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A worthy La bohème for the 21st century

Opera review: La bohème, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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This production of Verdi's Macbeth may have suffered from its staging but the music was a fitting tribute to Festival spirit

Edinburgh International Festival: The spirit of 1947 plays on

In this anniversary year, the Festival’s staging of Verdi’s Macbeth was, of course, a tribute to its performance way back in 1947.

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Chamber Pot Opera

Musicals & Opera review: Chamber Pot Opera

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The bathrooms are where the drama happens on a night out, where the tears are shed, the secret text messages received, the plots hatched.

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Dalibor Jenis delivers a powerful performance in the title role. Picture: Neil Hanna

Opera review: Macbeth

Edinburgh International Festival: It was the centrepiece opera in the first ever Edinburgh Festival of 1947.

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Fringe Musical Theatre review: The Toxic Avenger

Fringe Musical Theatre review: The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger | Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) | Star rating: ***

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EIF Opera review: L’incoronazione di Poppea, Usher Hall

EIF Opera review: L’incoronazione di Poppea, Usher Hall

L’incoronazione di Poppea | Usher Hall | Star rating: *****

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Mark Elder has a fondness for the Fringe rooted in happy memories, family connections and the locals ability to pronounce his surname. Picture: PA

EIF preview: Sir Mark Elder on conducting The Damnation of Faust

CONDUCTOR Sir Mark Elder brought the Hallé Orchestra back from the brink – but the renaissance isn’t over yet, finds Ken Walton

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Musicals & Opera: Just Like the Movies

Musicals & Opera: Just Like the Movies

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Edinburgh girl Mary (Lucy Duffy) has conquered every style of dance she’s tackled. She needs a new challenge and Scottish Country Dancing could be it.

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Musicals & Opera review: A Tale of Two

Musicals & Opera review: A Tale of Two

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Decently sung and competently choreographed, it’s difficult to know what to make of Oliver Wood’s new musical as it seems to have little interest in communicating with its audience.

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Musicals & Opera review: Buried: A New Musical

Musicals & Opera review: Buried: A New Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: There’s a curious rhythm to this new musical by Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll about young serial killers in love: when it sings it soars, but the scripted scenes frequently sputter.

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Opera review: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria

Opera review: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria

Edinburgh International Festival: And so to the second opera in Monteverdi’s trilogy based on Homer’s Odyssey with the return of Ulisse to Ithaca.

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Atlantic: A Scottish Story. 
Caroline Lyell as Evie. 
Photo by RCS/Julie Howden

Musicals & Opera review: Into the Woods | Atlantic America and the Great War | Atlantic: A Scottish Story

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Nobody could accuse the students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland of being lazy. With three productions at the Fringe this year, most of the cast rushes daily from one show to the next and, impressively, settles straight in to playing a completely different role.

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Musicals & Opera review: Porn

Musicals & Opera review: Porn

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: From the makers of Suicide the Musical comes another would-be hard-hitting musical theatre exploration of a hot topic.

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Musicals & Opera review: Prom Kween

Musicals & Opera review: Prom Kween

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: In 2016, Matthew Crisson became America’s first non-binary prom queen (non-binary meaning not identifying as simply male or female). That is the peg for this buzzy, poppy, semi-satirical high-school musical full of snappy, empowering numbers about being yourself and following your dreams.

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Musicals & Opera review: Creatives

Musicals & Opera review: Creatives

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Mention musical theatre and Irvine Welsh is not the first name to come to mind.

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Ivan Fischer's 'staged concert' of Don Giovanni at the Festival Theatre

Edinburgh International Festival: RSNO need no set to light Valkyrie’s fire

When the economic downturn came, opera, it seemed, was first up against the wall at the Edinburgh International Festival. Yet in this 70th anniversary year, Festival Director Fergus Linehan has miraculously pulled out all the stops to revitalise the dwindling opera programme with four staged operas and an additional plethora in concert at the Usher Hall, making a programme to truly get your teeth into.

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Musicals & Opera review: Sasquatch: The Opera

Musicals & Opera review: Sasquatch: The Opera

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: It’s no great revelation that a bonkers punk-rock opera about Bigfoot composed by Roddy Bottum, the indie film composer and keyboard player in US rock gods Faith No More, won’t be for everyone.

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Comedy review: Urzila Carlson – First Edition

Comedy review: Urzila Carlson – First Edition

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Despite being a Fringe debutante, Urzila Carlson projects the authority of a seasoned stand-up who’s played all over the world, imparting her down-to-earth wisdom with an invigorating, take-me-as-I-am insouciance.

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Opera review: Don Giovanni – Budapest Festival Orchestra

Opera review: Don Giovanni – Budapest Festival Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: The key clue to this Don ­Giovanni is in the name of the group performing it. It’s not an opera company, but ­Budapest Festival Orchestra, with their trailblazing conductor/director Ivan Fischer.

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Picture: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The shows inspired by Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall

US president Donald Trump’s insistence on building a wall on the border of Mexico and the United States seems to have captured the imagination of a number of theatre-makers, and inspired them to expand upon themes of physical division between societies, imagined and real.

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