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Woody Allen

directed by Bruce Downlo

THE ORIGINAL STAND-UP SHOW Wednesday 26th March @ 10.30pm

' Viv Gee comperes a celebration of the first ever. famous stand-up comedy course! Including famous alumni!! Students now working on the comedy circurt. The Live Show and many more!!! And the up-and-coming ‘- talent!!!

Tickets £5/3

The Latvian National Ballet Company from Riga


Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky

The classic story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried for the beautiful Odette is magically recreated by one

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THE LAST YANKEE The Arches Theatre. Glasgow. until Sat 22 Mar 000.

The world has undoubtedly turned since Arthur Miller's salesman met his death. and those nice girls of Salem got mixed up in that crucible of amorality. Written just ten years ago. The Last Yankee is one of Miller‘s lesser known plays. but one which preserves his instinctive understanding of the human condition and continues his pleas for the understanding of both oneself and others in the face of life's hardships.

Set in a state-run mental hospital. Hamilton (Stephen Clyde) has come to visit his wife. (Selina Boyack). a long-term patient of the institution. She may or may not be ready to come home with him today. depending on whether the thought of being at home is worse than the experience of being inside. Meanwhile. Frick (Alec Heggie) has just had his wife (Kay Gallie) admitted for the first time. and is still coming to terms with the processes and purpose of the place. With marital tensions and life philosophies to be resolved. the stage is set for Miller's classic. classy handling of his favourite themes: man and his world.

Andy Arnold's production is profound in its simple rendering of the story. With a cast of uniformly emotive performances in roles which are as well written and developed as anything you‘d expect of Miller. there is little to fault in this show. Without being as sprawling and as melodramatic as Salesman or A View from the Bridge, this is a neat and stirring exploration of themes which. though rooted in the same ground, have developed and aged as Miller has. If anything. the story is a little light on content. At just over an hour’s running time. you almost feel cheated by Miller‘s sparing us the drawn-out histrionics of The Crucible‘s courtrooms or Salesman‘s flashbacks. It's less overtly tragic, too. meaning the glass. so often before half-empty. now looks positively half-full by contrast.

More mellow and sincere than his melodramas of recent years. The Last Yankee is tight. honest and simple. and simply as much a classic Miller as any of his overworked opuses. (Gareth Davies)


King's Theatre. Glasgow. Tue 25—Sat 29 Mar

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