Review: Penn and Teller, Glasgow Armadillo

Review: Penn and Teller, Glasgow Armadillo

They’re as synonymous with Las Vegas as scantily-clad showgirls and blinding neon lights so it was no surprise to see a full house of excited fans turn out in force to see Penn and Teller perform in Scotland for the very first time last night. The iconic duo brought countless illusions and jokes with them but their most impressive trick was the way in which they were able to play their audience –revealing their ‘secrets’…

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Review: The Wedding Singer, King’s Theatre

Review: The Wedding Singer, King’s Theatre

Nothing brings out the best, the worst and the downright ridiculous in people more than a good wedding. It’s an ideal premise, then, for an upbeat, laugh-a-minute musical about love, heartbreak and the skewed idea of living happily ever after. The UK tour of The Wedding Singer has a lot to live up to in order to satisfy its excited audience, most of whom probably spent their formative years rooting for Adam Sandler and Drew…

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Review: Marvel Universe Live, The Hydro

Review: Marvel Universe Live, The Hydro

Fast-paced, loud and thrilling, Marvel Universe Live is an immersive superhero experience that more than managed to justify its expensive price tag. Produced by Feld Entertainment, the team behind the renowned Disney on Ice franchise, the all-new arena show will appeal primarily to children who have outgrown the company’s Princess-centric tours, as well as teens and adults familiar with the Marvel comic books and movies. Whilst the show’s plot, which follows a gaggle of iconic…

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Review: MagicFest Christmas Special, George Square Theatre

Review: MagicFest Christmas Special, George Square Theatre

With Christmas being the most magical time of the year, it seemed only fitting that the organisers of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival decided to launch a festive special to top off 2016. Taking place in George Square Theatre, MagicFest Christmas Special: A Collection of Wonders followed a cabaret format and comprised several spellbinding performances from some of the world’s leading magicians. Hosted by likeable festival founder Kevin Quantum, the family-friendly show lasted two hours…

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Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, King’s Theatre

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, King’s Theatre

It isn’t Christmas in Edinburgh until Grant Stott, Allan Stewart and Andy Gray take over The King’s Theatre with a delightfully silly pantomime. This year, Jack and the Beanstalk has been chosen to provide the vague storyline that acts as a basis for their extravagant festive shenanigans. When Princess Apricot (Rachel Flynn) is kidnapped by evil Fleshcreep (Stott), Jack (Greg Barrowman) is forced to sell his family’s beloved ‘coo’ for a bag of magic beans…

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Review: Ghost, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Ghost, Edinburgh Playhouse

The controversy surrounding Sarah Harding’s role in the touring production of Ghost the Musical has, so far, overshadowed an otherwise stunning production. Of course, the scathing reviews she’s attracted for her portrayal of Molly beg the question – is she really that bad? Put simply, the answer is no. Whilst she fails miserably in terms of maintaining her character’s American accent, her vocals come across as surprisingly polished during With You and there’s clearly chemistry…

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Review: She Drew The Gun, Sneaky Pete’s

Review: She Drew The Gun, Sneaky Pete’s

She Drew The Gun offered plenty of promise, having already attracted the backing of the Coral’s frontman James Skelly and Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq. This four-piece from the Wirral has evolved around the awesome talent of singer/songwriter/poet Louisa Roach. The current tour comes on the back of the release of their debut album, Memories of the Future, and arrived at Sneaky Pete’s – a small and intimate venue in the heart of the Grassmarket. They…

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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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Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Festival Theatre

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Festival Theatre

There are few musicals that radiate as much pure, unadulterated joy as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It comes as no surprise, then, that the classic tale of British inventor Caractacus Potts and his family’s adventure to Vulgaria in their magical clapped-out racing car has been loving reinvented for the stage once again. Directed by James Brining and starring Jason Manford, Charlotte Wakefield, Claire Sweeney and Phil Jupitus, this latest production is a stylish, big-budget show-stopper…

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Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect, review

Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect, review

There’s something about planning a wedding that can make even the most rational women lose their minds. Months of planning can become more stressful than a house move, whilst what colour of plates to serve dinner on can seem to become almost as big a dilemma as deciding which man to marry. For comedian and YouTube sensation Anna Morris, the lengths some brides will go to in order to ensure everything from the dress to…

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