I Theatre is listed by city first, then by venue, running in alphabetical order. Cabaret and touring shows are listed separately underthe relevant heading. KEY: [D] tacilitiestor the disabled. [Ellacilities tor the hard of hearing, usually an induction loop system. For prices, price in brackets eg (21 .50) is the concessionary price.


I CITIZENS' THEATRE (iorbals Street . 42‘) 0022. Box ()ffice Mon-Sat 10am-b‘pm. Bar. [1)] 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore Fri 1‘) Feb - Sat 12 Mar. 7.30pm. £3. (’oncs £1 in advance. students. ()APs and unemployed free on the door. FRI-IF. PRFVIFW Thurs 18 Feb. The second of two productions directed and designed by Philip Prowse is John Ford's Jacobean tragedy. the realm in which Prowse usually excels. See (iuestlist. I CRAWFURD THEATREJordanhill (‘oIIege of lidueation. 7b Southbrae Drive. 041 954 (NHXI The Importance of Being Honest Wed 17- Sat 20 Feb. 7.30pm. Wildcat Theatre (‘ompany start tip a new show with a topical flavour. Mrs McSween overhears official secrets at work. her son leaks them to the national press and . . . guess what the government response is'.’ All the elements of farce that we have seen rehearsed in public so much recently finally formally make the stage in a farce with music by David MeNiven. See Panel and Touring. I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE (‘umbernauld 023b 732887. Box ()ffice Mon-Fri ltlam-(ipm: Sat 10am-3pm; (i-Hpm perf. evgs. Bar (are. Bow/Thurs lb’ iv Fri 1‘) Feb. 7.45pm. £3 (£1.75). Frederic Mohr's play about James Boswell deservedly won a Fringe First when it was first performed in 198] . This production by Winged Ilorse Touring (‘ompany was praised at last year's lidinburgh Festival. See Touring. Cuttin' A Rug Fri 26 et Sat 27 Feb. 7.45pm. £2.50(£l .25). Kilsyth Youth Theatre offer you a chance to see one of the earlier comedies by John Byrne. whose hilarious television series Tutti I‘Tlllll isbeing repeated on BB('2 at the moment. I DRAMA CENTRE 126 lngrarn Street. 0-H 552 5827. Brecht Festival Mon 15 -- Sat 28 Feb. To celebrate what would have been the playw righl's ‘)1)th anniversary. the Drama (‘entre are mounting a mini festival of Brecht's work. Over the next fortnight they offer the opportunity to see a wide range of his plays and other writings. An excellent chance to do a crash-course in alienation! The Good Woman of Setzuan Mon 15 -- Sat 21) Feb. 7.30pm. The season starts with Brecht's exploration of the possibility of doing good. translated by F.ric Bentley. Late Night Cabaret Wed 17 ~ Sat 20Feb. llpm. A cabaret with a difference from 'The Scutn of the Earth. focusing on some of the satirical songs created by Brecht. Weill and their contemporaries. Preview of Shows Tue 23 Feb. 7.30pm. A preview of all the shows to be shownover the next few days. .‘I Respet‘tahle l‘v'etlding focuses on a wedding celebration and the truth behind all the ceremony; The lit't‘eptimt and the Rule looks at profit and loss from the point of view of a coolie; Lax In Tenehris portrays a moral explosion when Paduk starts a course of venereal lectures and Driving Out a Devil shows a community reacting to a romance that goes wrong. There is also cabaret from


Three Rive rs Walk who give an Tiasterhouse-eye view of Yuppies.

The Exception and the Rule andA Respectable Wedding. Plus cabaret. Wed 25 Feb. 7.30pm. Double bill of two ofthe short plays (see above) plus cabaret.

The Exception and the Rule and Driving outa Devil. Plus cabaret. Thurs 25 Feb. 7.30pm. Double bill of two of the short plays ( see above) plus cabaret.

A Respectable Wedding and Lux. Plus ('abaret. Fri 26 Feb. 7.30pm. Double bill of two of the short plays (see aboy e ) plus cabaret.

