Review: Legally Blonde

'OMIGOD you guys!' Have you, like, seen all the blonde hair on Leven Street this week? The Bohemians Lyric Opera Company have turned the King's into one giant nail-bar, and it's, like, totally awesome and stuff.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 10:04 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 10:44 am
Real-life student Lydia Carrington stars in Legally Blonde at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh

For anyone unfamiliar with Legally Blonde, here’s the story; dumped by her social-climbing boyfriend, LA fashion student Elle Woods heads to Harvard (pet Chihuahua tucked under her arm) in a bid to win back her beau by conquering law school.

Despite being portrayed as a dumb chick by her elitist peers, Woods has a brain and it’s not long before she’s defending an old sorority chum up on murder charges.

Far fetched or not, Bohemians’ director Jon Cuthbertson keeps things light and fluffy.

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Dressed as cheerleaders, a irrepressible Greek Chorus provide much of the comic relief, delivering corny lines as thought they say them every day. Real life student Lydia Carrington, meanwhile, is a major highlight of the 50-plus company. Superbly cast in the lead role, she may yet have a professional career ahead of her.

Lyndsey McGhee too delivers an equally hair-raising performance as unlucky-in-love hairdresser, Paulette - her rendition of Ireland full of pathos.

Occasionally, however, the stagehands overstay their welcome on stage, but for the most part, technical gremlins are well hidden.

The message is clear, being true to yourself and loving all things pink is far more admirable than winning popularity contests.

So, what you waiting for? Bend and snap to it.

Run ends Saturday