Review: Wendy and Peter, Lyceum

Review: Wendy and Peter, Lyceum

While Ella Hickson’s Wendy And Peter Pan presents a very modern take on JM Barrie’s classic children’s story, it retains much of the magic of the original. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, the Lyceum’s Christmas show is a well-acted and beautifully crafted production that really seems to be connecting with both children and adults. And deservedly so. All your favourite characters are present as Wendy (Isobel McArthur) and Peter (Ziggy Heath) fly together to Neverland,…

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Review: Kinky Boots, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Kinky Boots, Edinburgh Playhouse

As one of musical theatre’s biggest hits, expectations for the Edinburgh run of Kinky Boots were as high as the heel on sparkly red stiletto boot that’s featured on the show’s poster. Thankfully, the touring production is as polished, bold and glitzy as its West End and Broadway counterparts and promises to bring some much-needed sparkle to Edinburgh’s festivities. With original music and lyrics written by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper, the Tony Award-winning musical tells…

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Preview: Sing Sistah Sing!, Rose Theatre

Preview: Sing Sistah Sing!, Rose Theatre

A British-American opera singer and an award-winning Edinburgh-based former politician and professional pianist will perform a festive adaptation of a five-star Fringe hit show in the Capital next month. Andrea Baker, the internationally-renowned mezzo soprano, and former SNP councillor Richard Lewis will present a tinsel-tinged edition of Sing Sistah Sing, a celebration of Christmas and the sound and breadth of the African American female voice. It will run from December 20-23 and 27-30 show at…

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Review: Nativity, Festival Theatre

Review: Nativity, Festival Theatre

Nothing conjures up childhood festive memories quite like a traditional school nativity. The chaotic nature of the annual school show was captured perfectly in 2009’s big screen hit Nativity so it’s a pleasure to see that the nostalgic charm which made the movie such an unexpected hit has been translated so well to the stage adaptation. Debbie Issit’s Nativity the Musical opened on London’s West End in 2017 and follows the story of what happens…

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears announced as King’s Theatre panto for 2019/20

Goldilocks and the Three Bears announced as King’s Theatre panto for 2019/20

On the eve of this year’s panto opening, it has been announced that Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be the King’s Theatre Edinburgh panto for 2019/20, opening on Saturday, 30 November 2019 and running until Sunday, 19 January 2020. Join the cast in the big top of panto dreams as the King’s Theatre Edinburgh transforms into a sensational circus world where anything is possible. Three is the magic number as Allan Stewart, Andy Gray…

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The Traverse reveals January-April 2019 season

The Traverse reveals January-April 2019 season

Traverse Theatre has revealed its January-April 2019 season – with three home-grown productions returning for a special run, before travelling worldwide. With queues for return tickets during Traverse Festival 2018 hours long, one of the most talked-about shows of the Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning Ulster American (20 Feb-2 Mar), written by David Ireland, returns by audience demand. Exploring abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice in a…

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Review: Motown the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Motown the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

What do you get when you mix Motown Records’  biggest hits with a cast that’s talented enough to take on the label’s most iconic performers? A jukebox musical that’s worth dancing in the streets for. Motown the Musical, which runs at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday 8 December, is based on the memoirs of Berry Gordy and tells the story of how he built the legendary pop empire from the ground up with nothing more…

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Review: Saturday Night Fever, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Saturday Night Fever, Edinburgh Playhouse

The music for Saturday Night Fever remains the second best-selling film soundtrack of all time so it comes as no surprise to see Bill Kenright’s touring production of the musical attracting sold-out audiences as it struts its way across the UK. The show follows the story of Tony Manero (played by Casualty’s Richard Winsor), a charismatic 19-year-old who is stuck in a dead-end job but escapes his mundane life by dancing his nights away at…

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Mrs Brown’s Boys to visit Scotland on new arena tour

Mrs Brown’s Boys to visit Scotland on new arena tour

The award-winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs Brown’s Boys will return to Scotland next year, with their brand new production Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical?, which comes to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro as part of a UK tour, promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side splitting and musical adventure. Brendan O’Carroll said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? will have you crying with laughter, tapping your toes and you will leave the show singing and…

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Review: Let It Be, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Let It Be, Edinburgh Playhouse

It may be 48 years since the Beatles officially split but for one night you can party with the Fab Four in Let It Be the musical. The acclaimed West End production returned to Edinburgh Playhouse last night to pay homage to one of the most influential bands in the world, the Beatles. The show follows the band’s journey from one of their early performances at the Royal Variety Show in front of the Queen…

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