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WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Bodies of Water – an immersive performance experience

Bodies of Water is a playful, multi-sensory performance experience weaving together movement, choreography, water, objects and sound. We encounter water in our everyday lives – through our bodies and environment. We invite you to immerse yourselves in a unique performance experience, as we explore and celebrate this transformative element that connects all living things.

 

Bodies of Water is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and experimental performance project initiated by Glasgow-based choreographer/performer Saffy Setohy in 2018 in response to BRAW, a project by The Touring Network. Made and performed by a collective of artists including Aya Kobayashi choreographer/performer, Joanna Young choreographer/performer, Nicolette Macleod musician/sound designer and Saffy Setohy. Bodies of Water will premiere with Findhorn Bay Arts at the James Milne Institute on Saturday 21st September 2019, before touring to places and communities in Scotland.

People and environment are at the heart of the work. Explored through choreography, movement, sound, visual art and participatory practices, Bodies of Water aims to draw connections between our experiences as humans made mostly of water, our relationship to it personally, politically, environmentally, and the materiality of water (its choreographic, sculptural and sound potential). Underpinning the work, is an understanding that if we can connect to and inhabit the realities of our bodies and experiences, we will relate to and more easily consider our environment, our communities and the challenges that we face.

The artists expanded their choreographic practice to include walking and moving, drawing, writing, arranging, making, reading and sounding. Their research has ranged over diverse terrain; their felt sense and memories of water in their environment and bodies, the body as a container and vessel, water filtration, deep mapping, deep time, geological processes, plastic pollution, ‘artificial’ nature, the materiality of water in its liquid, solid and gaseous states. They have developed the work in Forres, Findhorn, Dunbar and Glasgow, sharing ideas with audiences along the way. They were part of the exhibition, TIDE:Dialogues of Change in Dunbar, presenting traces of their research in a range of media.  They also facilitated a creative walk as part of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.

Platform Easterhouse, GlasgowSaturday 12th October, 1pm & 4pm

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NEWS: Collabro announced new album and tour

 

COLLABRO, New album  Love Like This released 15th November 2019

Full UK tour announced for October 2020

COLLABROMichael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgave – are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. Having met for their first rehearsal in a pub at London Bridge in 2014, they auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent a month later and received a full standing ovation from both the audience and the judges after their performance.  They went on to win the competition with one of the biggest majorities ever, and their debut album ‘Stars’ entered the UK albums chart at number one, was quickly certified gold, and became the fastest selling album in 2014.

Four sell out UK tours, two US tours, headline slots at the London Palladium, Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall, the 02 Arena and a show for Her Majesty The Queen later, COLLABRO have announced the release of their fifth album ‘Love Like This’ on November 15th  2019, through BMG. They will take the new album out to their fans with a full UK tour throughout October 2020.

A hand picked selection of their favourite contemporary songs, Love Like This includes Coldplay’s Fix You as an instant grat track (“We know that everyone thinks of something different when they hear this song and we used our voices to act as the majority of instruments to put our unique spin on it”), Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know (“We sang this song on our second UK tour but it’s never been on an album and we still love it now”), Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do (“This is for all our fans who have been asking for a wedding song!”) and Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved (“When we heard Lewis sing this for the first time we were all together. We looked at each other and just knew it was a song we wanted to sing. The melody is beautiful and everyone can relate to the lyrics”).

Love Like This tracklist:

1. Shallow
2. Someone You Loved
3. My Heart Will Go On
4. Fix You
5. A Million Dreams
6. Perfect
7. Only Love Can Hurt Like This
8. I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
9. Love Me Like You Do
10. Somewhere Only We Know
11. Hero

Album pre-order HERE

Fix You Instant Grat track with album pre-order: HERE

Full ticket information HERE

COLLABRO are looking forward to taking Love Like This live to their fans at the following dates throughout October 2020:

