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Christmas 2014: David Wood's musical The BFG set for Edinburgh shows

13 Nov 2014

'It's rude, fun, moving and totally bonkers'

Featuring Roald Dahl's lovable creation, The BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) is a family tale that never fails to delight audiences. And at Christmas time, it has become an alternative at many theatres for the traditional pantomime. With Dahl's winning…

Preview: The Devil Masters

7 Nov 2014

Findlay Macleod's black seasonal comedy stars John Bett, Keith Fleming and Barbara Rafferty

The Traverse's big Christmas production is Iain Finlay Macleod's play The Devil Masters, a sharp satire about power, hypocrisy and the ruling elite set in Edinburgh's New Town. For the uninitiated, the term 'devilling' is used for trainee advocates. An…

Preview: Edward Scissorhands

7 Nov 2014

Narrative dance show based on Tim Burton's classic film comes to Glasgow

Sit in a production meeting with Lez Brotherston, and chances are you’ll hear the word ‘why’ on more than one occasion. ‘My training is to question everything,’ says the set and costume designer, ‘it’s just the way I think.’ In 2005, when Brotherston…

Interview: Slope creators Stewart Laing and Pamela Carter discuss 2014 revival

6 Nov 2014

The pair explain how they brought new lease of life to production of the 19th century love triangle

Untitled Projects' first production of Slope used Tramway's distinctive scale to create a work that used Stewart Laing's design skills to encase the torrid tale of French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine in a custom-built set. Reviving it eight years later…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

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Interview: Jeff Wayne discusses new and final tour of War of the Worlds

13 Nov 2014

'We have another challenge and a new life for my musical version'

For many years, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds was merely one of the most ambitious albums that emerged from the already expansive 1970s progressive rock scene. Drawing musical comparisons with Pink Floyd for its use of technology and enthusiasm for…

Preview: children's theatre show Glimmer comes to Glasgow

11 Nov 2014

'A personal story to explore universal themes of family, companionship and sharing memories'

Christmas, as the glossy TV adverts will confirm, is all about how much stuff you can purchase, money you can spend and gifts you can receive. On the off-chance you’d rather buy into a different approach, Glas(s) Performance’s new show, Glimmer is…

Opinion: Event Cinema vs live theatre

20 Oct 2014

The List's Theatre editor Garth K Vile looks at the merits of screening dramatic art at cinemas

Event Cinema – the simultaneous broadcast of a live theatre performance into cinemas around the world – has several advantages over traditional performances. The chairs are more comfortable, big shows and stars from London and Moscow can be seen in…

Christmas 2014: Edinburgh's top theatre shows

17 Nov 2014

Featuring Aladdin, Scotch and Soda and Wicked

Aladdin Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are veterans of the pantomime game: they last performed Aladdin a decade ago, and they have become 'the dream team' for Edinburgh’s King's Theatre since 2010 when they teamed up for Jack and The…

Christmas 2014: Treasure Island at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre

13 Nov 2014

Colourful pantomime starring Michelle McManus, Stephen Purdon and Johnny Mac

The Pavilion Christmas show has long been acknowledged as the most traditional of Scotland’s pantomimes. With its emphasis on cheeky asides to the adults, a strong Glaswegian patter and familiar faces from TV – including River City’s Shellsuit Bob…

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Interview: Slava’s Snow Show creator Slava Polunin

13 Nov 2014

'I wanted to try to get into those areas where clowning was not too often – tragic comedy, drama'

Why do you think the Snow Show has captivated audiences? I think it’s because we ‘talk’ in this show about those things which are very important for every single person, wherever he or she lives. Every person on earth understands what is love…

Theatre Uncut set for Glasgow and Edinburgh performances

12 Nov 2014

Company are touring with latest round of newscripts written in response to current affairs

The resurgence of political theatre has been galvanised in Scotland by the referendum: Theatre Uncut arrived a little earlier, in response to government cuts in public spending. After providing plays for free performance, 2014 is the first year that the…

Juliette Binoche confirmed for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

12 Nov 2014

French actress will star in stage version of Antigone translated by Anne Carson

Celebrated French actress Juliette Binoche will appear at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 7-31 August 2015. New festival director Fergus Linehan, former director of the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre…

Interview: Station Stories creator Sven Warner explains his latest installation storytelling project

11 Nov 2014

Transportative peep shows to take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen's train stations

In recent programmes for arthouse Cryptic, Sven Warner has become a local hero. Working in the space between film, installation and theatre – and in a distinctive studio above a fish market – Warner has created events that are witty and experimental.

