Top Christmas shows in Scotland

Alongside eating far too many After Eights, drinking excess amounts of mulled wine and watching Love Actually on loop, festive trips to the theatre have become synonymous with Christmas for all of us at Flecking Records HQ. There are so many fantastic shows doing the rounds this year so, to help you make up your mind about what ones to spend your hard-earned cash on, we’ve come up with a list of our ‘top picks’ for shows in Scotland this Christmas.

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Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (review)

Of all the Disney on Ice shows that have toured the UK in recent years, 100 Years of Magic has to be the most spectacular. Featuring more than 60 different characters and stunning ice-skating routines choreographed to countless classic Disney songs, the show is an explosion of colourful cartoon magic from start to finish. Read more about Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (review)

Jersey Boys Review

From their meteoric rise to superstardom from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey to their equally startling fall and subsequent redemption, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were never a typical boy band. It’s fitting, then, that the stage adaption of their fascinating story doesn’t fall into the trap of following the same cookie-cutter-like formula that most jukebox musicals do. Read more about Jersey Boys Review

Avenue Q Review – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Whilst the furried cast of Avenue Q could easily be mistaken for cheery cousins of Elmo or The Cookie Monster, their foul language, excessive drinking and sexual escapades throughout the show definitely prove that they are anything but. Sesame Street they aren’t. But hilarious? They sure are! Read more about Avenue Q Review – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

West Side Story Review

You’d be forgiven for assuming that a show which was so profoundly topical when it debuted in New York in 1957 would be out-dated and culturally irrelevant in 2014. However, as a glance through the crime section of any local newspaper will confirm, the themes of racial intolerance, violence and gang culture found within the narrative of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story are actually, at their core, as socially relevant now as they were when the show opened on Broadway over fifty years ago. Read more about West Side Story Review

Singin’ in the Rain makes a splash in Edinburgh

There are few touring shows that are as visually stunning as Jonathan Church’s Singin’ in the Rain. Based on the classic 1952 MGM film starring Gene Kelly, the fun show is set in 1920’s Hollywood and tells the story of the film industry’s difficult move away from the silent movie era towards talking motion pictures. Read more about Singin’ in the Rain makes a splash in Edinburgh

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story review

The Buddy Holly Story may now just be one of several “jukebox musicals” touring the country on a conveyer belt-like basis but, in actuality, it was one of the first West End shows to help establish the popular sub-genre that has made music theatre so accessible for casual fans. It seems somewhat fitting that the musical based on the life and career of Holly, the unlikely musical trailblazer who set the tone for what rock ‘n’ roll was to become, would play a part in revolutionising musical theatre. Read more about Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story review