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THE ARCHES 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Scratch Night Thu 24 Nov, 7.30pm. Pay what you can. Performers get ten minutes to try out new ideas in front of an audience and seek feedback. Rudolph Fri 2 Dec–Tue 3 Jan, times vary. £9 (£4.50; family ticket £22). The Arches annual alternative take on the panto season with Andy Manley’s reworking of the classic tale of the red nosed reindeer. See feature, page 112. THE BRIGGAIT 141 Bridgegate, 553 5890. FREE The Hunt Fri 25–Sun 27 Nov, three performances per evening, times tbc. An interactive performance art/installation piece from HOST, in which audience members enter a maze of rooms and corridors that represent, through sound and vision, the mind of a young woman. Places strictly limited, bookings taken on

CITIZENS THEATRE 119 Gorbals Street, 429 0022. Hansel and Gretel Sat 3 Dec–Sat 7 Jan, times vary. £10.50–£18.50 (£9.50–£15.50; children £6.50–£11). The Citz Christmas production is a new and inventive take on the classic Grimm fairy tale about two sweet-toothed children who must get over their sibling squabbles in order to escape the grasp of an evil witch. Little Ulla Sat 10 Dec–Sat 7 Jan, times vary. £6.50–£7.50. A Christmas show for


little ones aged 3–5, with puppetry, interactive storytelling and music weaving the tale of a mountain goat who, despite sharing her love of apple strudel with the other goats, is a bit different from all the rest. A 45-minute show created by Clare McGarry (Wonderland). See feature, page 112. Wicked Christmas Wed 14–Sat 17 Dec, 7.30pm (Sat also 9.30pm). £10.50 (£7.50). Tuck into the Citizens Community Company’s selection box of festivity, satire and fun.

CORINTHIAN 191 Ingram Street, 552 1101. Midweek Magic Wed 23 Nov, 7.30pm. £10 or £25 with dinner and wine. Mind reading, illusion, and conjuring. Over 18s only. COTTIERS THEATRE 93–95 Hyndland Street, 357 4000. The Crucible Thu 17–Sat 19 Nov, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £12 (£10). Arthur Miller’s classic tale set among the Salem witch trials presented by Strathclyde Theatre Group. See review, page 113. Scrooge Wed 7–Sat 31 Dec, times vary. £12.50 (children £10.50). A modern panto adaptation of Dicken’s Christmas classic, starring Mark Cox (Still Game), Claire Knight (River City) and Callum Cuthbertson (Gary Tank Commander).

EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 577 4970. Goldilocks Tue 29 Nov–Sat 3 Dec, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £8–£12. The Eastwood Entertainers present the story of wee Goldilocks and her life in Numptyglen with such characters as wannabe criminals the Bruins, villain Iona Skunk and policeman Tuff McDuff. Sleeping Beauty Tue 6–Sat 10 Dec, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £10–£14. Harlequin Youth Theatre introduce you

to the Tsar Ivan Awfulitch and Tsarina Babooshka and their beautiful but cursed daughter Anastasia. Aladdin Mon 12–Sat 17 Dec, 7.30pm (Thu mat 1pm; Sat mats 11am & 3pm). £6–£13. Runway Theatre Company presents its annual panto. FILM CITY GLASGOW 401 Govan Road A Christmas Carol Wed 30 Nov–Sat 31 Dec, times vary. £5–£11. A spooky retelling of the classic Dickens tale from the National Theatre of Scotland. Recommended for everyone aged 8+.

KING’S THEATRE 297 Bath Street, 0844 871 7648. Beauty and the Beast Thu 17 Nov, 7.30pm; Fri 18 Nov, 5.30pm & 8.30pm; Sat 19 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £12.50–£27.50. Pantheon presents the stage adaptation of Disney’s much-loved animated film. Hormonal Housewives Mon 21–Thu 24 Nov, 7.30pm; Fri 25 & Sat 26 Nov, 5.30pm & 8.30pm. £15.50–£32.50. Carol Smillie stars in an evening all about women and the high drama that is attributed to their hormones. Sleeping Beauty Fri 2 Dec–Sun 8 Jan, times vary. £7.20–£24.75. Clare Gregory’s Girl Grogan is the wicked fairy Carabosse in this year’s King’s Panto, which also stars Keith Jack, Tony Roper and Karen Dunbar.

MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK Craigallion Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. An Evening with Mr Oscar Wilde Fri 18 Nov, 7.45pm. £9 (£8). Cow in a Raincoat Productions presents an evening of sparkling wit courtesy of the original dandy. Booking essential. Hansel And Gretel Sat 10–Sat 24 Dec, times vary. £9 (children £6). Fizzgig and Grubb presents a tale of woodcutters, witches and weans. Booking essential.

NORTH EDINBURGH ARTS CENTRE 15a Pennywell Court, 315 2151. Sleeping Beauty Tue 13 Dec–Fri 16 Dec, 10.30am & 2pm & 7pm. £1.50–£2.50. A Christmas panto from Telford College students aimed at ages 5–12 ‘and those who’d still like to be’.

OLD HAIRDRESSERS Renfield Lane. Call 07803 165636 for tickets. The Homecoming Mon 28 Nov–Thu 1 Dec, 8pm. £5. A son returns to his family after a long absence in this 60s-set dark comedy from Harold Pinter. Performed by students and amateur actors from Hobby Horse Productions. ÒRAN MÓR 731-735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: The Kiss Thu 17–Sat 19 Nov, 1pm. £8–£12.50. An encounter on a park bench opens up a series of questions in this new work by Murray Watts. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: Bite the Bullet Mon 21–Sat 26 Nov, 1pm. £8–£12.50. The story of the re-appearance one-hit wonders The Telltales, who made it big in Japan 21 years ago. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: New Voices Mon 28 Nov–Sat 3 Dec, 1pm. £8–£12.50. Oran Mor invited students from Glasgow, Caledonian and West of Scotland Universities to submit original short theatre pieces for production. Here, five of the best submissions are brought to the stage. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: Snow White and the Seventh Dwarf Mon 5–Sat 24 Dec (not Sun), 1pm. £8–£12.50. Dave Anderson and David MacLennan present a play about the secret relationship of a panto princess and a certain small person. Told with drama, absurdity and plenty of hearty laughs. Price includes a pie and a drink.

By Stuart Paterson

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