Review: The King and I, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The King and I, Edinburgh Playhouse

Tradition states that your head should never be above the King of Siam’s but on this occasion you would be forgiven for a more relaxed meeting with his majesty as the The King and I rolls into Edinburgh for the latest part of its world tour. Set in the 1860s, this classic musical tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young English widow and the King of Siam after she accepts a job…

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Review: Matilda The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse *****

Review: Matilda The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse *****

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Matilda The Musical. After all, this Royal Shakespeare Company production has already bagged over 90 awards, and it doesn’t take a minute to see why Roald Dahl’s beloved tale has become such a global smash-hit. Starring the fabulous Scarlett Cecil as Matilda Wormwood, this delightful show tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who develops magical powers on her quest to find happiness. But that’s not without…

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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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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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Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Opened on Broadway in 2014, Sting’s The Last Ship tells the story of the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard in his hometown of Newcastle. Earlier this year, the musical set sail across the UK and Ireland for its first ever national tour and it has finally docked at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. It’s refreshing to see that Sting, one the music industry’s most well-known figures, has used his fame to create a truly interesting debut…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week. Wicked Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week. Remembering Fred Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. ‘Remembering Fred’ will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment plus audiences will see and hear video footage of famous Fred Fans including Twiggy, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Bruce Oldfield sharing stories. Brought to life by the producer…

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Review: Crazy For You, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Crazy For You, Edinburgh Playhouse

You don’t need to know the name Gershwin to be familiar with ​their memorable ​songs ​dating back to the early 20th century. In fact, chances are you’ll probably know the words and recognise ​a number of the score​s written by the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira, who remain one of the most renowned songwriting duos in history. The legendary Jazz Age composers produced some of the greatest musicals of all time, including Funny Girl, Shall We…

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Review: Shrek The Musical

Review: Shrek The Musical

Based on the hit 2001 Academy Award-winning animated movie, Shrek The Musical may not be far, far away from the original ‘anti-fairy tale’ – but this stage production just doesn’t deliver the same magic that it once did on the big screen. Whilst not sticking strictly to the original script, Shrek The Musical follows the alternative fairy tale of Shrek the ogre as he seeks to get his swamp back from the wicked Lord Farquaad…

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Kinky Boots strutting into Edinburgh Playhouse next Christmas

Kinky Boots strutting into Edinburgh Playhouse next Christmas

Kinky Boots – the winner of every major Best Musical award – arrives at the Edinburgh Playhouse for a two-week run from Monday, 10 December 2018. This heart-warming British story has become a favourite with UK theatregoers having won three Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Actor in a Musical for Matt Henry who played Lola. Kinky Boots also won the London Evening Standard BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for…

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