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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

man , woman nurse

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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Spamalot – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Spamalot

Book: Eric Idle Music: John du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:  Tom Ralph Spamalot is a clever musical. The programme and posters proclaim that it is ‘lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ but that is only telling half the story. Eric Idle’s book and lyrics satirise musical theatre traditions, creating a ...

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Our House – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Director: James Tobias Writer: Tim Firth Music: Madness (and Labbi Siffre) Choreographer: Fabian Aloise Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald With commercial theatre’s love for jukebox musicals showing no real signs of slowing, Our House hits UK theatres, touring the country for the fourth time since its inception in 2002. Following Camden schoolboy Joe Casey, Our House explores family, love and the wrong ...

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All The Things I Lied About – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

woman upset

Writer: Katie Bonna Dramaturg: Sarah Dickenson Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If lying was a paying job, then Katie Bonna and her family would be billionaires. At the heart of All The Things I Lied About, is the monumental web of lies that tore Bonna's own family apart. In this post-truth, fake news world, and working from the principle ...

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Twelfth Night – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis      Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Scott Ellis brings Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to King’s Theatre Edinburgh, an elegant venue for an inelegant play which thrives on the humour of mayhem and nonsense. Somehow, this especially bawdy interpretation of the literary classic fits beautifully anyways; key characters delivering moving renditions of stunning monologues faithfully to the text, ...

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Faithful Ruslan – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

comapny of men in grey uniforms

Writer and director: Helena Kaut-Howson Reviewer: Harriet Brace In a world in which narrowing freedom is a sad and biting reality, the staging of a play about the legacy of an autocratic regime is both timely and terrifying. Faithful Ruslan is based on real-life events in recent history – the period following Josef Stalin’s death in 1953 when the ‘gulag’ ...

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