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■ BRIAN COX STUDIO The Old Sheriff Court 105 Brunswick Street, 552 4267. Tether End Thu 27–Sat 29 Jan, 7.30pm. £7. Contemporary social realism about the decline of an alcoholic and the devastating effect on his family and friends, from recently established Glasgow community co- operative theatre and arts group Estrado. ■ EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 577 4970. West Side Story Thu 20–Sat 22 Jan, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £12.50 (£9.50). A brand new vibrant production of the Bernstein-Sondheim musical based on Romeo and Juliet, with all those memorable songs. Performed by Glasgow Music Theatre, the highly regarded amateur drama group for adults founded in 2009, which is led by a professional creative team. Lost in Yonkers Wed 26 & Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £10. Comedy about two young brothers and their haphazard lives in 1940s New York. Presented by the Giffnock Theatre Players.
■ KING’S THEATRE 297 Bath Street, 0844 871 7648.
✽✽ We Will Rock You Until Sat 19 Feb (not Sun). 7.30pm (Wed & Sat
mat 2.30pm). £21.75–£46.75. A run through all your Queen favourites in this musical penned by Ben Elton and members of Queen. Starring BBC talent search Over the Rainbow’s Jenny Douglas, Brookside’s Leon Lopez and Eastenders’ and Coronation Street’s Ian Reddington.
■ MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK Craigallian Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. Rabbie’s Haggis Hoolie Sun 30 & Mon 31 Jan. See Kids listings.
■ PAVILION THEATRE 121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. The Magical Adventures of Robin Hood Thu 20–Sat 22 Jan 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm). £15.50–£19.50. Thigh- slapping fun with Jim Davidson as Robin Hood (which means you can’t boo him) and everyone’s favourite decorators, Colin and Justin.
■ PLATFORM The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 276 9696. Formel Thu 20 & Fri 21 Jan, 7pm. £4 (£2.50). Public previews of a new work from Glasgow-based company Reeling and Writhing, a tale of love and tragedy set on the West Coast of Scotland and performed with the audience seated in the midst of a multi-channel sound system evoking the sounds of Islay’s coasts and hills. ■ SCOTTISH MASK AND PUPPET CENTRE 8–10 Balcarres Avenue Kelvindale, 339 6185. The Paperbag Princess Sat 22 Jan. See Kids listings. Three Little Pigs and Other Tales Sat 29 Jan. See Kids listings.
■ THEATRE ROYAL 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647.
✽✽ Go Dance 11 Tue 25–Sat 29 Jan, 7.30pm. £13.50. A dance
festival showcasing Scotland’s dance talent, with performers from tons of
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community groups, dance schools and colleges. See hitlist. The Cunning Little Vixen Thu 27 & Sat 29 Jan, 7.15pm. £14–£22 (£10–£19). Leos Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen is performed by the RSAMD in collaboration with Scottish Opera. Janácek composed the opera in 1924, adapting the libretto from a daily comic that appeared in a Czech newspaper. The story, which has been compared to a Czech Midsummer Night’s Dream, takes place in a forest, set among gypsies, poachers, woodsmen and the animals of the woodland.
■ TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. Icepole Fri 28–Sun 30 Jan. See Kids listings.
■ TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate, 552 4267. The Ushers Thu 20–Sat 22 Jan, 8pm. £9 (£7). A new play from the pen of Corrie writer Simon Crowther gets a showing from Robert Carlyle’s old company, Raindog. Stuart Davids directs the comedy, in which a Paisley lad living in 90s Sheffield gets a surprise visit from a few old friends. Class Act Tue 25 & Wed 26 Jan, 7.30pm. £6. The Traverse’s flagship education project is now celebrating its 21st year. A limited number of public tickets are available for this showcase of plays written by senior Drama and English pupils from Edinburgh and Glasgow schools.
✽✽ The Breathing House Wed 26–Fri 28 Jan, 8pm; Sat 29 Jan,
7pm. £9 (£7). A revival of Peter Arnott’s play dealing with sex, death and public health. See preview, page 77.
