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Shortlist revealed for Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The shortlist of ten nominated shows for Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been announced today. In the 70th anniversary of the Fringe, Musical Theatre Review has launched the award to celebrate the excellence of musical theatre product presented at the world’s largest annual arts event. In the […]

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Prom Kween – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Underbelly Cowgate

Prom Kween continues at Underbelly Cowgate until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ What a delicious romp! Like a gigantic karaoke bar for the twenty-somethings, the be-glittered audience ‘lip synch for your liiiife’ a selection of life-affirming Girl Power songs, building an atmosphere of euphoric joy. The stunning and dangerously tall […]

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Wall! – a two-part musical epic for our time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wall! A Thinly Veiled Metaphor for Our Current Political Landscape Disguised as a New American Musical and Wall 2.0! A Thinly Veiled Manifesto for How to Mend Our Broken World Disguised as a New American Musical were performed by students from Denver School of Arts at C venue. When I was involved in the Musical […]

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Doctor Faustus – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Paradise in Augustines

Doctor Faustus continues at Paradise in Augustines until 27 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ To find a new way to explore the Faustus story is a challenge for any writer, and to achieve a piece where the audience is unexpectedly taken to new places and exploring new relationships within familiar archetypes […]

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Zsa Zsa and Me – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre

Zsa Zsa and Me continues at the Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre until 28 August (except 21). Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This delightful hidden gem, secreted away in one of the smallest Edinburgh Fringe venues, is a cautionary tale relevant to everyone attempting to put on a production. It’s particularly […]

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Pleasance Courtyard

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) continues at Pleasance Courtyard until 28 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Walking into the theatre, I wasn’t sure if I was at a kids’ show or not. There were bright shiny things on the stage and the performers were greeting everyone cheerfully […]

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Sister Mary’s Playtime – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Frankenstein Pub

Sister Mary’s Playtime continues at Frankenstein Pub until 28 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Sister Mary McArthur, the alter ego of cabaret singer/actor/director Tim McArthur, blesses audiences at Frankenstein’s with a mix of cabaret, game show and chat show. A family-friendly affair, Playtime encourages audience participation, musical theatre singalongs and […]

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Old Stock – A Refugee Love Story – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – CanadaHub @ King’s Hall

Old Stock – A Refugee Love Story continues at CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall until 27 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating, Old Stock begins with a view of how we move stock across the world nowadays with a giant steel shipping […]

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Mental – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Roxy

Mental continues at Assembly Roxy until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This piece, written by both Kim and Kane Power, depicts a mother and son relationship in which the mother, Kim, has bipolar disorder. Kane, the son, appears on stage singing his own songs and telling stories of his […]

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Stop – A New Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C south

Stop – A New Musical continues at C south until 28 August (then visits The Cockpit, London from 30 August to 2 September). Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This a gem of a show – written by Leo Munby (music) and Annabel Mutale Reed (book and lyrics), there is dazzling talent in this […]

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Into the Woods – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Hall

Into the Woods continues at the Assembly Hall until 28 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is never afraid of tackling the big shows – in musical theatre terms there are few bigger than Into the Woods. Being more widely-known since the film version, you can all […]

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Whose Line is it Anyway? – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Rooms

Whose Line is it Anyway? continues at the Assembly Rooms until 28 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It may be 30 years since Whose Line is it Anyway? was broadcast on television, but it’s clearly well-remembered and adored. A packed Music Hall, now back under the ‘Assembly’ banner, responded rapturously to […]

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Frigid – A Musical Worth Melting For – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Frigid – A Musical Worth Melting For continues at Greenside @ Infirmary Street until 28 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Grandpa Tam is visited by his granddaughter Peregrine/Perry and he relates a story to her, claiming to have shared time with Walt Disney on the golf course. Not only a […]

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The Iconoclasts – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C primo

The Iconoclasts continues at C primo until 28 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Wow, what a storm of a show! The Iconoclasts are an Irish family who were the subject of a reality television series – a troubled and broken family who have come together to commemorate Estelle: a much-loved […]

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The Toxic Avenger – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Pleasance Courtyard

The Toxic Avenger continues at the Pleasance Courtyard until 28 August, then transfers to London’s Arts Theatre for a 10-week season from 28 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Sitting in amongst the usual Fringe scale shows, The Toxic Avenger stands out before it even begins in the scale and practicality […]

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Elvis – Young and Beautiful – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Frankenstein Pub

Elvis – Young and Beautiful continues at Frankenstein Pub until 28 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and to celebrate the life of The King, 24-year-old Oliver Harris brings him back to life in a month-long tribute at Frankenstein’s […]

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Rocky Horror Night – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Frankenstein Pub

