The best theatre and dance shows – Oct / Nov 2014

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The best theatre and dance shows – Oct / Nov 2014

Up Close / Andy Ross

Featuring Sunset Song, Three Sisters, Cardinal Sinne, Bondagers, Up Close, Symphony and Royston Maldoom OBE Retrospective

Sunset Song

Scotland's most popular novel is faithfully reproduced for the stage through Alastair Cording's adaptation. A tale of hardship and matriarchal optimism where war destroys live and dreams.

King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 21–Sat 25 Oct.

Three Sisters

Andy Arnold directs a stellar cast in John Byrne's reworking of Chekhov. The expected foreboding, emotional frustration and existential doubt is played out in full tragic mode.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 21–Sat 25 Oct.

Cardinal Sinne

Glasgay! favorite Grant Smeaton plays the titular priest in Raymond Burke's satirical comic romp that explores accusations of the cardinal's carnal past just as he prepares to elect a new pope.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 23 Oct–Sat 1 Nov.


Lu Kemp directs Sue Glover's contemporary classic that looks at the almost feudal society of the not-so-distant past.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 22 Oct–Sat 15 Nov.

Up Close

A chance to see the Scottish national dance company up close in six short pieces spanning the full spectrum of ballet from classical pointe work to contemporary dance and a Kenneth MacMillan romp.

Touring across Scotland in October.


Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells reprise their Fringe hit that mashes up rock'n'roll energy and the performance power of experimental theatre.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 5–Fri 7 Nov.

Royston Maldoom OBE Retrospective

The Edinburgh Choreographic Project presents an evening of modern dance devised by the international choreographer Royston Maldoom OBE.

Touring across Scotland in November.

Sunset Song

Marking a hundred years since the start of WWI, Sell a Door Theatre Company revives Alastair Cording’s faithful adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic story, recently voted Scotland’s most popular novel of all time.

Cardinal Sinne

There's to be a new Pope, and the Cardinal needs to journey to the Vatican for the election, but a journalist stalls his trip by asking questions about the past.

Three Sisters

John Byrne (Tutti Frutti, The Slab Boys) present Chekhov's classic drama, documenting the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world.

Scottish Ballet: Up Close

New Voices features exclusive excerpts from works by James Cousins and Helen Pickett, as well as fresh choreography from Scottish Ballet’s own company of dancers. Elite Syncopations is a sassy whirl of 1920s dance hall glitz from Kenneth MacMillan.


Theatre meets live gig as three of the UK's hottest young writers – Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells – collaborate with award-winning new writing company nabokov to present an eclectic mix of stories told through live music and spoken word.

Royston Maldoom OBE Restrospective

An evening of modern dance devised by choreographer Royston Maldoom.


Sue Glover’s play with music and song follows six women land workers as they graft and dance their way through a year on a 19th Century Borders farm. Directed by Lu Kemp.