Complete Programme of Plays Sat 27 Feb. 7.30pm. All the short plays of the season (see above) performed in the one evening. I DRAMA STUDIO West ()uandrangle. University of(ilasgow.

Auntie ViVThurs Ib‘ Sat 20 Feb. 7.30pm. (ilasgoW University Theatre in a new play by Rebecca Pitman. who wrote

( ‘mtfess’imls ()fa Scottish Dupe Dealer. The new play focuses on what happens when the ’ ('hronicle‘ agony aunt



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The everyday story of what does and does not constitute an official secret has been running as a soap opera on our screens for some time now, with ever more incredible twists to the plot. This month, however, Wildcat Stage Productions give the comedy official status on stage, with their new musical larce ‘The Importance of Being Honest’, in which the McSween tamily accidentally become possessed of an official secret which inadvertently gets published in a butterfly magazine: a red rag to the government. Farce seemed the only suitable medium to David

McNiven, who wrote the show: ’Well this whole business is a farce or it would be it it wasn't so serious.‘ McNiven first conceived of the idea when at the BBC during the infamous Zircon Raid, ‘People were terrified. Then it became ludicrous. They even took away reels ot Tutti Frutti perhaps they thought it was code for

meets a crazed psychopath.

Untrue Thomas Thurs IS & Fri 19 Feb. 1pm. (ilasgow l'niversity Theatre in a play by Alexander Scott. written in Scots and based on the borders ballad of Thomas the Rhymer. telling the return of Thomas Rhymer after seven years absence.

I EAST KILBRIDE VILLAGE THEATRE Maxwell Drive. East Kilbride. 035 52 48009.

Local Affairs Wed 17 Sat 21) Feb. 7.30pm. £2.50(£l .50). Fast Kilbride RepTheatre ('lub in a comedy by Richard I larris.

The Merry Widow Mon 2‘) Feb -— Sat 5 Mar. 7.30pm. £3. Fast Kilbride 1.ight ()pera in Franz l.ehar's popular operetta.

I JOHN MAINS CENTRE 401 ('umberland Street. (iot‘bals. 041 42956411.

Bozzy Wed 2 Mar. 7.30pm. 511p. Winged llorse Touring Productions in their Popular Production of Frederic Mohr‘s play about Boswell. See Touring.

I KINGS THEATRE Bath Street. Box Office. Mon-Sat noon-(rpm. 4 bars. ID]. [F.|. Phone bookings. Ticket ('entre. ('andleriggs. Mon-Sat l1l.30am-(i.30pm. 11-11 2275511.

The Boyfriend Mon 15 -Sal 20Feb. 7.30pm. 3pm. £4.50. £5. £6. £7. ('oncs: halfpriee Tue - Thurs & Sat mat. £1 offall seats on Sat mat. Michael Rose presents the shimmering l‘)21ls musical.

Yeomen ot the Guard Tue 33 - Sat 27 Feb. 7.30pm. Sat mat 3pm. The Savoy (‘lubin the light op

Spy Society, Natural Theatre Co.


Natural Theatre Co take a different, but equally irreverent view of spy matters with their ‘Spy Society’, a spoof ‘High Society’ about Burgess, McLean and Philby. ‘I guess you could say we’ve been rather economical with the truth,’ says company administrator Ruth Travetie. The show is a comedy imagining the three spies at public school. ‘There are serious points in there though —the whole problem of what happens to people who are caught up in a tradition.‘

Natural Theatre have a strong reputation torzany, audience involved shows, and this one is no exception. ‘People should be aware of the potential of finding a spy undertheir chair,’ says Travene, enigmatically. (S.H.)

Wildcat are touring; Natural Theatre Co, Dueen’s Halt, Edinburgh and Tron Glasgow. See Listings.

Ruddigore Mon 29 Feb - Sat 5 Mar. 7.30pm. Sat mat 3pm. The Orpheus Club. I MITCHELL THEATRE Granville Street. 221 3198. Box Office Mon-Sat noon-(3pm. Bar. (are. [1)]. Tickets also available from the Ticket Centre, (‘andleriggs. 227 5511 Mon-Sat 10.30am-b.30pm.

