Category Archives: What’s on APRIL 2020

WHAT’S ON APRIL: Green Door Theatre bring Sweet Charity to Webster’s

Green Door Theatre, the Glasgow-based performing arts company are thrilled to return to Websters Theatre in 2020 with Fosse’s rarely-performed 60s classic Sweet Charity.

Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer in a Times Square dancehall, and while her friends dream of getting out of that life for good, all Charity really wants is love. She’s headstrong, quirky, flirtatious, genuine, witty, and has disastrous taste in men. When her boyfriend Charlie (whose name is on her tattoo) shoves her into a pond and runs, Charity finds herself on a series of misadventures on the road to loving herself, even if it takes a movie star, a cult leader, a claustrophobe, and her friends to get her there.

Sweet Charity premiered on Broadway in 1966 with Bob Fosse at the helm, and it feels like you’re watching a 60s Manhattan fairytale. The combination of music and choreography is iconic, featuring standout numbers like ‘Hey, Big Spender’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’, and ‘Rich Man’s Frug’. With any luck, you might just leave the theatre with a spring in your step and a tiny glint of optimism in your eye – and what could be more needed these days than a classic slice of musical theatre escapism?

Performances:

April 30th 7.30pm

May 1st 7.30pm

May 2nd 2.30pm

May 2nd 7.30pm

Websters Theatre, 416 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9HZ

Tickets £16.50 (includes £1.50 booking fee)

Box Office: 0141 357 4000

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WHAT’S ON APRIL: Trigger Happy TV Star Live at Eastwood Park Theatre

Writer, broadcaster and comedian Dom Joly, best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV, is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre for his only Scottish date as part of his UK theatre tour.

Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots at the Giffnock theatre on Friday 3 April at 7.30pm.

From North Korea to Chernobyl, Dom has visited some of the most unusual places on the planet – including the Australian bush in the 10th series of hit TV show I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here.  He famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and, armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to serve up a tantalising mix of comedy and a sense of danger.

The best-selling author will also meet Glasgow fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club during his first theatre tour since 2011.

Dom said he’s looking forward to the Eastwood Park Theatre show, adding: “I’ve got this collection of weird holiday snaps. And I know there’s that cliché that ‘nobody wants to see anybody else’s holiday snaps’. Well, my holiday snaps are really good. And I’ve got some really good stories with them.

“The theme is travel. The three things I’ll be showing will be my own holiday snaps, holiday snaps from TV shows and holiday snaps from my books.

“So, for instance, when we did Trigger Happy TV, we went to Switzerland and found out our runner couldn’t ski and then I got arrested for impersonating a yeti.

“There’s a snap of me at Chernobyl, thinking: ‘Should I eat the vegetables here or not?’ So when I put all of them together, I’ve got a seriously great holiday show.”

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps is part of Eastwood Park Theatre’s packed programme of events, which runs from January – June 2020. The Giffnock theatre has over thirty shows featuring live music, top class theatre productions, comedy, dance and kids’ entertainment.

View the full programme and book online today: eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice or call the box office on 0141 577 4956. Tickets for Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps are on sale now, priced £15: https://eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/10329/Holiday-Snaps#booknow

