Tom McGrath, the Scottish playwright, poet and jazz pianist has died at the age of 68. He was diagnosed with cancer of the liver in 2007 and was still writing and listening to experimental jazz music at home until his peaceful death on Wednesday. Continue reading
Scottish 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
Pete Townshend’s legendary rock opera Quadrophenia is to being brought to the stage for the first time, appearing across Scotland at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (26 to 30 May 2009), King’s Theatre, Glasgow (02 to 06 June 2009) and His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (18 to 22 August 2009).
The world-famous Imperial Ice Stars, who have won international critical acclaim and great reviews with their previous tours of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice and Swan Lake on Ice, are set to thrill Scottish audiences once more with their brand new production, Cinderella On Ice, which come to the Theatre Royal from Monday 09 to Saturday 13 June. Continue reading
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
The 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
Kath Mainland has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Kath will take up the post following four years at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as Administrative Director. Continue reading