Full of crowd-pleasing music, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – at the Festival Theatre until Saturday – continues to pack in crowds who can see past its flimsy storyline and lack of dimension, and concentrate instead on the rollicking rock’n’roll good time it provides.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the UK National Theatre’s celebrated, award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, is back at the Festival Theatre until Saturday, and remains a beautifully staged, complex piece.
★★★☆☆ Lacks dirt:
There is plenty of energy and spectacle in Bruce Guthrie’s 20th anniversary production of Rent, at the Festival theatre until Saturday, but it is too careful and just too clean to fully persuade.
Vicious, enthralling, politically charged and emotionally engaging, Rambert’s revival of Ghost Dances, is still powerful, 35 years after it was created.
★★★★☆ Highly entertaining:
Pulsating and vibrant, Million Dollar Quartet provides a pleasing, high-tempo fictionalised account of one of the great jam sessions in the history of Rock’n’Roll.
★★★★☆ Scrumptious, truly:
The famous car is big, gleaming and flies just as it should in the new production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, at the Festival Theatre until Oct 15, but the surrounding musical has a much more homely feel to it.
★★★★☆ Classy entertainment:
Varied, impressive and thoroughly entertaining, this year’s MagicFest Closing Gala was another crowd-pleaser.
★★★★☆ Love shock:
Bold and surprising, David Dawson has completely reworked Swan Lake for Scottish Ballet, cutting away the fat of its fusty baggage, although he discards some elements of clarity at the same time.
★★★★★ Chim chim charming:
Practically perfect in every way, that’s Mary Poppins according to, well, Mary Poppins. She’s not wrong, though. The magical nanny really is rather wonderful.
Northern Ballet take on a dystopian tale of oppression and scrutiny at the Festival Theatre until Saturday. But it leaves the question, could it’s bark be worse than its bite?