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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Oscar At The Crown | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"A vibrant celebration of pop culture and queerness."

Assembly’s Spiegeltent is transformed into an abandoned nightclub far into the future for the immersive musical, OSCAR at The Crown.

The show tells the story of the flamboyant Oscar Wilde, an icon in a post-apocalyptic future where fascism has its grip on society.

With injections of catchy songs and imposing choreography, the cast magnetically perform around the audience, which is a high-energy spectacle but is sadly blighted by sound issues and a loss in annunciation. However, this could play into the chaotic vibe of the underground bunker in a dystopian future.

OSCAR at The Crown is a vibrant celebration of pop culture and queerness, and an intriguing show that may just turn out to be one Wilde party.




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