The bes theatre and dance
Tutti Frutti (pictured) John Byrne’s cult TV classic is turned into theatre for the first time under the direction of Tony Cownie for the NTS. A comedy exploring Scottish identity through an ageing rock band on what might be its final tour, this piece is darker than you might remember, for all its humour. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 3-Sat 7 Oct
Mary Stuart Following the storming success of their festival, there’s no shortage of anticipation about this latest NTS production. Vicky Featherstone’s production of Schiller’s Mary Stuart in this version by David Harrower looks set to examine Scottish history through perhaps its best known international dramatisation. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 29 Sep-Sat 14 Oct, then touring
Julie Strindberg’s dark study of sexual and class repression is explored here through a Scottish perspectives in the 1920s. Zinnie Harris’ tense and atmospheric production features outstanding performances from its three strong cast. Touring
The Merchant of Venice Jimmy Chisholm leads as good a cast as you’re likely to see on a Scottish stage this side of Christmas in Mark Thompson’s production of one of Shakespeare’s most problematical plays. His Shylock should be one of many highlights. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 22 Sep-Sat 21 Oct
Spend a Penny A night of mixed monologues, performed one to one in the toilet cubicles of the Arches club, this promises a night of very different entertainment. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 26 Sep-Sat 7 Oct.