Category Archives: What’s on FEBRUARY


Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, one man show, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again. If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, ‘Suggs: What a King Cnut’ is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway. Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ how has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute.  How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. But for all the near death experiences he takes great solace in the words of the Greek philosopher, Blondie:

‘The tide is high, but I’m holding on…’

Suggs’ latest one man tour caps a busy period for the Madness frontman, with their notorious annual shindig, the ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ having recently took place at Butlins Minehead, and a definitive greatest hits album – ‘Full House: The Very Best Of Madness’ out now.

Suggs – What A King Cnut – A Life in the Realm of Madness… 2018 Tour Dates in Scotland:

Feb-28 Dunfermline Alhambra
Mar-01 Glasgow Pavilion

Then on tour to:

Mar-02 Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Mar-03 Hull City Hall
Mar-04 York Grand Opera House
Mar-06 Preston Charter Theatre
Mar-07 Northampton Royal and Derngate
Mar-08 Southampton O2 Guildhall
Mar-11 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Mar-13 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Mar-14 Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre
Mar-15 Cheltenham Town Hall
Mar-16 Bath Forum
Mar-18 Nottingham Theatre Royal
Mar-19 Ipswich Corn Exchange
Mar-20 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mar-22 London Palladium


n autumn 2018 following its sold-out London run, the National Theatre will tour Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, Macbeth. This epic and visually daring production will embark on an 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland from September 2018 – March 2019, with a week at Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday 19 February.

Sleep no more…The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war.  Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Directed by NT Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House) this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Rufus Norris said, “I’m delighted that Macbeth will be touring the UK and Ireland following its run in the Olivier Theatre earlier in the year. We’re really excited by what is coming out of the rehearsal room and it’s particularly rewarding to be able to take this brilliant play to so many towns and cities. We fully intend to give audiences a fresh and dynamic view of this timeless classic.”

Casting to be announced.




Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 19-Sat 23 Feb 2019

0844 871 7648

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WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: Tron welcomes the mysterious true story of Martin Guerre with The Return

The Return, inspired by an old and still mysterious story embarks on a national tour in February and March 2018.

The true story of Martin Guerre is an intriguing one. One day in 1549, in the small village of Artigat in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, a young peasant man named Martin disappeared, leaving behind a wife, young son, and relatively well-off family. Things had not been going well for Martin in the days before his disappearance. He had a troubled relationship with his family, with his own father accusing him of stealing and selling family grain, but no one expected him to suddenly vanish.

Seven years later, Martin’s wife Bertrande is still in Artigat tending to her livestock and mothering her young, fatherless son. One day, out of the blue, a strangely familiar man walks into her life, full of mystery. Bertrande decides to present the man to the community as her long-lost spouse – returned. But is it really Martin?

Inspired by the true story of Martin Guerre, Ellie Stewart’s new play The Return is a gripping play about the mystery of identity and the survival instinct, and asks whether we can ever truly know even those we love the best.

Commissioned and premiered by Eden Court, The Return, is produced by the same creative team behind Eden Court’s Not About Heroes in 2015. Philip Howard, former artistic director of Dundee Rep & the Traverse Theatre, once again directs, joined by designer Kenneth MacLeod, who has worked with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dundee Rep and Vox Motus amongst many others.

Playwright Ellie Stewart is a rising star of Scottish playwriting. Speaking of why she wrote the play, Ellie said:

I’ve been intrigued by the story of Martin Guerre since I first heard it about twenty-five years ago… It’s been told in different ways over the years, and I’ve always been interested in the pivotal role of his wife Bertrande. The story resurfaced for me recently when I returned to the Pyrenees and was bombarded with sensory memories.  My starting point for the writing was to explore the story from Bertrande’s point of view.

As I was writing I was thinking about people who are seeking refuge in our times, and about the challenges of relationships and parenting. And of course, it’s a love story.  Some things are timeless. Perhaps human instincts, emotions and behaviours haven’t changed that much over the years.”

The cast brings together Emilie Patry (Bertrande), Thoren Ferguson (Arnaud) and cellist Greg Sinclair on stage.

Emilie Patry (Bertrande) trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Studio 34 in Paris and is co-founder of Jagged Fence Theatre Company. Theatre credits include The Gamblers (Greyscale, UK Tour) and A Beginning, Middle and an End (Traverse/Tron/Hull Truck).

Thoren Ferguson (Arnaud) is a Scottish actor, musician and composer who has worked in TV, radio and theatre with credits including Logan High (BBC) and Armchair Detectives (BBC).

Greg Sinclair is a musician and performance artist who has worked with companies including Curious Seed, Starcatchers and Dundee Rep.



Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. 21 Feb. Tickets here

Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld. 22 Feb. Tickets here

Tron Theatre, Glasgow. 23 Feb. Tickets here




Glasgow school pupils are being offered the unique chance for a free dance masterclass with one of the finest dance troupes in the country.

