What we’re looking forward to in arts and entertainment this week
The 1994 TV drama Takin’ Over The Asylum helped launch a young David Tennant and gave Ken Stott one of his best roles, as an alcoholic double-glazing salesman who gets an unexpected new lease of
life as a DJ in a Glasgow psychiatric hospital. Writer Donna Franceschild has now adapted it for the
stage, with Iain Robertson stepping into Stott’s shoes as Eddie, and EastEnders star Caroline Paterson as Francine (played in the original by Katy Murphy). It’s at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow from Thursday.
A rehearsed reading of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, with bebop accompaniment, is among the potential highlights of the Shetland Jazz Festival, which runs from Thursday until 17 February. Fionna Duncan, pictured, is the star of Friday night’s gala concert, while Saturday sees the Shetland Improvisers Orchestra joined by special guests Tom Bancroft and Graeme Wilson for an afternoon session.
A warm welcome seems guaranteed for the headliners of this year’s NME awards tour when it arrives the O2 Academy in Glasgow tomorrow night. It’s not quite a homecoming for Django Django (they formed in Edinburgh and are now based in London) but expect some patriotic whooping anyway. Joining them are Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets partner Miles Kane, plus London garage rock hopes Palma Violets and, opening proceedings, Birmingham indie quartet Peace.
American tenor Jonathan Boyd makes his Scottish Opera debut this week as Werther, the eponymous hero of Massenet’s tragic opera. Hungarian mezzo Viktoria Vizin sings Charlotte, the woman Werther falls for – but who, as so often happens in tragic love stories, is already promised to another man. The show opens at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on Friday, and is at Edinburgh Festival Theatre later in the month.