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Shirley Valentine – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Willy Russell’s track record of successfully writing about ordinary women is almost unparalleled in popular theatre: Educating Rita, Blood Brothers and this, his 1986 effort Shirley Valentine, have repeatedly touched the hearts of the nation in both stage and film versions. Shirley Bradshaw (Jodie Prenger) is 42, with two teenage kids ...

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Running Wild – King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Morpugo Adaptor: Samuel Adamson Director: Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks Reviewer: Dominic Corr They say never work with children or animals, Running Wild ignores this old adage and as a result, triumphs. True, the menagerie is the product of exquisite puppetry but nevertheless, this is a special production. The Children's Touring Partnership presents a story which, like all good ...

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The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Dominic Corr From the instant that familiar melody starts, the audience instinctively clicks their fingers. After 80 years, the grotesquely charming family has found another medium. From comic strip to animation, television, film and in 2010 to the glitz of Broadway, this week Scotland welcomes the ...

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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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Nell Gwynn – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

cast nell gwynne king;s theatre edinburgh

Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dominic Corr Celebrity is hardly a new concept. Only a few centuries ago, one of England's first actresses would help shape the very pop culture we all hate to adore. Nell Gwynn; orange merchant, turned actress, turned mistress to the King, was more than her titles. She was a living, breathing woman who ...

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The Wedding Singer – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Writers: Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on the 1998 Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore romantic comedy of the same name, The Wedding Singer cashes in our nostalgia for the decade that taste forgot: big hair, big shoulder pads, and even bigger mobile phones. Jilted at the altar, hapless romantic Robbie ...

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All or Nothing – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Book: Carol Harrison Music & Lyrics: The Small Faces Director: Carol Harrison Originating Director: Tony McHale Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A guitar smashes, someone storms off stage and so starts the story of seminal Mod band The Small Faces. Following in the footsteps of the Kinks' musical Sunny Afternoon, All or Nothing capitalises on the wave of nostalgia for 60s bands, and ...

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Hay Fever – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

cast of citizens theatre lyceum edinburgh hayfever noel coward

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Harriet Brace A touch of Coward comedy is just the ticket as Glasgow prepares to welcome Spring. With a country house setting, bright young things, talk of open air and silly games, Hay Fever breaths fresh life into a city finally emerging from Winter and follows a Citz season heavy with dark, brooding ...

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