Edinburgh festival 2021

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Classical home listening: Anna Lapwood, Jeremy Denk and the best of Edinburgh
The organ of Ely Cathedral is put through its paces in Lapwood’s solo debut; and a new Mozart recording from Denk is not to be missed

Fiona Maddocks

11, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Edinburgh festivals’ recovery could take a decade, says director
Book festival boss says next year will be a staging post in recovery that could take until 2030

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

31, Aug, 2021 @12:06 PM

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Ariadne auf Naxos review – Strauss’s music does the talking
A fine cast ensure Strauss’s comic opera is full of life and engages its audience despite only a minimal staging

Rowena Smith

30, Aug, 2021 @1:54 PM

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Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age review – much music, little material
This lightweight cabaret-style set sells its subject short, even if Cumming can belt out a power ballad convincingly

Arifa Akbar

29, Aug, 2021 @10:12 AM

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Clowntime review – it’s a crime not to be funny in John Feffer’s dystopia
Guileless hero Christopher Blank is ‘born without a single funny bone in his body’ in a one-man play that paints a near future US in broad brushstrokes

Brian Logan

25, Aug, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Edinburgh fringe launches £7.5m emergency appeal
Organisers say festival suffered huge losses during pandemic and needs to rebuild for post-Covid world

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

24, Aug, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Field: Something for the Future Now review – reclaiming freedom al fresco
This open-air performance brings together a multi-generational company celebrating release from pandemic confinement

Mark Fisher

23, Aug, 2021 @1:00 PM

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We Are Each Other review – strangers become friends in interactive comedy
Trevor Lock uses audience participation to satisfy our yearning for community in a show that prioritises connection over action

Mark Fisher

23, Aug, 2021 @10:31 AM

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Edinburgh fringe dance and circus roundup – naked trampolining and alt-twerking
Glasgow-based choreographer Mele Broomes’ intelligence stands out amid the cascade of online dance and circus offerings from this year’s festival

Lyndsey Winship

22, Aug, 2021 @4:31 PM

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Joe Thomas: the post-Inbetweeners comedown
The ex-Inbetweener’s new work-in-progress standup show, about breaking beyond being typecast, has a self-lacerating character

Brian Logan

22, Aug, 2021 @4:24 PM

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Lonely House review – noir-shaded selection of Kurt Weill’s hits from exile
Katharine Mehrling delivers the German master’s songs in ravishing style, accompanied with restraint by pianist Barrie Kosky

Mark Fisher

22, Aug, 2021 @1:02 PM

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Edinburgh theatre round-up: Medicine; Doppler; Screen 9; Burnt Out – review
Domhnall Gleeson is outstanding in Enda Walsh’s revelatory new play about attitudes to mental health

Clare Brennan

22, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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