Dazzling drama: the unmissable theatre, dance and comedy of autumn 2018

Gender-swapped classics, Hans Christian Andersen’s closet secrets, two giants of US comedy sharing a stage, plus Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as rulers in love

Twenty years after they made their names, the individual members of The League of Gentlemen are riding as high as ever – with Inside No 9 a cult smash on BBC2, and Mark Gatiss prominent in practically everything on TV. But they’ve carved out time – after a screen revival last Christmas – to return to their sinister Royston Vasey-based sketch comedy for an autumn tour (their first since 2005). Gatiss promises “some old favourites, some new stuff and some sort of sequels” to the three recent Christmas specials.
At SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, 28-29 August, then touring

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Hamilton goes Formula One, unseen Blue Peter and Maureen Lipman goes for it: Edinburgh festival 2018 – in pictures

Tape Face strikes again, TV cult and internet sensation Limmy uploads his videos, while Owen Roberts lets a six-year-old write his show for this year’s fringe.
All photography by Murdo MacLeod

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The best shows at the Edinburgh festival 2018

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival Continue reading…

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50 shows to see at the Edinburgh fringe 2018

Superstar standups, daring dance, Brexit cabaret and a Bon Jovi musical … Dive into our guide to some of the shows at the world’s biggest arts festival

Gilded Balloon

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Choose your favourite stage show of 2017

’Tis the season to compile lists of your favourite productions of the year – let us know which ones left you spellbound

As December disappears and the new year beckons, we’re remembering the theatre, comedy and dance shows that stood out in 2017 – and we’d love to hear your favourites. Please fill out the form below before Thursday 14 December, writing up to 250 words about the one show you found unforgettable. We’ll publish a selection of your favourites on the site before Christmas.

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Angels and demons: the unmissable theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2017

Hamilton hits London, Bryan Cranston’s news anchor goes berserk, Wayne McGregor turns his DNA into dance, Mae Martin revisits her teen addictions and Toyah Willcox is a time-travelling queen

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Alexei Sayle, Dolly Parton and payback time for critics: Edinburgh festival 2017 shows – in pictures

The Edinburgh festival 2017 runs the gamut from immersive political theatre to gender-questioning dance to standup comebacks – here’s a selection of shows photographed by Murdo MacLeod

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