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Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

★★★★☆ Enjoyably educational:

Brave Macbeth, presented by Gilded Balloon in the Rose Theatre Basement, is a beautifully pitched children’s musical combining the Scottish Play with tunes, humour and shameless messing about.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

★★★★☆ Satisfying:

There is a warmth and sense of tradition to Jack and the Beanstalk at the Church Hill Theatre that makes it an extremely attractive proposition.

December 17, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

★★★☆☆  Breezy:

Big, bright and brash, there are plenty of laughs in the new touring production of Shrek the Musical, which is debuting at the Playhouse until the first week of the new year.

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cinderella

Cinderella

★★★★☆ Gorgeous:

Shona Reppe’s puppet version of Cinderella at the Traverse until Christmas Eve is a thing of airy, subtle wonder.

December 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cinderella

Cinderella

★★★★☆ Still Sparkling:

This year’s King’s pantomime – Cinderella – is a more plot-driven and less reliant on effects than many of recent years. It also lacks some of the more interactive elements of panto, but for sheer fun and laughter it scores very highly indeed.

December 8, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Shark in the Park

Shark in the Park

★★★☆☆ Colourful:

A great deal of straightforward fun for young and old is to be had from Shark in the Park in the Festival Square Spiegeltent as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas.

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights

★★★★☆ Ravishing:

Beautiful to look at and clever enough to know when to be stupid, The Arabian Nights at the Lyceum is genuine family Christmas entertainment.

December 1, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Wonderful Story of Mother Goose

The Wonderful Story of Mother Goose

★★☆☆☆ Not enough zip:

There is plenty to enjoy in St Serf’s Players’ take on one of the oldest pantomimes of all, The Wonderful Story of Mother Goose. However, despite some pleasing traditional elements, it is missing that sparkle of fairy dust that makes panto so enjoyable.

November 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
La Clique Noel

La Clique Noel

★★★☆☆ Spicy:

Back in Edinburgh and back in a tent, La Clique serve up a disparate collection of acts that provide some real entertainment as well as some less satisfactory moments.

November 24, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
Pomona

Pomona

★★★☆☆ Mixed bag:

Flirting with darkness, Theatre Paradok’s Pomona – at Summerhall until Saturday – is well performed, but ultimately more staid than it first appears.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More