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: 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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Review: Wicked, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Wicked, Edinburgh Playhouse

“Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” ponders Glinda the good witch, shortly after the curtain rises at The Edinburgh Playhouse. The answer to this question is intelligently explored throughout Wicked, the smash-hit musical which tells the story of how her unlikely friendship with Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, came to be. As one of modern musical theatre’s biggest triumphs, Wicked continues to draw sold-out crowds internationally more…

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Matilda the Musical to open in Edinburgh

Matilda the Musical to open in Edinburgh

Matilda the Music will have its Scottish premiere in Edinburgh next year. The popular musical, which has already enjoyed successful runs both on Broadway and in London’s West End, will run at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 2 – Saturday 27 April 2019. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book about a little girl with magical powers, Matilda the Musical was  commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010 and has since been seen by more…

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Frank Turner to visit Edinburgh on UK tour

Frank Turner to visit Edinburgh on UK tour

Frank Turner will return to Edinburgh later this year as part of his upcoming UK tour. The singer-songwriter will also play dates in Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Southampton – and more. See full tour dates below. Turner is set to perform live at Liquid Room on Saturday, 21 April in support of his eighth studio album, Be More Kind. The album, which is due to be released in May, was inspired by the…

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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: 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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MagicFest Interview: Juan Esteban Varela

MagicFest Interview: Juan Esteban Varela

All this week, we’ve been counting down to the opening of MagicFest 2017. The popular festival returns to Edinburgh tonight, kicking off over a week of spellbinding performances from some of the world’s most fascinating magicians. Earlier this week, we caught up with Juan Esteban Varela to find out more about his show, From the Dark, which takes place at the Assembly Rooms on Sunday and is the only magic show in the world to…

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