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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Listen: Noel Gallagher shares new single ahead of Edinburgh gig

Listen: Noel Gallagher shares new single ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ahead of his visit to the Edinburgh Playhouse next week (May 7), Noel Gallagher has announced new EP Black Star Dancing and shared the title track. You can listen to it here. The latest offering from the former Oasis man is his first new material since 2017’s Who Built The Moon. “It manages to combine the influences of David Bowie, INXS, U2, Queen, Indeep AND ZZ Top FFS!,” said Gallagher. “I might have been watching…

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Noel Gallagher hints at new material ahead of Edinburgh gig

Noel Gallagher hints at new material ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ahead of his visit to Edinburgh next week, Noel Gallagher has sparked rumours of imminent new material with a Twitter post that appears to be a smidgen of lyrics – or even a song or album title. The tweet, “Nature is dancing but we ain’t done yet”, has fans of the former Oasis man speculating that something new is on its way. Last month, The Who‘s Pete Townshend revealed that Gallagher was working with producer…

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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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David Blaine to kick off first-ever UK tour in Edinburgh

David Blaine to kick off first-ever UK tour in Edinburgh

Magician and illusionist David Blaine has announced first-ever UK and Ireland live tour – and it kicks off at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Blaine, who is well-known for his ambitious public stunts, will bring his Real Or Magic Tour to the UK and Ireland in June for his first live dates on these shores. The show promises an “interactive experience” and a set of “death-defying stunts”, as well as the assertion that no two shows on…

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