Rob Heaslip Dance Company is bringing Freagra: A Blurred Expanse contemporary dance show to Eastwood Park Theatre next month, its only Glasgow date, as part of its 45th anniversary programme.

Secondary schools, pupils and parents can apply online for their school to attend technical and dress rehearsals to understand the development, dance technique and technical requirements for a show.

Rob Heaslip is the Director and Choreographer for the Glasgow Youth Dance Company and also choreographed the opening credits for internationally acclaimed TV series Outlander.

Rob said: “We want to offer school pupils the chance to get a taste of how a contemporary dance show comes together.

“Freagra is a colourful performance of dance, suitable for all ages, with universal themes of community, conflict and harmony.

“It is performed by five exceptional dancers and accompanied by an original music score and breath-taking lighting and costume design.

“This will be an excellent experience for pupils to understand the dance technique and technical requirements involved.”

Schools can be nominated via East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s Facebook page:

Eastwood Park Theatre will invite the school that receives the highest number of nominations to attend rehearsals, before the live performance of Freagra: A Blurred Expanse at Eastwood Park Theatre on Wednesday 28 February at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the live show cost £10 per person or £8 for concessions.

There is also availability for a three-hour workshop, open to all aged 14+, with cast members on 26 February, priced at £15 per person. For further information and to book tickets for the show or workshop visit:

Images: Sid Scott

FEATURE: Couple bring Hollywood romance to the stage following real-life engagement

Many of us may dream of a glittering Hollywood romance to brighten up the grey West Coast Winter. And one local couple are bringing the real thing to the Glasgow stage.

Musical theatre fans Greg Robertson and Claire Logue were thrilled when they were cast opposite one another as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Irving Berlin’s hit musical spectacular, Top Hat.

The couple, who met through their passion for shows, will take on the roles played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1935 film, Top Hat – on which the musical is based – when Paisley Musical and Operatic Society (PMOS) perform at the King’s in February.

Yet their star-crossed romance will be true to life. In dramatic Broadway style, they just got engaged.

Claire, 31, said: “I was caught completely caught off guard when Greg proposed. We had been out and when we returned home I opened the door to find our lightbox set up saying: ‘Claire will you marry me?’, and the ring and champagne.

“I read it but it didn’t compute. I turned round to him sheepishly saying: ‘What?’ He asked me: ‘Well, will you marry me?’ and I said ‘of course’ and flung my arms around him. He had designed the ring with a jewellery designer friend, and it fitted perfectly! I was shaking when he put it on.”

Claire continued: “With Top Hat, we’re returning back to where it all started for us. We met in 2009 doing a production on West Side Story at the King’s, and started dating in 2011. It’s really special to be cast alongside one another and in such iconic roles. We’re so excited.”

Top Hat will run from 20 -24 February 2018 at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Images: Kevin Moulds Photography

WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: Little Red Riding Hood at Eastwood Park

Tuesday 13 February, 3pm at Eastwood Park Theatre

From the creative team behind the hugely popular Hairy Maclary Show, Little Red Riding Hood is a fun, original musical for children, with live music and loveable characters.

Join Scarlet and her side-kick Stanley the Squirrel as they try to outwit Walter the Wolf and discover that it’s not just the enchanted forest that has magical powers… A forest full of family fun, this show is a joyous new version of the classic fairy tale.

Recommended age: Pre 5s


  • Standard £10
  • Concession £8

Bring a group of 10 people and one person can go free.

Info here:

WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: Ae Fond Kiss – The Life of Robert Burns at Eastwood Park

Tuesday 13 February, 7.30pm

Ae Fond Kiss is a musical journey through the major events of Burns’ life from birth to death.

Rabbie Burns is your guide with quirky commentary, amusing  and poignant interactions with key characters along the way, and renditions of several famous poems and songs including Ae Fond Kiss, Red Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne and many more.

The show is a great way to get to know more about the life and loves of Scotland’s Bard either as a refresher to his work or as a newcomer to his genius.


  • Standard £15
  • Concession £12

Take a group of 10 people and one person can go free.

More information

NEWS: Of Mice and Men tour cast confirmed

Casting has been confirmed for the Selladoor and The Marlow Theatre’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Taking to the stage when the show arrives at Theatre Glasgow, Monday 26 Feb – Saturday 3 March for its only Scottish date on the tour will be:Richard Keightley (The Mousetrap, St Martin’s Theatre) stars as George alongside Matthew Wynn (Hamlet, The Almeida; Measure for Measure, Young Vic) as Lennie, they will be joined on stage by Andrew Boyer (Candy), Cameron Robertson (Slim), Darren Bancroft (Carlson), Kevin Mathurin (Crooks), Harry Egan (Whit), Kamran Darabi Ford (Curley) ,Rosemary Boyle (Curley’s Wife), and Robert Ashe (The Boss).

