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War Horse

War Horse

★★★★★   Magnificent:

The National Theatre’s touring production of War Horse at the Festival Theatre is involving, emotional, visually spectacular and every bit as good as you have probably heard.

April 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
PPP: Margaret Saves Scotland

PPP: Margaret Saves Scotland

★★☆☆☆   Sugary:

Margaret Saves Scotland, the latest offering in the Play, A Pie and A Pint season, marks the return of Val McDermid to the stage. Anyone expecting a taut and bloody crime thriller, however, should be warned that this is a low-key piece, wistful and almost wilfully slight.

April 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
PPP: McGonagall’s Chronicles

PPP: McGonagall’s Chronicles

★★★★☆    Cheerful complexity:

Gary McNair’s McGonagall’s Chronicles, the first in the new series of A Play, A Pie and a Pint at the Traverse, is a winningly daffy confection. While it may not treat its subject entirely fairly, it does at least show him unusual sympathy.

April 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ten Times Table

Ten Times Table

★★★★☆   Accomplished:

Ten Times Table, Edinburgh People’s Theatre’s first production of their 75th anniversary year, displays commendable skill and attention to detail in a production that is both funny and involving.

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
EPT Win with Frank

EPT Win with Frank

EPT celebrates 75 years with full length play win:

Edinburgh People’s Theatre has started its 75th anniversary year with the news that its production of The Diary of Anne Frank has won the Scottish Community Drama Association Eastern Division’s full length play competition.

March 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt

★★★★☆ Inventive:

There is a beautiful comic rhythm to Arkle’s Travels With My Aunt at the Assembly Roxy, coupled with an almost boundless invention in its staging, that is very pleasing indeed.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Footloose

Footloose

★★★☆☆    Nostalgic:

There are some decidedly impressive production numbers in the Bohemians’ production of Footloose at the King’s. Add in some excellent singing and you have a show that will please a lot of people with fond memories of the 1980s.

March 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to Act

How to Act

★★★★☆ Multi-faceted:

How to Act, the National Theatre of Scotland’s acclaimed production, is intriguingly named. There are shades of meaning behind that phrase, dealing with the expectations of society as well as the actor’s craft – coupled with a hint of know-it-all prescription.

March 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Bingo!

Bingo!

★★★☆☆    Energetic:

A musical about women at the bingo would seem a natural for a warm-hearted, reassuringly couthy comedy. Instead, Bingo! ends up as a much swearier, somewhat darker affair that provides entertainment but is let down by its structure.

March 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!

★★★★☆ Frothy:

Southern Light Opera’s production of Hello, Dolly! at the King’s combines showbiz pizzazz with real emotion to great effect.

March 8, 2018 | By | Reply More