Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

NEWS: ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE

Eastwood Park Theatre is rounding off its 45th anniversary celebrations with an original Christmas show penned by the writer of many successful festive shows for the Citizen Theatre and produced by Showroom, one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies.

Tickets are on sale now for Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer, brought by four renowned Scottish theatre talents – written and composed by Andy McGregor, directed by Julie Brown, designed by Claire Halleran and produced by Callum Smith of Showroom.

This unique Christmas show is a twist on the traditional tale, centring on Jack McJack, who is now living a life of fame, fortune and fanciness. He owns Giffnock’s most successful supermarket and everything is going his way – until the trickster of a farmer who gave him his magic beans returns and demands his share of the profits. In the hilarious new tale he recalls the story of his heroic trip to the top of the beanstalk, before facing the farmer in an epic showdown.

The show will take centre stage at Eastwood Park Theatre from 11-30 December, with dedicated British Sign Language Interpreted (21st December, 7.30pm) and “relaxed” (15thDecember, 1pm) performances for audience members with Additional Support Needs.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “We’re delighted to attract a quartet of Scottish theatre talent to Eastwood Park Theatre. Our Christmas show is full of fun, with lots of laughs and plenty of local references to keep all the family entertained.”

Producer Callum Smith, originally from Clarkston, a theatre producer who has worked for a variety of the UK’s leading theatres said: “This is a Christmas show for all ages – a magical, wacky and hilarious twist on a traditional pantomime, personalised for Eastwood Park Theatre starring top Scottish acting talent, who will be announced soon…”

Tickets are priced at just £11 standard, £8 for concessions and a family of four can catch the show for £35. The show also qualifies for the group discount – buy ten tickets and one person can go free.

Book now:  https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9742/Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-II

NEWS: Top Scottish Talent Announced for Eastwood Park Theatre’s Original Christmas Show

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced the cast line up for its original Christmas show, Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer, featuring top Scottish talent including a local Netflix star and CBeebies favourite.

The role of Jack will be taken on by Scottish actor Joshua Aitken, a recent Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts graduate, whose previous credits include National Theatre Scotland’s Submarine Time Machine.

The role of Rosie will be played by East Renfrewshire’s Kim Allan, who stars as Isabella MacDuff in the forthcoming highly anticipated Netflix film, Robert the Bruce action drama The Outlaw King, which will be available next month. She has also appeared in BBC drama The Replacement and Channel 4 and Netflix series Lovesick. Kim’s parents met on the stage while performing in amateur dramatic productions at Eastwood Park Theatre, so she is sure to feel at home when taking on her new role.

Scottish actor Ross Mann, who has a string of theatre, television and film credits to his name including TV series Outlander and forthcoming Ken Loach film Beats, I Am the Architect and Not a Word, will take on the role of Jack’s nemesis The Farmer.

River City’s Sarah McCardie, otherwise known as ‘Sharon McLaren’, will be taking on two roles – the evil Witch and Jack’s Mother. Sarah recently appeared in STV’s The Victim and is known to young children as the presenter ‘May’ of the CBeebies programme Big City Park, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Children’s Programme.

The unique Christmas show is brought by four renowned Scottish theatre talents – written and composed by Andy McGregor, directed by Julie Brown, designed by Claire Halleran and produced by Clarkston’s Callum Smith of Showroom, one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re delighted to welcome some of Scotland’s best acting talent to our original Christmas show, which has been penned by the writer of many successful festive shows for the Citizen’s Theatre and produced by Showroom, one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies. Tickets are already selling fast so STALK up while you can!”

A hilarious twist on a traditional Christmas show, Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer follows Jack McJack, who is now living a life of fame, fortune and fanciness. He owns Giffnock’s most successful supermarket and everything is going his way – until the trickster of a farmer who gave him his magic beans returns and demands his share of the profits. In the hilarious new tale he recalls the story of his heroic trip to the top of the beanstalk, before facing the farmer in an epic showdown.

Playing at Eastwood Park Theatre from 11-30 December, there will be a dedicated British Sign Language Interpreted (21st December, 7.30pm) and ‘relaxed’ (15th December, 1pm) performances for audience members with Additional Support Needs.

Tickets are priced at just £11 standard, £8 for concessions and a family of four can catch the show for £35. The show also qualifies for the group discount – buy ten tickets and one person can go free.

Book now:  https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9742/Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-II

 

FESTIVE FUN: FAIRY CONTRARY ARRIVES AT MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE THIS CHRISTMAS

There’s a Sleepin’ Cutie arriving at Macrobert Arts Centre this Christmas when another panto extravaganza from the pen of Johnny McKnight comes to life on stage. Macrobert’s Artistic Director Julie Ellen is taking the helm, directing a top cast packed with our much loved Stirling regulars to entertain you. The festive fun opens on Fri 23 November and runs until Mon 31 December.

