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Tuesday 12th August 2008



Tuesday 12th August 2008
Edinburgh 08 | Theatre Review | LIE OF THE LAND | Adam Barnard @ Pleasance Upstairs
From the award-winning playwright, Torben Betts, Lie of the Land tells the story of a husband and wife who forsake their city dwelling for a house by the sea in order to escape the crushing responsibilities of urban modernity. Instead of the nourishing simplicity of rural life, however, what they encounter is a terrifying silence that is more threatening than the brutality of the city. Joanna Bedford [more]



Tuesday 12th August 2008
Edinburgh 08 | Theatre Review | YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW THAT... | Gonzo Moose @ Pleasance Courtyard
In the spacious auditorium of the Pleasance Cavern, something is afoot. Two figures in trench coats linger ominously in the shadows whilst the foreboding bass notes of a Hitchcock-style soundtrack start up. Joanna Bedford [more]



Tuesday 12th August 2008
Quote | TERENCE RIGBY [1937 - 2008]



Monday 11th August 2008
Edinburgh 08 | Theatre Review | ONE SMALL STEP | Oxford Playhouse @ Assembly Rooms
It is 1950s America, the era of ‘Greasers’, ‘Beatniks’ and rebellion. The Beatles have yet to hit the spotlight, J F Kennedy has yet to be made president and with the launch of Sputnik, the Space race is about to begin. One Small Step is the story of the Space-crazed 12 years between 1957 and 1969 in which man took his first step into the unknown, making that famous “giant leap for mankind”. Joanna Bedford [more]



Sunday 10th August 2008
News | Awards | Edinburgh 08 | HERALD ANGELS | Week 1
Two of the productions that have won a Fringe First in this first week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, have also triumphed at the Herald Angel Awards. [more]



Saturday 9th August 2008
News | Awards | Edinburgh 08 | FRINGE FIRSTS | Week 1
The Traverse Theatre has hit the ground running at the end of the first week of this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe by receiving three Scotsman Fringe First Awards. [more]



Thursday 7th August 2008
Quote | SIMON GRAY [1936 - 2008]



Thursday 7th August 2008
Theatre Review | THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG | Menier Chocolate Factory
Twenty-six years after the last production of They’re Playing Our Song in London, the Menier Chocolate Factory has restaged this autobiographical musical based on composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager’s wobbly relationship. Unfortunately, it is twenty-six years too soon. Jason Millar [more]



Thursday 7th August 2008
Quote | PAUL MERTON | Edinburgh Fringe Comedy



Thursday 7th August 2008
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is delighted to reveal yet another outstanding season under artistic director Mark Thomson for 2008/09. Directors Tony Cownie and John Dove and composer Philip Pinsky will continue their work for the company as associate artists to assist Thomson in delivering and enhancing their commitment to producing exceptional drama. [more]



Thursday 7th August 2008
Obituary | PETER COKE
Peter Coke won fame for his portrayal of Francis Durbridge's detective Paul Temple in the long running BBC Radio series of the same name. He played the role from 1954-1968. Patrick Newley [more]



Thursday 7th August 2008
Theatre Review | THE SHADOWMASTER | King's Head Theatre
The Shadowmaster is Stephanie Sinclaire’s screenplay adaptation of J M Barrie’s play Dear Brutus, directed by herself and currently running at The King’s Head Theatre, where she is the artistic director. It bears all the hallmarks of a pet project, intended as a tribute to an author Sinclaire evidently admires. However, while the script picks a careful, if selective, path through Barrie’s original play, the production itself shows a woeful lack of care. Claire Ingrams [more]



Thursday 7th August 2008
Theatre Review | HAMLET | RSC Courtyard Theatre
David Tennant’s speedy final entrance to receive the applause of his Stratford audience was itself a moment of pure theatre. Following three and a half hours of mesmeric acting, Tennant was greeted by his own ‘distracted multitude’ of appreciative theatregoers, many rising spontaneously to their feet. Kevin Quarmby [more]



Wednesday 6th August 2008
Did you know that the death of music hall performer Marie Lloyd in 1922 struck T S Eliot as “the most important event which I have had to chronicle [in The Dial magazine]”? Sarah Vernon [more]



Tuesday 5th August 2008
Gilded Balloon's famed comedy competition is celebrating 21 years of discovering the UK's best comic talent. And to help them celebrate, they're welcoming many of the past winners and runners-up back to their 21st Birthday Gala, including Bruce Morton, Phil Kay, Trio Brothers (Gregg Hemphill), Alan Francis, Rhona Cameron,Tommy Tiernan, David O'Doherty, Miles Jupp, Tom Wrigglesworth, Tom Allen, Jason Byrne, Rhod Gilbert, Ed Byrne, Lucy Porter and Reginald D Hunter for this genuine celebration. Compered by Fred Macaulay, Arthur Smith and Bill Bailey. [more]



Tuesday 5th August 2008
Theatre Review | HER NAKED SKIN | NT Olivier Theatre
Striking her own blow for women, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new play Her Naked Skin is the first by a modern female playwright to appear on the Olivier’s stage, a rather shaming statistic for a National theatre. Claire Ingrams [more]



Monday 4th August 2008
The start of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been blighted by a young member of the audience at The Little Mermaid, showing at C+3 venue, being showered with glass after part of a skylight shattered. [more]



Sunday 3rd August 2008
Quote | EILEEN ATKINS | Types



Friday 1st August 2008
Theatre Review | THE WIZARD OF OZ | Royal Festival Hall
Choosing The Wizard of Oz as the Southbank’s musical this summer at first seemed like a great idea. The musical hasn’t been performed in London for more than twenty years and the credentials of both the venue and the director Jude Kelly would seem to suggest that it would be an inspired piece of theatre rather than a tacky, flashy remake. Well, it’s not tacky, but sadly the production does not live up to the expectations, tarnished as it is by a bland, inadequate staging and uninventive direction – which is especially a shame considering the acting talent in it is considerable. Vid Simoniti [more]



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