Noël Coward described Relatively Speaking as ‘a beautifully constructed and very funny comedy’ and this production at the Jermyn Street Theatre demonstrates how right he was.
In addition to much discussion of the play itself, Peter Gill’s Small Change at the Omnibus Theatre Clapham had the bar buzzing with anecdotes from people recalling what their mo…
Marcus Hercules, Artistic Director of Hercules Productions, is the one-man wonder behind Prison Games, currently live on-stage at The Pleasance in north London having previouslybee…
Two people are left standing on opposite sides of the room at the end of a housewarming party in Crouch End: the hostess and a guy who came as the friend of a friend, but on whom s…
Brigadier Ben Wrench continues the work done by his predecessors in promoting the [email protected] as a much-valued contributor to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
This is Paradise, Michael John O'Neill’s new play at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, is a lengthy monologue in which Kate (Amy Molloy) provides a complex interweaving of the…
Intricate Rituals by York DramaSoc at theSpace Triplex is a monologue with alternating actors.
Éowyn Emerald & Dancers return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a somewhat different context from previous years with their new work Your Tomorrow.
Still by Frances Poet makes its world premiere courtesy of The Traverse Theatre Company at their theatre.
Madhouse by Nottingham New Theatre at [email protected]’s Hall does what it says on the tin.
It’s Not Rocket Science at [email protected]’ Hall is presented by Nottingham New Theatre, England’s only fully student-run theatre venue.
For All the Love You Lost is presented by Morosophy at [email protected]’s Hall.
Lemon Squeeze Productions are presenting a new adaptation of Rossetti’s Women at the [email protected]’ Hall, written and directed by Joan Greening, award-winning writer of ITV si…
Oddly Ordinary Theatre Company has made a highly successful adaptation of Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (No Water) at theSpace Triplex as part of the contribution by the graduates of Que…
Plasters is an original play by Emma Tadmor who founded RJ Theatre Company with co-producer, Daniel Feldman.
For a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe entitled Corpsing you might be forgiven for thinking it’s a comedy about laughing out of place.
In 1902 Hibs won the Scottish Cup.
Saving Mr Ultimate by John McEwan-Whyte at theSpace Triplex is the debut show of Extra Arca, a young theatre group within New Celts Productions, a consortium of young theatre compa…
Described as a ‘wonderfully chaotic and colourful tragicomedy’ Theatre-19 Presents: John is a particularly silly devised piece at [email protected] Hall from a group of Bristol…
Jonathan Smeed is making his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Run by Stephen Laughton at Lauriston Halls, courtesy of No Frills Theatre Company.
Paddy the Cope, written and directed by Raymond Ross, makes its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the delightful Netherbow Theatre at the Scottish Storytelling Cen…
Moonlight on Leith, by Emilie Robson and Laila Noble, at theSpaceTriplex is inspired by the ‘Save Leith Walk’ campaign; a grassroots movement seeking to preserve the historic s…
Three lads have certain things in common.
A ninety-minute monologue about a homeless person? Embrace it.
Captivate Theatre returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with their production of Sunshine on Leith, at Multistory, first performed in 2014 and twice thereafter.
The banner proclaims, ‘Congratulations’ as it hangs from the ceiling above the unimaginable mess left by the previous afternoon's party in which inmates and staff seemingly…
Billed as ‘the future of queer comedy cabaret’ Tropicana is Aidan Sadler’s 80’s solo show of classic queer hits at the suitably late hour of 23:15 at theSpaceTriplex.
Chalkhill Theatre Ltd currently has a double debut with the company’s first appearance at the Festival Fringe and the premiere of their new play.
Is there an issue with capturing plays from the second half of the twentieth century that deal with gay issues of the period? The Southwark Playhouse recently managed a production …
For many it will be impossible to see writer/director Jack Fairey’s every seven years at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and not be reminded of the groundbreaking sociological T…
As if so-called ‘Freedom Day’ had not generated enough excitement on Monday 19th July, the Arcola Theatre had its planned reopening that evening and showcased its fabulous new …
Writer/Director Ben Reid has made a stunning professional debut at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town, with his play Two Worlds No Family, originally written as his final y…
A wonderfully entertaining evening of laughter and fine acting is currently to be found in Keith Waterhouse’s Mr and Mrs Nobody, staged by Gabriella Bird in her directorial debut…
The Space on the Isle of Dogs continues its practice of supporting new talent with Helium, an original work by Grumble Pup Theatre, a fledgling company founded in the Black Country…
Exile at the Southwark Playhouse, by JoMac Productions Limited & Blue Heart Theatre, is an interestingly constructed piece consisting of two life-crisis monologues by individu…
Blue Devil Productions closed the Rialto Theatre’s Brighton Fringe season last week with a two-act production,The Tragedy of Dorian Gray; their first full-length play.
The Southwark Playhouse has been transformed into an authentic 1960’s barbershop for the revival of Charles Dyer’s hit play Staircase, by Two’s Company and Karl Sydow in asso…
The Greenwich Theatre reopened last week with the inspired programming of four short plays by Caryl Churchill.
Garry Roost’s one-hander, Warhol: Bullet Karma, at the Rialto Theatre, as part of the Brighton Fringe, explores aspects of the artist’s life through encounters with various peo…
The Soho Theatre launched its post-lockdown summer season this week with Shedding A Skin, written and performed by Amanda Wilkin, the 2020 winner of the Verity Bargate Award.
The apologetic opening to Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire, explaining the failure of the actors to turn up, might seem out of place in any standard piece of theatre, but then it wou…
The Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley has opened its doors for the first time in fifteen months with a wonderfully heart-warming production of Stewart Pringle’s Trestle.
