There is a warmth and sense of tradition to Jack and the Beanstalk at the Church Hill Theatre that makes it an extremely attractive proposition.
Big and silly, much like the hair, Allegro’s production of retro Eighties soft-rock musical Rock of Ages at the Church Hill knows how to hit the highs with ease. This juke-box musical has an equally off-the-peg musical plot with a small town girl coming to the bright lights and finding the pavements aren’t all gold.
Anne Frank’s diary of the time she, her family and four others spent in hiding in an annexe above her father’s business in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, has made many appearances in different adaptations. Indeed, this version – a revision by Wendy Kesselman of an earlier dramatisation by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett – has already been seen in Edinburgh this year.
Wilde’s comedy of love, class, secret lives and imaginary invalids needs little introduction. Countless numbers who have never seen the play, or witnessed Edith Evans, know exactly how she pronounced one line, but such familiarity means that it is difficult to approach it afresh and can have unfortunate results.