Friday 2nd Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Saturday 3rd Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sunday 4th Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 6th Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 7th Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 9th Bournemouth IC
Saturday 10th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 11th Torquay Princess Theatre
Monday 12th Ipswich Regent
Wednesday 14th Bath Forum
Thursday 15th Sheffield City Hall
Friday 16th Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre
Saturday 17th Hull Bonus Arena
Tuesday 20th Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 21st Gateshead Sage
Friday 23rd Blackpool Opera House
Saturday 24th Harrogate Convention Centre
Sunday 25th Salford Lowry
Monday 26th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 28th Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thursday 29th London Palladium
Friday 30th Guildford G Live
Saturday 31st Carlisle Sands Centre

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REVIEW: Bianca Del Rio It’s Jester Joke – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

Hands-down the most successful drag queen in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race, self-proclaimed ‘clown in a gown’ and winner of season 6, Bianca Del Rio is back in town with her gaudy, bawdy brand of biting comedy.

 

Despite touring to several large-scale venues in previous years, indeed this isn’t the first time Del Rio has sold out this enormous venue, this tour will be the biggest solo headlined drag tour ever in the UK.

Supported by the equally X-rated Wendy Ho (above), this is not a show for the faint-hearted, but I doubt that there’s anyone in the audience who isn’t familiar with the drag firebrand’s old-school insult comedy and reputation for saying the things the rest of us only dare to think to ourselves. I’m racking my brains to think of any group left un-insulted, from lesbians to Brexit, disability to straight people, from Naked Attraction to Catholic priests, everyone is treated with the same derision.

Clad head to toe in an eye-popping electric pink sequinned jump suit, curly orange wig and turban, Del Rio rattles through an hour of brutally honest observations that have the audience howling, leaving us in no doubt why she was named the most influential Drag Queen by the New York Times.

Del Rio is a welcome change from a world in which everyone is desperate to be offended – refreshingly controversial.

 

REVIEW: Grease The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

The first new production in 25 years, and with the promise of a return to the gritty, raw, original 1971 production, the odds would seem stacked in favour of this Leicester Curve production of Grease, one of the world’s most beloved musicals. However, spectacularly bad casting, lacklustre energy levels and poor vocals, render what should be a corker of a show, into a two and a half hour yawn-fest.

It’s 1959, Rydell High, and a dozen angst ridden teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of high school life: break ups, make ups, peer pressure and pregnancy scares, with a raft of familiar tunes wrapped around the action (if not in the order that fans of the movie are used too).

Principal among the faults of this production is the casting: Dan Partridge’s Danny Zuko is a non-descript leading man, he lacks any presence, his accent is appalling (something that seems endemic in the cast), and his singing voice even worse, and unforgivably there is absolutely no chemistry with the woefully underused Martha Kirby as Sandy, who manages to elevate proceedings in the few occasions she’s on stage. It is absolutely baffling why she would ever fall in love with this loser in the first place. Louis Gaunt is a charismatic Kenickie who makes his mark (the young actor seems as if he would be a much better fit as Danny). Of note too is Natalie Woods, who has a lovely voice and a nice presence as the body-conscious Jan, less successful are Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky as Rizzo, who looks thoroughly bored throughout and Darren Bennett, who provides an uncomfortable watch as the boob-grabbing old letch Vince Fontaine, the performance smacks of 1970s Benny Hill/Freddy Starr, not memories you’d want to evoke in 2019.

Are we are so far removed and so distanced from the times in which this is set, that it fails to resonate? Is that the main issue? There’s a moment in the cheesy dialogue when after a break up and a make up between Danny and Sandy where her asks her: ‘don’t you want my ring?’ you can almost hear the female audience cry: ‘no thanks I’d rather have a career’. The entire show plays out like a badly disjointed series of unrelated scenes and the lack of drive doesn’t help. On a positive note, Colin Richmond’s gymnasium design is effective, if simplistic and Guy Hoare’s lighting design tonally compliments it – it should be said though, that it’s particularly heavy on the dry ice.

The entire production from start to end lacks impact, there isn’t an ounce of sparkle and the lack of energy and commitment of the cast is astonishing. One could argue that it’s impossible to make Grease boring, but boy does this production succeed in achieving just that.

Runs until 31 August 2019 | Image: Manuel Harlan

NEWS: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ON YOUR FEET! THE STORY OF EMILIO AND GLORIA ESTEFAN

Casting has been confirmed for ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, which plays at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Monday 2 until Saturday 7 March 2020.

ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom and features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet, Don’t Want To Lose You and 1-2-3.

Direct from the West End, Philippa Stefani will play Gloria Estefan, George Ioannides Emilio Estefan, Madalena Alberto will play Gloria Fajardo and Karen Mann Consuelo.

Philippa Stefani played ‘Mimi’ in the recent national tour of Rent. She has also played Daniela in In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre. Her other theatre credits include the original London casts of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria and I Can’t Sing and Sister Act, both at the London Palladium. She has also appeared in High Society at the Old Vic and Ghost at the Piccadilly Theatre.

George Ioannides has appeared in the West End productions of Annie and Mamma Mia! and was most recently seen as Eduardo Cortez in An Officer and a Gentleman at Curve, Leicester and on national tour.

Madalena Alberto’s West End credits include the title role in Evita at the Dominion Theatre and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium. She has also appeared as Fantine in the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables and was most recently seen as ‘Giulietta’ in Aspects of Love at the Southwark Playhouse.

Karen Mann’s many credits include Golde in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof opposite Paul Michael Glaser, Marley in Scrooge at Curve and Mother Superior in Sister Act also at Curve and on national tour. Her extensive work at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury includes Gladys in Copacabana, Viv in Spend Spend Spend and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, which transferred to both the New Ambassadors Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.

Completing the cast will be Sharif Afifi, Hollie Cassar, Francisco Del Solar, Laura Friedrich Tejero, Francesca Lara Gordon, Yonly Leyva Desdunes, Olivia Kate Holding, Elia Lo Tauro, Gabriella-Rose Marchant, Martin McCarthy, Alicia Mencía, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Clayton Rosa, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Slaap, Dawnita Smith, Despina Violari, Nathan Zammit and Alain Zambrana Borges.

Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music.  In addition to her 38 number 1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song ‘Music of My Heart’ and has received numerous honours and awards over the course of her illustrious career. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Combined, they have won a staggering 26 Grammy awards.

 

NEWS: LES MISÉRABLES will make its Glasgow premiere next year with a four-week run at Theatre Royal.

Cameron Mackintosh has today announced that his acclaimed production of LES MISÉRABLES will make its Glasgow premiere next year with a four-week run at Theatre Royal.

The Boublil and Schönberg musical LES MISÉRABLES will open on Wednesday 3 June until Saturday 27 June 2020. This will be the first Cameron Mackintosh production to be staged in Glasgow in over 15 years, the last being Miss Saigon at the King’s Theatre in 2004.

Tickets go on sale to Theatre Card holders on Monday 21 October. There will be a Groups presale on Wednesday 23 October and a Sign-up pre-sale on Friday 25 October. General onsale opens on Wednesday 30 October.

James Haworth, Theatre Director at Theatre Royal, said: “I am extremely excited to welcome LES MISÉRABLES to Theatre Royal and to Glasgow for the first time next year. It is such a prestigious and revered musical and the calibre of Cameron Mackintosh’s productions is outstanding. This will also be the first Cameron Mackintosh production to come to Glasgow in over 15 years which makes the run especially significant to the Theatre Royal and the city. I look forward to welcoming all who come along to see this iconic production.”

Since Cameron Mackintosh first conceived this new production of “Les Misérables” in 2009 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary it has taken the world by storm. Originally touring the UK throughout 2009/10, and concluding with 22 performances at the Barbican, this production was hailed by audiences and critics alike.

This current production, embraced by modern audiences across the globe as a Les Mis for the 21st century, has sold out in record breaking time in each venue it has played since opening in 2018.

This production also inspired the hugely successful movie version starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne. This brilliant new staging has scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo,and has to date already been seen in North America, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Broadway.

Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the songs, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars”, “Bring Him Home”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “One Day More”, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, “Master Of The House” and many more.  Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries and in 22 languages, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Dean Chisnall will play ‘Jean Valjean’, Nic Greenshields ‘Javert’, Katie Hall ‘Fantine’, Ian Hughes ‘Thénardier’, Harry Apps ‘Marius’, Charlie Burn ‘Cosette’, Barnaby Hughes ‘Enjolras’ and Helen Walsh ‘Madame Thénardier’.

