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Così Fan Tutte: Racial & sexual abuse should shock audiences, not titillation

In Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, International, News, Opera, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

The new production of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s classic opera Così Fan Tutte has attracted no shortage of controversy. After its premiere in Aix-en-Provence in France in July, the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival wrote to all ticket holders offering a refund “due to the adult nature of some of the scenes” and its unsuitability for younger audiences.

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CIRCUS DIARIES in Edinburgh: The Toad Knew by James Thiérrée & Compagnie du Hanneton

In Circus, Dance, Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

The latest production from Compagnie du Hanneton is a theatrical wonder that builds on their reputation for exquisite spectacle. James Thiérrée has genius of both skill and imagination, and The Toad Knew is a beautiful and precisely constructed surreality.

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NEWS: Alan Cumming cabaret headlines 2016 Edinburgh International Festival

In Cabaret, Dance, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Musicals, News, Opera, Plays, Regional theatre, Scotland by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Solid showing for Linehan’s second EIF: The return of Alan Cumming to Edinburgh for the whole festival is the big news of a programme that is more solid than surprising. He will be singing his Sappy Songs for 20 performances of late-night cabaret at the Hub. Cumming is part of the theatre programme, as artistic director Fergus Linehan seeks to question the nature of cabaret.