✽✽ Just Checking Wed 2–Sat 12 Feb (not Sun/Mon), 7.45pm.
£11–£15 (£7–£11; Wed 2 & Thu 3 Feb previews all tickets £8). One-woman show performed by Blythe Duff, with original music by PJ Moore of The Blue Nile. EDINBURGH
■ BEDLAM THEATRE 11b Bristo Place, 225 9893. Cigarettes and Chocolate Wed 26 Jan, 2.30pm. £4 (£3.50). Adapted from Anthony Minghella’s radio play, this sharply observed drama reveals the light and dark elements of human relationships in a story about a girl who gives up speaking for Lent. The Bacchai Wed 2 Feb, 2.30pm & Thu 3 Feb, 7.30pm. £4 (£3.50). Student production of the Ancient Greek tragedy.
■ BRUNTON THEATRE 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Burns: Rough Cut Tue 25 Jan, 7.30pm. £9 (£7). A rough and ready Burns is brought into the modern day in this adaptation of Donald Smith’s novel Between Ourselves, a show combining film and theatre. Ages 14+. Part of Burnsfest. ■ CHURCH HILL THEATRE 33a Morningside Road, 529 4147. Fame: The Musical Tue 1–Sat 5 Feb, 7.30pm. £12.50 (£8.50; students £6.50). Edinburgh University Footlights present their take on the globally successful tale of a group of starstruck performing arts students.
■ KING’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street, 529 6000.
✽✽ Jack and the Beanstalk ●●●●● Thu 20 & Fri 21 Jan, 7pm;
Sat 22 Jan, 2pm & 7pm; Sun 23 Jan, 1pm & 5pm. £11.50–£23.50 (£8.50–£20.50). Final chance to catch the King’s annual festive theatre extravaganza, with old favourites Allan Stewart as Dame McTrot, Andy Gray as the King and Grant Stott as the dastardly Fleshcreep.
■ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. The Singing Kettle: Fun Factory Fri 21–Sun 23 Jan. See Kids listings. The Cunning Little Vixen Thu 27 & Sat 29 Jan, 7.15pm. £14–£22 (£10–£19). See Glasgow, Theatre Royal.
■ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534. FREE Oor Rabbie Sun 23 Jan. See Kids listings.
■ PLAYHOUSE 18–22 Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660. Swan Lake on Ice Thu 20 & Fri 21 Jan, 7.30pm; Sat 22 Jan, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £12.50–£32.50. With a cast of over 25 World, European and National Championship skaters, the Imperial Ice Stars’ performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet is by turns beautiful and jaw- dropping. ■ ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street, 248 4848. A View From the Bridge Until Sat 12 Feb (not Sun/Mon). 7.45pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm). £11–£28 (£5–£26). A new production of Arthur Miller’s heartbreaking work set in post-war New York, directed by Lyceum Associate John Dove. BSL-interpreted performance Wed 2 Feb 7.45pm. See review, page 77.
■ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Burns: Rough Cut Sat 22 Jan, 3pm & 7pm. £9 (£7). See Brunton Theatre.
■ TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street, 228 1404.
✽✽ The Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies & The
Unnamable Fri 21 & Sat 22 Jan, 7.30pm. £16 (£12). Scottish premiere of an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s trilogy of novels by the Gare St Lazare Players Ireland. Recommended for ages 16+. See preview, page 77. Class Act Thu 27–Sat 29 Jan, 7.30pm. Thu & Fri £5 (£3), Sat all tickets £10. See Glasgow, Tron Theatre. Saturday's show is a special Gala Peformance of some of the best plays from throughout the 21-year history of the project, introduced by comedian Greg McHugh (aka Gary: Tank Commander).
