Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

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