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NEWS: Scottish dates for ‘HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES’ starring Vicki Michelle and Julie Coombe

HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES the comedy sketch show starring VICKI MICHELLE with JOSEPHINE PARTRIDGE and JULIE COOMBE will be touring to Scotland on these dates:

April 20th/21st Kilmarnock Palace Theatre

May 4th Arbroath Webster Theatre

May 5th Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre

May 19th Edinburgh Festival Theatre

May 31st Dundee Caird Hall

June 2nd Glasgow Theatre Royal

Hormonal Housewives is a witty, topical, rude and extremely funny three hander starring Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo, Emmerdale) with Josephine Partridge (Top Girls) and Scottish co-writer Julie Coombe, this no-holds-barred show blasts its way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, celebrity gossip, a lot of chocolate…and you get the idea. 

For these ‘Hormonal Housewives’ no subject is taboo and no thought too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights by this vivacious cast.

Co-writer and performer Julie Coombe says “I come from a big, working class Glasgow family dominated by strong, wonderful women.  They’re also loud, crazy and fun!  I grew up in Kilwinning in Ayrshire, close to Kilmarnock and Glasgow and was raised by my mum and granny.  We weren’t well off materially but the house was always full of laughter.  If struggle and hardship bring people together I believe it’s laughter that makes it bearable and gets you through – laughter definitely got my gang through.  There is a saying “if you didnae laugh you’d greet”!  It’s true and really, who wouldn’t want to laugh till the tears roll down your face in the company of good pals.  I’ve always been drawn to comedy Scotland’s tremendous comedy heritage is hugely inspiring.  I’m really looking forward to performing ‘Hormonal Housewives’ in Scotland – I hope audiences will find it as funny as I do!”

Vicki Michelle is known globally for her role as waitress Yvette in the award winning and long running British comedy TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo; she has been a regular cast member of Emmerdale and Doctors and has starred alongside Ray Winstone and Idris Elba in All In The Game, Hugh Bonneville in Silent Hours and Keith Lemon and Robbie Williams in The Keith and Paddy Picture Show. Vicki’s many TV credits include I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Masterchef, The Wright Stuff; she made her West End debut with Dudley Moore in Play It Again Sam, and her theatrical credits range from playing Marilyn Monroe in Hello Norma Jean to Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. 
Film credits include The Greek Tycoon with Anthony Quinn, and the award-winning Grimaldi: The Funnest Man In The World with The Chuckle Brothers and David Essex.  Vicki hosts her own weekly radio show Vix Mix on Phoenix 98FM in Essex and has presented numerous awards ceremonies.  She served as Executive Producer on the Ray Cooney film Run For Your Wife and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her extensive services to charity.  She is patron of two young people’s theatre schools in London and Kent and the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

In her final term at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 Josephine Partridge met her future husband, moved to Wales, raised a family and ran drama classes for young children.  In 2017 she decided to return to the stage and landed the leading role of Marlene in Caryl Churchill’s classic 1982 play Top Girls which had a successful run at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre.  Recently she performed a piece she’d written for the London-based theatre company Bee In My Beanie.  “I’m so excited about joining the cast of Hormonal Housewives,” says Josephine.  “It’s my first theatrical tour and I’m really looking forward to working with Vicki and Julie and going to different theatres around the country.  My character is well into keeping fit and tries to get the other two involved! I have a physical fitness background and I’m training to be a personal trainer – Vicki’s and Julie’s characters are definitely not on the same page as my character when it comes to going to the gym!”

David Janson has directed numerous pantomimes, plays and children’s theatre productions.  He started his career as an actor at the age of 9 appearing in the West End production of Oliver!, the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, and in the RSC season at Stratford.  He spent three years in one of TV’s first soap operas, The Newcomers, and gained acclaim in Get Some In, Don’t Rock the Boat and Grundy. He played Herr Flick in the last series of ‘Allo ‘Allo.

David’s directing credits include Ray Cooney’s Tom Dick & Harry, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and The Other Side of Chris Barrie.  He was a member of the creative team for Bloodbath – The Musical featuring Antony Costa, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009.  David’s extensive pantomime credits include Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Peter Pan and he has worked with many household names including Gareth Gates, Bobby Davro, Matthew Kelly, Sue Hodge, Toyah Willcox, Lorraine Chase, John Altman, Kerry Ellis.

