0 Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Citizens’ Theatre. 9 Dec—10 Jan. Times and prices see Theatre. 0 A Secret Drama Centre, Ingram Street, 552 5827. 15—20 Dec 7pm; 20 Dec also 2pm; 22, 23 and 27 Dec 7pm; 28, 29, 30 Dec 2pm. £2 (£1.20)Strathc1yde Theatre Group in a specially devised Christmas Show/fairy tale. 0 Fiddler on the Root 5—27 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. Bill McCue and Una McLean in Scottish Opera and Scottish Singers‘ Company’s lighthearted tale set in Czarist Russia. 0 Aladdin King’s Theatre. Until Sat 7 Feb, 1987. Times and prices see Theatre. Aladdin is in love, in a cave and in trouble! 0 Jack and the Beanstalk Third Eye Centre. Tue 9-Sat 13 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. Pandemonium Puppets present a puppet panto using rod and glove puppets in the traditional tale ofJack and the Beanstalk. 0 Alien Punks v Santa Third Eye Centre. Thurs 18—Sat 20 Dec. 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). The much-loved Merry Mac Fun Co turn the force of their comedy on a well-known Christmas personality. 0 Sleeping Beauty Tron Theatre. 12 Dec—1 Feb. Preview 11 Dec, (Every day except Mons, Wed 31 Dec and Thurs 1 Jan). 7.30pm (but 8pm on Sats). Sat mat at 5pm and Thurs mat at 2pm. £5 non-members, £4 guests. (£1 offeach for side circle). Concs and children £3. Thurs mat children £2.25. The Tron’s first panto! Taking liberties with the traditional fairytale are writers Craig Ferguson (otherwise known as comedian Bing Hitler) and Peter Capaldi (who starred in Local Hero). A strong cast from film and television has been assembled for this production, which introduces the first ever pantomime fly, Spiro (Jake D’Arcy), and includes John Stahl (from Take The High Roadd as the evil genius dentist Doctor Vincent Hexx. Directed by Michael Boyd. Not to be missed! 0 The Wicked Witch and the Wonderful Well Cumbernauld Theatre. Thurs 4—Sat 27 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. Cumbernauld’s Christmas Show adapted by Nick Fearne from several Scottish folk-tales. o A Song for Dalsie Dolphin Arts Centre, 7 James Street, Bridgeton. , 041 554 7449. Mon 15—Fri 19 Dec 7.30pm; Sat 20 Dec 2pm. 0 Kidnapped at Christmas Glasgow Arts Centre. Tue 9—Sat 20 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre.

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0 Cinderella ll Mitchell Theatre. Mon 2—Sat 6 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. An offbeat version of the traditional fairytale.

0 Alice Mitchell Theatre. Mon 8—Sat 13 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre.

0 Pinocchio Mitchell Theatre. Wed 17—Sat 20 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Mitchell Theatre for Youth in their annual panto in which we discover what happens to those who lie: should be compulsive viewing for politicians.

O A Christmas Carol Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, 0563 23590. Mon l—Sat 27 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. The ever-pOpular Wildcat with their touring panto.

0 Dick Whittington Pavilion. Thurs 27 Nov—Sat 31 Jan. Times and prices see Theatre. Jimmy Logan’s production of the well-known panto.


0 Cinderella King’s Theatre. Mon 8 Dec—Sat 21 Feb. Times and prices see Theatre. Written, directed by and starring Rikki Fulton, with Walter Carr as his ugly sister, as the King’s celebrates its 80th year of pantomime.

o The Magic Whistle Netherbow Arts Centre. Tue 2—Sat 20 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. The Netherbow Theatre present a Christmas show by Shiona Liddle, introducing Finn the Fearless, (a three-headed monster) and the golden deer. Also a rare chance to learn how to make a Bronze Age spaghetti sandwich!

0 Alice in Wonderland Royal Lyceum Theatre. 5 Dec-10 Jan. Times and prices see Theatre. Lewis Carroll’s classic story has been transferred to the stage by director Ian Wooldridge and the company to make a very bright and colourful Christmas Show.

0 Stair Wars Wester Hailes Drama Studio, 20 Hailesland Place, 442 3063. Wed 17—Sat 20 Dec. 7.30pm. £1 (50p). Also Assembly Rooms, George Street. Sun 28—Tue 30 Dec. 7.30pm (to be confirmed). £1.50

(75p). Tickets from Wester Hailes Festival Association, 442 3063. Wester Hailes Festival Association in their Christmas Show which bears a passing resemblance to a certain movie sequence, this version including immortal characters such as Pluke Skywalker, Daft Hater, Grannie Stairwalker and Handsome R010.

