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9-5: The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Director and Choreographer: Jeff Calhoun Writer: Patricia Resnick Composer: Dolly Parton Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:4] The battle of equality, a sexist boss and a whole lot of attitude are just three ingredients that made the original 9-5 film so successful when it was released in 1980. Jeff Calhoun's production of 9-5: The Muscial, which is based on the film, reveals ...

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Idina Menzel – The Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:4] Broadway darling and one of the voices of her generation, Idina Menzel really doesn’t need an introduction. The multi-talented star of stage, silver screen and television is now a household name thanks to the many rôles that have made her career, such as Maureen Johnson in Rent, and most recently, Shelby (Rachel’s Mum) in Glee. It ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Ted & Co The Dinner Show

Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:0/5] There has been a long tradition of dinner theatre around the world, where audience members have flocked to restaurants and hotels to watch classic and contemporary theatre pieces while dining on good food. However, Ted &Co The Dinner Show is not one of these productions, and where so many other dinner shows entertain the audience, this ...

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One Elliot Park, Malmaison – Edinburgh

Writer: Lindsay Miller Director: Andy Corelli Reviewer: Amy Taylor [Rating:3/5] How well do we know our neighbours? How safe are we in our own homes? And most importantly, how well do we know ourselves? These are the questions posed in Andy Corelli’s One Elliot Park, a new production by Siege Perilous and written by Lindsay Miller that delves into ideas ...

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Macbeth – Tramway, Glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg Reviewer: Amy Taylor [Rating: 4] Madness, obsession and drive lie at the heart of Alan Cumming’s much-anticipated return to the Scottish stage, Macbeth. Directed by the Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg, who directed Cumming in their 2007 production of The Bacchae, this production re-imagines Shakespeare’s infamous play, and ...

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The Idiot at the Wall – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Elspeth Turner Director: Emily Reutlinger Reviewer: Amy Taylor [Rating: 3/5] Family, tradition, roots, secrets and lies form the basis of Elspeth Turner’s debut play, The Idiot at the Wall. Directed by Emily Reutlinger and based on Gaelic tales, songs and expressions, this new piece of the theatre shows promise, but is a little unpolished. Taking place on an unknown ...

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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear: The Musical! – National Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Andy Stanton Music:Jim Fortune Director:Amy Hodge Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Schools out for the summer and theatreland has given itself over to feel-good comedies and family-friendly shows designed to entertain young and old alike. The National Theatre’s big summer production for kids is a musical adaptation of Andy Stanton’s book Mr Gum and the Dancing Beargiven surreal but ...

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Victoria – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

ballet dancers dressed as queen victoria and prince albert

Choreography & scenario: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney Director: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Edie Ranvier This May marks two hundred years since the birth of Queen Victoria, and Northern Ballet is marking the anniversary with a touring production of Cathy Marston’s new ballet Victoria, which reimagines this most paradoxical of monarchs through the eyes of her youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Following ...

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