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Thriller Live – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

The cast of Thriller Live

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Neither shoe-horning the hits of Michael Jackson around a flimsy storyline, nor taking his life story asnarrative thread (it wisely avoids miring itself in the unpalatable controversy of Jackson's later life), Thriller Live eschews the usual jukebox musical format, instead, it presents a roughly chronological, concert-style tribute production to the self-proclaimed 'King of ...

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Let It Be – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Musical Director: John Maher Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Billed as "A celebration of the music of The Beatles", Let It Be is packed with the hits of the Fab Four but struggles to live up to their incredibly high standard. The curtain rises to reveal a virtual Cavern Club projected on the vast Playhouse stage, complete with the four Liverpool lads ...

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Leaf by Niggle – The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: JRR Tolkien Director: Andy Cannon Reviewer: R G Balgray Textbooks offering learned discourses on theories of narrative abound, but it is worth remembering that storytelling is something to which we all can relate. In Richard Medrington’s one man show in the Studio at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, he takes Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle – a seminal but little-known ...

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Gregory Porter – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

gregory porter at glasgow royal concert hall

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter tours the UK in advance of his latest album release, Take Me To The Alley, and this evening of smooth, silky song doesn't disappoint. Porter is supported by Kandace Springs, an energetic young American who eases the crowd in, rather than warming them up. She is confident between songs and exudes ...

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Jackie the Musical – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Older and Younger Jackie together

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dear Cathy &Claire, tonight I would enjoy seeing a show which manages to combine every fashion faux pas of the seventies with catchy tunes, colour and a mid-life crisis; what would you recommend? Had Cathy &Claire still existed, they may have suggested you see Jackie the Musical. Taken from the D. ...

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Guys and Dolls – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Jo Swerling &Abe Burrows Music &Lyrics: Frank Loesser Choreography: Carlos Acosta &Andrew Wright Director: Gordon Greenberg Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys So successful is Chichester Festival Theatre's 2014 production of Guys and Dolls, that not only has it made the transfer to the West End but has also spawned a comprehensive national tour. Sad to say, however, it appears to have ...

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Jukebox Memories: The Teenage Years – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Dean Park and Christian in Jukebox Memories the teenage years, glasgow pavilion

Writer: Iain Gordon Director: Iain Gordon Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The Teenage Years is the latest installment in the Jukebox Memories series, devised and produced in-house by Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre. Boasting a host of familiar faces and enough hits to kick-start any jukebox into party mode, The Teenage Years is top of the charts for a fun night out. Pavilion favorites ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Erica Whyman Composer: Sam Kenyon Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Wondrous strange” is a great way to describe A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oberon says it himself. But this Royal Shakespeare Company production has enough of that elusive fairy dust to really take off. The celebrated tale follows four young people falling in and out of love, sometimes naturally ...

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