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NEWS: STEPHEN TOMPKINSON & JESSICA JOHNSON STAR IN THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF WILLY RUSSELL’S EDUCATING RITA

David Pugh and Theatre by the Lake are delighted to announce that their highly acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 2020 as part of 40th anniversary UK tour.

Starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and Jessica Johnson as Rita, the play will  run from Monday 24 February until Saturday 29 February 2020.

The production is directed by Max Roberts.

EDUCATING RITA tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons, and her encounters with university tutor Frank. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. However, Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other.

EDUCATING RITA was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played at the Warehouse Theatre, London in 1980, starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. Julie Walters reprised her role in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film opposite Michael Caine.

Born in Liverpool in 1947, Willy Russell left school at 15 and became a women’s hairdresser and part-time singer/songwriter before returning to education to retrain as a teacher. Russell’s other writing credits include the Olivier Award-winning musical Blood Brothers, and the hugely successful play Shirley Valentine, which won the Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy and Best New Actress, and a  Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. The play was adapted for film and nominated for a host of BAFTA and Academy Awards. Willy Russell continues to be one of the most celebrated writers of his generation with works constantly in production throughout the world as well as in the UK.

Willy Russell said of this tour: “I am delighted that Stephen and Jess are returning next year to play Frank and Rita in the 40th anniversary production of Educating Rita, directed once again by the wonderful Max Roberts – I’m extremely proud to be associated with this marvellous production.”

Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off. His theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End, Cloaca and A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Art and Tartuffe (National Tours).

Stephen Tompkinson said: “We had such a wonderful time touring and performing this last year around the UK.  Audiences respond so well to Willy Russell’s brilliant two-hander.  The response Jess and I receive and their affection for this play and these characters are overwhelming.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this production and to be sharing the stage with Jess again in even more cities next year.”

Jessica Johnson’s theatre credits include Call Me Mary Poppins, Goth Weekend, Kings and Queens, Each Piece and Anti-Gravity at the Live Theatre, Newcastle. She previously played Rita in Rebecca Frecknall’s 2017 production of Educating Rita at the Gala Theatre, Durham. Her television credits include Wire In The Blood (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV) and Cuckoo (Channel 4).

Jessica Johnson said: “Working with Willy, Max and Stephen earlier this year and developing the role of Rita in front of incredible audiences, has been the highlight of my career so far. It has been a total honour and now I get to do it again in the 40th anniversary production. I couldn’t be happier.”

Max Roberts is Emeritus Artistic Director of Newcastle’s Live Theatre. Under his direction, the Live Theatre has become one of the country’s most successful theatre companies with an outstanding reputation for developing new work. His Olivier Award-nominated production of Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis transferred to the West End’s Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios) before touring nationally. He also directed The Pitman Painters, which transferred to the National Theatre and won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards before opening on Broadway.

LISITNGS

Educating Rita

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb 2020

Mon-Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat: 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com*

0844 871 7647**

*fees apply

**calls cost up to 7p per minute plus you phone’s company’s access charge

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Sleeping Beauty at Eastwood Park

Runway Theatre Company present Sleeping Beauty

Monday 02 – Saturday 07 December
7.30pm each evening
Sat matinees, 11am & 3pm

Don’t get caught napping this Christmas when Runway’s dreamy panto Sleeping Beauty comes to town.

When Princess Beauty pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she’s cursed to fall asleep for 100 years, unless she’s kissed by her one true love. Enter a dashing Prince, along with Nurse Teeny Tiddlewinks and Yo-Yo the Jester, who embark on a brave adventure to save the Princess from her terrible fate. But with the wicked Fairy Carabosse determined to ruin their plans, will our trusty trio be triumphant or is the Princess doomed to a century of snoozing?

Prices

  • £14 – £17

www.runwaytheatre.co.uk

Tickets also available from 07801 048527

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Winterfest at Eastwood Park

Winterfest 2019 is approaching fast, and Eastwood Park Theatre have a great range of activities and events to get you into the festive mood.

From arts and crafts, exhibitions, Winter film screenings, and our extra special Cinderella Panto, there is plenty to get involved in.

Panto

This year the Panto will be extra special. They will be bringing the truly magical story of Cinderella to life and are excited to welcome Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts (GAMTA) to the stage.