This year’s Dame duties are delivered by Keith Mcleish, who’s making his first Macrobert Panto appearance. Robert Jack, Helen McAlpine and Katie Barnett are back for another year, with the return of Kara Swinney and Gavin Wright. Chloe Edwards and Shane Convery are also welcomed aboard this year, with a host of other characters being played by our hugely talented local Young Cast.

Working with Julie to summon up some dazzling entertainment are the team behind last year’s acclaimed production of Chick Whittington – Johnny McKnight (Writer), Grant Anderson (Lighting Designer), Alan Penman (Musical Director / Composer / Arranger), Karen Martin (Choreographer) and Alison Brown (Costume Design), with the 2018 Stirling Stella set designed by Richard Evans.

Preview performances of Sleepin’ Cutie begin on Wednesday 21 November, with opening night on Friday 23 November at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £9.50 to £19.50 are selling fast with a number of performances, including Christmas Eve, already sold out. For more information and to book tickets call the Macrobert Arts Centre Box Office on 01786 466 666 or visit www.macrobertartscentre.org.

 

NEWS: PANTO KING JOHNNY McKNIGHT RETURNS FOR MAMMY GOOSE AT THE TRON

It’s almost panto time at the Tron Theatre and they have announced that their 2018 pantomime MAMMY GOOSE (27 Nov ’18 – 6 Jan ’19) is once again written by, directed by and starring the undisputed king of panto Johnny McKnight. sponsors.

Johnny McKnight is sure to dazzle and delight as Mammy Goose, a hard-working café owner who has always had big dreams of glittering Hollyrood parties and hob-knobbing with the Scottish elite like The Krankies and Sean Batty. As for her son Jack, well, he’s in love and is considering leaving the family business! Even though her dreams have gone down the pan (the frying pan) and her life is less Debbie McGhee and more McGhee’s the Bakers, at least she can rely on her best friend Lucy who just happens to be a 6ft talking goose.

When a mysterious stranger makes her an offer- the chance to be young again, Mammy Goose has the opportunity to start her life over. But, there’s a catch. In order to be granted her wish she must trade in her beloved goose! Will Mammy Goose choose eternal youth over friendship and love (seems to have worked out okay for Kim Kardashian, hasn’t it)? Will Jack and his new pal Will dare to climb that hill together and see what’s up there? Will Lucy the Goosey taste better with BBQ or plum sauce?  There’s only one way to find out in this year’s rip-rollicking panto MAMMY GOOSE.

MAMMY GOOSE is designed by Kenny Miller, with original tunes by Musical Director Ross Brown. Festive favourites Darren Brownlie, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Ryan Ferrie and Lauren Ellis Steele are back and will be joined some new faces including Duncan Brown and Lorna McMillan for yet another unmissable all-singing, all-dancing, irreverent, gallus, festive extravaganza.

Venue:          Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB             
Dates:          Tues 27 Nov – Sun 6 Jan, times vary
Tickets:                £9 – £23 (prices vary)
Box Office:     0141 552 4267 or http://www.tron.co.uk

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Scottish Youth Theatre announce their Festive Show for 2018

‘Sno Snow! is a fun, festive show with an environmental message for early years children.

The September weekend has been and gone and the countdown to the festive season has officially started.Scottish Youth Theatre has something very special in store for very young children – a winter show with a topical storyline which will keep wee ones educated and entertained. ‘Sno Snow! tackles the subject of global warming and the erratic weather we have all become accustomed to these days.

The show’s main character CJ lives in the Highlands… one of the best places to live in the world!

There’s lots of cool places to play and hills for running up and down and up and down. And in December, when there is snow, it is even better!

But this December is different…and not in a good way. Why? Because it hasn’t snowed!

How is CJ going to ski or sledge or build snowmen when there’s no snow?

Creative Producer, Mahri Reilly explains why SYT chose this storyline;

From our past productions, we have seen how successful using early years theatre as a fun learning experience can be. We also wanted to refresh the format of our Festive Shows a wee bit to keep it fresh and new. So this led us to the idea of ‘Sno Snow!, which asks why a snowy Christmas has become a thing of the past”.

