Scotsman critics’ choice: Four must-see shows on this week

Thon Man Moli�re

Thon Man Moli�re

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THE Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see films, theatre and concerts for the next week

THEATRE: Thon Man Molière

In constant threat of debtor’s prison, in big bother with church and state, and disastrously in love with the wrong wife – that’s the plight in which Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Molière finds himself, at the start of this final play of the Lyceum’s 50th Anniversary season. Written by Scotland’s former makar Liz Lochhead, the play features an all-star cast led by the wonderful Jimmy Chisholm as Molière, above with Siobhan Redmond; and the fun and human desperation come fast and furious, as Lochhead takes us backstage in 17th century Paris to meet the “grandes dames, old hams and ingenues” whose company created some of the greatest comedies in theatre history. Joyce McMillan

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, until 11 June, 0131-248 4848

CLASSICAL: Perth Festival: John Wilson Orchestra

The wonderful John Wilson Orchestra, right, makes its Perth Festival debut tomorrow with a programme of music from the golden age of the Broadway musical. Joining Wilson and his band is actor and singer Julian Ovenden, as famous for his acting role in Downton Abbey as for his Broadway and West End roles. Ken Walton

Perth Concert Hall, 22 May, 01738 621031/www.perthfestival.co.uk

ART: Modern Scottish Women

When a show is on for a while, it is paradoxically easy to miss it. You think you have got time, then it is over. Modern Scottish Women at the National Gallery of Modern Art is a case in point. It is pioneering show about some courageous women who were also very good artists, some well known, others much less so. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do before it closes and if you have, why not go again? Duncan Macmillan Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, until 26 June, 0131-624 6200

POP: Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds

Fifty years on from its release, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds still regularly tops polls as the greatest album of all time. Its technical ingenuity famously inspired The Beatles to up their game with Sgt Pepper’s, its main rival in those polls. Now its genius creator Brian Wilson revisits his most famous work at these celebratory concerts, for which he is joined by his fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Prepare to be elevated. Fiona Shepherd

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 26 May, 0131-228 1155; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 27 May, 0141-353 8000

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