Are you ready for Tim Minchin's extra show?

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DUE to popular demand, Tim Minchin has added an additional performance of his 2008 Fringe show, Ready For This?, at the Pleasance tonight 11.30pm.

Be warned, if you are looking for a good old fashioned stand-up comedian who delivers rib-ticklin' one-liners without resorting to foul language, the 2005 Perrier Best Newcomer is NOT your man.

Runaway actor has bone to pick with Cannibal

NOW it can be told. Disaster nearly struck on the opening night of Cannibal! The Musical, at George Square Theatre, when one of the cast decided to "run away". Director Frazer Brown said, "We knocked on the actor's door an hour before curtain up and discovered he had vanished, leaving only a script and the keys to the flat. He cited artistic differences." Step forward executive producer Jason McHugh to save the day. McHugh, who appeared in the original film of the show but hadn't performed on a stage since 1986, by all accounts made the role his own.

Who's going to score at musical awards?

MORE awards, this time for musicals on the Fringe. The nominations have been announced for the 2008 Musical Theatre Awards. Last year's winners have enjoyed huge success including Eurobeat (Best Musical Production) which transfers to the West End next month and Truth In Translation (Hugh Masekela, Best Composer) which received a lengthy US tour and embarks on a tour of the Balkans in September 2008.

Will this year's nominees fare as well? Nominations for the Most Promising New Musical are Barbershopera!, Departure Lounge, Only The Brave and On the Island of Aars.

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