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WHAT’S ON MARCH: Shakin’ Stevens comes to City Halls, Glasgow & Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh in March

Shakin’ Stevens recently announced an 18 date tour for March 2019 with dates in Edinburgh and Glasgow on the 16th and 17th. The platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be joined by his band to perform fan favourites, surprises and, of course, his much-loved hits including ‘Oh Julie’, ‘Hot Dog’ and ‘This Ole House’.

Talking about the new tour Stevens says:

“I’ve been going through my catalogue of songs in preparation for the tour, and re-introducing myself to the many and varied styles of music I’ve recorded during my solo career. From country rock to Cajun, classic rock to Latin, and blues to Americana I’ve had the pleasure of re-discovering the “jewels” from my repertoire that are so well-liked. Of course there’ll be hits and some songs that I haven’t performed live on stage for a decade or two….so some surprises!  I’ve also included well-known songs from other artists whose work I admire, together with album tracks and newer songs, bringing it right up to date!  I can’t wait to get back on the road and to have a great time with the audiences.”  

Tickets are on sale now, and are available from the venue box offices www.BookingsDirect.com and select authorised agents.

The UK’s biggest-selling artist of a decade, with 33 hit singles and four UK No. 1s to his name, and chart-toppers around the world, recently returned to the UK charts with the release of his acclaimed 2016 album ‘Echoes of Our Times’. Inspired by Shaky’s research into his family history and uncovered tales of wartime heroics, salvationists and strife in the copper mines of Cornwall, and with influences from blues, folk and Americana as well as his trademark rocking style, it was one of the most surprising and acclaimed albums of the year.

Sat 16 Mar          EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall                          0131 668 2019               thequeenshall.net

Sun 17 Mar        GLASGOW City Halls                                   0141 353 8000               glasgowconcerthalls.com

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NEWS: New dates added as Cast announced for stage adaptation of Local Hero

  • Following exceptional demand, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh have announced an additional two weeks of performances for the new stage musical adaptation of the classic Scottish film, Local Hero. The run will now end on the later date of Saturday 4 May 2019

  • Newly released tickets will go on sale Monday 21 January priced from £10 to £68

  • The stage production of Local Hero is adapted by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, drawing on his original 1983 film score

  • John Crowley (BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated Brooklyn) directs the World Premiere production with set and costume design by Scott Pask, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Luke Halls, music supervision by Dave Milligan, music direction by Phil Bateman, and casting by Will Burton

  • Lucy Hind (Girl from the North Country, The Old Vic, West End; Ugly Lies the Bone, National Theatre; The Last Ship, Northern Stage; The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd; The House of Bernada Alba, Manchester Royal Exchange) joins as Movement Director

  • The production stars Damian Humbley as Mac, Katrina Bryan as Stella, Matthew Pidgeon as Gordon, and Simon Rouse as Happer

  • The cast further includes Scott Ainslie, Caroline Deyga, Julian Forsyth, Emmanuel Kojo, Helen Logan, Suzie McAdam, Matthew Malthouse, Joanne McGuinness, John McLarnon, Adam Pearce, and Wendy Somerville
  • The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic are delighted to announce the full cast for the World Premiere of Local Hero, a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, co-written by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler.

Local Hero is directed by John Crowley, whose stage work includes The Present, Anton Chekhov’s Platonov adapted by Andrew Upton and starring Cate Blanchett; the London and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated The Pillowman starring David Tennant; McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway starring Christopher Walken; the West End production of Love Song, starring Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy, and the West End run of On An Average Day, starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. He was Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

 Crowley’s film work includes Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Film Four’s Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield and the upcoming film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson.

Crowley returns to The Lyceum having directed the 1993 production of The Master Builder starring and co-directed by Brian Cox.

The stage adaptation is co-written by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig and multi-award winning director and writer Bill Forsyth, with new music and lyrics by acclaimed composer and Glasgow-born producer Mark Knopfler – founder of internationally celebrated band Dire Straits, whose album Brothers in Arms is one of the top 20 highest selling albums in UK history – and who has previously composed music for films including The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Comfort and Joy.

