Category Archives: What’s on NOVEMBER

NEWS: Trainspotting back and tickets on sale tomorrow

orange lettering it's back for trainspotting at citizens theatre glasgow

Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting began its life as a piece of drama at the Citizens Theatre over 20 years ago and returned in 2016 with a critically-acclaimed sold-out run. Hot on the heels of Trainspotting 2, Danny Boyle’s sequel to his phenomenally successful film version, and by popular public demand, the Citizens Theatre is bringing its production of the notorious story back to the stage from 18 October to 11 November 2017.  The production will also tour to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, presented by Selladoor Scotland.

Trainspotting was first presented in a stage adaptation by Harry Gibson in the theatre’s Stalls Studio in 1994, just a year after the book’s publication. The shocking and explicit production was hugely successful and was quickly remounted in the theatre’s larger Circle Studio. The adaptation has since been staged across the globe.

Trainspotting is set in Thatcher-era Leith, in a world where work and opportunities are scarce. The trappings of a successful lifestyle are held out of reach of Renton, Begbie, Sickboy and Spud, who instead look for fulfilment through the point of a needle.

Gareth Nicholls returns to the Citizens Theatre to direct.  Nicholls’ recent credits include God of Carnage (Tron Theatre) and The Burial at Thebes, Coriolanus and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). His production of Gary McNair’s A Gambler’s Guide to Dying won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, and has toured the UK and Adelaide Festival, and has just completed an Off-Broadway run. Nicholls held the post of Citizens Theatre Main Stage Director in Residence (2014-16), directing Into That Darkness, Vanya and Blackbird all of which received 4- and 5-star reviews.

Of his return to the Citizens Theatre, Gareth commented, “Irvine Welsh’s urgent and uncompromising story clearly still packs a punch – we saw audiences from all backgrounds connecting strongly to its heady mix of humour, heartache and heroin. Its unflinching look at Scottish identity, masculinity and choice seems to be as pertinent now as it was 24 years ago and I’m thrilled to be once more bringing this raw, energetic and iconic modern classic back to the stage.

Tickets for Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre are available from Tuesday 16 May from the Citizens Theatre’s website or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

Tickets for the King’s Theatre Edinburgh will go on general sale on Tuesday 2 May with Friends Tickets available from Monday 24 April. Tickets available from or 0131 529 6000.

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: The Rivals at Citizens Theatre

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill directs a new co-production between Bristol Old Vic, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals this autumn. The elegant yet earthy 18th-century comedy of manners features some of the most enduring and eccentric comic characters in British theatre and plays at the Citizens Theatre from 2 to 19 November.

Set in the summer streets of Bath, The Rivals follows the fortunes of social climber Mrs Malaprop in her efforts to make a fortuitous match for her niece Lydia Languish. Mrs Malaprop’s plans are thwarted by a series of mistaken identities and complex machinations, with hilarious consequences. The contrivances of The Rivals were inspired by Sheridan’s own romantic entanglements, which fed the gossip-mongers of his day with endless scandal and tittle-tattle.

The production opened at Bristol Old Vic on Thursday 15 September, with critics praising Hill’s production for its boldness and humour and Tom Roger’s set design. The cast assembled have , with Lucy Briggs-Owen’s Made In Chelsea-inspired interpretation of Lydia Languish and Julie Legrand’s preening Mrs Malaprop being particularly lauded.

Legrand returns to the Citizens Theatre as Mrs Malaprop, having been a regular member of the Citizens’ company in the 1980s. In her previous roles at the Citizens, Legrand appeared onstage alongside actors including Gary Oldman, Rupert Everett, Roberta Taylor and Celia Imrie. Legrand has since gone on to perform regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as in Chichester Festival Theatre’s recent production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton and as Jeanette Dunkley in the TV series Footballer’s Wives.

Playing opposite Legrand is Olivier Award-winner Desmond Barrit as Sir Anthony Absolute. A regular performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Barrit won an Olivier Award for his role in the company’s The Comedy of Errors and an Olivier nomination for his role as Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2.  Legrand and Barrit have previously appeared on stage together as Madam Morrible and The Wizard respectively in Wicked in London’s West End.

