical announces Edinburgh Festival debut

Hacienda Classical will be returning with a new set and soundtrack for 2018 – and it will make its Edinburgh Festival debut at the Capital’s Royal Highland Centre next summer. These events – see the full list below – will feature the third new set of Hacienda Classical which is currently being prepared by DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering alongside executive producer Peter Hook musical director Tim Crooks. This version will once again see…

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