Bringing together a host of award-winning Scottish and UK talent, the cast includes Damian Humbley (Merrily we Roll Along, Huntington Theatre Company, Harold Pinter Theatre; Life of the Party, The Last 5 Years, Spamilton, all Menier Chocolate Factory; Little Shop of Horrors, UK Tour) as Mac, Katrina Bryan (Death of a Salesman, The Lyceum; Nina and the Neuron, Thumbelina, Molly and Mack, all CBeebies) as Stella, and Matthew Pidgeon (The Man Who Had All The Luck, The Cherry Orchard, The Lyceum; This House, Chichester, West End; Salome, Royal Shakespeare Company; The James Plays, National Theatre of Scotland, UK and World Tour; Midsummer, Traverse Theatre, World Tour; The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Realism, Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland; Mary Queen of Scots, Focus Features) as Gordon.

Simon Rouse (Insignificance, Arcola Theatre; The Dresser, Duke of York; Hangmen, Wyndham’s Theatre, Royal Court; Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible, UK Tour; The Full Monty, Noël Coward Theatre, Sheffield Lyceum, David Pugh Productions; The Bill 2000-2010, Talkback Thames) will play Happer, Julian Forsyth (An American in Paris, The Go Between, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman in Black, Stephen Ward, Wicked, Gone with the Wind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, St Joan, Les Miserablés, Martin Guerre, West End; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, National Theatre) is to play Ben, Adam Pearce (The Current War, Bazeleves Production; Les Miserablés, Cameron Mackintosh Productions; The Light Princess, National Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Chichester Festival Theatre; Les Miserablés, Working Title Films) takes the role of Viktor and Emmanuel Kojo (Girl from the North Country, Noël Coward Theatre; BBC Proms: Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall; Twelfth Night, National Theatre; Show Boat, Crucible Theatre, New London Theatre; Kiss Me Kate, Opera North; The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre, Young Vic) will play Reverend Murdo.

Scott Ainslie (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; God of Carnage, Contexture Theatre; Betrayal, Westacre Theatre; The Captive, Finborough Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Original Shakespeare Company; Great Expectations, Evita, Aspects of Love, No.1 Tours), Olivier-winner Caroline Deyga (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman, Melbourne Festival; Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Locker Room Talk, Tracks of the Winter Bear, The Traverse), Helen Logan (Sunshine Ghost, Scottish Theatre Producers; Blithe Spirit, Death of a Salesman, Moonight and Magnolias, Proof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Perth Theatre; The Angel and the Manse, Oran Mor; The Cone Gatherers, APA Tour; The Descent, Celador Films and Pathé) and John McLarnon (My Left/Right Foot, National Theatre of Scotland, Birds of Paradise; Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK Tour; Apologia, Trafalgar Studios; Abigail’s Party, Theatre Royal Bath, UK Tour; TOM, UK Tour; The Commitments, Palace Thaetre, West End; We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre, West End; Outlander, Starz) join as Ownie, Punk Girl, Netta, and Iain.

The cast is completed by Matthew Malthouse (Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK Tour; Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall; Groundhog Day, Old Vic; Mrs Henderson Presents, Noël Coward Theatre; Kiss Me Kate, Theatre Luxembourg; Annie Get Your Gun, Sheffield Crucible; Oh! What a Lovely War, UK Tour; Singin’ in the Rain, Palace Theatre, UK Tour; My Fair Lady, Sheffield Crucible; Matilda, Royal Shakespeare Company, Cambridge Theatre; Edward Scissorhands, The Carman, Sadlers Wells, World Tour), Suzie McAdam (Kinky Boots The Musical, West End; Rocky Horror Picture Show, European Tour; Legally Blonde, West End; Hair, UK Tour; BBC Proms: My Fair Lady, Royal Albert Hall), Olivier- nominated Joanne McGuinness (As You Like It, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Spuds, Oran Mor; Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman, Melbourne Festival; Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland; Glasgow Girls, National Theatre of Scotland, Stratford East; Peter Pan, Kings Theatre), and Wendy Somerville (School of Rock, Gillian Lynn Theatre; The 306: Day, National Theatre of Scotland; Cinderella, London Palladium; Threepenny Opera, National Theatre; Billy Elliot, Victoria Palace Theatre; Hairspray, Shaftesbury Theatre, UK/Ireland Tour; Sweeney Todd, Adelphi and Chichester Theatre; Les Miserablés, Queen’s Theatre).

The production is designed by 3-time Tony Award-winning Scott Pask (The Pillowman, National Theatre, West End, Broadway; The Book of Mormon, Broadway; The Coast of Utopia, Olivier Theatre, Broadway), with lighting design by Tony and Olivier Award-winning Paule Constable (The Moderate Soprano, West End; Angels in America, Nine Night, Follies, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre, West End, Broadway, UK, US and Canadian Tours).

