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Thom Dibdin
Thom Dibdin has been reviewing and writing about theatre in Scotland since the last millennium. He is currently Scotland Correspondent for The Stage newspaper. In 2010, he founded The city's only dedicated theatre website, it covers all Edinburgh theatre year-round - and all theatre made in Edinburgh during EdFringe. Thom is passionate about quality in theatre criticism and is a member of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. He tweets from @AllEdinTheatre and, personally, from @ThomDibdin.
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The latest from Thom's site

£6.5M for King’s 30th July 2021
Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil 21st July 2021
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ Playhouse date 20th July 2021
Linehan to leave EIF 20th July 2021
Derren Brown adds Edinburgh dates 9th July 2021
Room 29 Auditions 4th July 2021
EGTG EdFringe Auditions 29th June 2021
Gene Kelly Ballet for SB 29th June 2021
Model Theatres 25th June 2021
The Macbeths 25th June 2021
It’s James IV! 25th June 2021
Theatrical Science 25th June 2021
Physical distancing lifted – official responses 24th June 2021
Theatres’ opening hope… 24th June 2021
The Mother Load 23rd June 2021
Bat Out Of Hell for Playhouse 22nd June 2021
Generation Z: The Future is Unwritten 21st June 2021
Charlie Brown Casting 19th June 2021
Lycett’s Edinburgh Bee 18th June 2021
Pitlochry Listings Added 17th June 2021
Adventures with the Painted People 13th June 2021
Crew Callout 12th June 2021
Gen Z goes live 12th June 2021
Cap Theatres confirms reopening dates 10th June 2021
NTS takes on Orphans 10th June 2021
Fringe sets on-sale date 9th June 2021
EAS Goes Live 8th June 2021
Day lights on Chicago 3rd June 2021
Extra covid relief for culture 2nd June 2021
EIF Indoors & Out 2nd June 2021
Partridge’s Stratagem 28th May 2021
Hindu Times 27th May 2021
Cher Show for Edinburgh 21st May 2021
Children’s Fest Listing 21st May 2021
Class Act Online 12th May 2021
EMT Get Drowsy 12th May 2021
Theatres can reopen 11th May 2021
Tennis Elbow 1st May 2021
Beauty & Beast cast 30th April 2021
Dreamgirls On Sale 27th April 2021
Hold The Door! 22nd April 2021
A Space To Bless 21st April 2021
Imaginate goes Hybrid 21st April 2021
Tell Me On A Sunday for King’s 20th April 2021
Smile 17th April 2021
Distance Remaining 14th April 2021
EdFringe sets dates 14th April 2021
EIF Returns 13th April 2021
Street Acts 11th April 2021
Cap Theatres to re-open! 9th April 2021
Doppler: The Story So Far 6th April 2021
Meet Jan Black 3rd April 2021
Higgins for EdFringe chair 26th March 2021
Angela 25th March 2021
Skinner for the Quines 18th March 2021
Let There Be Theatre 13th March 2021
Fleabag creator first EdFringe Pres 19th February 2021
roulette 14th February 2021
Extra £9m for creative freelancers 12th February 2021
Angela Cast Announced 12th February 2021
Love theatre – live 11th February 2021
King’s Bat Call for Andy 1st February 2021
Scottish Ballet’s Coppelia for EIF 2022 1st February 2021
Whose Festival Is It Anyway? 29th January 2021
Lyceum’s L20 artists 29th January 2021
Islander on Radio 4 27th January 2021
Bookfest Moves 27th January 2021
Remembering Andy Gray 18th January 2021
Andy Gray RIP 18th January 2021
Lyceum extends Xmas 18th January 2021
Cap Theatres new £800K Covid funds 17th January 2021
Lyceum’s home theatre experience 13th January 2021