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prices see Theatre. Ron Coburn Productions bring their annual panto to the Brunton. 0 Santa Comes to Town Castiebrae High School, Greendykes Road, Craigmillar. Tue 9—Sat 13 Dec. 7.30pm (Wed and Thurs sold out). £1 (50p) Tickets from Margaret Paton, 661 5877. In which Queen Nastazia, a wicked queen (based on a well-known political figure) forbids Santa to come to Craigmillar one Christmas and the kids get together to foil her plans. 0 The Incredible Brechin Beetle Bug George Square Theatre. Fri 5 and Sat 6 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. 7:84 open the tour of their first ever pantomime. o Losing Venice Lyceum Studio. Mon 8—Tue 23 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. The Traverse Theatre Company in a new location. 0 The Muppet Show Playhouse. Tue 30 Dec—Sun 4 Jan. 2pm (30, 31 Dec; 1, 2, 3 Jan); 7pm (30 Dec; 1, 2Jan); 7.30pm (3 Jan); 2,30pm (4 Jan). £5, £4, £3 (£1 off for children under 14). Frog-features and his merry band live (?) on stage. 0 Aladdin and the Dragon Silverknowes Primary School, Muirhouse. (Tickets from Muirhouse Festival, 8/2 Muirhouse Drive , 336 3934). Mon 15 and Tue 16 Dec. 7.30pm. 50p. Cones available for families. The Muirhouse Festival Society’s first ever panto, a community project in which Aladdin goes on an adventure to China. Plenty of music and participation, three pandas and Chinese dancing performed by local people from the Chinese community. 0 Baby Yaga and the Magic Doll Theatre Workshop. Mon l—Wed 31 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. Theatre Workshop’s Christmas Show. 0 The Silver Sprig Traverse Theatre. Fri 28 Nov Sun 21 Dec. Times and prices see Theatre. A fairytale of Good and Evil. 0 Cinderella MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling. Mon 1 Dec—Sat 10 Jan. 2.30pm amd 7.30pm (for details of which times are showing on which days please check with venue); Fri 5 Dec 8pm. £3.50—£5.50 (£2.20—£2.50) depending on day and show. A strong cast appear in the MacRobert’s annual panto, including Joe Mullaney as Buttons (who gave a fine performance in the film Restless Natives) and Humphrey and Mindy, two ponies from the Blairdrummond Safari Park, who, in Spite of the old adage about children and animals, will be making their stage debut in the show.

which involves Good and Evil. a European Sugar Mountain and an Evil Beetle. intent on destroying the world's toys. Alistair McDonald plays the Dame and John Haswell directs. See Feature on John McGrath. O KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 2291201. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. Rest. [D] [E] Fascinating Aida Sat 29 Nov. 7.30pm. £5. £3.50. See Cabaret. Cinderella Mon 8 Dec—Sat 21 Feb. 7pm. Matsat 2. 15pm. £6.£5.50, £5. Cones for OAPs. Children. UB40s, Disabled. FIS. halfprice on some days; parties of ten or more 20% discount. Check for details. Rikki Fulton and Walter Carr play Cinderella’s uncomcly siblings in the panto with the inside story on how princes choose their spouses.

O LYCEUM STUDIO Grindlay Street. 229 9697 (Lyceum Theatre Box Office).

Losing Venice Mon 8—Tue 23 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mats 2.30pm. Tickets (available Royal Lyceum Box Office: 229 9697 10am—8pm and Traverse Theatre Box Office. 226 2633 10am—10pm except Suns (l2noon—10pm) and Mons when theatre closed). £4 (£2.5(lStudent. OAP. Child. UB40). NB These prices available to all the public. No need to be a member of the Traverse: none of the usual prices apply. The Traverse Theatre Company in a new location and with a new production ofJohn Clifford‘s highly successful Losing Venice: crazy. inventive farce with both historical and topical overtones as a Spanish Duke sets out to take Venice back from the Turks. Sec Panel. (See Shortlist).

0 MANDELA THEATRE Gateway Exchange. 2—4 Abbeytnount. 661 0982.

The Big Red Night Fri 28 and Sat 29 Nov. 8pm. £1 .50 (50p). The popular Merry Mac Fun Co in a new one of their crush-the-cliché shows.

0 NETHERBOW 43 High Street. 556 9579. Box office Mon—Sat 1()am—4pm. 7—9pm perfevgs.

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The Magic Whistle Tue 2—Sat 30 Dec. 7pm. Sat mat2.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Concs available also for parties. The Netherbow Theatre Coin a Christmas show by Shiona Liddle an adventure story following the exploits of the legendary boy hero Finn McCool and his band of Fenians. The audience is invited to join in tests to become a Fenian and help fight off the monsters and warriors of myth.

0 ODEON FILM CENTRE Clerk Street. 667 7331.

Robert Halpern Every Sat night. 11.45pm. Doors open 11pm.£2.50. Halpern in his late-night hypnotism show.

0 PLAYHOUSE 18/22 Greenside Place, 557 2590. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. Bar.

0 ROYAL LYCEUM Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. 10am—8pm on perfevgs. Bar. Rest. [D][E] (TheatreSaver cards cost £1 . last all year and are available to OAPs, UB40s, Students, disabled, under 24 railcard-

18The List 28 Nov— 11 Dec