Category Archives: What’s on September

NEWS: Jurassic Park to be screened with live symphony orchestra in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall

One of the standout films of the 1990s, Jurassic Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a UK tour stopping at one of the UK top venues Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. The film will be soundtracked live by the stunning Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert takes place on Saturday 15 September and tickets go on sale this Wednesday, 28 February at and on 0131 228 1155.

Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall is one of the UK’s top concert halls and one of only 2 Scottish venues on the tour. The screening of Jurassic Park follows a series of live orchestral scores set to film and shown in the wonderful acoustics of the Usher Hall, including Beauty and the Beast on 25 March and Sister Act with live choir on 19 May.

The concert will see the Czech National Symphony Orchestra return to the venue following their performance as part of the Usher Hall’s Sunday Classics series on 22 April.

Also celebrating its 25th birthday in 2018, the CNSO has gained a position among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra presents annually a broad program ranging from classical music concerts through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, or musicals.

Listings information

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Tour with Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Sat 15 September 2018, 7.30pm

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Conductor: Jessica Cottis

Classified PG

Ticket Prices: £49.50 | £41.80 | £35.20 | £27.50 – Max. 8 tickets per person.

Tickets available from 28 Feb at and 0131 228 1155

NEWS: Cast announced for An Officer and a Gentleman tour

Full casting for AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN – THE MUSICAL at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow has been confirmed. Emma Williams will play Paula Pokrifiki, Jonny Fines is Zack Mayo, Ray Shell as Foley, Ian Macintosh as Sid Worley and Jessica Daley as Lynette Pomeroy. The production will open on Monday 10 September and run until Saturday 15 September.

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of Curve and Director of An Officer and Gentleman – The Musical said: “Douglas Day Stewart wrote An Officer and a Gentleman in response to his time serving in the American Air Force and the challenges he faced during training. It is a visceral, uncompromising and ultimately tender portrait of these personal experiences and the lives of folk living near the training facility in the early 1980s.

“We are proud to have assembled such an accomplished company of actors, led by Emma, Ray, Jonny, Ian and Jess to create our production and realise this beautiful portrait of working class lives. All of us at Curve are excited to tell this story – set to a fantastic 80s playlist – and to be working with the talented team at Jamie Wilson Productions. Productions like this couldn’t be made without the support of our collaborators and we are thrilled to be working with Jamie and his team. Officer will certainly be a memorable moment in our theatre’s 10th birthday year.”

Four-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress Emma Williams will play Paula Pokrifki. Emma’s previous West End credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mrs Henderson Presents and Love Story. This year Emma won the What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Helen in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Jonny Fines will play the iconic role of Zack Mayo – the character made famous by Richard Gere in the beloved 80s film. Jonny most recently played the role of Rooster in the West End production of Annie at The Piccadilly Theatre.  Other theatre credits include the UK tours of The Sound of Music and Avenue Q.

Ray Shell will play Foley. Ray is probably most famous for creating the roles of Rusty in Starlight Express and Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe, both in the West End.  His other theatre credits include the iconic productions of Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian Macintosh will play Sid Worley. Ian is an Olivier nominated actor for his role in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, his other credits include The Commitments and Rock of Ages.

Jessica Daley will play Lynette Pomeroy. Jessica was a finalist on the BBC 1’s Over The Rainbow and previous theatre credits include Mamma Mia! In the West End and the UK our of The Sound of Music.

The cast also includes Keisha Atwell (Legally Blonde and Grease at Curve, Annie) who will play Casey Seegar, Andy Barke (Nativity! The Musical and Legally Blonde at Curve) in the role of Louis Perryman, Darren Bennett (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Importance of Being Earnest, Grease and the title role in Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Bryon Mayo, James Darch in the role of Troy, Nathaniel Landskroner (Grease, Legally Blonde and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Craig, George Loannides (Grease at Curve and Annie and Mamma Mia!) in the role of  Eduardo Cortez, Joe Maxwell (Jersey Boys and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Fin Hooper, Corinna Powlesland in the role of Aunt Bunny and Rachel Stanley (Legally Blonde and Scrooge the Musical at Curve, White Christmas) will play Esther Pokrifki.

