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How to Disappear – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

three people in a bedsit

Writer: Morna Pearson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Gareth Davies It may not seem an obvious scheduling choice for a festive theatre production, but the Traverse Theatre's main stage show this winter is very much in the 'alternative' Christmas tradition. The spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge lingers in the play's themes of social injustice, political heartlessness and in the redemptive ideas of ...

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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man in drag with dancers

Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dominic Corr This was the year many found their voice to speak out. It was a divisive year, emotionally, politically and morally for many. Pantomime reminds us to sit back, relax and to just breath. Be close to our loved ones and appreciate the finer things in life just for a few hours. The finest of ...

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The Arabian Nights – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

market traders in arabic dress

Writer: Suhayla El-Bushra Director: Joe Douglas  Reviewer: Emily Hall This December the Lyceum brings to life The Arabian Nights. Suhayla El Bushra’s original script isn’t the first musical rendition of the “Thousand and One Nights” folk stories but her take is nuanced and enchanting, perfect for children and dreamers alike. The show tackles modern themes of authoritarianism and freedom of ...

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Legally Blonde – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Dominic Corr Pinker than a tart’s boudoir, more glitter and heels than Strictly, Legally Blonde the Musical is often cast into that horrendous category of a ‘guilty pleasure’. In truth, it’s so much more. Returning for a UK tour following success in Broadway and the ...

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Duet for One – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Gareth Davies A problem shared is a problem halved, as the old mantra would have it, and in that vein Tom Kempinski's 1980 play puts the therapeutic relationship firmly in the spotlight, as a world-class musician (Belinda Lang) seeks treatment from a Teutonic psychiatrist (Oliver Cotton). And so society's fascination with the contentious ...

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The Real Thing – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies In 1982, when Tom Stoppard's play was first staged, Ronald Reagan had made the perhaps unlikely journey from film star to commander in chief, transitioning from an acting career to become President of the United States. Thirty years later, in the era of 'fake news', the question of truth, authenticity and ...

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An Audience With… – Festival Theatre Empire Rooms, Edinburgh

Created by Janice Parker and Performers Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A more life-affirming, moving and ultimately inspiring "happening" (in the words of the performers), you are unlikely to experience than An Audience With... Created after choreographer and dance-maker Janice Parker put a call out to dancers from the Variety era who had performed on the stage of the Empire (now Festival) ...

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Hedda Gabler – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

woman in white slip

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adapter: Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dominic Corr The confines of the corset are no more. Stripped bare of unnecessary frivolities, Ivo van Hove’s reputation for successfully coaxing texts into a modern setting is well known. Relying on subtlety and talent, as opposed to grandeur, has paid off for the National Theatre as Norwegian playwright, ...

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