✽✽ Manipulate Mon 31 Jan–Sat 5 Feb, times vary. Prices vary. Puppet
Animation Scotland presents its annual festival of animation and puppet theatre for adults. See preview, page 76. Metropia Mon 31 Jan, 7.30pm. £6 (£5). Feature-length animation about a chaotic world in the future where oil supplies have finally run out and governments are losing control. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival. The Last Miner Mon 31 Jan, 9.30pm. £6 (£5). Young Edinburgh-based children’s theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell present their Fringe-acclaimed tale of a forgotten underground soul, the last miner. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival. The Animals and Children Took to the Streets Tue 1 Feb, 7.30pm. £6 (£5). English company 1927 present a blending of live music, performance, storytelling, film and animation about urban paranoia. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival. The Colour of Pomegranates Tue 1 Feb, 7.30pm. £6 (£5). 1968 film from Armenian director Sergei Parajanov about the life of an 18th-century poet, Aruthin Sayadin. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival. Kefar Nahum Wed 2 Feb, 7.30pm. £14 (£10). Sorceress of the dark arts of puppetry and physical theatre Nicole Mossoux returns to the festival with a warped creation story of power, violence and monstrosity. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.
Fear(s) of the Dark Wed 2 Feb, 9.30pm. £6. Imaginatively conceived and immaculately executed French language portmanteau horror film. Paris-based producers commissioned six cartoonists and animators to make five short films that exploit our dread of the gloom. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival Trust Me, I Am Telling You Stories Thu 3 Feb, 7.30pm. £6. A series of short animated films about relationships. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival. Jerk Thu 3 Feb, 9pm. £10 (£6). A 1970s serial killer is brought to life using glove puppets by puppeteer Jonathan Capdevielle and director Gisele Viènne. Part of Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival. ■ THE VOODOO ROOMS 19a West Register Street, 556 7060. Odd Ball Sat 29 Jan, 6.30–7.30pm. £10 in advance; £12 on the door. A dance competition with an odd twist, from the team that brought you The Mating Ritual at the Voodoo Rooms last year. Dance and musical comedy combine in a show where couples imaginary and infamous compete for the Odd Couple Crown. With a special prize for the best dressed couple in the audience.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
■ BYRE THEATRE Abbey Street, St Andrews, 01334 475000. Pride and Prejudice Tue 1 Feb, 1pm & 7pm. £15 (£8–£13; children £6). Chapterhouse Theatre Company return with their stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic. Women Behaving Madly Thu 3 Feb, 7.30pm. £14 (£8–£12). The MsFits (writer Rona Munro and actress Fiona Knowles) return with another comedy: three women, one very short temper and something sinister in the shrubbery. ■ DUNDEE REP Tay Square, Dundee, 01382 223530. FREE Brief Encounters Thu 27–Sat 29 Jan, 7.10pm. Bite-size shows from young writers, presented by The Atlas Company in the upstairs bar as the starter to a night’s theatrical feasting. Hanging In There & Fallout Thu 27 Jan, 8pm. £14 (£5–£10). RW Arts International performs a double bill around the themes of social violence and political negotiation, with the chance to meet the artists after the show. Doorways in Drumorty Fri 28 Jan, 7.30pm. £14 (£7–£12). The charming tale of a gossipy town in Edwardian north-east Scotland, newly-scripted by Mike Gibb and based on the writings of Lorna Moon. Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim Mon 31 Jan–Tue 1 Feb, 7.30pm. £16 (£10–£12). Des Dillon’s classic anti- sectarian play has two Rangers and Celtic fans locked up together in a cell for the duration of an Old Firm match.
■ HOWDEN PARK CENTRE Howden, Livingston, 01506 777666. Comfort and Joy Thu 27 Jan—Sat 29 Jan, 7.30pm. £11 (£9). Funny festive frolics from Mike Harding about a Christmas day where nothing goes how it should and tempers start to flare. Contains adult content. ■ MACROBERT University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 466666. Macrobert Special Event: Chinese New Year Wed 2 Feb, 8pm. £12 (£9; students £6). Celebrate the most important day in the Chinese calendar with music, song, dance and fun, featuring the Filip Kimho Duo and Lion Dancing from the Hong Lok Lion Dance Troupe.