Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

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.

NEWS: New season of performance is launched at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Powerful drama, electrifying opera, a melting pot of music and fabulous festive fun … September sees the start of a sensational new season of performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The professionals in training at one of the world’s top three performing arts education institutions will deliver another packed programme of events – giving audiences the chance to support the future stars of stage, screen and behind the scenes. Tickets are now on sale for the thrilling autumn programme which truly has something for everyone, from extravagant festive productions to laidback Sunday morning coffee concerts. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which is celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2017, is one of Scotland’s busiest performing arts venues with more than 500 performances each year.

New season highlights include:

  • Festive fun: A festive show that dares to be different, swing into the adventurous, exhilarating and imaginative world of The Jungle Book this December. Stuart Paterson’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is performed by BA Acting students and directed by Hugh Hodgart, the Royal Conservatoire’s Director of Drama, Dance, Production and Film. The Jungle Book is part of a family-friendly festive programme that also includes seasonal song and dance with Christmas at the Conservatoire, Junior Conservatoire Big Band and Musical Theatre and One More Sleep ’til Christmas for children aged three to six at the Citizens Theatre.
  • Drama: Four formidable drama productions are staged this season with The Wonderful World of Dissocia and Balm in Gilead performed by BA Acting students, London Road from BA Musical Theatre students and a Scottish tour of Love and Information by playwright Caryl Churchill which is directed by Jonathan Lloyd of Solar Bear. It stars students from the Royal Conservatoire’s groundbreaking BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme – the first degree course of its kind in the UK. The first cohort will graduate in June 2018.
  • Opera: The Fiery Angel by Prokofiev will bring together Royal Conservatoire students and the professional soloists and orchestra of Scottish Opera in the Grand Hall of Glasgow’s City Halls. It’s considered Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense score, full of rhythmic power and extraordinary vocal writing.
  • Music: Bite-sized, hour-long lunchtime concerts are back with Mondays at One and Fridays at One which centre on a different department, instrument or guest artist each week.
  • Alumni performances: Musical alumni make a dazzling return to the Royal Conservatoire including BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition finalist Anush Hovhanisyan and fellow opera graduate Alexey Gusev, recently named a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist.
  • Esteemed industry professionals: the autumn line-up features a roster of exciting guests such as classical guitarist José Antonio Escobar, cellist David Geringas and conductor Christian Kluxen.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Performance is at the heart of everything we do at Scotland’s national conservatoire and our new season will, as always, showcase the exceptional talent that is being nurtured here in Glasgow. We have a richly-varied programme of events from now until December and we are looking forward to sharing the work and expertise of our students with audiences of all ages across Scotland. By being part of our audience, you are playing an important part in supporting the next generation of outstanding Scottish, UK and international artists and performers.”

Our first traditional music event takes place later this month – part of the Fridays at One lunchtime concert series – when Hamish Napier is joined by many of Scotland’s top traditional musicians for a live stage version of his album The River. It will be followed by a St Andrew’s Day celebration in November, hosted by Jamie MacDougall and recorded for BBC Radio Scotland. It will bring together Professor Phil Cunningham, Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatoire’s BMus Traditional Music programme, RCS Braw Brass and special guests. An Evening of Traditional Music and the RCS Ceilidh will take place in December.

Ease into Sunday mornings with the return of the highly regarded Hilary Rosin Coffee Concerts in October which will focus on Russian masterworks. Now in its fifth season, it will feature the voices of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition finalist Anush Hovhanisyan and fellow opera graduate Alexey Gusev, recently named a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist. Alexey will also appear in the Scottish Opera Emerging Artists recital in December, part of Fridays at One.

As a piano teacher in Glasgow’s Southside and a talented musician, Hilary Rosin inspired many people to make music an active and enriching part of their lives. The concert series celebrates her life and achievements creating an opportunity for people of all ages to gather together to savour beautiful music and coffee in a relaxed Sunday setting.

Bite-sized, hour-long lunchtime concerts are back with Mondays at One and Fridays at One which centre on a different department, instrument or guest artist each week. Jazz sessions, Blue Mondays, also resume where students are led through repertoire by visiting artists and staff.

A Celebration of Kulgin Duval in October is dedicated to the life and generosity of Kulgin Duval who passed away in 2016. A leading figure in Scotland’s literary world, who also loved music, Kulgin supported many opera students and the concert features some of those graduates and current students. Kulgin, and his partner Colin Hamilton, were responsible for collecting and preserving some of Scotland’s most important 20th century literary archives, a contribution that is being recognised at the National Library of Scotland with a special display, Creative Lives: The Duval and Hamilton partnership (until October 15) featuring material from their extraordinary collection.

We welcome back Danish conductor Christian Kluxen for Symphonic Last Works in November where he will lead the RCS Symphony Orchestra through a programme which includes the last works written by both Strauss and Bartók.

MMus Opera Scenes: Shakespeare and Opera in November is an entertaining and varied mix of short opera scenes with simple staging and piano accompaniment. A unique educational – and performing – experience awaits opera students in December when they perform alongside Scottish Opera’s professional soloists and orchestra in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel. It’s considered Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense score, full of rhythmic power and extraordinary vocal writing.

Big Guitar Weekend in November is filled with glorious guitars with prize-winning Chilean musician José Antonio Escobar playing as part of Fridays at One, the inaugural Scottish Schools Guitar Ensemble Competition, showcase events and Finnish-Scottish Connections, a double bill with Royal Conservatoire graduate and lecturer Ian Watt and Finland’s Otto Tolonen.

