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NEWS: Madagascar to go wild in Glasgow next August

Go Wild! as Selladoor Worldwide and Hartshorn-Hook announce that their brand-new stage adaptation Madagascar – A Musical Adventure is coming out of the zoo and into Glasgow as part of a UK tour.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage of the King’s Theatre on Monday 6 August until Saturday 12 August.

This musical adventure of a lifetime will have eight performances at the King’s, including three matinees.

Tickets are on sale to Theatre Card members now and go on general sale on Friday 20 October 2017.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

This wacky adventure for the whole family is brought to life by Selladoor Family, the producers behind James And The Giant Peach, Seussical and The Owl And The Pussycat and Hartshorn – Hook, producers of the Olivier Award winning Rotterdam, Murder Ballad, Urinetown and American Idiot . Madagascar – A Musical Adventure will be directed by award winning Kirk Jameson who is thrilled to be working alongside Selladoor again having directed their 2013 revival of Seussical: The Musical at the Arts Theatre.

David Hutchinson, Executive Creative Producer of Selladoor says “One of our key principals at Selladoor is to aim to engage young people to come to the theatre and to help to encourage a whole new generation of theatre-goers, and Madagascar promises to do just that. We are delighted to be bringing these much-loved crazy characters to life on stage in an exciting caper for all of the family”

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

LISTINGS

Madagascar

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 6-Sat 12 Aug 2018

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm

Wed, Thu & Sat matinees, 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

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REVIEW: The Brothers Karamazov – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Four central performances of considerable strength mark Richard Crane and Faynia Williams’ revived production of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as the highlight of the Tron Theatre’s 35th anniversary season.

Notoriously difficult to translate, thought to be un-stageable and widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in world literature, it is a daunting task indeed to take Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 900 page masterpiece and turn it into a play. To distil its grand themes onto a 100 minute running time, would seem like utter madness, but that is exactly what Crane and Williams have managed to do.

While impossible to reproduce the detail of the novel, or tackle all of its philosophical questions, in sticking to its most major ethical debates: faith, free will and, of fundamental importance to the work, familial relationships, this ground-breaking adaptation manages to leave its mark and provoke discourse.

The performances are quite literally grounded in the earth on the functional, compact, multi-layered circular set which is beautifully lit by Sergey Jakovsky’s lighting design.

The quartet of actors alternate roles within the play, while also delivering fundamental characterisations of the four brothers. Sean Biggerstaff (Ivan), Tom England (Alyosha), Thierry Mabonga (Dmitry) and Mark Brailsford (Smerdyakov) gel perfectly together and the differences between the four are clearly marked and beautifully realised. Biggerstaff (Ivan) particularly shines in his though-provoking speech as the Grand Inquisitor to Alyosha as Christ as does the mercurial Mabonga in his portrayal of Dmitri’s self-destruction.

This striking adaptation perfectly mixes the classic with the contemporary and lingers in the memory long after the lights go down.

Runs until 28 October 2017 | Image: Contributed

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub at: http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-brothers-karamazov-tron-theatre-glasgow/

NEWS: Nursery Crymes an immersive promenade dark fairytales coming to the streets of Glasgow this November

A nocturnal, site-specific promenade performance experience exploring the dark themes behind well-loved childhood rhymes and stories, Nursery Crymes will be taking over the backstreets of  Glasgow city centre in November 2017. Conceived and created by Scotland’s leading outdoor performance company Mischief La-Bas under its artistic director Angie Dight, and designed by Bill Breckenridge, the Nursery Crymes experience takes audiences on an outdoor journey from the depths of Mother Goose’s forest to the “fun” of the F***ed-Up Fairground, through streets filled with performer-animated spaces, soundscapes, film and art installations, in and out of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on Trongate. As part of the show, they’ll encounter work by some of the country’s most exciting artists of different disciplines in a series of encounters, installations and performances that probe the sinister side of nursery rhymes – the ideas of authority, morality and social indoctrination underpinning these simple tales.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS AND WORKS

