Category Archives: What’s on May

NEWS: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR DOMINIC HILL PRODUCTION OF EPIC AMERICAN DRAMA

The Citizens Theatre has released casting details for its forthcoming co-production with HOME, Manchester, of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which runs from 13 Apr – 5 May at the Citizens Theatre and at HOME, Manchester from 9 – 16 May.

Long regarded as one of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of the conflicted Tyrone family. Due to the intensely personal nature of the play O’Neill refused for it to be performed in his own lifetime, though when it was finally staged in 1956, it would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play.

George Costigan, who is best known for portraying Bob in Alan Clarke’s 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, leads a cast of five in the role of the embittered washed-up actor and negligent father, James Tyrone.

In recent years George has starred in numerous quality TV drama series including Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Vera and Scott & Bailey and has also worked with Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill on acclaimed productions including Crime and Punishment, King Lear and Oresteia: This Restless House.

 Lorn Macdonald is familiar to Citizens Theatre regulars for his “spectacularly brilliant” (Scotsman) performance as Renton in Gareth Nicholls’ Trainspotting, and for the role of Orestes in Dominic Hill’s critically acclaimed production of Zinnie Harris’s The Oresteia: This Restless House. In Long Day’s Journey Into Night Lorn plays Edmund Tyrone – a character modelled on Eugene O’Neill himself.

Playing opposite George is Bríd Ní Neachtain in the role of troubled wife and mother Mary Cavan Tyrone. A longstanding member of the renowned Abbey Theatre company, Bríd has a host of film and TV credits to her name, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night marks her debut on the Citizens stage.

They will be joined by Sam Phillips as the couple’s elder son, James Tyrone Jr. Sam’s screen credits include appearing alongside Martin Sheen in Far From the Madding Crowd and the BBC One TV drama, The Syndicate, with stage appearances including the National Theatre’s renowned production of The History Boys.

The cast is completed by Dani Heron as Cathleen. Dani recently graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a first class degree in acting.

Backstage, Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill heads a creative team including regular collaborators Designer Tom Piper (Hay Fever, Endgame, The Libertine, Hamlet and King Lear) and Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod (Oresteia: This Restless House, King Lear, Hamlet). Award-winning Composer Claire Mckenzie and Sound Designer Matt Padden will also join the team.

Rehearsing and opening at the Citizens Theatre, the production will play at co-producers HOME, Manchester from 9 – 26 May, following their previous successful collaboration on Endgame in 2015.

NEWS: Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton confirmed for Fat Friends The Musical at Glasgow King’s

Natasha Hamilton, of Atomic Kitten fame, will be starring in the new musical Fat Friends when it tours to Glasgow this April (Mon 30 – Sat 5 May).

Natasha will be joining an all-star cast including Scotland’s very own Elaine C Smith, West End favourite and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, Jodie Prenger, star of Emmerdale and Wicked Natalie Anderson and Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy.

NEWS: Casting confirmed for Evita at King’s Theatre

After 10 years in the UK and two West End seasons, Evita is captivating audiences across the world as it continues on an International and UK tour in 2018. Having already visited Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates, the story of an ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power at a time of extraordinary political unrest will run at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday 15 May – Saturday 19 May 2018.

Returning to the role of Eva Perón is Madalena Alberto, a role she received critical-acclaim for at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2014. Considered as one of the West End’s prominent leading ladies, Madalena is renowned for some of the most coveted roles in musical theatre, including Fantine in Les Miserábles (25th Anniversary Tour, The Barbican, 02 Arena), Grizabella in Cats (London Palladium) and the title role in Piaf (Leicester Curve). Her most recent credits include The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre), Polly in Pollyanna (Tristan Bates Theatre) and a guest lead in BBC’s Holby City. Alongside her acting career, Madalena is a songwriter and performs solo concerts regularly.

Fresh from the recent West End production in July 2017, leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti will continue in the role of Che, a character who reflects the voice of the Argentine people. Linked to Eva by destiny; he brings balance to the story of Eva’s rise to fame. Gian’s most recently played the title role of Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan, in Stuttgart. Prior to this he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet across Italy.

Leading London and Broadway performer Jeremy Secomb joins the cast of Evita as Juan Perón. Jeremy most recently starred in the theatre production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Barrow Street Theatre) in the title role on Broadway, previous to which he played Javert in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) and Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

The cast is completed by: Oscar Balmaseda (Magaldi); Cristina Hoey (Mistress); Kellie Gnauck (Ensemble); Bethan Jacks (Ensemble); Samuel John Humphreys (Ensemble); Benjamin McMillan (Ensemble); Verity Burgess (Ensemble); Riva Grant (Ensemble); Callum Fitzgerald (Ensemble); Joe McCourt (Ensemble); Emmanuel Alba (Ensemble); Yuval Zoref (Ensemble); Oliver Slade (Ensemble); Jessica Ellen (Ensemble); Kirsty Whelan (Ensemble); Anthony Ray (Ensemble); and Mike Ward (Ensemble).

Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita follows Eva’s journey, which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

 

WHAT’S ON MAY: Runway Theatre Co bring Betty Blue Eyes to Eastwood Park

Following the success of last year’s PRISCILLA – QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Runway Theatre Company is delighted to bring a new musical comedy BETTY BLUE EYES to Eastwood Park Theatre from 8-12 May 2018.
 
Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. It is of course 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
 
Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called A Private Function, which centred around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – ‘She’s seventy four and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, the star, Betty the pig.
See flyer below for ticket details.

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: NEW PRODUCTION OF LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT AT THE CITIZENS THEATRE

The Citizens Theatre today announces a new co-production with HOME, Manchester as part of the Gorbals theatre’s Spring 2018 season. Long Day’s Journey Into Night will play at the Citizens Theatre from 13 April – 18 May 2018, with tickets available from today.

One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O’Neill’s hugely moving and personal Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of a conflicted family, whilst revealing insights into the playwright’s own upbringing.

The Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill will direct this production, and will be joined on the creative team by regular collaborators Designer Tom Piper (Hay Fever, Endgame, The Libertine, Hamlet and King Lear) and Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod (Oresteia: This Restless House, King Lear, Hamlet).

Rehearsing and opening at the Citizens Theatre, the production will play at co-producers HOME, Manchester from 9 – 26 May . The Citizens Theatre previously partnered with HOME on its production of Endgame in 2016, featuring Coronation Street stars Chris Gascoyne and David Neilson.

Tickets at the Citizens Theatre are available for sale from the Citizens Theatre’s website citz.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

NEWS: Titanic The Musical Sets Sail For Glasgow

Titanic the Musical sails into Glasgow next year from Monday 28 May to Saturday 2 June 2018.

In the final hours of 14th April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers.
The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. This brilliant new production direct from London won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.
King’s Theatre, Glasgow – Monday 28 May to Saturday 2 June 2018
ATG Theatre Card – 50% off Mon 28 May, £5 off Tue – Thu
Groups 10+ – £6 off, Mon – Thu
Schools – £15 per ticket, Mon – Thu
Student Wednesdays – £12.50 per ticket, Wed eve
Under 18s – £8 off, Mon – Thu
Concessions – £4 off, Mon – Thu