✭✭✭✭✭ Magic and majesty:
It has been 20 years since Irish shoes first tapped into the hearts and minds of Europe and the 20th Anniversary Tour of Riverdance, playing the Playhouse to Sunday, proves that it still has the power and magic to wonder and delight.
✭✭✭✭✩ 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.
✭✭✭✭✩ Entertaining and engaging
The music that inspired a generation now thrills the Playhouse stage, as director Des McAnuff showcases the rise to fame of four young men from New Jersey, America.
✭✭✭✭✩ Whip cracks along
There ain’t no dead wood on the Playhouse stage this week as a sparkling Calamity Jane staring Jodie Prenger lights into town at the start of its long tour around the UK.
✭✭✭✩✩ Glitz and Glamour
Spirit Productions takes the audience on a journey back to 1920s Hollywood in a glitzy, glamorous production of Puttin’ on the Ritz.
✭✭✭✩✩ Crack-shot Annie
Annie Oakley, one of America’s first superstars, demonstrates at the Playhouse all this week that Anything You Can Do, she can do better.
✭✭✭✩✩ A great gig
The Fab Four are back, delivering hit after hit at the Playhouse every night until Saturday.
✭✭✭✩✩ Believe the Noize
Big hair, big licks and a big ending provide a return to the world of late eighties codpiece rock, as Rock of Ages sticks a pair of socks down its tight leather trousers and struts into the Playhouse where it runs to Saturday.
✭✭✭✩✩ 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”.
✭✭✩✩✩ What a drag
Priscilla Queen of the Desert – which tells of a trio of drag queens who journey deep into the boiling heart of Australia on a bus called Priscilla – is, of course, fahbulous dahling.