Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch excitement this week at The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.
If you don’t know the story of how the Grinch stole Christmas it won’t matter because this musical was great.
The opening number “Who Likes Christmas?” draws you onto the town of Whoville where we meet the excitable Whos getting ready for Christmas.
The Grinch played by Edward Baker-Duly captures your attention from his first appearance on stage to his last. In particular the number “One of a Kind” stands out as The Grinch uses the whole stage beautifully.
The costumes were excellent, simple and colourful just like the people of Whoville.
The set design was great with the Dr. Seuss style of illustration which works well for the back drops and all the action on stage, to take you from the town to the cave of The Grinch. On a personal note I liked the smaller details like the tin of Who Hash in the fridge and the Whoville Beacon newspaper Papa Who was reading. It’s this attention to detail and the great music that made this a fun and exciting show to watch. It also features some of the familiar songs from the 1966 animated special, “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch”,
The cast were great, it was well choreographed and had a big musical feel to it.
Not forgetting of course, a fine performance by Gregor Fisher as the Narrator.
This is a fine addition to the different incarnations of The Grinch from the book in 1957, a 1966 animated TV film starring Boris Karloff, a 2000 live-action feature film starring Jim Carrey, and a 2018 computer-animated film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
If you get a chance to see it young or old you’re sure to enjoy this festive tale and you might even learn something about the joy of Christmas.
Review by Donald & Esme