Following previews, Local Hero will open at The Lyceum on 23 March 2019, and The Old Vic run will open in June 2020.



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: The magical worlds of music and cinema collide at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall in Spring 2019

Music from some of Hollywood’s most-loved films is to be performed at the Usher Hall by Scotland’s national orchestra, along with a live orchestral screening of family 80s classic, The Goonies.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has three concerts in Spring 2019 celebrating some of finest music for film ever made. On 25 January, conductor Anthony Weeden and presenter Tom Redmond captain the orchestra on a fantastic journey through the most thrilling film music inspired by science fiction. From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Avatar to Alien and of course Star Wars and Star Trek, it’s an adventure beyond time and space. So beam aboard, as we boldly go where no concert has gone before!

On Friday 15 March, Usher Hall becomes Platform 9¾, and the RSNO is the Hogwarts Express – so climb aboard, because with a wave of the wand from maestro Richard Kaufman, we’re off to the wondrous world of Harry Potter! Hear your favourite music from the films – from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone right through to The Deathly Hallows – brought thrillingly to life by the musical wizardry of the RSNO. Muggles are welcome too!

No one writes a movie theme like John Williams; no wonder he’s the world’s most popular film composer. And no cinema in the world comes close to how good this music sounds when it’s played live in concert by the full RSNO. Join Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman and cellist Johannes Moser on 26 April for hit after hit after hit, from Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and E.T. to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Memoirs of a Geisha – all in glorious 3D sound!

Immerse yourself in an atmospheric Indian soundscape as sarod star Soumik Datta and City of London Sinfonia perform a double bill of music for Indian film. Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray’s cult and offbeat film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne will be projected on a large screen with a reimagined live cinematic score ‘King of Ghosts’ that features the haunting sounds of Soumik’s sarod, Cormac Byrne’s Irish folk rhythms and City of London Sinfonia. The film, which follows the magical journey of Goopy and Bagha who are granted three wishes by the benevolent yet terrifying King of Ghosts, will take you on a breath-taking and magical journey across rural India – a vintage superhero film at its best.

The second film is Around India with a Movie Camera, which presents some of the earliest surviving film from India, as well as enchanting travelogues, intimate home movies and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers, drawn exclusively from the BFI National Archive’s early film collection.

One of the most celebrated family films ever, The Goonies, will be screened at the Usher Hall on 27 April with its classic score being performed live to picture by the Senbla orchestra. A fond part of childhood for several generations, The Goonies was released in 1985 to both critical and commercial success, ranking in the top 10 at the US Box Office that year and still remaining to this day a cult classic.

Directed by Richard Donner, the film focuses on a group of kids from ‘Goon Docks’, a neighbourhood in Oregon, who upon attempting to save their homes from demolition uncover a centuries old treasure map, leading them through a perilous chase with a criminal family who are also seeking the treasure. Composed by Dave Grusin, an Academy Award and ten-time GRAMMY Award winner, the score to The Goonies is as daring as its young protagonists, introducing electronic elements as well as orchestral, and heightens the drama right from the memorable opening scene’s wonderfully bouncy ‘Fratelli Chase’.

For fans of strings and screen, there really is nowhere else to be this Spring than Scotland’s only 5* concert venue – The Usher Hall.


Listings Information

RSNO at the Movies – Sci-Fi Spectacular!

7:30pm, Friday 25 January 2019

Tickets: £19.00 – £49.00


RSNO at the Movies – The Music of Harry Potter

7:30pm, Friday 15 March 2019

Tickets: £19.00 – £49.00


King of Ghosts and Around India with a Movie Camera

7:30pm, Saturday 30 March 2019

Tickets: £21.00


RSNO at the Movies – The Music of John Williams

7:30pm, Friday 26 April 2019

Tickets: £19.00 – £49.00


The Goonies – film with Live Orchestra

6:00pm, Saturday 27 April 2019

Tickets: £32.45 – £66.00

Tickets available at:


0131 228 1155

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

Concessions and offers may vary between concerts. For more information please contact the box office or check the Usher Hall website.

Box office: Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

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!




Greenside Place,



FRI 10 – SAT 11 MAY 2019

Eves 7.30pm | Sat Mat 2.30pm


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



£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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