Edinburgh Fringe: Nilaja Sun (Pike St.) interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Nilaja Sun (Pike St.) interview

Award-winning Nilaja Sun (No Child…) breathes life into a vibrant mix of Lower East Side residents in her latest solo show. At the heart of Pike St. is Evelyn. She’s balancing welcoming her Navy SEAL brother home, keeping her eccentric father out of trouble and providing electricity for her daughter on life-support. All this before a hurricane hits NYC. Pike St. is one of 2017’s unmissable shows and AAA caught up with Nilija for a…

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Review: Dirty Dancing, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Dirty Dancing, Edinburgh Playhouse

For die-hard fans who didn’t exactly have the time of their lives watching last week’s televised remake of the hit 1987 film, Dirty Dancing, the stage production (thankfully) doesn’t disappoint. Raunchy, passionate and fun, this all new record breaking, concept show directed by Federico Bellone has already taken a staggering £10 million since hitting the road last August and looks set to get audiences hot under the collar on its current UK tour. Based on…

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Casting announced for UK tour of Sunset Boulevard

Casting announced for UK tour of Sunset Boulevard

Hollyoaks star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac will lead the cast of Sunset Boulevard when it arrives in Edinburgh this later this year. The actor, who has previously performed in both Wicked and Legally Blonde, has been cast as male lead Joe Gillis in the upcoming UK tour of the popular musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning production of Sunset Boulevard, which opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday 3 October, tells the…

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Theatre: 9 To 5 The Musical, preview

Theatre: 9 To 5 The Musical, preview

Every once in a while, an am-dram theatre group comes along that gives the impression they’re actually a professional touring company instead. Case in point: Edinburgh’s Bohemians Lyric Opera Company. Formed in 1909, their production of Legally Blonde at the King’s Theatre last year was on a par, if not better, than the West End touring version. In short, a show well deserving of the general public’s cash, and not just invited friends and families….

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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… Hay Fever “Couldn’t you see that all my flippancy was only a mask, hiding my real emotions – crushing them down desperately!” Welcome to a village idyll, home to the eccentric Bliss family. Revelation, romance, and outright outlandish behaviour set the tone of this 1920s dark comedy. Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh joins with Citizens Theatre to present this riotous farce charting the unconventional antics of…

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Review: Mamma Mia!, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Mamma Mia!, Edinburgh Playhouse

Before Mamma Mia! starts, an announcement is made altering the audience to the fact that the musical they are about to see will feature an abundance of white lycra and platform boots. It’s a fitting preview for a show that is as ridiculous, cheerful and nostalgic as they come. Set on a sunny, traditional Greek island, Mamma Mia! follows the story of a young woman named Sophie Sheridan who sets out to find her estranged…

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Preview: Ghost, Edinburgh Playhouse

Preview: Ghost, Edinburgh Playhouse

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will join former Hollyoaks actor Andy Moss in a new production of Ghost the Musical, which opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight. Inspired by the 1990 Academy Award-winning film, which starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, the musical will follow the movie’s timeless story of love, despair and hope. Although the musical was performed in Edinburgh back in 2013, the current production will feature an expanded…

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Review: The Full Monty, King’s Theatre

Review: The Full Monty, King’s Theatre

Off to see The Full Monty at the King’s Theatre this weekend? Expect big laughs, a giddy audience and an unexpectedly heart-warming show. When a group of disillusioned former steelworkers from Sheffield witness the success of a Chippendales show in their local pub, they decide to try and claw their way out of unemployment by becoming self-taught strippers. Gaz (portrayed by Gary Lucy) desperately needs cash for child maintenance so that he can see his…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

In Yer Face Theatre’s stage production of Trainspotting was one of the hottest tickets in town during last year’s Fringe Festival – and for very good reason. Performed in George Square’s graffitied, atmospheric and intimate Underground venue, the 75-minute play immerses the audience from the moment they take their ‘seats’ on the cold, hard floor. What follows is a gritty, fast-paced and fascinating look into Edinburgh’s drug scene in the Eighties – immortalised first by…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Showstoppers’ Kids Show review

Edinburgh Fringe: Showstoppers’ Kids Show review

Whoever said you should never work with children or animals had clearly never been in the audience for a performance of The Showstoppers’ Kids Show. Interactive, fun and completely crazy, the improvised musical gives an audience full of kids the rare opportunity to create the stage musical of their dreams by deciding everything from who the characters are to where the story is set and what happens to them. It’s an interesting concept, and one…

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