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Tristan & Yseult – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writers: Anna Maria Murphy and Carl Grose Director and Adapter: Emma Rice Music: Stu Barker Reviewer: Harriet Brace A twelfth century tragedy is hardly what you’d deem a crowd-pleaser, so it’d be easy to assume the anticipation surrounding Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult has been over-egged. Having made the company’s reputation internationally, resulting in a US tour, and with performances lined up ...

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Shirley Valentine – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Dominic Corr The mark of a truly unique performance of a Willy Russell classic is offering up freshness. In some cases, watching one performance of Shirley Valentine will be similar, if not identical to the next. Jodie Prenger, however, offers up her original interpretation of Shirley. This is the key to this revival's ...

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War in America – New Parliament House, Edinburgh

man standing in courrtroom war in america edinburgh

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Susan Worsfield has brought War in America  to life for the first time, over twenty years after it was written. Though the play was deemed “too offensive” for production in 1996, it is a striking anecdote to 2017, touching on issues of government corruption, political naiveté and chaotic leader transitions ...

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Glory on Earth – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

a man jamie sives a woman rona morison in historical garb

Writer: Linda McLean Director: David Greig Reviewer: Gareth Davies Two iconic Scot figures, Mary, Queen of Scots and John Knox, responsible for influencing the course of Scottish history, and its society, take centre stage in this world premiere production from Linda McLean. It's a pared down exploration of the relationship between the last queen of Scotland and a troublesome priest, ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Greg Barnett as Fantastic Mr Fox

Adaptor: Sam Holcroft from the book by Roald Dahl Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Dominic Corr 'As cunning as a fox', that's what they say, isn't it? Fantastic Mr. Fox is the latest of Dahl's classics to move from page to screen and onto the stage. Though, is our titular fox truly as cunning as the phrase would lay claim? Our opening ...

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Jane Eyre – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor & Director: Sally Cookson Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: S.E. Webster From Michael Fassbender to Judi Dench, film star royalty have repeatedly tackled Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, while countless school children throughout the country have been made to study it. Among the countless crinoline TV adaptations filled with swooning Janes and rakish Rochesters, the ...

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Travels with My Aunt – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Four men in bowler hats

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Giles Havergal Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Harriet Brace When a story starts with a funeral it’s usually fair to assume the tale will end as it began – in tragedy. And often with more than a small dose of doom and gloom along the way. Not so Travels with My Aunt. Instead the melancholy affair introduces ...

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Shirley Valentine – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Willy Russell’s track record of successfully writing about ordinary women is almost unparalleled in popular theatre: Educating Rita, Blood Brothers and this, his 1986 effort Shirley Valentine, have repeatedly touched the hearts of the nation in both stage and film versions. Shirley Bradshaw (Jodie Prenger) is 42, with two teenage kids ...

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