GAMTA is home to many stars in the making and has a long history of producing successful pantomimes, so audiences are in for a treat. Don’t miss this magical adventure that promises to be a show-stopping, all singing, all dancing panto!

Cinderella is running from Wed 11 Dec – Mon 30 Dec 2019. To book your tickets, visit Eastwood Park Theatre Box Office Website or call 0141 577 4956.

Art Activities

In line with the Christmas Panto, there are some exciting art activities to take part in.

Cinderella Crafts (6 – 10 years)

Extend the fun of your weekend – come along and make your own Cinderella themed craft before you enjoy the magic of the Pantomime in Eastwood Park Theatre. All materials are included in the cost of this session.

Sat 14 Dec | 12.30 – 1.30pm, | Eastwood Park Theatre Art Room | £7

Get your tickets here!

Cinderella Family Crafts (3 – 5 years)

Extend the fun of your weekend – go along and make your own Cinderella themed craft before you enjoy the pantomime. All materials are included in the cost of this session. Adults join in the class with kids – we provide all the materials and tidy up all the mess too.

Suitable for 3 – 5 years with accompanying adult. Adults do not need to purchase a ticket but all children attending are required to have one

Sun 15 Dec | 11.30 – 12.30pm | Carmichael Hall | £7

Get your tickets here!

Elf Academy

Back by popular demand, ERCL’s Elf Academy returns! Kids will enjoy a series of creative and fun acivities in this jam-packed session! Make a Christmas craft, play some games, join in with a wintery tale and enjoy a festive film before graduating from the Elf Academy with your very own Elf ears!

Festive outfits are encouraged but please make sure you don’t mind if they get messy. Those attending may also bring a nut-free snack and drink with them to keep them fuelled for all the activities!

Be sure to book quick – spaces on our Elf Academy sessions go faster than Santa’s sleigh! Tickets £20.

Various dates available from Sat 14 Dec – Mon 23 Dec. Get your tickets here!

Exhibition

The gallery space will be displaying entries for the Cinderella colouring competition. Local schools attending the Cinderella Pantomime at Eastwood Park Theatre have been given special colouring sheets to complete before going along to the show. The entries will be displayed, including the three winners and runners-up from P1-2, P3-5 and P6-7.

Wed 11 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020

THIS WEEK: Made in Dagenham at Eastwood Park

Theatre fans from in and around Glasgow are preparing to bring Essex to Eastwood in new musical Made in Dagenham.

More than 40 performers from the Minerva Club will bring the powerful story to life on stage at Eastwood Park Theatre from 11 November, 2019.

Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists’ strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. The strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

Brian Toward and Eleanor MacKay

The musical follows the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady – played by Gemma Arterton in the 2014 West End production – as she encourages the women of the factory to walk out after they are reclassified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase.

Brian Toward, 33, of Woodlands, plays the male lead, Eddie O’Grady, and said he was delighted to be cast. “This is my first show with the Minerva Club, and my first role in any production for 15 years since school,” he said.

“When I first decided to audition for the show I would have been genuinely happy just to be a part of it. To land the lead male role was beyond any expectation, and I have loved every second of rehearsals so far. Now I can’t wait to get on stage.”

Minerva Club President, Colette Dunsmore, said: “Made in Dagenham is a very emotive show, and as a club we are looking forward to bringing the Incredible true story of the Dagenham woman to a local audience. We have been loving rehearsals so far and can’t wait to showcase our hard work on the Eastwood stage.”

Made in Dagenham will be on at Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, from Tuesday 12 November to Saturday 16 November. Tickets cost £15-£19 and are available from any cast member, by emailing tickets@theminervaclub.com or online from www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

The Minerva Club will be supporting the charity SiMBA with its 2019 production of Made in Dagenham. SiMBA is a Scottish charity supporting families affected by the loss of a baby by donating memory boxes, refurbishing family rooms, and providing bereavement support.

SiMBA CEO, Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, said: “Our charity supports families at the most difficult time in their lives, often hearing about SiMBA for the first time when they receive a Memory Box after losing their baby.

