Fiddler with a Scottish twist

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FIDDLER on the Roof is coming over all Glaswegian this week, as Theatre Guild Glasgow puts a personal stamp on the classic musical.

The southside group are taking the Tony award-winner to Eastwood Park Theatre, and all the songs are in there: Matchmaker, If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset.

The story centres on Tevye — a man fighting a losing battle to keep Jewish religious traditions with five strong-willed daughters in his house.

And this version has a touch of home about it, as the troupe are performing with their own accents, adding a natural touch to proceedings.

Still, there’s an American accent in there somewhere, as Hollywood star Paul Michael Glaser — Perchik in the 1971 film version — has sent a good luck message to the local cast.

Glaser is currently touring the UK playing Fiddler’s lead character, and he wrote: “It’s such a gratifying piece of work .

“When you stop to consider that Fiddler on the Roof has been touring the world for 50 years now, in so many languages and to such strong appeal, you can’t help but recognise what an amazing piece of work it is.

“So congratulations on your endeavour — break a leg!”

The cast are busy rehearsing ahead of Tuesday’s opening night— and their hard work is for a good cause, as ten per cent of ticket sales will go to the Beatson cancer centre in memory of a former Theatre Guild director, who sadly passed away last year.

Tickets (£14-£16) are selling fast, with only Friday and Saturday slots remaining. Performances 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Sat mat — 577 4956 or www.theatreguildglasgow.co.uk.