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Monday, December 11, 2017

Cinderella review at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow – ‘subversion and playfulness’ by Gareth K Vile

While the inclusion of audience interaction – plenty of enthusiastic call and response – and the use of a classic fairytale has

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Alice in Weegieland review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘irreverent’ by Gareth K Vile

Johnny McKnight’s pantomimes for the Tron have provided an annual blast of pop cultural fun. Determinedly hip and transgressive, McKnight revitalised slapstick

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Brothers Karamazov review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘lacks intensity’ by Gareth K Vile

Richard Crane’s dramatisation of Brothers Karamazov is an ambitious attempt to condense the epic scale of the Russian novel into two hours.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Scottish Ballet: Stravinsky review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ’emphatic theatricality’ by Gareth K Vile

Christopher Hampson’s tenure as artistic director of Scottish Ballet has seen a widening repertoire and an increasing emphasis on the precision of

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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Macbeths review at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow – ‘intense yet limited’ by Gareth K Vile

Although director Dominic Hill is known for his inventive scenography, The Macbeths is a stripped back adaptation of Shakespeare that uses minimalist

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Lying Kind review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘hollow hilarity’ by Gareth K Vile

Anthony Neilson’s 2002 farce The Lying Kind contains a lot of familiar ingredients: a church minister in lady’s underwear, a confused old

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘intelligent and thoughtful’ by Gareth K Vile

By unearthing one of the pioneers of electronic music, Blood of the Young explores both the creative genius of Daphne Oram and

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Travels With My Aunt review at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow – ‘charming and sprightly’ by Gareth K Vile

A highlight of Giles Havergal’s era as artistic director at the Citizens, this revival of Travels With My Aunt arrives freighted with

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Monday, March 13, 2017

God of Carnage review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘pulls its punches’ by Gareth K Vile

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is a bitter domestic comedy, in which two couples are reduced to squabbling infants, but it also

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Cuttin’ a Rug review at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow – ‘hilarious, but heartless’ by Gareth K Vile

The Slab Boys trilogy by John Byrne holds an important place in Scottish theatre: loved for its portrayal of Paisley working-class life

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Aladdin review at SECC, Glasgow – ‘action-packed’ by Gareth K Vile

Despite a rather ponderous start, with Marti Pellow taking his role as the villain a little too seriously, and Johnny Mac (Wishee

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Hansel and Gretel at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow – ‘spectacular visuals’ by Gareth K Vile

The Citizens’ Christmas show traditionally replaces pantomime with a family show that reflects the theatre’s familiar aesthetic: with Dominic Hill directing, Hansel

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Cinderella review at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘bland and formulaic’ by Gareth K Vile

The King’s pantomime is a Glasgow legend. Following closely to the traditional format of bad jokes, celebrity stars and repurposed pop hits,

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Night After Christmas review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘charming and old-fashioned’ by Gareth K Vile

In a sharp contrast to the post-modern glamour of the Tron’s main stage pantomime, The Night After Christmas is a gentle, old-fashioned

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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Snaw Queen at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘busy and disconnected’ by Gareth K Vile

Johnny McKnight’s approach to pantomime – combining a distinctive Glaswegian sensibility with more traditional yuletide antics – has yielded some of the

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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Slab Boys , Citizens Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow: John Byrne's Slab Boys has a special place in Scottish theatre. Written in the 1970s, and looking back to the late 1950s, it examines the tensions of the gene…

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Macbeth , Citizens Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow: Filter's previous interpretation of Shakespeare (Twelfth Night) was an iconoclastic take on a tale of romance and puritanism, that had great fun breaking down…

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saturday Night Fever , Theatre Royal Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Theatre Royal Glasgow: In adapting Saturday Night Fever for the stage, Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes refused the easy option of creating a mere jukebox musical: throughout the show, the har…

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Peter Pan , King's Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

King's Theatre, Glasgow: While Eric Potts' adaptation of the classic Victorian story makes a few nods to Glaswegian patter - most notably an uproarious scene that has the audience shout…

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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot , The Arches, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

The Arches, Glasgow: Although he was most recently seen as a violent gangster in Kill Johnny Glendenning, David Ireland manages to be a cuddly, if rambunctious, Father Christmas in this shor…

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Miracle on 34 Parnie Street , Tron Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Tron Theatre, Glasgow: With vivacious wordplay, deep knowledge of popular culture and a satirical sensibility, Johnny McKnight is a rare example of a writer capable of subverting the tropes …

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Aladdin , Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock by Gareth K Vile

Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock: Liam Dolan has occupied the Kilmarnock pantomime for the past decade: as writer, director and star, he dominates Aladdin with his childlike humour and dynamism. W…

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Treasure Island , Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow: The Pavilion pantomime has maintained a rough-hewn charm over the years, using local stars and very Glaswegian humour and dialect. However, Treasure Island is hamp…

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hamlet , Citizens Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow: Since Giles Havergal's production with David Hayman in 1970, Hamlet has become an important play for subsequent directorial regimes at the Citizens. Director …

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Pokey Hat , Alexander Park, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Alexander Park, Glasgow: With an unashamedly sentimental nostalgia for the good old days of childhood, and the performers acting as a barber-shop trio to hymn the majesty of a good ice cream…

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Uncle Varick, Village Theatre, East Kilbride by Gareth K Vile

Village Theatre, East Kilbride: John Byrne's lively version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya fits with Rapture's remit for popular yet serious theatre. Updated to the 1960s, Uncle Var…

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Monday, March 31, 2014

A Slow Air, The Beacon, Greenock by Gareth K Vile

The Beacon, Greenock: By stripping back set and action - this two-hander is a series of alternating monologues - David Harrower allows his sensitive script to carry this story of sibling con…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This Wide Night, Tron, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

Tron, Glasgow: Although Chloe Moss' play follows the post-prison life of two ex-convicts, David Greig's discreet direction lends their attempts to adjust to freedom the brooding at…

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Rantin, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock by Gareth K Vile

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock: Although the independence question is mentioned once, Scottish identity hangs heavy over Rantin. Kieran Hurley made his name through the monologues Hitch and Be…

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dick McWhittington, SECC, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

SECC, Glasgow: The return of John Barrowman and the Krankies to Glasgow's SECC has now become a seasonal fixture. But after last year's action-packed show, in which the company see…

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Aladdin, The King's Theatre, Glasgow by Gareth K Vile

The King's Theatre, Glasgow: The return of Karen Dunbar and Gavin Mitchell to the King's pantomime has certainly given Aladdin a sense of continuity from previous years, and the script&…

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