“It’s fantastic that theatre groups like this are supporting us and helping us to raise awareness so that more families who need it can benefit from what we do. We would like to thank everyone in the show for dedicating their interest and time to SiMBA and really helping to make a difference.”

NEWS: Full casting announced for new tour of Beautiful

Following a highly successful run at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow in February 2018, Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner in association with Michael Harrison are delighted to announce that the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL will return to the city next year.

Starring Daisy Wood-Davis as Carole King, the acclaimed production, which tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, will open on Tuesday 26 May until Saturday 30 May 2020.

Daisy Wood-Davis will be joined by Adam Gillian as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Laura Baldwin as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Cameron Sharp as song-writer Barry Mann, Susie Fenwick as King’s mother Genie Klein and Oliver Boot as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner. At certain performances, Carole King will be played by Vicki Manser.

The cast is completed by Toyan Thomas-Browne, Reece Budin, Ronald Brian, Carly Cook, Julia Dray, Jordan Fox, Louise Francis, Chloe Gentles, Katrina May, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Samuel Nicholas, Leah St Luce, Mica Townsend and Damien Winchester.

Daisy Wood-Davis is probably best known as Kim Butterfield in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. Her other TV credits include Tansy Meadow in EastEnders and Phoebe Crowhurst in Holby City. Daisy’s theatre credits include Laura in Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End and on tour, Janet in the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show and most recently Sheila in the UK tour of Hair.

Adam Gillian trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has appeared in Hadestown at the National Theatre and Refresh at the Underbelly Festival.

Laura Baldwin can currently be seen as Dawn in the original London company of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Janey in Eugenius! and Story Sandra in Big Fish, both at The Other Palace.

Cameron Sharp played Theo in the original London cast of School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. His other West End credits include Drew in Rock of Ages at the Garrick Theatre. He has also appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the national tour of Avenue Q.

Susie Fenwick’s many West End credits include Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, The Woman in White at the Palace Theatre, Jennyanydots in Cats at the New London Theatre, Beauty and the Beast at the Dominion Theatre, Copacabana and Aspects of Love, both at the Prince of Wales Theatre and Les Misèrables at the Palace Theatre.

Oliver Boot’s many credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre and on tour, the European premiere of Finding Neverland at Leicester Curve, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear, all at Shakespeare’s Globe and the national tours of Hay Fever and Bedroom Farce.

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 26 – Sat 30 May

Tue – Sat, 7.30pm

Wed, Thu & Sat: 2,30pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 871 7648

REVIEW: SIX – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived.

Aragorn, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, Parr.

Six women, six British Queens, reduced to six words in a rhyme.

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss give sassy 21st Century voices to these six Tudor queens.

Written in ten working days, Six the Musical has been an eye-watering, head-spinning success since its appearance in 2017 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was performed by the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society. Since then it has had a UK tour, several runs in the West End, been produced Off-Broadway, had a US tour, a run on Norwegian Cruise Lines that will continue to 2022, and will appear on Broadway, Australia, Canada and in Chicago and Minnesota in 2020. It is currently on its second UK-wide tour.

It is a sassy celebration of womanhood as these Queens get to reclaim their own her-story 500 years on. Long defined by who their husband was, it’s now time to tell their own tales.

Inevitable comparisons will be made with theatrical juggernaut Hamilton which also mixes 21st century music with historical subject material. However, Six manages to plough its own original and irresistible furrow. Staged like a mash-up between a stadium concert and a musical, it blends spot-on humour and cleverly delivered history with a refreshing dose of self-awareness. Each Queen gets her chance to stand centre stage and state her case in an X-Factor style competition to see who had it worse at the hands of the infamous Henry. These women are here to kick ass and tell all. This they do in an array of musical genres, a blend of pop, rock ballad, R&B, soul and electro euro-pop (the hysterical Kraut-rock/House mash up Haus of Holbein) and all backed by an all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting.

Each of the six women playing these six queens is thoroughly talented and shine equally, a rare and wonderful thing to see on stage and despite the competitiveness, it’s ultimately a show of sisterhood. This is a girl gang you really want to join.

