Category Archives: What’s on FEBRUARY

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

Price

  • Standard £10
  • Concession £8

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

Info here: https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9258/Little-Red-Riding-Hood

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.

Price

  • Standard £15
  • Concession £12

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

More informationhttps://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9256/Ae-Fond-Kiss

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

www.atgtickets.com  

NEWS: CLAIRE FROM STEPS, MARTINE MCCUTCHEON, GRAHAM NORTON, DAWN STEELE & MICHELLE MCMANUS GUEST STAR IN ‘GARY LAMONT: DROPPING THE SOAP!’ TOUR 2018

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:

LISTINGS

Fri 16 Feb – Falkirk Town Hall – 8pm                     http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Sat 17 Feb – Dundee Gardyne  – 7.30pm                         http://www.gardynetheatre.org.uk

Fri 23 Feb-  Palace Theatre Kilmarknock – 8pm                 http://www.eastayrshireleisure.com

Sat 24 Mar – Cumbernauld Theatre – 7.30pm                   http://www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk

Fri 09 Mar – Eastwood Park Theatre – 8pm             http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

Fri 27 Apr – Stirling MacRobert  7.30pm                          http://www.macrobertartscentre.org/

Sat 28 Apr – Paisley Arts Centre – 7.30pm             http://www.boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Fri 04 May – Adam Smith Theatre – 7.30pm            http://www.onfife.com

Fri 11 May – Lochgelly Centre – 7.30pm                           http://www.onfife.com

Fri 25 May – Livingston Howden Park 7.30pm                   http://www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk

Sat 26 May – Byre Theatre St Andrews – 8pm                   http://www.byretheatre.com

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NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA AND THE NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO PERFORM RUSSIAN-THEMED REPERTOIRE IN THE SUNDAY SERIES: OPERA IN CONCERT

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