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White Christmas

Published Thursday 6 December 2012 at 16:37 by Peter Cargill

A show with the ‘wow’ factor. In these days of economic stringency when no amount of glitter can cover over the cracks in the Christmas show budget, this is a production of lavish proportions - lavish with a capital £!

Kirsty Malone, Simon Coulthard, Grant Neal and Soophia Foroughi in White Christmas at the Festival Theatre, Pitlochry

Kirsty Malone, Simon Coulthard, Grant Neal and Soophia Foroughi in White Christmas at the Festival Theatre, Pitlochry Photo: Douglas McBride

Enormous sets that glide on and off with commendable efficiency, an array of costumes (designer Adrian Rees), an exciting ten-piece band (MD Hilary Brooks) and a cast of 20, many with a list of West End credentials - it all comes together under the direction of John Durnin, his 21st production as Pitlochry’s artistic director and arguably his finest yet.

Choreography by Chris Stuart-Wilson is outstanding (particularly enjoyed the finger tap dance) and the Blue Skies rehearsal scene sends everyone off for an interval drink full of good humour.

Grant Neal and Simon Coulthard as the GIs-turned song and dancers Bob and Phil, and Martine McMenemy and Eleanor Brown, as the Haynes sisters, positively revel in the Berlin music and their footwork is none too shabby either. But not a weak link with excellent cameos by Kirsty Malone and Soophia Foroughi as the spurned dancers and Charlie Tighe as the neurotic and very camp stage manager.

A packed theatre, a standing ovation and broad smiles everywhere. A White Christmas to dream about.

Production information

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, November 30-December 23

Authors:
Irving Berlin (music and lyrics), David Ives, Paul Blake (book)
Director:
John Durnin
Producer:
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Cast includes:
Grant Neal, Martine McMenemy, Simon Coulthard, Eleanor Brown
Running time:
2hrs 40mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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