Renowned live artist Liz Aggiss has created a new film and associated choreography for Nursery Crymes, to be screened in the Britannica Panopticon Music Hall, chasing childhood into the corridors of crass with a sin-fuelled Cinderella. Fiona Robertson, one of Glasgow’s leading visual artists explores the surreal, deeply-rooted imagery of nursery rhymes and the grotesque in the tactile on-site installation and film Bad Sheep. Hastings-based collective Radiator Arts present installations and projections created from nursery rhyme imagery. AV artist Dav Bernard, known for his work with 85A, presents Alouette (High Voltage) an innovative live projection and soundscape manufactured by welding sparks linking the casual cruelty of children’s songs to the recurring use of torture in ‘civilised’ societies. Glas(s) Performance and youth company Junction 25 take over the barred-up windows along New Wynd Lane with sound piece good/bad/horrid.

Around all this, the Nursery Crymes show plays out, as Mischief La-Bas performers take on twisted forms of some beloved childhood characters, in very unexpected scenarios.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

24-25 November | Muster point: Avant Garde, 34-44 King Street, Glasgow | £12/£10

Times: 6.00pm, 6.20pm, 6.40pm, 7.00pm, 7.40pm, 8.00pm, 8.20pm, 8.40pm (duration 1 hour 30 mins approx.)

Nursery Crymes is a promenade performance in the streets around the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Audiences will be met at Avant Garde and taken to the beginning of their encounter. Tickets are available through the Tron Theatre Box Office:  www.tron.co.uk or 0141 552 4267. More information on www.mischieflabas.co.uk  Audiences are advised to dress for the weather as most of the performance takes place outdoors.

 

SEAT REVIEWS: Platform, Glasgow

OVERVIEW:

Platform, Easterhouse is a 210 seat tiered auditorium.

There are ten main rows of tired seats with a gallery row directly behind that separated by a rail. Two small sets of slip seats are also located on this level.

The seating is unreserved, however, this is not an issue as the sight lines from all seats in the auditorium are excellent. and the size of the auditorium is such that in any seat, you feel close to the action.

The legroom is good, there is a footboard at the back of each seat to prevent kicking the one in front.

The seats are straight backed with arm rests and firmly upholstered.

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NEWS: casting announced for Jersey Boys tour 2018

The producers of Jersey Boys have announced the cast for the smash-hit West End success which returns to Glasgow for two weeks next year.

Following its sell-out success at Theatre Royal in December 2015, the Olivier Award-winning production will open at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow on Tuesday 3 April until Saturday 14 April 2018.

Those stepping into the infamous red jackets are Michael Watson (playing Frankie Valli) Simon Bailey (playing Tommy De Vito), Declan Egan (playing Bob Gaudio) and Lewis Griffiths (playing Nick Massi).

Michael, Simon, Declan and Lewis have all previously performed their roles in Jersey Boys to great acclaim; Michael and Simon in the West End, Declan in the West End and Australia, and Lewis in the first UK and Ireland tour.

Michael Watson made his West End debut in We Will Rock You and was also in the original London casts of Imagine This, Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. A founder member of theatre super-group Teatro, Simon Bailey also played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.  Other West End credits include I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical and We Will Rock You.

Declan Egan played the role of Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys in his native Australia and has toured the USA in The Book Of Mormon.

Lewis Griffiths played Johnny Castle in the recent tour of Dirty Dancing.  He also appeared in the original UK touring productions of Ghost – The Musical and Legally Blonde – The Musical.

Dayle Hodge made his West End debut as Chip in the original London cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and has appeared in Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Scrooge.

The cast also includes Joel Elferink as Bob Crewe, James Alexander Gibbs as Joey, Mark Heenehan as Gyp DeCarlo, Karl James-Wilson as Norm Waxman, Arnold Mabhena as Barry Belson, Phoebe May Newman as Francine, Olive Robinson as Lorraine, James Winter as Hank Majewski and Tara Young as Mary Delgado.  Completing the cast will be Peter Nash, Dan O’Brien, Stephen O’Riain and Amy Thiroff.

Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. The Olivier Award-winning West End production closed on Sunday 26 March 2017 following nine amazing years in London. The first UK and Ireland tour of Jersey Boys was a record-breaking success and ran for 18 months, from 4 September 2014 to 5 March 2016.

Due to overwhelming demand, a further 12 dates have been added to the upcoming UK & Ireland tour of the tour, taking it through to March 2019.

The newly announced 2018/19 dates are The Marlowe Canterbury (2 – 13 October 2018), New Victoria Theatre Woking (16 – 27 October 2018), Bristol Hippodrome (30 October – 17 November 2018), Leeds Grand Theatre (20 November – 1 December 2018), New Theatre Oxford (18 December 2018 – 5 January 2019),  Wales Millennium Centre (16– 26 January 2019), Palace Theatre Manchester (29 January – 16 February 2019), Edinburgh Playhouse (19 February – 2 March 2019), Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (5 – 16 March 2019) and Mayflower Theatre Southampton (19 – 30 March 2019).

Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.  The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 25 million people worldwide.  Jersey Boys can currently be seen across the United States on its US National Tour.  The BROADWAY production closed on 15 January 2017 as the 12th longest running show in Broadway history.  JERSEY BOYS will return to New York City in a new production in November 2017 at New World Stages.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.  The UK & Ireland Tour production is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projection design by Michael Clark.  The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.

The UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals and Ambassador Theatre Group with Joseph J Grano, Pelican Group, Latitude Link, Rick Steiner and Howard Panter.

REVIEW: The Addams Family – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Whatever has happened to The Addams Family? What kind of world do we live in where bitter and twisted Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a thoroughly ordinary young man? That’s the premise of Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa’s musical version of Charles Addams macabre comic strip of the 1930s. The rest of the plot follows Wednesday’s efforts to bring the two disparate families together resulting in a disastrous dinner, Gomez and Morticia, unlike their passionate 60’s TV counterparts experiencing a rocky patch in their marriage, visitations from the Addams Family ancestors, oh, and Uncle Fester in love with the moon. But, as mad as it is – it all adds up to a fantastic night’s entertainment of the highest quality.

Played out on a gloriously detailed, jewel-toned set with sumptuous costumes by Diego Pitarch, it benefits from a cast of supremely talented actors, stand out among them, Cameron Blakely as Gomez. Blakely is a knock out, a tornado of energy and passion, his comic timing supreme. Samantha Womack, is chillingly aloof as Morticia, YouTube sensation and best-selling author Carrie Hope Fletcher (Wednesday) is enviably talented, with an amazing set of pipes and hugely talented understudy Scott Paige is on in the role of Uncle Fester for an indisposed Les Dennis. Paige is utterly brilliant in the role, with a fabulous voice and well-honed comedic skills, it’s hard to imagine Dennis surpassing his performance. Strong support comes from the finest-voiced ensemble heard in years. The sound they make together raises the roof.

The book has been revised since its 2010 Broadway incarnation and the story remains slim, the characterisations broad, but the glorious decoration, some catchy tunes, the non-stop laughs and a master stroke of casting in every role, all add up to make an utterly irresistible night at the theatre.

Runs until 14 October 2017 | Image: Matt Martin

This review was originally written for and published for The Reviews Hub

NEWS: TRIBUTE TO DIRTY DANCING SOUNDTRACK CHA-CHA’S BACK TO SCOTLAND

The perennially popular An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show returns to Scotland for its final tour this month.

In its 7th smash hit year of touring the UK and internationally, the show is a fully choreographed, highly interactive concert celebration of the music from the iconic movie.

The tour will visit Glasgow Pavilion on 18th, Falkirk Theatre on 19th, Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath on 20th and Rothes Halls in Glenrothes on 21 October.

Musical theatre stalwart Julian Essex-Spurrier continues to lead the production having played numerous iconic leading roles including Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, Rocky in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Riff in West Side Story and Rusty in Starlight Express. He is joined by West End regular Lucy Jane Adcock whose numerous theatre credits include Adelaide in the international tour of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Guys & Dolls, Cassie in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, tours of Happy Days, Starlight Express and Beauty & The Beast, and in the West End Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Fame, Tonight’s The Night, Matilda & Top Hat.