After the defiant intro number Ex-Wives, Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon) starts the ball rolling with the sassy No Way followed by Maddison Bulleyment’s hysterical Anne Boleyn delivering the Lily Allen-ish Don’t Lose Your Head, including the lyrics: “I tried to elope but the Pope said ‘nope'” and “everybody chill, it’s totes God’s will”. Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour) tugs at the heart-strings in the power ballad Heart of Stone. Shekinah McFarlane (Anna of Cleves) gives us the Rhianna-like Get Down and delivers the laughs with: “I’m the Queen of the castle, get down you dirty rascals” when ‘exiled’ to a life of luxury and independence after her divorce from Henry. Jodie Steele delivers Katherine Howard’s All You Wanna Do, with defiance, the lyrics make you question (in light of the #MeToo movement) has anything really changed for women in the past 500 years? And sheds new perspective on how she has been remembered in history. Athena Collins brings the women’s stories to an end absolutely beautifully with Catherine Parr’s Beyoncé-like torch song I Don’t Need Your Love. Each of these woman has is a power-house vocalist and could tear up any stage. That said, the songs they are asked to deliver are hard not to love and as catchy as hell. The rousing Six and Megasix mash-up brings the house to its feet to get down at the end.

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille’s choreography is sharp, original and modern, and perfectly executed by the cast. Gabriella Slade’s costume design is Ariana Grande does Tudor and it works fabulously, as does Emma Bailey’s simplistic but effective, concert-style set design and Tim Deiling’s rich lighting.

The face-off between the women is definitely a twisted sisterhood, they each fling the other’s sob story back in their faces, but this show of fierce womanhood is utterly irresistible. The dawning realisation by each woman that they only claim their place in history because of the man they married, reduced to: “just one word in a stupid rhyme” is actually heart-breaking. Thankfully they get “five more minutes” to set the record straight and send the audience to the street on an absolute high.

The succinct story telling packs a punch and the compact 75-minute running time is audience friendly. Marlow and Moss prove again that HISTORY + MUSICAL THEATRE = HIT. They have successfully distilled 500 year-old history into a perfect piece of entertainment for the 21st Century. Having seen it several times now, Six remains one of the best things out there and stands up to repeated viewings (something this reviewer is never keen on).

It’s a welcome breath of fresh air in a fog of tired, relentlessly touring, mediocre musicals. Get a ticket while you can, you won’t regret it.

Runs until 10th November 2019 at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow

review originally published at The Reviews Hub

NEWS: Scottish Ballet announce their 2020/2021 season

Scottish Ballet CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson reveals an inspirational 2020/2021 programme that sees the company perform on local, national and international stages.

The 2020/2021 season includes:

  • The world premiere of a reimagined production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling: ‘The Scandal at Mayerling’the first time MacMillan’s sumptuous historical masterpiece will be produced in the UK, outside of London.
  • The Kennedy Centre, Washington USA premiere, and Spoleto Festival USA transfer, of Helen Pickett’s award-winning The Crucible, which gained audience and critical acclaim following its world premiere at Edinburgh International Festival in 2019.
  • Cutting-edge contemporary works MC 14/22 and Sibilo to make the company’s Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London debut.
  • The return of two of the world’s most popular ballets: Scottish Ballet’s raw and intense Swan Lake, and festive family favourite The Nutcracker.
  • Tickets for Scottish Ballet’s 2020/2021 season are now on sale at co.uk

Announcing the 2020/2021 season launch Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, said: ‘It’s been an incredibly exciting time for Scottish Ballet during the company’s 50th anniversary year. The 2020/2021 season connects us with audiences from across the world through an invigorating repertoire showcasing some of today’s most cutting-edge choreographers, and Scottish Ballet’s adventurous, daring and unique style.’


SPRING

This Is My Body
Double bill: MC 14/22 and Sibilo

Scottish Ballet launches their 2020/2021 season with a programme of contemporary work, which sees them make their Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London debut with This is My Body from 31 March – 3 April.

A contemporary double bill of work that celebrates and tests the power and versatility of dancers’ bodies, This is My Body includes MC 14/22, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj and Sibilo, choreographed by Sophie Laplane.

MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a meeting of the spiritual and the carnal, drawing on St Mark’s version of The Last Supper in the Bible: ‘Take, eat: this is my body’. Created for twelve male dancers by Angelin Preljoçaj, with soundscapes by Tedd Zahmal, this powerfully sensual and passionate work is a hymn to the male body, stripped down to its deepest reality.

