Edinburgh Festival – Lena review

LENA (Assembly, George Square) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Those of you with children at Chiswick’s Arts Ed should look away now: this excellent play with music about  tragic 70s child star Lena Zavaroni will have you reconsidering their career choices.

Erin Armstrong is superb in the title role as the singing child prodigy who found huge fame on the ITV talent show  Opportunity Knocks before mental illness blighted her life.

Writer Tim Whitnall hits all the right notes in all the right order. A  deeply moving piece of popular entertainment.  If the Riverside Studios survive they’d be mad not to put this on.

Our thanks to ‘Jonny from Chiswick’ aka Our Man at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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