David is also an established voiceover artist and director and was UK voice director for the Disney Corporation on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Pooh Halloween and The Heffalump Movie. 

 

WHAT’S ON MAY: The Scarlet Pimpernel Showcase – cast announcement

Seek him here – The Scarlet Pimpernel comes to the Scottish stage and has just made a cast announcement.
A mysterious, impudent spy. An ambitious, ruthless, spy hunter. And the woman they both love. Let them transport you from the gaming tables of Georgian London to the prisons of Revolutionary Paris for a deadly game of cat and mouse in the shadow of the guillotine. The 18th century swashbuckling dandy and original Superhero, makes a return to the stage in Glasgow, Denny and Edinburgh in May in a new production directed by Bard in the Botanics’ Associate Director, Jennifer Dick.
It is set to star Edward Soper, Nicole Cooper, CATS Winner 2017, Neil John Gibson, John Winchester, Esme Bayley, Kyle Gardiner, Laurie Brown and Stephanie McGregor.
FRIDAY 3rd MAY, 7.30pm
Adelaide Hall,  209 Bath Street,  GLASGOW
SATURDAY 4th MAY, 7.30pm
Broompark Centre, Davies Row, DENNY 
*Q & A after this performance with the Writer, Director and cast members.
SUNDAY 5th MAY, 7.30pm
Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, EDINBURGH 
Tickets are £10 and available online from:

REVIEW: Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse

With its origins as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2010 festive show, nine years down the line, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda has been seen by over eight million people around the globe. Winning awards and smashing box office records wherever it goes (and deservedly so) the transformation of a much-adored but thematically and emotionally challenging children’s book was never going to be easy, taking its creators seven years to develop from page to stage – but boy was it worth it.

There are few other musicals, let alone one largely written for a child audience, that is a genuine emotional rollercoaster, laugh-out-loud funny and entirely entertaining from curtain up to curtain down for an audience of all ages. Never shying away from the darker corners of human nature, it re-iterates throughout that despite this one having one, not all stories have a happy ending. An unexpected and unwelcome addition to the grotesque Wormwood family, five-and-a-half-year-old prodigy with telekinetic powers Matilda (Scarlett Cecil), takes solace in books – from Austen and Brontë to Dickens and Dostoyevsky and finds a kindred spirit in her gentle and downtrodden new teacher Miss Honey. While she relishes starting school, the cruelty she seeks to escape at home is heaped upon her and her classmates ten-fold by their larger than life, ex-Olympic hammer throwing head mistress Miss Trunchbull (played to utter perfection and with great relish by Elliot Harper).

With a two-hour 40-minute running time, jam packed with dialogue, tricky lyrics and hugely inventive choreography and scene changes, Matilda’s success relies in no small part to a well-drilled cast, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better quality one than this. Scarlett Cecil, one of four Matildas is an absolute star, it must be remembered that this is a child taking on this role, a child who rarely leaves the stage during the entire production, a child who is delivering complex dialogue and lyrics that those treble her age would find challenging. The entire child cast are exceptional (the adults are pretty spectacular too) not a foot or word is out of place and the energy and gusto with which they attack every scene adds a youthful realism.

Both Kelly’s words (perfectly adapted from Roald Dahl’s original book) and Tim Minchin’s music and lyrics are clever, clever, clever and prove that there’s no need to dumb down to provide entertainment with mass appeal. As perfect as it’s possible to be, Matilda remains an outstanding musical in the British theatrical canon.

Runs until 27 April 2019 | Image: Contributed

This review was originally written for THE REVIEWS HUB

NEWS: JOHN BARROWMAN ANNOUNCES UK SUMMER TOUR INCLUDING GLASGOW & EDINBURGH DATES

This summer, John Barrowman will tour England, Scotland, and Wales celebrating his 30 years on stage and screen with favourite songs and fabulous stories from his life and career.

Barrowman is a singer, actor, dancer, presenter, judge and author. Most recently, UK audiences delighted in supporting him as he made the final three in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2018.

