Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

NEWS: Cast announced for the revamped The Steamie at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro

A starry cast has been announced for Scotland’s much loved play, The Steamie. The revamped show – with more songs, more music and more laughs – will see The Dolls, Louise McCarthy and Gayle Telfer Stevens, marking their Steamie debut and playing the feisty Magrit and gullible Dolly respectively. Fiona Wood returns to the show for the third time to portrait the young, full of hope Doreen whilst Mary McCusker reprises the poignant role of Mrs Culfeathers. Harry Ward joins the cast as the lovable drunk handyman Andy.

Written and directed by Tony Roper with songs by David Anderson, this Hogmanay the show takes over Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, the largest entertainment venue in Scotland. Due to popular demand, an extra show on 28th December has been added to this special, limited run.

The Steamie is a Scottish theatre classic; an ode to the hard-working women of the 1950’s and to a bygone Glasgow. The young Doreen envisions a new future, while Mrs Culfeathers looks back to the past – the play is a snapshot of a society, of a time and a cross section of strong women, all rolled up in Roper’s hilarious comedy. As The Scotsman said in 2017, it is a “superb, funny and perfectly-observed play.”

This is the fourth time Neil Laidlaw has produced a tour of The Steamie, first in 2009, the 25th anniversary tour in 2012, the 30th anniversary tour in 2017 and now the revamped, steamier than ever special run at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Neil Laidlaw said: “The Steamie is one of Scotland’s best-loved plays and I am extremely proud to be able to bring it back for another generation to enjoy, this time with new songs and a bigger cast and set.”

“We have brought together a fantastic cast: the inimitable Dolls – Louise McCarthy and Gayle Telfer Stevens who I know decided to be actors because of The Steamie – and Harry Ward are our newbies with the wonderful Fiona Wood and Mary McCusker reprising their roles of Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers. I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room to witness another cast making this legendary play their own.”

Tony Roper said: “In my late forties I sat down with a biro and a jotter and wrote my first ever play. Over three decades later, the play is still getting the laughs and the cries, connecting with another generation of Scots. The Steamie is the nation’s favourite night out and I cannot wait to bring the show – with more music and a spectacular cast – to the country’s biggest entertainment venue, SSE Hydro.”

THE STEAMIE AT THE SSE HYDRO

SATURDAY 28 DECEMBER 2019 – 2.30pm

SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER 2019 – 6.00pm

MONDAY 30 DECEMBER 2019 – 7.30pm

TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER 2019 – 1.00pm & 5.30pm

Tickets on sale on Friday 30 November at 10am

https://www.thessehydro.com/events

Box office: 0844 395 4000

Louise McCarthy – Magrit

Gayle Telfer Stevens – Dolly

Fiona Wood – Doreen

Mary McCusker – Mrs Culfeathers

Harry Ward – Andy

Written and directed by Tony Roper

Songs by David Anderson

WHAT’S ON PITLOCHRY: Summer Season 2019, Autumn & Festive Productions

Summer Season                 24 May – 5 Oct 2019

Autumn Production         17 Oct– 3 Nov

Festive Production           21 Nov – 23 Dec

To book, call Box Office on 01796 484626 or go online: www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com.

Summer Holiday
Stage adaptation by MICHAEL GYNGELL and MARK HADDIGAN. Based on the film SUMMER HOLIDAY, directed by PETER YATES, screenplay by RONALD CASS and PETER MYERS and by special arrangement with StudioCanal Orchestrations by KEITH STRACHAN Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited on behalf of Josef Weinberger Limited

During a wet Scottish summer, Pitlochry bus driver Don whisks his workmates away on a borrowed bus, in search of sunshine and fun in Athens!

Along the way, the boys pick up a stowaway, rescue stranded singing trio Do-Re-Mi and fall in love! One of the most popular movies of the 60s, immortalised by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, make sure you jump on board to sing along with the happiest, hit-filled, feel-good musical of your summer holiday.

