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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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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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M¡longa – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

group of male and female dancers in hold dancing tango

M¡longa, the music of tango, the place where it is danced, a tango event. This evening is dedicated to one of the most vital genres of dance, from its roots in Argentina to a more contemporary flair. With seventeen performers, including live music, Dance Consortium seek to provide Tango for the 21st Century. No overarching narrative is present. Instead, performances ...

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The Graduate – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A Young Man looks at a middle aged woman on a bed in her underwear

Writer: Terry Johnson adapted from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Geoff Mill Terry Johnson’s adaptation draws on both the novel and the screenplay to offer us a slick, funny but oddly superficial version of The Graduate. Those who have watched the film, starring Dustin Hoffman as the ...

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Jane Eyre – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor & Director: Sally Cookson Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: S.E. Webster From Michael Fassbender to Judi Dench, film star royalty have repeatedly tackled Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, while countless school children throughout the country have been made to study it. Among the countless crinoline TV adaptations filled with swooning Janes and rakish Rochesters, the ...

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The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Dominic Corr From the instant that familiar melody starts, the audience instinctively clicks their fingers. After 80 years, the grotesquely charming family has found another medium. From comic strip to animation, television, film and in 2010 to the glitz of Broadway, this week Scotland welcomes the ...

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