Theatre review: Cilla The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse
If you’re looking for spine-tingling moments in Edinburgh theatre this week, there are probably two on offer; and intriguingly, both are based on the history of the 1960s. One is the horrible, backward-looking sound of Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech of 1968, unforgettably re-created by Ian McDiarmid in What Shadows at the Lyceum. And the other - bursting with all the positive, forward-looking, youthful energy of that same period - is the electrifying moment in Cilla The Musical, at the Playhouse, when a brilliant Kara Lily Hayworth, playing the “people’s diva” from Liverpool, opens her lungs to the max and belts out Anyone Who Had A Heart, the mighty ballad that, in February 1964, first took Cilla to No. 1.