EDINBURGH FRINGE: Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at the Assembly George Square Gardens EH8 9JZ (Spiegeltent Palais du Variete) (venue 3)***
I don’t know what I was doing in 1999 but it wasn’t watching an American teen flick adapted from Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

However, the rest of the audience obviously knew of it. It was, apparently, a cult film, and everyone around me loved this new musical version premiering at the Fringe.

The Spiegeltent isn’t the best place for sound but, nevertheless, an enthusiastic and talented cast belted out 90s classics as evil step-siblings Kathryn and Sebastian set out to corrupt the naive Cecile.

They are all rich kids, doing everything, especially sex, to excess, and some scenes are pretty explicit but, despite its content, or because of it, the audience thought it was a lot of fun. 

I’m not a great fan of American teen flicks but I did warm to the performances, especially Evelyn Hoskins. As Cecile she starts out a little child but when she discovers sex she is delightful in a different way. Scott Hunter is also a firm favourite, camping it up for all he is worth as macho Gary’s secret lover.

Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical is at the Assembly George Square Gardens until Aug 25. Tickets are priced from £14 with concessions.
Box Office: 0131 226 0000 edfringe.com