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Critics’ choice: White Christmas | The Muppet Christmas Carol | RSNO Christmas Concerts

The Rezillos in concert at the Liquid Room Edinburgh. Picture: Kenny Smith

The Rezillos in concert at the Liquid Room Edinburgh. Picture: Kenny Smith

What to see this week

THEATRE

WHITE CHRISTMAS

PITLOCHRY FESTIVAL THEATRE, UNTIL 23 DECEMBER

IT’S SENTIMENTAL, it’s sometimes cheesy, and the film that inspired it is almost 60 years old. Yet with a cast of 20 on stage, a fine ten-piece band, and some superb tap-dancing and design, Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is probably the best value ticket in Scotland, this festive season. In Grant Neal, it has a leading man with a beautiful Bing-Crosby-style voice; the suits are sharp, the songs are terrific, and there’s a faint backbeat of serious social history, as two Second World War GIs revive their old wartime spirit of comradeship, in mid-1950s America.

• Tel: 01796 484626

JOYCE MCMILLAN

FILM

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

GLASGOW FILM THEATRE, tomorrow until 23 December; Edinburgh Filmhouse, today until 24 December

WHAT better way to cap off a year in which The Muppets made a joyous and triumphant return to cinemas – and get you in the mood for Christmas – than to see their wondrous take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale? Michael Caine is perfect as Scrooge, and Kermit’s Bob Cratchit is possibly yuletide cinema’s most noble hero after Jimmy Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life (also in cinemas everywhere). There’s magic in the air…

• Tel: 0141-332 6535 / 0131-228 2688

ALISTAIR HARKNESS

VISUAL ART

FROM DEATH TO DEATH AND OTHER SMALL TALES

SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, UNTIL 8 SEPTEMBER 2013

If THE faux jollity of tinned Christmas carols in the shops and the general frenzy of the annual consumer-fest is getting you down, you can go and contemplate more sombre things at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. From Death to Death and Other Small Tales – Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D Daskalopoulos Collection brings together works from a world famous private collection of contemporary art with rarely seen major works from the national collection, all apparently reflecting on the subject of the human body and its mortality.

• Tel: 0131-624 6200

DUNCAN MACMILLAN

CLASSICAL

RSNO CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

CAIRD HALL, DUNDEE, TOMORROW; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 22 December; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 23 December

The formula is as regular as clockwork, but rarely does the RSNO Christmas Concert disappoint in terms of serving up bubbly performances and conjuring up the best of seasonal atmospheres. Christopher Bell is in charge, so there will be the voices of the RSNO Choirs he trains and there will be the perennial performance of Howard Blake’s The Snowman, as well as the obligatory audience participation. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it.

• Tel: 01382 434 940 (Dundee); 0141-353 8000 (Glasgow); 0131-228 1155 (Edinburgh)

KEN WALTON

POP

THE REZILLOS

LIQUID ROOM, EDINBURGH, TOMORROW; BEAT GENERATOR LIVE!, DUNDEE, 22 DECEMBER

Because even old age punks need their Yuletide slamdancing fix... The Rezillos’ comeback has been a blast so far, and their Christmas gigs went down a storm last year, so Scotland’s finest vintage DayGlo punk outfit have obliged with the tinsel and bubblegum rockabilly riffola once again at this hometown show plus a Dundee romp. This could be the start of a beautiful festive tradition.

• Tel: 0131-225 2564 (Edinburgh), 01382 229226 (Dundee)

FIONA SHEPHERD

 

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