Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER



Tuesday 18 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019
Lomond Auditorium, SEC, Glasgow

 SEC Glasgow has announced the arrival of family musical – Mr Popper’s Penguins, which will open at the Lomond Auditorium for a Christmas season from the 18 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, predictable people. But when a package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! This hit musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) features a remarkable family of penguin puppets and original songs like “Chills 4 U” and “Poles Apart” in a fun and fast-paced 55 minutes.

With original music & lyrics, and lots of laughs this production is brought to you by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment whose productions include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and What the Ladybird Heard.

The cast includes Richard Holt (Mr. Popper), Monica Nash (Mrs. Popper), Susanna Jennings (Greta/Admiral Drake), Christopher Finn (Captain Cook/Mr. Greenbaum) and Oliver Byng (Understudy/ASM).

Directed by Emma Earle, designed by Zoe Squire with puppetry design by Nick Barnes, co-founder of Blind Summit, Mr Popper’s Penguins features lyrics by Richy Hughes and music by Luke Bateman (Stiles and Drewe Prize winners, 2015). Lighting design is by Ric Mountjoy and sound design is by Jason Barnes.

Tickets on sale now priced  £14.25 (including admin fee) available from or 0844 395 4000

NEWS: Theatre Royal announces The Bodyguard as this year’s Christmas show

Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, have announced that the international smash hit musical, THE BODYGUARD will open its UK tour at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this Christmas.

The show will run from Monday 3 December until Saturday 29 December giving audiences plenty of time to catch the sensational production as it hits all the right notes during the festive season.

The Bodyguard’s month-long run at Theatre Royal follows the success of previous festive seasons including  2015’s Jersey Boys 2016’s The Commitments and last year’s Mamma Mia!

James Haworth, Theatre Director at Theatre Royal, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that the Christmas show at Theatre Royal this year will be The Bodyguard.  It’s an emotionally charged thriller that our audience will just love.

“Shows like The Bodyguard have become a staple in our festive programme and a visit to Theatre Royal at Christmas is becoming a tradition for many.

“If this production goes down as well as Jersey Boys, The Commitments and Mamma Mia!, our audience will be in for a very merry 2018.”

THE BODYGUARD is Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The original stage adaptation, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning (Birdman) Alex Dinelaris, had its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in 2012 and was nominated for four Olivier Awards.

A sell-out 18 month UK and Ireland tour followed, before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre. THE BODYGUARD has also played in the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Australia and China and can currently be seen in Stuttgart, Madrid and on tour throughout France and the United States.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.






WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Scottish Youth Theatre Announce 2017 festive production

After last years record-breaking festive show Starlight Starbright, Scottish Youth Theatre have announced their 2017 performance – Tommy and the Snowbird.

The story begins with Tommy, who is stuck at home with the chicken pox! His only companion is the snowbird he built in the garden before he got sick. If only the snowbird was real so Tommy could have a friend to play with!

But that could never happen…or could it? After all Christmas is the time when wishes can come true!

The show will be directed by Scottish Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mary McCluskey who states

“As the show is aimed at an early years audience, it’s not your sit down and sit still show. It will be interactive with the children joining in and engaging with the performers throughout”.

Tommy and the Snowbird will feature songs, theatre and plenty of festive magic, so bring your little ones to Scottish Youth Theatre this December and join Tommy and his Snowbird on their magical adventure.

Tommy and the Snowbird is performed at Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF

Directed by Mary McCluskey

Performances run on selected days and times 2 – 30 December and ticket prices start at £6

More information and booking at or call 0141 552 4267


NEWS: From New York to New Street for Paisley Arts Centre panto star

Actor Chris Alexander is swapping New York for New Street, in Paisley to take the role of the Dame in this year’s PACE panto, Snow White.

Scots-born Chris performed in New York as part of Ramesh Meyyappan’s production of Butterfly, which was part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival, at the 59E59 Theatre, in Manhattan, last year and earlier this year, Chris was back in the USA with the same production – an adaptation of Madame Butterfly – staged in Millersville, Pennsylvania.

But the Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street will be Chris’s stage from November 25 until December 30 when he stars in the pantomime Snow White.

Chloe Lupton

Dani Heron

Also appearing in the panto, written and directed by Ross Stenhouse are actors Chloe Lupton as Snow White; Dani Heron as the Evil Queen; Danny Holmes as The Prince and Nathan Byrne, taking the comic lead. And of course, there will also be 100 local youngsters who are members of PACE, taking part in the hilarious adaptation of the traditional panto.

Danny Holmes

Nathan Byrne

Tickets only recently went on sale and already more than half the seats have been snapped up.

The show is produced by PACE panto stalwart, Alan Orr who also takes on the role of musical director. Alan said: “Everyone at PACE is working their socks off to make this the biggest and best panto we’ve ever done. We’ll be performing a magical, fun-filled family show with laughter every step of the way and loads of audience participation.
Our Dame, Chris Alexander is a very experienced actor and is a really funny guy. He’s got natural comic timing and has experience performing in pantomime many times before.”

Tickets, priced from £9.50p are available from the Arts Centre Box Office, by logging on to <> or by calling 0300 300 1210.