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  • 20 September 2007


Peer Gynt Dominic Hill’s last production at Dundee Rep takes on Ibsen’s classic picaresque adventure centring on a single, wasteful, very modern man. Keith Fleming leads in this epic existential caper. Dundee Rep, Mon 24 Sep–Sat 13 Oct.

Rupture A contemporary urban thriller with a political edge from Davey Anderson opens the new Traverse season. A co production with the National Theatre of Scotland, this piece has a strong cast, including Brian Ferguson, Neil McKinven and Gabriel Quigley. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 22 Sep–Sat 6 Oct.

The Winter’s Tale Mark Thomson’s production boasts Liam Brennan and Selina Boyack in the leads, in a play full of magic, complete, of course with bears and statues coming alive. A love story with a tragic edge, this famous Shakespearean “problem play” is not often seen in Scotland. Royal Lyceum theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Sep–Sat
20 Oct.

Macbeth: Kill Bill Shakespeare Malachi Bogdanov’s production follows his successful Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job at the fringe of 2005. In it, Shakespeare’s Scottish play is mixed with an homage to Tarantino’s films to exhilarating effect. Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Mon 1–Wed 3 Oct.

The Importance of Being Earnest Penelope Keith leads in this new version of Wilde’s dazzling comedy of manners. Witness Lady Bracknell’s firm handling of the scampering young Victorians once more. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 1–Sat 6 Oct.

Hamlet In a Shakespeare rich fortnight, the Citz kicks off its autumn season with Guy Hollands’ production of the tale of the Dane. Andrew Clark leads as the lad with all the mum and step dad trouble. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 21 Sep–Sat 13 Oct.

Macbeth - Kill Bill Shakespeare

What if Tarantino had written Macbeth? The tragedy is re-worked by the Wales Theatre company, who brought you 'Bill Shakespeare's Italian Job'.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Whoever knew that a HANDBAG could cause so much trouble? Puns abound in Oscar Wilde's classic and a daft succession of improbable coincidences leads inevitably to the happy ending.

Peer Gynt

  • 5 stars

A radical new version of Ibsen's play about a dreamer, liar and womaniser cast out from his home town and the wild and astonishing journey he finds himself on. Adapted by Colin Teevan and directed by Dominic Hill, this interesting and hugely-praised collaboration between Dundee Rep and the National Theatre of Scotland…


  • 4 stars

Excellent opening to the Traverse season - new writing from outgoing NTS Director in Residence Davey Anderson ('Snuff'), produced with his long-time collaborator Brian Ferguson ('Black Watch').


  • 4 stars

Guy Hollands brings out the big guns for the Citizens' first production of the autumn season. Young Scottish actor Andrew Clark hops into the Dane's codpiece for this new interpretation.

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