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Love Song to Lavender Menace – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: James Ley Director: Ros Philips Reviewer: Emily Hall Edinburgh needs Love Song to Lavender Menace. Not only a stunningly beautiful play, but an essential portrait of LGBTQ+ life in the capital in the 1980s. This Royal Lyceum run is an indispensable cultural event for a city with a vivacious queer community, an internationally renowned theatre scene and too many ...

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The Brothers Karamazov – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Crane after Fyodor Dostoyevsky Director: Faynia Williams Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Four central performances of considerable strength mark Richard Crane and Faynia Williams’ revived production of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as the highlight of the Tron Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. Notoriously difficult to translate, thought to be un-stageable and widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in world ...

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The Addams Family – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Whatever has happened to The Addams Family? What kind of world do we live in where bitter and twisted Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a thoroughly ordinary young man? That's the premise of Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa's musical ...

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The Kite Runner – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adapted by: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Adapter Matthew Spangler describes Khaled Hosseini’s novel, on which this play is based, as ‘a story about a father and son; a story about two best friends; a love story; a story about transnational immigration and refugees; a story about the relative peace in Afghanistan in the 1970s; global politics; class and ethnicity; ...

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Weegie Hink Ae That present Where Ye Fae? – Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Writers: Gregor Mackay, Conor Hardie, Jack Jarvis Gouther & Elliot Hannigan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys New Scottish sketch group, Weegie Hink Ae That, take the most familiar (and embarrassing) Glasgow stereotypes, and oh so cleverly put a new spin on them to create an original, and frequently hysterically funny evening of comedy in their show Where Ye Fae? There’s no doubt, from ...

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Stand By – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Adam McNamara Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Daniel Cawley Stand By is an exceptionally well written and powerful piece of theatre from the pen of former police officer Adam McNamara, who reverently conveys to the audience the warts and all portrayal of the all too often hidden aspect of on the ground police work. By looking at the strength of ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Michael Emans Reviewer:  Tom Ralph A Streetcar Named Desire is a play that defies any attempts to move it to a different location or time. Set in New Orleans at the tail end of the 1940s, the clash between the cultures and identities of its two main characters drew on so much of America, and its immediate ...

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Hairspray: The Broadway Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since its star-studded Hollywood revival in 2007, Hairspray has proven itself to be a favourite for musical theatre audiences across the West. In this inception, on its latest UK tour, it is clear to see why ...

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