Hugh Simpson

Strange Tales

Strange Tales

★★★☆☆  Cultural collision:

There are certainly moments of magic in Strange Tales, the Christmas co-production between Grid Iron and the Traverse, but they are too few and far between.

December 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

★★★☆☆  Comedy overshadows pathos:

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, the Lyceum’s Christmas re-invention of Dickens, is a full-on comic display that is undoubtedly pleasing despite apparently missing some important points.

November 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

★★★☆☆ Festive:

The touring version of Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is a suitably frothy confection for the upcoming festivities; not particularly full of nutrition but oddly irresistible all the same.

November 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

★★★☆☆ Crystal clear:

Leitheatre’s production of On Golden Pond at the Church Hill is a warm and emotional evocation of family struggles and satisfactions that rarely ignites but is performed with diligence and grace.

November 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Catch 22

Catch 22

★★★★☆  Catchy:

As with so many great books, Catch-22 seems to have defied dramatic representation over the years. And while EGTG’s version at the Biscuit Factory does not necessarily kill off such an idea, is still an extremely impressive production.

November 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical

★★★☆☆ Shimmering:

There is enough flash and dazzling costume changes in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert to convince all but the most curmudgeonly.

November 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
Prism

Prism

★★★★☆    Sad but true:

There is a deeply felt emotional core to Prism at the King’s. Written and directed by Terry Johnson, the play benefits from an excellent central performance by Robert Lindsay.

October 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles

★★★★☆    Razor sharp:

Barber Shop Chronicles, the production by Fuel, the UK National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse at the Lyceum, has a momentum that is impossible to resist.

October 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

★★☆☆☆    Not chilling:

Confused in its execution, Selladoor’s touring version of Frankenstein has high production values but offers little in the way of pre-Hallowe’en excitement.

October 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Night Watch

The Night Watch

★★★☆☆ Uneasy retelling:

The touring adaptation at the King’s of The Night Watch, the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters, has a great deal of emotional clarity, but little in the way of dramatic power.

October 16, 2019 | By | Reply More