Hitlist - The best theatre & dance

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The best theatre & dance

Sunshine on Leith Stephen Greenhorn’s immense, joyful and sometimes sad musical brings the songs of The Proclaimers to life in theatre, in a musical that shows that working class life is just as fit for representation in this genre of theatre as the usual set of middle class, aspirational characters. A must see. Dundee Rep, until Sat 12 May, then touring

Angels in America Tony Kushner’s epic political drama involving sexuality, faith and the belief structures that we need but are increasingly sceptical of is perhaps the most important observation of American mores produced in this generation. Daniel Kramer’s production does this great human drama justice. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 12 May

Carthage Must Be Destroyed Lorne Campbell’s production of Alan Wilkins’ new play is an intriguing piece of political theatre, in which four Roman power brokers struggle for the upper hand as a colonial war is planned. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 19 May

Hansel and Gretel This rendering of the folk story by Catherine Wheels first appeared as Home East Lothian, and went on to triumph at the CATS Awards. A brilliant site specific piece, set in a 70s home, a dark forest and a witch’s house, this is a major treat for kids and adults alike. Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 22-Sat 26 May

What I Heard About Iraq Elliot Weinberger’s famous political essay is here produced as verbatim theatre, incorporating the voices of many involved in the Iraq war. An Edinburgh fringe success. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 17-Fri 18 May.

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