Jessica Hardwick returns to the Citizens stage as Julia Melville. Hardwick’s previous performances at the Citizens in Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Rapunzel, Crime and Punishment and Slope as well as in National Theatre of Scotland’s recent tour of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart mark her as one of Scotland’s finest young actors.  They are joined by Nicholas Bishop, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Lily Donovan, Keith Dunphy, Henry Everett, Lee Mengo, Rhys Rusbatch and Shaun Miller, who is one of this season’s Citizens Theatre Actor Interns.

The production premiered at Bristol Old Vic on Thursday 15 September, running until 1 October. The Rivals then plays at the Liverpool Playhouse 5 – 29 October, before its run at the Citizens from 2 – 19 November.

Tickets are on sale now from or by calling 0141 429 0022. Full price tickets are available from £12.50 – £22.50, with tickets for the preview performance on Wednesday 2 November priced at £9.50. Bargain hunters can join the queue for 50p tickets for The Rivals when they go on sale at 10am on Saturday 29 October.

Header image: Julie Legrand, Desmond Barrit, Lee Mengo and Keith Dunphy in The Rivals. Photo by Mark Douet

AMATEUR FOCUS: Hamilton ODC present Me and My Girl at Motherwell Concert Hall

Hamilton Operatic and Dramatic Club present musical theatre classic Me and My Girl this November.

Featuring the songs, Lambeth Walk, Leaning on a Lamppost, and The Sun Has Got His Hat On, the show tells the story of unsophisticated cockney Bill Snibson who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford.

Motherwell Concert Hall 15 – 19 November 2016



WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: The Catherine Tate Show at the Clyde Auditorium

The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor Catherine Tate, will take ‘The Catherine Tate Show – Live’ across the country this autumn, with a 21 date UK tour starting on 1 November. It visits Glasgow Clyde Auditorium on Tue 8 November. Tickets for all shows will go on-sale on Friday 29 April at 10.00am.

In never seen before sketches, the tour will unite some of Catherine’s best-known characters from her hugely successful BBC series ‘The Catherine Tate Show’. The cast will include ‘Nan’ Taylor; Irish nurse Bernie; Geordie Georgie; Essex girl Sam…and the return of a certain argumentative teenager…

Nan said: “She’s going on tour, is she?  What a load of old s**t.”

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: The Shawshank Redemption comes to Glasgow

Fear will hold you prisoner, hope can see you free.

Bill Kenwright presents a new stage production inspired by the classic film The Shawshank Redemption, based on the short novel by Stephen King and tickets are now on sale.

The-Shawshank-Redemption-Patrick-Robinson-as-Red-and-Ian-Kelsey-as-Andy-c-Mark-Yeoman-Based on the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, the play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum-security facility. The 1994 feature film, regularly voted Britain’s favourite ever movie, starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Mon 21 – Sat 26 November 2016, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

TKTS: Here

Image: Mark Yeoman

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: David Essex tours to Glasgow King’s

Internationally renowned singer, composer and actor DAVID ESSEX OBE has announced his first major tour in over four years. The King’s Theatre Glasgow is the only Scottish venue on his 21 date UK tour which will see him perform much loved hits spanning over his entire 50 year repertoire.

David first shot to fame when he went to an audition for the London production of the musical Godspell and was chosen by enthusiastic US producers for the role of Jesus. He received major awards and some ecstatic reviews which saw him lead a cast at the Roundhouse and then at the West End for two years.

Since then David Essex has enjoyed a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television with striking success. He has written, recorded and produced albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. He’s also had twenty-three Top 30 singles in Britain alone.

King’s Theatre Glasgow

Sun 13 Nov – Doors open 7pm, start time TBC

On Sale: Fri 8 Apr, 10am

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee) Calls cost 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge (bkg fee)

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Little Shop of Horrors at the Theatre Royal

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is the charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof.

Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.

Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams? With music by the legendary Alan Menken, best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, Little Shop of Horrors is a cult film and one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.

Presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company who have previous toured critically acclaimed productions of Avenue Q, The History Boys, American Idiot and Seussical the Musical.

Theatre Royal Glasgow 14 – 19 November 2016

Tickets here