Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

NEWS: Puss in Boots the Christmas Panto at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

OH YES IT IS… following the success of their first panto Aladdin in 2016, the world’s oldest surviving music hall, is feline furry good as an ensemble cast present the purr-fect panto this festive season as part of their 160th anniversary.


The Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow’s much loved music hall becomes a riot of colour once again with this un-fur-gettable festive adventure, the A listed venue’s second Christmas panto and the first event to be announced as part of their 160th anniversary celebrations. 

We join the story to find the land of Panoptica in peril from the evil Giant Blunderbore and his assistant Demon Moonshade. Our hero Tom has returned home to inherit his father’s estate before the evil giant steals it. Could Tom’s cat hold the key to solving all of Panoptica’s problems? Will Harry ever find out what happened to his lost love Kitty? Could the princess Felicia ever fall in love with a commoner like Tom and will her parents Queen Euphemia and King Richard allow it? Created for audiences young and older alike, this charming adventure really is the cat’s whiskers. 

Grant F Kidd, writer, director and performer, said: “Following the success of Aladdin I was delighted to be asked to return to write and direct panto for The Britannia Panopticon. The building really does have a warm atmosphere, although not literally as they are still fundraising for heating so please give generously. 

Puss in Boots is a wonderful rags to riches story which I’m glad to put my own twist on. It’s one of the few remaining traditional pantos and although it fell out of favour in late 1980s, it has started to make a comeback following a number of Hollywood animations. Puss in Boots is a perfect match for the space as it’s a panto which could have been performed in music halls. Our panto focuses on the more traditional aspects of fun and silliness and it’s what audiences loved last year. I am also proud that once again we look to be the most affordable panto in Glasgow with tickets only costing £7 for adults and £5 for children & over 60’s meaning that you can bring the whole family for the same price as a single ticket in some larger theatres. I am pleased to be joined by Sally Starshine as the Demon Moonshade and Christopher Hume, who played the Genie in Aladdin, will be returning to play King Richard and of course I will be donning a frock as “one of Scotland’s finest panto dames” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman 2016) Auntie Effie to take on the role of Queen Euphemia.”

Grant F Kidd was born and raised in Ayrshire, South West Scotland where he still lives although thinks of Glasgow as his cultural home. He is a city boy stuck in the country. Grant is a lifelong panto fan and even before he was let on stage he made sure he was heard when at six years old the local panto dame decided to make a joke about his home town and he made sure to let her/him know he wouldn’t be standing for anymore of it.

In 2016, Grant created the character of Auntie Effie, finally letting her out and onto the stage. She has had a rare old time up and down the country for corporate and charity events and was delighted in December 2016 when Joyce McMillan of The Scotsman named him as ‘one of Scotland’s finest panto dames’. Auntie Effie is Queen Euphemia in Puss and Boots at the Panopticon in December 2017.  

Previous panto credits: Tutti Jarrod in Beauty and the Beast – billed as Grant F Kidd. Widow Twankey (Britannia Panopticon), Mother Goose (Britannia Panopticon) – billed as Auntie Effie 

Built in 1857 by Thomas Gildard and H.M. Robert Macfarlane, The Britannia Panopticon has hosted some of the biggest names on the Music hall circuit. In 1906 Stan Laurel made his first stage appearance there on amateur night. In that same year A. E. Pickard bought the building and changed its name to the Panopticon. He also undertook some major works, installing a freak show, a roof top carnival and a waxworks. He also excavated the basement and installed an indoor zoo. The Panopticon was one of the first buildings in Glasgow to become powered by electricity and one of the first cinemas in Scotland. It closed in 1938 when it was sold to a tailors and converted to a workshop. It is currently being conserved by The Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust SCIO and it is now protected as a category A listed building.

The Britannia Panopticon is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. The Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO) runs the theatre as a living museum and venue to champion and fundraise for the future survival, conservation and preservation of this rare and special Category A listed building. They aim to be the most sustainable, accessible and cherished historic theatre in Glasgow by 2027. Support them by donating towards their capital project.

Cast & company

Written and directed by Grant F Kidd 

The cast: Auntie Effie aka Grant F Kidd (Queen Euphemia), Liliana Finucane (Kitty) Sally Starshine (Demon Moonshade), Stuart John Irvine (Harry), Princess Felicia (Beth McLeish) and Anthony Johansen (Tom). | @BritPanopticon | @PanopticonPanto | #PantopticonPuss

Running time: 75 minutes with 15 min interval | Age restriction: 3+ and 18+ (late evening show) 

Listings information

Puss in Boots 

The Britannia Panopticon, 117 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD

Friday 8th at 7pm, Saturday 9th at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday 10th December at 2pm (no 7pm performance) | £7 (£5) 

Saturday 16that 2pm and 7pm and Sunday 18th December at 2pm (no 7pm performance) | £7 (£5) 

Friday 22nd at 7pm and Saturday 23rd December at 2pm and 7pm | £7 (£5) 

Adults ONLY performance: Friday 15th December | 8pm | £7

Box office: Tickets from 


In an effort to ensure that its shows are accessible to all, the Citizens Theatre will once again host Relaxed Performances for its two Christmas shows: Cinderella and One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas.

