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Theatre Review: Ghost The Musical - Edinburgh Playhouse ✭✭✭✭✭


Ghost the Musical
Rebecca Trehearne & Stewart Clarke
Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes
Edinburgh Playhouse 
Review by Mhairi Greer

Ghost is a timeless love story that is known worldwide. Ghost the Musical takes the soul of the original film and brings it to heart wrenching life on stage with stunning special effects. Stewart Clarke and Rebecca Trehearn capture the love, passion and joy of Sam and Molly as they move into their new apartment overlooking the busy streets of New York. Their beautiful portrayal of the couple makes the inevitable even more upsetting.

As Sam tries to come to terms with his new existence as a spirit, Molly is left mourning the loss of her partner, which is felt in emotional songs performed exquisitely by Jenson. Although ultimately a sad love story, the interactions between Sam and Oda Mae Brown (Played at this performance by Karlene Wray) are brilliant, full of funny moments that lighten the mood of the piece. This is especially noticeable in the scenes in Oda Mae's physic shop. Wray also delivers strong vocals during Im Outta Here.

All the cast excelled in acting and vocals, the show is also supported by the outstanding lighting, special effects and cinematic like backdrops, which helped to create the hustle and bustle of New York.  Paul Kieve's illusions certainly leave the audience guessing. The scene with the subway ghost (Stevie Hutchison) fighting Sam is a particularly amazing experience and wowed the audience.

The only tiny chink in this glimmering show's armour is that although the songs complemented the show and captured the characters emotions, they did not leave a strong impression, with the exception of the unforgettable signature song, Unchained Melody. That said, Ghost the Musical is a superb show offering a true love story that evokes the audiences every emotion. Sam and Molly's tearful reunion in the finale ensures there's not a dry eye in the house. 

Five stars ✭✭✭✭✭

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Tue 14 - Sat 01
MAY 2013    JUN 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Tue 02 - Sat 20
JUL 2013    JUL 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at Opera House Manchester, Manchester

Tue 27 - Sat 14
AUG 2013    SEP 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Tue 17 - Sat 28
SEP 2013    SEP 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

Tue 01 - Sat 19
OCT 2013    OCT 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at King's Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow

Tue 12 - Sat 23
NOV 2013    NOV 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Tue 26 - Sat 07
NOV 2013    DEC 2013
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Tue 17 - Sun 05
DEC 2013    JAN 2014
Click for more details and to book tickets for Ghost at New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, Birmingham

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