Scottish Theatre Highlights: January 2024

January is traditionally a quiet month for theatre in Scotland, but this year there’s plenty of shows to beat the winter blues away

Feature by Eliza Gearty | 22 Dec 2023
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In Edinburgh, start the year off right with Gary McNair’s adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde at the Lyceum (13-27 Jan). Promising to turn the story on its head by delving into one man’s psyche, and starring theatrical stalwart Forbes Masson, it sounds intriguing. Don’t miss Hannah Lavery’s show Protest (26-27 Jan) at the Traverse – it's a  new play from the Edinburgh Makar about friendship and activism.

Not ready to leave the festive spirit of Christmas behind? Scottish Ballet’s production of Cinders! will be running for most of the month at Festival Theatre (5-20 Jan). With glittering sets and costumes by Elin Steele, it’s sure to sweep you off your feet. If you’ve still got a case of the January blues, maybe a musical would be just the ticket. Wicked (until 14 Jan) and Shrek The Musical (22-27 Jan) are both at the Edinburgh Playhouse. 

In Glasgow, you can still catch some Christmas shows in the first week of January. The Òran Mór’s festive panto Snow White and The Seven Maws continues until 6 Jan, and family-friendly Aganeza Scrooge plays at the Tron until the 7th. Be quick though – at the time of writing, tickets for both shows were selling like hot mince pies. Star-studded musical The Bodyguard will bring a little sparkle to the Theatre Royal that week too (3-7 Jan). Want to see the next generation of Scottish acting talent before they hit the big time? Royal Conservatoire BA Acting students are showcasing a double bill of Romeo and Juliet and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (20-25 Jan) and tickets are pay what you like.

Over in Dundee, honour the bard of Scotland in style – you can celebrate Burns Night at Dundee Rep with the Dundee Rep Ensemble (Burns Supper on the Rep Stage, 25-26 Jan). As well as entertainment, the ticket also includes a delicious three-course meal and half a bottle of wine. Dry January what now?