Bedknobs & Broomsticks for Fest Theatre 7th January 2021
Jim Haynes 7th January 2021
Student Actors Wanted 6th January 2021
White Christmas in 2021 23rd December 2020
Rapunzel – A Hairy Tale Adventure 22nd December 2020
Rapunzel: The Pantomime 19th December 2020
The Secret Theatre 19th December 2020
Lyceum Christmas Tales IX – XII live 18th December 2020
Lyceum Christmas Tales V – VIII 17th December 2020
12Ks of Xmas for Sick Kids 12th December 2020
Christmas Tales I-IV 12th December 2020
A calendar to review 7th December 2020
Covid-19 impact research 4th December 2020
Fibres 27th November 2020
Beauty and Beast’s Edinburgh Date 26th November 2020
Lament for Sheku Bayoh 20th November 2020
shrapnel 20th November 2020
Brunton puts panto on screen 18th November 2020
Roxy Creative Labs 13th November 2020
Musicals Hub for Studio 13th November 2020
The CATS 2020 in full 12th November 2020
Edinburgh’s CATS credits 12th November 2020
Being Viable 11th November 2020
Osmonds for Edinburgh 10th November 2020
Big Screen at the Airport 4th November 2020
Lyceum stage revealed 3rd November 2020
Bare Academy 31st October 2020
Rich Kids Live Stream for Trav 29th October 2020
£500k lifeline for Cap Theatres 23rd October 2020
Celebrating Tom McGrath 23rd October 2020
Macbeth forced online 23rd October 2020
Freelance Hardship Fund Details Published 22nd October 2020
McGrath’s 80th marked 22nd October 2020
L20 applications open 20th October 2020
Shrapnel Live & Online 19th October 2020
Outside, Damned Spot 16th October 2020
Performers eligible for £5m hardship fund 15th October 2020
Home Comfort with Citadel 11th October 2020
Dance Base Cash Crisis 9th October 2020
Take off to Car-Park Panto 8th October 2020
Lyceum Xmas Ticket Details 8th October 2020
Lyceum’s Live Xmas 8th October 2020
In Someone Else’s Shoes: Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer 6th October 2020
Showcase 30th Anniversary Album 5th October 2020
NTS Stream for Lyceum 2nd October 2020
#TakeASeat 28th September 2020
Quantum in BGT semi 25th September 2020
£955K for Ed Theatres 25th September 2020
Seats Up at the Lyceum 24th September 2020
Help Save the King’s 16th September 2020
Showcase goes offline! 14th September 2020
Kitson for Lyceum 14th September 2020
Letter to FM 10th September 2020
King’s Double Jeopardy 10th September 2020
Traverse Festival (2) 29th August 2020
£57m for culture 28th August 2020
Traverse Breakfast Plays: New Tracks (1) 26th August 2020
Theatres get re-opening date 20th August 2020
Fragments Of Home 17th August 2020
Doppler Goes Digital 17th August 2020
Brunton Postpones Panto 10th August 2020
My Light Shines On: Ghost Light 9th August 2020
EPT go online 9th August 2020
SHED-ule online 7th August 2020
Edinburgh Venues’ £1.7m Covid funds 6th August 2020
Threat to King’s refurb 5th August 2020
Fest of Theatre for 2021 5th August 2020
King’s Panto cancelled 5th August 2020
Consequence 4th August 2020
Shedinburgh Culture 4th August 2020
Lights Shine On for EIF 4th August 2020
I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change 1st August 2020
Miraculous 31st July 2020
Grid Iron New Show 31st July 2020
Reopening Date for Theatres 30th July 2020
Burke’s Wedding Date Confirmed 29th July 2020
EdFringe Listings Open 28th July 2020
The Garden Party 26th July 2020
EdFringe Board: Noms Open 24th July 2020
A Garden Zoom 23rd July 2020
Trav in redundancy talks 17th July 2020
Drive-In Cancelled 15th July 2020
EdFringe Goes Online 15th July 2020