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S THE FROGS IN APRIL

Scottish Opera Young Company brings Stephen Sondheim’s zany and rambunctious musical comedy  The Frogs to Glasgow for two performances this Spring at the Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium, on the 8 and 9 of April. This is the first time the company has taken on a piece from the world of music theatre.
Glasgow’s much-loved writer, director and pantomime dame Johnny McKnight (Last One Out, 2013) directs Sondheim’s rarely performed screwball musical, with Jonathon Swinard, Young Company’s Artistic Director, conducting the young performers, who are aged 17 to 23. The Young Company, which staged Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice in 2019 to great acclaim, is joined by professional musical theatre performers Darren Brownlie and Neil Thomas. Scottish Opera Scenic Artist Neil Haynes provides the set design with costumes by Aileen Sherry.
Adapted by Burt Shevelove from the one act comedy by Aristophanes, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, the composer of Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, The Frogs tells the tale of the Greek God of music and wine, Dionysus. He has had enough, and the political landscape is torturous, with fake news giving him fatigue. The people have stopped believing in beauty and truth, but he is convinced he can change things, embarking on a treacherous journey to the Underworld to bring back George Bernard Shaw from the dead and save civilisation through the power of art. Will he overcome his fear of syncopated singing frogs to reach his final destination? Will William Shakespeare out-poet Shaw? And will Dionysus ever pull off that faux-fur outfit given to him by his step-brother Herakles?
Director Johnny McKnight said: ‘The Frogs is a real treasure amidst the catalogue of the genius that is Stephen Sondheim. The music is deceptively complex and couched within a script that borrows from Comedia dell’arte, traditional music hall and farce. It seeks to entertain through the surreal and mischievous whilst also hiding underneath the narrative something very prescient for our time – when our leaders are failing us and hiding the truth who will speak to and for us? It’s a brilliantly funny book with hilarious lyrics, and I think it will offer not only a great night’s entertainment but a fantastic challenge for our Scottish Opera Young Company to sink their teeth into.’
Scottish Opera Young Company Artistic Director Jonathon Swinard, said: ‘Sondheim’s music for The Frogs is amphibiously ambitious and toad-tappingly catchy – Scottish Opera Young Company’s staging of this sophisticated score is smarter than even the most excessive sibilance can express!’
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 
8 & 9 Apr, 7pm 
Tickets £12/£5 (Under 26s) 
0141 353 8000

NEWS: Swan Lake taking flight in 2020 with Scottish Ballet

Lose yourself in the raw intensity of this sleek and unmissable ballet, returning to Scotland after its sell-out 2016 debut.

Arching backs, spiralling arms and mesmerising patterns: the struggle between purity and seduction pushes our dancers to their physical limits. David Dawson’s daring, visceral choreography is perfectly paired with the rich, romantic Tchaikovsky score, played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Tickets on sale to the general public 10am Tuesday 5 November.

Glasgow Theatre Royal

29 April – 2 May 2020

NEWS: GHOST STORIES – JEREMY DYSON AND ANDY NYMAN’S WORLDWIDE CULT PHENOMENON TO TERRIFY GLASGOW

PROFESSOR GOODMAN TO VISIT THEATRE ROYAL TO CONFIRM THE SUPERNATURAL IS PURELY A TRICK OF THE MIND… OR IS IT? 

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2020

 After exhilarating audiences across the globe with record breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s production of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s supernatural sensation Ghost Stories will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow next year as part of a UK tour.

More spine-tingling and terrifying than ever, the Olivier Award-nominated show opens on Tuesday 7 April for 7 performances until Saturday 11 April.

There’s something dark lurking in the theatre. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest Ghost  fears and most disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror, a supernatural edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other. 

Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending. 

Ghost Stories

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 7 – Sat 11 Apr 2020

Tue – Thu, 8pm

Fri: 6pm & 8.30pm

Sat: 3pm & 8pm

0844 871 7647*calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access rate

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

 

NEWS: Mamma Mia! Returns To Glasgow

THE WORLDWIDE SMASH HIT MUSICAL MAMMA MIA!  RETURNS TO THE KING’S THEATRE FROM

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2020

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! returns to the King’s Theatre, Glasgow for a two week run from Tuesday 7 until Saturday 25 April as part of a UK & International Tour celebrating 20 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999.

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll.

To date, it has been seen by over 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages.  In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.  MAMMA MIA! became the 8th longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years. MAMMA MIA! continues to thrill audiences in London’s West End at the Novello Theatre where it will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on 6 April 2019.

Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest grossing live action musical film of all time upon its release in 2008.  A second film, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel of all time.

Judy Craymer, Creator and Producer of MAMMA MIA!, said: “We’re so happy to announce that MAMMA MIA! will be returning to Glasgow as part of the 20th year celebrations since the musical first opened in London’s West End. It is a truly special year, and we can’t wait to reunite the Glasgow audiences with the feel-good story and irresistible music of ABBA.”

James Haworth, Theatre Director at the King’s, said: “What a treat it is to welcome back MAMMA MIA!  to Glasgow. Our audience absolutely loved this show when it played for four weeks in December 2017 and I’m sure they’ll love it even more this time round.”

LISTINGS

MAMMA MIA!

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 7 – Sat 25 Apr 2020

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 871 7648*

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