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GLASGOW GLASGOW DRAG-OPTICON
Britannia Panopticon, Fri 1 Nov, THREE AGES POETRY SLAM Tron Theatre, Sun 7 Apr, tron.co.uk Fri 6 Dec, britanniapanopticon.org Cavalcade of drag queens covering Three teams of poets go head-to- a broad range of genres and talents, head in this poetry slam competition, which has previously included lip divided up into age categories syncing, live singing, stand-up comedy, ‘Teens’n’Twenties’, ‘Thirtysomethings’ ballet, burlesque, poetry/spoken word, and ‘Old Enough to Know Better’. theatrical pieces and even saw playing. Hosted by Robin Cairns. Expect the unexpected.
DIVERSITY King’s Theatre, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov, atgtickets.com Street dance skills from the winners of the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, still going strong ten years on.
CINDERFELLA Tron Theatre, Wed 27 Nov–Sun 5 Jan, tron.co.uk Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for a pair of glass trainers in this gender-bent take on the classic pantomime from Johnny McKnight. Cinderella and her best pal Muttons set out to catch the eye of Princess Charmaine and save the family dressmaking business.
RICHARD ALSTON DANCE WE WILL ROCK YOU
COMPANY Theatre Royal, Tue 19 Nov, atgtickets.com The acclaimed contemporary dance company embarks on its last tour before it shuts its doors for good in 2020. See review, page 126.
Theatre Royal, Mon 9–Sat 28 Dec, atgtickets.com Revisit all your favourite Queen hits in this musical penned by Ben Elton and members of Queen. See review, page 122. Also touring, see list.co.uk/theatre for details.
MOTHERGOOSE FAE EASTERHOOSE
Platform, Tue 10–Mon 23 Dec, platform-online.co.uk Festive show about Mother Goose, a no-nonsense mum whose peaceful life is disrupted when her goose lays a golden egg.
THE STEAMIE SSE Hydro, Fri 27–Tue 31 Dec, thessehydro.com Tony Roper’s comedy-drama comes to the SSE Hydro in a production designed specifically for the venue. The show follows the lives of 1950s Glasgow women Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers as they get their washing done before the Hogmanay bells.
shops from London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. See preview, page 122.
ALEX AND ELIZA Traverse Theatre, Wed 13 & Thu 14 Nov, traverse.co.uk Umar Butt’s play about an old woman who travels to visit her grandchild, exploring her girlhood during the partition of India and Pakistan.
THE LION KING Edinburgh Playhouse, Thu 5 Dec–Sun 29 Mar, atgtickets.com It’s Hamlet . . . with lions! Julie Taymor’s puppet-powered stage version of Disney’s spectacular tale of a dead king and an errant son is a feast of exuberant theatre for the whole family. See feature, page 49.
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES I CAN GO ANYWHERE
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Fri 1–Sat 9 Nov, lyceum.org.uk Inua Ellams’ play which explores the communities and relationships formed in barber Alex and Eliza
Traverse Theatre, Sat 7–Sat 21 Dec, traverse.co.uk A big-hearted call-to- arms for solidarity in a hostile world, which follows the relationship between a disillusioned academic and an asylum seeker on the eve of his interview. See preview, page 124.
SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE Festival Theatre, Wed 29 Jan, capitaltheatres.com Double-bill from Scotland’s leading contemporary dance company, performing Process Day by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and Emanuel Gat’s The Circle. See review, page 126.
OUT OF TOWN
ROSIE KAY: FANTASIA The Brunton, Musselburgh, Fri 1 Nov, thebrunton.co.uk Dance piece exploring what it is that makes dance so beautiful to watch and experience, set to a classical soundtrack by Vivaldi, Purcell, Beethoven and Bach. See review at list.co.uk
MCGONAGALL CHRONICLE Dundee Rep, Fri 8 Nov, dundeerep. co.uk Biography of the late Dundonian poet Sir William Topaz McGonagall, written in ‘almost rhyming verse’ – the only way to honour the man widely recognised as the world’s worst poet.
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SCOTTISH BALLET’S ACOSTA DANZA
Xxxx Xxxx Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue 12–Sat 16 Nov, 9to5themusical.co.uk Country superstar Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical about three workmates determined to turn the tables on their sexist boss and change their workplace environment. See review, page 124. Dundee Rep Theatre, Sat 23 Nov–Sun 5 Jan, selladoor.com Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck and the rest of the Sunday Post gang head out on a musical adventure in celebration of their 80th anniversary. Also touring, see list. co.uk/theatre for details.
CHRISTMAS CAROL THE SNOW QUEEN
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 28 Nov–Sat 4 Jan, lyceum.org.uk Revisit the classic festive tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s change of heart, given a local flavour with a special guest appearance by Edinburgh’s own Greyfriars Bobby. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 7–Sat 28 Dec, scottishballet. co.uk Glittering winter tale set to the music of Rimsky- Korsakov, choreographed by Christopher Hampson. See preview, page 121. Also Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 3–Sat 18 Jan, atgtickets.com
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 1 & Sat 2 Nov, capitaltheatres. com Performance of new and existing works by ballet superstar Carlos Acosta’s award-winning Cuban dance company, including Christopher Bruce’s popular piece, ‘Rooster’. See preview, page 126. xxxx
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