Death is the only thing more certain than taxes and Richard Herring putting together a compelling, big-theme Fringe hour. Although he contemplates Hamlet’s famous soliloquy and inevitably, finds it lacking, the undiscovered country is not up for speculation: there’s nothing once we pass over he avers.
It takes a brave, creative director to bring off an operatic double bill in which both operas have barely a morsel in common. Australian director Barrie Kosky does exactly that with Oper Frankfurt’s unlikely coupling of Purcell’s classic tragedy Dido and Aeneas and Bartok’s psycho-horror Bluebeard’s Castle.
On the great, darkened stage at the King’s Theatre – all raked with shingle, and hung with glittering strands of silver and stone like old-fashioned hanging microphones – a huge skull sits and stares out at us. It sits far higher than a man, like a great coastal rock and, in its implacable stillness and horror, it captures something of the man, Henry, who speaks in Samuel Beckett’s great 1959 radio play Embers, now staged by Pan Pan Theatre of Dublin as part of this year’s EIF Beckett season.
The Scotsman’s team of respected critics sees a huge amount of shows during Edinburgh Festival season. Here you will find an overview of every review published this year, arranged by star rating.
Just as Cervantes’ hero mixed up dreams and reality, José Montalvo blends genres old and new to put the Man of La Mancha on the Paris Metro, finds Kelly Apter
LA Dance Project’s founder Benjamin Millepied tells Claire Black that, small troupe or large, what counts is innovation
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Comedian Jo Caulfield offers her take on the last week of the Fringe, and proposes her own alternatives to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
Comedian Adam Strauss explains the awkwardness of finding good accommodation during the Fringe and the unique experiences that can throw up.
Whisky lovers at the Edinburgh Festival are not short on options for enjoying their favourite tipple, with the Old Town crammed full of specialist bars and shops dedicated to Scotland’s national drink. But if you want to get a sense of where a fine single malt comes from, we have the competition for you.
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