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The Wizard of Never Woz – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Iain Gordon Writer: Iain Gordon Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Joining Dorothy and her pals as they adventure through the magical land of Never Woz, The Wizard of Never Woz offers a distinctly Scottish twist on the classic tale. The Wizard of Never Woz may be the Glasgow Pavilion’s best panto offering in recent years. Packed with audience participation, bright lights ...

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The Arabian Nights – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

market traders in arabic dress

Writer: Suhayla El-Bushra Director: Joe Douglas  Reviewer: Emily Hall This December the Lyceum brings to life The Arabian Nights. Suhayla El Bushra’s original script isn’t the first musical rendition of the “Thousand and One Nights” folk stories but her take is nuanced and enchanting, perfect for children and dreamers alike. The show tackles modern themes of authoritarianism and freedom of ...

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Legally Blonde – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Dominic Corr Pinker than a tart’s boudoir, more glitter and heels than Strictly, Legally Blonde the Musical is often cast into that horrendous category of a ‘guilty pleasure’. In truth, it’s so much more. Returning for a UK tour following success in Broadway and the ...

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INTERVIEW: Scottish panto favourite Johnny Mac talks to The Reviews Hub

Johnny Mac is no stranger to pantomime. This year, as he treads the boards of Glasgow’s King’s Theatre for the very first time, he sat down with The Reviews Hub’s Fraser MacDonald to talk about his journey to playing Muddles in Sleeping Beauty. A Glasgow boy at heart, Johnny is chuffed to be back on home turf after another mammoth ...

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Chick Whittington – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Director: Johnny McKnight Writer: Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald In the year the University of Stirling turns 50, it’s apt that its in-house arts centre’s pantomime this season takes its audience on a time-travel trip to 1967, where tunes are groovy, love is free and fashion is questionable. Chick Whittington is Johnny McKnight’s fresh take on the classic panto tale ...

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Trainspotting – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man on sofa

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adapter: Harry Gibson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr The iconography of Scotland is divided in twain, on one side: Brigadoon, Local Hero and Brave. The folk, historic, mythical and the fantastic. On the other side the gut-wrenchingly visceral realism of Trainspotting. In this, Irvine Welsh birthed something which harps more with Scottish culture than tattie scones, ...

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Lampedusa – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

man and woman crawling in sand

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Jack Nurse Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Lampedusa: the small Italian island whose name hit the headlines when it emerged as the landing point for boat-borne migrants travelling across the Mediterranean from Libya and beyond. Here, the play by Anders Lustgarten dramatising aspects of its situation and some of the many issues it raises. In the theatre-in-the-round ...

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The Wipers Times – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Music: Nick Green Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Ian Hislop and Nick Newman take the quite frankly unbelievable true story of Captain Fred Roberts (James Dutton) and Lieutenant Jack Pearson (George Kemp) of the 24th Division, Sherwood Foresters, and produce an old-fashioned celebration of the Great British spirit. 1916, the mud-soaked trenches of ...

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