Review: Club Tropicana UK & Ireland Tour

Review: Club Tropicana UK & Ireland Tour

The 1980s is a much loved and nostalgic era for a vast percentage of Britain. Maybe the politics were questionable, along with some of the fashion choices, however all in all the 80s was a decade which many people reminisce and boast about. Therefore could the latest 80s inspired jukebox musical, “Club Tropicana", live up to the bust of colour and hype that comes with this decade? I headed along to Scotland's answer to Broadway, the Edinburgh Playhouse, for the answer.

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Stunt Casting is Becoming an Issue in the UK.

Stunt Casting is Becoming an Issue in the UK.

Everyone loves seeing a “celebrity” in their local theatre, this could be the person in question featuring in a musical, play or even a pantomime. However, in recent years stunt casting has become an increasing tactic used by producers to increase ticket sales. Is this tactic stopping new talent being showcased within the UK’s theatres?

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Review: "Rock of Ages" (UK & Ireland Tour)

Review: "Rock of Ages" (UK & Ireland Tour)

One thing that musicals lack, is a shift in structure. Mainstream musicals mainly always follow a linear plot structure, which have a very Stanislavskian style.  “Rock of Ages” completely tears that expected formula apart. Till Saturday 4th May, the UK and Ireland touring production is playing Edinburgh’s answer to the west end, the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: 'Abigail’s Party' - UK Tour

Review: 'Abigail’s Party' - UK Tour

Mike Leigh’s 1970s kitchen sink drama, “Abigail’s Party”, is back on tour with an all new production and cast. Following the story of the troublesome couple, Beverley and Laurence, inviting their neighbors, Sue, Angela and Tony round for a get together. All this is happening, while Sue’s daughter, Abigail is having a house party down the road. What could possibly go wrong?

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Review: 'Matilda The Musical' - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: 'Matilda The Musical' - UK & Ireland Tour

You see maggots, in this world there are two types of musical, the winners and the losers, and since seeing “Matilda The Musical” in London, back in 2013, plus another two times since, it has been considered the ultimate winner to me. Now it is touring the UK and Ireland, and no surprise, tens of thousands of people are flocking to their nearest theatre to see this stonking hit. To see how the tour compares to the stunning London production, I attended it’s press evening and opening night, at the biggest theatre of its run, the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: 'The Girl on the Train' - U.K. & Ireland Tour

Review: 'The Girl on the Train' - U.K. & Ireland Tour

“The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins, is the latest novel to get a stage adaptation. And this adaptation is pretty special seeing as the novel in question has been a soaring hit since it was released in 2015. Following its huge popularity, fans wanted more, causing a film adaptation to be released the following year (October 2016). And now it has been adapted into a stage play, which is currently touring the UK & Ireland. I attended the press night at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre eagerly awaiting to see how this story would translate onto stage.

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Review: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” - U.K. Tour

Review: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” - U.K. Tour

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a musical which was originally a theatre in education production, which toured schools. Nowadays, it is known for being a juggernaut of a musical which is a huge asset to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s library of creative credits. The musical has toured for the best part of fifty years, so audiences in the UK are very familiar with the music and the story. Therefore, in 2019 there has surely been some work done to the new UK touring production, to make this musical accessible to a new generation of younger audiences. To find out, I attended the press evening, in Scotland’s answer to Broadway, the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: "Ghost The Musical" - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: "Ghost The Musical" - UK & Ireland Tour

Overall, this musical is good for audiences looking for a fun and lighthearted evening/afternoon of entertainment, however, for the “Ghost” motion picture super fans, this may not be for you, as it is definitely directed in a different tone while keeping with the same story. This show does however, showcase some fantastic talent, who put their all in to providing you, probably the best production of this musical in recent years.

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Review: "Jersey Boys" - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: "Jersey Boys" - UK & Ireland Tour

“Jersey Boys” Is a musical which has been touring the UK time and time again. It is one of the most iconic stage musicals of the 21st century and audiences have been lapping up the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for fifteen years. And unbelievably, I had never seen the musical until this evening (Wednesday 20th February), in Edinburgh’s answer to Broadway, the Edinburgh Playhouse. So, did this hyped musical live up to expectation?

The story of “Jersey Boys” follows the bandmates of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi. It shows the roots of the bands, the trials they endured (literally), their personal life and of course how they created the iconic music that the world has come to love.