Joining them will be David Burrows, Vanessa Fisher, Aimee Hodnett, Keiran McGinn and Rhys Whitfield.

This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When Zack rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become both an Officer and a Gentleman.

The musical includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along, with 80s classics such as Alone, Don’t Cry Out Loud, You’re the Voice, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Heart of Glass, Toy Soldiers and Material Girl and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is one of the highest grossing films of all time. The screenplay is by writer and director Douglas Day Stewart which was based on his personal experience as a Naval Officer Candidate. The book is co-written by Douglas and Sharleen Cooper Cohen. It is directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (Annie, What the Butler Saw, Calamity Jane and Sunset Boulevard), Choreographed by Kate Prince (Old Vic Associate Artist, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, Into The Hoods and ZooNation), has Musical Supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, “Sweeney Todd, Sister Act) with Set and Costume design by Olivier Award nominated designer Michael Taylor (“The Winslow Boy”, “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve, “The Dresser”). Orchestrations are by George Dyer, Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Video Design by Douglas O’Connell.


An Officer and a Gentleman

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 10 – Sat 16 Sep 2018

Mon – Sat eves, 7.30pm

Mon & Wed matinees, 2.30pm

0844 871 7647 (calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Alexandra Burke live at the Theatre Royal

A decade after winning The X Factor, pop sensation Alexandra Burke today announced that she will be embarking on her The Truth Is UK tour this autumn. Her first UK headline tour since 2010, The Truth Is will see Alexandra take her infamous soulful to Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Tickets are on sale to ATG Theatre Card holders now and go on general sale on Friday 26 January.

Alexandra will perform songs from her eagerly-anticipated new album, The Truth Is which is released by Decca on 9 March.  The new album is Alexandra’s third studio record and features a host of original tracks showcasing her phenomenal voice and songwriting talent.  Fans at the touring shows will enjoy these new songs, as well the No.1 smash hits including Hallelujah, Bad Boys and many more.

Alexandra says: “I am delighted to be going back on the road again with brand new music from my album The Truth is. This album is incredibly personal to me, I have poured my heart and soul into this and it reflects the incredible journey I’ve been through – highs and lows, love and loss. I love meeting my fans in their home towns so I can’t wait to see you all in September with my new show!”

2018 year marks 10 years since Alexandra won the fifth series of The X Factor, performing alongside Beyoncé in one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history. Alexandra’s winner’s single, a cover of the late Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, holds the current European record for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 copies in just one day. The song also became the top-selling single of 2008 in the UK and the landed the coveted UK Christmas No.1 spot. By January 2009, the single had sold over one million copies in the UK alone – a first for a British female soloist.

Her first album Overcome debuted at No.1 in the UK Album Charts, with four No.1 singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart – Hallelujah, Bad Boys, selling over 780,000 in the UK and becoming a Platinum selling single, All Night Long and Start Without You. One of the most successful alums of that year, Overcome earned her three BRIT Award nominations as well as thousands of loyal fans across the world.

In 2014, Alexandra made her West End debut starring as Rachel Marron in the highly acclaimed musical, The Bodyguard.  In 2016, she took the lead role of Deloris van Cartier in the musical Sister Act, which toured the UK and received 5 star reviews across the country.   Alexandra is currently performing with her Strictly dance partner Gorka Marquez on the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Arena tour, which runs until 11 February.


Cirque du Soleil  has announced a brand-new UK arena tour with OVO.  OVO, a celebration of nature and co-existence will bring its fun-filled production for the whole family to arenas around the country. Making its UK debut in London in January, the arena tour will visit Glasgow in September. Tickets are on sale via the Cirque du Soleil website or at

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 17 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. This includes Alanna Baker from the United Kingdom who plays the role of the Black Spider in the show. She was crowned gymnastics European Champion in 2011 and won Bronze in the World Championships in 2012. Alanna, who has been training since she was five years old has travelled around the world with OVO to countries as far reaching as Japan and Australia and is now set for a return to her home here in the UK.


