Reviews

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
Grease

Grease

★★★★☆ Still hopelessly devoted

Grease is the word once more at Edinburgh Playhouse this week and there’s no better way to fill those summer nights.

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
Tales from the Towpath

Tales from the Towpath

★★★★☆ Water-born histories

It’s not often that productions begin with a safety warning – and the reassurance that you are unlikely to drown if the venue sinks – but not many productions are staged on a barge on the Union Canal.

Jun 6 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
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

★★★★☆ High-flying

The classic children’s story of the flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, swoops down to the Playhouse this week to delight audiences anew.

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 Fastest Clock in the Universe

The Fastest Clock in the Universe

★★★★☆ Febrile

EGTG drill down deep into the vicious heart of Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe, in a production at the Assembly Roxy which never goes quite where you expect it to.

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