Review: Carmen – Edinburgh International Conference Centre

First published in The Times, Monday December 20 2021

FOUR STARS

The name of Prosper Mérimée is hardly remembered today but his 1845 novella Carmen spawned a legend that continues to grow. This stripped-down dance adaptation joins a canon of beloved works that includes Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1943 musical Carmen Jones.

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Review: Carousel – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

First published in The Times, Wednesday June 8 2016

Three Stars

Someone once said that it takes a village to raise a child, and the same thing could be said of staging musical theatre. There are so many specialist talents involved, from the performers to the creative team and musicians that it is hardly surprising most companies would prefer to give shows requiring large casts and big bands a wide berth, not least in these cash-strapped times.

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