Following on from his success at the Brighton Fringe with Waiting for Hamlet, a two-hander with Nicholas Collett, Tim Marriott returns to the Rialto Theatre with a solo show that i…
Period music greets loyal subjects as they enter the Friends Meeting House to attend Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: An Audience with King Henry VIII, written and directed by John Wh…
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is anything but that when played ad nauseam on a loop while you are kept on hold by a robotic voice saying, “All our operators are currently busy.
Diary of an Expat makes a striking impression even before Cecilia Gragnani enters the stage for her solo play at the Rialto Theatre, directed by Katharina Reinthaller.
The Scottish Play is a solo performance written by Victoria Gartner, founder and artistic director of Will & Co which produces plays about Shakespear, under the umbrella title …
The burst of applause did not mark the end of the performance.
One day perhaps someone will write a play about a drag queen where, beneath the frock and below the wig, above the high heels and under the layers of slap exists a man who is happy…
The Jermyn Street Theatre continues its Footprints Festival with Lucy Betts’ acclaimed production of Ade Morris’s Lone Flyer, which was first staged at The Watermill Theatre la…
History is brought to life, and the man behind one of the most famous speeches in British history is revealed in this delightful two-hander, Chamberlain: Peace in our Time, from Se…
Juicy Lime Productions presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play An Intervention, as part of the Brighton Fringe at the Sweet Room, Old SteineTwo characters, identified in the script on…
After All These Years is a trilogy of plays courtesy of Close Quarter Productions and Theatre Reviva! in association with Holofcener Ltd.
Unless you have studied the history of theatre it's easy to imagine that performances on stage have always been very much as they are today.
Waiting for Hamlet has itself been waiting for some time.
There seems to be a resurgence of interest in the adaptability of works by Robert Louis Stevenson for the stage, with productions popping up in many quarters.
The title of the show and the name of the company drew me to this production.
Between Two Waves by Australian playwright Ian Meadows interweaves an urgent call to recognise the world’s impending climate crisis and the troubled smaller world of a young clim…
Blind Cupid Shakespeare Company creates audio series for children
The Bridge House Theatre has now announced the artistic team that will accept submissions for consideration as part of their new programming initiative.
A brand new 500-seater open-air theatre is set to open this July in Cassiobury Park, Watford.
The London production of Dear Evan Hansen will reopen at the Noël Coward Theatre on 26 October 2021.
Lights Down Productions have announced the second series of their online new writing project, the Light On Showcase.
The annual Bloomsbury Festival (15-24 October 2021) is launching a series of playwriting opportunities as part of their New Wave programme, a year-round platform for emerging talen...
Richard Beck interviews Rosie Kay about her return to the stage and her new work, Adult Female Dancer.
The Space on the Isle of Dogs celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion has announced its biggest ever season with a programme that covers a six month summ...
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced that the Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund is now open for applications.
The Bridge House Theatre, Penge, will reopen this summer.
The greater mouse-eared bat belongs to the family Vespertilionidae of the genus Myotis.
The King’s Head Theatre, Islington reopens and launches Plays on Film on its new, on-demand digital platform KHTV.
Jermyn Street Theatre announces The Footprints Festival 17th May-1st August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Edinburgh International Festival announce go-ahead.
The Traverse Theatre presents this year's Class Act.
Three initiatives at the Southbank Centre will provide opportunities across a range of arts activities.
The company we all know as Out of Joint from now on will be known as Stockroom.
The Space receives £27,098 from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
"We want to give people the confidence and skills they need to thrive and flourish."
What wouldn’t you give to be saying that now?
Performance and Fundraising work hand in hand for Scottish students.
Are you a budding playwright with a few small pieces under your belt, looking for the big break? Would you like to see your first work come to fruition, created with a full-length ...
[email protected] has just launched its second season of productions, featuring over 50 original works from around the world that are free to watch.
Richard Beck met up with Roger Kay, who with his business partner Lauren Varnfield, owns the Rialto Theatre, Brighton, where they are also joint artistic directors.
Brad Tassell and Steve Goodie describe themselves as a pair who have been ‘all-around nutty goofballs for more than 30 years’; and it shows.
It’s either a mid-conversation pick-up or a recording error that opens Jane Martin’s monologue, Lockdown Drag-Out, in which she appears as the plummy and plumpy Audrey Stanton …
If you’ve been feasting on BBC iPlayer during lockdown and enjoying the delights of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, it’s worth taking six minutes out of your social isolation t…
There is something wonderfully seasonal about Wind of Heaven at the Finborough Theatre.
The mission of the Cervantes Theatre “to showcase the best Spanish and Latin American plays in London” is strikingly realised in its closing play of the 2019 season that featur…
Forget any notions of political correctness, civility or polite drawing room conversation.
The decade might be set in history as ‘Swinging’, but for many of us who lived through the ‘60’s the appellation has only a marginal connection with the realities of life.
Performing a play in a cathedral about an archbishop assassinated in a cathedral might sound like a match made in heaven.
The prospect of a two-act monologue that lasts around two and a quarter, an interval, is perhaps daunting for both the actor and aficionados of the genre alike.
Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane is an intensely Irish play set in the wilds of Connemara, premiered locally by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway in 1996.
In a rare proscenium-style presentation at the Almeida Theatre, director Tinuke Craig offers Maxim Gorky’s Vassa as her debut production for the venue in a new adaptation by Mike…
Gaslight has stood the test of time in the canon of British theatre.
Playwright Peter Nichols died only last month at the age of 92.
It’s only two years until the face of Alan Turing appears on the new £50 note.
To compile his one-man show, Velvet, Tom Ratcliffe combined personal experience and the disturbing revelations that emerged as the #MeToo movement gathered momentum.
In the late 1920s Frederico García Lorca allegedly read about a bride who fled her wedding to elope with a former amor.
Is a mother’s love unconditional, or can it be stretched beyond breaking-point? This is the consuming theme in Evan Placey’s Mother of Him at the Park Theatre, which was inspir…
Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler all stand out in the history of the twentieth century.
