Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

“Please sit back and enjoy this show, but remember in life “Just to sit still would be a crime”, writes Producer Mark Goucher in the programme for the new UK tour of Hairspray. The latest production of the iconic musical takes its audience on a whirlwind tour of 1960s Baltimore through the eyes of vivacious teen Tracey Turnblad as she battles against social prejudice in her quest to dance on live TV.  From the moment…

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Review: School of Rock The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Review: School of Rock The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Air guitars at the ready – it’s time to join the coolest kids in town as the School of Rock rolls into Edinburgh Playhouse. Based on the hit Noughties movie of the same name, School of Rock The Musical tells the story of a down-on-his-luck musician, Dewey Finn, who fraudulently finds work at a top private school by posing as his teacher roommate, Ned Schneebly. Dewey knows nothing about teaching or kids, so instead brings…

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Review: White Christmas, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: White Christmas, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Latest reports say the UK might be in store for a white Christmas – but whatever the odds, snow is falling at the Edinburgh Playhouse this December as Irving Berlin’s sparkling Hollywood musical, White Christmas, rolls in town. Based on the 1954 Bing Crosby movie, White Christmas tells the story of army veterans Bob Wallace (Matthew Jeans) and Phil Davis (Dan Burton) as they join forces with singing sisters Betty and Judy Haynes (played by…

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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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Ant Middleton to visit Edinburgh on 2020 UK tour

Ant Middleton to visit Edinburgh on 2020 UK tour

SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton will visit the Edinburgh Playhouse next year on a new tour that sees him playing his biggest UK shows to date. Using the skills honed from his experience in the British Special Forces, Middleton is famous for leading and completing extreme adventures often documented on TV. Last year, he climbed the highest mountain in the world in Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton, which tested him further than ever…

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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: 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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