Exchange Talks are a fascinating weekly series of public seminars in which respected members of staff, academia and the professions share their research insights on art, society and issues that matter. The first talk takes place in October with Professor David Watkin’s professorial address. In November, the Now You See Me Symposium, co-produced by the Royal Conservatoire and Solar Bear, will explore the opportunities that lie ahead for the artists of the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English, the first programme of its kind in the UK for deaf performers and performance makers.

The season comes to a close in a festive fashion in December with the adventurous, exhilarating and imaginative world of The Jungle Book. Stuart Paterson’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is performed by BA Acting students and directed by Hugh Hodgart, the Royal Conservatoire’s Director of Drama, Dance, Production and Film. Festive productions also include RCS Choir and Orchestra at Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral, Christmas with Chorale with Conservatoire Brass II and One More Sleep ’til Christmas, for three-to-six year olds at the Citizens Theatre. The ever-popular Christmas at the Conservatoire sparkles once again with seasonal swing and contemporary classics from MA Musical Theatre students.

View the full what’s on guide and book tickets at or call 0141 332 5057. Tickets26 offers tickets for just £5 for ages 26 and under. Deaf Theatre Club members can purchase a ticket at a discounted price of £5 on accessible performances. Members will be welcomed to the building by staff who have been trained in British Sign Language.

NEWS: Tickets now on sale for King’s panto 2017

The King’s Theatre in Glasgow has confirmed its pantomime for this year’s festive season, Sleeping Beauty.

Hot-off-the heels on the recent production of Cinderella, the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty will open on Saturday 2 December 2017 and runs until Sunday 7 January 2018.

The classic story will tell of a beautiful Princess who is given an enchanted spinning wheel for her birthday by her evil godmother, Carabosse. With just one prick of her finger, the Princess is struck by a cruel curse, forcing her to sleep for 100 years. Will true love prevail with the handsome Prince Charming breaking the evil spell? Can the Princess’ hilarious best friend Muddles help save the town? Who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? With magic, music, comedy and special effects, Sleeping Beauty is the pantomime of your dreams!

This year’s King’s Theatre panto will be produced by Qdos Entertainment following a new partnership with the firm and ATG.

The move comes after Kevin Wood, Chief Executive of First Family Entertainment (FFE), after 12 successful years of producing pantomimes for the King’s Theatre and other venues across the UK, decided to step down this month to return to independent producing. Associate producers Laura Taylor and George Wood will also be leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.

FFE was set up in 2005 to produce traditional pantomimes with high production values. Since then many exceptional artists have made their pantomime debut for the company including Pamela Anderson, Jo Brand, Simon Callow, David Hasselhoff, Barry Humphries, Priscilla Presley, Torvill and Dean, and Henry Winkler. The shows, with sets and costumes designed by Terry Parsons, garnered critical acclaim and broke box office records. Qdos Entertainment will now build further on the successful tradition of pantomime at the King’s Theatre.

Led by Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison, Qdos Entertainment is the world’s largest pantomime producer with over 600 productions to its credit. Qdos is renowned for star-led comedy, spectacle, and innovative special effects. Qdos’ 2016/17 pantomime headliners included Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Amanda Holden, John Barrowman, Craig Revel Horwood, Marti Pellow, Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Brian Conley and Gok Wan.

Scottish panto greats including Gerard Kelly, Karen Dunbar, Rikki Fulton, Elaine C Smith and Walter Carr have previously starred in Sleeping Beauty so stay tuned for casting announcements.

James Haworth, General Manager at the King’s Theatre, said: “After a fantastic run of Cinderella over the festive period I’m delighted to welcome another traditional fairy tale to the King’s this year.

“Sleeping Beauty has been hugely popular with our audiences in the past and it’s a story that all ages will love and have everybody excited about Christmas already.

“We’ve had a great time working with Kevin Wood and Family First Entertainment over the years and I would like to thank them for all of the wonderful pantos they have produced for us.

“I’m looking forward stepping into our next chapter of pantoland with Qdos Entertainment and welcoming another shimmering panto to the King’s in December.”

NEWS: Mamma Mia is Theatre Royal’s Festive Show 2017

The ultimate feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will come to Theatre Royal, Glasgow this Christmas as part of the smash hit show’s first ever UK tour.

The musical will run from Tuesday 5 December until Saturday 30 December giving audiences plenty of time to catch the sensational production as it hits all the right notes during the festive season.

MAMMA MIA!’s month-long run at Theatre Royal follows the sell-out success of 2015’s Jersey Boys and last year’s The Commitments.

MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. MAMMA MIA! The movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.

From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of MAMMA MIA! has now been seen by more than 10% of the entire UK population. It is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years both on Broadway and in the West End, and in 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.

James Haworth, General Manager at Theatre Royal, said: “I’m delighted to welcome MAMMA MIA! to Theatre Royal next Christmas. It is a superb, fun-filled energetic show which will strike a chord with not just fans of ABBA, but with anyone who loves a feel-good musical.

He added: It’s great to see shows like MAMMA MIA! becoming a staple in the Theatre Royal’s festive programme. If this production goes down as well as Jersey Boys and The Commitments, our audiences will be in for a very merry 2017.”

Creator and Producer Judy Craymer said: “We are delighted to be bringing MAMMA MIA! To Glasgow for the 2017 festive season. With its sunny, feel-good story and the much-loved music of ABBA, it’s a perfect winter warmer for all the family.”

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.



Mamma Mia

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tuesday 5-Sat 30 December 2017

Box office: 0844 871 7647*calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge



Available to ATG Theatre Card holders now

On-sale to Mamma Mia fans Monday 16 January

General sale Friday 27 January