Review: 9 to 5, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

They say it’s a man’s world – but not under Dolly Parton’s watch. The legendary Queen of Country has brought her Broadway and West End hit musical, 9 to 5, to the Edinburgh Playhouse for nearly a week long run this November.

Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 tells the story of three office secretaries in 80s New York who, after incessant bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment from their tyrant boss, take rather drastic (and hilarious) action to bring equality to their workplace.

The production includes an all-star cast with familiar faces from the small screen taking on the lead roles. Disappointingly, pop star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Louise Redknapp was unable to perform on Tuesday’s production, but understudy Laura Tyrer was a fantastic replacement as leading lady, Violet Newstead.

Co-starring the hilarious Georgina Castle as the big-haired and fabulous Doralee Rhodes, and Love Island winner Amber Davies as office newcomer Judy Bernly, these leading ladies bring new meaning to power dressing and bring plenty of star quality to the show and their respective roles.

Davies especially stands out in her role as quiet divorcee Judy. The reality TV star turned West End performer proves she is very much at home on the stage and steals the show with unexpectedly strong vocals.

The show was also much funnier than expected and Sean Needham is brilliant as the shameless CEO Franklin Hart Jr. He’ll have you boiling with rage and laughing all at once.

With an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by Parton herself, this hugely enjoyable comedy musical is the perfect escape from your own daily 9 to 5, so don’t miss your chance to experience all the glitz and glamour of Dollywood while it’s in Edinburgh this week.

9 to 5 is at Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday, 16 November

Words: Aimee Stanton

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