✭✭✭✩✩ 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.
✭✭✭✩✩ 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.
✭✭✭✭✩ 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.
✭✭✭✭✩ Vibrant and affecting:
Brassy, colourful and oozing vitality, Edinburgh University Footlight’s production of Rent matches its good intentions with a high level of achievement.
✭✭✭✩✩ Disco flaw:
There is a fever for disco about this musical adaptation of the 1977 movie, a fever which sparks and splutters enticingly, but never really breaks into the inferno it might be.
✭✭✭✭✭ Exquisitely engrossing:
Harper Lee’s tale of morality is one loved and read by generations. Translating To Kill a Mockingbird to the stage could have been problematic, but Timothy Sheader and Regent’s Park Theatre’s production is exquisitely charming and engrossing in equal measure.
✭✭✭✩✩ Travelling light:
Cruel and deceptively simple, R.C. Sherriff’s play set in the trenches of WW1 remains one of the great descriptions of what happens to humanity when it goes to war.