Liam Rudden - Never mind the mitherers get the curtain up on time

THE poster said 7.30pm. The flyer said 7.30pm. The ticket said 7.30pm. As usual, however, a significant proportion of the audience seemed surprised the show actually started at 7.30pm.

Miss Saigon

Review: Miss Saigon - Stunning tale of love and loss is a feast for the senses

LOVE and loss as Saigon falls is the crux of the matter in Cameron Mackintosh’s stunning new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical theatre masterpiece Miss Saigon.

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Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street

Zakia Moulaoui from Invisible Cities who is providing haircuts and handing out toiletries to homeless people from the police box on Leith Walk. Photograph: Greg Macvean

Barbers think outside the box to give homeless free haircuts

They’ve been transformed into tiny bespoke coffee kiosks, ticket offices for tourist attractions and even tapas bars after lying abandoned for years.

Alan Cumming and Nicola Sturgeon at a flash mob meeting outside the Yes Campaign office in Finnieston , Glasgow in 2014. Picture: TSPL

Alan Cumming makes £64K profit on ‘Indyref flat’ he bought in Edinburgh

Scottish actor Alan Cumming has made a £64,000 profit on a flat in Polwarth he bought in the hope it would let him vote in the Scottish referendum.

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The popularity of the Tattoos pipe bands will help to finance new arts projects. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh art projects to be kickstarted with new ‘Culture Fund’

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is to help kick-start new arts projects across the city after agreeing to help the city council bankroll a new “Culture Fund”.

Stefano Rossi as Tom Riddle, who becomes Voldemort. Photograph: Tryangle Films

Nine million watch Harry Potter film made for £13,000

It is an enterprising and passionate means of satisfying the insatiable demands of Harry Potter fans now that JK Rowling has retired her most famous creation.


In pictures: 20 statues of Robert Burns around the world

THERE’S a lot of love out there for Robert Burns. Across the globe there are more than sixty statues dedicated to Scotia’s bard.


In pictures: Edinburgh’s lost railway stations

It’s hard to imagine now but Edinburgh was once bound together by more than fifty railway stations in a way that would no longer be possible.

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Richard Jobson in full flow

Kevin Buckle: The art of making albums has hit the Skids

Great to see the new Skids album Burning Cities enter the UK charts in the top 30.

Liz Lochhead sparked controversy this week

Author says Robert Burns was ‘no Weinstein’

His image was that of the “heaven-taught ploughman” whose striking dark looks saw women of all backgrounds besotted and smitten by him and his poetry.

Edinburgh coat of arms

Where can you find unicorn emblems in Edinburgh?

There are several tributes to Scotland's national animal, the unicorn, around Edinburgh. How many have you spotted?


A journey through Robert Burns’s Edinburgh

Burns moved to Edinburgh in 1786 and, although he only lived there for just over a year, he left a memorable mark on the city

The Wilkhouse inn as depicted in John Kirk's 1772 map of the old Kintradwell Estate, Sutherland. PIC: Map courtesy of National Library of Scotland.

18th Century inn abandoned during Clearances is unearthed

The remains of an 18th Century inn that was abandoned during the Highland Clearances have been unearthed by archaeologists.

Bananarama are back together and playing Edinburgh Castle

12 exciting Edinburgh events to look forward to in 2018

It might be cold and miserable right now, but there’s lots tolook forward to in Edinburgh this year. Let Gillian McDonald be your guide to the best 2018 has to offer.

The Good Life - Daniel Nelson

Animal magic lies at heart of exhibition

APOLAR bear and her cub, herring gulls feeding, fish with four eyes (two in their mouth) and a red fox with its head buried in the snow, just some of the stars of the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, which opens at the National Museum of Scotland today.

The Lover - Yosuke Kusana as The Man, Susan Vidler as The Woman and Amy Hollinshead as The Girl

New platform for Trainspotting star

SUSAN Vidler is perhaps still best remembered as Allison, Sickboy’s junkie girlfriend and mother of the ill-fated baby in Trainspotting, but at The Lyceum right now, she can be found in a very different role.

You won't find yourself short of things to do after dark in Edinburgh

16 of the best things to do in Edinburgh at night

From stargazing to the cinema, Edinburgh has endless options for night owls

Come Dine With Me are looking for Edinburgh applicants

Come Dine With Me looking for Edinburgh applicants

Channel 4’s hugely popular cooking show Come Dine With Me is returning to the capital this year and they are looking for people from Edinburgh and the surrounding areas to apply.

Muriel Spark's work will be celebrated at the Usher Hall on January 31

First Minister in prime time celebration for Muriel Spark

Nicola Sturgeon is to read from the work of Muriel Spark at a special 100th anniversary celebration of the Edinburgh-born author’s life and legacy.


More mystery as search for clan chief finds body of headless woman, 25

It was designed to bring to an end a 270-year-old mystery surrounding the final resting place of notorious clan chief Simon “The Old Fox” Fraser who was executed for treason following the Battle of Culloden.

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