Christmas shows continued


Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling, until Sat 29 Dec; Victoria Hall, Dunblane, Tue 18—Sat 22 Dec .00

A greedy king orders a miller's daughter to spin straw into gold. If she can't meet his demands. she'll pay with her life. Unlikely hero Rumpelstiltskin saves the day but with his own conditions: solve his riddle or she must forfeit her child's life.

Magic and adventure ® Slapstick and knockabout ® Jokes and japes

Love and romance ®

Smut and innuendo - Baddies and bounders G) Celebs and soap stars -

Top tunes

Singalongs -

Sweetie showers -

Glitz. glamour and pizazz G)

A different venue for Stirling's Christmas show provides an intimate setting for this minimalist production. Instead of the expected razzle-dazzle. this 55- minute play uses mime and a basic set to kick-start the imagination. Original and witty songs lighten the Sinister plot and the cast of three successfully draws the audience into their enchanted world. Yet at this time of year. you can't help but miss a singalong and a sweetie shower. (Mel Geelan)


Perth Theatre, Perth, until Sat 5 Jan .00

Put-upon pretty girl falls for Prince Charming but her ugly sisters plot to hinder her happiness. Only the magic of weird woman turned Fairy Godmother gets Cinders to the ball to meet her man. A glass slipper ensures the couple finds lasting love.

Magic and adventure (3 Slapstick and knockabout Q) Jokes and japes

Love and romance

Smut and innuendo © Baddies and bounders ® Celebs and soap stars - Toptunes

Singalongs @

Sweetie showers -

Glitz. glamour and pizazz ®


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The ingredients are there but need to be bigger and bolder for this panto really to sparkle. Twists to the traditional tale and a smattering of local jokes make it pertinent to Perth. reflecting a general drive to connect with the audience. Derek McGhie's Buttons works well. and though other things miss the mark. there's a constant sense of fun. If some scenes are over-drawn. top marks to the cast for sustaining their enthusiasm for two and a half hours. (Laura Jukes)


Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, until Sat 29 Dec 00.

Scrooge is reformed from miser to merry maker when three ghosts descend upon him on Christmas Eve. This adaptation by David Holman is close to the original Dickens classic. producing an alternative Christmas show with a social conscience.

Magic and adventure ® Slapstick and knockabout - Jokes and japes G)

Love and romance

Smut and innuendo - Baddies and bounders ® Celebs and soapstars - Top tunes ®

Singalongs -

Sweetie showers -

Glitz. glamour and pizazz ®

Charity. forgiveness and traditional celebrations overthrow dames and damsels in distress. It's not as entertaining as panto. but the spooky smoke and trap doors keep the youngsters amused. And there are some enthuSIastic performances from the ensemble cast. especially the children. All you need to add is a sprinkling of imagination and you'll be dreaming of a Victorian Christmas too. (Charlotte Ward)

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Drama ls listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Dance ls listed after drama for each city. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication.

Drama 8. dance listings compiled

by Kelly Apter.


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Tickets for major \enues in (ilasgow are available from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. .\lon~ Sat l0.3()am—-6.30pnt: Stilt noon~~5pm in person or until 9pm by phone on (ll-ll 287 55] I. Any Ticketlink box ol'lice can sell tickets lor other venues. THEATRE TOKENS

Tl‘ indicates venues where Theatre Tokens can be exchanged for tickets. Tokens can be botight from the Ticket Centre. Candlet'iggs. (ilasgow. (ll-ll 287 5‘)l0; most branches of W.l-l. Smith. John Menzies and James Thin Booksellers; or by credit card lTOttt Tokenline. ()l7l 240 8800.

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The “Hits tTntil Sat 22 Dec (not Sun/Mon). 7.30pm. £3—£l2. (Main Stage). Stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's legendary tale in which nasty Mr and Mrs Twit attempt to steal the monkey lamin Muggle-Wump limit their home. See review.

Suddenly Last Summer L'ntil Sat 22 Dec (not Sun/Mon). 7.30pm. £10 (£3). (Circle Sttidio). Designed and directed by Philip Prowse. the Citizens“ Theatre present Tennessee Williams' dark tale of a recently bereaved mother. See review.


Pinnieston Quay. 0870 0-10 4000. ll’. l-l. WC. WA]

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Thu l3--Sat l5 Dec. See review on panto pages and listings on

Kids page.


93—95 Hyndland Street. 07815 639151. Ill. WC. WA]

Check Your Coupon tintil Sat 22 Dec. 8pm. £7 (£5). l‘ringe I-‘irst-winning company Rubber liar Productions present this new comedy about a pair of sprightly pensioners who mastermind a pools

HOUSE FOR AN ART LOVER Bellahouston Park. 10 Dumbreck Road. 353 4773. IP. WC. WA]

TWere Days Of Christmas 'l‘hu l3 Dec. 7-l0pm. £39.50 (£35). Festive theatricals from students at the RSAMD. followed by a swanky dinner.


297 Bath Street. 287 55l 1. lil. WC. WA] Babes In The Wood L'ntil Sat ll) Jan (not Stilt lo & Mon l7. Christmas Day or New Year's Day). Times vary. £3—£l5.50. She's been away from the artl‘orm for three years. btit iilaine C. Smith has once again succumbed to the lure of the panto boards. Joined by ('ltt'ii'iii ' The I’ul's Mark Cox and Paul Riley plus a host of familiar laces from the Scottish stage. she‘ll be sprinkling l'estive magic over the King‘s annual extravaganza. See review.


() Granville Street. 287 55] I. ]ll. T'T. WC. WA]

Cinderella l'ntil Sat 5 Jan (not Christmas Day. llogmanay or New Year's Day). Times vary. £14 l 2). The Stage School of Scotland l'ollow tip last

I Olga The Traverse excels again with this tale of old age. youth and philosophy. Two wonderful central performances add energy to Linda McLean's version of Laura Ruohonen's Finnish winter's tale. See review. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 22 Dec.

I Beauty And The Beast Stuart Paterson's version of an old story carries a real emotional power under all the glitz. A charming. funny and very warm show. See review. Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, until Sat 5 Jan.

I Beauty And The Beast Liz Lochhead's version of the story has an engrossing narrative and an appealing musical accompaniment. A gentle and intelligently produced Christmas show from theatre babel. See review. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 29 Dec.

I Babes In The Wood Old fashioned. no frills panto from the King's Glasgow. Elaine C. Smith adds a glam factor. along with a couple of Chewin' The Fat stars. Laughs and capers abound. See review. King '3 Theatre. Glasgow. until Sat 79 Jan.

I The New Adventures Of Peter Pan The King's Edinburgh continues to maintain high standards in its pantos. as many of the usual suspects mug their way through the fun. See review. King '8 Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sun 73 Jan.

year’s panto success with the ever- popular tale of the downtrodden daughter and her two aesthetically challenged sisters.


New Street. 887 I010. ll-l. WC. WA] Beauty And The Beast t'ntil Sat 29 Dec (not Sun. Christmas or Boxing Day). Times vary. £7—-£8.50 (£5—-£(i.50). Boasting a glut ot‘ comic characters. a young and energetic chorus and original music. this year's panto from PACE should prove a lively at'l'air. See review.


l2l Renlield Street. 332 1846. [P. WC. WA]

Aladdin L'tttil Sat 26 Jan (not Mon 17. Christmas Day. llogntanay or New Year's Day). Times vary. £7—£l 1.50. The Krankies star in this year‘s l'estive extravaganza at the Pavilion. bursting with lavish costumes. colourful sets and special effects. See review.