Brian Cox to spearhead £25m campaign to secure future of King's Theatre

Hollywood star Brian Cox is to spearhead a £25 million campaign to sure the future of one of Edinburgh’s flagship cultural venues.

MamaBabaMe is a dance-based show for toddlers who get to play with the performers and musical instruments

Theatre review: Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

There’s the joy of babyhood and early childhood; pure discovery and pleasure. Then there’s the pain of growing a little older, and having to deal with an uneasy transition into teenage years, or even the real threats of violence and bullying. There’s also the growing awareness of living in a world that doesn’t seem too good at dealing with the biggest problems it faces; and all these aspects of childhood are brilliantly reflected in this year’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, taking place in venues all over the city this week.


Theatre reviews: Nomanslanding | Deadline

It’s a while since Glasgow’s Tramway has witnessed an evening of theatre quite so wide-ranging and rich as the one that took us, last week, from the heights of lavishly-funded international installation art to the latest heartfelt and beautiful show from award-winning youth theatre Junction 25, created from the raw material of their own young hearts, minds and bodies.

Alan McHugh and friend on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal for Submarine Time Machine, a site-specific performance from the National Theatre of Scotland

Theatre review: Submarine Time Machine

Along the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal, near the National Theatre of Scotland’s new home, something is stirring. There’s an old puffer costumed up like a home-made submarine; there are strange figures in period or science-fiction dress popping up and down on the towpath. And all along, from Speirs Wharf to Firhill, there are signs inviting us to pause and reflect on the rich, dramatic history of this stretch of water, once a thriving hub of Glasgow’s lost heavy industries, from the day in 1952 when two wee lads spotted a midget submarine surfacing, to Whisky Galore-like tales of rich cargoes lost and found in the canal.

Janette Foggo as Queen Lear, centre, with Nicole Cooper as Isabella in Measure for Measure, top left; Stephanie McGregor as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, top right and EmmaClaire Brightlyn as Apemantus in Timon of Athens, bottom right

Theatre: The women leading the Bard in the Botanics productions

This season’s Bard in the Botanics casts women in the lead roles in all of its productions, bringing more than simply gender equality to Shakespeare’s work

South African playwright Lara Foot, who has three plays on stage in Edinburgh this August.

Fringe interview: playwright Lara Foot on South Africa’s fringe festivals

Promoted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In a regular series of interviews to mark World Fringe Day, acts performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe share their experiences of other fringes around the world. This week: playwright, director and producer Lara Foot on the fringe scene in her native South Africa

A volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games gives advice at Glasgow Central Station. Picture: SNS

Festivals turn to deprived areas for volunteers

Volunteers are being recruited from some of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas to help form a new army of volunteers to welcome people to the city’s festivals during their 70th anniversary year.

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The phrase 'Land Of The Free' is spelled out in crackling neon above the stage

Theatre: Death of a Salesman

ARTHUR Miller’s great 1949 tragedy, Death Of A Salesman, was born out of an America that had just undergone 20 years of national trauma, as first a devastating economic depression, then a mighty world war, left its mark on the land of opportunity.

Mary Rose at Pitlochry Theatre

Theatre review: Mary Rose at Pitlochry Festival Theatre

It was the summer of 1919 when J.M. Barrie sat down to write his strange three-act ghost story Mary Rose. In the immediate aftermath of the First World War, unprecedented numbers of British families had just lost young adult children, either to the war, or to the devastating flu epidemic that followed.

Nicola Sturgeon visited Dunoon Burgh Hall to see the Andy Warhol Exhibition and meet the team behind the building's restoration.  Picture: First Minister of Scotland handout/PA Wire

Dunoon Burgh Hall reopens after multi-million pound transformation

Nicola Sturgeon has marked the reopening of Dunoon Burgh Hall as a multi-million pound contemporary arts centre following an almost decade-long transformation.

