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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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Thriller Live – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The cast of Thriller Live

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Original Concept and Executive Director: Adrian Grant Reviewer: Dominic Corr Commenting on Michael Jackson’s contribution to the world of music would be fruitless. His legacy remains untouched, controversy in later life seeming to have no staying power. With all the finest performers who have graced this world with their talent comes one thing – Jukebox ...

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Present Laughter- Chichester Festival Theatre.

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What an appropriate choice to open this year’s Chichester Festival programme. A seemingly light concoction but one which beneath the surface is packed full of all the ‘stuff’ of theatre from the pressures of performance, the problems of admirers, the issues of backing and management to the complicated relationships that grow ...

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War Horse – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Nick Stafford From the novel by: Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: Gareth Davies More than a decade after first galloping onto the stage, the National Theatre's production of War Horse has been a major theatrical export, having played to over seven million around the world. In the centenary year of the end of the war ...

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This House – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: James Graham Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs The years between 1974 and 1979 saw two general elections, both in 1974, a Government lose its slender majority and face two votes of no confidence, as well as the Prime Minister resigning the post two years into his term, and the rise to power of the person who became the most ...

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