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NEWS: Elaine C. Smith comes home to Glasgow’s King’s Theatre pantomime

By FRASER MACDONALD First Lady of Scottish pantomime Elaine C. Smith returns to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow this Christmas to star in Sleeping Beauty. Smith, a firm panto favourite, returns to the King’s stage for the first time since 2004 where she played the title role in Mother Goose. Her first appearance at the King’s pantomime was in 1996 ...

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NEWS: The Pleasance celebrates 33 years on the Edinburgh Fringe with new venue

artists impression of venue 33 The Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe

By FRASER MACDONALD Many of the entertainment industries brightest talents have cut their teeth in Edinburgh in August at the Pleasance. This year an innovative new mobile venue joins the world’s largest arts festival. In celebration of 33 years at Venue 33, The Pleasance Theatre Trust has commissioned a brand new type of mobile venue. From an initial innovative concept created ...

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NEWS: 17th Pulse Festival line-up announced

By PAUL COUCH East Anglia's Pulse Festival, now in its 17th year, has today [25 March 2017] announced its line-up for 10 days of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield. Building on previous Pulse Festivals, this year’s programme carries on the successes of Suitcase Prize Day and Scratch Day with new work ...

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NEWS: West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £25k to support refugee and asylum seekers

In January 2014, the West Yorkshire Playhouse became the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, part of the larger Sanctuary Awards initiative launched by Leeds-based charity, the City of Sanctuary movement. Now, the theatre has been awarded £25,000 by the Asda Foundation, to support refugee and asylum seekers. Among other things, the grant will enable the theatre to develop creative writing ...

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NEWS: Edinburgh International Festival launches 2017 Programme

  One of the world's most iconic arts festival, The Edinburgh Internation Festival, turns 70 this year. John Kennedy reports from Edinburgh on the launch of the anniversary edition programme. The panoramic scene-stealing Church of Scotland Assembly Hall on The Mound was an appropriate venue for the 70th-anniversary launch of Edinburgh's International Festival Programme. The corporate design branding following again ...

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NEWS: Norfolk & Norwich Festival announces 2017 line-up

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the largest arts festival in the East of England and one of the four largest in the UK, has today [22 February] announced the full programme for its 2017 Festival (12-28 May). The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature and events for children, includes world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events, including a ...

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NEWS: Record breaking number of shows announced for Brighton Fringe

A record breaking 970 shows have been announced today [22 February 2017] for this year’s Brighton Fringe festival, which runs across Brighton and Hove from 5 May to 4 June 2017. The month-long festival, England’s largest open access arts festival, will also see more than 300 world premieres and over 100 international shows perform. Theatre highlights including the return to ...

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NEWS: Brighton Fringe Bursary Winners Announced

Twenty shows and events will be sharing £10,000 worth of bursaries as details of this year's Brighton Fringe bursaries are announced. In keeping with the eclectic mix of the fringe programme, a range of art forms are represented in the awards, seeing, alongside others, an exhibition by star-photographers and a modern day Mexican ghost story among the winners. Tim Andrews ...

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