An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show is directed by Paul Spicer with choreography by Leanne Harwood and pays homage to the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. A high energy emotional roller-coaster with breath-taking choreography and buckets of nostalgia. Includes the classic songs: Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me and many more.

 

 

The Director said “We’re thrilled to be returning to Scotland on what will be our final UK tour. The atmosphere is always electric. We totally encourage our audiences to sing and dance and immerse themselves in this incredible music. I watch people leave the theatre on a real high. This is a multi-award winning soundtrack steeped in nostalgia. I challenge anyone to come along and not have a fantastic time!”.

**Please note this production is not affiliated with the film Dirty Dancing or Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage in the West End or on tour in the UK or worldwide.

“A thoroughly entertaining, visually stunning extravaganza” – Reviews Hub

TOUR DATES and BOOKING INFORMATION:

Glasgow Pavilion – 18 October
Tickets: £21.00 / £19.00

Available from http://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk; tel 0141 332 1846 121 Renfield St, Glasgow Metropolitan Area G2 3AX, UK

Falkirk Theatre – 19 October
Tickets: £21.00 / £19.00 / £18.00 (Group)

Available from http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org; tel 01324 590900 Westbridge Street, Falkirk FK1 5RS, United Kingdom

Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath – 20 October
Tickets: £20 concessions £19 groups of more than 10 £17.50

Available from http://www.webstertheatre.co.uk; tel +44 1241 435800 64 High St, Arbroath DD11 1AW, UK

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes – 21 October
Tickets: £21.00 / £19.00 concession / £1 reservation fee

Available from http://www.onfife.com; tel 01592 611101 Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes KY7 5NX, UK
http://www.aneveningofdirtydancing.com

Twitter – @HeyBabyUKTour

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AnEveningofDirtyDancing

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Shrimp Dance presented as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2017

SHRIMP DANCE is a new performance dealing with mental health, consumer capitalism, and ecological crisis. It’s a collaboration with marine biologist Dr. Alex Ford, whose experiments have found anti-depressants entering the sea through human waste are affecting the behaviour of shrimp. High levels of prozac are causing shrimp to abandon their shadowy habitat and swim towards the light where they’re often eaten.

THE HUMANS ARE SO SAD THAT THE SHRIMP ARE GOING CRAZY.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with an invited panel about the links between mental health, community, and the environment.

This performance is presented as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2017.

Paul Michael Henry makes live performances rooted in Butoh Dance, music and poetry. His work has travelled around the UK and in Europe, America and Japan, and he is artistic director of UNFIX Festival (www.unfixfestival.com).

SHRIMP DANCE – Paul Michael Henry

Sunday 22 Oct at 2pm

Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW 

Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4 Box Office: 0141 276 9670 (opt 1) or www.platform-online.co.uk/whats-on/event/403

More info: http://www.paulmichaelhenry.com

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Our Fathers at Platform

An intriguing new play exploring the relationship between fathers and sons will have its world premiere this autumn. Our Fathers is co-produced by Magnetic North and the Traverse Theatre, and is written and performed by multi-award-winning playwright Rob Drummond and Magnetic North’s Artistic Director Nicholas Bone.

The play is inspired by Edmund Gosse’s 1907 book Father and Son, which tells the story of Gosse’s upbringing as the only child of evangelical Christians in Victorian England, and his growing realisation that he did not share their religious faith. Both Drummond and Bone are the atheist children of clergymen, and bring their contemporary perspective and experiences to the story.

This new production is the first co-production between the two Edinburgh-based companies and is also the first time Rob Drummond – a Traverse Associate Artist and writer of Grain in the Blood, Bullet Catch and In Fidelity – has worked with Magnetic North. Nicholas Bone, the company’s Artistic Director, will appear in a Magnetic North production for the first time and, in a reversal of roles, Ian Cameron – who performed in Magnetic North’s award-winning A Walk at the Edge of the World in 2014 – will be co-director. Cameron most recently worked at the Traverse as collaborator on the hugely successful and award-winning Black Beauty.

