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Opening: Traces, Russell’s Blood, Beauty & Wilde's Crime

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Amongst the major openings in Scotland over the next month are:

OPENING 01 FEBRUARY, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre welcomes back Traces to the city since taking the Edinburgh Festival by storm in 2007. The show is a high energy, dazzling display of urban acrobatics that combines traditional circus skills with basketball, skateboarding, a mix of street and contemporary dance, traditional theatre, humour and amazing audio visual effects. The season continues until 03 February 2010. It also tours to the Theatre Royal in Glasgow over the course of the month.

OPENING 02 FEBRUARY 2010, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers reaches Glasgow’s King’s Theatre. It tells the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to be re-united by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The score includes 'Bright New Day', 'Marilyn Monroe' and the emotionally charged hit 'Tell Me It’s Not True'. The season continues until 13 February 2010.

OPENING 11 FEBRUARY 2010, Flatrate present The Zeros Keep Going at the Tron, Glasgow. In 1982, Snuff, a film in which a woman was brutally murdered for man’s sexual gratification was distributed in Britain. Things have come a long way since then. The show describes a search for freedom at a time where personal freedom is everywhere, porn makes $3075.65 per second and feminism is just over there. This is 2009 and the zeros are over. The season continues until 13 February 2010.

OPENING 19 FEBRUARY 2010, Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Of Queen Leenane. A small village in Galway is the setting as lonely spinster Maureen lives with her septuagenarian mother Mag, tending to her every need, putting up with years of insults (and doling out a few of her own). But when she meets a handsome forty year old who’s back from England and soon off to the USA, Maureen sees a chance to make a new life for herself. Performances continue until 13 March 2010.

OPENING 22 FEBRUARY 2010, Before returning to the West End to play Fiyero in Wicked (See News, 28 Jan 2010), Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead perform the title role in Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre. Lord Arthur Savile is deliriously happy: a pillar of Victorian society on the verge of marriage to the lovely Sybil Merton, when a brief departure from late nineteenth century convention leads him to an encounter with a chilling clairvoyant called Podgers. Podgers secretly reveals that at some point in Arthur's life, he is destined to commit murder. Performances continue until 27 February 2010.


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