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FEATURE: A month in the life of Glasgow Theatre Blog

I’ve recently had a few conversations both in person and with fellow theatre bloggers asking what a typical month is in the life of the blog. So with that in mind here is a typical month – this month in fact, a chronological record of the who, what, where and how of June 2015.

Monday 1st June

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Launch of Ambassadors Theatre Group autumn season for their Glasgow Theatres.


Glasgow’s Theatre Royal

As always from ATG Glasgow, a well thought out overview of the season to come. Compered by Glasgow favourite Des Clarke with guest appearances/performances from among others: Nigel Havers and Christine Kavanagh enacting a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest, the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (silver fox Michael Praed getting the ladies of a certain age swooning with his crooning), some music and dance from Britain’s Got Bhangra, live interviews with Matthew Bourne on the return of Sleeping Beauty and Sally Bankes on East is East, touring fresh from its run in the Trafalgar Transformed season as well as video features from shows such as Love Me Tender and the first live glimpse of this year’s King’s panto cast.

Tuesday 2nd June 

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland


Ray Quinn and Louise Dearman in Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland

A surprising turn from Ray Quinn fleet-footed and crooning his way through the songs of Judy Garland – ably helped along by ever-reliable West End leading lady Louise Dearman. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft who would have been better served telling anecdotes about her superstar mother rather than strangling her greatest hits.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/04/review-judy-the-songbook-of-judy-garland-theatre-royal-glasgow/

Wednesday 3rd June

King’s Theatre, Glasgow


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Joe Pasquale as King Arthur in Spamalot

It was Joe Pasquale’s son Joe Tracini who was the star of the show – fantastic comic timing and some seriously groovy moves showed that there’s life and laughs in this old dog yet.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/06/review-spamalot-kings-theatre-glasgow/

Friday 5th June

City Halls, Glasgow

Friday Night is Music Night

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A truly stellar cast lined up to mark the finale of the BBC’s first ever music day,representing the spectrum of music on offer from our national broadcaster: Jamie Cullum, Lulu, Deacon Blue, Noah Stewart, Jack Liebeck, Catrin Finch, Jaz Dhami and Claire Hastings presented a world class evening of entertainment.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/08/review-friday-night-is-music-night-bbc-music-day-concert-city-halls-glasgow/

Saturday 6th June

Oran Mor, Glasgow

Sunset Boulevard


John Kielty and Juliet Cadzow in Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder’s classic movie condensed into a perfect one hour gem. All that and a pie and a pint thrown into the ticket price – what mor could you want?

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/07/review-sunset-boulevard-oran-mor-glasgow/

Tuesday 9th June

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Puttin’ on the Ritz


Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor – Puttin’ on the Ritz

More a cruise ship review than full-blown theatre show but entertaining none the less.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/12/review-puttin-on-the-ritz-kings-theatre-glasgow/

Thursday 11th June

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow


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The best of the best of musical theatre students from the Dance School of Scotland give a glimpse at the future stars of Scottish theatre in their flawless production of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s hippy classic Godspell.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/14/review-godspell-citizens-theatre-glasgow/

Friday 12th June

Adelaide’s Glasgow

The Mad Props Big Fat Musical Theatre Quiz and Concert of the Year

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Saturday 13th June

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man



The master of British dance Matthew Bourne brought his revived classic The Car Man to Edinburgh for one week – and boy what a show – perfect was the only word for it.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/14/review-matthew-bournes-the-car-man-festival-theatre-edinburgh/

Sunday 14th June

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

The Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland



The critics decide on the best home-grown theatre talent of the year, also a chance for the critics to get their moment in the spotlight which they grabbed with both hands. This year’s big winner was the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.

Full list of winners: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/14/news-2015-cats-awards-winners-a-triumphant-year-for-lyceumtheatre/

Monday 15th June

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

The Producers

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It was the comics who took centre stage in Mel Brooks’ madcap musical The Producers. Ross Noble a demonic Franz Liebkind and Jason Manford got to showcase his under used singing skills.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/18/review-the-producers-theatre-royal-glasgow/

Tuesday 16th June

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Calamity Jane

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A stand-out performance from Tom Lister as Wild Bill Hickcok saved this overly-long show.The Glasgow audience loved it from the first notes though.

Review: https://glasgowtheatreblog.com/2015/06/19/review-calamity-jane-kings-theatre-glasgow/

Thursday 18th June

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall,

The Overtones



An unexpected treat – sharp harmonies and even sharper moves, they worked their socks off delivering hit after hit after hit. Also their fans must rank among the most vocal I’ve ever encountered.

Monday 22nd June

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Twelve Angry Men


A tremendous play and the perfect ensemble piece. A slew of powerhouse performances which had the audience in the palm of its hand from curtain rise to fall.

Tuesday 23rd June

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


No better on second viewing – a hugely talented cast who performed their socks off but their talent was wasted in this lacklustre excuse for a musical.

Wednesday 24th June

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Idina Menzel

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Queen Idina came to Glasgow and wowed the crowd – “I’m loopy”, she cried, and you couldn’t deny it as she rolled on the floor covered in gold tattoos during a rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep”. Crazy as a box of frogs but bloody brilliant none the less.

This is just some of the stuff I’ve seen – there were a few shows that I saw and didn’t review too, some CD/DVD reviews as well, there were also listings and news entries and other bits of weekly blog admin too – I couldn’t begin to guess the actual hours in between spent actually writing the reviews. Anyway here’s to the next one…

REVIEW: Godspell – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

A knock-out cast, some fabulous, familiar tunes and a clear direction proves there’s life in the old dog yet in the Dance School of Scotland’s production of Godspell.

Always a tricky beast, John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz’s trippy-hippy treatment of the gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke) has proved problematic in the past, however, here under the steady hand of director Graham Dickie, a clear narrative emerges amongst the disparate parables.

The Dance School of Scotland provide the creme de la creme of musical theatre students in the country and this year’s batch are no exception. Chief among them Ryan Kopel and Aaron Millar, two young men in possession of stunning and very different voices who will doubtless grace the stages of the West End and beyond in years to come. Kopel’s solo rendition of the classic “Beautiful City” is among the best I’ve ever heard.

This is a fitting showcase for the best of young Scottish musical theatre and a must-see in the theatrical calendar. I personally can’t wait until next year.