The Scottish-born star will come to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 18 and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Wednesday, June 19.

Speaking about the tour he said: “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years from my West End debut in Anything Goes to my Australian jungle adventures in I’m A Celebrity, and there’s been lots of fabulousness in between.

 “I’m thrilled to celebrate this amazing milestone with my FABULOUS tour. I’m looking forward to meeting fans and sharing some of my favourite moments with you all.”

Tickets go on sale at 10am Wednesday, January 23 from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

NEWS: The Lion King Returns to Edinburgh

The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland has today announced that the award-winning musical THE LION KING will return to the Edinburgh Playhouse in December 2019, the only Scottish dates on the second UK and Ireland tour.

Tickets will go on sale in March 2019. Fans can sign up for priority access to tickets at http://www.thelionking.co.uk

The tour coincides with THE LION KING celebrating 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production and the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

Colin Marr, Theatre Director, the Edinburgh Playhouse said: “We are incredibly excited to have Disney’s THE LION KING return to the Playhouse. I saw it for the first time in London recently and was blown away by the size and scale of the production. It’s an incredibly exciting show – a great spectacle but with brilliant humour too. I can’t wait to see it on our stage. The previous visit had a huge impact on the city attracting hundreds and thousands of visitors and generating millions of pounds for the local economy.  As the only Scottish venue, we are looking forward to welcoming audiences of all ages from Edinburgh, the rest of Scotland and internationally.”

The first tour of THE LION KING broke box office records at the Edinburgh Playhouse with a 15 week sell-out season playing to more than 325,000 people, 60% first time visitors to the venue with 29% from Edinburgh postcodes.

The hit production generated £17.2 million for the local economy with advertising in the city in 9 different languages including Gaelic, Dutch and Chinese attracting visitors from as far afield as Argentina, Malaysia and Canada.

With a cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.
The stunning simplicity of THE LION KING is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated films of all time.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions have now been seen by more than 95 million people. Performed in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sapporo, Madrid, Scheveningen in Holland, Daegu in South Korea and on tour across North America – a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

 

Julie Taymor, one of the world’s most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to THE LION KING, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. THE LION KING was the first musical she directed in the commercial theatre, and Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for Best Director of a Musical.

The show’s full creative team, which won five Tony Awards® for its work on THE LION KING, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets. Scenic design is by leading British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay.

The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers.

As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina. Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award®-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.

NEWS: Line-Up Announced For Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour

With Strictly fever about to hit new heights, as the 16th series of the smash hit award-winning BBC One show returns to Saturday and Sunday night TV, fans will be delighted to hear that tickets for the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour are now on sale.

Starring 10 of the hugely popular and much-loved professional dancers from the Strictly Come Dancing television series, the 35-date tour kicks off at Salford’s Lowry Theatre on 3 May next year and will then dance its way around the country stopping at Edinburgh Playhouse on 10th – 11th May 2019.

The exciting line-up of magnificent dancers and Strictly TV favourites performing on the tour are: reigning Strictly champion Katya Jones; 2017 semi-finalist AJ Pritchard; two-time Strictly finalist Giovanni Pernice; 2016 Strictly finalist Oti Mabuse; Australian Open Champion Dianne Buswell; Professional World Mambo Champion and former Strictly finalist Karen Clifton; Two-time Ballroom and Latin World Champion Nadiya Bychkova; undefeated four-time British National Champion Neil Jones; three time Strictly semi-finalist Pasha Kovalev and 2017 Strictly finalist Gorka Marquez.

Audiences nationwide will enjoy the incredible talent of these multi award-winning world-class dancers as they perform stunningly choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines in exquisite costumes, with all the glitz, glamour, sequins and sparkle of the TV show – live on stage.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see this spectacular dance extravaganza as Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals returns to a venue near you next year for a Strictly limited engagement!

LISTING INFORMATION

STRICTLY COME DANCING – THE PROFESSIONALS

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

Greenside Place,

Edinburgh,

EH1 3AA

FRI 10 – SAT 11 MAY 2019

Eves 7.30pm | Sat Mat 2.30pm

HOW TO BOOK

Online: atgtickets.com/Edinburgh

Box Office: 0844 871 3014*

*fees apply.