Also in the cast will be Joseph Anthony, George Arvidson, Adam Boardman, Olivia Brereton, Danny Colligan, Rebecca Ferrin, Aimee Good, Jenna Innes, Ebony Jonelle, Robert Madge, Liam Marcellino, Emily Owens, Jordan Simon Pollard, Corinne Priest, Jamie Pritchard, Aaron Pryce-Lewis, Dean Read and Janne Snellen. Further casting to be announced soon.

Images: Matthew Murphy

Amélie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Amélie:The Musical is based on Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 Academy Award-winning movie about eternal altruist Amélie Poulain, whose desire to help others, through a series of simple acts of kindness, prevents her from finding love. Amélie escapes her dysfunctional childhood and unhappy home life to work as a waitress in a Paris café where she encounters a rag-tag bunch of bohemian misfits, whose lives she sets out to make that little bit better. This 2019 musical version has been significantly re-worked for the UK tour after a less-than-successful and hugely curtailed run on Broadway in 2017, where it ran for only 56 performances after a hefty 27 days of previews.

Any production has to compete with the visually arresting movie and the tobacco-stained design by Madeleine Girling, with gorgeous lighting by Elliot Griggs, largely succeeds in distancing itself from the iconic big-screen version and establishing itself as its own visual entity. It does however exploit many Gallic clichés in its presentation of the Montmartre café where the action takes place. That said, it is an absolute treat to behold.

The film is a series of quirky vignettes from Amélie’s childhood to her life in Paris (the journey necessary to understand Amélie’s future motivations) and as a result there’s a lot of time spent establishing the back story, resulting in the first act of the musical taking its time to come together and hit its stride. The second act is more cohesive and as a whole it manages to almost replicate the entire movie storyline in the confines of a small-scale, fixed set, an impressive feat.

There are an astonishing 35 musical pieces in total, and if any gripe remains with the show, it’s the lack of variety in style and tone of much of the music, motifs are repeated just a tad too often. Yes, many are gorgeous, and they are perfectly played and sung by the actor/musicians, but many add nothing and arrest the progress of the narrative rather than advance it.

The cast are universally first class, Audrey Brisson (Amélie), a Cirque du Soleil veteran is a less soft but compelling version of our heroine and Danny Mac as the object of her unrequited admiration Nino, is sure-footed throughout.

Amélie seems to have largely overcome its previous faults. It’s a tad too long, something which seems to be endemic in most musicals, and there are a few too many musical intervals, but it looks beautiful and is imaginatively staged, with a plethora of tiny, quirky details to delight. And where else can you see ‘Elton John’, some people-sized, singing and dancing figs,  a suicidal goldfish, a Brazilian carnival dancing gnome and a leading lady coming and going by flying lampshade?

Runs until 24 August 2019 | Image: Contributed

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub 

NEWS: Full casting for What’s In A Name confirmed

Full casting has been confirmed for the witty, razor sharp What’s In A Name which is to play at Theatre Royal, Glasgow next month.

Joining the previously announced Joe Thomas, best known for his role in E4’s The Inbetweeners, are Bo Poraj (Miranda, Musketeers), Laura Patch (Afterlife, Star Stories), Summer Strallen (Top Hat, Young Frankenstein) and Alex Gaumond (Company, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, Matilda).

What’s In A Name? is adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams from the award-winning French film and stage sensation, Le Prènom, by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière. The production will visit Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, from 5-14 September, before touring to Glasgow, York, Aylesbury, Cambridge, Windsor, Richmond and Southampton.

Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.

The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect.

But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent’s and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.

Playing Vincent is Joe Thomas, an actor and writer best known as Simon in the multi-award winning E4 show The Inbetweeners. Following the success of The Inbetweeners (and the two eponymous films that followed) Joe starred as Kingsley in all four series of Fresh Meat, and as George in Chickens, which he also co-wrote. Most recently Joe starred as Nick in the 2018 feature film The Festival and as Martin Lavender in the BBC2 sitcom White Gold. Joe has script development deals with Channel 4 and Fudge Park/BBC and was on the latest series of Dave’s Taskmaster.

