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Letters Live – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: S.E. Webster Against a silhouette backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks, Letters Live, the final instalment in the 70th anniversary programme of the Edinburgh International Festival, makes its Festival debut. A combination of surprise performances from famous stage and screen actors and written correspondence by often famous, eminent or simply downright funny people,  makes for a compelling evening of spoken ...

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The Divide Parts 1 and 2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Annabel Bolton Reviewer: S.E. Webster Incredible though it may sound, 2017 is actually Alan Ayckbourn’s debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. The prolific playwright, whose plays have been translated into more than 35 languages, is finally treading the floorboards at the Festival with his new work The Divide. Having united with the Old Vic and handed ...

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Budapest Festival Orchestra – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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Violin: Nicola Benedetti Composer: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák Conductor: Iván Fischer Reviewer: S.E. Webster As 2017 marks the pivotal 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival, it seems more than fitting that Nicola Benedetti, a home-grown talent from West Kilbride in Scotland, should be performing on the Usher Hall stage alongside the Budapest Festival Orchestra. For the ...

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Custody – Ovalhouse, London

Creator: Urban Wolf Writer: Tom Wainwright Director: Gbemisola Ikumelo Reviewer: Deborah Klayman When a young black man dies in custody, the impact ripples through his family and community. Inspired by real life experiences of creator Urban Wolf (a.k.a. Urbain Hayo), and written by veteran playwright Tom Wainwright, Custody is a searing examination of institutional racism, which is simultaneously eye-opening and ...

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Offside – Clapham Omnibus, London

Writer: Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish Director: Caroline Bryant Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Historically described as “unsuitable”, and more recently as making the FA “uncomfortable”, women’s football continues to provoke a surprising amount of consternation. In this new play about women’s contribution to and experience of the beautiful game, Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish have cleverly interwoven the modern challenges facing ...

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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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