Youth Without God at the Coronet Theatre is heralded as ‘a dark fable about the individual conscience in a time of social uncertainty’ and the 1937 novel by Ödön von Horváth…
The neon sign above the stage at the new Turbine Theatre, Battersea, hints at the lights of New York City, but it also reminds us of the history behind director Drew McOnie’s pro…
Luke Norris's Southend-based play and winner of the Bruntwood Prize, So Here We Are, finally comes to Essex in a delightful production that fits perfectly into the Queen’s Th…
The world premiere of Sadie Hasler’s Stiletto Beach has burst onto the stage at the dynamic Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in a bold, brave, fearless and funny exploration of what…
Falsettos has been around since 1992, but it’s UK premier has only just opened at The Other Palace, London.
Smokescreen Productions is supporting the work of Amnesty International through its new work, Judas, at Assembly Blue Room.
As the saying goes, "The path to hell is paved with good intentions".
The Words Are There is a moving and innovative piece of physical theatre that appeals both for its approach to male domestic abuse, and for its style of performance.
There’s Stanley the man and Stanley the play.
Name a Second World War poet.
The Edinburgh Fringe programme’s standard listing format provides a simple yet clear message about Thief at the Hill Street Theatre.
“Will they or won’t they go through with it?” That is the consuming question that hovers for an hour over Letter to Boddah, written and directed by Sarah Nelson and performed…
With a highly experienced team behind this production it is no wonder that Identity by CTC COMPANY at Greenside, Infirmary St.
The Italia Conti Ensemble changes its membership every year as another cohort passes through the famous drama school.
Rarely does the stage premiere of a work take place twenty-three years after it was written, but Out Of Bounds Theatre has claimed the honour with their gritty production of 44 Inc…
Steven Berkoff’s irresistible EAST makes an inevitable return to the Festival Fringe, this time in a vibrant and energetic production by HiveMCR.
For an incomplete play, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck has nevertheless managed to secure enduring interest.
It’s fifty years since the Stonewall riots sparked off the movement that became known as gay liberation.
Christopher Watts returns to the Festival Fringe with his one-man-show, Bleeding Black, at Greenside, Nicolson Square.
Aged just 16 and 17, Harrison Sharpe (Matt) and Archie Stevens (Mikey) make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with Real Eyes, an intensely moving story of brothers growing up t…
Matthew Roberts’ solo show, Teach, at theSpace, Surgeons Hall is performance brimming with conviction and energy.
Absurdism runs amok in Well That’s Oz, one of four plays in this year’s programme from CalArts at Venue 13.
Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl is one of four plays presented by CalArts at venue 13 this year and is steeped in their tradition of producing original material that stret…
Fight Song is part of this year’s programme of four plays by students from the celebrated CalIfornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) at Venue 13.
Award-winning drinks writers and comedy performers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham return to Edinburgh with their latest libation, The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch, in Underbel…
Actor/writer Christopher Tajah of Resistance Theatre Company gives an impassioned performance in Dream Of A King at theSpace Triplex, as he reimagines the hours leading up to the a…
“I’ve not seen anything like this in the 12 years I’ve been working at the Fringe,” was the observation from one of the tech guys I spoke to after seeing Ugly Youth, this y…
Writer Jack Fairey has taken on a huge task in adapting the substance of Homer’s Iliad into a modern story still firmly embedded in the Trojan War with a running time just short …
Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’.
Dear Mother Moon is one of four works presented by CalArts this year in what has become the Institute’s Edinburgh home, Venue 13.
(Ab)solution is the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe Play from Swindon-based Jackrill Productions, and it’s an impressive debut at Greenside, Infirmary St.
Francis Bacon once observed that ‘in order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present’.
Many strange things occur in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but in this production, by Oxford’s Creation Theatre, there are more surprises than even Prospero might have conjured up…
Relax and enjoy the welcome extended to guests at the local infants’ school which Michele Austin delivers with considerable warmth and obvious delight.
A rousing overture, with blasting brass and pounding percussion raises hopes at the Coliseum for the first London production of Man Of La Mancha for over fifty years.
The Hired Man has been doing the rounds since 1984 and now finds a home at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
A rollicking romp around the stalls of Romford fills the Union Theatre, Southwark, in a joyous revival of David Eldridge’s Market Boy.
Despite occasional complaints, audiences over the centuries have generally become well-behaved.
It’s not just a dead body that can be the subject of a post mortem.
An air of timelessness perversely pervades Three Sisters at the Almeida.
Terence Rattigan personifies the maxim that you can’t keep a good man down.
Possibly less famous than Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Andy Barrett’s Tony’s Last Tape has much in common with it; not least the obsession each of the eponymous heroes had …
There is plenty of barking in the street during Tom Coash’s Cry Havoc at the Park Theatre.
Court rooms can often make for high drama, but unfortunately in this case the transcript of ‘the trial of the century, proves to be less than gripping.
The tragedy of World War II is remembered in many ways, but The Conductor, at The Space, takes a highly focussed look at just one small event in Russia’s window on the west in 19…
We might still be in the age of Aquarius, or we may not yet have entered it, depending on whose calculations you prefer, but it is now over fifty years since Hair opened on Broadwa…
Welcome to Anatevka! The Playhouse Theatre has been transformed to create this ‘dear little village’ for Trevor Nunn’s penetrating production of Fiddler on the Roof.
There are times when a production comes along that is a powerful reminder of the beauty and eloquence of Shakespeare’s writing, his clarity of exposition and ingenuity of plot, e…
The need for ‘a willing suspension of disbelief’ traditionally associated with an appreciation of Shakespeare’s Othello reaches a new level necessity in director Phil Willmot…
The palatial ceiling aloft the shattered plaster and exposed brick walls of the newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre are aptly suited to Headlong’s powerful production of Shak…
Master of the monologue, Mark Farrelly, sits slumped forward in an upright chair shrouded in a white smock, whose back-ties make it resemble a cross between a straight jacket and a…
"Frailty, thy name is woman!" That is probably not most women’s favourite line from Shakespeare and could not be further from the truth when applied to Emma Bentley.
