★★★☆☆ Not such a class act:
The Ruth Rendell murder tale A Judgement in Stone, at the King’s until Saturday, promises much but shoots itself in the foot with unbelievable characters and relationships.
Dark, brooding and brutal, Scottish Opera’s take on Kafka’s The Trial, catches several areas of resonance and delivers a piece which is as glorious as it it is forbidding.
★★★★☆ Ebullient energy:
Fizzing with righteous anger and frothing with near-the-knuckle humour, the Attic Collective’s Lysistrata at the King’s is a breath of fresh air and an undeniable statement of intent.
The celebrated trio of Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Andy Gray are front and centre in this year’s King’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk – a production that is low on storyline but high on childlike fun and a headlong, effervescent energy.
Ambitious yet satisfying, this year’s Gang Show – at the King’s to Saturday – refuses to resort to many of the habitual sure-fire crowd pleasers.
★★★☆☆ What the Dickens?
The adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ most famous works, A Tale of Two Cities, at the King’s this week has more than a few misfires but finally proves an entertaining melodrama.
Loud, hugely enjoyable and instantly recognisable, The Broons, playing the King’s to Saturday, is every bit as much fun as you would hope.
Cheeky and rollicking, the touring production of The Full Monty also has its share of pathos and politics, and is a satisfying affair.
★★★★☆ Blindingly Good Mice:
Agatha Christie’s legendary murder mystery, The Mousetrap, finds a stately – if temporary – home at the King’s Theatre this week.
Much in Rapture’s touring production of Democracy at the King’s could speak to audiences in 2016 Scotland. However, it is buried in a slow, seemingly interminable production.