It’s heartening to see the fine folk of Capital Theatres involved in such a confident show, it’s just a shame this Sunshine on Leith is more concert than theatre.
‘The cast constantly succeeds in keeping the momentum going’: CLUEDO – Touring ★★★
The touring Cluedo at the King’s is billed as a ‘brand new play’ and ‘an exciting comedy thriller’. It is certainly possible to quibble with those descriptions as there is little excitement, few thrills and nothing new. However, it does have considerable comic value.
‘The chemistry of the cast is electric’: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Touring ★★★★★
With a title like Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, it’s unsurprising that the first night King’s audience for this touring production was mainly female.
NEWS: Scotland’s Capital Theatres has received £168,000 National Lottery support
Capital Theatres, Scotland’s largest theatre charity, has received £168,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support its three venues – Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, King’s Theatre and The Studio – through this period of closure.
‘Its heart is undoubtedly in the right place’: OOR WULLIE – Touring ★★★
Oor Wullie, the touring musical from Selladoor, Dundee Rep and DC Thomson has moments of comic brilliance.
‘Little in the way of pre-Halloween excitement’: FRANKENSTEIN – Touring
Confused in its execution, this touring version of Frankenstein has high production values but offers a rushed retelling of the story that fails to work in practice.
‘Remains a vital piece of theatre’: A TASTE OF HONEY – Touring ★★★
Some outstanding performances overcome a series of gimmicky directorial choices in the UK National Theatre’s touring production of A Taste of Honey at the King’s.
‘This is a show of quality’: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Touring – King’s Theatre, Glasgow
There are few shows that pack more entertainment into two hours, and few that stand up to repeat viewing like Rocky Horror. Hands-down one of the best musicals of all time and with this first-rate cast, it would be a crime to miss it.
‘Makes us think while making us laugh’: AVENUE Q – Touring ★★★★
Hilariously insightful, touchingly funny, tunefully sharp and filthily charming, Avenue Q is the street where you laugh.
‘High-octane, clever & extremely enjoyable’: THE WORST WITCH – Touring ★★★★
The touring production of The Worst Witch is high-octane, clever and extremely enjoyable.
‘It’s no trial watching this’: THE VERDICT – Touring ★★★★
It’s no trial watching this stage version of the classic film The Verdict at the King’s. In fact, it’s a real pleasure seeing washed-up Boston lawyer Frank Galvin get his mojo back as he takes on a case of alleged medical malpractice.
‘A great deal of fun & surface gloss’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Touring ★★★
There are plenty of laughs to be had in the production of Abigail’s Party which finishes an extensive UK tour this week at the King’s.
‘Plenty to keep fans of thrillers entertained’: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – Touring ★★★
Whether you know the story or not, The Girl On the Train will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the end.
‘Enough shining moments to justify another outing’: ALLAN STEWART’S BIG BIG VARIETY SHOW – Edinburgh ★★★
Fake folkies and Armenia’s greatest boogie-woogie pianist stand out in the sixth instalment of Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show.
‘Isn’t so much old fashioned as timeless’: THE LADY VANISHES – Touring ★★★★
The Lady Vanishes, but audiences won’t as a stage version of Alfred Hitchcock’s beloved thriller comes to the King’s as part of its UK tour.
‘Everything a high-profile touring show should be’: ART – Touring ★★★★
Art is everything a high-profile touring show should be – a carefully thought out, well-directed production of a hit play featuring a big-name cast at the top of their game.
‘Fun, joyous & magical show’: THE CAT IN THE HAT – Touring ★★★
Dr Seuss’ famous Cat in the Hat has been brought to life in this new version of the much-loved children’s book on at the King’s Theatre this week.
‘If it never convinces, it is always intriguing’: ANTHROPOCENE – Touring ★★★
Anthropocene, from Scottish Opera at the King’s, is a work that is constantly shifting its ground both dramatically and musically; while it is absorbing it never entirely solidifies.
‘Deserves to be seen by everyone’: GLASGOW GIRLS – Touring ★★★★
A thought-provoking and inspiring piece of musical theatre, Glasgow Girls at the King’s Theatre feels more relevant than ever as it returns for a new tour.