I didn’t actually see this performance; not by virtue of being absent, but rather because I had followed the request of actor and spoken word poet, Paul Daly, to blindfold myself…
In the sad world of factory farming the horrors of animals trapped in cages for the duration of their painful lives is well-documented and visually familiar.
The are more "sounds" than "sweet airs" in Lazarus Theatre Company’s production of The Tempest at the Greenwich Theatre and while some elements of the perform…
Just because you’ve committed a crime doesn’t mean you have to be caught; at least, not if you can devise a clever cover-up.
The programme notes aptly describe The Orchestra at the Omnibus Theatre, which might be regarded as one of Jean Anouilh’s more incidental pieces.
The Almeida Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, boldly and sensitively directed by Rebecca Frecknall, is now playing at the Duke of Y…
A family on the verge of a momentous decision forms the focus of Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding at the Print Room at the Coronet in a stark production by director Jack McNamara…
In her article for the British Library on Restorations Comedy Diane Maybankobserves that “little can be gained from removing the plays from their historical settings”.
Actor/scriptwriter Charlie Ryall leads an entertaining troupe of actors from Mercurius Theatre Company in her play Indebted to Chance at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Brass, Benjamin Till’s winner of the ‘Best Musical’ in the 2014 UK Theatre Awards, fills the stage at the Union Theatre, Southwark, in its professional London première.
There are several peaks and notable features in debbie tucker green’s ear for eye that rise above the lengthy exposition of her themes that otherwise dominate this new work.
After Alan Ayckbourn had seen The Woman in Black and the film The Haunting he was inspired to depart from his usual comedic tales of middle class life and try his hand at a ghost s…
Darwen is probably not the most well-known town in England, but it holds a very special place in the history of football.
The Orange Tree Theatre in a co-production with English Touring Theatre could hardly have expected that renewed police investigations into the mysterious disappearance of estate ag…
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch has reconfigured it’s stage and auditorium to house writer/director Alexander Zeldin’s production of Love.
A brightly lit auditorium and bare stage, with its exposed brick walls, look all set for a rehearsal.
A little-known theatre hosts a lesser-known play and the result is a theatrical triumph.
Quietly is set in a pub in Belfast.
The Rebels’ Season continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre with Bathsheba Doran’s Parents’ Evening.
To Have To Shoot Irishmen opens the Irish Theatre Season at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham.
“It’s only people up there with guitars and other instruments telling and singing their way through an everyday love story.
The autumn/winter season at the Space on the Isle of Dogs got off to a punchy start this week with Little Fools.
Wine makes a return to the Tristan Bates Theatre following its successful run earlier in the year.
Kids Play is now running in London following its triumph at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received multiple five star reviews.
"I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!" Although never spoken in Revelation 1:18 these words from the last book in the bible capture the aspirational i…
Gordon Brown once observed how Aneurin Bevan’s vision of a National Health Service was unimaginable in its day, yet it has withstood the test of time.
Albert Camus’ The Outsider (L’Étranger), is starkly brought to the stage in an adaptation by Ben Okri, Winner of the Man Booker Prize, commissioned by The Print Room at The C…
Perhaps as a five-part radio serial Prairie Flower might provide some particular interest to crime enthusiasts, but as a two-hour monologue in the Upstairs at the Gatehouse, even w…
About Leo is the first offering in The Rebels Season at Jermyn Street Theatre; an autumn programme that focuses on ‘people who dared to be different’.
Shakespeare created ‘the vastly fields of France’ in a cramped ‘cockpit’ and crammed within his ‘wooden O the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt’ all c…
Despite its title, we know very little of what actually happened at Abigail’s party.
It’s a mark of how well a play is rooted in a particular era that the mere mention of Estée Lauder’s Youth Dew perfume can send ripples of mirth throughout the auditorium to a…
Given how many inhabited his life, Picasso’s Women is but a mere glimpse from one side of the bed into what they endured.
Hoghead Theatre Company Returns to the Fringe with their devised piece In Your Own Sweet Way.
Peter Duncan’s The Dame is hosted at The Dome, one of Edinburgh’s glitziest and most glamorous buildings.
If some of what you are about to read sounds completely bonkers then you are well on the way to an appreciation of You Are Frogs.
The Regional Medical Draft Board has strict guidelines for the classification of recruits and their suitability for deployment.
Red and Boiling is an entertaining cabaret-style show with some serious undertones.
Man Down emerges from three years of research and hours of interviews and discussions with people in Baltimore, USA.
Based on Chandradhar Sharma Guleri’s iconic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha, The Troth is about one soldier, Sardar Lehna Singh, and the sacrifice he makes to keep his secret pro…
Bucket Men takes place in a small basement studio at C Royale where two men coincidentally have jobs in a small basement of a faceless government building.
Goodbye Rosetta abounds with youthful enthusiasm and passion.
Some plays lend themselves to radical reinterpretations and stagings while others need handling with more care.
Glen Chandler, Edinburgh’s theatrical detective story-writing son, returns to the Festival Fringe this year with yet another ingenious triumph.
Oh how easily this ambitious project could have fallen flat on its face and oh how wonderfully it sustains itself.
"A British soldier never runs away from a fight", Tommy Atkins proudly proclaims.
The University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society makes their regular contribution to the Festival Fringe, this year with HMS Pinafore.
The Gin Chronicles in New York is the latest saga in this well-established series that by now has something of a following.
