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Miss Julie – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptation: Zinnie Harris Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Strindberg's 1888 classic battle of the sexes is reset to 1920s Scotland and against a background of social unrest in Zinnie Harris' new version of Miss Julie. Harris and director Dominic Hill focus on the sexual politics of the play and tension builds apace in this upstairs/downstairs tale, ...

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Twelfth Night – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: R.G. Balgray The alternative title to Twelfth Night says it all: What You Will sounds like the bard washing his hands of it; leaving it to an audience to come to their own view. If that sounds a bit flaky (after all, some older citizens came across it in the classroom), what it ...

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Don Pasquale – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Giovanni Ruffini &Gaetano Donizetti Conductor: Francesco Corti Director: Renaud Doucet Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There's no fool like an old fool and so it proves in Scottish Opera's joyous new production of Donizetti's comic masterpiece Don Pasquale. Reclusive, cat-loving Don Pasquale runs his crumbling pensione with only his chain-smoking chambermaid, greasy cook and decrepit porter for company. ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Tony Cownie Reviewer: Amy Taylor A fractured family, living ghosts and themes of addiction and grief lie at the still beating heart of Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Directed by Tony Cownie, this revival of a classic piece of American drama brings new life to the Lyceum’s stage for the New Year ...

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West Side Story – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director/Choreographer: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The glorious finished product that West Side Story became is extraordinary considering how fraught the relationship between the show's tyrannical director Jerome Robbins (whose choreography is re-produced on this tour by his former assistant Joey McKneely) and the creative team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen ...

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The Provoked Wife – Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Sir John Vanbrugh Director: Kate Nelson Reviewer: Edie R Sir John Vanbrugh is more famous as the architect of Blenheim Palace than as a dramatist; but the ex-Bastille prisoner and controversial playwright could turn a good Restoration comedy as well. The Provoked Wife, his second play, focused on the options for a good woman trapped in a horrible marriage, ...

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Aladdin – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jimmy Chisholm Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Crash, bang, wallop what a show, they don't come any bigger than the full-on assault on the senses that is the annual King's Theatre pantomime, which next year celebrates a 50 year unbroken run of festive shows. With a roster of Scottish acting and comedy talent and a storyline tailor-made for ...

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Bauble Trouble – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Guy Hollands Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald In this energetic and heartwarming musical farce, Bauble Trouble delivers a truckload of festive cheer in an innovative and engaging way that keeps both adults and children thoroughly entertained. Entering the living room of an ongoing farce, Dad (Keith MacPherson) hangs Christmas cards as the narrative unfolds; it’s Christmas Eve and there’s much to ...

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