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Let's talk about sex: 9 shows about doing the deed to see at the Fringe

19 Jul 2018

From the truly smutty to the uproariously funny, these Fringe shows aren't afraid to get between the sheets

Sex, of course, was designed as a reproductive strategy and became a way for humans to experience intimacy that words just can't express. Capitalism weaponised it as a commodity, and theatre-makers use it variously to open up discussions of desire and…

The best Shakespeare coming to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

17 Jul 2018

Whether it's a rugby-inspired Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet from the perspective of the skull, catch the best of the Bard this August

The continued importance of Shakespeare is not entirely healthy for theatre: the status of the Bard encourages an emphasis on the script as the template of the play (ignoring the fundamental importance of dramaturgy which raises theatre above being an…

Michael Brandon: Off-Ramps

24 Aug 20173 stars

An easy-going hour of celebrity tales and Hollywood life

If you're not familiar with Michael Brandon's CV, have a quick scroll of his impressive IMBD page. It was a throwaway comment that led him to consider acting as an alternative to studying law, and after blagging his way into acting school in the late…

Best comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015

10 Jun 2015

What to see at Pleasance, Assembly, The Stand, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon and Assembly Rooms

Following the unveiling of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, we've chosen our pick of the comedy on offer during August.

Famous Spiegeltent to close off George Street

18 May 2012

The venue will be linked to the recently-refurbished Assembly Rooms

Part of George Street will be closed off to traffic during August to make way for The Famous Spiegeltent. The venue, which has been a fixture at the Fringe since 1985, will be erected as part of a pedestrianised terrace in front of the newly refurbished…

Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms to reopen in time for Fringe 2012

25 Apr 2012

18-month refit and staff changes at George Street venue

Say what you like about modern-day dress sense, but when Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms returns to life, today’s fashionistas will have some stiff competition. Yes, they’ll be excited about the opening ceilidh in July and the high-profile Fringe line-up…

Edinburgh Festival anniversaries in 2010

15 Jul 2010

Anniversaries abound at this years festival, not least the the Comedy Awards and Assembly Rooms, both of which celebrate their 30th years.

Fears expressed over Fringe comedy festival breakaway plans

15 Apr 2008

If.comedy award producer Nica Burns has warned against breakaway plans by four of the Edinburgh Fringe's main venues. Following recent news that the Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Underbelly and Pleasance venues plan to promote their own Edinburgh Comedy…

Arts venues lash out at Assembly Rooms plan

24 Aug 2007

Plans to undertake a £12 million revamp of Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms will have a negative affect on arts centres across the city, critics have warned. The proposals will see the George Street venue transformed into a year-round facility, capable of…