0 Theatre is listed by city first then by venue, running in alphabetical order, except for touring shows which are listed by the name of the show. Please send details not laterthan 10 days before publication date.
O CITIZENS Gorbals Street, 429 0022 /8177. Box Office. Mon-Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [D]
Hansel and Gretel Tue 10 Dec—Sat 11 Jan. Times vary: 10am on 11—13, 16—20 and 8 & lOJan; 2pm on 11—14. 16—19, 21 . 24. 26—28, 30& 31, 2—4 Jan. 7—9Jan & 11 Jan; 5pm on 14, 21, 23—24.26—28.l—4Jan.111an;7pm on10,13.17.19&20.30,lian and 7—IOJan; 8pm on 14, 21,23. 26—28, 2-4 Jan and 11 Jan. Prices vary between £1 & £4. Myles Rudge’s new adaptation of the famous story by the Brothers Grimm, with music by Derek Watson and directed by Giles Havergal.
0 THE DRAMA CENTRE 1261ngram Street, 552 5827. Box Office 9.30am—6pm.
West Until Sat 30 Nov. 8pm. Donations. Steven Berkoff’s radical plays still make almost as great an impact now as when they were first staged. This production of West, about a young individual struggling against authority, is directed by Mark Thomson. The Brothers Menaechmus Mon 9— Sat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. A Christmas panto with a difference! The Strathclyde Theatre Group, directed by Faja Newman go back to 2008C for their Christmas comedy; Plautus‘ comic play takes the rise out of the particular materialistically minded Athenian young upper-middle-class — the Sloane Ranger of his day? His use of mistaken identity was so funny it gave Shakespeare part inspiration for his Comedy of Errors.
0 GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street (opp Holiday Inn) 221 4526. Box office Mon—Fri 9am—4.45pm.
A Right Christmas Caper Tue 10—Sat 21 Dec. 7.30pm. Thurs 12,2pm.
£1 .50 (£1)/ Glasgow Arts Centre’s panto, written by Willis Hall, has a criminal twist: Gilbert and Crosby, guests of Her Majesty’s Pleasure. decide to forego the dubious enchantment of Christmas in a cell and escape - so attracting the unwelcome attentions of Detective Grummit . . . Directed by Robin Wilson with music by Graeme McKinnon.
O KINGS Bath Street. Box office Mon—Sat 12 noon—6pm. Phone bookings. Ticket Centre, Candleriggs, Mon—Sat 10.30am—6.30pm. 552 5961. Bars. [El
Sinbad the Sailor Until Feb 1986. 7.15pm. Mats 2.15pm (Mats: Saturday during Week 1 ; from Week
I 2 Wednesdays also; from 16 Dec—4
Jan every day). £5.75—£1. OAP and children. selected perfs. £3—£1.50. Johnny Beattie, Una MacLean and Christian meet again for a newly refurbished production of the tale of Sinbad and the Sultana.
O MITCHELL Granville Street. 221 3198. Box office Mon-Sat. 12 noon—6pm. Tickets also available from Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 552 5961. Mon—Sat 10.30am-6.30pm. Bar. Coffee. [D] It’s A Free Country Until Fri 29 Nov 8pm. £3 (£2.50). Return to the Mitchell of Wildcat Stage Production‘s latest show. a highly successful cabaret/comedy providing
a satirical look at life in Britain under Thatcher‘s guidance. Gallas 3—7 Dec. 7.30pm. Tue. Wed and Thurs £2.50. Fri and Sat £3. Forum Arts Socier with their latest modern-day panto for adults. A musical comedy based on soap operas and featuring songs like "The Bitch is Back‘ and ‘Gonna Wash JR Right Outta My Hair’. Music is by Ian Campbell and production by Laurence Clarke. There is also a ‘surprise TV star‘ in the cast. Aladdin Mon 9—Sat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £3 Child and OAP £2.50. 0 PAVILION 121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. Cinderella Mon 2 Dec—Sat 8 Feb. 7.30pm & 2.30pm. (Mats Wed & Sat until 21 , every day from 19 Dec—4 Jan. then Wed 8 Jan & every Sat until 8 Feb. Andy Cameron and ‘Tiger‘ Tim Stevens in Radio Clyde‘s anto. O CUMBERNAULO THEATRE Cumbernauld. 023 67 32887. Box
office Mon—Fri. lOam—6pm. Sat 10am-3pm. 6—8pm perf. evgs. Bar/cafe.
A Christmas Carol Has unfortunately been cancelled in view of the teachers‘ work to rule.
0 THEATRE ROYAL Hope Street. 331 1234/332 9000 (credit cards). Box office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm (7.30pm on perfevgs) Bar. Buffet.
Peter Pan Tue lO—Sat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. Fri 4.45 & 8pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £2—£7.50. Cones for children and OAPs Tue—Thurs and matinees. A musical version of]. M. Barrie‘s famous tale. with Bonnie Langford as the eternal youth, lighting on Glasgow as the spot for a pre-London run.
0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. Box office Tue—Sat 10am-5.30pm. Sun 2—5pm. (Tickets also from bookshop on perfevgs). [Dl [E]
The Randan Fri 29 & Sat 30 Nov. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). The Merry Mac Fun Co in the first oftheir two productions; a comedy by the young
T.A.G.'s productions to date have often been prepared to tackle thorny subjects head-on - and this latest is no exception. Receiving its only public performance at the Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (see listings) their adaptation of Joan Lingard’s ‘The Twelfth Day oi Juiy' has been touring secondary schools around Glasgow.
It tells the tale of the developing friendship between Protestant and Catholic teenagers in Belfast and David Ian Neville’s stage version begins with a Protestant chant which in the Roman Catholic school where I saw it provoked a hail of hissing and abuse from its young audience. It is a tribute to Neville's adaptation that the clarity and speed of his script, together with the strength of the production, both held and built on this immediate attention: the children were rivetted throughout.
The production moves swiftly and imaginatively through the story, outlining how, as the day of the Orange March approaches, the anatagonisation between the two groups of children builds up, at odds with the interest they really feel in each other— until an eventual tragedy turns the situation round and brings them together. T.A.G. use the minimum of props and a great deal of creative economy to move through Neville’s astute combination of dramatisation and narrative, shifted from one character to another. 0n the way, as well as a group of tough-nutted but endearing kids, they have great fun in creating some wonderful cameo figures - a pair of gossipy Belfast housewives and some kids-eye view figures of authorltv in the shape of parents and policemen and clergy.
Under Ian Brown’s direction the production manages to both maintain its momentum and, necessarily, keep restoring the balance between the two sides, and this is a performance whose energy, humour and sense of purpose make it a gritty, sharp piece of theatre well worth seeing. (Sarah Hemming)
14 The List 29 Nov — 12 Dec