 

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Barry Douglas joins the Russian State Symphony Orchestra for all-Russian programme at Usher Hall

Usher Hall gets its new Sunday Classics season off to a roaring start with some of the finest Russian music from one of the nation’s standout orchestras

Tickets range from £13.50 – £35, £10 student tickets are also available and under 16s can get a free ticket when booked with an adult.

A mighty all-Russian programme from one of Russia’s foremost orchestras kicks off the Usher Hall’s 2018-19 Sunday Classics concerts in spectacular style. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra will take audiences on a spellbinding journey of heart-stopping romance; mischievous wit; and one of the most moving tales in the whole of ballet. They will be joined in part from the world-renowned Belfast pianist, Barry Douglas.

The Moscow-based orchestra has a peerless pedigree in the stirring, deeply expressive music of its homeland, with a rich, noble sound that’s matched by the players’ incisive energy. Under conductor Valentin Uryupin, one of the most exciting young talents emerging from Russia’s fiercely competitive classical world, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Uryupin and his Orchestra open with the unforgettable melancholy of one of the world’s best-loved ballet scores: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The dancers at the ballet’s premiere in 1877 protested at the piece’s difficulty to dance to – it was too rich and extensive to complement their movement. Despite this, today the piece is adored the world-over.

The Orchestra will also be joined by the multi-award-winning Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas, who famously won the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition back in 1986 and has forged a global career with his remarkable mix of muscular power and exquisite poetry. His musical talents also extend away from the classical music world with his work with Celtic Orbit – a group he set up to play traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany.

He’s the soloist in Shostakovich’s sunny, funny Second Piano Concerto, a touching birthday present from the composer to his 19-year-old son, which sandwiches a soulful, dreamy slow movement between two movements of sparkling wit and vivacious energy. It’s one of the composer’s standout works, and is a departure from much of his music that is often characterised by angst, fear and defiance in response to the oppression that he experienced under the communist regime. Shostakovich himself visited the Usher Hall in 1962 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, and his music has been welcome addition to any programme in the venue ever since.

The afternoon of music closes with the overwhelming opulence of Rachmaninov’s epic Second Symphony, overflowing with outpourings of ecstatic melody, and charting a passionate journey through breath-taking romance to blazing triumph.

Listings information:

Sunday 14 Oct 2018, 3pm

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Valentin Uryupin  Conductor

Barry Douglas  Piano

 

Tchaikovsky  Swan Lake Suite

Shostakovich  Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninov  Symphony No. 2

 

Tickets available at www.usherhall.co.uk

 

Prices

£35 | £29 | £24 | £18 | £13.50

Concessions available

Full time students are entitled to tickets for £10 which can be booked in advance

Under 16s are entitled to free tickets when booked with a paying adult

**Please note a £1.50 transaction fee applies on the overall booking when purchasing online or over the phone (non-refundable)**

NEWS: Tim Minchin Comes To Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2019 As Part Of New UK Tour

TIM MINCHIN, award-winning comedian, actor and composer, will return to the stage for his first UK tour dates since 2011.

The UK premiere of BACK will commence in October 2019 and includes performances in Oxford, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Plymouth, Cardiff, Portsmouth, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Brighton and Southend.

BACK is billed as Old Songs, New Songs, F*** You Songs, hinting at a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire.

It will be the long-awaited follow up to his sold-out national arena tour of Tim Minchin and his Orchestra in 2010-2011.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster and venue box offices on Thursday 6 September at 10am GMT.

Fans will be given priority access to tickets via Ticketmaster Verified FanTM registration. Registration to become a Ticketmaster Verified FanTM will be open until 11:59pm, Sunday 2nd September. Successful fans will receive a unique code for Ticketmaster Verified FanTM pre-sale which will open at 10am Wednesday 5 September for 24 hours.

The music virtuoso also announced that profit from a number of top price seats will be donated to a UK charity – details of which will be announced through his website soon.