Sibilo, by Scottish Ballet’s Artist in Residence, Choreographer, Sophie Laplane, is a joyful, humorous and surreal work featuring eight dancers, whose eclectic movement is led by audible whistles (sibilo is Latin for whistle) in the soundtrack. Laplane collaborated with Scottish electronic DJ and music producer Alex Menzies (aka Alex Smoke) to create the original musical composition for this piece.

This is My Body will also tour to New York, with details announced in November / December 2019. Sibilo is being presented in London and New York thanks to the generous support of Sir Sandy & Lady Crombie.

Swan Lake

Alongside work in London and New York, Spring will see Scottish Ballet present its contemporary take on the ballet world’s most popular title, as it tours Scotland, following a sold-out debut in 2016.

Opening on 9 April 2020, this sleek and unmissable Swan Lake, choreographed by David Dawson, is a production retold for a new generation.

Arching backs, spiralling arms and mesmerising patterns push the Company dancers to their physical limits in this tale of purity versus seduction. David Dawson’s daring, visceral choreography is perfectly paired with the rich, romantic Tchaikovsky score, played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Swan Lake will tour to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow from 9 April-2 May 2020.

The Crucible

Following a triumphant world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2019, and a critically acclaimed tour of Scotland, Helen Pickett’s award-winning The Crucible will travel to its spiritual home to make its US premiere as it opens at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC from 13-17 May, before transferring to open the dance programme at Spoleto Festival USA from 22-24 May 2020.

Adapted from Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of power and persecution, Helen Pickett’s award-winning choreography unleashes the full emotional force of the story as a new narrative ballet.

The first major dance adaptation of Miller’s work, created in collaboration with director James Bonas, The Crucible is an allegorical comment on the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s; Miller’s chilling account of the 1692 Salem witch trials that recalls a community destroyed by fear, hostility and hysteria.

Designers David Finn and Emma Kingsbury bring the theatrical elements to life with costumes, lighting and set, and the performances are vividly accompanied by Peter Salem’s haunting new score.

The first of Scottish Ballet’s ambitious commissioning programme Five in Five which will see the company stage five new full-length ballets over five years, The Crucible will tour the US from 13 May-24 May 2020.

AUTUMN

The Scandal at Mayerling

Dramatically reimagined and adapted for Scottish Ballet by Gary Harris and Christopher Hampson, The Scandal at Mayerling will feature bold new designs from Elin Steele and a new orchestration from Martin Yates. This dramatic new interpretation of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic ballet Mayerling, will open at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, 17 September 2020.

True to the original, the story is set in Vienna in 1889 and follows the story of Crown Prince Rudolf, an anti-hero as compelling as Hamlet, who has a morbid fascination with death and a voracious sexual appetite. The Scandal at Mayerling is an intense and lavish period production, a story of obsession and mortality, with a backdrop of sumptuous set and costumes. The story is brought to life by the music of Franz Liszt, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Developed in association with Lady Deborah MacMillan, this is the third of Scottish Ballet’s ambitious commissioning programme Five in Five.

The Scandal at Mayerling tours to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow from 17 September – 10 October 2020.

WINTER

The Nutcracker

Rounding off the 2020/2021 season, The Nutcracker returns due to never-ending demand as it opens at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 5 December 2020.

A firm family favourite, this magical story takes you on a journey through the eyes of a child as it follows the adventures of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince and the larger-than-life Rat King.

Leaving children and adults in awe, this heart-warming tale places Peter Darrell’s choreography centre-stage as dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s score, that transports audiences to a far-away land of dreams…and baubles.

The Nutcracker tours to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast from 5 December 2020 – 13 February 2021.

