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Sunshine on Leith – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Stephen Greenhorn Music and Lyrics: Craig and Charlie Reid Director: James Brining Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Stephen Greenhorn’s original musical, Sunshine on Leith, predates the movie version by seven years. Originally commissioned by Dundee Rep’s artistic director James Brining. Brining, now artistic director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, returns to the work, breathing new life into the piece for this ...

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The Last Ship – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Book: Lorne Campbell (original book by John Logan & Brian Yorkey) Music & Lyrics: Sting Director: Lorne Campbell Designer: Fifty Nine Productions Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Sting’s Musical Love song to his Tyneside homeland, The Last Ship, is in his own words to: “repay a debt” to the area he left early in his career. Starting life unsuccessfully in the US, ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Designer: Lez Brotherston Lighting Design: Neil Austin Sound Design: Paul Groothuis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on from the critically-acclaimed new work, The Red Shoes, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures delve deep into the back catalogue to 1997 to revive their much-loved production of Cinderella. Re-set to World War 2, Cinderella and her shell-shocked, ...

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20th Century Boy: The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: John Maher with additional material from Nicky Graham & Colin Giffin Director: John Maher Choreographer: Cressida Carré  Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Four decades after his untimely death, 20th Century Boy aims to shine a light on the man once dubbed "The Electric Warrior", the "King of Glam Rock" and the "Godfather of Punk", Marc Bolan. Setting out on a path ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Rachel Wagstaff has gamely taken on the adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' sprawling, nearly 500 page novel Birdsong, turning it into a two hour 20 minute stage play. First seen in the West ...

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Titanic: The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Peter Stone Music & Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Titanic: The Musical first appeared on Broadway in 1997, winning five Tony Awards in the process. Director Thom Southerland's stripped back production, first seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, was revived to great acclaim in 2016, and is now touring ...

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News Hacks – Òran Mór, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Political satire may not be dead in Scotland, but it’s demise on the comedy scene has left it in dire need of resuscitation. Producers Karen Townsend and Rikki Brown have applied the defibrillator and delivered News Hacks, a monthly riff on the great, the good and the not so clever making the headlines in Scotland. No political ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If you listen closely you can hear the sound of the late, great Dusty Springfield turning in her grave at this travesty of a musical that weaves her greatest hits around a series of utterly banal love stories. Unlike Dusty, who sang “I just don’t know what to ...

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