Rocky Horror Night continues at Frankenstein Pub until 23 August, with performances on on 16, 21 and 23 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ If you’re looking for a nice sit-down production of Richard O’Brien’s camp midnight-movie staple (and why would you?!), then forget it – the Rocky Horror Show staged […]

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Creatives – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Pleasance Courtyard

Creatives continues at Pleasance Courtyard until 28 August (not 15, 22). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Transferring from Chicago Theatre Workshop, this self-styled pop opera delivers with panache. The intimacy of the opening number where we see Luis Perez (Omar Baroud) composing with his guitar is immediately contrasted with a full production […]

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The Midnight Beast – All Killer – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Pleasance Dome

The Midnight Beast – All Killer continues at Pleasance Dome until 28 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ A multi-media production incorporating video and ‘scene setting’ projected onto a backcloth, we see video of a young woman who has clearly been attacked and is asked how it began. She replies: “The same as […]

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Tamar Broadbent – Get Ugly – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Underbelly Med Quad

Tamar Broadbent – Get Ugly continues at the Underbelly Med Quad until 28 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Apparently, we are 25% more ugly after a break-up. Tamar Broadbent’s sister says so. Having recently broken up, Tamar’s logic calculates that without having someone to tell you that you’re awesome, the only […]

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SiX – A New Musical – Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Sweet Grassmarket

SiX continues at Sweet Grassmarket until 27 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Divorced, beheaded, live… SiX pulls Henry VIII’s unfortunate wives into the 21st century to create the ultimate regal girl group, embarking on a world tour. As the show unfolds, each Tudor Queen makes a case for being the […]

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Buried – A New Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C too

Buried: A New Musical continues at C too until 28 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ As in recent years, there is many a take on the dating game in Fringe 2017. This show, by Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll, is a whole other level of weird! We see an alluring brunette […]

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Cockadoodlemoo! – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C too

Cockadoodlemoo! continues at C too until 19 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ From the moment the brightly-coloured cockerel took to the stage, this young audience was spellbound. The toddler next to me had been bouncing around outside as “Spiderman”, yet was entranced all the way through this delightful show. The […]

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Thrill Me – The Leopold and Loeb Story – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C too

Thrill Me – The Leopold and Loeb Story continues at C too until 27 August (the show transfers to London’s Arcola Theatre as part of the Grimeborn Festival from 29 August to 2 September). Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This was such a hit at the -1 stage of C Chambers Street a […]

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Ordinary Days – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C royale

Ordinary Days (Streetlights, People! Productions) continues at C royale until 28 August (not 15). Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In an unassuming basement space on George Street something special is happening. Ordinarily a chamber musical about four people in New York City would seem something apart, something distant. Ordinary Days makes the […]

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Brexit the Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C Venues

Brexit the Musical (Strong and Stable Productions) continues at C Venues – C until 28 August (not 15). Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ There are moments in this show that are really, genuinely, funny.  Some of the impressions are very good indeed – particularly the David Cameron lookalike and the Michael Gove […]

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Douze – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C royale

Douze (X and Co in association with 21 theatre) continues at C royale until 28 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Xnthony and The Penny Slots have a goal: sure-fire Eurovision success for Ireland. In a parody of a parody of a parody, this crazy hour is an hilarious sideswipe at every toe-curling attempt […]

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Atlantic – America and the Great War – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Mound, Rainy Hall

Atlantic – America and the Great War, performed by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, continues at the Assembly Mound, Rainy Hall until 26 August (even dates only). Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ At its heart, this show tells the story of two black American sisters, separated by the Great […]

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Atlantic – A Scottish Story – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Mound, Rainy Hall

Atlantic – A Scottish Story, performed by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, continues at the Assembly Mound, Rainy Hall until 27 August (odd dates only). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Playing to a sold-out house, A Scottish Story offers an unusual take on the oft-repeated story of the diaspora of […]

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Piaf and Brel – The Impossible Concert – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert continues at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until 26 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ I was so looking forward to this – as an admirer of both artists, I was keen to see how this would pan out. Sadly, the billing is somewhat deceptive as […]

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Thrones! The Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly George Square

Thrones! The Musical continues at the Assembly George Square Studios until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ For the third year in a row, Thrones! returns to Edinburgh with updates promised as the series airs fresh episodes every Monday night during the run. Opening with a human version of the clockwork […]

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Baby Wants Candy – The Completely Improvised Big Band Musical – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly George Square

Baby Wants Candy – The Completely Improvised Big Band Musical continues at Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ From the get-go, the audience are on-side with this challenge – it’s a team game for everyone involved. This one-of-a kind show literally opens and closes on […]

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