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Fame – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Jose Fernandez Lyrics: Jaques Levy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dominic Corr Fame uncompromisingly attempts to look at not just the romantic humour associated with talent scouting and arts educations, but the seedy underneath too. Originally the monstrously successful 1980 movie, Fame evolved into a TV series, untold spin-offs and finally, a stage show. For its 30th anniversary, the touring ...

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The Unreturning – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Neil Bettles Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Scarborough, 1918. And 2013. And – soon. Three men are coming home. George and Frankie are soldiers, George a shell-shocked survivor of the trenches, Frankie a disgraced Afghanistan veteran. Nat is a refugee from a war-ravaged UK a few years hence which feels uncomfortably plausible, returning to look for his missing ...

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Macbeth – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Dominic Corr Despite its notoriety as the pinnacle of the theatrical world, few can adapt the Bard's words well. We all know the tale, or at least we boast about knowing it. Macbeth is far from a straightforward production. A step to the left and it becomes dreary, dank and uninteresting. A tad ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Edinburgh Playhouse

Adapted for the stage by: Robert Stigwood Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A year after the touring version of Grease arrived at the Playhouse, Saturday Night Fever is now at the venue. It’s impossible not to see it as Grease’s less successful cousin. The first of the two movies that made John Travolta a household name, but the last ...

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The Macbeths – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Forget the witches, haunted banquets and walking trees: the bloody beating heart of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the relationship between the regicidal Scot and his fiendlike queen, who between them nab almost all the best lines in the Scottish Play. So the vision of director Dominic Hill and dramaturg Frances Poet for ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Edwin Morgan from the book by Edmund Rostand Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Loosely (rather loosely at that) based upon Edmund Rostand’s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac has previously been translated into Scots by Edwin Morgan. Returning to bring some panache into the Lyceum, delivering the concocted mythos and life of a man who embodied the true sense ...

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Artic Oil – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Clare Duffy Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr More than the pollution of the Earth, the pollution of a relationship is at stake. Arguably the most complicated, yet often tightest – mother and daughter. Tainted, still persevering beneath the animosity despite their contrary stands on politics, beliefs and nurture. Arctic Oil, written by award-winning writer Clare Duffy sees this infection ...

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Madagascar The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Musical Director: Angharad Sanders Reviewer: Dominic Corr What happens when the king of the jungle, a smart-mouthed zebra, a hypochondriac giraffe and a sassy hippo fall foul of a botched escape from the zoo? A two-billion-dollar film franchise followed by what else? A musical adaptation. Bringing the ...

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