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Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night set for 2014 UK tour

22 Jan 2014

Touring version of Ben Elton's 2003 musical hits Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and more

Having sold out almost the entire opening week of the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow last autumn, public affection for Rod Stewart and his music isn’t likely to abate soon, especially not in Scotland. This touring version of the 2003 Ben Elton musical…

1933: Eine Nacht Im Kabarett draws parallels between the Weimar Republic and modern times

17 Jan 2014

'Popular feeling today is not removed from the origins of the Third Reich'

Susanna Mulvihill is one of Scotland’s more intriguing singer-songwriters, staging cabaret-style performances and working with Edinburgh’s Tightlaced Theatre, an ensemble that is dedicated to new writing. Her first full-length play, 1933: Eine Nacht Im…

Blythe Duff and The Killing's Sofie Grabol star in Edinburgh International Festival theatre trilogy

20 Jan 2014

The James Plays trilogy by Rona Munro brings Scottish independence debate back to 2014 festival

Following denials last year that the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival would go anywhere near the Scottish independence debate, a major trilogy of plays on the theme of Scottishness has been announced for this year’s Festival. The James Plays are a…

Filter Theatre offer an iconoclastic, 'rock'n'roll theatre' approach to Twelfth Night

17 Jan 2014

Co-artistic director and founder Ferdy Roberts discusses the company's 'crazy' Shakespeare adap

Although Filter Theatre's version of Shakespeare's satirical romance has been touring since 2006, its genesis was modest. 'Originally we were commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to give a response to Twelfth Night,' explains Ferdy Roberts…

Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus developing musical stage adaptation of Groundhog Day

10 Jan 2014

The Matilda collaborators are working with original screenplay writer Danny Rubin on the project

Following their massive success with the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, comedian Tim Minchin and lyricist-director Matthew Warchus have turned their attention to iconic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. The pair are reportedly working on the…

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West Side Story

18 Dec 20134 stars

New production sensibly refers back to the original staging & Jerome Robbins' balletic choreography

West Side Story's continued relevance relies heavily on the power of its inspiration, Romeo and Juliet. When the original creators, including a young Stephen Sondheim, choreographer Jerome Robbins and composer Leonard Bernstein, developed the…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Interview: Gavin Mitchell on Bowie, sandwiches and sleeping in the library

9 Dec 2013

The star of TV's Still Game (and Aladdin, the King's Theatre Glasgow's 2013 panto) answers our Q&A

First record you ever bought ‘Eye Level’ by the Simon Park Orchestra (the theme to Van der Valk). Last extravagant purchase you made A ‘Simply Cheese’ sandwich; from the glorious selection at Tesco. First film you saw that really moved…

Kieran Hurley's Rantin explores Scottish identity through '21st-century ceilidh play'

22 Jan 2014

Drawing on Scottish folk traditions and current events to make part-gig, part-theatre

After a successful stint at The Arches’ Behaviour Festival last year, Kieran Hurley’s Rantin' embarks on an extensive Scottish tour, thanks to the National Theatre of Scotland. Like Hurley’s past successes, Hitch and Beats, music is at the core of…

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Interview: Theatre-maker Zinnie Harris on tackling Strindberg's Miss Julie

22 Jan 2014

New production of iconic work set for Citizens Theatre

In this new column, The List talks to a theatre-maker about a quality that makes their work distinctive. The Citizens Theatre, under Dominic Hill's artistic direction, has established a reputation for updating classic stories. Zinnie Harris' version of…

Elaine C Smith stars in David Greig-directed play This Wide Night at Citizens

22 Jan 2014

Godot-like portrayal of two trapped women who need each other

David Greig is no stranger to tackling grand social taboos. His last play Dalgety, which recently performed as part of A Play, a Pie and a Pint, dealt with individual freedom and self-expression through naturism, while this latest production for the…

The stage adaptation of The Lion King to call at Sunderland's Empire Theatre

17 Jan 2014

Tickets for the run in autumn 2014 will go on sale from Tue 21 Jan

Julie Taymor's blockbuster stage adaptation of The Lion King is set to continue its tour around the UK with a run at Sunderland's Empire Theatre in autumn 2014. The musical version of Disney's epic 'Hamlet with lions' animation will visit the theatre…

Interview: director Tom Morris on bringing Michael Morpurgo's War Horse to the stage

18 Dec 2013

The National Theatre collaborated with South Africa’s Handspring Puppets to bring the show to life

When Tom Morris describes War Horse as ‘a business and commercial phenomenon’, he’s not being boastful – just mindful of the show’s humble beginnings. ‘It’s important to remember,’ he says, ‘that when we started out, we only thought it was an…

Top 5 theatre productions of 2013: Quiz Show, Dragon, Red Bastard and more

18 Dec 2013

Also featuring Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

Rob Drummond’s Quiz Show was one of the most successful shows of 2013. Despite the dark (and sadly, timely) subject matter and its challenging structure, it grabbed the attention with its uncompromising examination of the consequences of child abuse by…

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It's a Wonderful Life: A New Musical

17 Dec 20132 stars

A misguided musical stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic

Fans of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life will no doubt be at least dimly aware of the film’s odd, top-heavy structure. The vast majority of IAWL’s two hour running time is spent in prologue: the greatest hits of George Bailey’s life…

Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Scot:Lands offers tour of free music, theatre and dance performances around Edinburgh on New Year's Day

12 Dec 2013

Performances from RM Hubbert, Smallpetitklein and theatre show Whatever Gets You Through the Night

They’ve danced up trees, tackled events surrounding 9/11 and cavorted in castles: suffice to say, Dundee-based dance troupe Smallpetitklein don’t so much think outside the box, as build a new one entirely. Which makes them a perfect addition to…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 69-60

11 Dec 2013

Limmy, Vox Motus and Red Note Ensemble among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 10-2

11 Dec 2013

Andy Murray, Chvrches and James McAvoy among Scotland's top 10 cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Interview: Ian Krankie on Mickey Mouse, music hall and Janette

9 Dec 2013

The taller half of the Krankies runs the gauntlet of our First and Last questionnaire

First record you ever bought 'Pretty Woman' by Roy Orbison. The Krankies new song ‘I’m Addicted tae Ma Phone’ can be purchased from iTunes now! Last extravagant purchase you made A black Jag S 2.7 Turbo Diesel. PS Do you want to buy it? First…