Macrobert attacks the festive hangover with new shows

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is heading to Stirling's macrobert in the New Year
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is heading to Stirling's macrobert in the New Year

The year of our Lord 2015 comes alive at Stirling’s Macrobert in the early months of the new year with a myriad of marvellous productions.

Shakespeare makes his presence felt in two very different ways as the Mac’s new season gets underway with Ballet West’s free flowing and majestic performance of the bard’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31.

The company toured China back in 2011 with this enduring tale of passion, murder and tragedy in medieval Verona, featuring and emotional score from Prokovief. The principal roles of the star-crossed lovers will be portrayed by brother and sister Jonathan and Sara-Maria Barton.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Reduced Royal Shakespeare Company, who bring their ‘Complete History of Comedy 
(Abridged) on Wednesday, February 11.

This trio of tightly wound thespians are something akin to watching a DVD on fast forward or chapter skip, condensing the works of old Will and getting the main points of The Bible across to audiences at warp factor 10.

Their latest production is something they were born to perform.

A RSC spokesbloke said: “From the high-brow to the low, ‘The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)’ covers comedy through the ages. Tickets to this production are far more affordable than the entrance feet to an amusement park, but you’ll come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness.

“From cavemen telling ‘rock rock’ jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.”

Away from the wonderful world of William Shakespeare, the Macrobert also hosts a live set from the sublime Edinburgh Quartet on Friday, January 23 which will see the fab four fire into hits from Haydn, Mendelssohn and Elgar.

An astounding adaptation of opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ comes to town on Thursday, January 29, thanks to creator Ramesh Meyyappan, puppeteer Gavin Glover and musician David Paul Jones.

And if you like your comedy camper than a row of tents, then stand up Craig Hill brings his sold out ‘Give Him An Inch ...” tour to the Mac on Saturday, February 7.

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