Family Drive-In 11th July 2020
Imaginate 2021 Call-Out 10th July 2020
Elections for EdFringe 10th July 2020
FM confirms £97m is for arts 6th July 2020
Help for theatre Freelancers 6th July 2020
A £97m opportunity 6th July 2020
£97M for Scottish culture 5th July 2020
Support for theatre fund 4th July 2020
£10M for Theatre 3rd July 2020
Six Drives In 3rd July 2020
Theatre Blogging 1st July 2020
ScotGov commits to theatre 29th June 2020
National Partnership for Culture 26th June 2020
Economic recovery: Culture Sub Cttee Report 25th June 2020
Culture revival post Covid 24th June 2020
£1.25M “life raft” for EdFringe 16th June 2020
Room 29 Go Online 15th June 2020
Covid Impact Survey 9th June 2020
Lyceum petition – Management respond 9th June 2020
Petition to save Lyceum workforce 8th June 2020
Kids wanted to Rock! 5th June 2020
Playfulness Online 3rd June 2020
Playhouse dark to Aug 2 3rd June 2020
Weekend Wonders 30th May 2020
Gang Show Cancels 28th May 2020
Anno Domino 27th May 2020
Scenes for Survival online 27th May 2020
Dear Lyceum, 22nd May 2020
Strictly Ballroom Reschedules 20th May 2020
“Hibernation” for Lyceum 20th May 2020
Hidden Door goes Live Online 17th May 2020
New Ayckbourn gets audio stream 17th May 2020
Trav Young Writers go online 16th May 2020
Tell-Tale Heart a flutter 14th May 2020
Book of Mormon On Sale 14th May 2020
Home Made with MGA 12th May 2020
Complicite’s Encounter goes online 9th May 2020
Dogstar Online 7th May 2020
Playhouse dark to July 6th May 2020
Mormon reschedules 6th May 2020
May the Fourth be with Will 4th May 2020
Hot streaming lunchtime theatre 4th May 2020
Online theatre criticism workshops 2nd May 2020
Zoom to Werk with VPT 30th April 2020
House lights up! 29th April 2020
Phone Fictions online 27th April 2020
Five from Inside 27th April 2020
The Tempest 23rd April 2020
Hidden Door Postpones 23rd April 2020
Seaside streaming 17th April 2020
Broadway Bound 2020 17th April 2020
Capital Theatres dark to midsummer 16th April 2020
Five from Inside 15th April 2020
In celebration of the Public House 11th April 2020
Easter Offerings 10th April 2020
Easter Rising 10th April 2020
Virtual Pub Theatre 8th April 2020
Pitlochry postpones summer season 6th April 2020
Strictly Reschedules 6th April 2020
Big Bare Quiz 4th April 2020
EdFringe has 2020 contingency plan 3rd April 2020
CS pauses Bridging Bursary applications 2nd April 2020
Support for festivals and workers 1st April 2020
All five August Fests off 1st April 2020
EdFringe announcement 1st April 2020
EdFringe Off 1st April 2020
White Easter Egg 31st March 2020
Covid latest news 31st March 2020
Cultural quickies 27th March 2020
7,000 tune in to Stand 22nd March 2020
Scenes for Survival 21st March 2020
Comedy keeps Standing 20th March 2020
Donate your ticket! 18th March 2020
Anger at Government “Advice” 18th March 2020
More shows off 16th March 2020
Covid-19 Theatre status 16th March 2020
EIF Postpones Launch 16th March 2020
King’s, Festival & Studio dark 16th March 2020
Covid-19 Latest – Sunday 15 March 15th March 2020
SCDA One Acts cancelled 13th March 2020
Festivals respond to Covid-19 13th March 2020
Covid-19 update 13th March 2020
Cirque Berserk 12th March 2020
Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show 12th March 2020
Sheridan is Cilla 9th March 2020
Listings Mon 9 – Sun 15 March 2020 9th March 2020
Playhouse Schooled in Rock 9th March 2020
The Secret Garden 7th March 2020
Cavalleria Rusticana 6th March 2020
Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti 4th March 2020
Anything Goes 4th March 2020
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 4th March 2020
Hairspray’s Playhouse Return 4th March 2020
Listings Mon 2 – Sun 8 February 2020 2nd March 2020
Comic Turns up at Playhouse 28th February 2020
Getting a kick out of SLO… 26th February 2020
Dial M for Murder 25th February 2020
Waitress for Playhouse 20th February 2020
It’s One-Act Week 19th February 2020
Peter Pan Goes Wrong 14th February 2020
Sister Act 14th February 2020
O’Shea leaves #EdFringe 12th February 2020
LYT seek writer in residence 11th February 2020
The Hollow 7th February 2020
Ludicrous MacKenzie 5th February 2020
Six The Musical 5th February 2020
Ten Times Table 4th February 2020
EGTG’s Improbables Return 1st February 2020
Blood Brothers Returns 31st January 2020
Oor Wullie 29th January 2020
Carr drives in to Edinburgh 29th January 2020
Manipulate is nigh! 28th January 2020
Grogan goes Barefoot at Lyceum 27th January 2020
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) 25th January 2020
Easter Play becomes Edinburgh Passion 23rd January 2020
Assembly expands ART award 15th January 2020
Hidden Door open call 13th January 2020
Big MAMA is Back 13th January 2020
David Greig extends Lyceum tenure to 2025 9th January 2020
Lion King adds 25 perfs 8th January 2020
It’s Barry to be Barry 8th January 2020
Trav Open Auditions 5th January 2020
Boxing Day Sale 26th December 2019
Playhouse Comedy update 20th December 2019
It’s a Wonderful Life 17th December 2019
Flutter 16th December 2019
White Christmas for Edinburgh 16th December 2019
Aladdin 14th December 2019
Creeping Beauty 14th December 2019
Sunny Afternoon for 2020 13th December 2019
The Lion King 12th December 2019
I Can Go Anywhere 11th December 2019
Mrs Brown is Coming to Town 11th December 2019
Bat Out Of Hell to Glasgow 9th December 2019
Goldilocks and the Three Bears 6th December 2019
PAW Patrol Live! in Edinburgh 6th December 2019
Hairspray 6th December 2019
Strange Tales 4th December 2019
Strictly Ballroom for Edinburgh 3rd December 2019
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol 30th November 2019
Playhouse & SEC Black Friday Ticket Deals 30th November 2019
Cinderella 30th November 2019
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! 28th November 2019
It’s Hairspray for the 45! 28th November 2019
Dreamgirls for Edinburgh 27th November 2019
A West End Winter Wonderland 24th November 2019
Kerry Ellis for Edinburgh 22nd November 2019
Into the Woods 22nd November 2019
On Golden Pond 21st November 2019
Edinburgh Gang Show 2019 20th November 2019
9 to 5 The Musical 18th November 2019
Listings Mon 18 – Sun 24 Nov 2019 17th November 2019
Six Decades of Neckies 15th November 2019
Catch 22 13th November 2019
New Top Team at Trav 13th November 2019
Mormon’s mission to Playhouse 11th November 2019
EGTG Catch their 22 10th November 2019
New boss for Capital Theatres 8th November 2019
Listings Mon 4 – Sun 10 Nov 2019 6th November 2019
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical 6th November 2019
Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off 6th November 2019
The Exorcist 6th November 2019
Cabaret 6th November 2019
SB’s Swan Lake for Festival 5th November 2019
Passing Through for NY 3rd November 2019
Made in Dagenham 31st October 2019
Footloose for Playhouse 30th October 2019
Prism 30th October 2019
The Rocky Horror Show 29th October 2019
