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Tosca – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Revival Direction: Jonathan Cocker Conductor: Stuart Stratford Reviewer: Dominic Corr Puccini’s melodramatic masterpiece Tosca has it all; corruption, lust, heartbreak and the bureaucracy of history. Shifting the timeframe into the 20th century, there is still a stringent root to Puccini’s origins in 1900. Practically flawless in execution, Tosca moves beyond a ...

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Acosta Danza Evolution – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Principle Artistic Direction: Carlos Acosta Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dance doesn’t solely comprise movement, while the central aspect in a medium without voice, the ability to communicate with an audience through rhythm, music, construct and the beauty of abstract storytelling is paramount. Acosta Danza Evolution is the future of the industry, illustrating their imaginative capabilities with four pieces which, while sharing ...

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On Your Feet! – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Alexander Dinelaris Featuring Music by Emilio & Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Dominic Corr Well, this was a surprise… There is no short supply of reasons to celebrate the life and achievements of Gloria Estefan, or indeed, husband Emilio. Above and beyond being ‘catchy’, Estefan’s contribution, not only to the structure of genre music ...

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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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