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An Edinburgh view of the British stage

Bad theatre can be painful; bad comedy is excruciating. Judging by this year's Edinburgh, though, there's much to celebrate on the modern British stage

Every August, the population of Edinburgh doubles in size. During this month alone, seven festivals take place across the city; this year some 2.5m tickets were sold for nearly 40,000 theatre, music, arts and other events. It’s both a blessing and a curse. I’ve enjoyed some of the best live performance experiences of my life here; I’ve also sat through productions wishing the building would burn down around me. To fully enjoy Edinburgh, one must take risks.

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