Theatre, dance and opera highlights in Scotland for autumn & winter 2012
2012 and 2013 programmes from Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland
With three national companies doing extraordinary things, there’s culture on every corner, finds Miles Fielder
The National Theatre of Scotland is nowhere and everywhere. Envisioned as an institution with no bricks and mortar headquarters, the NTS has used its resources to support playwrights and performers and to work with a wide range of collaborators to bring theatre to audiences all across Scotland. This autumn’s season includes: My Shrinking Life, which dramatises Scottish theatre maker Alison Peebles’ personal struggle with MS; The Guid Sisters, the Scots classic in a new translation by Bill Findlay; Lifeguard, Adrian Howells’ site-specific show set in a derelict swimming baths; Glasgow Girls, a new Scottish musical; and Dragon, a magical show for families.
Based at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow (Scotland’s first national opera house), Scottish Opera is the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. This summer, the SO celebrated its 50th anniversary with an ongoing season that runs until June 2013 and which mixes popular favourites with less known gems. Along with the new operas In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol, Clemency and The Lady From the Sea, the SO is staging new productions of the classics: La Traviata, The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Werther, The Flying Dutchman and The Pirates of Penzance.
Scottish Ballet is the longest-running of the nation’s three live performance institutions, dating back to 1957, when the company was formed in Bristol, and 1969, when it relocated to Glasgow and took its current name. Three years ago, the SB moved to purpose-built national headquarters at The Tramway. Its autumn season features a triple bill of new work that includes Martina Lawrance’s Run For It, William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork and Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos as well as a blockbuster production of ballet classic The Nutcracker, for which show the Scottish Ballet Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s famous score.