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Avenue Q – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Dominic Corr With three Tony awards, continent spanning productions and another UK tour very little needs to be said about the success of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s Avenue Q. The audience, however, cannot be blamed for judging by appearances with this production. Despite its bright primary ...

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Sports Day – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Directors: Guy Hollands &Neil Packham Designer: Neil Haynes Lighting: Stuart Jenkins Musical Director: Michael John McCarthy Movement Director: Emily Jane Boyle Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald School sports days are notoriously divisive: loved by the athletic; hated by those whose talents lie in other areas, to be diplomatic. The Citizens Theatre community play, Sports Day, encapsulates all the humor, drama and excitement ...

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Tonight’s The Night – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Denise Ranger Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It’s down in Gasoline Alley, Detroit. Here we meet Stuart, madly in love with garage receptionist Mary but unable to declare his love, the lovelorn lad makes a deal with the devil to trade his soul for that of his idol Rod Stewart. He then learns the ...

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Hetty Feather – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Jacqueline Wilson Adaptor: Emma Reeves Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Beloved children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson has written100books, but says that Hetty Feather, the story of a circus star-struck orphan growing up in a Victorian foundling hospital, is her favourite. And now you can see it live, adapted for the stage by Wilson’s long-time friend Emma Reeves. The plot ...

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Our Country’s Good – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbarker Director: Gerry Mulgrew Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell Eleven actors from the Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland take on the 22 rôles of Timberlake Wertenbarker’s playOur Country’s Goodbased on the Thomas Keneally novelThe Playmaker. The play premiered in 1988 at the Royal Court and is based on the true story ...

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The Tempest – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Arnold Design: Hazel Blue Lighting Design: Sergey Jakovsky Sound Design: Barry McCall Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Tron Artistic Director Andy Arnold directs a predominantly female cast from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme, in this his Mayfesto production of The Tempest: Shakespeare’s tale of magic, morality, love and betrayal. While the ...

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Pressure – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Edie Ranvier You may know David Haig as the Olivier-award winning star of the original Our Country’s Good or as Bernard, the one whose wedding Rowan Atkinson screws up in Four Weddings and a Funeral (yes, it had to be said!).But he’s also an occasional playwright. Pressure, which opens this month at the ...

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Scottish Opera’s Madama Butterfly – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto:Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Original Director:Sir David McVicar Director: Elaine Kidd Conductor: Marco Guidarini Designer:Yannis Thavoris Reviewer: Val Baskott Puccini’s great masterpieceMadama Butterflyneeds little introduction. The Humming Chorus and Un bel diare fully absorbed into popular culture, and the moving theme of an exploited and deserted vulnerable girl still resonates today. Perhaps playing safe, or pragmatically ...

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