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The best theatre and dance

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Adrian Noble’s theatre version of Ian Fleming’s at times slightly disturbing children’s story was born in controversy but went on to triumph. After a few years selling out the West End, this is Scotland’s first chance to see what all the fuss is about. Playhouse, Edinburgh, Sat 2 Dec-Sat 24 Feb. Read preview

Pinocchio The Lyceum’s Christmas Show this year sees the return of the little wooden boy with prime ministerial tendencies. A study of growing up, being old, and why we shouldn’t tell porkies, this piece looks set to delight once more. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 1-Sat 30 Dec. More details

Hansel and Gretel Andy Arnold’s outfit have produced some spellbinding Christmas shows over the last three years, using the enclosed spaces of the old railway Arches to good effect for young and old. This year’s tale of the two little tearaways with witch trouble looks like continuing the tradition. The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 7 Dec-Sat 7 Jan. More details

Cinderella Ashley Page’s new piece for Scottish Ballet looks like capturing the combination of tradition and innovation that has characterised his time at the helm of the company. This time the full length ballet should delight adults and children alike. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sat 9-Sat 30 Dec. More details

Cinderella Andy Gray, Allan Stewart and Grant Stott are back with this year’s King’s panto. These old stagers are bound to delight in the the tale of Cinders, the fairy and the grand ball. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 2 Dec-Sun 21 Jan. More details

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