Stick Man to show as part of Edinburgh's Christmas 2014 celebrations

11 Nov 2014

Scamp Theatre have adapted Julia Donaldson's book for the stage in St Andrew Square

They may be the perfect bedtime companion, but Julia Donaldson’s picture books have also proved to be ripe for adaptation. While Tall Stories have taken on The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, Scamp Theatre have done an equally fine…

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Preview: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

7 Nov 2014

Stage adaptation of Wodehouse classic directed by Sean Foley starring John Gordon Sinclair

‘It’s quite full-on,’ sighs John Gordon Sinclair. ‘I don’t just play Jeeves, I’m also Madeline Bassett, ‘Stiffy’ Byng, Sir Watkyn Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle. During rehearsals I came the closest I’ve ever been to saying “I don’t think I can do…

Theatre Royal Ghost Tour

5 Nov 20143 stars

Explore Glasgow's old opera house after dark on this late night tour

As one of Scotland's oldest venues, The Theatre Royal has inevitably gathered strange tales of unexplained noises and ghostly smells. This late night tour serves as both an access-all-areas guide to the labyrinthine backstage passages and a collection…

New theatre show The Voice Thief explores female voices for the over-9s

22 Oct 2014

Promenade performance at Summerhall takes audience on an adventure through eight rooms at the venue

Got a troublesome daughter? A wife or girlfriend who speaks her mind a little too freely? A sister who won’t shut up? Venture along to Summerhall this November, and for a small fee the annoying female in your life can be rendered speechless. It’s a…

The best theatre and dance shows – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Sunset Song, Three Sisters, Cardinal Sinne, Bondagers, Up Close and Symphony

Sunset Song Scotland's most popular novel is faithfully reproduced for the stage through Alastair Cording's adaptation. A tale of hardship and matriarchal optimism where war destroys live and dreams. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 21–Sat 25…

The best kids events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play, The Voice Thief and Big Ears, Little Ears

Family Arts Day: The Big Draw Join the nationwide celebration of the pencil and get drawing at this event inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 17 Oct. Charlie And Lola’s Extremely New Play CBeebies…

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Company Chordelia's Dance Derby set to tour Scotland

21 Oct 2014

Fascinating insight into how financial depression drove 1930s Americans to gruelling dance marathons

Lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, blisters, the ever-present risk of public humiliation – today they’re the consequences of a drunken night on the town. But in 1930s America, it was a very different kind of dance floor that brought about such…

Preview: Edinburgh Choreographic Project

21 Oct 2014

Company will tour Scotland with mixed repertoire programme of Royston Maldoom's work

When your back catalogue spans over 40 years, choosing what to include in a retrospective isn’t easy. Especially if, like Royston Maldoom, you like to see more than one choreographic voice in a show. ‘I prefer mixed repertoire programmes to those…

Preview: Scottish Ballet – Up Close

21 Oct 2014

Company to tour Scotland with line-up including Elite Syncopations and choreographer James Cousins

We’re used to big productions on big stages from our national ballet company, but the Up Close tour is a chance for audiences across the country to see what Scottish ballet is really made of. Performed at close quarters, the lineup includes works by…

Best of BE Festival comes to Edinburgh – Sat 8 Nov 2014

21 Oct 2014

Top acts from Birmingham's annual festival of challenging theatre will perform at the Traverse

With three performances from across Europe ranging from ballroom-inspired solos to a multimedia meditation on waiting, BE Festival arrives at the Traverse for an autumnal burst of energy. Radioballet dance through thoughts on beauty, Mokhallad Rasem…

Interview: Lu Kemp, director of Bondagers

14 Oct 2014

Sue Glover's Scottish play following the lives of six women comes to Edinburgh's Lyceum

Lu Kemp is directing Sue Glover’s Bondagers, one of the plays that heralded a resurgence in Scottish playwriting. What attracted you to Bondagers? It’s a brilliant piece of storytelling. The characters are beautifully drawn. It gives lots of room…