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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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Cuttin’ a Rug – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

ryan fletcher in john byrne's cuttin a rug citizens theatre

Writer:  John Byrne Director: Caroline Paterson Reviewer:  R G Balgray Successful sequels are difficult to achieve and when you look at any trilogy, the “middle” piece can often seem like the runt of the litter. That said, the Citizens team manages to blow up a storm in their new production of Cuttin' a Rug, the second of John Byrne’s Slab ...

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Fisk – The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

  Writer: Tortoise in a Nutshell and Anne Sophie Oxenvad Director: Ross MacKay Reviewer: Dominic Corr The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh is the heart of emerging talent and often a solemn home for conceptual productions others would raise eyebrows at. Tortoise in a Nutshell's Fisk is one such show that benefits from Traverse's embracement of the new. Issues surrounding mental ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris &Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews, which was itself inspired by the 1956 British musical Chrysanthemum, Jeanine Tesoro, Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris' musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, has always had considerable shortcomings. While some outstanding cast members and a ...

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Lysistrata – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

conor mcleod megan fraser lysistrata edinburgh kings attic collective

Adapted from Aristophanes Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: Dominic Corr One week ago, (21 of January 2017) saw millions united in rejection of misogyny, continued inequality and the protection of others. Tonight, the King’s Theatre hosted one of antiquity's fundamental comedies featuring a different march for women; Lysistrata. While the original is by no means a cemented pacifist text, its modern ...

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Wonderland – Edinburgh Playhouse

Stephen Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd (from the works of Lewis Caroll) Music: Frank Wildhorn Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Dominic Corr It isn’t often that Scotland is privy to the grand European première of a musical. Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland is doing just this, arriving into the Edinburgh Playhouse prior to touring the UK. Plummeting down the rabbit hole, or rather the elevator shaft of ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Orlando James, Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Tom Cawte Winter's Tale cheek by jowl citizens theatre glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Harriet Brace There is undeniable hype surrounding The Winter’s Tale Despite its lesser known quality, comparatively speaking, among Shakespeare’s mammoth volume of work, not to mention its derogatory label of “problem play”, this Cheek by Jowl production has already completed an international tour - and the reviews were raving. The anticipation for the show’s ...

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The Woman in Black – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Susan Hill's The Woman in Black has had an enviable literary life, originally a 1983 Gothic novella, followed four years later by a stage play, a 1989 BBC TV movie adaptation, then a 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe. The stage incarnation, now in its 30th ...

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