When the soldier goes to war what of those left behind? This is the question posed by InValid Voices, a new theatre piece based on interviews with women serving as and married to C…
Forget Me Nots is a new piece of ‘queer theatre’ from Rokkur Friggjar, a collective of theatre makers based in Iceland and the UK, who are contributors to this year’s [email protected]…
Leaving the theatre with no idea what you have just seen but having enjoyed it immensely is perhaps an appropriate response to a production of Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done With …
Curious Pheasant Theatre reinvents the Bard’s most famous tale of ‘star-cross’d’ lovers in a bare-bones, twisted production that will have purists running for shelter and a…
A young man waited outside the Greenside Royal Terrace Venue for Éowyn Emerald & Dancers to appear after their performance.
The first point to make clear is that My Name is Dorothy has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz.
Making their debut at the Festival Fringe, Stolen Elephant Theatre bring to life one of the great voyages of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration in Shackleton’s Stowaway.
Simon David bursts onto the stage in a bout of eccentricity that boldly asserts his dominance over the evening.
“I've always known that one day I would have my own niche in the annals of song.
Prime Minister Clement Attlee once observed that ‘the House of Lords is like a glass of champagne that has stood for five days’.
Recent years have witnessed mounting criticism of mumbling actors, mostly on television but also in the the theatre.
Love is a many-splendored thing, or so the soundtrack maintains as it heralds a fifty-minute romp through teenage troubles, acting aspirations and romantic realities.
Ernst Krenek, Erich Korngold, Frank Schreker, Erwin Schulhoff and Mischa Spoliansky were not household names in the late 1940s when a young Barry Humphries in Melbourne, Australia …
In a lengthy whirlwind of staccato scenes with lento, adagio and presto interludes, Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London combines political intrigue, corporate corruption, perso…
"Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon" (II Samuel 1:20) is a line that does not appear in Knights of the Rose.
“I come from a time and country where I was treated like a wrong hushed up.
According to its author, Loo Killebrew, The Play About My Dad “should feel quick-moving, and hopefully have a rhythm that is similar to the rhythm of a storm.
Clueless Theatre makes a remarkable company debut with a production of Jim Cartwright’s Two.
The End of History is billed as “a moving and funny site-responsive play with music which uses a chance encounter to explore the impact of gentrification on two radically differe…
Nietzsche’s notion of the Übermensch receives one scant mention towards the end of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, yet it is the driving force that underpins the play.
Having spent three months eating only peas, it comes as no surprise that the eponymous central character in Woyzeck appears in a state of both physical frailty and mental instabili…
In a well-paced, one-hour monologue, eighteen-year-old Alex talks about the generations of family who have had a significant impact upon his life.
The happy band of players that performs Will or Eight Lost Years of Young William Shakespeare’s Life is reminiscent of the troupes that wandered the country when the Bard was ali…
Bomb Happy is a verbatim victory.
Scandal and Gallows theatre company
shines as a remarkably talented team in this production of The Overcoat by rising star scriptwriter George Johnston, who has
In the early 1980s Pinter became increasingly interested in human rights abuses and in particular the torture of political prisoners in Argentina and Turkey.
It is a rare treat to hear a dramatised performance of Shakespeare’s first published work, Venus and Adonis.
When The Sky Falls In is written and presented by Janet Gershlick.
Wired is one of several productions with a military theme being performed at the Army Reserve Centre, Summerhall’s new venue, [email protected]
The final day! Richard's alcohol-fueled quest to find Edinburgh's best bar staff ends up at WestRoom, where he found Sam Leishman, a 20 year old Guinness drinker with a passion for...
Richard didn't stumble far from yesterday's bar, Foundry 39, as just a few yards up Charlotte Lane he fell into Sygn, a trendy retro-style cocktail bar & diner where Edinburgh Bars...
Tucked on the corner of Queensferry Street and Charlotte Lane you'll find the ultra-hip bar and eatery, Foundry 39.
If the boys of Semi-Toned ever tire of a cappella they could always take up comedy.
The Army has set up camp for the first time at the Fringe and is stationed with Summerhall in its own premises.
Warm and welcoming, and always entertaining, 99 Hanover Street is at the heart of Edinburgh's bar scene.
In the heart of the Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is a legendary live music venue in the vaults beneath North Bridge.
Back in 1947 the founders of the Edinburgh International Festival could hardly have imagined what their legacy would be.
Peter Gill”s Certain Young Men was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1999.
The Three Sisters – renamed the Free Sisters during the Fringe – has long been a festival hub and a jewel in the crown of the Free Festival.
Just around the corner from the iconic Greyfriar's Bobby you'll find the Oz Bar, and that's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Erik Stenersen.
Edinburgh is Festival City for good reason, and amongst all the theatre, comedy, books and arts there's even a Scottish Gin Festival.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is, in its own words, ‘a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events...
Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub.
“All I knew was the playground song Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off,” says opera singer Louise Macdonald, “until I started learning Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lie…
Just off the Royal Mile and Cowgate you'll find a craft beer shop and bar called the Salt Horse.
The Heads & Tales bar is the home of Edinburgh Gin, and it's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Tomas Germanavicius, a Lithuanian who's a dab hand at mixing up a c...
A finely-woven, patterned rug hangs from the ceiling, its design typical of the region.
Richard's headed over to Leith to the eclectic bar that is The Mousetrap where he finds today's Edinburgh Barstar, Jay Weeks.
Richard is exploring Edinburgh's East End today to discover the Barstar of the Day at The Newsroom, where Glaswegian Molly McCluskey is making plans on photography while sipping a ...
Richard's headed south to Clerk Street where at the unique Dog House bar he's discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar, Montse Pearce, a Spanish-born artist with good taste in whisky.
“Black lives matter!” Hold it there and let that well-known refrain ring in your head, along with the image it conjures up in your mind.
Life as a Goth is not easy.