Barber Shop Chronicles 25th October 2019
Listings Mon 21 – Sun 27 Oct 2019 24th October 2019
Heathers for Playhouse 24th October 2019
Frankenstein 22nd October 2019
The King and I 19th October 2019
The Night Watch 16th October 2019
Scripts wanted 15th October 2019
Listing Mon 14 – Sun 20 Oct 2019 14th October 2019
An Inspector Calls 9th October 2019
PPP: The Signalman 9th October 2019
MagicFest 10 Revealed 7th October 2019
Listings Mon 7 – Sun 13 Oct 2019 6th October 2019
McDonald’s Playhouse Return 6th October 2019
Annie 4th October 2019
A Woman of No Importance 2nd October 2019
Commitments for Playhouse 30th September 2019
Quinn cast as Wullie 30th September 2019
Billionaire Boy for Edinburgh 29th September 2019
Rogue Elf Wanted 27th September 2019
A Taste of Honey 25th September 2019
A second life in theatre 25th September 2019
Listings Mon 23 – Sun 29 Sept 2019 23rd September 2019
Mamma Mia! 21st September 2019
Playhouse laughing 20th September 2019
Black Men Walking 19th September 2019
Susan Wales Hampson 19th September 2019
Showcase 2019 18th September 2019
Number One Fan 17th September 2019
£174K for Kings 17th September 2019
Solaris 16th September 2019
CBeebies Xmas Show for Edinburgh 13th September 2019
Lion King extends Playhouse Run 9th September 2019
Listings: Mon 9 – Sun 15 Sept 2019 8th September 2019
Lyceum seeks carol singers 8th September 2019
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels wanted! 8th September 2019
LYAMC & Showcase 5th September 2019
Listings: Mon 2 – Sun 8 Sept 2019 3rd September 2019
PPP for BBC Scotland 1st September 2019
Exorcist cast for Kings 31st August 2019
Tartuffe 28th August 2019
BookFest – The Final Whistle 28th August 2019
Daughterhood 28th August 2019
Don’t Frighten the Straights 28th August 2019
EdFringe sells 3 million Tix 26th August 2019
India Flamenco – A Gipsy Tale 26th August 2019
Barry 26th August 2019
Goodbye Charles 26th August 2019
Jesus Christ Superstar 26th August 2019
Oliver! 25th August 2019
Never None (but She) 25th August 2019
Black is the Color of My Voice 25th August 2019
Madame George 25th August 2019
Playing With Books 25th August 2019
Surveillance 25th August 2019
Fish 25th August 2019
Moot Moot 24th August 2019
The Understudies 24th August 2019
Woke 24th August 2019
Alba Flamenca 24th August 2019
Umbrella Man 24th August 2019
Dr Korczak’s Example 24th August 2019
Ivory Wings 23rd August 2019
Heir Heads 23rd August 2019
Cadaver Synod 23rd August 2019
Heroes 23rd August 2019
Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress 23rd August 2019
The Collection of Professor Novak 23rd August 2019
Krapp’s Last Tape 22nd August 2019
She Can’t Half Talk 22nd August 2019
At the Book Festival 22nd August 2019
Nancy’s Philosopher 21st August 2019
Burns for Brunch 21st August 2019
The Happiness Project 21st August 2019
1902 21st August 2019
Perfect Wedding 20th August 2019
Bull 20th August 2019
(Can This Be) Home 18th August 2019
Celeste’s Circus 18th August 2019
A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego 18th August 2019
Silence In Court 18th August 2019
Pink House 17th August 2019
Resurrecting Bobby Awl 17th August 2019
Haggis, Neeps and Burns 17th August 2019
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 16th August 2019
The Man Who Planted Trees 15th August 2019
Atlantis 15th August 2019
The Brooklyn Scotsman 15th August 2019
The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth 15th August 2019
Sad Eyes to Smile With 15th August 2019
