Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: Light Boxes

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Light Boxes, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THERE are real trees lining the walls, a sky full of silver balloons, a floor crunchy with wood chippings; at one end of the space, the ruins of a domestic set, at the other a pile of fallen apples and a …

Theatre review: Light Boxes

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Light Boxes, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THERE are real trees lining the walls, a sky full of silver balloons, a floor crunchy with wood chippings; at one end of the space, the ruins of a domestic set, at the other a pile of fallen apples and a …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ As THE exceptionally talented Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman launches a brilliantly lyrical description of what we can expect from the long-term effects of climate change – war, disaster and droughts – he momentarily reminds me of an …

Theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ As THE exceptionally talented Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman launches a brilliantly lyrical description of what we can expect from the long-term effects of climate change – war, disaster and droughts – he momentarily reminds me of an …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Police Cops

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Police Cops, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★★ This exhilarating action spoof proves that comedy needn’t be wholly original to succeed. As the old truism goes: there’s no such thing as hackneyed subject matter, it’s what you do with it that counts. So, despite the fact that hoary American …

Theatre review: Police Cops

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Police Cops, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★★ This exhilarating action spoof proves that comedy needn’t be wholly original to succeed. As the old truism goes: there’s no such thing as hackneyed subject matter, it’s what you do with it that counts. So, despite the fact that hoary American …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Clickbait

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Clickbait, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ Connecticut high school company Red Chair Players has been attracting attention on the Fringe since winning a Fringe First for The Laramie Project in 2002. While more recent productions have not reached that exceptional standard, their work continues to be pertinent and …

Theatre review: Clickbait

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Clickbait, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ Connecticut high school company Red Chair Players has been attracting attention on the Fringe since winning a Fringe First for The Laramie Project in 2002. While more recent productions have not reached that exceptional standard, their work continues to be pertinent and …

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August 8, 2015

Neville’s Island – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island, which is running at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre in London until January 3 [Photo: Johan Persson] Team bonding – two words to strike chills into the hearts of middle managers everywhere. But there’s great comic potential when a weekend away with office co-workers goes horribly wrong. A revival of Tim …

Gypsy – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 8 Imelda Staunton has become the “go to” person to tackle larger-than-life characters on stage. If you thought her award-winning turn as Sweeney Todd‘s Mrs Lovett was a knock-out then wait until you see her in her Stephen Sondheim follow-up, Gypsy. The …

Taken At Midnight – theatre review

Theatre critic Anne Cox offers her verdict on Mark Hayhurst’s Taken At Midnight, which is at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 1 There are moments in Mark Hayhurst’s remarkable play, Taken At Midnight, when the audience at the opening in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre were left on the brink of tears. One man was so angry at …

Love Me Do – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on extraordinary apocalyptic ’60s play Love Me Do, on at Watford Palace Theatre until October 18. So, it’s the end of the world and we are all about to be blown to pieces in a thermo-nuclear war. How would you spend your last day? It sounds like one of those …

Next Fall – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on compelling drama Next Fall, on at Southwark Playhouse until October 25. Charlie Condou swept out of Coronation Street as sexually confused nurse Marcus for a new start in London (where the nation’s favourite soap thinks the streets are paved with gold). It’s a brave step for a jobbing actor to …

Sweeney Todd – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on an incredible production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, on now at Twickenham Theatre in London. London’s newest theatre last night opened its first full scale production, and what an opener – a bloody brilliant production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 17, 2014

Regeneration – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Regeneration, which is at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate ahead of a UK tour Regeneration, from Pat Barker’s gripping trilogy, is one two plays opening this month dealing with the relationship between World War I poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It nipped under the wire at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this week …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 16, 2014

Friend Or Foe – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Friend Or Foe, which is at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester until Saturday, September 13 I’ve been in the wars over the last week and am all the better for it. Last week saw the opening of the superb WWI drama Regeneration and, on Friday night, I was plunged headlong into a …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 11, 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre until Sunday, September 14 Wae’aye pet, whose idea was it to make Shakespeare’s Bottom from Byker Grove? The Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set for an Asian tour and they’re trying out the production at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre this week. Last …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 11, 2014

Land Of Our Fathers – theatre review

Theatre critic Anne Cox reviews Land Of Our Fathers, which is at Trafalgar Studios in London until October 4 [Kyle Rees as Curly in Land Of Our Fathers] I’ve never been down a mine but I imagine that it takes a certain kind of person to work shifts at a coal-face 1,000 feet below ground. …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 10, 2014

The White Whale at Leeds Dock – theatre review

Pippa Day offers her verdict on Slung Low’s modern interpretation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, The White Whale, which is currently being staged at Leeds Dock. [All photos: Sarah Zagni for Leeds Inspired] [Oliver Senton as Captain Ahab in The White Whale] With a seven-strong cast, The White Whale, which opened last night, takes Melville’s troubled …

Bard in the Botanics: Henry IV – theatre review

Shakespeare’s Henry IV is being staged in Glasgow as part of the popular Bard in the Botanics programme. Review by Gillian Furmage [Last year’s Bard in the Botanics production of King Lear] It’s easy to be dazzled by the picturesque Kibble Palace in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, where Henry IV is now being performed as part of …

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