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National theatre to go stateside
Linda Fabiani & Vicky Featherstone
Culture Minister Linda Fabiani (left) with Vicky Featherstone from NToS.
The National Theatre of Scotland (NToS) is to break new ground by taking two of its highly acclaimed shows to America.

Black Watch and The Wolves in the Walls will go on tour to Los Angeles and New York in the autumn after a 195,000 grant from the Scottish Executive.

The tour will mark the first time shows produced by the NToS have travelled to the United States since it was established in 2006.

The grant is being awarded by the executive's International Touring Fund.

Vicky Featherstone, chief executive of NToS, said the tour would be a chance for the theatre to take the shows to different audiences.

She said: "In order for us to justify our national status it is vital that we create work which as well as communicating to audiences at home, has a universal appeal.

"It is an honour that in our first year, among others, these two pieces have been singled out and are receiving such support from our partners at the Scottish government, the British Council and in the US to make this happen."

Powerful performances

Gregory Burke's Black Watch proved a hit for the theatre company after it appeared at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before going on to tour Scotland.

The popularity of the children's show Wolves in the Walls has ensured it too will embark on a stint in the US with a three week run in both Los Angeles and New York.

Minister for Culture Linda Fabiani said the tour was an opportunity for Scottish theatre to boost its international profile.

She added: "Scotland has world-class artists who deserve to be recognised and that is why I'm delighted that these two powerful performances Black Watch and The Wolves in the Walls will be enjoyed by an international audience.

"These tours of New York and Los Angeles will boost Scotland's international image and attract new audiences to Scottish cultural life."

The National Theatre of Scotland is funded by the Scottish government and is Scotland's first ever National Theatre.

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