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The River – The Briggait, Glasgow

Choreographer: Natasha Gilmore Musical Director: Quee MacArthur Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys With a cast of 150, Barrowland Ballet’s The River takes us on a literal and artistic journey with dance, live music and song, along the banks of the river on which the city of Glasgow is built – the Clyde. Exploring the stories of those who make the city their ...

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Under Milk Wood – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Gareth Nicholls Composer: Michael John McCarthy Choreographer: Kelly Lloyd Jones Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys As Welsh as rarebit, leeks and daffodils, Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio drama Under Milk Wood is still 24 hours in the life of the sleepy village of Llareggub (read that backwards) but in this production from the Tron Community Theatre Company staged for ...

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One Man Two Guv’nors – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Bean from The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Director: Nicholas Hytner Music: Grant Olding Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It is testament to the writing skills of Richard Bean and the supreme talent of the energetic and committed cast that an obscure 18th Century Commedia dell’Arte farce has a packed audience of 21st Century Glaswegians rolling in the ...

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The Addams Family – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Andrew Goland Reviewer: Dominic Corr Breathing life into the macabre since their 1938 print debut in The New Yorker, The Addams Family has only recently made the transition to stage. This eclectic family created by Charles Addams to lampoon the traditional American one is a cast of gothic ...

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This Rich Dust – Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld

Director: Ed Robson Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Cumbernauld Theatre has a long history of producing community plays. Its latest offering, This Rich Dust, takes the 100th Anniversary of World War I as time to reflect on how the Glaswegian community was affected by war. Presented as a selection of scenes rather than a continuous narrative, each scene explores a different group ...

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Dial M for Murder – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Those theatre-goers lured by the draw of the nameAlfred Hitchcock attached to this productionwill not be disappointed by this, the stage original. Indeed, Hitchcock filmed his first colour movie almost word for word from Alfred Knott's adaptation of his own play and despite claims by director Lucy Bailey that rather thanseeking ...

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Fame – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Steven Margoshes Lyrics: Jaques Levy Book: Jose Fernandez Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The question is can a musical based upon a 1980 movie and its spin-off TV series still pull in the crowds 34 years on? The original audience for Fame, this teenage tale of life at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts ...

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In My Father’s Words – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Justin Young (with Gaelic byIain F MacLeod) Director: Philip Howard Reviewer: Rachel Clark As the opening ceremony of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games rapidly approaches, the Tron Theatre is gearing up in style with Justin Young’s new playIn My Father’s Words. Tender, bittersweet and beautifully written, the Dundee Rep Ensemble presents a cultural celebration of nationality, identity, language and the undiminishable ...

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