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Macbeth

Rufus Norris’ adaptation of Macbeth is a somewhat stilted production of the play which seems to champion aesthetics over dialogue. The Shakespearean classic concerns a general who is prophesied to become King of Scotland and, spurred by ambition, murders King Duncan and suffers the resulting madness. The play revolves around a dystopian wasteland. As the […]

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

This 2018 revival of Bourne’s 1995 reimagining of the classic Swan Lake goes above and beyond expectations. The already familiar substitution of the female corps-de-ballet with all-male swans seems no less revolutionary today than it was 25 years ago. All images of graceful and dainty women in glittering costumes are forgotten as the bare-chested and […]

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Calendar Girls the Musical

The recipe for a successful musical requires emotion and humour, ingredients that Calendar Girls has in abundance. Led by an all-star cast including Fern Britton, Sara Crowe, and Denise Welch, this polished production celebrates the true story of Knapeley’s Women’s Institute (WI), amusingly depicting Yorkshire life without compromising the poignancy of the story’s tragedy. Gary […]

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Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s choreography tends to concern itself with characterisation and theatre more than with intricate dances. As such, it took some time before Cinderella showed the full extent of his talent as a director. His mastery of stage craft, however, was clear from the beginning. The curtain rises to the company assembled under a cinema-style […]

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This House

This House seems very aware that its subject matter alone is not enough to sustain audience interest, especially for those too young to remember the period. Despite the 1974-79 parliament being “the most dramatic” in living memory according to writer James Graham, the true story behind the play is simply not exciting enough to engage. […]

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The Little Mermaid

Northern Ballet have a very rich tapestry of performances to their name. With a reputation for adapting recognisable and beloved literature into stunning ballet performances, they often reimagine stories for the first time. Their repertoire includes works such as Jane Eyre (2017), 1984 (2016) and The Great Gatsby (2013). This modern and subversive approach to […]

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The Play That Goes Wrong

‘Mischief Theatre’ are an appropriately named company to undertake this master-class in farce. Centred upon Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s hapless attempts to perform The Murder at Haversham Manor, the mischief which ensues is unparalleled by anything on stage at the minute. Although an entirely fictional theatre company – anyone who has experienced amateur theatre will […]

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Carmen.maquia by Ballet Hispánico

As the frosty aftermath of ‘the beast from the east’ takes Edinburgh, an escape to watch Ballet Hispánico’s performance of Carmen.maquia with its Latino heat is a much welcome treat. The performance brings the UK debut of Ballet Hispánico to Edinburgh Festival theatre, with a contemporary twist on Bizet’s classic opera and the flamenco inspired […]