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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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The Steamie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Tony Roper Director: Tony Roper Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There’s a nostalgia for, and great expectations of, any production of Tony Roper’s Glasgow classic, The Steamie, thankfully, audiences can rest assured that this 30th anniversary production does the much-loved work complete justice. Hogmanay, a Glasgow wash house. The race is on to get the laundry done before the midnight bells. ...

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Keith Jack: Movie Nights – Wild Cabaret, Glasgow

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Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Astonishingly, it's a decade since Dalkeith native Keith Jack was runner up in the BBC's search for a 'Joseph' in Any Dream Will Do. Only 19 years old at the time, much has happened in the ensuing years, with Jack eventually donning the technicolour coat on the tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Currently on ...

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Hedda Gabler – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adapter: Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dominic Corr The confines of the corset are no more. Stripped bare of unnecessary frivolities, Ivo van Hove’s reputation for successfully coaxing texts into a modern setting is well known. Relying on subtlety and talent, as opposed to grandeur, has paid off for the National Theatre as Norwegian playwright, ...

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Crazy For You – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin Book: Ken Ludwig Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, (where Ethel Merman made her stage debut and turned Ginger Rogers into a star overnight) and utilising the glorious back catalogue of the Gershwin brothers, Crazy For You was reworked in the 1990s by Ken Ludwig ...

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Love Song to Lavender Menace – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: James Ley Director: Ros Philips Reviewer: Emily Hall Edinburgh needs Love Song to Lavender Menace. Not only a stunningly beautiful play, but an essential portrait of LGBTQ+ life in the capital in the 1980s. This Royal Lyceum run is an indispensable cultural event for a city with a vivacious queer community, an internationally renowned theatre scene and too many ...

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The Brothers Karamazov – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Crane after Fyodor Dostoyevsky Director: Faynia Williams Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Four central performances of considerable strength mark Richard Crane and Faynia Williams’ revived production of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as the highlight of the Tron Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. Notoriously difficult to translate, thought to be un-stageable and widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in world ...

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