Andrew Maxwell. PIC: Ian Georgeson

Fringe Interview: comedian Andrew Maxwell on playing the Aussie Fringe Circuit

Promoted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In a regular series of interviews to mark World Fringe Day, acts performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe share their experiences of other Fringes around the world. This week: Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell on the Australian Fringe circuit

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Peter Schaufuss, centre, and Karen Koren, left, in front of the new Rose Theatre, which will be a venue at this years Fringe. Picture: Greg Macvean

Theatre: new homes for the Edinburgh Fringe

With new venues in Leith and old favourites reopening in the New Town, the Fringe has a more balanced geographical footprint for its 70th year

Witney White is superb as Ma, Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans compelling as five-year-old Jack

Theatre review: Room

It has echoes of real-life stories, of course; young women taken from the street, held in basements or garden sheds, and systematically raped and abused over a period of years, stretching towards decades. Yet the most striking thing about Emma Donoghue’s stage version of her award-winning novel, Room, is its intense imaginative quality, as she and director Cora Bissett – with an outstanding creative team – draws us into the inner world of five-year-old Jack, who lives imprisoned in a cell-like garden shed with his mother, and of his older alter ego, Big Jack, who watches and waits, and carries some of the narrative.

Neshla Caplan and Chris Forbes deliver two delightful performances

Theatre review: Wee Free! The Musical

Although church attendance in Scotland has plummeted since the 1960s, and the country is now almost as thoroughly secular as England, the nation somehow still seems to enjoy its traditional self-image as a place full of troublesome ministers with stern views; and so it is in this latest Play, Pie And Pint lunchtime mini-musical, written by Hilary Brooks and Clive King.

Dirty Dancing the musical leaves you uplifted

Theatre review: Dirty Dancing

What a strange tale is Dirty Dancing, the smash-hit 1987 film now – 30 years on – touring the UK in this stage version directed by Federico Bellone. Set in a mountain resort in the Catskills in the summer of 1963, it’s a tale about class, set against the backdrop of the Kennedy presidency and the rising civil rights movement; if you want a brief forewarning of the Trump revolution, 50 years ahead, listen to the speech given by our gorgeous working-class hero Johnny when he first hears that Baby, the liberal doctor’s daughter he’s fallen in love with, plans to march for black civil rights. “I don’t see anyone marching for my rights,” he says. “My brother’s unemployed, what about his rights?”

Billy Connolly in 2002. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

10 comedians reveal how Billy Connolly influenced their work

Billy Connolly, the Glasgow-born comedian loved the world over, celebrates his 75th birthday this year. The Big Yin has already been the subject of two recent documentaries on ITV and BBC to mark the occasion. Now a mixture of experienced and up-and-coming comics have revealed how Connolly influenced their own work.

Art project Normanslanding is coming to Glasgows Tramway, having already  appeared in Australia and Germany. Photo by Rainer Schlautmann

Theatre: Director Graham Eatough on Tramway’s new show that was four years in the making

Blurring the lines between theatre, art and performance, Normanslanding at Tramway is an evolving project, says director Graham Eatough

Billy Mack as Willy Loman in Dundee Rep's production of Death of a Salesman. Picture: Jane Hobson

‘Heartbreaking’ Death of a Salesman leads theatre ‘Oscars’

Dundee Rep’s version of the Arthur Miller classic Death of a Salesman triumphed at the Scottish theatre “Oscars” today.

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Theatre reviews: The Wedding Singer | Brigadoom | Shackleton

It’s been a heavy week in the real world, no question; and if it’s time for some pure escapism, then there’s a whole generation of people – the ones who were teenagers in the 1980s – who will find exactly what they’re looking for in the touring stage version of The Wedding Singer that’s playing in Edinburgh this week.

Brian James O'Sullivan as Arturo Ui

Theatre review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – a satirical allegory on the rise of Hitler – is not always the easiest of his works to stage. Brecht’s framing of the great dictator as a Chicago mobster with a special interest in the cauliflower trade can seem a shade too elaborate, his interest in the detail of his rise to power slightly obsessive.

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