★★☆☆☆ Inconsistent entertainment:
Spirited but patchy and somewhat confused, the Edinburgh University Footlights production of Guys and Dolls at the Church Hill Theatre is enjoyable but falls short of what it might be.
The James Plays Trilogy: ★★★★☆
Eighteen months after their first outing, the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of the James Plays trilogy remains a theatrical event worth anybody’s time and money.
Love is reduced to a set of rules in Beam Theatre’s fascinating and timely take on Madhuri Shekar’s quirky script, at the Roxy for a three night stint until Saturday.
Spirited and clever, EUTC’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman has all the requisite cartoon violence, but in the end lacks the necessary punch.
★★★★☆ There’ll be a murder:
A classic tale by Queen of Crime Agatha Christie enjoys a timeless adaptation at the King’s this week.
Considerable musicality and dollops of goodwill cannot hide the huge basic problems at the heart of The Glenn Miller Story.
There’s a macabre twist to a classic fairytale in the second of a trilogy of adaptations by balletLORENT, co-produced with Northern Stage.
★★★★☆ Quietly affecting:
Superbly judged performances and a clever, organic approach to staging make for an effectively spooky time in the Lyceum’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir.
★★★★☆ No problems with this Maria:
The Playhouse was alive with the sound of a singalong as the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returned for a too-short run, on this week until Saturday.
Music, dance, fun, bizarre cross-dressing and genuine enjoyment are all in evidence in Edinburgh People’s Theatre’s Cinderella at the Church Hill. In other words, it is a proper old-fashioned pantomime – and a very good one too.