Theatre is listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Touring shows are listed at the end of the section, alphabetically by title. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication. Theatre listings compiled by lleil Cooper.
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Access: P = Parking Facilities. PPA = Parking to be Pre-Arranged. l- = Level Access. R = Ramped Access. ST = Steps to Negotiate.
Facilities: WC = Adapted Toilet(s). WS = Wheelchair Spaces. AS = Adjacent Seats. H = Induction Loop System. G = Guide Dogs Allowed. R = Restaurant Accessible. C = Catering Accessible. T = Adapted Telephone.
llelp: A = Assistance Available. AA = Advise Venue in Advance.
Tickets for major venues in Glasgow are available from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. Mon-Sat l0.30am until 6.30pm in person or until 9pm by phone on 0l4l 287 SSI l. Sunday opening is noon—5pm. Any Ticket Link box office can sell tickets for other venues.
I ARCHES THEATRE Midland Street. 22l 9736. (Access: L. Facilities: WC. WS. C. G. Help: A. AA].
lt’S llot Enough! Until Sat 27 Jul. 7.30pm. £4 (£2). A challenging tale of media attitudes towards crime and its victims. which draws on the incredible 1994 news story about four teenage first-time female offenders who were tried and convicted for mugging actress and model Elizabeth Hurley. from whom they stole £ l0 and some photographs. Devised and performed by teenage girls from Castlernilk Young Women Writers' Group. in association with 7:84 Theatre Company. For more information call 7:84 on 0l4l 33! 22 19 or Castlemilk People‘s Theatre on OH! 630 “85.
I CCTTIER THEATRE 935 Hyndland Street. 357 3868. Booking also: Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. see Ticket Link details above.
Music Makers Fri 26—Sun 28 July. 8pm. See Classical & Opera listings.
A Satire 0t The Three Estates Mon 5—Sat to Aug. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Scottish Youth Theatre’s residential summer course present the Scots classic.
I KING’S THEATRE Bath Street. Phone bookings: Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. see Ticket Link details above. (Access: PPA. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]
Seen at Palace Theatre, Manchester; plays King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 29 July-Sat 10 August; King ’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 12-Sat 17 August. Billed as the ‘champagne musical’, Cole Porter’s lligh Society first
lligh Society: ‘a slick and assured affair’
appeared as a serviceany agreeable cinematic romp starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly. A tale ot misunderstanding piled upon misunderstanding at the build-up surrounding a well-to-do wedding, it converts to an enjoyable stage musical. Simon Phillips’
production brings out the farce but - presumably aware that most punters will be drawn more for the music than the story - still manages to emphasise Cole Porter’s timelessly effective numbers, from ‘l’ve Got You Under My Skin’, to the zenith of the proceedings, ‘What A Swell Party This Is (Well, Bid You Evah?)’.
Tracy lord (played by Tracey Childs) is a cold and spoilt society queen with all the passion of a traffic warden with a hangover. About to marry for the second time, she fails to notice that her intended, George (liory Campbell), is as unsuitable a partner as her first husband, the pretentious Dexter (Michael llowe). When Dexter
turns up at the pre-wedding preparations, along with a couple of sleazy hacks covering the affair for Spy magazine — all three with nefarious intent - the ensuing comedy of errors guarantees that it detinitely won’t be all right on the night.
The ensemble cast of family members punctuate the proceedings with gusto, although Roland Curram’s whisky-sodden protrayal of Willie is a tad over the top. At the other end of the age scale, Kerris Peeling carves out a promising niche for herself as the precocious Caroline.
A slick and assured affair replete with quite gorgeous frocks and an ingenious wedding cake-style set, High Society hits most of the right notes most of the time. Rousineg performed by all, the production proves that a good tune is always a good tune. And played as enthusiastically as they are by the six- piece band, they really are the stars of the show. (Mike Barnett)
Budgie - The Little Helicopter Thurs- 8—Sat l0 Aug. Noon and 2pm. £4 (Cones available). A brand new show for children of all ages featuring all the favourite Budgie characters along with lots of magic. music and fun.
