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Dial M for Murder – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Val Baskott First aired as a TV play in 1952 then a West End hit and Broadway success, it is Hitchock’s film version of Frank Knott’s Dial M for Murder that is best remembered. The play itself is a carefully crafted model of the ‘how-and-why-dunnit’ thriller brought to life again in director Lucy ...

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Private Lives – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Martin Duncan Writer:NoëlCoward Reviewer: Amy Taylor Relationships are a funny old thing; one minute you can love someone intensely, with a deep, burning, fiery passion and the next minute you could be breaking a vinyl record over their skull. At least, that is, according to Martin Duncan’s revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners, Private Lives, which tells ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Swan Lake is well known to be one of Tchaikovsky’s great musical pieces; arguably the most famous ballet of all time. In this unusual take on the classic, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues to cast a spell on audiences the world over 19 years from its debut ...

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Rambert’s Rooster, Subterrain & Castaways – His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Choreography: Christopher Bruce, Ashley Page &Barack Marshall. Composition: The Rolling Stones, Mark Anthony Turnage &Aphex Twin Reviewer: Moira Wilson Renowned ballet company Rambert return to Aberdeen with their spring tour programme. Making a much-anticipated return to the company's repertoire after a 13 years absence was Christopher Bruce's highly acclaimed Rooster. This was accompanied in the triple ...

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Eat, Pray, Laugh: Barry Humphries Farewell Tour – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Simon Phillips Designer: Brian Thomson Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Bawdy, bold, loud, lecherous, lewd, the adjectives are running out to describe Barry Humphries' farewell tour. Humphries is definitely one of a kind and it will be rare to see his like again, so it is with a mixture of joy and sadness that the audience gathers to bid farewell to ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer/Producer: Alan James Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Buddy Holly is undoubtedly one of the musical greats, inspiring the likes of The Beatles to create what we know today as rock and roll. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, now in its 25th year, follows how Holly became one of the most successful recording artists of the 50's be-fore his ...

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Miss Julie – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptation: Zinnie Harris Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Strindberg's 1888 classic battle of the sexes is reset to 1920s Scotland and against a background of social unrest in Zinnie Harris' new version of Miss Julie. Harris and director Dominic Hill focus on the sexual politics of the play and tension builds apace in this upstairs/downstairs tale, ...

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Twelfth Night – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: R.G. Balgray The alternative title to Twelfth Night says it all: What You Will sounds like the bard washing his hands of it; leaving it to an audience to come to their own view. If that sounds a bit flaky (after all, some older citizens came across it in the classroom), what it ...

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