Category Archives: What’s on AUGUST 2019

WHAT’S ON AUGUST – Brand new production of Grease at the King’s this month

After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back. Grittier and more glamorous than ever before, this brand-new production is direct from a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Leicester Curve.

With its phenomenal score, bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, this thrilling new version is brought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic.

Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster – reignite your passion and get ready for an explosion of summer loving.

So round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the one that you want this term!

Ore Oduba will play Teen Angel at the King’s Theatre.

Making up the rest of the cast will be: Dan Partridge as Danny, Martha Kirby as Sandy, Louis Gaunt as Kenickie and Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky as Rizzo.

Further cast includes Jordan Abey as Doody, Ryan Anderson as Roger, Damian Buhagiar as Sonny, Eloise Davies as Frenchy, Natalie Woods as Jan, Tara Sweeting as Marty, Dale White as Eugene, Jessica Croll as Patty Simcox, Corinna Powlesland as Miss Lynch, Abigail Climer as Cha Cha, Darren Bennett as Vince Fontaine and Will Haswell as Johnny Casino. Thea Bunting as Cynthia, Emily Beth Harrington as Carly, Jonathan Hermosa Lopez as Bobby, Dom Hutcheson as Mickey, Ruby May Martinwood as Sofia and Lindsay McAllister as Donna Sue.

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

 

Tue 27 Aug – Sat 31 Aug 2019

WHAT’S ON AUGUST – 50th Anniversary of Hair in Glasgow

The exuberant 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical Hair bursts in full psychedelic glory, direct from a sell-out London run.

Welcome to the ‘Age of Aquarius’. It’s 1967 and Hair’s hippie ‘tribe’ youngsters in the East Village of New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the Vietnam War.

Starring Dancing on Ice Winner Jake Quickenden, Daisy Wood-Davis (Hollyoaks/ Dreamboats & Petticoats) and Marcus Collins (X-Factor Finalist/ Kinky Boots).

Adored for its Grammy award-winning score featuring iconic hits such as Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, I Got Life and Good Morning Starshine, experience the intoxicating power of Hair and celebrate its affirmation of life, freedom and equality.

Come join the tribe and relive the summer of love!

Important Show Information – Please Read Before Booking

The show includes the following elements that may cause offence or trigger certain audience members:

– Full frontal nudity

– Strobe lighting (not suitable for audience members with seizure conditions)

– Strong language and racial slurs throughout

– References to drugs

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

 

Wed 07 Aug 2019 – Sat 10 Aug 2019
2 hours 30 minutes incl. interval
Wed – Sat at 19:30
Thurs and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 14+

WHAT’S ON AUGUST – Duncan James is Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at The King’s

The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank n Furter.

Duncan James steps into Frank N Furter’s platform sandals, he is joined by musical theatre star and Strictly Come Dancing winner Joanne Clifton as Janet, James Darch as Brad Majors and the incomparable Kristian Lavercombe, in his record-breaking turn as Riff Raff.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, this thrilling show bursts at the seams with timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Damn It Janet and, of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp.

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

 

Mon 12 Aug – Sat 17 Aug 2019
297 Bath St, Glasgow G2, UK
2 hours incl. interval
Mon – Thurs at 20:00
Fri and Sat at 17:30 and 20:30
Age guidance 12+ Please note, this show contains scenes of an adult nature

NEWS: Scotland’s Best Drag Queen Reba Martell has arrived in Edinburgh for the Fringe

Reba Martell presents:
REBA MARTELL: SALT ’N’ SAUCE!
She’ll batter your haggis and tickle your pickle!The winner of Scotland’s Best Drag Queen has arrived in Edinburgh and she’s ready to serve up a storm. Reba Martell has left behind the streets of Glasgow to dish out some deep-fried fierceness to the Fringe this August.

Since being snubbed by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Reba has toured the country with shows in every major city and has been seen snatching crowns on Mother Tuckers: Drag Queens of Glasgow for BBC Scotland. The Glaswegian Glamazon is known throughout Scotland for her sensational live singing and wry patter.
Don’t fritter your Fringe away… indulge in the revelations of a RuPaul reject with a hefty portion of saucy stories and camp carry on.
Listings information:
Reba Martell: Salt’n’Sauce!
Planet Bar
18:00 (1 hour)
Aug 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25
Follow Reba on Twitter @rebamartell, Instagram @therealrebamartell or find her on Facebook (Reba Martell).

WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2019 – You’re My World: A Celebration of Cilla Black and The Beatles

You’re My World

A Celebration of Cilla Black and The Beatles

This fun-packed show celebrates the forefront of the Brit-pop music scene of the 1960s, recreating the atmosphere of the original Cavern Club and then moving on to the glamour of performing to royalty at the London Palladium. Sing along and clap your hands to all of Cilla’s and The Beatles hits of the 1960s, including Love of The Loved, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Anyone Who Had a Heart, All My Loving, It’s for You, Help, Alfie, She Loves You, Step Inside Love, Twist and Shout, You’re My World-Plus many more!

Available to book online or by calling East Kilbride Arts Centre on 01355 261000.

Date: 16 Aug 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £17.00 / £14.00

Venue: Village Theatre East Kilbride

NEWS: DANNY MAC TO STAR IN AMÉLIE THIS AUGUST IN GLASGOW

Amélie the Musical  – KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW

MONDAY 19 – SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019

West End performer, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and television actor Danny Mac will star in of Amélie the Musical during the show’s run in Glasgow this summer.

