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“Good show & great theatre...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of King's Theatre

King's Theatre
2 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ, Scotland (Southside & Holyrood)
0131 529 6000
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Ranked #112 of 460 things to do in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Good show & great theatre...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Kings theatre is a traditional theatre in Edinburgh. We went on a Tuesday night & it was good to see it bustling & full of people... There could have been more bar staff on duty but apart from that was a great night. Avenue Q was the show we went to see - funny but not as hilarious as everyone makes out!

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“Brassed Off (Damian Cruden Stage Production)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed last night's stage version, based on the popular 1996 film of the same name and on UK tour to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 Miners Strike.
The combination of the 'Grimley' Pit Shaft (complete with winding wheels) and the miners' street facade set the scenes perfectly.
The decision to utilise local Brass Bands throughout the UK tour is one of pure genius, with the Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band superbly taking care of the central musical spine of the Edinburgh run
(an amalgamation of the Dalkeith Burgh and Monktonhall Colliery brass bands, which came together in 1989 due to financial hardship and a lack of players).
The music not only links the show together, but stirs the emotions throughout.

The cast is ably led by John McArdle (Brookside) as Danny Ormonroyd, the Leader and driver of the Grimley Band through troubling times.
He's ably assisted by Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies) as his son Phil, bumping from debt issues with wife Sandra (Rebecca Clay) to self-esteem problems that lead to a shocking attempted suicide.
The show begins with scene-setting from 25-yo actor Luke Adamson playing the role of 9-year old Shane throughout (Danny's grandson) - a super performance that works better and better as the show progresses.
Phil's fellow miner mates Harry (Andrew Roberts-Palmer) & Jim (Kraig Thornber), along with the cheeky Andy (James Robinson - Braveheart) bring humour and pain to the work-related scenes, with Andy finding romance 2nd-time around with the return to his life of his boyhood-love Gloria Mullins.
Gloria's return to 'Grimley' is highlighted at Band Practice, where her attempts to join and play her Flugelhorn are only successful once Danny realises she's the grand-daughter of a life-long Miner mate from years gone by.
She's remarkably played by Clary Darcy, as not only does she play the hot/cold character perfectly, but also plays the soloist on 'Orange Juice', otherwise known as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez superbly (Tara Fitzgerald mimed in the film version!).
The progress of the band towards National Finals is set against the backdrop of the Grimley Pit Ballot, which sees the Miners vote 4:1 in favour if closure and redundancy. With the sudden collapse and hospitalisation of Danny, the band's future hangs in the balance.
Gloria's secret, however, is that's she working on a Pit Viability Report for the "Management", which, when Andy & the guys find out, causes them to break-up. Once she finds out that the report will never see the light of day, she resigns immediately.
Her 'dirty money' pay-off funds the finale of the Band playing at the Royal Albert Hall, with a resonating rendition of William Tell Overture, followed up by Danny's evocative speech touching the heart-strings.
This may be based on an earlier period of hardship endured, but has similarities to those in current financial & employment peril. All in all, a highly-entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Visited May 2014
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“Go to something -anything- here. The inside is worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely old theatre! The inside is beautiful!
Really worth going to a production just to see the ornate plasterwork, architecture and decoration. stained glass in the doors. And even the ladies' toilet room (the toilets are fine, but check out the rest etc).
Staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful, and all the seats seemed to have good views.
Even saw a convenient stack of booster seats, so small visitors are also well catered for.
Hope to go back to see something else soon.

Visited May 2014
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“A Midsummer Night's Dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Not quite summer yet but Shakespeare's play on at the King's performed by the Propellor company.
A very enjoyable version of the play: rather than just the usual interpretation of a Shakespeare 'comedy' which means some of the characters are still alive at the end this was a real comedy with genuine laughs.
The words flowed, the dialogue was audible, the performances were excellent and the play coherent. The props were minimal and the stage quite bare but I found this made the play all the better, removing the clutter and any complicated, distracting props - usually for this play that's false trees and a donkey head!
This was very enjoyable; if you get the chance to see this version, grab it. I'll watch out for the Propellor crew again.

Visited April 2014
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