The best theatre & dance
Sunshine on Leith At last, The Proclaimers musical (pictured)! The story of two returned army veterans finding a different city to the one they left is accompanied by the likes of ‘I’m Gonna be (500 Miles)’, ‘Letter from America’ and the title song, all performed by the ensemble from Dundee Rep. Dundee Rep, until Sat 12 May.
The Patriot Gregory Thompson makes his debut as a director at the Tron with this new piece by Grae Cleugh. An intense, realist political drama, this piece tells the story of a disaffected young man with assassination in mind who visits the home of a Labour MSP. What unfolds is a story of both personal and political trauma. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 10 May.
Tutti Frutti John Byrne’s epic TV drama is here turned into theatre to good effect by director Tony Cownie. With the likes of Dawn Steele, John Ramage and Tam Dean Burn turning in strong performances, this musical journey through the last days of a pop band who are setting off on their last tour is well worth the admission. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 28 Apr.
Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 Tony Kushner’s story of the way AIDS effects the lives of a disparate group of characters is regarded by many as the great play of the 90s. Here it is revived for the first time in a decade under the direction of Daniel Kramer, it promises two evenings of compelling theatre. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 1-Sat 12 May.
Carthage Must Be Destroyed Alan Wilkins’ new play looks at the third Punic War, and finds some resonances with such contemporary conflicts as Iraq. There’s a tragic motion to the play, which concentrates on the stories of five men involved in the conflict. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 27 Apr-Sat 19 May.