The Onion of Bigotry – A History of Hatred – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Onion of Bigotry – A History of Hatred continues as part of the just Festival until 25 August. The Kielty Brothers (Gerry and John) are legendary to Fringe aficionados. Commissioned by the just Festival, the piece is an exploration of one of Scotland’s ‘badges of shame’ – bigotry. But this is not a lecture [...]

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Despondent Divorcée – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Despondent Divorcée continues at C cubed until 25 August. Housed in a room, appropriate to its period, HookHitch revives this ‘drawing room’ setting in a similar way their piece This is the World When I was King made a virtue of the ‘found space’ to stage a Fringe show. This company has an effortless capacity [...]

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The Next Big Thing – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Next Big Thing continues at theSpace on North Bridge until 23 August. The show opens with an aspiring writer, Helena (Rebecca Ridout) who is hoping to find The Next Big Thing to bring her fame and wealth enough to give up her day job in an office. We hear about her reading countless ‘how to’ [...]

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Guys and Dolls – Chichester Festival Theatre

Guys and Dolls continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 21 September. It looks very much as though Chichester has scored another mega-hit with Frank Loesser’s musical fable of Broadway (book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows). It’s big, brash and boasts a brilliant score that is stylish, witty and packed with tunes, many that [...]

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Les Misérables – Dallas Theater Center – a revolution in the making

Russell M. Dembin visited the revolutionary modern-dress, ‘immersive’ staging of Les Misérables at the Dallas Theater Center. When a musical has been a global sensation for three decades and has become an Oscar-winning film, what could possibly add to its achievement? When said play is about a revolution, the situation calls for a revolutionary production. [...]

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First-ever West End Wilma Awards to take place in November

The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho, will take place on Friday afternoon, 7 November at an exclusive invitation-only ceremony, hosted by actor/director Tim McArthur. Guests will be treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of www.thefullenglishfoodcompany.ltd.uk) while they watch the winners be revealed and listen to some special live performances. [...]

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Peter Pan – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Peter Pan continues at Paradise in Augustines until 25 August. This lively adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic tale is set in the ‘here and now’: the staff of Priceland are watching the clock for closing time and bidding farewell to Pete who’s off to find fame and fortune in London. Just as they are about [...]

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Mildred and the Midnight City – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Mildred and the Midnight City continues at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25 August. Making a welcome return to Edinburgh, HookHitch brings this utterly enchanting original story to life through live action, puppetry and shadow puppetry in a parable for our times. Set in a freezing cold future, Mildred is one of many people busily scraping [...]

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Anything Goes: A Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter – Cadogan Hall

Anything Goes: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter at Cadogan Hall, London continues until 23 August. Goodness knows why we need a reason to celebrate the genius of Cole Porter, but the official excuse for these two beautiful hours of unadulterated joy is that 50 years ago in October the great man left us [...]

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The Last Impresario – documentary about producer Michael White hits cinemas in September 2014‏

The Last Impresario, a documentary about the prolific British theatre impresario and film producer, is on limited national release from 26 September. It is 20 years now since the flamboyant British playboy-impresario Michael White had his last West End hit with She Loves Me which ran at the Savoy Theatre for a year in 1994 and won multiple [...]

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Parade – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Parade continues at C too until 24 August. Although Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning play is now some 15 years old, it is a seldom-performed show. One of the constraints is the scale of the cast: this production is to be applauded in bringing this rarely seen piece to the Fringe. Set in the American [...]

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Alba – A New Scottish Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Alba – A New Scottish Musical continues at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until 23 August. This new piece, delivered by an ensemble of four performers, confirms a new style of theatre in Scotland. The techniques in Finn Anderson’s production bear many hallmarks seen in National Theatre of Scotland stagings including Black Watch and The Strange [...]

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