Thunderstruck 15th August 2019
Reservoir Dugs 15th August 2019
Number, Please 15th August 2019
Bonnie and Clyde 14th August 2019
The Greenhouse Reviewed 14th August 2019
The Greenhouse 14th August 2019
The Taming of the Shrew 13th August 2019
First Piano on the Moon 13th August 2019
Broken Funnies 13th August 2019
Low Level Panic 13th August 2019
Drone 13th August 2019
Chagos 1971 13th August 2019
A Man’s A Man 13th August 2019
Bugsy Malone 13th August 2019
A Game of Death and Chance 12th August 2019
Bull 12th August 2019
In Her Corner 11th August 2019
Rent 11th August 2019
Of Mice And Men 11th August 2019
Tartuffe 11th August 2019
In Space… 11th August 2019
This Script 11th August 2019
The Merry Wives of Windsor/Holyrood 10th August 2019
Going Slightly Mad 10th August 2019
A Bohemian Fairytale 10th August 2019
A War of Two Halves 10th August 2019
Anthems & Movie Music 10th August 2019
Craig on the Cliff 9th August 2019
The Addams Family 9th August 2019
Pool (no water) 9th August 2019
The Grandmothers Grimm 9th August 2019
Oliver! 9th August 2019
The 27 Club 9th August 2019
Parasites 9th August 2019
Surprise Package 8th August 2019
Sunset 8th August 2019
The Pat Hobby Stories 8th August 2019
Arrivals 8th August 2019
Level Up 8th August 2019
Princess Pumpalot: The Ghostly Farting Monk Hunt 8th August 2019
Where Do Fairies Come From? 8th August 2019
Sister Act 7th August 2019
Second Honeymoon 6th August 2019
Gray and Stott go “FOH” at King’s 6th August 2019
Blood And Gold 6th August 2019
Annie Jr. 5th August 2019
How Not To Drown 5th August 2019
All Shook Up 5th August 2019
13 The Musical 5th August 2019
Brave Macbeth 5th August 2019
Once On This Island 4th August 2019
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3rd August 2019
Teechers 3rd August 2019
Legally Blonde Again 3rd August 2019
Legally Blonde 3rd August 2019
Down It Fresher! 2nd August 2019
EdFringe Theatre – Amateur Companies 30th July 2019
EdFringe Theatre – Grassroots Companies 30th July 2019
EdFringe Theatre – Youth & Student companies 30th July 2019
EdFringe Theatre – Professional Companies 30th July 2019
EdFringe Musicals 30th July 2019
EdFringe Children’s shows 30th July 2019
EdFringe Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word 30th July 2019
Made in Edinburgh 30th July 2019
Below the Blanket 28th July 2019
Last Call for EIF Opener 25th July 2019
Summer on Stage 2019 22nd July 2019
Legally Blonde – The Musical 19th July 2019
The Bodyguard 12th July 2019
___Is Where The Heart Is 11th July 2019
Boyle Is Back 10th July 2019
The Bodyguard Returns 4th July 2019
Listings Mon 1 to Sun 7 July 2019 3rd July 2019
Von Teese for Playhouse 28th June 2019
Phantom at the Festival 27th June 2019
Women in Parliament 27th June 2019
Amélie The Musical 26th June 2019
Listings Mon 24 – Sun 30 June 2019 25th June 2019
The Sideshow 24th June 2019
Once for Playhouse 24th June 2019
Strictly Tix On Sale 21st June 2019
Strictly dancers for Edinburgh 20th June 2019
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin 19th June 2019
Hair – the Musical 18th June 2019
Solaris Cast 15th June 2019
Redknapp & Davies take 9 to 5 13th June 2019
Beautiful for Playhouse 12th June 2019
Knives in Hens 12th June 2019
Club Tropicana 12th June 2019
The Twenty Five 11th June 2019
Listings Mon 10 – Sun 16 June 2019 10th June 2019
Wake up! 10th June 2019
Traverse wins big at CATS 9th June 2019

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