- United Kingdom Critic
Usually you find me throwing myself head first into reviews of musicals and plays, however, today I am reviewing something a little different. Variety theatre is something which has been entertaining audiences up and down the UK for centuries, and Alan Stewart is a legend when it comes to variety, so after many recommendations to see his Big BIG Variety show, did he manage to deliver?
Allan Stewart is a great host and headline act. His confidence in his routine eases the audience into this variety extravaganza. His performance ups a level when his good old panto buddy Grant Stott appears on stage with him for a few jokes. The most notable was the sneak peak of next Christmas' pantomime Beauty and the beast. Where Alan appeared as a rather mature looking Belle and Grant as a hillarious beast. The two work great together.
However, Alan can hold the stage on his own with some great jokes and dazzling tunes. Most notably his well written love song, You're a fat cow. Alan Stewart is the master of variety and when it comes to performing he is flawless. He also knows how to deal with a rowdy audience member, *COUGH* Ronnie *COUGH*.
Grant Stott is also great on his own, hitting it out with his banter and story telling. He is also another loved member of the panto trio who has the kings audience in the palm of his hand.
The longest running female trio, Three Degrees, also featured on the bill with a groovy performance. Also hint to future audiences. When they ask you to sing, sing. When they ask you to dance, dance. They will get the house lights up then name and shame you. Good luck! But have fun!
Fred MacAulay well and truly tickled the audience's funny bones with a side splitting routine on how he is filling his extra time since finishing doing radio. How he loves being annoyed by cold callers, investigating PPI or asking for him to complete a survey.
Phil Butler gave us a very surprising magic act with some VERY cheesy humour in there. Loved it!
Also last but definitely not least Alan's daughter, Kate Stewart, graced the stage with a stunning rendition of Run to you by the late Whitney Houston. Definitely can see Kate owning the stage just like her father.
All in all this was a great evening thoroughly enjoyed by an audience who had to trek through the snow for a night at the theatre. This show is the definition of variety. If you wanted a show which suited all, this would be it! If you are a fan of the theatre then you will love this showcase of talent.
**** 4/5 Stars.
Don't miss Alan Stewarts Big Big Variety Show! On at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh, until Saturday 3rd March 2018. Follow the link below for tickets.