Dick Whittington & His Cat shows that the age-old tradition of pantomime is not only alive in Oxford but it’s revitalised, re-energised, refreshing and stands a good chance of attracting new audiences into the theatre.
The great thing about the proud tradition of Oxford Playhouse panto is that while cannily aware of the audience’s likely cultural uplift, it has no fear of getting down and dirty with the rackety, popular and downright silly, and a firm grip on local in-jokes.
There is more than one large-scale depiction of World War One on stage in Edinburgh at the moment. While the juggernaut that is War Horse may cause Birdsong to be overshadowed, the returning touring production of Sebastian Faulks’ story at the King’s has much to recommend it.
Birdsong is a beautiful love story, interweaved with the horrors of war. Recommended.
There is an uneven grandeur to King Charles III at the Festival Theatre, which is certainly one of the most peculiar big-budget, ex-West End touring productions to hit Edinburgh recently.
Mike Bartlett’s attempt at a Shakespearean tragedy is set in unspecified time in the near future when Charles has become king. His first act as monarch is to refuse Royal Assent to a bill restricting press freedom, leading to a constitutional impasse, unrest and much backstabbing.