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The Exorcist – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras Clare Louise Connolly as Regan and Peter Bowles as Father Merrin in The Exorcist

Adaptation: John Pielmeier from the novel by William Peter Blatty Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's a work that's polarised audiences in both book and film form, and now, almost fifty years after William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel first appeared, the stage version arrives in Glasgow on its first national tour. Is it a horror classic? Is it satanic ...

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Solaris – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Director: Matthew Lutton Reviewer: Gareth Davies It is a cultural truth, universally acknowledged, that in space no one can hear you scream. But in David Greig's stage adaptation of Stanisław Lem's 1960s sci-fi classic, you can certainly hear the howl of the existential void. One of the appeals of space dramas are the built-in opportunities to explore ...

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Grease The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The first new production in 25 years, and with the promise of a return to the gritty, raw, original 1971 production, the odds would seem stacked in favour of this Leicester Curve production of Grease, one of the world's most beloved musicals. However, ...

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Civilisation – Underbelly Big Belly, Edinburgh

Director: Jaz Woodcock-Stewart Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple and Company Producers: Antler, Eve Alin Design: Charlotte Espiner Lighting: Alex Fernandes Reviewer: Chloe St George We are used to music, when used in film and theatre, which contributes to an atmospheric landscape or ambles neatly alongside some emotional narrative. But Civilisation, the joint creation of Jazz Woodcock-Stewart and Morgann Runacre-Temple, has a beautiful ...

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Die or Run – Greenside at Nicholson Square, Edinburgh

Writers: Hannah Ringham & Glen Neath Directors: Glen Neath, Hannah Ringham & Louise Mari Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Is it a homage to an 80s house party or to the 80s Conservative Party is a question that springs to mind midway through Die or Run as an early drug-fuelled stream of consciousness on all that was good about the decade that ...

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Late Night Lip Service – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Hosted by Gingzilla Reviewer: Dominic Corr Well, my, my, my Miss Gingzilla, had the adoration not been clear before, this evening's ravenous crowd make it obvious to see our host for Late Night Lip Service is a Goddess of the Fringe. Serving up filth Thursday – Saturday, Late Night Lip Service is where to go if you want what the ...

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Hughie – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Al Pacino, Jason Robards, Forest Whitaker, and now, Phil Nichol, one hell of a listing to have one common trait, what is it you may wonder? They've all performed the role of loveable rogue Erie Smith in Eugene O'Neill’s short, one-act production of Hughie. Set in midtown New York, as a gambler laments the ...

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Amélie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Amélie:The Musical is based on Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 Academy Award-winning movie about eternal altruist Amélie Poulain, whose desire to help others, through a series of simple acts of kindness, prevents her from finding love. Amélie escapes her dysfunctional childhood and unhappy home ...

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