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Record 75,000 Fest Ticket Sales at Edinburgh Surgeons VenuesRecord 75,000 Fest Ticket Sales at Edinburgh Surgeons Venues
by BWW News Desk - September 5, 2016

A historic Edinburgh venue has marked its biggest ever festival season, with a 25 per cent increase in year-on-year ticket sales. With total attendances breaking 75000, thanks to it hosting seven 'theSpaceUK' theatres across three of its venues, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) broke its previous record of 60000 ticket sales, from 2015. (more...)
Guest Blog: Playwright Abi Zakarian On Her First Fringe ExperienceGuest Blog: Playwright Abi Zakarian On Her First Fringe Experience
by Guest Blog: Abi Zakarian - September 2, 2016

So, I've done it. My (drumroll) Very First Fringe. And in the space of a month things have been pretty wild... (more...)
Edinburgh Fringe Encore Series Returns To New York's SoHo PlayhouseEdinburgh Fringe Encore Series Returns To New York's SoHo Playhouse
by Michael Dale - August 30, 2016

For the 11th year, the Edinburgh Fringe Encore Series will be bringing some of the best of the year's festival productions to New York. (more...)
POLL: What stops you from coming to the Edinburgh Fringe?POLL: What stops you from coming to the Edinburgh Fringe?
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 30, 2016

New Poll - What stops you from coming to the Edinburgh Fringe? (more...)
Photo Flash: Edinburgh 2016 - Street Performers On The Royal MilePhoto Flash: Edinburgh 2016 - Street Performers On The Royal Mile
by Jamie Scott-Smith - August 30, 2016

This year's Festival saw a whopping 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues across the city. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced that by yesterday afternoon, with hundreds of performances still to take place, an estimated 2,475,143 tickets had been issued for shows - a 7.7% increase on last year. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: THE WALL, theSpace on the Mile, 27 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: THE WALL, theSpace on the Mile, 27 August
by Amy Hanson - August 28, 2016

 Four teenagers experience love, family tribulations, and impending exam results together at the eponymous wall, the hang-out spot for the young people of Stewarton. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: ASSASSINS, Paradise in Augustines, 27 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: ASSASSINS, Paradise in Augustines, 27 August
by Amy Hanson - August 28, 2016

Stephen Sondheim's Assassins is a fascinating exploration of the dark side of the American dream, taking as its subject nine of the men and women who have tried to kill Presidents of the United States. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - Natalie O'Donoghue's Fringe Round-upEDINBURGH 2016 - Natalie O'Donoghue's Fringe Round-up
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 27, 2016

BWW reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue lists her top picks for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - PHOTOBLOG: BWW at the FringeEDINBURGH 2016 - PHOTOBLOG: BWW at the Fringe
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 27, 2016

BWW reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue shares her photos from her time at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)
LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI Wins 2016 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award; Heads to NYTW Next YearLIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI Wins 2016 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award; Heads to NYTW Next Year
by BWW News Desk - August 26, 2016

This morning, at the Scotsman Award Ceremony in the Spiegeltent in St Andrews Square, award-winning children's author Katherine Rundell's debut play Life According to Saki won the coveted Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. (more...)
Shortlist Announced for 2016 Edinburgh Comedy AwardsShortlist Announced for 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Awards
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2016

Shortlists have been announced for the 2016 lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards. (more...)
Can Christina Bianco Just Be Herself on THE BLIND DATE PROJECT?Can Christina Bianco Just Be Herself on THE BLIND DATE PROJECT?
by Michael Dale - August 23, 2016

The well-intended advice many will offer before a first date is to 'just be yourself," but that may not be easy for the crazily talented Christina Bianco, who's had major success being other people. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: CHRISTINA BIANCO, Ghillie Dhu, 22 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: CHRISTINA BIANCO, Ghillie Dhu, 22 August
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 23, 2016

Join Christina as she presents her greatest hits, celebrating the music of the worlds iconic divas from today and yesterday. You can expect an eclectic selection of your favourite pop, standard & Broadway tunes, in her own voice as well as impersonations of the great divas of our time! With celebrity readings and unlikely musical interpretations, this is sure to be unlike any concert you've seen before. From Ariana Grande to Celine Dion to Barbra Streisand, no celebrity is safe! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: F*CKING MEN, Assembly George Square Studios, 11 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: F*CKING MEN, Assembly George Square Studios, 11 August
by Adam Robinson - August 21, 2016

Straight from selling out in London comes a King's Head Theatre play by Joe Dipietro. F*cking Men is a modern interpretation of Schnitzler's 19th-century play La Ronde.  A play which caused great controversy at the time now retold through the lives of men who have sex with other men. Gay, Straight, Married, and Escorts, all interlinking characters have one connecting trait, they all agree "Why does any dude have sex with strangers? Because it feels fanfuckingtastic" as one character puts it. Three actors play the multi-character script, switching between roles like a well-oiled machine. Each is skilled and versatile, even though some very unnecessary badly chosen accents can leave you distracted. (more...)
Anton Stephans to star in GUYS SING DOLLS at Edinburgh Festival FringeAnton Stephans to star in GUYS SING DOLLS at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 19, 2016