Bo Poraj is playing Peter. He is perhaps most well-known for his role as Mike in the ever popular BBC comedy series Miranda. He played a regular role in Musketeers (BBC) and has been seen in The Thick Of It and Boomers (also BBC). On stage his most recent credits include Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios 2, nominated for Best Supporting Male in a Play Award, Off-West End Theatre Awards), Gloria, Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre) and Blithe Spirit (Theatre Royal Bath, UK Tour, West End). Film credits include The Boat That Rocked.

The role of Elizabeth is played by Laura Patch, a comedy performer and actor known for playing various roles in Star Stories. Most recently Laura appeared in Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series Afterlife. Further television credits include A Brief History of Tim, New Tricks, Dol & Em, Youngers, Holby City, Starlings, Being Human and The IT Crowd, along with the web series Bad Mother. Film credits include Songbird alongside Cobie Smulders and Jessica Hynes.

Playing Anna is Olivier Award-nominated actress Summer Strallen. She most recently starred as Alice in Alexis Michalik’s Intra Muros at Park Theatre and she is best known for leading West End stage roles in Top Hat, The Sound of Music, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Guys and Dolls, The Boy Friend, Love Never Dies, Cats, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. On TV, her credits include Hollyoaks in which her character Summer Shaw auditioned for and won the role of Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music which Strallen went on to play on stage.

Carl is played by Alex Gaumond, who most recently received critical acclaim for his role as Paul in Marianne Elliott’s multi-Olivier® award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company in the West End. Further stage credits include A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Trial of Jane Fonda (Park Theatre), Into the Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Sweeney Todd (ENO) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, RSC’s Matilda: The Musical, Top Hat and We Will Rock You (all West End). Film credits include The Hustle, My Dinner with Hervé and Hampstead.

Highly respected director Jeremy Sams has adapted and directed multiple celebrated productions. As a director his credits include Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (West End and World Tour), The Sound of Music (West End and Toronto), Noises Off (National Theatre, West End, UK Tour and Broadway) and Benefactors (UK Tour and West End). His credits as an adaptor include The Park (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Rehearsal (Almeida and West End), Beckett (West End) and Les Parents Terribles (National Theatre and Broadway).

The original play premiered in 2010 at the Théâtre Édouard VII in Paris, France, where the production received six Molière Award nominations and ran for over 300 performances. Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière then wrote the screenplay for the film (2011) which played to over 3.25 million people in France alone. It received widespread critical acclaim, and won several César awards from the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques, along with the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec at the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and the Radio Canada Audience Award at the Cinéfranco International Francophone Film Festival in Toronto. The Italian translation of the movie went on to receive several prestigious Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalist awards. The play has now been translated into over 22 languages, and has had incredible box office success around the world.

What’s In A Name? is written by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière with adaptation, translation and direction by Jeremy Sams. Set will be designed by Francis O’Connor and lighting design is by Rick Fisher.

LISTINGS

What’s in a Name?

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 1 – Sat 5 Oct 2019

Tue-Sat, 7.30pm

Thu & Sat, 2.30pm

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NEWS: CASTING CONFIRMED FOR QUEEN AND BEN ELTON’S GLOBAL PHENOMENON WE WILL ROCK YOU

Casting has been announced for Queen and Ben Elton’s smash hit musical We Will Rock You, which will storm Theatre Royal, Glasgow this December as part of a UK tour.

Taking on the role of Galileo is Olivier Award nominee Ian McIntosh (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical / The Commitments), who will be joined by Elena Skye (Les Misérables / Kinky Boots) in the role of Scaramouche. Playing Killer Queen is Jenny O’Leary (Heathers The Musical / Rent), with Michael McKell (Macbeth / Blood Brothers) as Buddy. Adam Strong (Jesus Christ Superstar / Rock of Ages) will take on the role of Khashoggi, with David-Michael Johnson (We Will Rock You, Germany / Jesus Christ Superstar) reprising the role of Brit and Amy Di Bartolomeo (Bat Out of Hell / Priscilla Queen of the Desert) playing Oz.

