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Goodnight Mister Tom – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Patrick Troughton in Goodnight Mr Tom

Writer: David Wood Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Robert McMillan Michelle Magorian’sGoodnight Mister Tomis easily one of the most recognisable stories in the UK. The 1982 winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, one of the top 50 books on the BBC’s The Big Read survey and widely taught in schools up and down the country – it is difficult not ...

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Blackbird – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Paul Higgins & Camrie Palmer. Photo Tim Morozzo

Writer: David Harrower Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Harriet Brace Shy about its subject matter Blackbird is not. You could be forgiven for wondering if a play that deals with an “illegal relationship with a minor” will even have an audience. But if you can set aside your reservations, prepare for a thrilling - if gruelling - ride. The production follows ...

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Purposeless Movements – Tramway, Glasgow

Director: Robert Softley Gale Choreographer: Rachel Drazek Dramaturg: Luke Pell Reviewer: Stephanie Whitelock Creating entertaining and innovative theatre that also promotes the work of artists with physical limitations, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company aims to force a change in Scottish theatre. Their latest piece of work Purposeless Movements achieves this. Cleverly created to tell the story of men living with ...

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The Wizard of Oz – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

the cast wizard of oz southern light

Writer: L Frank Baum Director: Andy Johnston Reviewer: Dominic Corr   We’re all at least partially familiar with MGM’s 1939 adaptation of classic fantasy book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Young farm girl Dorothy Gale (Anna Chidgey) finds herself swept away from Kansas and into the mesmerising world of Oz. Here she encounters a host of unique creatures; some friend ...

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Private Lives – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Private Lives - Richard Teverson, Laura Rogers, Tom Chambers, Charlotte Ritchie

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The mere sight of one another from their hotel balconies on their respective honeymoons is enough to tell the previously married Elyot and Amanda that they are still in love. Noël Coward's brittle, bickering, perennially popular pair return in Tom Attenborough's new production of Private Lives, but does it still charm ...

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Hairspray – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Good morning Baltimore and good evening Edinburgh. Based on John Walter’s 1988 film of the same name, it’s Baltimore, it’s the 1960s and it’s Hairspray. Young Tracey Turnblad (Freya Sutton) decides that it’s about time she achieved her vision ...

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The Crucible – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

the cast the crucible royal lyceum edinburgh

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: John Dove Reviewer: Gareth Davies   Witch-hunts, real and metaphorical, form the backdrop to Arthur Miller's 1953 play, which has been a staple of school textbooks and student drama groups for years. Every age seems to bring a new understanding to its story and characters, and as such it's a truly welcome addition to the Lyceum's ...

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Mum’s The Word 2: From Toddlers To Teenagers – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

jane marry lorraine macintosh julie wilson nimmo and cast mums the word 2

Writers: Robin Nichol, Alison Kelly, Deborah Williams, Linda Carson, Jill Daum &Barbara Pollard Director: Wayne Harrison Reviewer: Robert McMillan The sequel to the original 1995 play, Mum’s the Word 2 initially deals with mothers and their newborn children before progressing to the terrible teenage years, presenting the stories of five seemingly different women with one commonality - delighted at first ...

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