Look out for news about our Theatre Bus Tour! We will be sharing songs and stories in lots of communities, bringing joy and art to as many people as possible. Expect those wonderful songs, In The Country, Summer Holiday, The Young Ones, Do You Wanna Dance, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy ,Living Doll , Move It  and On The Beach.

Tickets: from £20.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

8:00pm, 24 May 2019

2:00pm, 25 May 2019

8:00pm, 25 May 2019

2:00pm, 29 May 2019

8:00pm, 29 May 2019

2:00pm, 30 May 2019

8:00pm, 30 May 2019

2:00pm, 1 June 2019

8:00pm, 1 June 2019

2:00pm, 8 June 2019

8:00pm, 8 June 2019

2:00pm, 15 June 2019

8:00pm, 22 June 2019

8:00pm, 28 June 2019

2:00pm, 29 June 2019

8:00pm 1 July 2019

8:00pm 5 July 2019

2:00pm 6 July 2019

8:00pm 10 July 2019

8:00pm 13 July 2019

8:00pm 17 July 2019

8:00pm 20 July 2019

8:00pm 29 July 2019

8:00pm 2 July 2019

2:00pm 3 August 2019

8:00pm 6 August 2019

2:00pm 7 August 2019

8:00pm 10 August 2019

8:00pm 16 August 2019

2:00pm 17 August 2019

8:00pm 23 August 2019

2:00pm 24 August 2019

8:00pm 2 September 2019

8:00pm 6 September 2019

2:00pm 14 September 2019

8:00pm 18 September 2019

2:00pm 19 September 2019

8:00pm 23 September 2019 

8:00pm 28 September 2019

2:00pm 1 October 2019

2:00pm 2 October 2019

8:00pm 2 October 2019

2:00pm 3 October 2019

8:00pm 3 October 2019

8:00pm 4 October 2019

2:00pm 5 October 2019

8:00pm 5 October 2019

 

Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward

 

Celebrated (and often cantankerous!) novelist Charles Condomine has invited a local medium and eccentric, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house,

as research for his latest book. Rather surprisingly, the hapless Arcati calls up the ghost of Charles’ first wife – the alluring Elvira. Safe in the knowledge that only Charles can see her, Elvira embarks on a series of troublesome events that

quickly move from somewhat harmless to very dangerous…

 

Blithe Spirit is Coward’s most successful, inventive, highly spirited comedy. It was the longest running hit of his career, the film version of which memorably

starred Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford.

 

If you relished our 2013 production of Present Laughter, then you’ll love this mischievous comedy that’s pure Coward at his nonchalant and sardonic best.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 6 June 2019

8:00pm, 7 June 2019

8:00pm, 15 June 2019

2:00pm, 22 June 2019

8:00pm, 25 June 2019

2:00pm, 26 June 2019

8:00pm 3 July 2019

8:00pm 6 July 2019

8:00pm 9 July 2019

2:00pm 10 July 2019

8:00pm 15 July 2019

2:00pm 18 July 2019

2:00pm 27 July 2019

8:00pm 30 July 2019

2:00pm 31 July 2019

8:00pm 7 August 2019

8:00pm 12 August 2019

8:00pm 17 August 2019

8:00pm 21 August 2019

8:00pm 24 August 2019

8:00pm 5 September 2019

2:00pm 6 September 2019

8:00pm 11 September 2019

2:00pm 12 September 2019

8:00pm 17 September 2019

2:00pm 18 September 2019

8:00pm 25 September 2019

2:00pm 28 September 2019

 

 

Blonde Bombshells of 1943
By Alan Plater

 

Band leader Betty is in trouble. Her glamorous, all female 8-piece band has finally landed a big-time BBC performance on the wireless, but various illicit liaisons with the yanks have depleted their ranks.

 

In double-quick time, remaining bandmates recruit new talent! Enter a draft-dodging drummer who is unafraid to don a frock, a nun who plays a mean ukulele, an innocent schoolgirl clarinetist and a rather snooty soldier saxophonist. Will Betty and her assorted crew give the performance of their lives?

