Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER 2019

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Lying King at The Shed

In the jungle, the quiet jungle…a Lying King sleeps tonight! There’s a rumble in the jungle as Scarf’s roar as The Lying King is under threat of being silenced forever! The young upstart Cub Scout Prince Sumba Dee tries to get his Paws on the Palace…But Sumba Dee is Nae Ba Dee without Santa’s helpers! The People’s Palace needs their help!

But Dame Nanny-Nellie Phant never forgets a face (or the two faced) and rounds up a team to help get the Prince to The People’s Palace…Scarf, The Lying King plans to send everyone to Prospecthill Circus and close The People’s Palace down forever and turn it into his own jungle!

Oh no he Disnae!

With a roar of jungle jingles and a herd of laughter lines, The Lying King is a Disnae Classic!

For dates and tickets see below:

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Jack & the Beanstalk at Beacon Arts Centre Greenock

Poor Dame Trot and her son Jack hardly have a bean to their name, and to make things worse the village is being terrorised by a wicked giant. Can Jack defeat the giant, win the heart of his one true love and solve his economic woes?

The show stars Still Game’s Jane McCarry as Queen Grizelda, Mark Cox as Fleshcreep, River City’s Jimmy Chisholm as Dame Trot and the hilarious Lee Samuel as Simon. The quartet return by popular demand having proved a huge success in the Beacon panto over the last few years.

Once again the Beacon Arts Centre will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances and bags of slapstick fun!

6 – 31 December 2019

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock


WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Sleeping Beauty at Eastwood Park

Runway Theatre Company present Sleeping Beauty

Monday 02 – Saturday 07 December
7.30pm each evening
Sat matinees, 11am & 3pm

Don’t get caught napping this Christmas when Runway’s dreamy panto Sleeping Beauty comes to town.

When Princess Beauty pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she’s cursed to fall asleep for 100 years, unless she’s kissed by her one true love. Enter a dashing Prince, along with Nurse Teeny Tiddlewinks and Yo-Yo the Jester, who embark on a brave adventure to save the Princess from her terrible fate. But with the wicked Fairy Carabosse determined to ruin their plans, will our trusty trio be triumphant or is the Princess doomed to a century of snoozing?


  • £14 – £17

Tickets also available from 07801 048527

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Waiting For Gabriel at EK Arts Centre

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Running Late Theatre Company present
Waiting for Gabriel

Monday 23 December 2019 / 3.00pm & 8.00pm
Tuesday 24 December 2019 / 1.00pm

It’s Christmas Eve and a group of strangers who were once friends wait for Gabriel. A vacancy has opened up so if they want that promotion, they’ll have to impress him. They’ve each been waiting 2000 years, have plenty of work experience and the right skills for the job so they really shouldn’t let a little friendly rivalry distract them before he arrives.

From the angels who brought you A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play and It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play, Running Late Theatre Company present Waiting for Gabriel, an original heavenly comedy.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the performance.

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Jackie and the Baked Bean Stock in East Kilbride and Lanark.

Lanark Memorial Hall and East Kilbride Village Theatre

Insideout Theatre Productions Ltd Proudly Presents:

Jackie and the Baked Bean Stock
By Paul Harper-Swan

Lanark Memorial Hall

School Performances:
Friday 6 & Monday 9 December / 10.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 10 December / 9.30am and 12.30pm
Wednesday 11 December / 10am

Public Shows:
Saturday 7 December / 1.00pm & 5.00pm
Sunday 8 December / 2.30pm **

** This will be a BSL Interpreted Performance. For information please visit;

East Kilbride Village Theatre

School Performances:
Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 December 2019 / 10.00am and 1.00pm

Public Shows:

Thursday 19 December 2019 / 7.00pm **
Friday 20 December 2019 / 2.30pm and 7.00pm
Saturday 21 December 2019 / 2.30pm and 7.00pm
Sunday 22 December 2019 / 2.30pm and 7.00pm
Monday 23 December 2019 / 2.30pm and 7.00pm
Tuesday 24 December 2019 / 2.30pm
Friday 27 December 2019 / 2.30pm
Saturday 28 December 2019 / 2.30pm
Sunday 29 December 2019 / 2.30pm

** This will be a BSL Interpreted Performance. For information please visit;

Tickets: £12.00 / £10.50 concession / £40.00 family ticket of four / £8.50 Group ticket 20+ / £5.50 Schools

A GIANT of Family Pantomime with all the banter, bouncing beats and a first class professional cast.

