Curtain Raisers

Show-based city-break packages are well established in London, but there are plenty of reasons for theatre-lovers to head north to Scotland…

Every year, millions of visitors flock to London’s West End to enjoy globally-recognised shows on the stages of iconic theatres on and around the likes of Shaftesbury Avenue and Drury Lane. Yet there’s more to British theatre than London—and it’s worth considering taking the Sleeper out of the capital to experience something genuinely different!

“There has long been a vibrant and varied theatre scene in the country and, since the establishment of the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) in 2006, many of the best shows have been given the profile and life they deserve,” explains Mark Fisher, who reviews Scottish theatre for The Guardian and is the author of the much-praised book How To Write About Theatre. “There’s a wealth of exciting small-scale work being made across the country and, with internationally acclaimed playwright David Greig now running the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh and award-winning director Dominic Hill in charge of the Citizens in Glasgow, the bigger theatres are in rude health too. With the right show, you’ll get a short-cut into the culture.”

It’s not that theatre produced in Scotland “can’t travel”…

Full article published in Nocturne #4 (Winter 2016-17).