Scottish award-winning playwright and novelist Glenn Chandler’s best-known work might be television detective series Taggart, but he also has a string of successful plays and pro…
For lovers of Tennessee Williams and anyone who appreciates good theatre the double bill of Ivan’s Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen makes for a very rewardin…
Richard's in New Town today to meet our Edinburgh Barstar of the Day, the fabulously hirsute Kyle Jamieson who takes care of his punters at Panda and Sons on Queen Street.
Richard takes us just a few steps from Princes Street today for the discovery of Hoot The Redeemer and the wonderful Sarah Urwin serving cocktails.
Richard ventures over to Broughton Street Lane to the Outhouse where today's EdFringe Barstar is Cordelia Toennies from Germany, who studied drama in Scotland and wants to move to ...
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story won the first Broadway Baby Bobby Award in 2014 as one of the most outstanding productions of that year’s Festival Fringe.
In a sea of celebrities, we chat to the people who really matter - the people serving us a drink. Today we find out a little more about Ben Howard at the Abattoir Bar.
There are downsides to most jobs and many come with dangers, hidden or otherwise, but there are usually compensatory factors as well.
Sid, struggling to become Sue,
proclaims, “The great barrier between myself and the outside world is my
It’s 35 years since Kevin Elyot’s first
Clean, premiered at the Bush Theatre and 50
years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
Queers comes with no explanation, but the title alone is enough preparation for an hour of material that is amusing and sad, historical and contemporary.
An ‘incident in a hotel room’ becomes a life-changing event for Tom Crowe, a rising star of the Labour Party whose past, present and future form the basis of Tremors.
In under thirty minutes Collapse presents a hauntingly hypnotic exploration of Cassandra’ agony as she prophetically laments the collapse of her city.
Saska (Corinne Furlong) decides to hold what which she hopes will be a cosy dinner party for a select group of her closest friends.
The disparity between the promotional material put out by theatre
groups and the reality of what they present to audiences is often quite
The Brighton Academy of Performing Arts uses its Preston Park studio theatre to showcase the talents of its students.
Pets come in many forms.
Ryan was a bright lad at school.
The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito is “presented
by BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University
Centre Colchester” who “in their final year of study p…
Summer in the south is
aggressively hot and stiflingly humid.
Described as “unconventional,
quirky, and voyeuristic”, Peppered Wit’s production of Blink by
Phil Porter fulfills each of those descriptions.
I’m always interested in the extent to which the publicity for a performance matches the reality of the production; how the promise materialises on the stage.
Welcome to The Tempest as Shakespeare and probably most other people never imagined it could be.
Post Traumatic Stress from a variety of sources is a familiar phenomenon in modern times.
Casey and Mikey cannot escape: not from who they are, not from how their lives have moulded them and, more immediately, from the rooftop onto which they have just clambered.
The Aussies have a certain way with words and in the case Adam Seymour with his hands also.
If you missed this show all is not lost.
Much has been said and written about gin but Dorothy Parker probably uttered the most appropriate for this event.
There’s no confetti in Confetti, but there is a complex mix of language and movement that makes it intriguing.
No Exit (Huis Clos) is an existentialist drama, adapted from Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic by Charlie Rogers.
The Wall is a wonderfully refreshing play from Corby Productions.
There’s always a good smattering of obscure, seldom-performed or minor plays at the Festival Fringe.
Krapp stands frozen staring into the distance, barely living in the present, heading to an unknown future and transfixed on the past.
It’s rare to come across a wandering poet these days and it’s probably not the most effective way to get your message across to the public.
Jamie’s comical lack of good fortune is beautifully summed up in the last two lines of this play, where the parallel monologues of Twix finally come together.
Theresa May went to Oxford, but unlike Messrs Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, she could never have been invited to become a member of the infamous Bullingdon Club, to which Laura Wad…
9/11, as it now succinctly known, is one of those ‘where were you on the day?’ events.
Take a play with no plot, an unspecified number of players, no defined characters, pages of intense prose and lines that can be spoken by any performer and what do you have? Unmis…
The Italia Conti Ensemble returns to the Festival Fringe with their second-year students again split into two groups, each with its own choice of play.
It’s Road, but not as we know it.
Adrian Raine’s pioneering work in neurocriminology can be seen as a reaction to the supremacy of nurture over nature in the debate about the causes of criminal behaviour.
If ever the strength of a story lay in its telling, Chapel Street would be a perfect example.
This tragic romance has always been about the individual consequences of divisions in society.
There are many symbols of class division and expressions of social stratification in this country.
St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society with Mermaids Performing Arts return to the Festival Fringe with their typically entertaining style of presenting Gilbert & Sullivan, this t…
Chef: Come Dine With Us! should not in a way be confused with the TV series Come Dine With Me.
Bildraum is part of the ‘Big in Belgium’ series, featuring six of the country’s many outstanding theatre and performance companies.
The redness of Red is not visible.
‘Wholesome’ is how a lady I spoke to after the performance described Felix Holt: The Radical.
Harold Pinter’s two short plays make only rare appearances nowadays and yet they are rewarding pieces.
The tweeting of the birds portends a beautiful day, but the view from the bridge is spoiled by an ominous thick mist.
In Edinburgh as members of Group 64, the cast of The Age of (Distr)action are an inclusive young people’s theatre company from Putney who have created, written and performed this…
Never judge a play by its title.
Suppose, just suppose, that your mind and body lived separately from each other.
Standing ovations are rare, but the house rose as one at the at the end of Tom Gill’s Growing Pains in tribute to a remarkable performer and a stunning show.
Éowyn Emerald and Dancers, make a welcome return to Edinburgh in their usual Greenside, Royal Terrace location.
Breandán de Gallaí, the celebrated ex-Riverdance principal, has devised a biographical series of dances to create Lïnger, which is performed in the generously spacious main thea…
It seems almost almost impossible that a man could go through his life and when his naked body is washed up on a shore in Ireland no one knows who he is.
Top ratings aren’t always just about putting on a remarkable production, although 5 Out of 10 Men is that.
