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The Railway Children – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: Edith Nesbit Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Edith Nesbit’s 1905 tale is as quintessentially British as strawberries and cream and cucumber sandwiches. The subject of four television series, a feature film, a made for TV movie and a radio dramatisation, The Railway Children lives long in the hearts of the nation. That, and the seemingly ...

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Wonderland – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Stephen Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy’s Wonderland, their take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice is now a 40-year-old divorcée. After a particularly bad day: lost her job, car stolen, ex-husband about to get re-married (you get the picture), the White ...

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Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

man and woman embracing while couples dance in background

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on the much-adored 1987 movie, the 2006 musical theatre version of Dirty Dancing was the fastest-selling show in West End history, with advanced sales of a staggering £15 million. And its popularity shows no sign of abating, despite an atrocious 2017 TV movie remake. This revamped version ...

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The Crucible – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Anouk Schiltz Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Telling the tale of the Salem Witch Trials, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a key text for high school students with good reason. With its broader themes as applicable in today's world as in the times of the Trials, it is rightly regarded as a classic. Miller’s ability ...

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Jane Eyre – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: Harriet Brace Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte’s lasting legacy. The novel for which she is best remembered, the story has endured too many retellings to count – not all of them good. But this latest reincarnation, a co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, is one that burns ...

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

man and a woman drunk sitting on a sofa who's afraid of virginia woolf

Writer: Edward Albee Director: Michael Emans Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs In the early hours of the morning, a middle-aged couple with a complicated relationship is joined in their apartment by a younger couple who they met at an event a few hours earlier. With all four of them partial to drink, and not particularly great at handling it, it’s fair to say ...

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Funny Girl – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It needs a glittering and glorious central performance to elevate the thin story of early Broadway star Fanny Brice to something spectacular, and that is precisely what Natasha J Barnes delivers in Michael Mayer's stunning revival of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's classic Funny ...

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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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