Hugh Simpson

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
Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

★★★★☆ Unexpectedly touching

There is an almost wilfully uneven quality to Arkle’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the Hill Street Theatre, but – eschewing much of the heroic bombast that is usually associated with the play – it manages to be convincing and affecting.

Apr 25 2024 | By | Reply More
The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

★★★★☆ Well judged

Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ production of The Misanthrope at St Ninian’s Church Hall is a clever and thoroughly enjoyable piece of theatre.

Apr 10 2024 | By | Reply More
FCT 45th Anniversary Gala

FCT 45th Anniversary Gala

★★★★★   Array of talent Church Hill Theatre: Thurs 4 – Sat 6 Apr 2024 Review by Hugh Simpson Forth Children’s Theatre’s 45th Anniversary Gala at the Church Hill is a fitting tribute to a mainstay of the Edinburgh stage, and as enjoyable a show as you could find anywhere. The original publicity for the […]

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PPP: The Scaff

PPP: The Scaff

★★★☆☆ Energetic

The Scaff by Stephen Christopher and Graeme Smith, the last in the Traverse’s Spring season of Òran Mór’s Play, Pie and a Pint, is performed with a huge amount of dynamism.

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