✭✭✭✭✩ True showmanship:
Roll up, roll up! Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Barnum, revised in 2013, illuminates the stage at the Edinburgh Playhouse every night until Sunday.
✭✭✭✩✩ Smooth operation:
Tight as a drum, the national tour of Thriller Live circles back round to Edinburgh, calling in for a week at the Festival Theatre with a fresh crop of young things ready to bring the music of Michael Jackson to life.
✭✭✭✩✩ Sturdy nostalgia:
There may be nothing new in the latest touring version of the institution that is Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, but the production gives its large audiences exactly what they are looking for.
✭✭✭✭✩ Relevant revival:
There is a poetic, spooky resonance to the Lyceum’s revival of Sue Glover’s Bondagers that makes the production compelling.
Who is it that ascribes meaning? Is it the director, the artists or the watcher? With Gecko Theatre’s latest creation, it’s sixth in a decade, it is all of these.
✭✭✭✭✩ Emotional realism:
John Byrne’s adaptation of Three Sisters at the King’s is poignant, funny, tragic and hugely satisfying.
Macabre and brutalised, Martin McCormick’s nerve-wracking offering for lunchtime theatre, A Play, A Pie and a Pint, has distinctly Lynchian overtones which director Finn Den Hertog relishes in bringing out.
✭✭✭✩✩ Bursting with potential:
There is a bouncy, big-hearted party production of Our House, the Madness jukebox musical, which is desperate to burst on to the stage of the Church Hill Theatre.
✭✭✭✩✩ Hilarity unfettered:
There is plenty of talent on stage in the EUTC’s vibrant, crowd-pleasing production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is upstairs at the Roxy to Friday evening.
✭✭✭✭✩ Wonderful tribute:
Radiating warmth, fun and affection, Waiting In The Wings is a great evening for a good cause.