Playhouse | Reviews

Fame the Musical – Review

The cast of Fame. Photo © Fame the Musical

✭✭✭☆☆ Learning to fly

Souped-up, remixed and updated, Fame returns to town in a new production that is – as it boasts – “like you’ve never seen it before”.

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Reviews | Traverse

A Perfect Stroke – Review

Anita Vettesse, Dani Heron and Scott Reid. Photo © Oran Mor

✭✭✭✭✭ Perfectly stroked

Tense and nervous drama of the kind that just won’t relax comes to the Traverse this week in the second instalment of the Spring 2014 season of lunch time theatre: A Play a Pie and a Pint.

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Hairspray – Review

Laura Flynn and Alex Gordon. Photo © Mark Gorman

✭✭✭✭☆ Depth and pleasure

It’s Good Morning Baltimore at the Edinburgh Academy’s theatre all this week where the young members of the Forth Children’s Theatre are getting it right with a super production of Hairspray.

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King's | Reviews

Princess Ida – Review

Rae Lamond and Susanne Horsburgh. Photo © Simon Boothroyd

✭✭✭✭☆ Grace and frivolity

Uplifting grace and outmoded comedy combine in equal measures for the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s new production of Princess Ida which plays at the King’s all week.

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Church Hill Theatre | Reviews

Boogie Nights – Review

✭✭✭☆☆ Patchy Fun

Musically strong, Edinburgh Music Theatre’s Boogie Nights has some excellent moments but overall is a somewhat uneven proposition.

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Once Was Human – Review

Once Was Human - sill

✭✭☆☆☆ Opening the door

Joel Mason’s Once Was Human, his brief, haunting but somewhat didactic play about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is at the Hidden Door art festival this week.

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Reviews | Saughtonhall

Suddenly at Home – Review

Bethany Laing (Ruth)  and Chris Mitchell (Helen Tenby). Photo © Sarah Howley

✭✭✭☆☆ Subtle thrills

There are some excellent performances and a great deal to applaud in Saughtonhall Drama Group’s production of Francis Durbridge’s thriller Suddenly At Home; even if the end result is enjoyable rather than truly gripping, it still makes for a highly pleasurable evening.

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Assembly Roxy | Reviews

The Mikado – Review

Lucy Evans as Yum-Yum. Photo © Paul Alistair Collins

✭✭✭☆☆ Flirting with celebration

A hundred productions down the line, and the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group returns to the Mikado, the show which launched the company back in 1961 under the guidance of John Burgess.

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Lyceum | Reviews

Union – Review

Sally Reid (Grace). Photo © Tim Morozzo

✭✭✭☆☆ In rude health

Bawdy, hugely ambitious and almost wilfully uneven, the Lyceum’s world premiere of Union should be applauded for its intentions even if the results are not wholly successful.

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King's | Reviews

Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee – Review

Liza Goddard (Miss Caroline Amory) and Robert Powell (Hercule Poirot) in Black Coffee. Photo © Keith Pattison

It’s ✭✭✭✭☆ classy, classis Christie as the The Agatha Christie Theatre Company return to the King’s with the Queen of Crime’s only play to feature Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, says Martin Gray.

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