2020/2021 Listings:

Swan Lake
Choreographed by David Dawson
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh:                          9-11 April 2020

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen:                  16-18 April 2020

Eden Court, Inverness:                                   23-25 April 2020

Theatre Royal, Glasgow:                                29 April – 2 May 2020
#SBSwanLake

 

The Scandal at Mayerling
Choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh:                          17-19 September 2020

Theatre Royal, Glasgow:                                24-26 September 2020

Eden Court, Inverness                                    2-3 October 2020

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen:                  8-10 October 2020
#SBMayerling

 

The Nutcracker

Choreographed by Peter Darrell

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh:                          5-31 December 2020

Theatre Royal, Glasgow:                                6-16 January 2021

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen:                  20-23 January 2021

Eden Court, Inverness:                                   27-30 January 2021
Grand Opera House, Belfast:                         10-13 February 2021

The Nutcracker will also be presented in Newcastle, with more information announced in Spring 2020.

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Ali the Magic Elf at the Tron

This Christmas, Tron Theatre Company is presenting a brand-new Tron festive classic, Ali the Magic Elf.

Ideal for little ones aged 3-6 years and their adults, the show is conceived and directed by Tron Theatre’s Artistic Director Andy Arnold (who has recently returned from directing The Selfish Giant for Beijing Children’s Theatre Company) for the studio space. Designer Jenny Booth is set to transform our Changing House into a cosy North Pole workshop where Ali the Magic Elf (played by Ramesh Meyyappan) is busy working away in Santa’s workshop.

It’s Christmas eve but everything is going wrong and the elves are panicking- none of the children’s letters have been answered! What is an elf to do! Suddenly with the jingle of bells and the swoosh of a sleigh- magic is in the air! But Ali and his friends (played by Simon Donaldson & Pride & Prejudice* *sort of’s Christina Gordon) may need a bit of help! 

Featuring costume design by Vicki Brown and with a live score played by actor/musicians Simon and Christina, Ali the Magic Elf uses the wonderful physicality and comic timing of three professional actors to great effect and is an unforgettable visual experience for little ones who might still be too young for the Tron’s main house panto.

Ali the Magic Elf is 50 minutes of charming storytelling which incorporates Meyyappan’s playful magic tricks, engaging basic BSL audience interaction and live music throughout in a perfect Christmas treat for little ones.

ALI THE MAGIC ELF

FRI 29 NOVEMBER – TUE 31 DECEMBER 2019  

INTERVIEW: John Barrowman talks about his festive show coming to Glasgow this December

It’s the most FABULOUS time of the year – and entertainer extraordinaire John Barrowman will be celebrating the festive season with fans as he returns to the UK with a dazzling new Christmas tour.

The eight-date JOHN BARROWMAN – A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS  tour in November and December follows the success of his sell-out summer shows, celebrating his 30 years on stage and screen, and will coincide with the release of his new album of the same name.

Barrowman is a singer, actor, dancer, presenter, judge and author. Last year, 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. And he’s recently been announced as the new judge for ITV’s Dancing On Ice, having competed on the show’s first series in 2006.

Speaking about the tour and new album, John said: “I am so looking forward to starting everyone’s Christmas off with a festive bang.

“It’s been great to get back into the studio recording new Christmas tracks. I love this time of the year, but this is the first time I’ve put together a full album of Christmas and festive music for the most FABULOUS time of the year.

We caught up with John for a festive chat as he prepares for a truly FABULOUS Christmas…

What is Christmas all about to you?

“It’s about family, friends, celebrating the birth of a child, and basically coming together and enjoying people’s company. Everybody talks about presents, but my favourite time is Christmas morning after all the presents have been opened, having brunch, relaxing, playing games, all that stuff.

“Of course, I have to fit music into Christmas, and that starts on Christmas Eve. We have all the Christmas songs on, line up bottles of Champagne – from the most expensive to the cheapest… And by the time we get to the cheap ones, they all taste exactly the same anyway.”

Home is obviously Palm Springs, but you’re still very much attached to your Scottish roots. Where do you spend Christmas?

“Prior to last year, Christmas has always been spent at my cousin’s in Dunblaine, as when I’ve been working in panto, you only really get Christmas day off, so not much chance to travel too far. So last year was the first time in many years where I’ve actually been at home with family, in the States, for Christmas, and that’s where we’ll be this year too.”

Do we assume your house looks fabulous at Christmas?

“Absolutely. My house gets decorated to the hilt; pilots could mistake our house for a runway! That said, by the time I’ve actually finished the tour and other work I’ve got on, there’s only going to be about five days to do all the decorating and shopping.

