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Stick Man

2 Dec 20144 stars

Julia Donaldson's creation comes to life just in time for Christmas

For most children, recreating the action-packed visuals in your average film, game or app is pretty impossible. But, should they be so inclined, emulating the cast of Stick Man back home in their bedroom after the show is eminently possible...

Preview: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

7 Nov 2014

Stage adaptation of Wodehouse classic directed by Sean Foley starring John Gordon Sinclair

‘It’s quite full-on,’ sighs John Gordon Sinclair. ‘I don’t just play Jeeves, I’m also Madeline Bassett, ‘Stiffy’ Byng, Sir Watkyn Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle. During rehearsals I came the closest I’ve ever been to saying “I don’t think I can do…

Llandyll Gove talks Saturday Night Fever

10 Dec 2014

Actor and co-star talks disco and the latest stage remake of 1970s classic

Llandyll Gove, playing Double J – the one in Tony Manero’s gang ‘most likely to join the mafia,’ Gove reflects – promises that this Saturday Night Fever is no sentimental remake. ‘The great thing is that the charcaters are so well written you are always…

White

5 Dec 2014

Catherine Wheels' award winning show White is a hit with pre-school children and adults alike

For something so simple, it can be awfully hard to get right. Creating theatre for a pre-school audience is a fine balance of ‘suddenlys’ (moments where things change and recharge a child’s focus) and gentleness. Get it wrong, and you’ll have a room…

The BFG

5 Dec 20144 stars

Andrew Panton's BFG lands with a whizzpop and a whizzbang

With many strings to his bow including international renown as a vocal coach and director, Andrew Panton’s behind-the-curtain career has recently found a natural outlet as director of large-scale seasonal shows on the Lyceum stage...

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Treasure Island

5 Dec 20142 stars

Colourful panto big on good cheer but short on excitement

The Pavilion Panto favourites are back with their latest show, a lively adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. Nailing their deliberately un-PC colours to the mast, it is a technicolour treat for the wee ones, but a little…

The Emperor's New Clothes

4 Dec 20143 stars

Òran Mór’s Christmas panto offers seething satire and utter unabashed filth

Day one of Òran Mór’s Christmas panto, and the room is stuffed full, almost to breaking point – such is the love for Dave Anderson, creator of this wee gem. With Anderson, giving good camp in char-lady drag, are his merry sidekicks, Frances Thorburn…

Miracle On 34 Parnie Street

4 Dec 20144 stars

Subversive fun with Johnny McKnight at the Tron Theatre panto

Johnny McKnight's (got) back, baby. This almost-homage to classic 40s Christmas tearjerker Miracle On 34th Street doesn't just celebrate bad taste – it twerks over it, with nae knickers on.

The Singing Kettle Big Christmas Party

4 Dec 2014

Kids theatre troupe ask 'what's inside the Singing Kettle?' one last time

If you grew up in Scotland during the past 30 years, chances are you’ll have no trouble completing the line ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal... ‘ But as of February 2015, the children’s theatre company who brought you that immortal line will be no more.

Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

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Scotch & Soda

27 Nov 20144 stars

Australian circus brings roguish magic to Edinburgh’s Paradiso Spiegeltent

Edinburghers are spoiled for Spiegeltents and circus stunts during the summer, so it makes sense that Underbelly – along with Unique Events – have begun to expand this magic into a sort of winter Fringe, supplementing the markets and fairground rides…

National Theatre of Scotland announce programme for 2015 Belong season

26 Nov 2014

Including a gaelic Whisky Galore, The Driver's Seat and a documentary drama of genital mutilation

‘Tribes, families, clans and gangs’ are the themes behind the National Theatre of Scotland’s Belong season, announced today, which stretches from January to June 2015. The eclectic season draws on a broad spectrum of subjects, bringing together a new…

Christmas 2014: Glasgow's top theatre shows

18 Nov 2014

Featuring Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol and Miracle On 34 Parnie Street