 

Based on the BAFTA-winning, TV film starring Judi Dench, this show is guaranteed to raise your spirits with stunning, live vocal and musical performances of hits by Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, George Formby, Fats Waller and more, with all the glitz and sparkle of a by-gone but not forgotten era. With songs Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Loch Lomond, T’ain’t What You Do, Goodbye-ee, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 13 June 2019

8:00pm, 14 June 2019

8:00pm, 24 June 2019

8:00pm, 27 June 2019

8:00pm 2 July 2019

2:00pm 3 July 2019

8:00pm 8 July 2019

8:00pm 12 July 2019

8:00pm 16 July 2019

2:00pm 17 July 2019

8:00pm 31 July 2019

8:00pm 5 August 2019

8:00pm 8 August 2019

8:00pm 15 August 2019

8:00pm 20 August 2019

2:00pm 21 August 2019

8:00pm 31 August 2019

8:00pm 7 September 2019

8:00pm 12 September 2019

2:00pm 13 September 2019

8:00pm 21 September 2019

8:00pm 26 September 2019

2:00pm 27 September 2019

 

 

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

 

For the puritanical folk of Salem, Massachusetts, the news that their young women have been conjuring spirits in the forest is devastating. It means the devil is amongst them. And the devil must be hunted down and driven out, whatever the cost. Fear and suspicion spirals quickly out of control, unleashing a murderous powder keg of accusations, hysteria, lust and revenge.

 

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play is one of the most powerful pieces of 20th century theatre. Written as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the US government persecuted its citizens for being communists, this parable of politics, religious fervour and fear is a masterpiece which still resonates in the 21st Century.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 20 June 2019

8:00pm, 21 June 2019

8:00pm, 26 June 2019

8:00pm, 29 June 2019

8:00pm 4 July 2019

8:00pm 11 July 2019

2:00pm 13 July 2019

8:00pm 19 July 2019

2:00pm 20 July 2019

8:00pm 27 July 2019

8:00pm 1 August 2019

2:00pm 10 August 2019

8:00pm 14 August 2019

8:00pm 22 August 2019

2:00pm 31 August 2019

8:00pm 3 September 2019

2:00pm 4 September 2019

8:00pm 10 September 2019

2:00pm 11 September 2019

8:00pm 19 September 2019

2:00pm 20 September 2019

8:00pm 27 September 2019

 

 

Heritage

by Nicola McCartney

 

Canada 1914. Sarah McCrea stands on the threshold of womanhood, facing a bright future in a new country. Leaving Ulster behind, Sarah and her family carve out their existence in an emerging community.

 

Drawn to one another through tales of a near-forgotten, mythical Ireland, Sarah and her neighbour Michael Donoghue become firm friends. But when Sarah and Michael’s relationship deepens by Nicola McCartney and his determination to define his identify catches fire, centuries of conflict threaten to blight their love. And for Sarah, the realisation dawns that old battles are being fought on new territory.

 

First staged in 1998, Heritage is a poignant and poetic exploration of love, identity, tribalism and the need to belong. As stark and poignant as the sweeping landscape it conjures, all at once it is epic, lyrical and timeless.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

8:00pm 25 July 2019

8:00pm 26 July 2019

8:00pm 3 August 2019

8:00pm 9 August 2019

8:00pm 13 August 2019

2:00pm 14 August 2019

8:00pm 19 August 2019

2:00pm 7 September 2019

8:00pm 13 September 2019

8:00pm 16 September 2019

2:00pm 26 September 2019

 

 

North And South

by Elizabeth Gaskell, adapted by Janys Chambers

 

Strong-willed vicar’s daughter Margaret Hale has grown up in the rarefied atmosphere of rural southern England, so when her family relocates to the roughness and vitality of a northern factory town, she is thrown into a new life of strikes and strife.

 

Hot-blooded industrialist John Thornton rules his cotton mill with an iron hand. Sparks fly when Margaret challenges both master and mill-hand, only to discover that not all of her southern beliefs hold true.

 

A tale for today, this timely adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic 19th-century novel by BAFTA-nominated writer Janys Chambers explores the complex relationship between North and South, and between women and men of different classes.