Call Mr Robeson is Tayo Aluko’s tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable singers in terms of looks and voice.
Adolph Eichmann never personally killed anyone, but he was hanged in 1962, having been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“Charles Hawtrey 1914 -1988 – Film, Theatre, Radio and Television Actor Lived Here.
This might only be Partial Nudity, but it’s a full-on piece from writer/director Emily Layton and actors Kate Franz and Joe Layton.
The British might be renowned for talking and complaining about the weather, but if you come from Fiji there are more heightened concerns than just cold rainy days.
I’ve left theatres in all sorts of states from elation to depression, anger to jubilation, in tears and totally numb.
Never underestimate the power or repercussions of a gift.
If you’re expecting a cosy drawing-room comedy about an aging female relative then you have clearly not read the publicity and are in for a big surprise.
Many theatre companies oversell their wares with outrageous hyperbole.
Celebrated Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has brought his latest, typically idiosyncratic work, The End, for performance at this year’s Festival Fringe as part of the extensive…
Hamlet in Bed is an exploration of one man’s obsession with Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece ‘The play’s the thing’ that forms the subject of the production and also the m…
Great composers sometimes create a theme that is so captivating or remarkable that other great composers write variations on it.
Neil LaBute sets out to upset and disturb audiences and he made a spectacular start with his first play Bash: Latterday Plays.
We all have our price.
I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator.
There’s a lot of camouflage in Dropped.
Seeing Care Takers is like watching all the episodes of a fabulous five-part drama series in one sitting.
Spring Awakening won an impressive list of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards.
A bell tolls.
There are two very good reasons for going to see Fresher: it is an outstanding play that ingeniously tackles contemporary issues, and the production is also raising money for Young…
What do you do when your mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption? In the case of Milagros, you fight for the justice your mother was denied and see…
Two large basement rooms in Summerhall have been transformed into a remarkable installation and immersive theatre, musical, video, sound, and light performance area.
The Spiegeltent is a far cry from the workhouse and rarely can a setting have been better used than in this stunning production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Captivate Theatre.
The toilet, which dominates the floor space of this production, is essential to the performance of Squirm.
International Collegiate Theatre Festival has put together a delightful programme of both well-known and less familiar works to create this production of 2 By 5.
If your idea of chillin’ is sitting in the armchair with a cup of cocoa and a novel, you probably won’t feel at ease with this play.
In the beginning it all seemed so straightforward.
The Fruitmarket Gallery boasts “World class contemporary art at the heart of the city”.
Roaring Boys makes a welcome and very successful return to the Festival Fringe this year adding a further chapter to its interesting history.
With this year’s general election behind us and members now in office the return of Posh to the Festival Fringe is timely.
While it is laudable to have an open policy for membership of an amateur operatic society the knock-on effects can be dire as demonstrated in Cat-Like Tread’s production of H.
K’Rd Strip: A Place to Stand is a bizarre yet beautiful blend of Māori culture, contemporary dance, vocals and music, drag and real life stories.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be seen as a dark comedy or as just dark.
Italia Conti Ensemble score an absolute triumph with Neil Bartlett’s Oliver Twist.
Party isn’t that sort of party; well, it sort of is, and maybe it should be, but overall it isn’t – though it might be after it’s finished.
Piaf opens with a spectacular tableau of the entire cast.
For Queen and Country.
I Am is the sequel to LCP Dance Theatre’s Am I.
It might be a good idea to take five drinks into the auditorium, to see you through a play that has moments of wit and humour but contains nothing profound.
Given our familiarity with Escher’s unmistakable style it’s
hard to believe that this is the first major exhibition of his work in the UK
and that there is only one print of …
The Hendrick’s Emporium of Sensorial Submersion is yet another triumph for the phantasmagorically fertile imaginations of the genial geniuses of gin.
If Morfydd Owen had lived three weeks longer she would have been immortalised in the 27 Club.
For those who like their dance without frills, Last Man Standing provides an hour of unrelenting raw movement.
With a cast of nearly fifty, there’s no shortage of oom-pah-pah in this dazzling production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Stage 84, The Yorkshire School of Performing Arts.
Aimee has an ironically funny line in Savage when she refers to John as “a boring old queen”.
The Unknown Soldier finds an interesting perspective on the lives of men who fought in the First World War.
There is dance and there is Scottish Dance Theatre.
A Daily Mirror awaits us on our seats announcing the death of a ‘pair of “star-crossed” lovers … in the wake of increasingly violent clashes in the streets’.
‘The last 12 months have been very difficult for me.
Galileo lived in age when the church reigned supreme, faith was more important than fact and dogma denied discovery.
For once, we are given a programme description that is completely accurate and delivers what it promises: ‘a tragicomic thriller about love and accidental murder….
Wonderland is the story of Alice’s encounters in the tale of the Red Queen.
The Britwell estate, built in 1957, was created to rehouse people from the slum clearance areas of London and Essex.
This hilarious beginners guide to theology is the funniest presentation of religious concepts imaginable.
Undermined was going to be called Shafted, but a guy named Godber had already beaten Danny Mellor to it.
Eddie, Imogen and Lena share a flat.
Yet again CalArts pushes forward the frontiers of theatre with an extraordinary, fascinating and labyrinthine work.
“In Pirates, there are gems from the first to the last minute.
When Gaby disappeared from her Scottish home in 2006, it was assumed that her Pakistani father had kidnapped her.
Here we go again.
We must be nearly at saturation point with plays and particularly monologues about war veterans.
Fractals are frequently found in discussions within the realms of science, maths, art and nature.
In sixteenth-century Germany it was not regarded as irreverant to perform comic puppet shows featuring characters and scenes from the legend of Faust.
Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy started out as two plays in a year-long project by One World Actors Centre (Kuwait) to produce Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in both English and Arabic.
