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Fergus Linehan Reveals Plans for Edinburgh Festival 2015 - Juliette Binoche in ANTIGONE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and More!Fergus Linehan Reveals Plans for Edinburgh Festival 2015 - Juliette Binoche in ANTIGONE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Fergus Linehan, Director Designate of Edinburgh International Festival, succeeds the current Festival Director Jonathan Mills on 1 October 2014, and is currently planning the 2015 to 2019 Festivals. Fergus will maintain and build on the Festival's leading position as a multi-artform Festival, bringing major international orchestras, classical artists and opera, dance and theatre companies to Edinburgh. (more...)
Over 2,400 Artists from 43 Countries Set for Edinburgh International Festival 2014; Programme Announced!Over 2,400 Artists from 43 Countries Set for Edinburgh International Festival 2014; Programme Announced!
by BWW News Desk - March 18, 2014

Today, at a press conference in Edinburgh, Director Jonathan Mills revealed the artists, companies and work from around the world which will fill the stages of Edinburgh's annual cultural celebration. Over 2,400 artists from 43 nations have been invited to Edinburgh to perform in the annual showcase of the world's great performing artists. (more...)
THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA to Debut at Edinburgh Festival 2014, Starring Golden Globe Winner Anne Archer, Jul 30-Aug 24THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA to Debut at Edinburgh Festival 2014, Starring Golden Globe Winner Anne Archer, Jul 30-Aug 24
by BWW News Desk - March 13, 2014

Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Anne Archer will make her Edinburgh Festival debut starring as 'Jane Fonda' in the world premiere of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, written and directed by seven-time Emmy award-winner Terry Jastrow. (more...)
Rona Munro's THE JAMES PLAYS Cycle Set for Edinburgh Festival, Aug 2014; National Theatre, Fall 2014Rona Munro's THE JAMES PLAYS Cycle Set for Edinburgh Festival, Aug 2014; National Theatre, Fall 2014
by BWW News Desk - January 20, 2014

James I, James II and James III - are a new cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, which are to be presented in an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain, during the Edinburgh International Festival in August and at the National Theatre in London from September to October. (more...)
Bernard Labadie to Conduct NY Phil in Mozart's Requiem, Works by J.S. Bach and Handel, 11/7-9Bernard Labadie to Conduct NY Phil in Mozart's Requiem, Works by J.S. Bach and Handel, 11/7-9
by BWW News Desk - September 30, 2013

Bernard Labadie will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Mozart's Requiem; J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!; and Handel's 'Let the Bright Seraphim' from Samson. The program's soloists will include soprano Miah Persson, mezzo- soprano Stephanie Blythe, tenor Frédéric Antoun in his Philharmonic debut, bass Andrew Foster- Williams, Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith, and the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt. The concerts will take place Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)
67th Annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival Concludes Tonight67th Annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival Concludes Tonight
by BWW News Desk - September 1, 2013

The 67th Edinburgh International Festival draws to a close tonight with the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert gathering approximately 250,000 Edinburgh residents and visitors across the city to share in the annual spectacular performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Pyrovision. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013: Guest Blog - Freyja From WUNDERKAMMEREDINBURGH 2013: Guest Blog - Freyja From WUNDERKAMMER
by BWW News Desk - August 28, 2013

So, we won a Herald Angel Award! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - Reviewer Adrian Bradley's Awards!EDINBURGH 2013 - Reviewer Adrian Bradley's Awards!
by Adrian Bradley - August 27, 2013

There was some fantastic variety on show at Edinburgh. There were definite disappointments but also some really impressive and innovative attempts. Although it's always tough to pick just a few shows to mention - here are my awards for Edinburgh 2013: (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - Reviewer Kevin Sherwin's Awards!EDINBURGH 2013 - Reviewer Kevin Sherwin's Awards!
by Kevin Sherwin - August 27, 2013

My Fringe was a bit of a mixed bag... I had high hopes for some shows that I felt quite let down by in the end and I was also pleasantly surprised by others, as detailed here. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - Reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue's Awards!EDINBURGH 2013 - Reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue's Awards!
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 26, 2013

BWW Review Natalie O'Donoghue's pick of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe festival. (more...)
Edinburgh Fringe Hit SINCERELY, MR TOAD to Transfer to Greenwich Theatre, 10-14 Sept.Edinburgh Fringe Hit SINCERELY, MR TOAD to Transfer to Greenwich Theatre, 10-14 Sept.
by BWW News Desk - August 25, 2013

Following 5* reviews and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, multi award winning Sell a Door Theatre Company have announced a transfer of their new musical 'Sincerely, Mr Toad' to London's Greenwich Theatre from 10th September to 14th September. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BENNY DAVIS: THE HUMAN JUKEBOX, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 23 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BENNY DAVIS: THE HUMAN JUKEBOX, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 23 2013
by Amy Hanson - August 24, 2013

Best known as one third of Australian musical comedy group Axis of Awesome, performers of the famous "Four Chords Song", Benny Davis takes to the Fringe this year in a solo outing. Combining a sarcastic wit with excellent musicianship, "The Human Jukebox" centres around Davis' ability to pick up on musical patterns, with examples from every area of music strung together in amusingly odd combinations. (more...)
Michael Milligan's MERCY KILLERS Wins Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe FestivalMichael Milligan's MERCY KILLERS Wins Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - August 23, 2013

