✭✭✭✩✩ Less is more:
Big and bold, Southern Light Opera’s production of Oliver! is consistently entertaining but does not always convince.
✭✭✭✩✩ Bloody tragic:
There’s more bloodletting and familial back stabbing than a whole decade of Eastenders in James Beagon’s crafty updating of the tale of the end of the Trojan wars for Aulos Productions.
Lucy Porter’s witty comedy returns:
Something of a sleeper hit at last year’s Edinburgh fringe where it sold out in the Assembly Rooms, The Fair Intellectual Club returns for a two night stay at the Roxy Arthouse.
✭✭✭✩✩ Faithful and affectionate:
Technically impressive, the touring production of Dirty Dancing avoids any suspicion of cynically trading on the affection felt for the original film while never really succeeding in its own right.
✭✭✭✭✩ Cleverly committed:
Engaging, dynamic and clever, Christopher Haydon’s hit West End production of Twelve Angry Men tours to the King’s Theatre for a week until Saturday.
✭✭✭✭✩ Energy and focus:
Exhilarating and involving, The Caucasian Chalk Circle makes great use of the resources available to the Lyceum. There is an uncontrolled feeling to much of the production that is paradoxically a tribute to the careful craft and intelligence on display.
✭✭✭✭✩ Heavenly heights:
Huge and tuneful fun can be had in The Bohemians’ production of Sister Act. A move to the King’s Theatre has not daunted the company – rather, it seems to have inspired them to be bigger, grander and better.
✭✭✭✭✩ Bold and punchy:
An engaging and dynamic production of Ragtime: The Musical from A Team Productions showcases Edinburgh’s fantastic amateur youth talent at the Pleasance Theatre this week.
✭✭✭✭✩ Poster colours:
Big, slick and growing ever more gaudy, Bill Kenwright’s record-breaking touring production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat arrives at the Edinburgh Playhouse with sparkling new narrator Amelia Lily at the helm.
✭✭✭✩✩ Fun physicality:
Retaining much of its crowd-pleasing power but decidedly lacking in freshness, One Man, Two Guvnors remains an intriguing blend of comedy, music and pure panto, but has become less compelling with age.