Review: Dirty Dancing, Festival Theatre

Review: Dirty Dancing, Festival Theatre

“Sorry for the interruption, folks, but I always do the last dance of the season,” announces Michael O’Reilly as Dirty Dancing draws to a close on opening night. The iconic line is met with the type of deafening whoops and cheers that are usually reserved for chart-topping boy bands. Considering his likeness to the late Patrick Swayze, both physically and in the way he embraces his role as the tough-but-loveable Johnny Castle, it’s not surprising…

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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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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week. Trainspotting A coarse, intense and often hilarious rollercoaster ride through the darkest backstreets of the heroin scene of Thatcher-era Leith. In a world where work and opportunities are scarce Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud rail against the trappings of a successful lifestyle held out of their reach, and seek life through the point of a needle. Published in 1993, Trainspotting defined a generation and…

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Review: Benjamin Clementine, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Theatre

Review: Benjamin Clementine, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Theatre

Forty minutes after the advertised start time, and the only audible sounds emanating from the Festival Theatre’s PA were the obnoxious distortions of a soundcheck gone wrong. The crowd were beginning to get restless at the thought of this delay turning a pleasant evening into a late night. Just as glasses were running dry and hushed conversations were turning into open discussions, in the nick of time, on walked the band. Initially charming the Parisian arts…

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EIFF announces Opening Night Gala

EIFF announces Opening Night Gala

God’s Own Country will open this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. The British drama, which is written and directed by Francis Lee and stars Josh O’Connor (The Riot Club), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), Gemma Jones (Spooks, Bridget Jones’ Diary) and Alec Secareanu, will have its UK premiere at the Festival Theatre on Wednesday 21 June. It has been confirmed that key cast members will be in attendance on the night. The gala screening will…

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Top Tickets: This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre

Top Tickets: This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week… Ruddygore Robin Oakapple’s plans to marry sweet little Rose Maybud are thwarted when he discovers that he is a bad baronet of Ruddygore. If he fails to commit a crime a day then his ghostly ancestors will descend from their picture frames to torture him. Does this mean that Rose will marry the dastardly sailor, Dick Dauntless? King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday 21 March to…

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Edinburgh Theatre: This Week’s Top Tickets

Edinburgh Theatre: This Week’s Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week… Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week… The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns in 2017. This innovative drama is based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, and has been adapted for the stage by award-winning Playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning Director Marianne Elliot. The Curious Incident of the…

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Jackson Browne announces Edinburgh gig

Jackson Browne announces Edinburgh gig

Legendary US singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has announced a summer tour that will see him visit Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on June 18. Browne will also visit Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on June 19. Prior to this, he will play four consecutive nights at Dublin’s Vicar Street. Tickets for both Scottish gigs go on sale on friday (December 9). On this tour, Browne will be accompanied by a band that he himself has called his “ideal band,…

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Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Festival Theatre

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Festival Theatre

There are few musicals that radiate as much pure, unadulterated joy as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It comes as no surprise, then, that the classic tale of British inventor Caractacus Potts and his family’s adventure to Vulgaria in their magical clapped-out racing car has been loving reinvented for the stage once again. Directed by James Brining and starring Jason Manford, Charlotte Wakefield, Claire Sweeney and Phil Jupitus, this latest production is a stylish, big-budget show-stopper…

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