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Wicked (Tour) – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Joe Mantello Book: Winnie Holzman Composer/Lyricist: Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since it's opening on Broadway in 2003, Wicked has cast its spell over audiences the world over. This current tour, taking the show across the UK and Ireland, shows exactly why the production has been so successful and guarantees an entertaining evening of theatre that won’t be forgotten ...

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The Libertine – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Steven Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Mention John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, and it’s hard to avoid words like hedonism and lechery. A man of rare wit and ability, he was following the pathway of excess long before it became a Romantic cliché. So it might be tempting to expect something of a morality tale ...

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Jock n’ Roll – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Director - Iain Gordon Lighting Design - Scott Gordon Musical Director - David Halford Choreographer - Lynsey Brown Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Jock n' Roll salutes the music that the nation that gave us whisky and haggis has given to the world through the years. Whether the show does this Scottish back catalogue justice, however, is less certain. Act one opens ...

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Uncle Varick – Village Theatre, East Kilbride

Writer: John Byrne adapted from Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: R. G. Balgray You’d think that Chekhov and drama in Scots would be a pretty good fit: all that dark angst, the reliance on spirituous liquor, the bleakness sunk far in the soul. So you’d expect Uncle Varick, presently being revived by Rapture Theatre Company, to have ...

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Brassed Off – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Paul Allen, adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman Musical Director: Nicholas Eastwood Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Dominic Corr Politics and the arts have an unstable marriage where art usually reflects, parodies or comments upon the other. Striking similarities with productions ThePitmen Painters and Billy Elliot, Brassed Off completes a trifecta of miners being soothed from a political harpooning ...

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Let It Be – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In avoiding the usual pitfalls of the jukebox musical i.e. shoe-horning the greatest hits of a band around an unnecessary narrative, Let It Be emerges triumphant as the perfect example of how to give your audience exactly what it wants. The producers have clearly acknowledged that it’s the music that is key. ...

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Invisible Empire – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Ewan Downie Reviewer: Michelle Haynes It’s not often that a show leaves an audience sitting in silence for two minutes after the cast has left, but this is exactly what Company of Wolves production Invisible Empire has achieved. Ewan Downie’s direction presents the audience with 55 minutes of exhaustive vocal and physical performance that is set to leave the ...

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Factor 9 – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Hamish MacDonald Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell   Mishap or medical manipulation? Hamish MacDonald, writer for Dogstar Theatre, packs a powerful punch in this world premiere piece. Factor 9 is a political play thatcentres on a Scottish scandal and tells the tale of the suffering of the forgotten haemophiliac victims of the Factor 8 and Factor 9 ...

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