Fee, Fie , Fo Fum…We smell the blood of a strong Scots woman!

Starring Pamela Byrne (River City), Sarah Galbraith (Phantom of the Opera, Broadway), Mark Lomond, Andrew Grayson, Alex Kirby.
Join Jackie and her pals, Joe the Joker and Janey along with her hilarious Mammy Lola on a Panto adventure not to be missed this Christmas.
Will Jackie and the gang defeat evil Endora? Will they make it out of the Giants castle alive?
Only one way to find out! Book now for this year’s hilarious Scottish twist on the classic tale.
Full of banter, fun, song and dance.

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Cinderella at East Kilbride Arts Centre

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Studio 32 and East Kilbride Arts Centre present

Wednesday 4 December – Sunday 8 December 2019
Wednesday 11 December – Sunday 15 December 2019
Wednesday 18 December – Sunday 22 December 2019

Wednesday to Friday – 7.30pm
Saturday – 11.30am, 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday – 11.30am and 3.00pm

Tickets from as little as £8.00 up to £12.00

A Royal ball.  A handsome prince. A glass slipper.  The best friend a girl could wish for. And two very ugly sisters. Cinderella has it all, following the inspiring rags to riches tale of our kind and beautiful heroine Cinders.

Studio 32 return to the Arts Centre with the fairy godmother of all pantomimes, packed full of action, comedy, romance and songs you’ll be humming all the way home.  Come join us to witness Cinderella’s magical transformation from pauper to princess.  Boo as her wicked stepmother attempts to thwart the path of true love.  And cheer as Buttons saves the day!

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Aladdin at the Town House Hamilton & Rutherglen Town Hall


Hitch a lift on our magic carpet and fly off to Old Peking for a roller coaster ride of thrills and spills that takes us all the way from China to the Egyptian pyramids…via Hamilton and Rutherglen!

Can true love really blossom between Aladdin, a poor and penniless street urchin, and the Royal Princess Jasmine?

Will Widow Twankey be able to keep her ailing, failing laundry from going bust, or will she manage to get aff with the Emperor of China and marry into panto royalty?

Can Aladdin stop the evil sorcerer, Abanazar, getting his hands on the lamp, and taking over the world, the galaxy, the universe, and South Lanarkshire?

To find out the answers to all these questions and many more, come and join us for our MAGICAL FAMILY PANTO!

30 November to 8 December 2019
The Town House, Hamilton

Sat 30 Nov    1pm
Sun 1 Dec     1pm
Mon 2 Dec     10am / 1pm SCHOOLS ONLY
Tue 3 Dec 10am / 1pm SCHOOLS ONLY
Wed 4 Dec   no performance
Thu 5 Dec 7.30pm
Fri 6 Dec 7.30pm
Sat 7 Dec 1pm / 5.30pm **
Sun 8 Dec 1pm / 5.30pm

** This will be a BSL Interpreted Performance.  For information please visit;

Tickets:  Adults £15.50
Concession £13.50
Groups (20+) £9.00
Schools: £6.00
Family Ticket of 4: £47.00

11 to 23 December 2019
Rutherglen Town Hall

Wed 11 Dec 9.45am / 1pm SCHOOLS ONLY
Thu 12 Dec   9.45am / 1pm SCHOOLS ONLY
Fri 13 Dec 7pm
Sat 14 Dec 1.30pm / 7pm
Sun 15 Dec 1.30pm / 7pm
Mon 16 Dec no performance
Tue 17 Dec 7pm
Wed 18 Dec 7pm **
Thu 19 Dec 7pm
Fri 20 Dec 1.30pm / 7pm
Sat 21 Dec 1.30pm / 7pm
Sun 22 Dec 1.30pm / 7pm
Mon 23 Dec 1.30pm / 7pm

** This will be a BSL Interpreted Performance.  For information please visit;

Tickets:  Adults £13.50
Concession £12.00
Groups (20+) £9.00
Schools: £6.00
Family Ticket of 4: £45.00

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio

Following the success of last year’s production Cinderella, The Pavilion have decided to take the team on another Panto adventure.

The production team have said: “It has been one of our favourites over the years and we think that we are the only theatre in the country to produce The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio. As always, we base our Pantomime on the original story but have that Glasgow twist in true Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is Good Clean Family Entertainment.”

