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MUSIC CELTIC CONNECTIONS
With over 300 events on its bill, Celtic Connections is virtually unrecognisable from the music festival that originated in 1994. This time around, the largest winter music festival of its kind welcomes yet another glittering array of international and national talents to Glasgow. Among those appearing in 2019 are Judy Collins, John Grant and Bassekou Kouyate (pictured) while a celebration of John Martyn has enticed the likes of Danny Thompson, Eddi Reader, Eric Bibb and Paul Weller. See preview, page 103. Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 17 Jan–Sun 3 Feb.
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COMEDY FLO & JOAN
Alive on Stage has the mildly passive- aggressive musical sibling duo of Flo & Joan (actually Rosie and Nicola Dempsey) on top form as they analyse misogynistic merchandise, failed marriages, and the internet trolls who make so many lives miserable. See preview, page 87. The Stand, Glasgow, Thu 17 Jan; The Stand, Edinburgh, Sat 19 Jan.
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FILM THE FAVOURITE
THEATRE KINKY BOOTS
Composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh collaborate once again for Scottish Opera’s story set among explorers trapped in the frozen Arctic wastelands. See feature, page 50. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 24–Sat 26 Jan; King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 31 Jan–Sat 2 Feb. Featuring a strong cast headed up by Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, Yorgos Lanthimos’ film about the 18th-century court of Queen Anne starts next year off with a five-star bang. See review, page 96. General release from Tue 1 Jan.
The hugely successful Olivier Award-winning musical comes to Edinburgh injecting camp and queerness into a mainstream work which is further elevated by the sassy pop gems of Cyndi Lauper. See preview, page 123. Edinburgh Playhouse, Mon 10 Dec–Sat 5 Jan.
10 THE LIST 1 Nov 2018–31 Jan 2019