Based on the much-loved, five-time Oscar®-nominated film Amélie the Musical runs at the King‘s Theatre from Monday 19 until Saturday 24 August as part of a UK tour.

Danny Mac joins the previously announced French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain, to play the sweet daydreamer Nino Quincampoix.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in…

 Danny Mac captured the nation’s hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) in 2016, with a series of perfect scores taking him to the final. Having begun his performing career at an early age in Cameron Mackintosh’s tour of Les Miserables, he reprised the role a year later in the West End. His other theatre credits include Wicked (West End), Legally Blonde (Curve Theatre), On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), White Christmas (Leicester Curve) and his award-winning turn in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour).

 

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA’S FOX-TOT! HAS WORLD PREMIERE AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE THIS AUGUST

Fox-tot!, a new opera for children aged 12 to 24 months, has its world premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

This Scottish Opera co-commission with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, is composed by former Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Lliam Paterson. Last year, his acclaimed ‘opera for babies’, BambinO, had sell-out performances at the Fringe, in Paris and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Fox-tot!  will be performed at Edinburgh Academy from 2 to16 August. It then goes to Royal & Derngate, Northampton, from 27 August to 1 September, and tours around Scotland in Spring 2020.

Directed by Roxana Haines (Edgar 2018) and designed by Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017), the 45-minute show for toddlers is an engaging mix of music and puppetry, performed by mezzo-soprano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Katie Grosset (The Opera Factory 2018), and countertenor Daniel Keating-Roberts (The 8th Door 2017). They are joined by cellist Laura Sergeant and percussionist Michael D Clark, who both performed in BambinO.

Sung in English, Lliam’s new work takes inspiration from French baroque dances and contemporary opera. It tells the story of a little fox sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures, including a cat, a butterfly and a frog. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

Scottish Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, Jane Davidson, said: ‘Fox-tot! is Scottish Opera’s most recent foray into creating opera for children.

‘Building on their BambinO experiences, our babies are now toddlers; discovering a delicately coloured sound world rooted in French baroque, complete with a trio of creatures ready to flit, paddle and scamper through the forest with them.

‘Through the music and narrative, Fox-tot! aims to stimulate the little ones’ physical and intellectual curiosity in their surroundings as well as instilling the beginnings of empathy, a critical skill which is arguably the most defining of all human qualities.’

Director Roxana Haines said ‘You are invited to join Fox on a journey of transformation, play, and discovery. In this magical world, who Fox will be is up to Fox, and Mother Vixen’s unconditional love is there no matter what. ‘

Composer Lliam Paterson, continued: ‘A little fox sets out on a magical journey, guided by Mother Vixen. Fox-tot! follows our furry hero on an operatic quest, tailor-made for miniature audiences and their carers! ‘

Fox-tot! is supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels & New Commissions Circle. This project is also part of a Royal & Derngate-led consortium inspiring and supporting the creation of new musicals and operas.

Creative Team

 

Composer                   Lliam Paterson

Director                       Roxana Haines

Designers                    Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli

Puppet designers        Mervyn Millar for Significant Object

 

Cast

 

Mezzo-soprano           Katie Grosset

Countertenor               Daniel Keating-Roberts

Cello                            Laura Sergeant

Percussion                  Michael D Clark

 

Performance Diary

 

Edinburgh Academy

Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2 to 16 Aug (excl. Mondays)

10am & 11.30am

Tickets on sale now from https://tickets.edfringe.com

 

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

27 Aug, 2pm

28 Aug to 1 Sep, 11am & 2pm

 

Spring 2020

Touring Scotland (more information coming soon)

NEWS: CASTING REVEALED FOR UK PREMIERE OF AMÉLIE

French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is confirmed to play the iconic altruist Amélie Poulain in the UK’s first musical adaptation of the much-loved, five-time Oscar®-nominated film during its run at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

Telling the story of the imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, Amélie The Musical will be performed from Monday 19 until Saturday 24 August as part of a UK tour.

Audrey Brisson said: “Bonjour, je m’appelle Audrey Brisson et c’est avec un immense plaisir que je m’apprête à jouer le rôle d’Amelie Poulain. That is to say, I am really looking forward to sharing this journey filled with imagination and quirkiness that Amélie will concoct for us. Until then, à bientôt. (Have a raspberry on me!)”

Audrey Brisson’s theatre credits include: The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), Midnight’s Pumpkin and The Wild Bride (Kneehigh), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Songs (Kneehigh), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), The Strada (UK Tour & The Other Palace). Her film credits include: Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood and W.E. directed by Madonna. Television includes: Outlander (Amazon), Money (BBC Two). Radio includes the title role in Amy Dorrit (BBC Radio).

Audrey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She also studied Classical Singing at Cegep St-Laurent, Canada. As a child and teenager, Audrey worked extensively with Cirque Du Soleil as a vocalist and acrobat. She performed in their international tours of Reinvente, Quidamand and the Cirque Du Soleil 30th Anniversary Concert.

Further casting is to be announced.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in…

With music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar®-nominated film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, will be directed by Michael Fentiman.

The original film, Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain, was released in 2001, starring Audrey Tautou and Matthieu Kassovitz. Taking over $33 million in a limited theatrical release, it is to date the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a French film. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four César Awards in 2002 (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including best foreign language film.

Amélie The Musical was first staged in California in 2015 and was described as an ‘enchanting act of theatrical reinvention’ (The Los Angeles Times).