 

Can reason overcome pride and prejudice? Can compassion triumph over a blind adherence to market forces? Can love bloom amongst the snowy fibres of a money-driven cotton mill?

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm 29 August 2019

8:00pm 30 August 2019

8:00pm 4 September 2019

2:00pm 5 September 2019

8:00pm 9 September 2019

8:00pm 14 September 2019

8:00pm 20 September 2019

2:00pm 21 September 2019

8:00pm 24 September 2019

2:00pm 25 September 2019

 

 

Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

 

Travelling to the small towns and remote village halls scattered throughout Scotland and Wales, the Fantastic Francis Hardy, together with his indefatigably loyal wife, Grace, and their born-into-show-business manager, Teddy, promises healing to the hopeless and restoration for the sick and suffering.

 

Each of their stories in turn sheds shifting shards of light on events. Only one thing is certain however; Faith Healer Francis is at the mercy of his ‘unreliable’ gift. So where does truth lie? Showman? Con-man? Villain? Victim?

 

A haunting exploration of love, loss, belief and sacrifice, Faith Healer is often funny, passionate and tender. It will take you to the heart of what it means to love, struggle and believe.

 

Brian Friel is one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights. Author of Translations and Dancing At Lughnasa, Faith Healer is considered his masterpiece. Starring George Costigan who is best known for portraying Bob in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too as well as his more recent role in Happy Valley.

 

7:30pm 17 October 2019

7:30pm 18 October 2019

2:00pm 19 October 2019

7:30pm 19 October 2019

2:00pm 20 October 2019

2:00pm 23 October 2019

7:30pm 23 October 2019

2:00pm 24 October 2019

2:00pm 25 October 2019

7:30pm 25 October 2019

2:00pm 26 October 2019

7:30pm 26 October 2019

2:00pm 27 October 2019

2:00pm 30 October 2019

7:30pm 30 October 2019

2:00pm 31 October 2019

2:00pm 1 November 2019

7:30pm 1 November 2019

2:00pm 2 November 2019

7:30pm 2 November 2019

2:00pm 3 November 2019

 

 

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Isobel McArthur

 

A bright, bold new adaptation of the Dickens classic – one of the most loved yuletide stories ever written.

 

In one ghostly, Christmas night, miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge receives a series of unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways. Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough?

 

A fantastic, festive tale of redemption and compassion packed with feel-good festive music and song, dancing and joy. Rejoice with us in the Christmas spirit!

 

Isobel McArthur is one of Scotland’s brightest, new writing – and acting – talents, who was last seen on Pitlochry’s stage in the award-winning The Monarch Of The Glen. Now she focusses her creative talents to rediscover the heart of Dickens’ timeless tale.

 

7:00pm, 21 November 2019

7:00pm, 22 November 2019

2:00pm, 23 November 2019

7:00pm, 23 November 2019

10:30am, 26 November 2019

10:30am, 27 November 2019

2:00pm, 27 November 2019

10:30am, 28 November 2019

2:00pm, 28 November 2019

2:00pm, 29 November 2019

7:00pm, 29 November 2019

2:00pm, 30 November 2019

7:00pm, 30 November 2019

2:00pm, 1 December 2019

2:00pm, 4 December 2019

7:00pm, 4 December 2019

2:00pm, 5 December 2019

2:00pm, 6 December 2019

7:00pm, 6 December 2019

2:00pm, 7 December 2019

7:00pm, 7 December 2019

2:00pm, 8 December 2019

2:00pm, 11 December 2019

7:00pm, 11 December 2019

2:00pm, 12 December 2019

2:00pm, 13 December 2019

7:00pm, 13 December 2019

2:00pm, 14 December 2019

7:00pm, 14 December 2019

2:00pm, 15 December 2019

2:00pm, 18 December 2019

7:00pm, 18 December 2019

2:00pm, 19 December 2019

7:00pm, 19 December 2019

2:00pm, 20 December 2019

7:00pm, 20 December 2019

2:00pm, 21 December 2019

7:00pm, 21 December 2019

2:00pm, 22 December 2019

2:00pm, 23 December 2019

 

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: 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.