Brian May said: “This is a stunning state-of-the art new-look production of WWRY – but of course the original story is now more relevant than ever. We’re confident WWRY fans will love revisiting the world’s first true Rock Theatrical, and a whole new generation will now discover the VIBE!”

Featuring 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and Ben Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing, We Will Rock You boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances. This global phenomenon will continue to be one of the most spectacular musicals to tour the United Kingdom & Ireland.

The show has seen unprecedented success in theatres and arenas around the world and the nine month tour will see the Rock Theatrical performed in front of thousands of rock fans in Bromley, Ipswich, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Derry, Dublin, Southend, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Glasgow, Blackpool, Hull, Southampton, Manchester, Aberdeen, Bradford, Canterbury, Oxford, Llandudno, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich, Northampton, Bournemouth, Stoke and Reading.

Since 2002 over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have been thrilled by We Will Rock You’s awe-inspiring production showcasing a number of Queen’s finest hits, including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and, of course, We Will Rock You. Before closing its glorious 12 year run at London’s Dominion Theatre, the show was performed an astonishing 4600 times.

The touring production of We Will Rock You reaches theatres carrying with it an impressive legacy: when it first became news that one of Britain’s most phenomenally successful comedy writers Ben Elton was teaming up with legends of rock, Queen, for a musical there was much speculation on what such a unique collaboration would turn out. So impressed after attending the original workshop, screen icon Robert De Niro and his company Tribeca came on board as American partners. De Niro continues to support the show, even making a special visit to London in 2013 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary in style. The audience erupted with thunderous applause, as he joined the cast on stage after the landmark performance.

The announcement of the We Will Rock You UK & Ireland tour follows the smash hit release of the hugely anticipated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The Oscar nominated film, celebrating the career of one of the greatest ever rock bands has wowed Queen fans all around the world, opening at the number one box office position in over 30 countries.

We Will Rock You

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 8 – Sat 28 Dec 2019

Mon-Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat: 2.30pm

Tue 24 Dec: 2.30pm

No performance Wed 25 Dec

WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: MUSICAL COMEDY DUO FLO & JOAN COME TO THE STAND

It was announced today, that amidst the release of their first comedy special on Amazon Prime Video and performing a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including two extra shows at 3pm on Monday 19th and 7.30pm on Sunday 25th at Assembly Piccolo Tent, musical comedy duo Flo & Joan are set to embark on a UK tour of their brand new show Before the Screaming Starts from 28th October. They will visit The Stand in Glasgow on 10 February 2020. Tickets are now on sale at floandjoan.com

This follows Flo & Joan appearing at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal at The Hasan Minhaj Gala and as part of the prestigious Brit(ish) lineup, as well as a hugely successful run at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In January, the suspiciously unsimilar sisters Flo & Joan – whose songs have racked up over 50 million views online – watched the Bros documentary. Through the tension and arguments of estranged siblings Matt and Luke Goss, Flo & Joan glimpsed a possible future waiting for them; a lot of dog portraits, male pattern baldness and the occasional argument over the use of pyrotechnics. Despite this ominous foreshadowing, they are doing their best to ignore the warning signs with more waggish songs to parade about the place in their brand new show Before the Screaming Starts.

The success of their latest show follows a complete sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe which saw them add five extra shows and embark on their debut UK tour. Nicola and Rosie’s television and radio credits include Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and Fresh from the Fringe (BBC Radio 4), writing and performing two songs for Horrible Histories (CBBC) and they have also had an enormous viral hit online with their 2016 Song which was subsequently featured on websites including Comedy Central (where it was video of the day worldwide), A.V. Club, Glamour and Stylist.

Elsewhere the pair also wrote and starred in a series of adverts for Nationwide Building Society, with their video Sisters being rated YouTube’s most popular advert in January 2018, and have established a sell-out monthly residency hosted at London’s Brasserie Zedel. In 2016, 2017 and 2019 they were part of the Best of the Fest selections at Toronto and Montreal Sketchfests, also winning the Now Audience Choice Award in Toronto and their Canadian TV credits include CBC’s flagship comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes and a series of videos for CBC Online.

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