“We have two trees. One is decorated in a Scottish-American-Welsh-British traditional style, recognising all the places I’ve lived in. The other is more glitzy and sparkly, with a dash of Star Wars – we have a Star Wars tree topper.

“All the trees outside have huge baubles on and we really go all out.”

Who will you spend Christmas with and what’s the plan?

“Mum and dad are just down the road, so they’ll be with us, and my aunt and uncle and Scott and mine’s best friends – just the eight of us.

“Everyone shares the jobs, although one day I’ve got a chef booked so no one will have to cook at all. But we’re a diverse family, so we really try to include lots of different elements.

“Mum will make shortbread, obviously – being Scottish, my aunt is from Belgium and she does the hors d’ouvres. Then it’s a traditional turkey dinner with everybody pitching in to help.

“One rule though, whoever cooks does not clean up – so I make sure I get really stuck into the cooking, and make a mess…”

Are you a gift giver, or receiver?

“I like to give more than receive, for sure. But I do absolutely love to receive gifts which are made personally, crafty gifts. There’s so much more heart to those things.”

What’s the best present you’ve ever had?

“I remember one year as a kid, all I wanted was a silver flute. I’d come down, opened all my presents from Santa and I didn’t get it. Mum and dad asked me to get something out of the drawer in the other room where they kept the silverware, and there among it all was this very particular flute.

“I like to make gift giving an event like that – it really adds to the occasion.”

The tour is coming to Glasgow, obviously, how could you not include your home city, especially at Christmas?

“It really will be the homecoming show, and home is so important at that time of year. The audiences really know what to expect, are always totally fabulous and get right behind me.

“I always go a little bit further there than anywhere else, as I know I can get away with it. It’ll be like an early Hogmanay.

And lastly, what can fans expect from John Barrowman – A Fabulous Christmas Tour? The summer tour was truly fabulous, and your mum, dad and Scott almost managed to steal the show on those dates… Will we be seeing them again?

“It’s going to be totally Christmassy… I’ve written a letter to Santa to see if ‘Mr and Mrs Claus’ are able to come along. Scott will be there again, on the merchandise stall, and on stage at some point. I hope to integrate mum and dad into it – which will be quite exciting, I hope.

“Like the summer shows, there will be music, stories and photos, but this time sharing all my favourite moments from Christmas through the years.”

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

John Barrowman ‘A Fabulous Christmas’ is out 6th Dec on Decca Records

See JOHN BARROWMAN – A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS at:

  • SUN DEC 1 GLASGOW, SEC

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Cinderfella at the Tron

It’s almost panto time at the Tron Theatre and they have announced that the 2019 pantomime CINDERFELLA (27th Nov 2019 – 5th Jan 2020) is set to defy convention once again by featuring an all-women cast of Tron panto legends, just one year after progressive panto Mammy Goose portrayed a heartwarming tale of same-sex love between two heroes. Penned once again by the inimitable Johnny McKnight, this year’s pantomime Christmas show will be directed and designed by Kenny Miller.

Imagine having to do everything in your house… Well, that’s the life Cinderella (Sally Reid) leads. It’s a pure nightmare – and her family? Well, they make the Kardashians look positively normal. She’s got two idiotic step-brothers – Harry and Larry (Hannah Jarrett-Scott and Daisy Ann Fletcher) – who are incapable of doing anything for themselves; a Stepmother (Lauren Ellis-Steele) so wicked she makes Ann Widdecombe look warm and cuddly; AND she has to work morning, noon and night in the family dressmaking business. Her only pal is a gallus wee sheep named Muttons (Jo Freer).

But there’s hope when she hears that winner of Entrepreneur of the Year, Princess Charmaine is having a party for all the commoners in the pantosphere. Will Cinderella get to the ball and save her family business? Who will Princess Charmaine pick as her husband? And who on earth would leave a pair of glass trainers at the bottom of the royal palace stairs?

With stunningly festive lighting from Grant Anderson, and the usual toe-tapping tunes by Ross Brown, CINDERFELLA is set to be yet another unmissable all-singing, all-dancing, irreverent, gallus, festive extravaganza.

Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates: Wed 27 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020, times vary
Tickets: £9 – £23 (prices vary)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or http://www.tron.co.uk

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