Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s book features a somewhat conventional love story, as daughter Wednesday wants to marry her more commonplace boyfriend Lucas Beineke. This involves enlisting the help of father Gomez, much to the chagrin of mother Morticia.
There are some very good performances of recognisable human dilemmas in Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ production of The Memory of Water at St Ninian’s. Shelagh Stephenson’s dark comedy, about three sisters returning to their late mother’s house to prepare for her funeral, is an effective blend of humour and pathos.
Giles Croft, the artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, is perhaps best known to Edinburgh audiences as the director of the West End and touring adaptation of The Kite Runner, but here turns performer in a one-man show about his ‘third cousin once removed’, the Scottish endurance swimmer Jabez ‘Jappy’ Wolffe.
Offside, Futures Theatre’s touring production at the Traverse, is a heartfelt, energetic and ultimately uplifting play about women’s football that explores wider issues with humour and intelligence. Anyone with experience of football administration will know that the game is very much run by old white men in suits.
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.
This is not the best-known Savoy Opera, and (perhaps unfairly) was deemed a flop on first production, coming after the all-conquering Mikado. It tells of young farmer Robin Oakapple, who plans to wed sweet Rose Maybud – but is in reality Ruthven Murgatroyd, one of a family of ‘bad baronets’ who live under a witch’s curse, and must commit a crime daily or suffer death by torture.