THEATRE drama & dance



Between the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery.

Street Theatre Afternoon Mon 29 Dec. 3—5.30pm. Free. Bizarre goings-on under the banner of street theatre from Melbourne's Strange Fruit. Barcelona's Osadia. Paris's Charli Encor and Des Bouffons Volants. Milan‘s Da Da Dang. Lyon‘s Les Big Brozeurs and less international but no less wacky - UK acts Stickleback Plasticus. Whalley Range All Stars. Commotion and

Repercussions. Prepare to be entertained.

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Greenside Place. 557 2590. [Access: R. L. Facilities: WC. WS. G. C]

Grease Until Sat 10 Jan. Mon—Sat 7.30pm; mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Mon~Thu eves £10-£25 (HO-£22.50); Fri & Sat eves £12.50—£26 (no cones): Wed tnats £7.50—£20 (£6.50/£10.50); Sat mats £10—£25 (no cones). Call for details of group bookings. Big-budget. fun and frothy version of the 505 rock 'n‘ roll ’n‘ adolescent angst musical whose words we all know. even though we'd rather not admit it.


Grindlay Street. 229 9697. TT. [Access: P. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. T] Help: A. AA] Closed Suns.

Hansel And Gretel Until Sat 10 Jan (not Suns. Christmas Day or New Year‘s Day). 7th; 2.30pm mats Sat 6. Sat 13. Sat 20 Dec & Mon 22 Dec—Sat 3 Jan. £8—£15;child tickets £4-£8.50 (£7—£I2). Scottish children‘s writer Stuart Paterson comes up with the Christmas goodies once more. with this brand new version of the classic fairy tale of two children lost in a mysterious and magical wood. Stars Michael


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l Mackenzie (Dr Turner in Cardiac Arrest) as the Faerie-King. Irene MacDougall as the wicked witch and Billy Boyd and Caroline Devlin as Hansel and Gretel. See review. page 58.


34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Hel :AA]

Badi ahani Until Wed 24 Dec (not Suns). Performances at 10.30am: 1.30pm; 3pm; 7.30pm. Call box office to check which times apply. £6.50 (£3); family ticket £14.50. Theatre Workshop lays on something a wee bit different from the usual panto fare. with this guaranteed soap-star-free show from the same team as last year‘s excellent 0f Nettles And Roses. Boasting a cast of well-known Scottish actors. plus a guest musician and two actors from India. this imaginative show is based on a poweful Indian story dealing with the hopes. fears and dreams of young people.


Cambridge Street. 228 1404. TT. [Accessz L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C] Closed Mons.

Greta Until Sat 20 Dec. £7 (£3.50). Weel-kent Scottish actor Russell Hunter as you've never seen him before. in this first play by James Duthie taking a darkly comic look at what goes on behind the net curtains in an extraordinary tale of ordinary folks. See review. page 58.


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

La Fille Mal Gardée Until Sat 27 Dec (not Suns. Christmas Day or Boxing Day). 7.30pm; 2.30pm mats Sat 20. Tue 23. Wed 24 & Sat 27 Dec. £4.50—£30

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Kildrum. Cumbernauld. ()1236 732887. TT. [Access: PPA. 1.. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA] Aladdin - The True Story Until Sat 27 Dec (not Suns or Christmas Day). Performances at 10am; lpm; 7pm. Check with box office for which times apply. £6.50 (£4.75); famin ticket £19. Cumberttauld Theatre polishes tip its magic lamp for the panto season with this fatnin show based on the orginal

A rahian Nig/tts story. written and directed by Simon Sharkey. Big on kiddie fun. but not so hot on those adult asides.


University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. [.Access: P. PPA. 1.. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G]

Merlin The Magnificent Until Sat 27 Dec (not Suns or Christmas Day). Performances at 10.30am; 2pm; 7.30pm. Check with box office for which titnes apply. £9.50 (£6.50). Prolific Scottish children‘s playwright Stuart Paterson dips his pen 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. Packed with entertaining characters. if a little thin on the magical mystery front.


All snarled up: Sean Hay as Bairava in Badi Kahani at Theatre Workshop

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

Aladdin Magic lamps. JOVlill genies and evil emperors are the order of the (lay with this Christmas panto for all ages

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Hopscotch. Further magic will be performed as the company splits into two troupes to meet local demand for the show. Call Antartex Village oti 01389 752 393 or Ilowtlen Park Centre on 01506 433 634 for details.

Antarter Til/age. Lamond Industrial Estate. Alexandria Sat 20 Dec. 3pm. Hour/en Park Centre. Livingston Sat 21) Dec. 2.30pm.

La Fille Mal Gardée No more .~\."utcrat'keis for Scottish Ballet. as the company knocks its long—running seasonal fave oti the head and replaces it with this colourful family ballet by quintessentially linglish choreographer Frederick Ashton. Due to the company‘s much-reported wrangles w ith the Scottish Arts Council. this is not the new Christtnas ballet the company hoped to stage and had already advertised. But festive ballet-goers can rest assured that this vibrant pantomiinc-orientated ballet -- with sets and costumes lent to the company by Birmingham Royal Ballet -- fills the places that Nutcrackers usually do. Call venues for details. Call Scottish Ballet.

()141 331 2931 for details.

Festiia/ Thea/re. lz'din/nag/i Until Sat 27 Dec. Mon—Sat 7.30pm; mats Sat 20. Tue 23. Wed 24 & Sat 27 Dec 2.30pm. No performance Christmas Day. Boxing Day or Suns.

Theatre Royal. (I/asgmr Mon 29 Dec—Sat 10 Jan. Mon—Sat 7.15pm; Sat mats 2.15pm; Tue 30. Wed 31 Dec. Thu 8 Jan 1.30pm. No performance New Year‘s Da ' or Fri 2 Jan or Suns.

Jingle Bells The Singing Kettle. star of children's TV and numerous videos. returns with a brand-new show for Christmas. Come dressed in bells and tinsel. and see ifCilIa. Artie and co can go a whole show without losing their kettles. Call venues for details. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Until Wed 31 Dec. various times.