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The Hollow

The Hollow

★★★☆☆   Stately:

Huge care and attention has gone into the staging of Threepenny Theatricals’ version of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow. That care, however, does mean that there is a definite absence of energy in a production that never outstays its welcome but frequently threatens to.

February 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Ten Times Table

Ten Times Table

★★★☆☆   Solid:

There is a pleasing solidity to the touring production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Ten Times Table at the King’s all week, but it suffers from a shortage of inspiration.

February 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie

★★★☆☆   Sparky:

Oor Wullie, the touring musical from Selladoor, Dundee Rep and DC Thomson has moments of comic brilliance. However, it never quite coheres into a wholly convincing story.

January 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

★★★★☆  Effervescent:

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), presented by the Lyceum with the Tron, Glasgow and Blood of the Young, is a constantly surprising and endlessly entertaining affair.

January 25, 2020 | By | 2 Replies More
The Lion King

The Lion King

★★★★☆ Visual Feast:

Visually arresting, the touring production of The Lion King which is booked into the Playhouse until March 2020, wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget.

December 12, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

★★★★☆ Spectacular:

Goldilocks And The Three Bears, this year’s King’s pantomime, is an odd creation in many ways, but it retains enough of the tried and tested formulas to convince – to say nothing of good old-fashioned variety stardust.

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Strange Tales

Strange Tales

★★★☆☆  Cultural collision:

There are certainly moments of magic in Strange Tales, the Christmas co-production between Grid Iron and the Traverse, but they are too few and far between.

December 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

★★★☆☆  Comedy overshadows pathos:

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, the Lyceum’s Christmas re-invention of Dickens, is a full-on comic display that is undoubtedly pleasing despite apparently missing some important points.

November 30, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

★★★☆☆ Festive:

The touring version of Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is a suitably frothy confection for the upcoming festivities; not particularly full of nutrition but oddly irresistible all the same.

November 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

★★★☆☆ Crystal clear:

Leitheatre’s production of On Golden Pond at the Church Hill is a warm and emotional evocation of family struggles and satisfactions that rarely ignites but is performed with diligence and grace.

November 21, 2019 | By | Reply More