There is a deeply felt element to Laurel & Hardy at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, that enhances the hilarity on display in note-perfect re-creations of classic comedy.
As the leads, Isabel Pollen and Jim Sturgeon are captivating. Suitably reserved and excited at times they create a moving and heartbreaking relationship which blurs the lines between film and reality.
My verdict? Brief Encounter is a love letter to stage and screen, beautifully conceived and immaculately performed – the show of the year so far.
Vivacity, wit and downright stupidity abound in The Belle’s Stratagem at the Lyceum, a production of verve and cheek that produces as much laughter as anything seen on the Edinburgh stage in recent years.
Neil Murray and Graham McLaren are to leave their key roles at the National Theatre of Scotland next year, to take over as joint directors of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.