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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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Don Pasquale – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Giovanni Ruffini &Gaetano Donizetti Conductor: Francesco Corti Director: Renaud Doucet Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There's no fool like an old fool and so it proves in Scottish Opera's joyous new production of Donizetti's comic masterpiece Don Pasquale. Reclusive, cat-loving Don Pasquale runs his crumbling pensione with only his chain-smoking chambermaid, greasy cook and decrepit porter for company. ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Tony Cownie Reviewer: Amy Taylor A fractured family, living ghosts and themes of addiction and grief lie at the still beating heart of Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Directed by Tony Cownie, this revival of a classic piece of American drama brings new life to the Lyceum’s stage for the New Year ...

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West Side Story – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director/Choreographer: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The glorious finished product that West Side Story became is extraordinary considering how fraught the relationship between the show's tyrannical director Jerome Robbins (whose choreography is re-produced on this tour by his former assistant Joey McKneely) and the creative team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen ...

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The Provoked Wife – Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Sir John Vanbrugh Director: Kate Nelson Reviewer: Edie R Sir John Vanbrugh is more famous as the architect of Blenheim Palace than as a dramatist; but the ex-Bastille prisoner and controversial playwright could turn a good Restoration comedy as well. The Provoked Wife, his second play, focused on the options for a good woman trapped in a horrible marriage, ...

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