Category Archives: What’s on JANUARY 2020

NEWS: STEPHEN TOMPKINSON & JESSICA JOHNSON STAR IN THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF WILLY RUSSELL’S EDUCATING RITA

David Pugh and Theatre by the Lake are delighted to announce that their highly acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 2020 as part of 40th anniversary UK tour.

Starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and Jessica Johnson as Rita, the play will  run from Monday 24 February until Saturday 29 February 2020.

The production is directed by Max Roberts.

EDUCATING RITA tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons, and her encounters with university tutor Frank. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. However, Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other.

EDUCATING RITA was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played at the Warehouse Theatre, London in 1980, starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. Julie Walters reprised her role in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film opposite Michael Caine.

Born in Liverpool in 1947, Willy Russell left school at 15 and became a women’s hairdresser and part-time singer/songwriter before returning to education to retrain as a teacher. Russell’s other writing credits include the Olivier Award-winning musical Blood Brothers, and the hugely successful play Shirley Valentine, which won the Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy and Best New Actress, and a  Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. The play was adapted for film and nominated for a host of BAFTA and Academy Awards. Willy Russell continues to be one of the most celebrated writers of his generation with works constantly in production throughout the world as well as in the UK.

Willy Russell said of this tour: “I am delighted that Stephen and Jess are returning next year to play Frank and Rita in the 40th anniversary production of Educating Rita, directed once again by the wonderful Max Roberts – I’m extremely proud to be associated with this marvellous production.”

Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off. His theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End, Cloaca and A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Art and Tartuffe (National Tours).

Stephen Tompkinson said: “We had such a wonderful time touring and performing this last year around the UK.  Audiences respond so well to Willy Russell’s brilliant two-hander.  The response Jess and I receive and their affection for this play and these characters are overwhelming.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this production and to be sharing the stage with Jess again in even more cities next year.”

Jessica Johnson’s theatre credits include Call Me Mary Poppins, Goth Weekend, Kings and Queens, Each Piece and Anti-Gravity at the Live Theatre, Newcastle. She previously played Rita in Rebecca Frecknall’s 2017 production of Educating Rita at the Gala Theatre, Durham. Her television credits include Wire In The Blood (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV) and Cuckoo (Channel 4).

Jessica Johnson said: “Working with Willy, Max and Stephen earlier this year and developing the role of Rita in front of incredible audiences, has been the highlight of my career so far. It has been a total honour and now I get to do it again in the 40th anniversary production. I couldn’t be happier.”

Max Roberts is Emeritus Artistic Director of Newcastle’s Live Theatre. Under his direction, the Live Theatre has become one of the country’s most successful theatre companies with an outstanding reputation for developing new work. His Olivier Award-nominated production of Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis transferred to the West End’s Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios) before touring nationally. He also directed The Pitman Painters, which transferred to the National Theatre and won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards before opening on Broadway.

LISITNGS

Educating Rita

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb 2020

Mon-Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat: 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com*

0844 871 7647**

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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio

Following the success of last year’s production Cinderella, The Pavilion have decided to take the team on another Panto adventure.

The production team have said: “It has been one of our favourites over the years and we think that we are the only theatre in the country to produce The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio. As always, we base our Pantomime on the original story but have that Glasgow twist in true Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is Good Clean Family Entertainment.”

It is sure to be a Sing-A-Long, Join In Adventure with an all star cast, a brand new script, stunning scenery, sensational costumes and magical special effects that they have become known for.

There are Generous Discounts and Concessions available at all performances.

28 Nov 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

More info here: https://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/shows/the-magical-adventures-of-pinocchio/

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Cinderfella at the Tron

It’s almost panto time at the Tron Theatre and they have announced that the 2019 pantomime CINDERFELLA (27th Nov 2019 – 5th Jan 2020) is set to defy convention once again by featuring an all-women cast of Tron panto legends, just one year after progressive panto Mammy Goose portrayed a heartwarming tale of same-sex love between two heroes. Penned once again by the inimitable Johnny McKnight, this year’s pantomime Christmas show will be directed and designed by Kenny Miller.

Imagine having to do everything in your house… Well, that’s the life Cinderella (Sally Reid) leads. It’s a pure nightmare – and her family? Well, they make the Kardashians look positively normal. She’s got two idiotic step-brothers – Harry and Larry (Hannah Jarrett-Scott and Daisy Ann Fletcher) – who are incapable of doing anything for themselves; a Stepmother (Lauren Ellis-Steele) so wicked she makes Ann Widdecombe look warm and cuddly; AND she has to work morning, noon and night in the family dressmaking business. Her only pal is a gallus wee sheep named Muttons (Jo Freer).

But there’s hope when she hears that winner of Entrepreneur of the Year, Princess Charmaine is having a party for all the commoners in the pantosphere. Will Cinderella get to the ball and save her family business? Who will Princess Charmaine pick as her husband? And who on earth would leave a pair of glass trainers at the bottom of the royal palace stairs?

With stunningly festive lighting from Grant Anderson, and the usual toe-tapping tunes by Ross Brown, CINDERFELLA is set to be yet another unmissable all-singing, all-dancing, irreverent, gallus, festive extravaganza.

Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates: Wed 27 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020, times vary
Tickets: £9 – £23 (prices vary)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or http://www.tron.co.uk

NEWS: God of Carnage announced to return for UK tour starring Elizabeth McGovern, Nigel Lindsay, Samantha Spiro and Simon Paisley Day

Following an acclaimed run as part of its Summer Season 2018, Theatre Royal Bath Productions is delighted to announced the return of its hit comedy production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage for a UK tour starting in January 2020. Elizabeth McGovern, fresh from starring in the celebrated Downton Abbey film, reprises her dazzling performance as Veronica with Nigel Lindsay back as her bluff husband Michael. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the production welcomes two-time Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro who will play Annette and Simon Paisley Day, recently seen in Ralegh: The Treason Trial at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, in the role of husband, Alan.

God of Carnage will run at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (14 – 18 January 2020), Theatre Royal Bath (20 – 25 January and with opening night for press on 21 January), Theatre Royal Glasgow (27 January – 1 February), Cambridge Arts Theatre (3 – 8 February) and Rose Theatre Kingston (10 – 15 February).

When 11-year-old Ferdinand hits 11-year-old Bruno with a stick in a playground punch-up and knocks out two of his teeth, the combatants’ enlightened parents decide to meet to talk things over civilly. But once the niceties are done with and the drink starts flowing, it is the parents who turn into spoiled brats.

Elizabeth McGovern/Veronica

God of Carnage is a ruthlessly comic study of middle-class parenting. Originally written in French, the play was translated by Christopher Hampton in 2008. The production went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Tony Award for Best New Play.

Elizabeth McGovern is well known for her Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She has also played Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Her theatre credits include Broadway productions of Time and the Conways, Hamlet and Love Letters. Other film and television credits include Ordinary People, Once Upon a Time in AmericaThe Handmaid’s Tale and The Wings of the Dove.

Nigel Lindsay/Michael

Nigel Lindsay is an Olivier Award nominated actor. His numerous television credits include the ITV series Victoria, Spooks, White Gold and The Capture. For film he has appeared in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Four Lions, for which he was nominated for Best British Comedy Performance in Film at the British Comedy Awards. His many stage credits include the title role in Shrek the Musical for which he was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Guys and Dolls (West End), Harrogate (Royal Court), A Small Family Business (National Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre) and Awake and Sing (Almeida).

Samantha Spiro is a two-time Oliver Award-winning actress. Her numerous television credits include her British Comedy Award-winning role in Grandma’s House, Game of Thrones and Cold Feet. She recently appeared on stage in Lady Windermere’s Fan (West End). Previous credits include Guys and Dolls (West End), Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), her Olivier Award winning title role in Hello, Dolly! and Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along which also saw her receive the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Simon Paisley Day’s recent screen credits include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Born A King, The Crown, Brexit: The Uncivil War and Victoria & Abdul. He previously appeared at Bath in Richard Eyre’s Private Lives. Further stage credits include Twelfth Night (National Theatre), The Lorax (Old Vic), West End productions of Anything Goes, The Philanthropist, The 39 Steps and Private Lives, the title role in Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Low Road and The Ugly One (Royal Court).

Yasmina Reza has written numerous plays including Olivier and Tony Award winning God of Carnage, Art, The Unexpected Man and The Passage of Winter.  She has also written novels Hammerklavier, Desolation, Adam Haberberg, Happy are The Happy and Babylone and the screenplay for Carnage.

Lindsay Posner’s career includes positions as Associate Director of Royal Court Theatre, Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and Deputy Director for main house.  Additional credits include Olivier nominated productions of A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Carousel (Churchill Theatre, UK Tour and Savoy Theatre) as well as The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Truth (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s), Hayfever (Theatre Royal Bath/West End) and The Winslow Boy (Roundabout Theatre, New York; Old Vic Theatre). Television credits include Two Oranges and a Mango and The Maitlands.

Monday 27 January – Saturday 1 February 2020
Theatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA
Box Office: 08448 717 647
www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-Glasgow/

Images: Nobby Clark

WHAT’S ON JANUARY: CARAVAN PALACE ANNOUNCE GLASGOW SHOW AT O2 ACADEMY & NEW ALBUM

Parisian electronic alchemists Caravan Palace announce a show at the O2 Academy in Glasgow as part of their 2020 tour.

Tickets for the show are now on general sale from https://www.gigsinscotland.com/artist/caravan-palace.

Album pre-order and access to exclusive ticket bundles from: https://caravanpalace.tmstor.es

The band have also announced the release date of their new sonically explosive album ‘Chronologic’ as August 30th 2019. Following on from the huge success of their last studio album, 2015’s <I°_°I>, could have seemed quite the task for the band. <I°_°I>, with its fusion of hedonistic house and old school jazz, has now sold more than ¼ million copies and featured the huge viral hits in ‘Lone Digger’ and ‘Wonderland’, whilst affording the band opportunities to perform on primetime UK TV shows including Later…With Jools Holland, The Jonathan Ross Show, Tonight at The London Palladium, and BBC 2’s Hootenanny.

