By Peter Samur, 10-May-2012 10:19:00
Oliver!, the much-loved musical by Lionel Bart, is set to open at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Wednesday May 30th.
Cameron Mackintosh's new touring production stars Brian Conley as Fagin and contains all the classic songs that have made the show one of the hottest tickets in the West End for many years.
It also features Samantha Banks as Nancy and Iain Fletcher as Bill Sikes.
People heading to the Edinburgh theatre for Oliver! can expect to hear the cast perform songs such as I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me and Food, Glorious Food.
The musical will be staged in the Scottish capital until Saturday June 23rd, giving theatre-goers plenty of opportunities to enjoy this famous adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.
Tickets for the show are available online, priced between £18.50 and £55.50. Evening performances will begin at 19:30 BST and matinees are due to start at 14:30 on selected dates.
By Peter Samur, 29-Apr-2012 10:37:00
The Usher Hall in Edinburgh is set to stage a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Leading clarinettist Martin Frost will play the famous work, backed by the orchestra and its chief conductor Donald Runnicles, at the concert hall on Sunday May 13th.
One of Mozart's final completed compositions, the Clarinet Concerto was written in 1791 for Austrian musician Anton Stadler. The piece is known for its delicate, melancholic beauty and understated solo part.
Frost, who hails from Sweden, has collaborated with orchestras around the world and released a popular recording of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's performance in Edinburgh will also include a rendition of Symphony Number 7 by Anton Bruckner, which is one of the Austrian composer's most celebrated works.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased online, priced between £10 and £26. The music is due to begin at 19:30 BST.
EdinburghandHotel.com recommends a wide range of Edinburgh hotels that could appeal to classical music lovers, including the Hotel Missoni.
This luxurious hotel is located in the Scottish capital's Old Town and features the award-winning restaurant Cucina.
Visit http://www.usherhall.co.uk/ or contact the venue's box office on 0131 228 1155 for more information about the concert.
By Peter Samur, 01-Apr-2012 11:46:00
Children will be introduced to the magic of the performing arts when the Imaginate children's theatre festival takes place in Edinburgh once again this year.
Running from May 7th to 14th 2012, the event offers up a series of plays, dance performances, puppet shows, operas and more, with many of the productions providing interactive elements.
Some of the best children's theatre productions from around the world will be featured at the show, including Australian dance experience This (Baby) Life, the touching Swedish fantasy Aston's Stones and the dreamlike French production Traverse.
Other highlights include the heartwarming friendship tale Sunflowers and Sheds, the puppet-oriented Cloud Man, the side-splitting comedy spectacular By the Seat of Your Pants and the sheep parable Kindur, which offers opportunities for audience participation.
The programme includes everything from fairytale re-imaginings to thoughtful dramas, with different shows available for kids of all ages.
Tickets are available online now for £10 each, with a variety of price reductions offered for those booking for multiple family members as a group.
EdinburghandHotel.com recommends a wide selection of cheap hotels in the city that may be suitable for families, including the Sakura Guest House.
Visit http://www.imaginate.org.uk/ for full event details.
By Peter Samur, 21-Mar-2012 20:54:00
The Beltane Fire Festival returns to Calton Hill in Edinburgh next month, when thousands of people will gather to celebrate the start of summer.
Taking place on Monday April 30th this year, the event is a revival of an ancient Celtic fertility festival that has been taking place since the mid-1980s.
It features a dramatic procession based on the Scottish and Irish pre-Christian festival of Beltane, during which various characters from ancient mythologies are brought to life.
The event is known across Scotland for its intensity and colour, with the atmosphere enhanced by fire and processional drumming.
Approximately 12,000 people head to Calton Hill to see the four elements of nature – earth, air, fire and water – brought together in spectacular fashion.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased in advance for £5 at several venues in Edinburgh, while a limited number will also be available on the night for £8.
People heading to the festival can browse a large selection of Edinburgh hotels at EdinburghandHotel.com, including the Albyn Townhouse.
This four-storey Victorian townhouse is within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions.
For more information about the event, visit http://beltane.org/beltane-2012/ or contact the ticket office on 0131 473 2000.
By Peter Samur, 29-Jan-2012 11:27:00
Kaiser Chiefs, the indie rock band famed for their energetic live shows, are due to perform in Edinburgh next month.
Fresh from the release of their fourth studio album The Future is Medieval in June 2011, the Leeds-based group are set to embark on an extensive UK tour.
Their performance at the Scottish capital's HMV Picture House on Thursday February 9th is likely to feature new songs such as Little Shocks and Man on Mars, as well as hits from their previous albums.
Employment, the band's acclaimed debut release from 2005, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and brought them a taste of chart success with catchy singles such as I Predict a Riot and Oh My God.
The group achieved their first number one single in 2007 with Ruby, the anthemic lead track from their second LP Yours Truly, Angry Mob.
Tickets to see Kaiser Chiefs in Edinburgh are available online, priced at £25 plus booking fee. Doors at the Picture House are due to open at 19:00 GMT.
Music fans will find plenty of ideas for Edinburgh accommodation at EdinburghandHotel.com, which recommends the Sakura Guest House.
For more information on this event, visit http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/home.
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