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

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

POP: The Maccabees

Robin Ticciati. Picture: Marco Borggreve

Robin Ticciati. Picture: Marco Borggreve

Rock’n’roll usually takes a couple of weeks to recover from its festive blowout, and this year Barrowland opens its account with a show by shy, serious but stealthily popular Londoners The Maccabees, whose fourth album, Marks to Prove It, debuted at the top of the charts when it was released last summer, placing them somewhere between Coldplay’s big airy anthems and Radiohead’s furrowed brow experimentalism in the British indie landscape. Fiona Shepherd

Barrowland, Glasgow, 15 January,

ART: Turner In January

January is Turner Time, when the wonderful Vaughan Bequest of Turner’s watercolours is put on display at the Scottish National Gallery. This year too, until 20 January, the show coincides with Arthur Melville: Adventures in Colour. It’s a chance to compare two of the greatest ever masters of watercolour. Duncan Macmillan

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until 31 January, Tel: 0131-624 6200

CLASSICAL: SCO: Brahms & Berg

The SCO opens 2016 with a luscious pairing of Brahms and Berg. Robin Ticciati, below, continues his Brahms symphony series with the gorgeous Third, and is joined by the exceptional German soprano Dorothea Röschmann in Berg’s exquisite Seven Early Songs. The programme opens with Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Ken Walton

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 14 January, 0131-228 1155; City Halls, Glasgow, 15 January, 0141-353 8000

THEATRE: The Sound Of Music

January can be a dreary old time in theatreland; but a heart-lifting winter show arrives at the Playhouse this week, as Christmas treat Priscilla Queen Of the Desert is replaced by this Bill Kenwright touring production of one of the best-loved musicals of all time, set in late-1930s Austria. Runner-up on The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne, steps up to the starring role of would-be-nun and temporary governess Maria; and Glasgow-born television heart-throb Gray O’Brien, probably best known as villain Tony Gordon in Coronation Street, plays Captain von Trapp, the slightly scary senior naval officer whose seven children she gradually tames, with classic songs ranging from Doh A Deer to the show’s anti-Nazi anthem, Edelweiss. Joyce McMillan

Playhouse, Edinburgh, until today, 0870 6063424; then His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 12-16 January, 01224 641122

FILM: Stand By Me

It’s 30 years since Stand By Me first came out, but Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Body remains one of the finest films ever made about the transitory nature of childhood friendship and the profound impact it can have. The young cast – led by River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman (but also featuring early turns from Keifer Sutherland and John Cusack) – is perfect, and bookending the film with Richard Dreyfuss as a writer looking back over this one incident from his 1950s childhood gives it lovely nostalgic quality. The death of Phoenix a few years later has also given the final shot of him in the movie an unbearable poignancy. Alistair Harkness

Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 January, 0141-332 6535 /