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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…

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…

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.

New revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night created for Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre

22 Jan 2014

Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical work about addiction and family dysfunction

’It’s so painfully honest,’ says director Tony Cownie when asked about the key to the importance of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, a new revival of which he’s created for the Lyceum. ‘It’s very interesting that O’Neill didn’t want the…

Interview: Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan on Philip Ridley's Dark Vanilla Jungle

19 Feb 2014

The dark Fringe First-winning stage production embarks on a UK tour

Philip Ridley is a polymath artist: film-maker, scriptwriter, artist and novelist. The casting of Gemma Whelan in Dark Vanilla Jungle brought in another multi-talented performer: when Whelan is not acting on stage, she has been variously a stand-up…

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Noel Coward's Private Lives set to return to Edinburgh, the city of its premiere

18 Feb 2014

Director Martin Duncan: 'It’s a rollercoaster of a play: funny, absurd, excruciating and tragic'

Regularly revived, most recently through the Chichester Festival and the Gielgud Theatre in London, Noel Coward’s Private Lives becomes particularly resonant when it returns to Edinburgh. After all, it was in this city’s King’s Theatre in August 1930…

Phil Porter's stage romcom Blink subverts the stereotypes of its genre

18 Feb 2014

'The story feels like a psychological thriller, about following someone and using technology'

Phil Porter’s love story, Blink, has already charmed London and Edinburgh audiences. Far from a simple stage version of the ‘meet-cute’ comedy, Blink fashions romance from the difficulty and isolation of both urban life and the characters’ idiosyncratic…

Frankie Valli musical Jersey Boys to tour UK in 2014

14 Feb 2014

The jukebox musical features the hit songs ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Bye Bye Baby’

The award winning musical Jersey Boys will embark on its first ever UK tour this September, travelling to Sunderland, Manchester, Birmingham, Stoke and Edinburgh. Backed by the original Broadway production creative team, Jersey Boys, written by…

Rantin

5 Feb 20143 stars

Charming mix of storytelling and folk song from Kieran Hurley

Theatremakers Kieran Hurley and Julia Taudevin alongside musicians Drew Wright (aka Wounded Knee) and Gav Prentice (one half of Over the Wall) come together in this informal mix of storytelling and song to create a patchwork impression of contemporary…

Stephen Mottram, Editta Braun and Duda Paiva among the highlights of Manipulate 2014

23 Jan 2014

The visual theatre festival brings together puppetry and dance techniques to convey narrative

In the same way that films and TV shows use animation or computer graphics to portray impossible feats, so puppetry allows theatre audiences to witness things not normally achievable by live human performers. The programme for this year’s Manipulate…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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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…

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: 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.