When asked what makes the show perfect for very young children aged 3 – 7, Mahri explains

 “The performance is interactive and the audience will be totally immersed in the fun.  They wont just be sitting watching the story – they will be part of the story”

‘Sno Snow! is being performed on selected dates 1 – 30 December at SYT’s base, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF. Tickets are available from their website www.scottishyouththeatre.org

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: PACE presents Jack and the Beanstalk for Christmas 2018

FEE FI FO FUM… This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce its annual pantomime will be the much-loved tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. A festive treat for adults and children alike, running from 28 November to 31 December, this panto will feature hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a chorus of young actors that are (quite literally) full of beans!

CHRIS ALEXANDER will return to Paisley in the role of Dame Kitty McCurdle, following his highlycelebrated debut in last year’s production of Snowhite. He’ll appear alongside a stellar ensemble cast including: PAUL KOZINSKI (A Streetcar Named Desire, Rapture Theatre Company), EUAN BENNET (Chick Whittington, macrobert), and former PACE alumni LAURA SZALECKI (The Real Hoosewives Fae Glesga and Wee Fat Glesga Wedding, Pavillion Theatre), and ERIN HAIR (Aladdin, PACE).

PACE is also pleased to welcome back ROSS STENHOUSE as writer and director, who took the helm of his first PACE panto last year. He also appeared as Abanazar in 2010. Ross is a freelance actor and has appeared in productions in many of Scotland’s theatres including The Arches, Citizens Theatre, Traverse and the Tron. He is also a founder member and Artistic Director of Hopscotch Theatre, writing and directing many of their productions.
Jack and the Beanstalk will be produced and musically directed by ALAN ORR, whose comic performances were at the heart of PACE pantos for many years, while regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design. Alan Orr said, “It’s such a privilege for us to produce Paisley’s panto every year. It’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and celebrate the festivities. As ever, this year’s show will be jam-packed with laughs, music and dancing, and we believe that there’s something for everyone to enjoy!”

The cast will be completed by 4 teams of young actors, handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy. With a reputation for producing some of the best family pantomimes in Scotland, regularly playing to audiences of more than 10,000, PACE promises a show you will never forget.

NEWS: MR POPPER’S PENGUINS IS COMING TO GLASGOW THIS CHRISTMAS

MR POPPER’S PENGUINS COMES TO GLASGOW’S SEC THIS CHRISTMAS!

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 www.sec.co.uk or 0844 395 4000

NEWS: RETURN OF FESTIVE FAVOURITE FOR CITIZENS THEATRE’S FIRST SEASON AT TRAMWAY

Tickets are now on sale for the first two productions to be staged during the Citizens Theatre’s first season at Tramway: Cyrano de Bergerac (1 – 22 Sep 2018) and the return of one of the Citizens Theatre’s most successful productions to date, A Christmas Carol (4 Dec 2018 – 6 Jan 2019).

While temporarily presenting work at Tramway, Citizens Theatre audiences can be assured that productions will retain all the hallmarks that have earned the Citz a reputation for presenting consistently excellent main stage productions at affordable prices.

Neil Bartlett’s version of the timeless Dickens’ festive favourite, A Christmas Carol, joins the previously announced co-production with National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh of Edwin Morgan’s celebrated Scots translation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

First produced by the Citizens Theatre in 2014, A Christmas Carol was a sell out show and continues to be cited as an audience favourite. It also impressed the critics with its inventive storytelling, live music and “impeccable” staging.

Billed as a swashbuckling and flamboyant revival of a defining piece of contemporary Scottish theatre, Cyrano de Bergerac will draw on the talents of a creative team familiar to Citizens’ audiences, including composer Nikola Kodjabashia who has previously worked with Hill on Hamlet, Oresteia: This Restless House, and Hansel and Gretel, and award-winning designer Tom Piper, who was also on the creative team of Hamlet in 2014 as well as recent productions of Hay Fever and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill said: “As we temporarily move out of our home in the Gorbals in order to secure the future of our beloved theatre, we’re excited as a company to be presenting two exceptional plays that represent the best of the tradition we’re known for working in. Both shows will allow us to innovate in a spectacular new space that will offer a whole new experience for our audience, while retaining those key elements that make Citizens Theatre Company productions unique. Above all, we’ll be working to ensure that our reputation for making shows that create a real sense of intimacy between the actors and audience is maintained.”

With tickets for both productions now on sale and likely to be in high demand, Citz fans are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Key elements of Citizens Theatre’s accessible pricing policies will remain in place including £2 tickets for Gorbals residents, 50p ticket sales and a wide range of concessions.

Tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac and A Christmas Carol are available to purchase from the Citizens Theatre’s website citz.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

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.

LISTINGS

MONDAY 3 DECEMBER – SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER 2018

THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

ON SALE 6 MARCH 2018