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Chick Whittington – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Director: Johnny McKnight Writer: Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald In the year the University of Stirling turns 50, it’s apt that its in-house arts centre’s pantomime this season takes its audience on a time-travel trip to 1967, where tunes are groovy, love is free and fashion is questionable. Chick Whittington is Johnny McKnight’s fresh take on the classic panto tale ...

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Trainspotting – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Irvine Welsh Adapter: Harry Gibson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr The iconography of Scotland is divided in twain, on one side: Brigadoon, Local Hero and Brave. The folk, historic, mythical and the fantastic. On the other side the gut-wrenchingly visceral realism of Trainspotting. In this, Irvine Welsh birthed something which harps more with Scottish culture than tattie scones, ...

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Lampedusa – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Jack Nurse Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Lampedusa: the small Italian island whose name hit the headlines when it emerged as the landing point for boat-borne migrants travelling across the Mediterranean from Libya and beyond. Here, the play by Anders Lustgarten dramatising aspects of its situation and some of the many issues it raises. In the theatre-in-the-round ...

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The Wipers Times – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Music: Nick Green Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Ian Hislop and Nick Newman take the quite frankly unbelievable true story of Captain Fred Roberts (James Dutton) and Lieutenant Jack Pearson (George Kemp) of the 24th Division, Sherwood Foresters, and produce an old-fashioned celebration of the Great British spirit. 1916, the mud-soaked trenches of ...

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Slava’s Snow Show – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Created and staged by Slava Polunin It's nearly a quarter of a century since Slava Polunin debuted his Snow Show. Described by Polunin as "a comical meditation on life, death, and the beauty of the universe", it's been a hit in over 80 countries, along the way becoming a 20th and now 21st Century theatrical classic. At a purely surface ...

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INTERVIEW: Scottish Favourite Juliet Cadzow is back in Pantoland

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An instantly recognisable face to many from TV hits such as Scotch and Wry, Dr Who, Still Game or as Balamory’s bus driver Edie McCredie, Juliet Cadzow returns to pantomime at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre as wicked queen Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty. She sat down with The Reviews Hub’s Fraser MacDonald to talk Stanley Baxter, River City and what else she ...

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Duet for One – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Gareth Davies A problem shared is a problem halved, as the old mantra would have it, and in that vein Tom Kempinski's 1980 play puts the therapeutic relationship firmly in the spotlight, as a world-class musician (Belinda Lang) seeks treatment from a Teutonic psychiatrist (Oliver Cotton). And so society's fascination with the contentious ...

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The Real Thing – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies In 1982, when Tom Stoppard's play was first staged, Ronald Reagan had made the perhaps unlikely journey from film star to commander in chief, transitioning from an acting career to become President of the United States. Thirty years later, in the era of 'fake news', the question of truth, authenticity and ...

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