Johnny McKnight

Meet Jan Black

Meet Jan Black

★★★☆☆ multi-layered

The end of Lockdown is in sight and Jan Black is back on stage; Maureen Beattie stars in Johnny McKnight’s multi-layered new play for Wonder Fools live-streamed from the Ayr Gaiety.

April 3, 2021 | By | Reply More
Rapunzel – A Hairy Tale Adventure

Rapunzel – A Hairy Tale Adventure

★★★☆☆Festive fun:

The National Theatre of Scotland’s Rapunzel is full of enjoyment and impressive performances. Although it never quite stakes its claim as a compelling work in its own right, there is plenty to satisfy those missing their annual helping of seasonal entertainment.

December 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
NTS Stream for Lyceum

NTS Stream for Lyceum

Lament for Sheku Bayoh gets November dates:

A new play about the death of Sheku Bayoh in police custody in Kirkcaldy in 2015, performed at the Lyceum, is at the heart of the National Theatre of Scotland’s latest activities.

October 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Bingo!

Bingo!

★★★☆☆    Energetic:

A musical about women at the bingo would seem a natural for a warm-hearted, reassuringly couthy comedy. Instead, Bingo! ends up as a much swearier, somewhat darker affair that provides entertainment but is let down by its structure.

March 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Unseen song cycle

Unseen song cycle

New tunes and plot lines for Musical Theatre showcase:
A musical song cycle of tunes from Broadway and the West Ends of both Glasgow and London gets its world premiere this weekend, in a mini-tour that arrives at the Scottish Storytelling on Sunday afternoon.

July 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dear Scotland – Review

Dear Scotland – Review

✭✭✭✭✩ Portrait of a mindset

Dear Scotland, You are a country of many fine actors, both young and old, a country with many ideas that have to be said and with many people who have the wit to say them. Now the NTS has found a stage on which this to happen.

April 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
A Perfect Stroke – Review

A Perfect Stroke – Review

★★★★★ Perfectly stroked:

Tense and nervous drama of the kind that just won’t relax comes to the Traverse this week in the second instalment of the Spring 2014 season of lunch time theatre: A Play a Pie and a Pint.

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Review – Last One Out

Review – Last One Out

Scottish Opera’s Last One Out is described as ‘ a haunting mix of opera and Country’. Gareth Williams’ music and Johnny McKnight’s libretto combine to produce an elusive, impressive tale of how the past continues to influence the present.

August 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review – Cinderella

Review – Cinderella

Darkly comic, Johnny McKnight’s new musical version of Cinderella for the Royal Lyceum which updates the tale to contemporary Paris, is “slick and funny” according to Æ guest reviewer Irene Brown.

December 4, 2012 | By | Reply More