In addition to a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, Relaxed Performances offer freedom of movement within the auditorium, adjustments to sound and lighting on stage and in the auditorium, and a quiet room that can be visited at any point during the performance.

Relaxed Performances are open to anyone who would benefit from a more laid back environment when visiting the theatre. This could include people with an autistic spectrum or communication disorder and their families.

Building on the success of Relaxed Performances during last year’s festive season, these events involve all departments within the theatre: from cast members, the creative team, technicians, to front of house staff, who all work together in order to make for an experience that is as welcoming as possible.

Trained Citizens Theatre staff will also be on hand in order to help patrons make the most of their visit to a Relaxed Performance event.

Relaxed Performances of Cinderella take place on Wed 13 Dec at 10.30am & 7pm.

A Relaxed Performance of One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s show for 3-6 year olds in the Circle Studio, is already sold out.

In recent years leading theatre venues across the UK, from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Royal National Theatre, have developed Relaxed Performances in partnership with The National Autistic Society.

Box Office Manager, Denise Differ, said

“We know that lots of people come back to the Citizens Theatre every year at Christmas thanks to the warm and friendly atmosphere of our building, and the welcome they receive from our staff.”

“The Relaxed Performances allow us to extend that welcome to those for whom a traditional theatrical experience can be overwhelming. There will still be the same high quality of storytelling, and plenty of the theatrical magic that makes Christmas at the Citz so special.”

School groups and families are particularly welcome, and the Citizens Theatre encourages anyone who wishes to discuss access requirements further to contact Denise Differ, Box Office Manager: 0141 429 0022 


Christmas classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is coming to life on stages across Scotland as a Live Radio Play, kicking off at the Carmichael Hall in Giffnock on Saturday 9 December, 3pm and 7.30pm.

The audience can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie as they soak up the story of one of the most inspirational films of all time, featuring live sound effects and live music.

The tale is presented as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, with six actors playing radio actors who portray all the characters from the classic story.

The No Nonsense Productions show is back by popular demand for the sixth consecutive year and we are delighted that it makes its Eastwood debut and presents the audience with a rare opportunity to see how a 1940s broadcast was produced.

Kevin Jannetts, Artistic Director, No Nonsense Productions said: “It’s a Wonderful Life is a true Christmas classic and we’re delighted to be bringing our show with a twist to Carmichael Hall this year.” 

He added: “It’s a great alternative Christmas night out for friends and family, with two shows on offer in the afternoon and evening and will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.“

The show starts at the Carmichael Hall in Giffnock before moving to venues across Scotland in the lead up to Christmas.

Tickets cost £14 / £12 concession.  To see the full programme of winter events and to book tickets visit:

NEWS: Winterfest is coming to East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is getting into the festive swing with ‘Winterfest’ – a packed programme of Christmas cheer for children and adults alike.

Sell-out success from last year, Elf Academy returns in December with Christmas craft, baking and wintery tales while Christmas Baby Discos will let your little ones get in the festive spirit with action songs, party games, classic tunes and festive hits on Sunday 17 December and Saturday 23 December.

Experience the story of the most inspirational film of all time, with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ brought to life as a Live Radio Play. Be transported back to the 1940s with this comic, dark and wonderful classic story, featuring live sound effects, live music and mulled wine and mince pies at Carmichael Hall in Eastwood Park on Saturday 9 December.

Chaos at Christmas panto for ages 2+ is touring various venues in East Renfrewshire, starting on 28 November at Clarkston Halls, while you can also catch some of the best festive family films with Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch, The Muppets and Nativity all lined up in the lead up to Christmas.

Join in the banter with Snow White and the Seven Muppets from 18-30 December, an all signing, all dancing trip to Pantoland. A must-see for all the family, the show is brought to Eastwood Park by Inside Out Theatre productions, following the success of last year’s smash hit A Belter of a Cinderella Story.

There are also Christmas craft classes for adults on offer, including lino-printing session to make your own cards and gift wrap, Make a Wreath and Tree Decorations as well as Winter Photography in the Park.

You can also catch some of the best festive family films with Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch, The Muppets and Nativity lined up for the big screen at Eastwood Park Theatre in the lead up to Christmas.

To see the full programme of winter events and to book tickets visit:

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


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