Interviewed by Broadway Baby, Hugh Train explained how Ozymandias was generated through free writing around the words of Shelley’s poem until eventually the “nonsensical rambl…
You can find the characters Taylor and Aalia in every comprehensive school in the country.
There’s a huge difference between comedy and black comedy that seems to have eluded the Lincoln Company in their production of Joe Ortons’s Loot.
Labels are easy to create: they can even be fun.
‘How can I know who I am …feeling with pure energy, / With my heart, my mind, my body, my soul, / This is who and what I am.
It’s a deceptively simple bag of ingredients that Jim Cartwright lists in the script for his new play Raz, which has had its premiere at this year’s Festival Fringe.
Bones is an intimate and tragic tale of growing up in a bruised family and having to take responsibility not only for yourself but also for those who who should be caring for you.
Bayou Blues is beautiful.
The storyline is shallow, the message insubstantial and the script contrived, so you don’t have anything deep to think about.
Moon Fly Theatre Company was created this year with the aim of affording opportunities to new and promising writers, actors and directors.
Fans of Rent will love this full length presentation and for those who have never seen it, this is a great opportunity to watch a rip-roaring production.
In keeping with its history, this latest production of La Ronde by Zebronkeyis controversial.
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction).
Welcome to a world in which West Africa meets Jamaica, meets Cuba: A world of burning desire, or as they say in Yoruba, Itara.
Originally a one-act play consisting of five scenes, The International Stud premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1978 and later became the first part of Harvey Fierstein’s landmark work, …
The Edinburgh Gin Company has left its distillery behind and moved to The Boards in the Edinburgh Playhouse to tell a brief history of the city’s alcohol and gin heritage along w…
New York, 1985.
“Immersive theatre productions tend to operate in dynamically fluid settings, allowing the audience a more active, voyeuristic, and central role, while also individualizing their…
James Bannon’s story has all the ingredients of a good novel: a down-to-earth setting; some very shady characters, some good guys and some dumb ones; a developing plot; plenty of…
“Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.
One of the confusions in this production, although not without
precedent, is the running order of the five interrelated plays that make up the
Declan Cooke is a physically big guy with a powerful presence: if you saw him standing at the bar you would imagine him to be full of confidence and completely in control of his li…
Simon Singh has a very easy style and voice which belies the genius
The Tories have take control and Michael Gove is Prime Minister.
Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien and Nicole Guarino provide a wonderful evening in a cosy little room at Dance Base: it’s not very often a full house can consist of twelve peop…
Frederick William Rolfe (1860-1913) was a minor English writer, artist and photographer and serious eccentric.
In a 1990 interview on Japanese television, Berkoff said, “I believe that you don’t need anything more than just utter simplicity and that everything in my art must be created …
Koji Takeuchi was born in Japan and began his search for truth in his
Autistic, severely depressed and with inadequate provision
for her, Tess Humphrey left school at the age of thirteen.
Bored with Berkoff? Choking on Chekhov? Fed-up with Feydeau? “Don’t sleep in the subway, darlin’, don’t stand in the pouring rain.
“Footloose may be a hit, but it’s trash - high powered fodder for the teen market.
Canterbury may have one of the world’s most famous cathedrals, but Manchester had the Hacienda.
Chain smoker and chaplain, poet and padre, furnisher of faith and fags, Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy dispensed Woodbines and the word of God on the Western Front during the First Worl…
Summerhall’s steeply tiered Demonstration Room gives off the air of an amphitheatre, but its back wall houses very modern projections.
Ofsted inspections are generally not much fun.
The stunning Grand Auditorium of the Ghillie Dhu provides a spectacular setting for Violetta’s Last Tango and raises high hopes for a marvellous milonga and an evening of songs f…
Soiled bodies writhe across across a primordial swamp in earthbound
exploration, rising from time to time in contorted gestures.
If you think the Fringe is just about theatrical performances then think again.
“This is not The Rocky Horror Show stage production” - a significant point of clarification in the Fringe programme lest anyone might think that this is the real thing.
Cafe Voices is held in the beautiful John Knox House, where the elegant wooden panels of the large bright room provide perfect acoustics for storytelling.
“The Nobel prize, by canonising individuals, disguises the truth that they are all, in Newton’s famous phrase, standing ‘on giants’ shoulders’ and on each other’s as well.
Flying High Theatre Company from Nottinghamshire is aptly named; that is
exactly what this group of lively youngsters do throughout this performance.
This is a rock-solid, totally refreshing naturalist drama performed by outstanding actors.
“Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?” Maurice Maeterlinck published his play in this intriguing perspe…
Faith is based on the story of Imber, a village which had the misfortune to be located too near to a military base on Salisbury Plain.
“I always had a good experience with nuns,” said Dan Coggins, who wrote the book, music and lyrics we all know as Nunsense to show us what nuns are “really like.
This is one for all the lads who have ever had girlfriends problems, all the lassies who have had to put up with boyfriends, and anyone who likes tea.
Forget the defendant, it is the cast of this excruciating production who should be in the dock.
Éowyn Emerald and Dancers made a successful debut at last
year’s Fringe and are back again this year with another varied programme of
The boys of Tiffin School are in town
and look set to make a huge impact with The Caddington Affair, one of
two devised pieces presented by different groups of year 12 A Level st…
Jesper Arin, who performs this one-man play, stood at the exit to the theatre as the audience left.
Chris is 18 years old, gay, and in search of fun and attention.
How many kilos of flour does it take to tell a good story? In the case of Heather Lai, over fifty during the course of her Fringe run and every gramme is put to excellent use.
The spoken content of this play, written and directed by Adam Tulloch, is minimal; the direction is bold and brave.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I shall now bid you all good day.
Jews is an exhibition originally compiled by
two students at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity.
What does it take to be remembered? What would you have to do to ensure that your name lives on forever? Three young lads have spent a few years on the music scene and have finally…
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