The musical virtuosity of the band combined with their panache, flair and genuine joy in performing live is evident at their awe-inducing sold out headline shows – recent highlights include Brixton Academy & Somerset House – and main-stage performances at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness.

Not only are Caravan Palace stunning the live scene, they are one of the most viral acts in the digital world with statistics rising at an extraordinary rate; 2.1 million video uploads on TIKTOK (world’s most downloaded app), 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, +¼ billion Spotify streams, 1.1 million YouTube subscribers, 200 million YouTube plays of the ‘Lone Digger’ official video adding to 479 million total YouTube official channel streams.

The instrumentalists and studio wizards have more than risen to the challenge with this new album, once again pushing their idiosyncratic soundscapes to new heights. And continuing to blur the lines between vintage and modern. Broadening the sonic palette, the early swing, jazz and big band of previous records now share the stage with new influences including rhythm & blues, bossa and soul, amongst others, while the production and performance are firmly rooted in the present. Two years hunkered down in their subterranean studio have resulted in a record that is joyous, high-spirited and so distinctly Caravan Palace. For the first time, the band has also invited a selection of superb guest singers to appear in their music, adding to the texture and widening appeal of their sound.

Initial singles from ‘Chronologic’ are already experiencing radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac, and BBC Radio 6 Music, along with airplay worldwide. First single ‘Miracle’ had its visual treatment from the same animation studio as the legendary ‘Lone Digger’ video, and has climbed to over 4.3 million YouTube views since its release in February. The second single ‘About You’, which is also the first to feature outside talents courtesy of vocalist Charles X, is has notched up nearly 1 million Spotify streams in the month since its release.

Thu 23 Jan 2020, Glasgow, O2 Academy

 

WHAT’S ON JANUARY 2020 – David Walliams’ Grandpa’s Great Escape

Many years ago, Grandpa was a World War II flying ace. But when he is sent to old folk’s home Twilight Towers – run by sinister Matron Swine – it’s up to Grandpa and his grandson, Jack, to plot a daring escape. Little do they know, the wicked matron is on to them…

Actor and comedian Nigel Planer will star as Grandpa in the first ever stage adaptation of Grandpa’s Great Escape, the exhilarating number one best-selling children’s book by David Walliams which will tour UK arenas this Christmas.

Best known for playing Neil in the much loved BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, Nigel has worked extensively in TV, film and radio throughout his illustrious 40-year career. He is also certainly no stranger to the stage, with theatre credits including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Chicago, Wicked and We Will Rock You.

The wonderous stage design for this arena spectacular will see venues around the UK transformed into London and its landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the River Thames, from thousands of feet in the sky, as Grandpa’s life size Spitfire soars through the air.

Grandpa’s Great Escape Live follows the acclaimed television film which aired on BBC One in December 2018, and will be directed by Tony® Award nominee Sean Foley (The Catherine Tate Show Live & The Painkiller). The set has been created by entertainment architects Stufish Productions (Beyonce & Jay Z, Madonna, The Rolling Stones). The script adaptation of the book has been written by Kevin Cecil (Little Britain & Gangsta Granny television film).

The show runs at approximately 75 minutes without interval.

This is an adaptation of David Walliams’ book and he will not be appearing in person at this event.

LISTINGS

03 January 2020

£28.40 – £51.10
(inc admin fee) + fulfilment

Accessible Ticket Booking Line:
0800 952 0110

Ticket limit: 8 per transaction

NEWS: JINGS, CRIVVENS! HELP MA BOAB! BRAND NEW OOR WULLIE MUSICAL COMES TO GLASGOW

Dundee Rep Ensemble and Selladoor Productions in association with Noisemaker, are to bring Scotland’s favourite comic strip scamp DC Thomson Media’s Oor Wullie to life live on stage.

The new musical adventure will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday 21 January for five nights as part of a Scottish tour.

Oor Wullie has featured in DC Thomson Media comic strips in the Sunday Post for more than 80 years, earning him the title of ‘Scotland’s Favourite Son’ in a public vote in 2004.  The iconic laddie from Auchenshoogle is much loved for his big heart, constant war against boredom and his mischievous energetic pranks which often land him in a scrape or two! Now you can see the spiky-haired scallywag live on stage as he embarks on an adventure with pals Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang – the only question is; where’s his bucket?!

In their 80th anniversary year Dundee Rep is one of Scotland’s most awarded theatres and the only theatre in Scotland to have a permanent company of actors, established 20 years ago as the Dundee Rep Ensemble. Oor Wullie will be directed by Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton, and adapted for stage by Noisemaker whose previous collaborations include the hugely successful The Snow Queen in 2018 and a brand new musical premiering in the US this Spring Hi, My Name is Ben.

Oor Wullie also marks an ongoing partnership with the internationally acclaimed Selladoor Worldwide who recently commissioned and produced another DC Thomson Media favourite The Broons directed by Andrew Panton in their 2016 critically acclaimed tour.

LISTINGS

Oor Wullie

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 21 – Sat 25 Jan 2020

Tue-Sat: 7.30pm

Thu, Sat: 2.30pm

ww.atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 871 7647*

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