Having thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, OVO embarks on a journey, offering the same captivating production as the Big Top performances, but on a larger scale now, visiting major arenas and venues, including those around the UK.

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Tickets are available now via the Cirque du Soleil website or at

05 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena

06 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena

07 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena

08 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena (matinee)

08 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena

09 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena (matinee)

09 September    Glasgow            SSE Hydro Arena

NEWS: Shrek stomps into Glasgow King’s

SHREK THE MUSICAL® will be stomping into Glasgow this autumn as producers of the hit musical are delighted to announce additional Scotland dates due to popular demand. Following the critically acclaimed opening of the new UK and Ireland tour in Edinburgh, the larger-than-life production will be arriving at the King’s in Glasgow from Tuesday 25 September until Saturday 6 October.

Leading the cast as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’ will be Steffan Harri, having previously starred in the original UK tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL® and actor and recording artist Amelia Lily as Princess Fiona, who will perform her only Scottish date at King’s Theatre Glasgow. They will be joined by Marcus Ayton as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Samuel Holmes as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.

The company of fairy-tale characters will include Adam Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Michael Carolan, Joseph Dockree, Will Hawksworth, Sarah-Louise Jones, Reece Kerridge, Thomas Lee Kidd, Amy Oxley, Jemma Revell, Lucinda Shaw, Sam Stones, Adam Taylor, Jennifer Tierney, Sophie Wallis, Francesca Williams, Laura Wilson and Kevin Yates.

Caro Newling (Co-Producer, Neal Street Productions) said: “When we saw the wonderful reception we had in Edinburgh over the Christmas season, we knew we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give Scottish audiences another chance to see Shrek and all his fairytale friends. Since Shrek the Musical’s West End debut in 2011 we have opened our doors to nearly 2 million audience members nationwide and now it’s great to be back on the road with a brand new version of this uplifting show.”

Nick Salmon (Co-Producer, Playful Productions) said: “I am thrilled that the show has reunited many of the talented team members who have been involved in the production since day one. Nigel has gone from being Lord Farquaad, in the West End to directing our touring production and Steffan, who was previously one of our hilarious Three Pigs, has stepped triumphantly into Shrek’s ogre-sized shoes. We also welcome our new cast members, including Amelia Lily as Princess Fiona who will have her only Scottish performances in Glasgow.’

Nigel Harman returns as director, having made his directorial debut on the first ever tour. Since then Nigel has gone on to direct Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses (Trafalgar Studios) and, most recently, Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish The Musical (The Other Palace). Best known for his stage and television work, Nigel originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End, winning the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Steffan Harri starred in the first ever UK tour of Shrek the Musical, covering the role of Lord Farquaad. West End theatre credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre) and Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre). Steffan also played Lyn in Welsh language soap opera Rownd a Rownd.

Amelia Lily first rose to fame on The X Factor, finishing third on the eighth series in 2011. Her debut single You Bring Me Joy reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Theatre credits include playing the Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Whatsername in the West End premiere of Green Day’s hit punk rock musical American Idiot (Arts Theatre & UK Tour) and Shout! (Winter Gardens Blackpool). Most recently Amelia was runner up in the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

Marcus Ayton’s recent credits include Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live, Ray Charles in A Tribute to the Brothers Live and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour).

Samuel Holmes recently appeared as George in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer. Other stage credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath; Noel Coward Theatre), Water Babies (Curve Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Novello Theatre).

Join our unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings over 100 much-loved fairytale characters, plus a 14-foot dragon, to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

Shrek the Musical

King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Tue 25 Sep-Sat 6 Oct
Evenings: Tues-Sat 7pm
Matinees:  Sat 29 & Sun 30 September; Wed 3, Thu 4 & Sat 6 October
0844 871 7648* calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

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