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25 Live: The Big Birthday Show – The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Cat Sheridan Reviewer: Dominic Corr For 25 Live: The Big Birthday Show, this isn’t about the comings and goings of glitzy statement productions, this is about community. The community which has been with the Theatre, and its predecessor the Empire Theatre for 25 years and more. For as much as this may be a birthday celebration for the Festival ...

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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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Pepperland – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Mark Morris Music: Original songs by The Beatles, composition by Ethan Iverson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band ends just where Pepperland begins with that notoriously extended chord. To start – if your attendance this evening hopes for a juke-box style musical with dance, then best not hold your breath. Mark Morris Dance Group brings us ...

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In the Willows – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music and Lyrics: Keiran Merck Designer: William Reynolds Reviewer: Gareth Davies Kenneth Grahame might very well be spinning in his grave. Which needn't be a bad thing, if he takes his moves from the dance battle which marks the decisive climax of this hip-hop treatment of his pastoral children's ...

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Ghost: The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin Music & Lyrics: Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard Director: Bob Thomson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Of recent, Ghost the Musical has had been plagued by spectres. It’s (mis)casting of previous tours have led to a sour tang to the production. Adapted from the 1990 film Ghost starred Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Swayze. It's ...

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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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Calendar Girls The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers:  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Dominic Corr Baring heart, soul and (yes) flesh for us all, Calendar Girls the Musical brings the warming hue of sunflowers to the chilled streets of Edinburgh. A year in Yorkshire, filled with fêtes, baking and meetings of the Women’s Institute. The base story remains unchanged for the new touring ...

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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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