Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

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: Ricky McWhittington a Glasgow panto ideal for children (5yrs+) and adults alike!

Senga McWhittington’s Sweetie Shop in downtown Glasgow is over-run by a swarm of rats, led by the villainous verminous Queen Rat. Nothing can stop this plague until our hero Ricky McWhittington steps in to save the day, with the helping wand of Fairy Gallus Alice, and fearless feline Kitty.

Will good win out? Will Melody find her true love? Will Senga get a man? A festive show bursting with laughs, singalong favourites and family fun.

By Alan McHugh and presented by Glasgow Life.

Ricky McWhittington – Tue 19 – Sat 23 Dec (various times – see website for details)

Age 5yrs+

Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4.50 (Local Links)

Platform, The Bridge,

1000 Westerhouse Road

Easterhouse, G34 9JW

T: 0141 276 9696 (opt 1)

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Platform’s Festive Shows – Rudolph, for the over 3s

Rudolf aimed at everyone from age 3yrs and up and is ideal for a fun festive outing for all the family.

It’s Christmas, but it’s hard to celebrate with no cards, tree, presents or food. If only Esmerelda the chicken would agree to laying an egg…but Esmerelda just won’t be persuaded, unless she hears her favourite story – Rudolf. And so, using their imaginations, the objects in their tiny house and a strong sense of the ridiculous, our two unlikely storytellers attempt the tale of Rudolf, the reindeer that just doesn’t fit in.

Presented by Andy Manley and Platform, the show runs for 50 minutes with no interval – perfect for little ones.

Rudolf – Tue 5 – Sun 17 Dec (various times during day and evening)

Age 3yrs+

Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4.50 (Local Links)

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Jock and the Beanstalk at The Shed, Shawlands

Poor Jock lives with his Maw and both of them are skint. Then one day he meets an old man who gives him magic beans which grows into a giant beanstalk. At the top of the beanstalk lives the ugly giant. Is Jock brave enough to fight the giant and get hold of the golden goose that lays the golden eggs!!! Family panto with plenty of song, dance and audience participation.

From 15th to 17th December at The Shed, Shawlands, Langside Avenue, Glasgow

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: 12 Dayz of Kissmyass featuring Miss Lily Minogue

Drag yersels to Santa’s grotty and join the tinselicious, the baublicious Miss Lily Minogue as she minces her pies and mulls over her whines in everything from “Away in a Minger” to “Jingle Balls”!
Suitable for 18yrs+

DECEMBER 10th 2017, The Shed, Shawlands, Glasgow



Scottish Opera’s The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert continues on 3 December at 3pm in City Halls Glasgow with Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, in a collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford has curated The Sunday Series concerts which focus this Season on his love of, and expertise in, Russian music.

Mikhail Agrest, resident for many years at the Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, conducts Evez Abdulla and Svetlana Sozdateleva in the lead roles of Ruprecht and Renata. Also in the cast are soloists Dmitry Golovnin, Maria Maksakova, Agnieszka Rehlis and Alexei Tanovitski. They are joined by singers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s opera course and instrumentalists from Scotland’s national conservatoire who will have the opportunity to play side by side with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.A story of masochistic obsession, black magic, demons and exorcism, Prokofiev’s seething opera is based on a novel by Valery Bryusov. With a doomed love triangle at its heart, The Fiery Angel was composed in the 1920s but never performed in Prokofiev’s lifetime. This concert is Scottish Opera’s first performance of the daring opera.

Mikhail Agrest said: ‘A masterpiece, or rather a fireball of an opera thriller, written between 1919 and 1927, The Fiery Angel must have been inspired by the tumultuous times in Prokofiev’s own life. The colourful story features cabalistic rituals, cannibalism, sexual hysteria, an orgy in a convent and an exorcism, providing the composer with a chance to show off his mastery of the ‘orchestral theatre’, with highly evocative music keeping the listeners and performers on the edges of their seats. This is Prokofiev at his best.’

Stuart Stratford said: ‘The Fiery Angel is an amazing piece. As you’d expect from Prokofiev, the music at times is very violent and incredibly visceral. It’s a huge canvas, concentrating on the two protagonists, but with many characters, which is why we are collaborating with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about this fabulous piece alongside our musicians, and for us to perform it with such huge forces.’

Two further concerts are planned for this Season’s Sunday Series. At the Theatre Royal Glasgow in February, From Russia With Love features singers from the National Opera Studio — the UK’s leading training programme for young opera professionals which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. This semi-staged performance features a variety of Russian-themed repertoire.

The Sunday Series 2017/18 closes in May with a concert featuring two works by Rachmaninov: Aleko and Francesca da Rimini. Adapted from a poem by Pushkin, Aleko was Rachmaninov’s first opera. This will be Scottish Opera’s first ever performance of Rachmaninov and the Scottish premiere of Francesca da Rimini, a little-known opera telling a story of love and death with a plot drawn from Dante’s Inferno.

Performance Diary for The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert


Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta

29 Oct 2017, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow


Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel

3 Dec 2017, 3pm

City Halls Glasgow


National Opera Studio: From Russia with Love

25 Feb 2018, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow


Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Francesca da Rimini

6 May, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow

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.