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Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

It’s over a decade since Adele burst onto the music scene with her debut album 19. From there the then teenage sensation has matured into a world-dominating megastar. With Adele on a seemingly infinite sabbatical, Katie Markham’s Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook is both a fitting tribute to the star and an excellent substitute. Former X Factor finalist Markham ...

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Art – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Yasmina Reza Translated by: Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Some plays belong to either a particular place or a particular time and don’t manage to travel well. Art clearly isn’t one of those plays. Almost 25 years since it first opened in Paris, it retains a contemporary feel and still seems as if it could be set ...

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Cat in the Hat – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the original book by Dr. Seuss Adaptation: Katie Mitchell Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Dominic Corr Boredom is rife in families today, stretching out activities in an effort to play. When the games have run dry and rain continues to pour, what on earth could the Cat in the Hat have in store? Adapted from the timeless Dr Seuss ...

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Abigail’s Party – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If ever there was a play that was well and truly burned into the memory of all those who saw it, Mike Leigh’s 1970s masterpiece, Abigail’s Party is it. There are few who haven’t seen the 1977 BBC Play For Today production of the stage play, who can’t recite a plethora of ...

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Benidorm Live – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An admission must be made, despite being familiar with the success of Benidorm over the course of its ten series run, this reviewer has never actually seen an episode of the sun, sea and sangria soaked hit ITV comedy. However, it’s evident from the deafening applause that greets each beloved character as ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Rona Munro from an original storyline by Ian Rankin Director: Robin Lefevre Designer: Ti Green Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It is a retired John Rebus who appears in his first stage outing, Long Shadows. Currently trying to keep off the cigarettes and booze, Ian Rankin’s best-selling and much-loved detective is living a very different life in his Edinburgh flat. Not ...

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Touching The Void – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the book by Joe Simpson Adaptation: David Greig Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Dominic Corr You may be acquainted with his story, but few will ever understand what Joe Simpson went through. Broken, frozen and clinging to the lip of the void as well as his life. Launching the Lyceum’s 2019 repertoire is David Greig’s stage adaptation of Simpson’s ...

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Rock of Ages – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Nick Winston Arrangements and Orchestrations: Ethan Popp Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An unrecognisable Strictly Come Dancing champ, Kevin Clifton, dons a dodgy ‘80s wig and some even dodgier threads as fading rock star Stacee Jaxx, in Rock of Ages, Chris D’Arienzo’s fantastic, feel-good, fun musical. 1987, Los Angeles. Aspiring rock star Drew Boley (Luke Walsh) ...

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