Calamity Jane Wed 17 - Sat 21) Feb. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). The (‘ecilian Society in the musical.

Scottish Community Drama Association: Dne Act Play Festival Wed 34 Sat 27 Feb.

7. 15pm nightly. £2.50 (()APs£l .51). except Saturday). The latest round in the Scottish (‘ommunity Drama Association beats for the one-act play award. Three plays are presented by a different drama group each evening.

Wed 24: Tim Long an Autumn by Jimmy (Turin; I’atlilv 's (ihmt; A Treaszire.’ by I’hilipJohnson.

Thurs 252 The Zoo Story by lidward Albee; Foreign Affairs by I Iarry (ilass; Martha by Joe (‘orrie.

Fri 26: Play Donkey by Stuart (‘onn; The Intruders by Peter I Iorsler; ( 'mwn (If

. Thorns by S. McKenna and M. McGinn.

Sat27: The Party by Aileen Brookens; The ()utsirle-ln l’enple Isy- PM Tux-“r; Professor 'I'uranne by Arthur Adatnov. It Happens Every DayThurs 3 Mar. 7.30pm. £3.51llil5lll. Marmalade Productionsin a new play. See Touring, I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street . 887 1011). Box Office openTue-Sun '“llln'bmlpnl. Burlopen noon-l 1pm Tue-Sat: I2.30-2.30pm tfi 6.30-1 1pm Sun. Meals served). ('afe (Open noon-l lprn). |D]. Betty and Boaby’s Macbeth Wed 24 a: Thurs 25 Feb. 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). TonyRoper and Flaine ('. Smith star as Betty and Boaby in this irreverent version ofthe Shakespeare classic. See'l'ouring. I PALACE THEATRE ‘) ( ireen Street. Kilmarnock.1l5b_‘s 23591). Box Office Mon-Sat l0am-5pm. ('afe Bar Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. [D] [F]. Scottish Community Drama Association: Ayrshire Division Finals Wed 17 Sat 21) Feb. 7.30pm. £2 ((‘hildren and()APs £1 .50). The Scottish (’ommunity Drama Association local division finals. Three plays are performed each evening by local groups and the winners go on to the next round. Thurs 18: .-I Family ( 'ometlv by Marjorie Bowen; Camouflage by Keith Bayliss: ()ne Dog and His Man by Nancy McPherson. Fri 19: The Problem by A. R.(iurnie; The .»Inniver.var'v by (‘liekhov and Barber/tie by (‘herry Boight. Sat 20: Zero by Michael Lynch; Hunter's the lliintetlby RF. (ielderfield and The ( 'amanat'htl ( 'up by Roy McCormick. The Importance of Being Honest Wed 24— Thurs 25 Feb. 7.30pm. £3.50(£2.50). Wildcat's latest show takes a sharp look at the farcical situation surrounding ‘national security" these days. See Panel and Touring. I PAVILION THEATRE I21 Renfield Street. 332 IS-Ib. Box Office Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. Bar. Robert Halpern livery Thurs. Fri & Sat from 11 Feb. 7.30pm. llypnoticas ever. llalpern returns. I THEATRE ROYAL I lope Street. 331 1234. Box Office Mon-Sat lllarn-(ipm. (7.30pm on perfevgs). Bar. Buffet. Scottish Opera Productions See (‘lassical Music Listings. Cat On A Hot Tin Root Mon 29 Feb Sat 5 Mar. 7.15pm. Sat mat2.15pm.£3—£9.51). Mon eve 2 seats for the price ofone. The National Theatre in their superb production of'l'ennes'see Williams' rarer performed play. See Feature. Lunch and Listen Wed 2 Mar. 1pm. £2 (Friends of Scottish Opera £1 .50). Ian d'harleson. who plays Brick in the National Theatre's production of ("alarm Hut Tin Roof. is interviewed and answers questions from the audience about his

career and the production. 1‘) Feb— 3 Mar 1988