Hitlist - The best theatre & dance

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The best theatre & dance

• Othello Bard in the Botanics continues with Shakespeare’s classic of ambition, jealousy and intrigue. Gordon Barr’s production sees an appropriately stifling and claustrophobic use of space employed in the leafy Kibble Palace where the drama is played out among that building’s nooks and corners. Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanical Gardens, Wed 18 Jul-Sat 4 Aug.

• Helter Skelter Composer Stephen Deazley uses text by noted novelist and poet Dilys Rose to tell the story of a young ballerina who runs away to the circus. Live music is the star, but there are a number of circus acts, to set off the spectacle. Tramway, Glasgow, until Sat 7 Jul.

• NTS Exchange This represents the end of a long collaborative process between the NTS and several different youth theatres across Scotland. What emerges is the theme of metamorphosis and change, an appropriate trope for people of this age. Macrobert, Stirling, until Sat 7 Jul.

• Scratch Night An evening of wild theatrical experiment at the Arches, as largely unknown young acts present work in its first outing - rough, incomplete, but compelling. This is a chance to be in at the first stage of what might be major work. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 17 Jul.

• Disney’s Beauty and the Beast One of the most familiar fairytales of all is given the Disney treatment in this specially for theatre tour that’s already a hit in London. Playhouse, Edinburgh, Tue 17-Sat 28 Jul.

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