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Tam O’Shanter, Tales and Whisky

Tam O’Shanter, Tales and Whisky

★★★★☆ Charming

Tam O’Shanter, Tales and Whisky, Stolen Elephant’s Burns Night presentation at the Traverse, is an accomplished and enticing celebration of the poet.

January 26, 2023 | By | Reply More
Burns

Burns

★★☆☆☆  Messy

That a world premiere should take place at the Playhouse is not the oddest thing about the long, over 30-year gestation of Burns – and, sadly, not the most inexplicable thing about the end result.

January 21, 2023 | By | 8 Replies More
The Fed-Up Christmas Fairy

The Fed-Up Christmas Fairy

★★★☆☆ Likeable

The Fed-Up Christmas Fairy, Saughtonhall’s post-Christmas entertainment, is a short and unassuming piece that carries considerable charm.

January 5, 2023 | By | Reply More
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

★★★★☆ Reassuringly funny

The ‘King’s pantomime’ may have moved across to the Festival Theatre this year, but little else has changed in this year’s offering of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

December 22, 2022 | By | 1 Reply More
Nativity! The Musical

Nativity! The Musical

★★★★☆     Sparkly and shining

Nativity! The Musical, Captivate Theatre’s seasonal offering at Fettes, is ideal Christmas fare. Full of joy and melody, it sometimes lacks polish, but never lacks heart.

December 17, 2022 | By | 1 Reply More
Babes in the Wood

Babes in the Wood

★★★★☆ Fantastic fun

If you are hankering for a proper family panto after missing out in recent years, you could hardly do better than Edinburgh People’s Theatre’s Babes in the Wood, at the Church Hill until Sunday 18th December.

December 10, 2022 | By | 1 Reply More
Beauty & the Beast: The Panto

Beauty & the Beast: The Panto

★★★☆☆ Charming

Beauty & the Beast: The Panto, the Christmas offering from Forth Children’s Theatre, has the appeal of a traditional pantomime. Like many pantos, it lacks a little in subtlety and smoothness, but makes up for it in determination and pizzazz.

December 9, 2022 | By | Reply More
Spiderman: Into the Pantoverse

Spiderman: Into the Pantoverse

★★★☆☆ Cheerful

Complicated plot twists and uncomplicated fun collide in Spiderman: Into the Pantoverse, EUTC’s unruly but heartfelt pantomime which plays at the Bedlam to Saturday.

December 2, 2022 | By | Reply More
Cinderella The Panto

Cinderella The Panto

★★★★☆ Melodious

Balerno Theatre Company’s Christmas show at the Church Hill is a treat for all ages. Cinderella The Panto is stuffed full of tunes, features some pleasingly old-school pantomime business and is performed with a great deal of heart.

December 1, 2022 | By | Reply More
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

★★★★☆  Timely

There is so much to commend in the return of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol to the Lyceum, where it runs through until December 31.

November 26, 2022 | By | Reply More