Burke Follows Black Watch with Hoors Premiere

hoors_may09.jpgScottish playwright Gregory Burke’s follow-up to his international hit Black Watch – which, among its myriad accolades won three of this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, for its belated London transfer last year at the Barbican (See News, 8 Mar 2009) – will receive its world premiere next week at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, where Black Watch started its life care of the then fledgling National Theatre of Scotland in August 2006 during the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Continue reading

EIF 2009 Tickets Go On Sale

Jonathan Mills, Festival Director takes the Festival taxi for a spin in Edinburgh.Tickets for the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival go on sale to the public this Saturday, 4 April at 10am. Tickets for performances start at between £7 and £10, with the highest priced tickets for opera just £64, less than a third of international opera prices and fantastic value for money. This year’s hot tickets look set to include: The Opening Concert Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Wagner’s dramatic opera The Flying Dutchman and Handspring Puppet Company and Ricercar Consort’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Continue reading

King’s Edinburgh Gets £500,000 Grant

King’s Theatre, EdinburghThe King’s Theatre in Edinburgh was today awarded a £500,000 grant towards its repair and refubrishment programme, estimated at £9 million in total. The financial boost from Historic Scotland comes after years of uncertainty for the A-listed theatre with heath and safety problems – including as asbestos and falling masonry – leaving it in desperate need of investment. Continue reading