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BWW Review: THE COOLIDGE EFFECT Photo BWW Review: THE COOLIDGE EFFECT
by Natalie O'Donoghue - July 28, 2020

Having toured extensively across the UK throughout 2016-2019, the new digital version of the show goes live from Tuesday July 28. Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists The Coolidge Effect has become an even more relevant conversation as we sit at ...
BWW Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, Pitlochry Festival Theatre Photo BWW Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
by Fiona Scott - March 15, 2020

What happens after the honeymoon? Do opposites really attract? Neil Simon's hit play, Barefoot in the Park, has been revived and is currently running at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in collaboration with the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh....
BWW Review: THE METAMORPHOSIS, Tron Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: THE METAMORPHOSIS, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - March 14, 2020

The Metamorphosis is the story of an ordinary man who wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Soon he begins to realise he's got bigger problems than being late for work....
BWW Review: CURTAINS, King's Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: CURTAINS, King's Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - March 11, 2020

Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls) and Carley Stenson (Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Spamalot and Hollyoaks), this hilarious whodunnit is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore! From creators of Cabaret and C...
BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Perth Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Perth Theatre
by Fiona Scott - March 08, 2020

During a week when comedian Joe Lycett legally changed his name by deed poll to Hugo Boss, ever dedicated to his craft, it felt fitting to see a revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The comedy about identity and the elite has been revived at Perth Theatre....
BWW Review: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, Festival Theatre Photo BWW Review: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, Festival Theatre
by Ceri Boyd - March 04, 2020

a?oeEverybody's Talking About Jamiea?? evolved from a documentary about 16-year old schoolboy Jamie Campbell and his journey to find acceptance from his peers. The story of the boy who wore a dress to his school prom inspired the hit musical, which premiered in Sheffield in 2017 before wowing audien...
BWW Review: MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE: BACK TOGETHER, SSE Hydro, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE: BACK TOGETHER, SSE Hydro, Glasgow
by Fiona Scott - February 22, 2020

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe recently shared the Gielgud Theatre stage as Javert and Jean Valjean respectively in Les Miserables: The Staged Concert. They now return to the stage, in their third UK tour as a double act and launched their 10-date tour in Glasgow this evening....
BWW Review: THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK, Tron Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 21, 2020

Winner of Summerhall's Lustrum Award in 2018 and Theatre503 2017 Play Writing Award Finalist, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation. Inspired by the playwright's own experience in jail and rehab, it is shot through with home truths about the road ...
BWW Review: TROJAN HORSE, Tron Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: TROJAN HORSE, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 14, 2020

Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing 'hardline' Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government's inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre company LUNG investigat...
BWW Review: BUDDY- THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, King's Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: BUDDY- THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, King's Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 12, 2020

Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!...
BWW Review: THICK SKIN, ELASTIC HEART, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: THICK SKIN, ELASTIC HEART, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 06, 2020

Scrolling through porn addiction to miscarriages to mental health to queer identity, this darkly comedic show is about the overwhelming pressure of high societal expectations and constant digital connection. thick skin, elastic heart is a hybrid poetic theatre production encapsulating the current ze...
BWW Review: THE CROFT, Perth Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE CROFT, Perth Theatre
by Fiona Scott - February 05, 2020

Sometimes we just want to get away. We all have our reasons for wanting a bit of peace and quiet in the middle of nowhere but being cut off from the rest of the world isn't necessarily a solution to life's problems. Ali Milles' new thriller The Croft follows two stories across multiple timelines tha...
BWW Review: ADRIFT, Scottish Youth Theatre Photo BWW Review: ADRIFT, Scottish Youth Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - January 30, 2020

A bottle of pills. That is the last thing that Cammy remembers before waking up in the middle of the ocean. She is on a boat that isn't a boat and there's a strange echo calling her name. Nothing becomes any clearer as she is joined by a Captain and Engineer who are at loggerheads; one wants to go b...
BWW Review: THE KING AND I, King's Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: THE KING AND I, King's Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - January 30, 2020

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children....
BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - January 28, 2020

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, this ruthlessly comic study of middle class parenting by the author of Art, is one of the most successful plays ever in the history of the West End....
BWW Review: OOR WULLIE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: OOR WULLIE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - January 21, 2020

Jings, Crivvens, Help Ma Boab! Scotland's cheekiest, spiky-haired scamp is back! Only question is; where's his bucket?! Join Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang, in a brand new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary as Scotland's most beloved c...
BWW Review: BILLIONAIRE BOY, King's Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: BILLIONAIRE BOY, King's Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - January 16, 2020

Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn't have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don't go as planned for Joe and l...
BWW Review: THE SNOW QUEEN, Theatre Royal, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: THE SNOW QUEEN, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - January 04, 2020

Scottish Ballet's 50th year will come to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved tale, this glittering new production will be set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra....
BWW Review: THE PURE AMAZING WIZ OF OZ, Websters Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: THE PURE AMAZING WIZ OF OZ, Websters Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - December 17, 2019

Join Dotty, a PR from the Garage, who dreams of becoming a star. She is blown from Poor Partick to the Land of Oz where she meets some new friends; Scarecrow, The Tin Wuman and the Lioness....
BWW Review: PINOCCHIO, Citizens Theatre Photo BWW Review: PINOCCHIO, Citizens Theatre
by Emma Ainley-Walker - December 13, 2019

Citizens Theatre Christmas shows have built a reputation for a certain darkness, different to your standard pantomime, but still full of Christmas spirit. Pinocchio is no different....
BWW Review: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock Photo BWW Review: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
by Natalie O'Donoghue - December 12, 2019

Poor Dame Trot and her son Jack hardly have a bean to their name, and to make things worse the village is being terrorised by a wicked giant. Can Jack defeat the giant, win the heart of his one true love and solve his economic woes?...
BWW Review: THE LION KING, Edinburgh Playhouse Photo BWW Review: THE LION KING, Edinburgh Playhouse
by Natalie O'Donoghue - December 11, 2019

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King tells the story of Simba's epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands....
BWW Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU, Theatre Royal, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - December 10, 2019

With 24 of Queen's biggest hits and Ben Elton's hilarious futuristic comedy writing combined, comes a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band's legendary live performances....
BWW Review: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, King's Theatre, Glasgow Photo BWW Review: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, King's Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - December 07, 2019

Fresh from their trip to Old Peking, Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac will be back, swapping their magic carpet for Dame Trot's farm to follow Jack and his family and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to Cloudland in another unmissable family show....
BWW Review: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, King's Theatre, Edinburgh Photo BWW Review: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
by Natalie O'Donoghue - December 05, 2019

Packed full of hilarious comedy routines, laughter, dazzling special effects and hair-rising displays, Goldilocks and the Three Bears will blend the worlds of circus and pantomime featuring magic, music, mayhem and plenty of porridge....