SCOTTISH Ballet is to tour a smaller version of a big ballet, called Wee Hansel & Gretel, to venues across Scotland as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations

After a pilot run in November 2018, Scottish Ballet will take its specially adapted version on a nationwide tour to An Lanntair (Isle of Lewis), Macphail Centre (Ullapool), Theatre Royal (Glasgow), The Garrison Theatre (Shetland), Orkney Theatre, His Majesty’s Theatre (Aberdeen), King’s Theatre (Edinburgh), Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock), Eden Court Theatre (Inverness) and Dundee Rep.

Scottish Ballet is supported on the 2019 Wee Hansel & Gretel tour by Loganair.

Christopher Hampson, artistic director and chief executive of Scottish Ballet said: "This ballet is close to my heart, so I am delighted to share this specially adapted show with young children across Scotland.

"It is full of dancing and storytelling, plucky characters and a happy ending – perfect for experiencing the magic of live performance."

It is based on the full-length ballet choreographed by Mr Hampson in 2013.

Dancers from Scottish Ballet will perform in this family fairytale alongside talented students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA in Modern Ballet.

Fife-born Hannah Cubitt, will go on to join the main company of dancers in September 2019.

LUX Scotland has announced a new director, Kitty Anderson.

Ms Anderson is currently curator at The Common Guild, Glasgow, where she has commissioned and produced projects with artists including Katinka Bock, Carol Bove, Ulla von Brandenburg, Steven Claydon, Phil Collins, Sharon Hayes, Janice Kerbel, Roman Ondák and Akram Zaatari.

In 2013 she co-curated the Scottish presentation for the Venice Biennale with an exhibition by Duncan Campbell, Corin Sworn and Hayley Tompkins. Campbell’s presentation for Scotland + Venice went on to win the Turner Prize 2014 and Janice Kerbel’s project with The Common Guild was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2015.

Lux Scotland is an agency which supports and promotes artists’ who work with moving image in Scotland.

She said: "I’m thrilled to be joining LUX Scotland at this important time in the organisation’s life. It is a really exciting moment for artists’ moving image work, particularly here in Scotland, and I look forward to working with the team to provide artists with the support they need to ensure the sector’s continued development."

HILL of Tarvit Mansion House near Cupar in Fife has announced a series of music and theatre events running from July to September.

The National Trust property, formerly home to the Sharp family, stages a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by the acclaimed Three Inch Fools touring company on Sunday, July 14, with music by rising star composer Stephen Hyde.

Leading Scottish harper, Karen Marshalsay plays music from her new album, The Road to Kennacraig, on Friday, August 23, playing all three Scottish harps – gut-strung, wire-strung and the sitar-like baroque bray harp.

Guitarist Kieran McCrossan and flautist Lynn Fraser follow with Spanish, Argentinean and French music on Saturday, September 20.