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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Dominic Corr At the heart of any fairy-tale, is love. It’s the basis of almost all narratives, communicated in a plethora of ways, through spoken word, music but most primal through dance. The Grimm brother's Cinderella is perhaps the crowning pinnacle of the folklore world. Multiple in its variations, adaptations and ...

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20th Century Boy: The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: John Maher with additional material from Nicky Graham & Colin Giffin Director: John Maher Choreographer: Cressida Carré  Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Four decades after his untimely death, 20th Century Boy aims to shine a light on the man once dubbed "The Electric Warrior", the "King of Glam Rock" and the "Godfather of Punk", Marc Bolan. Setting out on a path ...

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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Peter Handke Translator: Meredith Oakes Directors: Wils Wilson and Janice Parker Reviewer: Dominic Corr How connected are we to one another’s stories? Not at all when we really think, the hundreds, thousands of people we encounter are just extras in our own tale. So, when we truly sit back, soaking in the æther around us, we allow them to cross ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Rachel Wagstaff has gamely taken on the adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' sprawling, nearly 500 page novel Birdsong, turning it into a two hour 20 minute stage play. First seen in the West ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Gareth Davies If restless spirits are detected around Edinburgh's King's Theatre this week, they could reasonably be ascribed to the tormented soul of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gyrating in his grave in horror at this latest incarnation of his literary creation. Taking Doyle's famous infatuation was spiritualism towards the end of his life ...

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Titanic: The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Peter Stone Music & Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Titanic: The Musical first appeared on Broadway in 1997, winning five Tony Awards in the process. Director Thom Southerland's stripped back production, first seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, was revived to great acclaim in 2016, and is now touring ...

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Sunshine on Leith – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Songs by: The Proclaimers Director: James Brining Reviewer: Gareth Davies The original production of this Scottish jukebox musical was one of the highlights of James Brining's tenure as artistic director at Dundee Rep. Created back in 2007 in collaboration with Stephen Greenhorn, who also gave us River City, the plan was to utilise the songs of the ...

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News Hacks – Òran Mór, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Political satire may not be dead in Scotland, but it’s demise on the comedy scene has left it in dire need of resuscitation. Producers Karen Townsend and Rikki Brown have applied the defibrillator and delivered News Hacks, a monthly riff on the great, the good and the not so clever making the headlines in Scotland. No political ...

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