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Scottish Opera Go-Round Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN

Thur 23 & Sat 25 August at 7.30pm

Direct from the Edinburgh Festival Communicado DANTON'S DEATH

by Georg Buchner Adapted 8. Directed

by Gerry Mulgrew

Tue 28 August - Sun 2 September at 7.30pm

The Tron Theatre Company presents the

World Premiere of SALVATION

a conspiracy thriller

by Peter Arnott

Directed by Michael Boyd Music by Craig Armstrong Designed by Rae Smith with Ashley Jensen, Davy McKay, Kevin McMonagle, Sandy Neilson and

John Ramage

Fri 14 - Sun 30 September

at 7.30pm (no penormance Tue 25 Sept) Hall price previews: 14 at 15 Sept

Tickets 25/2250 concs

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King’s Theatre, Glasgow. Until 25 Aug. The squares on the chess board are not the only things in black and white in the lavish Tim Rice/ABBA musical, tor despite the magnificent sets, bright costumes and cotourtul acting, this is a monochrome world at Good v Evil, East v West. The plot is surprisingly convoluted—Russia and America battle it out for world supremacy through the symbolic medium of the chess championship, K68 and CIA officials

conspire ruthlessly in classic Cold War fashion, the Russian detects, falls for the Yank's girl and is then pressurised to throw the game to save her C'zle’choslovak father. Can love conquer a

Well, no, itcan't actually, torunlike the musicals ot the 30s, where one’s biggest problem was getting Mickey Rooney to ask you to the dance, Chess

' aims for realism. Characters are

embittered and fraught with tension and hang-ups; the songs are about how their parents' divorces ruined their lives and there’s an awful Iotol loud, driving rock music. Call me an old luddy-duddy, but when it comes to musicals, lpreler Blanche Du Bois’ dictum: l don'twant realism, lwant magic.

Box-office takings would seem to show not everyone agrees and, in tairness, looked on more as a night-out than as a play, Chess is reasonably good value. The star, Rebecca Storme, gives her all, there are two quite decent songs (and everybody already knows them) and it you can close your eyes to the dodgy politics and cardboard characters, Chess can be enjoyed for what it is: all scenery, sound and fury, signifying nothing. (Andrea Baxter)

Revolution with characteristic visual and musical invention. Some beautiful moments oftheatrical imagination make it well worth seeing. but the component parts don‘t always gel together. See Review in Festival Classics section. More details on 031 228 5465.

Paisley A rts Centre Thurs 23—-Fri 24 Aug. 8pm, 041 887 1010.

The Tron Theatre. Glasgow-Tue 28-Sun 2 Sept. 7.30pm. 041 552 4267.

Tour continues.

I The Ghost 01 Benll O'Neil Phantom Productions tours the community venues with the play by T. G. Crocket and H.G. Wilson. More information on 041332 9119.

Motherwell Civic Theatre Fri 24 Aug. Easterhouse Community Education Centre Tue 28 Aug.

C lydebank U840 Centre Wed 29 Aug. Pivor Centre. Moddiesburn Thurs 30 Aug. Tour continues.

I Muniong The Western Australian Theatre Company join forces with some Scottish actors for a dramatised reading of the first ever all-Aboriginal play. It tackles racism in the outback. Details on (141 332 0522.

HarbourArts Centre. Irvine Sat 25 Aug. 7.30pm.

Drumchapel Unemployed Workers Centre Mon 27 Aug. 7.30pm.

Tour Continues.



I The Funny Farm Arches Theatre. Glasgow‘s Glasgow. Midland Street. Glasgow.()41 227 5511. 10pm. £3. Glasgow‘s very own comedy collective has been concentrating its efforts in Edinburgh for most of this month. but they‘ve decided to cut down on train fares for two nights of mirth at home.

I Robert Ralpem Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renficld Street.GIasgow,i)413321846. 7.3(1pm.£4/£5. Regular helping of hypnotism from the popular entertainer.


I Comic Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. Glasgow. 041 552 5924. 9pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar open 8.30pm—midnight. Another helping of Glasgow comedy from the city‘s premier spot for local talent.

Compere Gordon Robertson will be introducing Parrot. Phil Kay. and new comic Charlie Gibbs.

I The Funny Farm Arches Theatre. Glasgow's Glasgow. Midland Street. Glasgow. ()41 227 5511. 10pm. £3. See Fri 24.

I Robert Halpern Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renfield Street. Glasgow. ()41 332 1846. 7.30pm & midnight. £5. See Fri 24.


Glasgow's third annual festival offree street entertainment is the most ambitious and diverse yet. Now nearing the end of fifteen days ofentertainment. it is due to have clocked up a staggering 233 shows in shopping centres. shop-fronts and wastelands in and around the city. More dctailson ()41 204 4059.


I llotopie: Les Gens De Couleurs City Centre. Noon-2pm. French company paints itself every colour of the rainbow and takes to the streets.

I Stalker SIIII Theatre George Square. Noon & 1pm. Weird and wonderful Australian company makes its British

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