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Slava’s Snow Show – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Created and staged by Slava Polunin It's nearly a quarter of a century since Slava Polunin debuted his Snow Show. Described by Polunin as "a comical meditation on life, death, and the beauty of the universe", it's been a hit in over 80 countries, along the way becoming a 20th and now 21st Century theatrical classic. At a purely surface ...

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INTERVIEW: Scottish Favourite Juliet Cadzow is back in Pantoland

juliet cadzow dressed as carabosse sleeping beauty glasgow kings

An instantly recognisable face to many from TV hits such as Scotch and Wry, Dr Who, Still Game or as Balamory’s bus driver Edie McCredie, Juliet Cadzow returns to pantomime at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre as wicked queen Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty. She sat down with The Reviews Hub’s Fraser MacDonald to talk Stanley Baxter, River City and what else she ...

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Duet for One – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Gareth Davies A problem shared is a problem halved, as the old mantra would have it, and in that vein Tom Kempinski's 1980 play puts the therapeutic relationship firmly in the spotlight, as a world-class musician (Belinda Lang) seeks treatment from a Teutonic psychiatrist (Oliver Cotton). And so society's fascination with the contentious ...

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The Real Thing – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies In 1982, when Tom Stoppard's play was first staged, Ronald Reagan had made the perhaps unlikely journey from film star to commander in chief, transitioning from an acting career to become President of the United States. Thirty years later, in the era of 'fake news', the question of truth, authenticity and ...

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The Steamie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Tony Roper Director: Tony Roper Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There’s a nostalgia for, and great expectations of, any production of Tony Roper’s Glasgow classic, The Steamie, thankfully, audiences can rest assured that this 30th anniversary production does the much-loved work complete justice. Hogmanay, a Glasgow wash house. The race is on to get the laundry done before the midnight bells. ...

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An Audience With… – Festival Theatre Empire Rooms, Edinburgh

Created by Janice Parker and Performers Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A more life-affirming, moving and ultimately inspiring "happening" (in the words of the performers), you are unlikely to experience than An Audience With... Created after choreographer and dance-maker Janice Parker put a call out to dancers from the Variety era who had performed on the stage of the Empire (now Festival) ...

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Keith Jack: Movie Nights – Wild Cabaret, Glasgow

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Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Astonishingly, it's a decade since Dalkeith native Keith Jack was runner up in the BBC's search for a 'Joseph' in Any Dream Will Do. Only 19 years old at the time, much has happened in the ensuing years, with Jack eventually donning the technicolour coat on the tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Currently on ...

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Living with the Lights On – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: Mark Lockyer Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Harriet Brace A show that welcomes its audience with a cup of tea and a biscuit, and late-comers with a round of applause, has a personal and self-deprecating touch – cheekily taking aim at lofty and ‘important’ theatre with a well-placed Hobnob and a handshake. Based on the real-life experiences of actor Mark ...

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