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The Mousetrap (Tour) – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the longest running show of any kind in British theatre history, The Mousetrap has left audiences guessing for more than 60 years. Back by popular demand, this 60th Anniversary production brings Monkswell Manor to theatres across the UK and delivers a thoroughly fitting dramatization of Christie’s classic play. When a ...

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Janis Jopin: Full Tilt – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Peter Arnott Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Starting life as part of Oran Mor’s lunchtime theatre programme and travelling via this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Janis Joplin: Full Tilt returns to the city after almost universal acclaim from both audience and critics alike. Peter Arnott’s trimmed back biography of Joplin (an hour in length) gets right to the ...

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1984 – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: George Orwell Adaptation &Direction: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Arriving in Glasgow on a wave of five-star reviews, Headlong's sell-out production of 1984 at the Citizens Theatre would seem to promise much, but the question is, does it deliver? The answer, thankfully, is a resounding yes. Theatrical productions that genuinely have the power to move are becoming ...

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Gilded Balloon Comedy – Drygate Brewing Co, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Arguably Glasgow’s hippest venue, the Drygate Brewing Co. is playing host to Fringe behemoth Gilded Balloon’s brand, spanking, new, weekly comedy club. Housed in the UK’s first experiential craft brewery, the comedy space under the old Tennant’s Brewery’s seven peaked roofs, is both impressive and entirely fitting for this ambitious project. The club presents two shows every ...

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

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Sarah Tipple Choreographer: Kate Champion Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Dirty Dancing was never going to be anything other than a rip-roaring, raucous, raise the roof hit with a Glasgow audience notorious for its enthusiasm for a great night out; returning as it is to the city for yet another month-long run at the King's Theatre. It hardly ...

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April in Paris – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer &Director: John Godber Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys John Godber's gentle but bittersweet comedy dramaApril in Parisexploits the all-too familiar vagaries of life within a 28 year marriagethat has disintegrated into petty annoyances, awkward silences and disappointment at dreams unfulfilled. Told as a series of short vignettes, shop worker (and compulsive competition enterer) Bet, and unemployed builder husband (and amateur artist) ...

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Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Director: Rev. Lewis Ironside Reviewer: Katie Mitchell It’s the last night of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; actors, techies, directors and thespians alike are preparing for one last booze-up to celebrate what has been a fantastic 2014 Fringe. Most of these people get themselves along toSh*t-Faced Shakespeare; a traditional Shakespearean play with a twist; one of the actors is completely ‘shakespeared’ ...

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Bob Downe: Bob, Sweat & Tears – The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Trevorrow Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Bob, Sweat &Tears includes everything you’d expect from an evening with Bob Downe during The Fringe. We are treated to plenty of polyester, campy pop songs, cheesy grins and naughty jokes – but there’s something waiting for us that we never saw coming. Bob has a revelation – he’s actually been living a lie ...

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