Peter Pan Gavin Mitchell – recently part of the cast for the hugely successful Still Game revival at the SECC Hydro – has built a reputation in recent years as a pantomime villain. Taking up the role of Captain Hook, Mitchell will undoubtedly combine a…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

Christmas 2014: Edinburgh's top theatre shows

17 Nov 2014

Featuring Aladdin, Scotch and Soda and Wicked

Aladdin Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are veterans of the pantomime game: they last performed Aladdin a decade ago, and they have become 'the dream team' for Edinburgh’s King's Theatre since 2010 when they teamed up for Jack and The…

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Christmas 2014: David Wood's musical The BFG set for Edinburgh shows

13 Nov 2014

'It's rude, fun, moving and totally bonkers'

Featuring Roald Dahl's lovable creation, The BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) is a family tale that never fails to delight audiences. And at Christmas time, it has become an alternative at many theatres for the traditional pantomime. With Dahl's winning…

Christmas 2014: Treasure Island at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre

13 Nov 2014

Colourful pantomime starring Michelle McManus, Stephen Purdon and Johnny Mac

The Pavilion Christmas show has long been acknowledged as the most traditional of Scotland’s pantomimes. With its emphasis on cheeky asides to the adults, a strong Glaswegian patter and familiar faces from TV – including River City’s Shellsuit Bob…

Interview: Jeff Wayne discusses new and final tour of War of the Worlds

13 Nov 2014

'We have another challenge and a new life for my musical version'

For many years, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds was merely one of the most ambitious albums that emerged from the already expansive 1970s progressive rock scene. Drawing musical comparisons with Pink Floyd for its use of technology and enthusiasm for…

Interview: Slava’s Snow Show creator Slava Polunin

13 Nov 2014

'I wanted to try to get into those areas where clowning was not too often – tragic comedy, drama'

Why do you think the Snow Show has captivated audiences? I think it’s because we ‘talk’ in this show about those things which are very important for every single person, wherever he or she lives. Every person on earth understands what is love…

Theatre Uncut set for Glasgow and Edinburgh performances

12 Nov 2014

Company are touring with latest round of newscripts written in response to current affairs

The resurgence of political theatre has been galvanised in Scotland by the referendum: Theatre Uncut arrived a little earlier, in response to government cuts in public spending. After providing plays for free performance, 2014 is the first year that the…

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Juliette Binoche confirmed for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

12 Nov 2014

French actress will star in stage version of Antigone translated by Anne Carson

Celebrated French actress Juliette Binoche will appear at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 7-31 August 2015. New festival director Fergus Linehan, former director of the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre…

Interview: Station Stories creator Sven Warner explains his latest installation storytelling project

11 Nov 2014

Transportative peep shows to take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen's train stations

In recent programmes for arthouse Cryptic, Sven Warner has become a local hero. Working in the space between film, installation and theatre – and in a distinctive studio above a fish market – Warner has created events that are witty and experimental.

Preview: children's theatre show Glimmer comes to Glasgow

11 Nov 2014

'A personal story to explore universal themes of family, companionship and sharing memories'

Christmas, as the glossy TV adverts will confirm, is all about how much stuff you can purchase, money you can spend and gifts you can receive. On the off-chance you’d rather buy into a different approach, Glas(s) Performance’s new show, Glimmer is…

Stick Man to show as part of Edinburgh's Christmas 2014 celebrations

11 Nov 2014

Scamp Theatre have adapted Julia Donaldson's book for the stage in St Andrew Square

They may be the perfect bedtime companion, but Julia Donaldson’s picture books have also proved to be ripe for adaptation. While Tall Stories have taken on The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, Scamp Theatre have done an equally fine…

Preview: Edward Scissorhands

7 Nov 2014

Narrative dance show based on Tim Burton's classic film comes to Glasgow

Sit in a production meeting with Lez Brotherston, and chances are you’ll hear the word ‘why’ on more than one occasion. ‘My training is to question everything,’ says the set and costume designer, ‘it’s just the way I think.’ In 2005, when Brotherston…