I 0L0 ATHEHAEUM THEATRE I79 Buchanan Street. 332 2333. [Access: ST. Facilities: WS. H. G. Help: A. AA] Ghetto Tue 6—Sat l0 Aug. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Joshua Sobol's musical play was written for and about the Vilna Ghetto’s resident theatre company. some of whom perished during the Nazi holocaust. This unique homage to survival in the face of appalling mistreatment is performed by the young folk participating in Scottish Youth Theatre's sumtner festival.
I PAISLEY ARTS CEHTHE New Street. Paisley. 887 mm. (Access: PPA. l.. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]
Escapades And Adventures Sat 27 July. 7pm. £4 (£1). See Dance.
Parallel lines Fri 2 Aug. 8pm. £6 t£l ). Theatre Cryptic return with an adventurous multi-disciplinary take on Molly Bloom's soliloquy in James Joyce's Ulysses. There'll probably be a bit of opera in there too. Catch it in Paisley before it moves onto the Edinburgh Fringe.
Piper’s Cave Wed 7fThtn‘s 8. 8pm. £6 (£1). Boilerhouse return with the pre- Fringe world premiere of a Rona Munro play which has inexplicany Iain gathering dust for a few years. It's a compelling and disturbing journey into the heart of violence between men and women. and
should be full of the theatrical hallmarks Boilerhouse have become renowned for. I THOH THEATHE 63 Trongate. 552 4267. [Access: PPA. ST. R. l.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. C. Help: AA]. Closed Mons. Entertaining Angels Until Sun 28 Jul. 8pm. £7.S()/£6 (£4). Up-and-coniing playwright Nicola McCartney and her Glasgow-based cotnpany l.ook()ut Theatre. follow tip their gritty date-rape drama [inn with this pre-l‘ringe premiere of their biggest production to date. The play wrestles with morality. faith. family and destiny in the shape of a man called iiric w ho spends his 50th birthday Confronting ghosts from the past and a suddenly uncertain future.
Wiseguise Cala Benefit llight Tue 30 Jul. 8pm. £8. Musical supremo Michael Mann tops the bill at a one-off night of music and rehearsed readings to raise funds for Wiseguisc. one of Scotland's best actor- lcd. shoestringbudgeted theatre companies. and in particular for their one- man show for the Edinburgh Fringe. (Iml Sure Ireland. ('riul 'I'lit' Hem.
I KING’S THEATRE 2 [even Street. 220 434‘). (Access: R. l.. Facilities: WC. H. G. AA]
The Secretary Bird Until Sat 27 Jul. Tue—Fri 7.30pm; Sat 5pm. 8pm; Wed mat 2.30pm. £3.S()--£6. William Douglas Home's gentle comedy of suburban misumlerstandings and sexual misdemeanours brings Colin Mclntyre Repertorys summer season of popular
plays to a close.
High Society - The Musical Tue 30 Jul—Sat l() Aug. Tue—Fri 7.30pm; Sat 5pm. 8pm: Wed niat 2.30pm. £6.50—£|6.5(). Classic Grace Kelly/Bing Crosby film transferred from the silver screen to ajust-as-sparkly stage show by the same company who brought us Built/y. Chock-full of Cole Porter numbers. including 'l.et’s Do It' and ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'.’. the whole thing sounds utterly divine. See review.
I THE PLEASAHCE 6() The Pleasance 556 6550.
Some Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows begin at The Pleasance on Wed 7 August. For full details, see either the Fringe Programme or The Pleasance’s own brochure. which also contains details of shows at Assembly and the Gilded Balloon. The list publishes three special weekly issues to cover the International, Fringe and Film Festivals on Thurs a, Thurs 15 and Thurs 22 August.
I ROYAL lYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street. 229 9697. (Access: P. l.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. T. Help: A. AA] Closed Suns.
Blithe Spitit Until Sat 27 Jul. £4—£l4. Another dash ofclassic Coward comedy frotn the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company
Your at a glance theatre guide
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so The List 26 Jul~8 Aug I996