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The World's Greatest Walking Tour of Edinburgh
Published on Friday, 13 July 2012
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Pleasance Dome (venue website)
Theatre
1-7, 9-12, 14, 16-19, 21, 23-27 Aug, 2:00pm-3:10pm, 6:00pm-7:10pm

 Family-friendly. Suitable for all ages.

Spend an hour on the Royal Mile, and you’ll see them, we’re sure: a tight little gaggle of eager-looking tourists, trotting across the cobblestones in pursuit of a costumed guide.  With its ghosts, its vaults, its hangings – oh yes, and its proud 800-year history – Edinburgh’s a magnet for all who enjoy a shamelessly flamboyant walking tour.  We love ’em of course, but they’re ripe for lampooning… and these are just the guys to do the job.

We’ve praised pretty much all Three’s Company’s previous work, from the award-winning Auditorium back in 2008 right through to a rebooted Importance Of Being Earnest down in Buxton last year.  Scriptwriter Tom Crawshaw’s known for his elegant wordplay, and audience interaction’s a recurring theme of his work – so, while we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen amidst the towers and tenements of the Old Town, it’s fair to assume we’ll be more than idle lookers-on.

Crawshaw himself plays our tour guide – the splendidly-named Cuth McWildered – and we suspect we’ll be gatecrashed by his hated rival, Guy D’Ofdistor (try saying it out loud).  It’s all very silly of course, but we trust Crawshaw to deliver proper substance among the terrible puns, and a few more thoughtful surprises.  With the summer we’re having, booking an outdoor show is a leap of faith… but even if the worst happens, we’re sure this self-styled “tour-de-farce” will be nworth zipping up your waterproofs for.

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These are archived reviews of shows from Edinburgh 2012.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

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