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The Prisoner – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: S.E. Webster Peter Brook, a titan of British theatre, has collaborated once again with Marie-Hélène Estienne to create The Prisoner, which first premiered in Paris earlier this year. With support from the Institut Français and a strong cast, it is disappointing to find that the drama falls flat and far below ...

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Midsummer – The Hub, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Composer: Gordon McIntyre Director: Kate Hewitt Reviewer: S.E. Webster A whole decade has passed since acclaimed playwright David Greig’s Midsummer first premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Since then the play has toured across the world from New York to Seoul. 2018 now sees this fun, carefree musical theatre production return to the city of its ...

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Rhinoceros – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene Ionesco Adapter: Zinnie Harris Director: Murat Daltaban Reviewer: Gareth Davies There is much in the modern world that we might reasonably describe as absurd. But not the fun kind of absurd, like the charmingly harmless nonsense of Alice in Wonderland, where animals talk gobbledegook and logic is inverted to wry effect. There is a darker kind of absurdity ...

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Letters to Morrissey – HOME, Manchester

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Writer: Gary McNai Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Jay Nuttall "If you don't know who Morrissey is - get out!" It's fair enough if you've come to see a play with the lead singer of The Smiths in the title. But it need not matter whether you are a fan of the man himself. This story is about much more than ...

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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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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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