"Hear Word!" is how Nigerians start a story, a sort of town crier’s call and Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True co-written and directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa is definitely at…
Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer choreographed and directed by Oona Doherty is at times an explosive, visceral and overwhelming experience.
In the company of Barrie Kosky, Artistic Director of Komische Oper Berlin, and singers Alma Sadé and Helene Schneiderman, step back into the tragedy and tongue-in-cheek wit of a f…
Jackie Kay’s memoir Red Dust Road, adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta, is a huge disappointment.
Kalakuta Republik will stay with you, for good or bad.
Theatre-making manifestos always make me wary, in part because I'm inherently suspicious of portentous artists in any field: "The aim is not to depict the real, but to mak…
Formed in Edinburgh in 1990, Shooglenifty has always embraced a wide church of influences.
There's little doubt that The Duchess of Malfi has become the most popular and successful work written by the English Jacobean playwright John Webster.
When Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre announced that they were producing a stage musical based on the iconic 1983 Scottish film Local Hero, I must admit to wondering if it was …
Guess Q’s back! The naughtiest puppets in town will be heading to a theatre near you as comedy musical Avenue Q returns next year to tour the UK with all of your favour…
Rumbustious, fast, furious and funny, yet full of magic and fairy dust, Wendy and Peter Pan will delight all ages: an awfully big adventure and the perfect Christmas show.
The works by French poet and playwright Edmond Rostand, just one of the victims of the influenza pandemic which swept the world in 1918, are today largely forgotten; the one except…
“If music be the food of love, play on…” In Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy genders blur, boundaries are crossed and the world is turned upside down, all with music as the engin…
As resident company at the 2018 International Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord brings three contrasting yet equally daring works to Edinburgh.
Katie Mitchell, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic theatre makers, presents her own uncompromising stage adaptation of the provocative novella by Marguerite Dur…
Considered to be one of the greatest plays ever written, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot is famously a play about nothing.
August Strindberg apparently subtitled his play Creditors (in Swedish: Fordringsäxgare) a “tragicomedy” but, while David Greig’s 2008 adaptation does indeed contain a few de…
Writer and director Tony Cownie has
established a particular niche at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, taking
potentially overlooked 18th century comedies (like Carlo Goldoni’…
When watching the stage adaptation of any
book, especially one I’ve not read, there’s often a question lingering at the
back of my mind; would I appreciate this more, would I…
illuminate the truth, lies hide it; that’s just one of the lessons
audiences of all ages can take from Suhayla El-Bushra’s energetic
new adaptation of The
Menace”, according to Wikipedia, were “an informal group of lesbian radical
feminists formed to protest the exclusion of lesbians and lesbian issues from
Site specific theatre is nothing new in
Scotland; from the numerous innovative creations by the likes of Grid Iron
Theatre Company to much of the work by the “without walls” …
A father’s horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge.
Blak Whyte Gray is a galvanising dance theatre work from award-winning East London hip-hop company Boy Blue Entertainment.
Time and again during Zinnie Harris’s new adaptation of Eugène Ionesco’s famous farce, people tell each other not to be absurd.
Do you love singing? Would you like the chance to sing some of classical music’s most iconic choral pieces, led by a wonderfully expressive conductor?
If so, come along and sing …
point during Glory on Earth, its two main characters—stage right, the
young, romantic Mary, Queen of Scots; stage left, the firebrand Protestant
preacher John Knox—ar…
There’s much to admire, to even love, in Douglas Maxwell’s new play at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum; a script full of humour and subtle characterisation, if not always …
sense, this Lyceum revival of Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play is exactly the “dynamic
two-hander” described in the programme: the only actors on stage are Peter
Dominic Hill, artistic director of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, apparently doesn’t like to constrain any theatrical experience with the blunt instrument of a rising or falling c…
The Winter’s Tale has all the characteristics of a Tragedy, as we
speedily witness the horrendous consequences of King Leontes’ groundless
jealousy for pregnant …
titles go, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a fine conflation of the innocent
and disturbing, although the cultural impact of Joan Lindsay’s novel is
arguably more down to Peter W…
rule, the best children’s stories—be they novels, comics or TV shows—all
inspire the same question: “What on Earth were they taking when they came up
with that?” …
You get a strong sense of what Jumpy
is going to be like from Jean Chan’s impressive set—two jumbled piles of
household goods, surrounded by an off-kilter frame of plain wall…
ancient Greece, it was the practice before any theatrical performance to name
those citizens who had financed it, and for a respected citizen to give “the
libation” to th…
Never, ever underestimate the
stupidity of the rich and powerful; that’s certainly one of the obvious lessons
you can get from Liz Lochhead’s brilliantly funny take on the sc…
It says something about us as a
species that one of our oldest myths, crystallised in the form of Homer’s epic poem Iliad, is about war –
specifically the bloody climax of th…
Thomas is an economic show bound together with a fantastic cast.
In the face of something terrible,
we can either laugh or cry.
there’s one moment in this new production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir that
encapsulates the quality of its cast and director, it’s towards the close when
a moment of …
with enchantment and wonder, Theresa Heskins’ adaptation of C S Lewis’s The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lovingly translates the classic book from page to stage.
halfway through the second story of three, in the middle of a series of
thoughts on the benefits for men of sitting down on the toilet, Daniel Kitson
breaks off, looking u…
There are many good reasons for
launching the celebratory 50th anniversary season of Edinburgh’s
Royal Lyceum Theatre Company with a new production of Samuel Beckett’s
as “a metaphysical shocker” on its release
in 1970, The Driver’s Seat was apparently author Muriel Sparks’ favourite amongst her own stories, in part thanks to th…
some, he was “Italy’s
Shakespeare”, “the Moliere of
Venice”; yet it’s only relatively recently that
British theatre audiences have warmed to work by 18th centur…
Many of the world’s
greatest Tragedies – Shakespeare’s
in particular – are grounded on the character flaws
of their titular characters: Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and so …
There’s rumbustious joy aplenty in this new adaptation of
Bertolt Brecht’s infamous examination
of legality and justice.
Reality and performance lie at the heart of this solid
production of Irish playwright Brian Friel’s Faith Healer.
Royal Lyceum Theatre always has a Christmassy feel to it, with its gilded
pillars and Arabian Nights ceiling, and this enchanting adaptation feels like
an early Ch…
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