X Factor star Anton Stephans comes to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Guys Sing Dolls from August 22nd. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: SODDIN' FLODDEN, Spotlites, 16 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: SODDIN' FLODDEN, Spotlites, 16 August
by Amy Hanson - August 17, 2016

Soddin' Flodden presents the life of King James the 4th, from his youth right up to his death in one of the most important battles in Scottish history. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: THE SURGE, Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 16 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: THE SURGE, Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 16 August
by Amy Hanson - August 17, 2016

The Surge is a new play from The King's Players of King's College London inspired by contemporary British politics.  A new MP gets involved in a student campaign, as protests she speaks at turn to violence and the media accuse her of supporting riotous behaviour.  She is then forced to consider whether she is able to make any sort of worthwhile change in a dismissive, uncaring Parliament. (more...)
Revan and Fennell Return to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 with FAN CLUBRevan and Fennell Return to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 with FAN CLUB
by BWW News Desk - August 16, 2016

Female duo Revan and Fennell return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their well-received 2015 comedy sketch show Fan Club, after recently placing fourth at the 2016 New Act of the Year (The NATYS). (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: OUR HOUSE, Paradise in Augustines, 15 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: OUR HOUSE, Paradise in Augustines, 15 August
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2016

Our House is a jukebox musical based on the hits of Madness.  On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Camden lad Joe Casey breaks into a block of flats with his girlfriend.  When the police arrive on the scene, the narrative splits, in the style of Sliding Doors, between the Joe that ran from the police and the Joe that stayed to face the music, before the two plots eventually converge in a dramatic finale.  The score features a host of recognisable Madness hits, though the band's discography does not seem to have a truly adequate emotional range for a musical with much depth. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: JUST BY ALI SMITH, Assembly George Square Gardens, 15 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: JUST BY ALI SMITH, Assembly George Square Gardens, 15 August
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2016

Scottish writer Ali Smith is best known for her short stories and novels, including three books shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  Her 2005 play for Shell Connections, Just, offers a delightful example of Theatre of the Absurd that certainly deserves to be as well known as her other literary endeavours.  In this delicious satire, a young woman discovers a dead body behind a bus stop, stabbed in the back with an umbrella.  Moving to take a closer look, she is accosted by a police officer who accuses her of the murder.  Soon enough, she is condemned by the local townspeople, and the sinister Mrs Wright, the blindfolded arbiter of justice, as the story begins to take on a darker turn. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: NO HORIZON, Underbelly Med Quad, 15 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: NO HORIZON, Underbelly Med Quad, 15 August
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2016

New musical No Horizon has been garnering a good deal of attention, with airings on Elaine Paige's radio show, and Chris Evans dubbing it 'the Yorkshire Les Mis'.  It would perhaps be fairer to say it is in the vein of The Theory of Everything, only with added Yorkshire charm.  Based on a true story, No Horizon depicts the life of Nicholas Saunderson, a young Yorkshireman who was blinded by smallpox as a baby.  Despite his humble origins and disability in a time before the invention of braille, his incredible mind leads him to success at Cambridge, where he becomes the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a post held by the likes of Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking.   (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: ANDREA HUBERT WEEK, Gilded Balloon, 14 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: ANDREA HUBERT WEEK, Gilded Balloon, 14 August
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2016

On Monday, Andrea was in a supermarket, clutching a mini-carafe of don't-judge-me wine. By Friday she was musing: 'Should I get on the train, or jump in front of it?'. A surprisingly uplifting debut hour of medication, night sweats, stoned teenage philosophy and how putting on socks is life's most challenging and meaningless endeavour. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at DAME NATURE at Edinburgh FringePhoto Flash: First Look at DAME NATURE at Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2016

Dame Nature - The Magnificent Bearded Lady, starring Tim Bell, is playing the Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8) Aug 16-29, presented by Havoc Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Bell onstage below! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: HEADS UP, Summerhall, 13 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: HEADS UP, Summerhall, 13 August
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2016

A city. Right now. A woman staggers home after a two-day bender. A finance worker preaches doom outside Cafe Nero. A priest who doesn't believe in God stares blankly at endless disasters on the TV news. In just one moment, all their worlds will end. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: PETE OTWAY SIX YEARS FROM THEN, Just The Tonic, 13 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: PETE OTWAY SIX YEARS FROM THEN, Just The Tonic, 13 August
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2016

Pete Otway is a multi award-nominated comedian. Some time before all that he'd broken up with the girl he was meant to be with and got back with her a long time later. This is the story of the things that happened in-between (more...)

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