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MACK & MABEL – Touring

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The Silent film era is the backdrop for a production of a musical that deserves to be shouted about.

Just why Mack & Mabel, running at Edinburgh Playhouse until 21 November, isn’t better known I can’t say. Maybe it’s that it’s never had the big screen treatment awarded to songwriter Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles.

If people remember anything about it, it’s generally that Torvill and Dean choreographed an award-winning routine to the overture.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – Touring

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The South of France is the setting for this West End musical that’s lighting up the North as it arrives at the Playhouse for a week.

Give Them What They Want, is the message of the first big number of this hit show, fresh from London’s West End. And while in the world of con artists ‘they’ are the victims, the song applies equally to us punters. We go to a musical hoping for a great script, memorable performances and, of course, fabulous songs, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has all of these in spades.

Back in the Woods

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Æ’s young critics go Into the Woods:
Four young Edinburgh-based theatre critics will be reviewing for All Edinburgh Theatre this fringe, in a new mentoring scheme. Here are their early reviews of Into the Woods.

Into The Woods – Edinburgh

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Wise beyond their years, the young performers of Stage Experience find the dark corners of Sondheim and Lapine’s great musical Into the Woods at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

The plot involves a quartet of fairy tales – Little Red, Jack, Cinderella and Rapunzel all feature – but is not a nursery tale by any means of the imagination.

All Sondheim and Lapine’s grotesquery, death and destruction is very much present in Peter Corry’s production. Although the show exists in a reduced form for youth companies, Corry has given his 11-24 year-olds the the compliment of letting rip on the full piece.