This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week… Our Fathers What would you do if a stranger asked you to father her child? If your dad thought dance school turned you gay? If you’d never seen the man behind the mask? A moving and unforgiving tribute by three performers whose faraway fathers might just make an appearance. International company Babakas take inspiration from stand-up comedy, contemporary dance and The Sopranos to tell a…

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Review: Son of a Preacher Man, King’s Theatre

Review: Son of a Preacher Man, King’s Theatre

While some jukebox musicals feature a strong story, expertly woven together by an endless stream of classic hits, others fail to hit the mark by relying purely on musical nostalgia and overlooking the need for a strong cast and a plot that is both interesting and relevant. Son of a Preacher Man, which is on at the King’s Theatre until Saturday, falls somewhere in the middle. Inspired by the music of Dusty Springfield, the show…

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Review: Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

Review: Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

For most people, the word Disney conjures up images of cheerful characters, catchy songs and mystical lands. Disney on Ice’s latest show, Passport to Adventure, delivers on all counts. Characters from some of Disney’s most beloved movies are brought to life through colourful costumes, stunning skating and iconic music in the show, which is produced by Felt Entertainment. The show follows Mickey Mouse and his friends as they take the audience on an adventure to…

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Review: Cilla the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Cilla the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

Given her status as TV royalty, it’s easy to forget that the late Cilla Black was initially thrust into the spotlight as a talented singer, championed by The Beatles. Based on the hit ITV biopic, Jeff Pope’s Cilla the Musical transports its audience back to the 1960s to chart her meteoric rise from being a young, working-class secretary in Liverpool to being a famous singer, riding high at the very top of the music charts. The…

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Disney on Ice to skate into Scotland

Disney on Ice to skate into Scotland

A host of colourful Disney characters are set to descend upon Braehead Arena in Glasgow later this week when the latest Disney on Ice show skates into town. The children’s show, entitled Passport to Adventure, will take little ones on an adventure to some of the most memorable destinations from Disney movies including Neverland, the African Pride Lands, Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and the wintery town of Arrendalle. The skating spectacular features a cast of…

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Review: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

As the curtain rose at the Edinburgh Playhouse last night and the Grease orchestra launched into an overture featuring a melody of the musical’s most recognisable hits, the enthusiastic whooping, singing and dancing from the audience quickly set the tone for the evening. There are few musicals that are as universally loved as Grease and David Gilmore’s latest production of the original high school musical manages to do its popularity justice. Based on the 1971…

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Preview: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

Preview: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

The original West End production of the electrifying musical, Grease, is set to open at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight. The iconic high-school musical, which is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest musicals, features back-to-back memorable hits including You’re the One That I Want, Grease is the Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’. Since opening on Broadway in 1972, Grease has been widely considered as one of the…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Julia Miller (Lula de Rey), interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Julia Miller (Lula de Rey), interview

From the company that brought you Ada/Ava (total sell-out Edinburgh 2016), hit of the Fringe and critically acclaimed Manual Cinema return with their follow up, Lula del Ray. Told through a live-collage mix of shadow puppets and actors with live music, this show is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming of age story. AAA caught up with Lula del Ray’s Julia Miller for a chat. How has your Fringe been so far? It’s been…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Nicola Wren (Replay)

Edinburgh Fringe: Nicola Wren (Replay)

Replay. When a fiercely independent, workaholic police officer finds herself on the street where her brother once lived, she is propelled back to her vibrant childhood and forced to confront a tremendous loss. Replay is an intimate, funny and moving new monologue, written by Nicola Wren (501 Things I Do in My Bedroom) and brought to you by Edinburgh Fringe favourites DugOut Theatre (Swansong, The Sunset Five and Inheritance Blues). AAA caught up with Nicola…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Fleabag, review

Edinburgh Fringe: Fleabag, review

For those who didn’t catch last year’s BAFTA-winning comedy-drama Fleabag – where have you been? The BBC3 show, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, turned out to be one of the biggest hits of 2016 and catapulted the virtually unknown actress, writer, playwright and director to critical acclaim. It’s now returned back to where it all started, the Edinburgh Fringe, where the tragicomedy made its debut by Waller-Bridge in 2013. This time Maddie Rice takes…

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