It is sure to be a Sing-A-Long, Join In Adventure with an all star cast, a brand new script, stunning scenery, sensational costumes and magical special effects that they have become known for.

There are Generous Discounts and Concessions available at all performances.

28 Nov 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

More info here:

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Winterfest at Eastwood Park

Winterfest 2019 is approaching fast, and Eastwood Park Theatre have a great range of activities and events to get you into the festive mood.

From arts and crafts, exhibitions, Winter film screenings, and our extra special Cinderella Panto, there is plenty to get involved in.


This year the Panto will be extra special. They will be bringing the truly magical story of Cinderella to life and are excited to welcome Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts (GAMTA) to the stage.

GAMTA is home to many stars in the making and has a long history of producing successful pantomimes, so audiences are in for a treat. Don’t miss this magical adventure that promises to be a show-stopping, all singing, all dancing panto!

Cinderella is running from Wed 11 Dec – Mon 30 Dec 2019. To book your tickets, visit Eastwood Park Theatre Box Office Website or call 0141 577 4956.

Art Activities

In line with the Christmas Panto, there are some exciting art activities to take part in.

Cinderella Crafts (6 – 10 years)

Extend the fun of your weekend – come along and make your own Cinderella themed craft before you enjoy the magic of the Pantomime in Eastwood Park Theatre. All materials are included in the cost of this session.

Sat 14 Dec | 12.30 – 1.30pm, | Eastwood Park Theatre Art Room | £7

Get your tickets here!

Cinderella Family Crafts (3 – 5 years)

Extend the fun of your weekend – go along and make your own Cinderella themed craft before you enjoy the pantomime. All materials are included in the cost of this session. Adults join in the class with kids – we provide all the materials and tidy up all the mess too.

Suitable for 3 – 5 years with accompanying adult. Adults do not need to purchase a ticket but all children attending are required to have one

Sun 15 Dec | 11.30 – 12.30pm | Carmichael Hall | £7

Get your tickets here!

Elf Academy

Back by popular demand, ERCL’s Elf Academy returns! Kids will enjoy a series of creative and fun acivities in this jam-packed session! Make a Christmas craft, play some games, join in with a wintery tale and enjoy a festive film before graduating from the Elf Academy with your very own Elf ears!

Festive outfits are encouraged but please make sure you don’t mind if they get messy. Those attending may also bring a nut-free snack and drink with them to keep them fuelled for all the activities!

Be sure to book quick – spaces on our Elf Academy sessions go faster than Santa’s sleigh! Tickets £20.

Various dates available from Sat 14 Dec – Mon 23 Dec. Get your tickets here!


The gallery space will be displaying entries for the Cinderella colouring competition. Local schools attending the Cinderella Pantomime at Eastwood Park Theatre have been given special colouring sheets to complete before going along to the show. The entries will be displayed, including the three winners and runners-up from P1-2, P3-5 and P6-7.

Wed 11 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Ali the Magic Elf at the Tron

This Christmas, Tron Theatre Company is presenting a brand-new Tron festive classic, Ali the Magic Elf.

Ideal for little ones aged 3-6 years and their adults, the show is conceived and directed by Tron Theatre’s Artistic Director Andy Arnold (who has recently returned from directing The Selfish Giant for Beijing Children’s Theatre Company) for the studio space. Designer Jenny Booth is set to transform our Changing House into a cosy North Pole workshop where Ali the Magic Elf (played by Ramesh Meyyappan) is busy working away in Santa’s workshop.

It’s Christmas eve but everything is going wrong and the elves are panicking- none of the children’s letters have been answered! What is an elf to do! Suddenly with the jingle of bells and the swoosh of a sleigh- magic is in the air! But Ali and his friends (played by Simon Donaldson & Pride & Prejudice* *sort of’s Christina Gordon) may need a bit of help! 

Featuring costume design by Vicki Brown and with a live score played by actor/musicians Simon and Christina, Ali the Magic Elf uses the wonderful physicality and comic timing of three professional actors to great effect and is an unforgettable visual experience for little ones who might still be too young for the Tron’s main house panto.

Ali the Magic Elf is 50 minutes of charming storytelling which incorporates Meyyappan’s playful magic tricks, engaging basic BSL audience interaction and live music throughout in a perfect Christmas treat for little ones.



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