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The Lion King

The Lion King

★★★★☆ A roaring success

Disney’s The Lion King, at the Edinburgh Playhouse until July 2, is a sensory feast of colour, music and puppetry. Whether you have seen the classic Disney movie numerous times or never before, it is a spectacular musical that does not disappoint.

June 13, 2022 | By | 1 Reply More
Derren Brown: Showman

Derren Brown: Showman

★★★★★ Personal

Derren Brown is at the Playhouse all week with Showman, his first new show for six years and, without doubt, a different show to the one he might have been planning on staging before Covid.

May 4, 2022 | By | Reply More
Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

★★★★☆   Enduring success

The plot of Dreamgirls, which arrives that the Playhouse for an extended fortnight run until April 16, could be an instruction manual for music moguls.

April 7, 2022 | By | Reply More
Hairspray

Hairspray

★★★★☆ Pump up the volume

Unlikely civil rights heroine Tracy Turnblad dances her way to a social justice triumph as Hairspray returns to the Playhouse for a week until Saturday and comes back to Glasgow at the end of the month.

March 15, 2022 | By | Reply More
Bat Out of Hell

Bat Out of Hell

★★★★☆ The Bat is Back

Three weeks after the death of Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell, the musical based on the album and songs that made him a household name, roars onto the Playhouse stage for a fortnight’s residency.

February 9, 2022 | By | Reply More
School of Rock – The Musical

School of Rock – The Musical

★★★★☆ Belting

Heads up pop pickers! School of Rock – The Musical, which grooves onto the Playhouse stage for a week until Saturday, is a big fat bundle of anarchic rocking-out and feel-good wish-fulfilment.

January 26, 2022 | By | Reply More
White Christmas

White Christmas

★★★★☆ Big and bright

The Curve Theatre’s big touring production of White Christmas brightens the Playhouse stage like a clear sky after a night fall of snow, bringing both warmth and crisp definition in its wake.

December 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Heathers The Musical

Heathers The Musical

★★★★☆ Magnificent mean girls

When a beloved film turns stage musical, you can bet that the original’s best-remembered line will become a song. Not Heathers, whose most-quoted piece of dialogue involves, shall we say, the recreational use of a chainsaw.

December 8, 2021 | By | Reply More
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

★★★★★ Bountiful

The roses are back at the Edinburgh Playhouse and they smell sweeter than ever – be they named Belle or Beast – in Disney’s newly reimagined version of Beauty and the Beast, playing to the end of November.

October 27, 2021 | By | Reply More
Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

★★★★☆ Compelling tragedy

All may not be right in the world but some things just don’t change. Judging from the opening night audience at the start of its week long stay at the Playhouse, Blood Brothers is still the musical guaranteed to end with a standing ovation.

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