Carousel, Playhouse, Edinburgh
By KEITH BRUCE for The Herald
If I pretended to understand fully how the allocation of performing rights are, er, allocated, I would be, well, pretending. But it seems to me we might be better served if producers Martin Dodd and Peter Frosdick of UK Productions got out of the way and let others get on with the job.
Foisting soap "stars" on us in roles for which they are ill-equipped as young talented folk run about daft covering their deficiencies is scarcely the best way to preserve a show. click for more
By STRUAN MACKENZIE
THIS lavish run of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s near 60-year-old musical will undoubtedly divide audiences.
On the one hand, the acting, singing, choreography (from everyone’s favourite jungle-dwelling dance-meister Wayne Sleep) and set design are faultless, beautiful and arresting.
On the other hand, it’s still a story about a carnival worker who beats up his wife then finds redemption because, deep down, he still loves her really.
The question is whether such a horrendously dated conceit can still sit comfortably and happily next to the discerning modern theatregoer. click for more