Minchin has been celebrated globally for writing the music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical, which has gone on to become one of the most acclaimed musicals of the last 20 years, winning a record seven Olivier Awards, 13 Helpmann Awards and five Tony Awards. It continues to run in the West End and has already played in over 50 cities worldwide. He also wrote music and lyrics for the musical adaption of Groundhog Day, which after an acclaimed limited run at The Old Vic in London in 2016, debuted on Broadway in April 2017 and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2017.

Meanwhile, Minchin has ruffled feathers in Australia with his ARIA-nominated charity single, Come Home Cardinal Pell and the Marriage Equality parody, I Still Call Australia Homophobic. His UWA Graduation speech has been watched by tens of millions of people worldwide.

BACK will mark Minchin’s return to the stage, following several film and TV appearances which earned him a handful of acting accolades, including the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award at the 2017 Australians in Film Awards and a 2016 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor for The Secret River.

He most recently starred in the ABC 2018 comedy series Squinters and will appear as Friar Tuck in the upcoming Hollywood release Robin Hood in cinemas November 2018. In 2019 he will also star in UPRIGHT, a new eight-part drama series, which he will co-write with The Chaser’s Chris Taylor, actor-writers Leon Ford and Kate Mulvaney, and coproduce with Lingo Pictures for Foxtel and Sky UK.

REVIEW: Sinatra Raw – Bier Keller Frankenstein’s Pub, Edinburgh

This isn’t the Sinatra who screaming Bobby-soxer’s threw themselves at, nor the rose-tinted twilight years legend, this is Palm Springs, 1971, Frank Sinatra is in the biggest decline of his illustrious career. The era of Glam Rock beckons and retirement looms. We’re gathered here for one, last, intimate show.

This is a night filled with memories, both bitter and brilliant. Behind-the-headlines anecdotes intersperse this collection of greatest hits. British-born, now Las Vegas based Richard Shelton delivers this brand new, self-written play with both sass and class. There’s meat on the bones of this show, the memories private and painful, show a little seen side of the showbiz Titan, illuminating the breadth and depth of Sinatra’s many grudges and regrets. Hugely entertaining, this is a classy little number housed in the basement of a tatty Edinburgh pub.

Shelton is a class act and this play a little gem.

 

 

REVIEW: Maxim Vengerov with the Würth Philharmonic – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Arguably, the greatest living string player in the world, and undoubtedly the most in-demand musician in all of classical music, Maxim Vengerov returns to Edinburgh as both soloist and conductor in this finale to the Usher Hall’s season of Sunday Classics.

In the first half, Vengerov performs one of the most popular violin concertos in the classical repertoire, and one of the best works of the Romantic period, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op. 26, in the second, conducting the newly formed Würth Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony. In addition we are treated to Strauss’ Die Fledermaus Overture and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

Under the confident baton of Stamatia Karampini, the Würth Philharmonic begin the afternoon gloriously with the overture of J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, the smiles that appear instantaneously on the faces of the audience, testament to both the popularity of the piece and the virtuosity with which it is played by this stunning orchestra.

When Vengerov takes to the stage, the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari in his hand, there’s no doubt who everyone is here to see, and boy does he deliver. Bruch’s Violin Concerto is already one of the greatest loved works in the repertoire, but in the hands of a maestro it is utterly ravishing. While there’s a theatricality in his playing style, there’s little interaction with the audience, that said, there’s no need, this traditional approach takes nothing away from the musical experience, and Vengerov radiates sincerity and enthusiasm from every pore. His finger work as close to perfection as it’s possible to get. As he leaves the stage at the end of the first act there’s no greater compliment than the reaction of the audience, a rousing ovation and smiles, smiles everywhere you look, proof that music has the power to change your mood, to make you feel alive.

In the second half Vengerov takes the baton, conducting the Würth in Shostakovich’s rousing Symphony No.10. Created in 2017, the 72 piece from mainly European countries, the orchestra aims to unite young musicians across the world form a virtuosic symphony orchestra and on this first hearing they have achieved this. The power of Shostakovich’s rings out throughout the auditorium, stirring the soul.

A concert programme and performance of infinite quality. A fitting end to the Usher Hall’s Sunday Classics International Concert Series, a programme of work that stirs and inspires and leaves you wanting more.

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