Hitlist - the best theatre

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  • 4 October 2007
Hitlist - the best theatre


Peer Gynt Dominic Hill’s spectacular swan song at Dundee Rep retells Ibsen’s classic through Colin Teevan’s joyous, sad, and, at times, foul-mouthed adaptation. Splendidly acted and physically very impressive, this is a spellbinding night out. Dundee Rep, until Sat 13 Oct.

Nicholas Nickleby David Edgar’s adaptation of Dickens’ novel is a theatrical legend, here given a major revival for the first time in a couple of decades. Full of song, comedy and astute political commentary, this piece retains great power. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 9–Sat 13 Oct.

Rupture Although structurally flawed, Davey Anderson’s new piece, devised with the cast, amounts to a strong piece of contemporary drama. Well-acted and featuring strong dialogue, the play examines a group of atomised individuals retreating into neurosis, using a thriller format. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 6 Oct.

Susan and Darren This new mixture of dance and text at the Traverse features a mother and son act who invite the audience to a party with a difference at their home. This piece promises high quality entertainment with an element of audience interaction. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 17–Sat 20 Oct.

Waiting for Groucho This fascinating semi biographical entertainment promises insights into the Marx Brothers, as, without Groucho, the boys are represented reflecting upon their careers in showbiz towards the end of their lives. Tron, Glasgow, Wed 17–Sat 20 Oct.

Nicholas Nickleby Parts I & II

Touring, thorough adaptation of the Dickens epic by Chichester Festival Theatre.

Waiting for Groucho

An imagined conversation in which the Marx Brothers reminisce about their journey to Hollywood. By Rhymes With Purple.

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').

Susan & Darren

Mother and son duo Susan and Darren Pritchard dance together at home to Althea and Donna and Diana Ross. Tonight they're preparing for one of their parties. There will be devastation, dancing, intimate conversation and a lovely buffet (there's a free dance workshop at 6pm). 'Part of Behaviour'.

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