Theatre is listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Touring shows are listed alphabetically by title at the end of the section. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication. Theatre llstings compiled by Ellie Carr.


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.

Help: A = Assistance Available. AA = Advise Venue in Advance.


Tickets for major venues in Glasgow are available from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. Mon—Sat 10.30am until 6.30pm in person or until 9pm by phone on 0141 227 5511. Sunday opening is noon—5pm. Any Ticket Link box office can sell tickets for other venues.

I CITIZEHS’ THEATRE Gorbals. 429 0022. [Access: L. R. Facilities: WC. W3. H. G. C. Help: AA] Closed Sun/Mon.

The Wizard Di 02 Until Sat 18 Jan. Various times: call box office for details. £2.50—£10. Dorothy. Toto. The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion skip over the rainbow and up the Yellow Brick Road to the Citz for the theatre's annual Christmas show. Expect all the tunes you know from the famous MGM movie. and a little bit more from the Citizens‘ resident company. I KIHC’S THEATRE Bath Street. Phone bookings. Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. see Ticket Link details above. [Accessz PPA. L. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Cinderella Until Sat 18 Jan (not Suns). 10.30am/ lpm/ 215me 5pm/ 7pm (check with box office for which shows are on each day). £5—£12.75 (concessions available). A star-studded panto cast including Elaine C. Smith. Gerard Kelly. Barbara Rafferty and Eileen McCallum pull on posh frocks and doublet and hose for the one about the poor wee lassie in

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lllng’s Theatre, Edinburgh until Sat 25 Jan.

Swoon! go the mammas of a certain age as their one-time teenybopper idol strolls onstage in his castaway rags to serenade them in his self-penned panto take on Daniel Befoe’s washed- up classic. What their otfspring make of this cheerful but rather leathery looking Crusoe, though, is anybody’s guess. He isn’t much cop at telling jokes, and his singing’s a bit dodgy at times too, but ma went all funny and giggly when she heard he was coming to town, so he must be good at something.

Sure enough, Essex is a dab-hand at being himself, a cheeky-chappy gypsy rogue with an orb-like gleam in his eye and a spring in his step. Well, a bit of one - he never once threatens to break sweat during the numbers, but

wins out by simply not taking himself too seriously. If only others of his generation had done likewise oi late, perhaps they wouldn’t have made such laughing stocks of themselves.

Speaking oi which, one-time .lunior Showtime host Bobby Bennet (ask yer ma again), makes a brilliant Dame, his saucy patter more than making up for any comic shortcomings from Essex Man, whose daughter Verity turns in a pretty if ineffectual Polly. Once the momentum builds, though, all ages are transported to another land, where - with both llold Me Close and-Gonna Make You A Star on offer it’s desert island discs for sure. The rest of the music, again penned by Essex, is kind of Afro-cabaret, as if Essex had spent his time these last few years listening to Andy Kershaw as played by the Radio Two Big Band.

Probably a tad too starry-eyed for Scots panto purists, this is a well- heeled if slightly clumpy romp, and if

David Essex: not taking himself too seriously

it keeps the kids and ma happy, then maybe pop can nip out for a pint without being noticed. (lleil Cooper)

tatters. her not very nice-looking sisters and the right lumber of a prince who slaps his thighs and makes everything better. Not to be confused with a completely different fatnily panto called C imlerellu at The Pavilion.

I PAVILIDH THEATRE 121 Renfield Street. 332 1846. [Access: ST. Facilities: WS. G. Help: AA]

Cinderella Until Sat 25 Jan (not Suns). 10am/ 2pm/ 6pm! 7.30pm (call the box office for specific times on specific dates). £5.50/£4.50. The Pavilion gets all dressed up for a Christmas ball with gallus wife and hubby team The Krankies. High Road‘s Mary Riggans and Natalie Robb in the tale of the skivvy girl. the golden slipper and the handsome prince who rescues her from two horrible. nasty ugly sisters. Not to be confused with Cinderella at The King’s.

I THEATRE RDYAL Hope Street. 332 9000. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: AA] Closed Suns.

l.a Boheme Wed IS/Sat 18rrue 28 Jan/Sat l/Thurs l3/Wed l9 Feb/Wed 26 Mar. 7.15pm (except Sat 18 2.30pm). £3.50—£45. See Classical & Opera listings.

The Witches Tue 21—Sat 25 Jan. 2.30pm/7pm. Early matinee. Sat 25 llam. £3.50—£10.50: family tickets also available. Colourful touring version of

Roald Dahl’s spooky tale. adapted and directed by kids’ theatre supremo David Wood. The ladies gathered at an English seaside hotel seem pleasant enough. but our young hero beings to suspect a conspiracy to turn children into mice. Can he save the day?

I TRDH THEATRE 63 Trongate. 552 4267. [Access: PPA. ST. R. L. Facilities: WC. W8. H. C. Help: AA]

Sacco And Vanntti Sun 12 Jan. 8pm. £2.50. Staged reading of a new gangster play written and directed by Bill Bryden of The Ship and The Big Picnic fame and featuring two Italian immigrants awaiting execution on payroll robbery/murder charges which they deny. The cast includes Brian Cox. Kevin McNally and James Ellis.

Tangled Webs Sun 19 Jan. 8pm. £8 (£4). Paragon Ensemble Scotland let rip with a music-theatre double-bill combining the skills of conductor David Davies. soprano. mezzo soprano. tenor. baritone and The National Youth Music Theatre Choir from MacRobert Arts Centre. The first. Madness lit By lightning. is a collaboration between acclaimed Indian composer Naresh Sohal and writer Trevor Preston (who wrote The S weenev). The second piece.The Lie. is a chilling tale from Robert MacLennan. set to a score by celebrated young Scottish composer David Horne.

I CHURCH HILL THEATRE Momingside Road. Ticketline: 220 4349. or at Assembly Rooms. Usher Hall. Queen's Hall and King's Theatre box offices. Tickets also available at Church Hill Theatre box office 30 minutes before performance.

The Sound Di Music Wed lS—Sat 25 Jan. Mon—Sat 7.30pm: Sat mat 2.30pm. £6—£7.80 (concs available). The hills are alive with the sound of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. performed here by amateur company Tempo Musical Productions.

I EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 13/29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. [Access: L. Facilities: WC. W8. AS. H. C. T. Help: A]

La Boheme Tue 2 lfl‘hurs 23/Sat 25 Jan/Wed 26/Fri 28 Feb. 7.15pm. £9—£45 (£7—£42). See Classical & Opera listings. I KIHC’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 220 4349. [Access: R. L. Facilities: WC. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe Until Sat 25 Jan. lpm/ 2pm/3pm/4.45pm/7pm (check with box office which performances are on each day).

£7.50—£ 14.50 (£5.50—£l 1.50). The panto star to top all panto stars. dishy David Essex plays the shipwrecked Crusoe for a swashbuckling seasonal treat with new

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64 The List 10-23 Jan 1997