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Living with the lights on’s Mark Lockyer: My 10 essentials for mental health

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, Plays, Regional theatre, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Living with the lights on is centred around my time at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995. It was there that the odd and bizarre began happening to me and I had no idea what, why or how to stop it. I was going really well as a successful young actor. Then things began to fall apart.

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Christmas planning: Pantomime previews

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Pantomimes, Ticket recommendations by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

This isn’t an exhaustive list because there’ll be a panto somewhere in practically every postcode come December, but it is a rundown of your options – financial and artistic – for a special Christmas outing. I’ve averaged six pantomimes in recent years, so am already adopting the ‘brace’ position …

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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.