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Edinburgh March 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in March 2012?


Of Mice and Men (17 February - 17 March 2012) – John Steinbeck's masterpiece deftly references Robert Burns' poetry in its title, so a run that includes Burns Night seems appropriate. Once banned in much of the US, this is a powerful story of friendship and fragility during the economic depression of the 1920s – Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX - www.lyceum.org.uk

Sarah Millican - Thoroughly Modern Millican (2 - 3 March 2012) - Millican effortlessly balances two sides of her comedy: the soft, fluffy and sweet side is deftly interwoven with some of the sharpest gags on the comedy circuit. It's all carried along by an affable personality and an accent that audiences warm to immediately. A must see! - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/  

Carnival Du Vampires Rock (12 March 2012) - This is not a typical musical. It's the year 2030, a singer is auditioning for lead vocalist at a New York rock club but the club owner really wants someone to fill the role of his Vampire Queen. If the plot sounds crazy, don't worry: this show is all about classic rock songs with the attitude, pyrotechnics and sense of fun dialled up to 11 - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/  

Ceilidh Culture (16 March - 15 April 2012) - Traditional arts are thriving in Scotland, from folk music to storytelling, and a new generation are taking them to a wider audience. Ceilidh Culture is a wildly popular month long festival of events across the city, including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. A great taste of grassroots Scottish culture - Various venues around Edinburgh - www.ceilidhculture.co.uk  

Spamalot (19 - 24 March 2012) – Spamalot arguably has wider appeal than most musicals: Monty Python fans who would shun most West End musicals have gone to see the award winning Spamalot in huge numbers. With sharp witted comedian Marcus Brigstocke in the lead role, this is the ideal time to see it – Various venues around Edinburgh - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/  

Edinburgh International Science Festival (30 March - 15 April 2012) – A two week festival bringing a wide range of science events to the city. Spectacular demonstrations for all ages appear on the same programme as lectures by famous scientists and appearances by stars of popular science on TV – Various venues around Edinburgh - www.sciencefestival.co.uk

Dundee March 2012

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What's on in Dundee in March 2012


Steel Magnolias (22 February - 10 March 2012) - The gossip and goings-on in Truvy's beauty shop made the 1989 movie adaptation a bit hit, but it was original made for the stage. Dundee Rep will make this a more immersive experience by offering beauty treatments in the foyer 45 minutes before the curtain rises - www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk  

Bang On! (11 March 2012) - Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox (stage name: O Duo) are unusual among percussionists. In a world with many famous solo percussionists, they work as a duo. Often sharing the same set of instruments on stage, they contort and stretch around each other, resulting in a highly theatrical and humerous performance. For three years running they won the best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe and they've played the last night of the Proms. It's a style that lends itself shows like Bang On, aimed at mixed audiences of adults and children - Marryat Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

RSNO: Beethoven Eight (29 March 2012) - This is quite a concert programme; Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Fauré's Pavane, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 are all popular and well loved pieces. The evening opens with something more unusual: a suite from Bizet's The Fair Maid of Perth, his fairytale portrayal of Scotland. A great night out and it's worth noting that all RSNO concerts are free to under 16s - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

The Ig Nobel Awards Show (17 March 2012) - The flippant alternative to the real Nobel prizes, the Ig Nobel prizes celebrate the more quirky, imaginative and funny sides of each of the Nobel Prize subjects. Take the 2010 Ig Nobel Physics prize awarded to researchers who proved that you'd slip and fall less often on icy footpaths if you wore your socks on the outside of your shoes, or the 2009 Chemistry Ig Nobel winners who created diamonds from tequila. The award ceremony in Harvard is famously eccentric, but host and organizer (and Guardian journalist) Marc Abrahams will be just as happy bringing this select group of 2011's winners to Dundee - http://www.dundee.ac.uk/revealingresearch/ignobel/  

New Hotel opening

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Opening in March 2012, Apex Temple Court Hotel is an exciting new luxury four-star hotel located just off Fleet Street within the Inner Temple conservation area. Apex Temple Court is the first hotel to be built in one of London’s historic Inns of Court, the Inner Temple. This new hotel is a fusion of contemporary design, innovative technology with luxurious guest rooms and public areas created with Apex’s unique style.

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For business or pleasure, it's an unbeatable location. A short walk east is St Paul’s Cathedral and westwards takes you to Covent Garden, famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants and the Royal Opera House. Just 10 minutes walk away is The Strand and Theatre land, in London’s West End, recognised as the capital’s premier entertainment and leisure destination.

  • 184 stylish bedrooms and suites, some with private balcony views across the London skyline
  • Free Wi-Fi and local calls
  • All rooms have widescreen LED TVs with Sky Sports, Bose SoundDocks for MP3 players and a Teleadapt Active media hub for personal electronic devices
  • Chambers Bar and Restaurant / Exclusive Club Lounge / Fully equipped gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • Situated near popular attractions like St Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden and the West End theatre district.

For more information please visit www.apexhotels.co.uk/hotels/london.