Review: Beauty and the Beast The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse *****

Review: Beauty and the Beast The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse *****

What’s your favourite Disney film? We’ve all got one and mine happens to be Beauty and the Beast so the stakes were high when reviewing Disney’s latest production this week at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Afterall, how do you capture the movie magic of your beloved childhood film in a stage production?  Well, whatever your age, or your preferred Disney film, it would be impossible not to fall in love with this spellbinding musical. Members of…

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Chicago, The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Chicago, The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Jazz hands at the ready — Chicago has rolled into town for a week long run at the Edinburgh Playhouse. The critically acclaimed 1975 American musical by Kander and Ebb tells the story of Roxie Hart (played by the magnificent Faye Brookes of Coronation Street fame) who dreams of escaping the daily grind and her lacklustre husband, Amos (Joel Montague), for the bright lights of Chicago’s roaring 20s jazz clubs.  But dreams don’t always go…

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Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

There is a lot the world can thank Dolly Parton for: her multi award-winning country music; her iconic style and character; her philanthropy; and of course her $1 million donation to the lifesaving Moderna vaccine —which makes it so fitting for 9 to 5 the Musical to be the opening show as the Edinburgh Playhouse comes back to life. Based on the 80s cult film of the same name, 9 to 5 the Musical tells…

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Edinburgh festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

Edinburgh festivals cancelled due to coronavirus

For the first time in over 70 years, the five festivals that transform Edinburgh into the world’s leading cultural destination every August are not going ahead this year due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic. Edinburgh Art Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are not happening as planned in 2020. Together, the five August festivals comprise over 5,000 events across Scotland’s capital each…

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Run of dates announced for new comedy The Booth

Run of dates announced for new comedy The Booth

Producer and director Colin Scougall has announced a string of dates for hilarious new comedy The Booth, written by Peter Paterson. The play is set in a Glasgow working-class pub where the lives of regulars and staff unfold in a comedic tale of love, loss, and friendship, guided along the way by a narrator who explores the relationship between the characters and this special place they like to call their own. Audiences can expect raw…

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Review: 9 to 5, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

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…

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Review: Cabaret, Festival Theatre ****

Review: Cabaret, Festival Theatre ****

Bill Kenwright’s multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret was never going to disappoint, and if you like your musicals with all the glitz and glamour of a 1930s nightclub then it is not to be missed. Based on the musical adaption of Christopher Isherwood’s novel, Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of an aspiring young writer named Clifford Bradshaw (played by Charles Hagerty) who becomes involved in the wonderfully debauched lives of…

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Review: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

Suspenders at the ready, The Rocky Horror Show is back in town. Based on Richard O’Brien’s cult 70s musical of the same name, The Rocky Horror Show is a mind-warping production that’ll transport you straight to Transexual, Transylvania. This outrageous horror/comedy musical is like nothing else – it’s camp, it’s queer, it’s intergalactic and it will have you dancing all night, or at least doing The Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Show tells the story…

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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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From Scotland With Love to be performed at Usher Hall

From Scotland With Love to be performed at Usher Hall

Next March, From Scotland With Love will be performed for the first time in five years at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh – among other venues around the UK. From Scotland With Love was last performed to both critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival in the summer of 2015. Made entirely of Scottish film archive, From Scotland With Love is a 75-minute film by award-winning director Virginia Heath with a transcendent score…

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