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company has announced that Michael Milligan's Mercy Killers is the recipient of The Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Milligan's one-man play is inspired by America's horror stories of the uninsured, many of whom suffer financial tragedies on top of chronic illnesses. The festival performance featured the debut of Mercy Killers outside of the U.S. (more...)
David Greig's THE EVENTS Wins Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh AwardDavid Greig's THE EVENTS Wins Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award
by BWW News Desk - August 23, 2013

The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation has announced the winner of this year's The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honor at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The winner of The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award was announced at the closing ceremonies of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Friday, August 23 at 10:45 AM BST (5:45 AM EST). (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013: The BWW:UK Q&A - Jules Munn from IMPROMPTU SHAKESPEAREEDINBURGH 2013: The BWW:UK Q&A - Jules Munn from IMPROMPTU SHAKESPEARE
by BWW News Desk - August 23, 2013

We ask all the tough questions... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT, Queen's Hall, August 21 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT, Queen's Hall, August 21 2013
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2013

Scotland's most distinctive writers and musicians and you: a nation, awake in the dark, waiting for the light to come. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013: Guest Blog - Freyja From WUNDERKAMMER's Circus Pride!EDINBURGH 2013: Guest Blog - Freyja From WUNDERKAMMER's Circus Pride!
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2013

It's a magical place, The Fringe. Everyone's in the same boat, albeit different sections of the same boat. Everyone's working a bit harder, drinking a bit more, sleeping a bit less, aching a little deeper, and everyone's truly in it, it's difficult to stay on the fringe of The Fringe. (more...)
RAVE GENERATION Set for Edinburgh Fringe, Now thru Aug 26RAVE GENERATION Set for Edinburgh Fringe, Now thru Aug 26
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2013

Rave Generation has been nominated for the National Students Drama Award for new writing. It is a black comedy based around 4 fictional characters who inadvertently take Class A drugs. They experience a unifying and liberating journey and are united in an unlikely setting, a primary school classroom. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BATH TIME, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 18 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BATH TIME, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 18 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 19, 2013

At the end of this performance of 'Bath Time', the actor/writer Ruaraidh Murray (it's a one-man show) shook hands with everyone in the front row, and very sincerely thanked everyone for coming - the venue is called the Wee Room so there was plenty of scope to make eye contact with the whole audience, and all in all, he came across as a genuinely lovely and grateful chap. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Greenside, August 17 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Greenside, August 17 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 19, 2013

A cast of young people performing in a Fringe musical that isn't 'Spring Awakening' is a thing to treasure, and when it's in fact Stephen Sondheim's glorious 'Merrily We Roll Along', it's an even greater cause for celebration. The programme is scant on information on where this company, The Red Oak Theatre, originates, but nobody in the cast looks anywhere near their mid-twenties, which makes the fact that they've tackled this decades-spanning piece all the more interesting - not to mention admirable. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BALLAD OF THE BURNING STAR, Pleasance Dome, August 17 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BALLAD OF THE BURNING STAR, Pleasance Dome, August 17 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 19, 2013

In the post-ANTM age (if that doesn't make immediate sense, I won't explain it for fear of embarrassment), the word fierce has become a bit overused but it's the only description for the five 'Starlets' in this new production by Theatre Ad Infinitum, darlings of the Fringe after their previous show, the quietly devastating 'Translunar Paradise'. This group of immensely talented physical performers has energy for days, and they are just hugely watchable for the entire running time, thanks in no small part to the twitchy, spiky choreography of Orian Michaeli (one of the five). (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: I HEART CHOCOLAT, Underbelly, August 17 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: I HEART CHOCOLAT, Underbelly, August 17 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 19, 2013

You get the impression that resistance is futile: from the dimly-lit entrance of Le Gat (that's what I'm calling him), certain corners of the audience are filled with yelps of delight, gleeful whoops and just general joy at his arrival. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: HOWIE THE ROOKIE, Assembly Hall, August 18 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: HOWIE THE ROOKIE, Assembly Hall, August 18 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 19, 2013

I didn't know what to expect other than 'Howie the Rookie' is a one-man show set in Dublin. Or at least it's a one-man show now. It's comprised of two monologues from two young Dubliners, first The Howie and then The Rookie. Previously, these roles were portrayed by different actors, but in this production directed by writer Mark O' Rowe, both are played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, recently seen in the acclaimed Irish crime drama 'Love/Hate' on Channel 5. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: [title of show], Assembly Checkpoint, August 17 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: [title of show], Assembly Checkpoint, August 17 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 19, 2013

There is a kind of musical I've started to call plinky-plonk (the name is a work in progress). They're invariably set in New York, and they always involve a perky group of young twentysomethings and a piano. And I find them supremely irritating, and [title of show] is definitely one of them. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BLOOD TIES, theSpace @ Venue 45, August 13 2013EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BLOOD TIES, theSpace @ Venue 45, August 13 2013
by Kevin Sherwin - August 17, 2013

'Blood Ties', by cast members Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston, seems to have had quite a journey pre-Fringe. Written when the two were at theatre school, the musical has since featured in various festivals and five years later, its fourth draft arrives in Edinburgh in what appears to be a final hurrah for the show. (more...)

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