✭✭✭✭✩ 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.
✭✭✭✭✩ Relevant revival:
There is a poetic, spooky resonance to the Lyceum’s revival of Sue Glover’s Bondagers that makes the production compelling.
✭✭✭✭✩ 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.
✭✭✭✩✩ 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.
Well put together and extremely well acted, Sell a Door and Beacon Arts Centre’s adaptation of Sunset Song is a neat piece of theatre but fails in the end to do justice to its source.
“✭✭✭✭✩ Hopelessly romantic”
A smidgeon of modernity, and Edinburgh modernity at that, is added to Elspeth Williamson’s clever production of Franz Lehar’s The Count of Luxembourg for Opera Camerata.
✭✭✭✩✩ Hugger’s delight:
Taking its audience deep into the Botanics at night time, Embrace delivers a multi-artform experience with interesting but uneven results.
“✭✭✭✭✩ Striking drama”
Scottish Ballet’s latest production is a double bill of two literary works that are alike and yet differ strikingly, creating a production that is surprising and emotional.