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Achilles – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Ewan Downie Directors: Ewan Downie and Ian Spink Reviewer: Torran McEwan Ewan Downie steps onto the edge of a dimly lit stage and surveys his surroundings. He takes a breath, and suddenly we’re plunged into the ninth year of the Trojan war. In the army encampment outside the city Achilles wakes entwined with his best friend Patroclus, ready for ...

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Strangers on a Train – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

two men talking at a bar

Writer: Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A chance meeting on a train introduces Charles Bruno and Guy Haines, two wildly different men but with problems in common. As the journey progresses, a hypothetical plan is hatched between the pair: what if Bruno kills Haines unfaithful wife in return for Haines ...

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Miss Saigon – Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Book & Lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Dominic Corr Before the likes of Wicked or The Lion King, Miss Saigon stood as one of the West End’s epic musicals.  Heavily influenced by Madame Butterfly and with the legendary creative team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, it’s no wonder many adore this musical. In many ways ...

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Shrek – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Gareth Davies They may be tales as old as time, but in 2001 Shrek gave traditional fairy stories a post-modern makeover, turning inwards the conventions of happily ever after, and giving their characters a few sly twists. The film won a Best Animation Oscar, and DreamWorks had ...

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Snow White – Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

snow white and the seven dwarfs

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Goodal Choreographer: Martin McLaughlin Reviewer: Fraser MacDonal Pantomime perfection is often striven for but rarely achieved. In a wee theatre in Greenock on a snowy December night, Snow White confirms that it’s not always the biggest shows that are the best. The recipe for success mixes a tried-and-tested storyline, a killer script and a whole ...

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Puss in Boots – Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow

man in shabby clothes woman dressed as a cat

Writer: Grant F. Kidd Director: Grant F. Kidd Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The world’s oldest music hall brings a classic traditional story back after a successful return to pantomime in 2016. Panoptica is in danger from an evil Giant and his assistant Demon Moonshade (Sally Starshine). Our hero, Tom, has returned to inherit his father’s estate before all is destroyed. Will Tom’s ...

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How to Disappear – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

three people in a bedsit

Writer: Morna Pearson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Gareth Davies It may not seem an obvious scheduling choice for a festive theatre production, but the Traverse Theatre's main stage show this winter is very much in the 'alternative' Christmas tradition. The spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge lingers in the play's themes of social injustice, political heartlessness and in the redemptive ideas of ...

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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man in drag with dancers

Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dominic Corr This was the year many found their voice to speak out. It was a divisive year, emotionally, politically and morally for many. Pantomime reminds us to sit back, relax and to just breath. Be close to our loved ones and appreciate the finer things in life just for a few hours. The finest of ...

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