City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

The Bespoke Overcoat Review

Bespoke Overcoat - a scene

The secure thread of friendship runs through this gently comic play.

Edinburgh Book Festival: "Paradigm Shift: Battling for Success in Science"

For the Frederick Hood Memorial Event which was sponsored by Walter Scott and Partners Ltd, Professor Susan Greenfield was joined by Kirsty Wark as the interviewer.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Independence Debate

Put 500, largely older people in a huge tent in Edinburgh and they vote against an independent Scotland.

All Chopin Piano Recital Review


William Alexander was delighted with his audience of over a hundred Chopin enthusiasts for a lunchtime concert at the recently reopened and splendid St Andrew's and St George's West in George Stree

Edinburgh Book Festival: "The Dukes of Devonshire" Review

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Roy Hattersley came to the first Edinburgh Book Festival in 1983 and has appeared in every year since then - now he is helping it celebrate its thirtieth year in his capacity as a founder member wi

Pugni Di Zolfo – Fists Of Sulfur Review


An intense sulphuric light emanates from this one-man show by Florentine actor Maurizio Lombardi. It was performed in its original Italian at the Italian Institute on Monday 12th August.

Between Empires Review

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‘Between Empires’ has the potential to be the jewel in the crown in terms of new musicals at the Fringe. 

Edinburgh Book Festival: "Memoirs of a Singular Politician" Review

This was billed as "The Baker Tilly Event" and was another packed, sell-out for the Book Festival indicating the tremendous pulling power of former Conservative Party MP Ann Widdecombe as

Solstice Review

A remote cottage on the wild, windswept north-east coast of Scotland is the perfect place for murder. Staged in a dark basement in an old gothic church should create the right atmosphere.

A Little Piece of Heaven Review

Although set at the time of the London Olympics the themes of ‘A little piece of Heaven’ are very current in this new piece of writing by playwright Haley Cox.

The Greatest Liar In All The World Review

Greatest Liar cast

Being a fan of the art of puppetry, it was with some excitement that I approached this afternoon’s performance of The Greatest Liar In All The World.

Edinburgh Book Festival: "China's Brutal One Child System" Review

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Chair Rosemary Burnett introduced Ma Jian's new book "The Dark Road" as being "an amazing read".

The Red Bike Review

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There is no language barrier in this delightful piece of clowning with a political message from San Cesario di Lecce in Southern Italy.

She Was Probably Not A Robot Review

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It has to be said that I had pretty low expectations for She Was Probably Not A Robot. I’m not sure why.

Last Embrace Review

The sectarian divide in Northern Ireland is an evocative relocation for Shakespeare’s plot of Romeo and Juliet.

EIF Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra : Tchaikovsky 6 ‘Pathétique’

Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

How fortunate to have such experienced musicians. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto has a quiet piano introit after the conductor has given the go-ahead.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Who Were the People Who Died in Pompeii?

This was an exceptional experience and the talk by Paul Roberts, the Curator of the British Museum's current exhibition on Pompeii and the Vesuvius eruption of AD79. It was absolutely packed out.

BIANCO -Turning Savage Review


Enter the silver spaceship that is NoFit State’s Big Top for their latest staggering spectacle of exacting anarchy: BIANCO – Turning Savage!

Edinburgh Book Festival: A New Look at Disraeli Review

This was a totally fascinating and entertaining hour with Douglas Hurd and Edward Young, ably chaired by Allan Little.

Fidelio, EIF 2013, Review

Fidelio on Segway at EIF 2012

Having reviewed Blomdahl’s Aniara, the first space opera, at the 1959 Festival, I was apprehensive about the doomed spaceship Aniara being the location for Fidelio, a work proclaiming Freedom

Ballad of the Burning Star Review

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Welcome to Israel, a land of endless sun, orange groves, bullets and bombs.