Edinburgh festival 2016

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How Bridget Christie found the funny side of Brexit
After the EU referendum result, Bridget Christie ripped up her Edinburgh show and created a new one in just a few weeks. This is an anatomy of a standup set that has changed with the headlines

Ben Williams

03, Feb, 2017 @1:00 PM

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Laugh? I nearly died: how an aneurysm led Scott Gibson to standup
After undergoing brain surgery, call-centre worker Scott Gibson quit his job to have a crack at comedy – and ended up storming Edinburgh

Brian Logan

04, Jan, 2017 @5:57 PM

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Readers' favourite stage shows of 2016
Imogen took your breath away, The Damned United hooked you and The Grinning Man made you smile darkly. We asked for your top shows of the year and were flooded with rave reviews – here’s a selection

Guardian readers

16, Dec, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Comedy’s new oversharers make even Amy Schumer look coy
There was an outpouring of emotional candour from standups at the Edinburgh festival, but Schumer skilfully keeps her anxieties at a safe distance

Brian Logan

05, Sep, 2016 @3:15 PM

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Gurrelieder review – almighty blast of Schoenberg rounds off festival
In his final concert as their chief conductor, Donald Runnicles guided the BBCSSO and festival chorus magnificently through the richness and drama of the mega-cantata

Kate Molleson

29, Aug, 2016 @12:36 PM

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Richard III review – a beautifully executed spectacle
Lars Eidinger plays Shakespeare’s arch villain with gleeful, knock-kneed energy in Thomas Ostermeier’s production

Clare Brennan

28, Aug, 2016 @7:10 AM

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Blushed; Terra Incognita; Pop-Up Duets; Trinity; The Sacrifice of Roaring – review
Love, death and fairytale footwear are explored in the smallest of spaces at the Edinburgh fringe

Luke Jennings

28, Aug, 2016 @7:00 AM

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The Toad Knew review – a grand illusion
James Thierrée’s performance piece contains a glorious coup de théâtre but exists in a closed world

Clare Brennan

28, Aug, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Mandela Trilogy; Iris Dreaming; RNO/Karabits, Denis Matsuev; Daniil Trifonov and friends – review
Cape Town Opera’s musical tribute to South Africa’s great leader returns in a buoyant new touring production

Fiona Maddocks

28, Aug, 2016 @6:30 AM

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Richard Gadd's show about his sexual assault wins Edinburgh comedy award
Scottish standup picks up top prize, while Scott Gibson is named best newcomer

Brian Logan

27, Aug, 2016 @1:50 PM

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Randy Writes a Novel review – existential crisis of a puppet standup
There’s plenty of cartoonish comedy in Heath McIvor’s show about a writer who is given to splenetic outbursts – and made of felt

Brian Logan

26, Aug, 2016 @3:59 PM

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Scott Gibson review – near-death experience brought to life by standup
In recalling his brain haemorrhage, the Glaswegian comic – shortlisted for Edinburgh’s best newcomer award – delivers a cheerful-squeamish set

Brian Logan

26, Aug, 2016 @3:41 PM

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