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Life of Pi

Life of Pi

★★★★☆ Visually spectacular

Considerable theatrical magic can be found in the touring production of Life of Pi at the Festival Theatre. If the staging sometimes overwhelms the storytelling, it is still a production of real impact.

Jun 27 2024 | By | Reply More
Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine

★★★★☆ Tour de force

Sally Reid’s performance lights up the Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s production of Shirley Valentine, touring to the Lyceum for a three week summer season.

Jun 14 2024 | By | Reply More
Maggie & Me

Maggie & Me

★★★☆☆ Resonant but unwieldy

The National Theatre of Scotland’s Maggie & Me, touring to the Traverse, is an odd beast indeed. It has a great deal to say about both the personal and the political, but some of it is lost in an over-ambitious, wildly inconsistent production.

Jun 13 2024 | By | Reply More
Sunset Song

Sunset Song

★★★☆☆ Well performed

Stage versions of Sunset Song seem to come around every couple of years, perhaps because no-one has managed to come up with the definitive adaptation yet. Dundee Rep’s new version (a co-production with the Lyceum) has great strengths as well as weaknesses.

May 30 2024 | By | Reply More
An(other) Inspector Calls

An(other) Inspector Calls

★★★☆☆ Relevant

An(other) Inspector Calls from Edinburgh People’s Theatre at the Church Hill is a knowing tribute to one of the classics of 20th century drama. It does not always forge its own identity convincingly, but has much to recommend it.

May 23 2024 | By | Reply More
The Music Man

The Music Man

★★★★☆ Massive

Huge production numbers and constant energy dominate Southern Light’s The Music Man at the Festival Theatre. Undeniably frothy and not a little silly, it has a scale and magnetism that draw the audience in.

May 22 2024 | By | Reply More
Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

★★★☆☆ Challenging

Leitheatre’s Blue Remembered Hills at the Church Hill is nasty and short. Which is exactly what is intended.

May 16 2024 | By | Reply More
Macbeth (an undoing)

Macbeth (an undoing)

★★★★☆ Compelling

Zinnie Harris’s much-garlanded adaptation of Shakespeare, Macbeth (an undoing), returns to the Lyceum subtly tweaked and all the better for it.

May 15 2024 | By | Reply More
The Gondoliers

The Gondoliers

★★★★☆ Sparkling

The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of The Gondoliers has a vitality and melodicism that always catches the eye and ear.

May 9 2024 | By | Reply More
When Mountains Meet

When Mountains Meet

★★★★☆     Joyfully moving

When Mountains Meet is the best kind of touring theatre – approachable, intelligent, melodic and utterly entertaining.

Apr 27 2024 | By | Reply More