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Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles at Lyceum Theatre (c) Marc Brenner

This is a production full of energy, passion and joy set to a riotously enjoyable soundtrack. I strongly advise getting to the show early, as you’ll find cast members roaming around the auditorium greeting and shaking hands with everyone. You get to hang out with the cast while the DJ spins up a series of…

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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute by Scottish Opera. Photo: James Glossop.

Mozart’s classic ‘Singspiel’ The Magic Flute is a ravishing, glittering success. If you are new to Opera, this is probably one of the best ways to get an introduction, and this production will delight and surprise even the most seasoned opera fan. It’s in the form of what was known as a ‘Singspiel’ – telling…

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Kátya Kabanová

Laura Wilde (Kátya Kabanová) and Ric Furman (Boris Grigoyevich) in Kátya Kabanová. Scottish Opera 2019. Photo: James Glossop

Scottish Opera seems to have caught the zeitgeist with this production, which is one of three Kátya Kabanovás running in the UK at the beginning of this year, with Opera North and Covent Garden also joining in the Katyamania. But, even without seeing the others, I can be confident in saying that this looks very…

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Twelfth Night

Guy Hughes and Dawn Sievewright. Photo credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Gender-bending, gloriously psychedelic, and deeply, madly groovy. This is a riot of music and colour carried off by a stellar cast, bringing this complex story to life with an energy and flair that is jaw-dropping, and includes the most show-stopping second half opener I have seen in years. The action opens in a debauched 60s /…

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The Suppliant Women

There are a few things that immediately set this production of The Suppliant Women apart. One is the libation at the start – a local politician is invited to use a bottle of wine to anoint the thrust-forward, open stage. Real politician. Real wine. The names of those who have contributed financially to the play…

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Isabelle Georges – Oh Là Là

Oh Là Là

Oh boy – can this lady sing! And move. Isabelle Georges is a force of nature – and it’s a very specifically Parisian force of nature. From the very start, she dominates the room with her stage presence and her voice and movement. You’re in the presence of a brilliant performer, with a brilliant band…

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Christine Bovill – Paris

Christine Bovill's PIAF. Photo by @nazipova

It’s a good job it’s dark inside the Spiegeltent, because nobody could see the tears that kept appearing out of the corner of my right eye. Hrumph. Must have been a bit of grit in there. Christine Bovill. Photo by @nazipova Christine Bovill is probably best known for her iconic Piaf perfromances, where she devastates…

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Witness a resurrection live on stage

Christine Bovill’s PIAF The Famous Spiegeltent, George Street 20:30, Aug 8th-11th & 21st-25th THE OFFER is enticing – an evening of Edith Piaf’s music in The Famous Spiegeltent on George Street. What is delivered in a fantastic venue, are astounding vocal and musical performances that evoke the tragic French singer’s life in an almost hyper-real way.…

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Grown men wept

PIAF – 22-25 August, 8pm, The Famous Spiegeltent Click to Book Tickets It’s not often you see something happen during a performance that turns it from being the merely spectacular into the unforgettable, but Tuesday night’s audience at the Spiegeltent in George Street for PIAF witnessed something quite extraordinary. We had already heard impeccably phrased…

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