As the performance unfolds, weaving together Edmund Gosse’s story with those of Bone and Drummond, the audience will also be invited to contribute – given the opportunity to comment on the story and talk about experiences of their own in dialogue with the performers. Bone and Drummond will also be available before the show at each venue to meet audiences and chat about their experiences of family relationships.

 Rob Drummond, writer/performer and Traverse Associate Artist, says:

‘This is a deeply personal play for both Nick and myself. In adapting this book for the stage we have found it necessary to talk about our own relationships with our fathers and reminisce about our religious upbringings. I am now an atheist. My father is decidedly not. How do we respect people who we disagree with? Are there certain things that should simply remain unspoken? This is a play for anyone who has ever been the child of a parent, the parent of a child or who has ever found themselves in ideological disagreement with a loved one. Everyone, then. I’m very excited to be back at the Traverse – it feels like the right place to launch a show about religion and family as the Traverse is a spiritual home for me.

Nicholas Bone, writer/performer and Magnetic North Artistic Director, says:

‘As we’ve worked on Our Fathers we’ve become very interested in how people talk to each other, and maintain a relationship with each other, when they disagree strongly. In today’s world of political discourse, 24-hour news and conversations over social media, this theme has considerable contemporary resonance. We’re looking forward to sharing the piece with audiences at the Traverse and then on tour.’

 Orla O’Loughlin, Traverse Artistic Director, says:

‘As long-time admirers of Magnetic North’s ground-breaking work, the Traverse is thrilled to be collaborating with them for the first time on Our Fathers. We are looking forward to not just welcoming back our Associate Artist Rob Drummond but also to the whole Magnetic North team to look at the delicacy of many father-son relationships, and to discuss the increasingly important and timeless issue of how we respectfully disagree or begin uncomfortable discourse with those whom we love.’

PLATFORM GLASGOW

15 Nov 2017
7:00pm
14+ yrs
£8.50 / £5 / £4

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: SPROG ROCK IS BACK IN GLASGOW

This autumn, Sprog Rock is on the road meeting children from nurseries in Inverclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling to create their next set list.

The sprog rockers by Jassy Earl

Inspired by and made with the children from these nurseries this set list will be like no other!

The Sprog Rock gig will be celebratory, inventive, playful; an interactive experience for all to enjoy, feel part of and join in with!

Sprog Rock has toured throughout Scotland, creating music and gigs for children and adults to enjoy together.

Sprog Rock is an interactive live music experience for Early Years aged children and their parents and carers. Originally developed as part of Katy Wilson’s Starcatchers Residency at Tramway in 2010, Sprog Rock has evolved over the last 7 years to become an innovative live gig experience for our youngest children.

Starcatchers, in partnership with the Sprog Rock team have secured funding from the Youth Music Initiative Fund to deliver a new Sprog Rock project in Autumn 2017.

Image: Chloe Batchelor

This project will see the Sprog Rock band work in nursery settings in 4 partner communities – in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverclyde and Stirling – supporting the children in the settings to create new music that the band will incorporate into their sets. There will also be Sprog Rock gigs in each of the communities that the children and their parents will be encouraged to attend at the end of their workshop blocks.

Sprog Rock is presented by Starcatchers and Sprog Rock in association with Platform Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow G34 9JW

Saturday 21 Oct at 2pm Sunday 22 Oct at 10.30am Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4 (Local Links) Box Office: 0141 276 9696 (opt 1) or http://www.platform-online.co.uk/whats-on/event/377

Sprog Rock is designed to push the ideas of what is of interest to young children – and what they are capable of creating.

For more info visit http://www.starcatchers.org.uk/engagement/sprog-rock-2017/ Twitter @StarcatchersUK / @PlatformGlasgow

Facebook @StarcatchersUK / @PlatformGlasgow

Instagram @starcatchersuk @sprogrock @PlatformGlasgow

 

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