THEATRE drama & dance



Rlcky Ross Mon 8 December The former Deacon Blue front-man performs a solo set.


Craig McMurdo’s

Cool Yule Mon 15 December A Christmas special featuring the smooth sounds of the top crooner and his band That Swing Thang. £4/£8

Pitch Perfect’s

Christmas Box Sun 21 December Enioy a sparkle of Christmas magic with carols and music, mulled wine and mince pies.


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Haunted, Daunted, Flaunted Thu 4 Dec. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Ex-DV8 star Wendy Houston returns for one night only with this new three-part solo physical theatre piece. See photo-caption. page 68.



Kildrum. Cumbemauld. 01236 732887. 'I'l‘. [Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC, W8. H. G. C. Help: A. AA] Aladdin - The True Story Thu 27 Nov—Sat 27 Dec. l0am; lpm; 7pm (check with box office for which shows are on each day). £6.50 (£4.75); family ticket £l9. Cumbernauld Theatre polishes up its magic lamp for the panto season with this fatnin show based on the orginal Arabian Nights story. and written and directed by Simon Sharkey.


University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. (Access: P. PPA. L. R. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G]

Merlin The Magnificent Fri 28 Nov—Sat 27 Dec. 10.30am; 2pm; 7.30pm (check with box office for which shows are on each day). £9.50 (£6.50). Prolific Scottish children's playwright Stuart Paterson dips his pert in the magic of the Arthurian legends with this Christmas show based on the ancient tale of the wizard Merlin and the secret of the sword in the stone. Sec Christmas shows special. pages 7l—72.


This section lists all future dates in the central belt of shows that are on

tour. La Fille Mal Gardée No more


A spectacular family Christmas show written & directed by Simon Sharkey

Thurs 27 November


Face-off: the knives are out between the Jets and the Sharks in West Side'Story at

Nuteruekers for Scottish Ballet. as the company knocks its long-running seasonal fave on the head and replaces it with this colourful family ballet by quintessentially linglish choreographer Frederick Ashton. Due to the company's much-reported wrangles with the

Scottish Arts Council. this is not the new

Christmas ballet the company hoped to stage and had already advertised. But festive ballet-goers can rest assured that

this vibrant pantomime-orientated ballet.

with props and costumes lent to the company by Birmingham Royal Ballet. will fill the places that nutcrackers usually do. Guest star for the opening performances in Glasgow is that diminuti‘ e star of the ballet pump. Wayne ‘n. ('all Scottish Ballet. (ll-ll 331 293] l\'- details.

Theatre Royal. (i/(tsgmv Until Sat 32 Nov & Mon 2‘) Dec—Sat l0 Jan.

Mon -Sat 7.15pm: Sat mats 2.15pm: Tue 30, Wed 31 Dec. Thu 8 Jan l.30pm. No

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performance I or 2 Jan or Suns. Edinburgh Festival Theatre Tue l6——Sat 27 Dec. Mon—Sat 7.30pm; mats Thu 18. Sat 20. Tue 23. Wed 24 & Sat 27 Dec 2.30pm. No performance Christmas Day. Boxing Day or Suns.

The GIin Concert Glasgow‘s Theatre In Action returns with Tom Murphy's complex and offbeat drama about ‘dynamatologist‘ J.P.W. King and his ultimately existential bid to help one man sing like‘the tenor Benjamino Gigli. See review. page 64. For more information call Theatre In Action on 0141423 3427.

(‘Uttiel' Theatre, (i/(tsflqmr' Until Sat 23 Nov. 8pm. £6 (£4).

Macbeth Shakespeare modernisers theatre babel return with their pared- down but intense version of the bard's Scottish tragedy. For more information call theatre babel on 014] 226 8806. Netherlmw Arts ('etttl‘e, Edinburgh Until Sat 32 Nov. 7.30pm.

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