Written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and based on his own experiences in the twenties, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.  With nothing but the clothes on their back and a dream, the wily and bright George aspires to independence, to be his own boss and most importantly to be ‘somebody’. Gentle Giant Lennie aspires to be with George and join him in his Eden, but as the saying goes – the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, when millions were forced to travel in search of a job and their dreams, Of Mice and Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heart-breaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

Considered a challenging and controversial play this brand-new adaptation promises to bring to the stage a magical and imaginative story about trying to hold on to your dreams and friendships during fiercely tough times and a faceless destiny. A tale still relevant to modern times.

Guys Unsworth, Director said:

“Of Mice and Men is one of the great American stories that has stood the test of time. It’s not only about the Great Depression in 1930s rural America but a timeless tale of loyalty and the struggles for survival in a cruel and competitive world. For me it is also one of the most beautiful stories ever told – both heart-warming and breaking at the same time. I fell in love with it when I studied it as a teenager, so it’s always been on my bucket list to direct, and when I mention the title, so many people have a great fondness for it too. I can’t wait to bring it back to the stage.”

David Hutchinson, Executive Creative Producer of Selladoor Productions said:

“We are delighted to be bringing this timeless classic on a brand-new tour across the UK alongside such an exciting creative team.  Giving people the chance to revisit this unforgettable story whilst also bringing it to the stage for a whole new generation of theatre goers.”

Of Mice and Men

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 26 – Sat 3 Feb 2018

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Thurs and Sat matinees, 2.30pm  


Join Gary Lamont in Dropping the Soap! opening at Falkirk Town Hall 16 February. It’s the starriest show in town with guest appearances from 3 chart-topping pop stars and the king of chat himself.

Gary Lamont recently left the popular BBC Scotland soap opera ‘River City’ last year, his character Robbie Fraser leaving Shieldinch in a limousine with pop star Claire Richards.

But while Robbie’s been hired as the hairdresser for the latest Steps tour, what’s next for Gary himself?  That’s the focus of his new comedy cabaret which sees Gary ponder his next move with the help of his pals.

Says Gary, “I’m loving doing my new show and especially working with all my amazing guest stars.  Claire from Steps is my childhood idol, Graham Norton is my favourite TV host, Dawn Steele is my favourite actress, Martine McCutcheon is my spirit animal and Michelle McManus is normally so expensive I can’t afford her.  So to have them all agree to take part and send themselves up has been incredible”.

Claire Richards “Gary managed to rope me in to film his exit from River City and now he’s made me take part in his show.  I have rather a lot on at the minute with the Steps tour so hopefully this will be the end of it all.  If not I will consider a restraining order!  Seriously though, I loved having the chance to take part in Gary’s new show”.

Graham Norton “I absolutely loved Gary’s last show so I was happy to help out with his latest.  Who needs soap when you’ve got buckets of charm, hilarity and song like Gary?  His show is a joyous revelation”.

Book now at venue websites:


Fri 16 Feb – Falkirk Town Hall – 8pm           

Sat 17 Feb – Dundee Gardyne  – 7.30pm               

Fri 23 Feb-  Palace Theatre Kilmarknock – 8pm       

Sat 24 Mar – Cumbernauld Theatre – 7.30pm         

Fri 09 Mar – Eastwood Park Theatre – 8pm   

Fri 27 Apr – Stirling MacRobert  7.30pm                

Sat 28 Apr – Paisley Arts Centre – 7.30pm   

Fri 04 May – Adam Smith Theatre – 7.30pm  

Fri 11 May – Lochgelly Centre – 7.30pm                 

Fri 25 May – Livingston Howden Park 7.30pm         

Sat 26 May – Byre Theatre St Andrews – 8pm         




Scottish Opera’s The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert continues on 25 February at 3pm in Theatre Royal Glasgow with From Russia With Love, a semi-staged performance with the National Opera Studio featuring repertoire with a Russian theme.

Every year, Britain’s major opera companies host residences for the London-based National Opera Studio – the UK’s leading training programme for young opera professionals. This Season is the Studio’s 40th anniversary and Scottish Opera is hosting a week-long residency for the young artists, culminating in this special performance, accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

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. The varied Russian programme for February’s performance includes favourites from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, as well as lesser known pieces, rarely performed on the Scottish stage, from Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and Walton.

Stuart Stratford said: ‘From Russia With Love is a fond look at some Russian inspired classics, as well as some lesser known rarities. The audience will join us on an exciting journey across the Russian musical landscape. Visit the exotic fairy tale world of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Golden Cockerel and Kashchey the Immortal, take a look at the passionate sound world of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and Cherevichki, and revel in the bleak and austere truth of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina. Russian classics are also represented with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and the Russian inspired The Bear by Walton. We are excited to be working with some of the country’s most talented developing artists from the National Opera Studio.’

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


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