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Review: “American Idiot the Musical”- UK Tour

Review: “American Idiot the Musical”- UK Tour

Green Day’s hit musical, “American Idiot”, is hitting the road for its tenth anniversary UK Tour. It has been up and down the country many times before, and this time it’s a celebratory lap for fans of the musical to relive the rock. This week the musical is visiting Scotland’s largest and grandest theatre, the Edinburgh Playhouse, so I attended the press evening to see if this show still is entertaining the masses.

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Review: "Glasgow Girls" - UK Tour Review

Review: "Glasgow Girls" - UK Tour Review

Glasgow Girls” used to be a lesser known musical which was not within the mainstream eye, but since it’s 2016 Edinburgh Fringe appearance, and follow up tour, there has been a lot of talk about the musical based on a true story. Finally, the production is back on tour, and after it being five years since I saw the 2nd run of the show at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow, I thought it was time I revisited the production to see how it has aged. The tour, luckily, stopped off at one of my favourite theatres, the King’s in Edinburgh, so I popped along to see it in Capital theatre’s old girl of Leven street.

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Review: “Six the Musical” - SEC, Glasgow/Arts Theatre, London

Review: “Six the Musical” - SEC, Glasgow/Arts Theatre, London

“Hamilton the Musical” is currently taking over the planet, being a contemporary musical with an incredible score, while also educating the world about how America was established, with some messages on diversity and race mixed in there too. Unfortunately, due to some of us being too busy and broke to see Hamilton, there has been whisperings of a low-costing ticket alternative, which has the potential of being just as big a hit.

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Everyone Knows Everyone in This Industry

Everyone Knows Everyone in This Industry

Being a critic, and also having worked (VERY minorly) in the acting industry, I have met many people and have established contacts with actors, writers, directors, runners, stage techies, producers, and critics, many of whom have gone on to do great things. One of the things you find out fairly quickly, especially in training, is that everybody knows everybody in the entertainment industry. To become a big fish in a small pond, you need to remember that it’s essential to have a pretty good, professional, relationship with everyone you work with, or word will spread fairly quickly about your reputation, which could cause some significant problems for your career. The same can most likely be said in London, Broadway and Hollywood, I imagine word spreads reasonably quickly when someone gets called out for being rude to a colleague or even a fan.

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Are Theatre Audiences Changing?

Are Theatre Audiences Changing?

Many people go to the theatre to escape the hustle and bustle of modern society and want to be taken on a journey, different from the life they live in. A vast percentage of those who go to the theatre enjoy to watch their evening/afternoon’s performance without the disruption of people talking, rowdy crowds, loud eaters and most of all, the bright screens of mobile phones. However, recently, regular theatergoers are finding themselves encountering more and more disturbances during performances, thanks to audience members around them. This raises the question, are theatre audiences changing?

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Review: "Kinky Boots The Musical" (UK & Ireland Tour) - Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: "Kinky Boots The Musical" (UK & Ireland Tour) - Edinburgh Playhouse

Kinky Boots The Musical” is an amazing show which not only entertains but conveys an uplifting message to never let anyone stop you from being you. If you are looking for a hell of a lot of joy this Christmas season, then... Ladies! Gentlemen! And those who are yet to make up their minds! Get yourself to “Kinky Boots” one of the greatest musicals to play the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: "Beauty and The Beast" (Qdos Pantomime) at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre

Review: "Beauty and The Beast" (Qdos Pantomime) at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre

Every year during the Christmas season, 90,000 people decent upon the quaint King’s Theatre on Leven Street in Edinburgh, for what has to be the best pantomime in Scotland, or perhaps even the United Kingdom. Many people make this visit a tradition during the run up to Christmas or New Year, and each year the fabulous trio that is Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Andy Gray gain the hearts of millions with their fabulous performances. This year, unfortunately, Andy Gray has had to drop out, which leaves the audience in the very capable hands of Alan Stewart and Grant Stott, however, did they manage to make up for being a man down?

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Review: "Nativity! The Musical" - U.K. Tour

Review: "Nativity! The Musical" - U.K. Tour

Nine years ago, “Nativity!” the movie hit cinemas, and families up and down the UK loved it! It was a hilarious British comedy, which featured some brilliant kids trying to put on the best Nativity they could with their teacher Mr Maddens, and his newly appointed teaching assistant, Mr Poppy. Now nine years on, the stage musical adaption is on a tour of the UK, and is currently playing at the beautiful Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. The question is, does this festive adaptation work?

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