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NEWS: Rock of Ages returns to Glasgow in January

As part of a major UK tour, ROCK OF AGES will play at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 January 2019.

ROCK OF AGES is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

This hilarious musical comedy features the songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band.

Now a global smash with extensive runs in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Las Vegas, the show has also been made in to a star studded Hollywood movie.

ROCK OF AGES has a book by Chris D’Arienzo and Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp. It is directed and choreographed by Nick Winston (The Royal Variety Performance, Annie and The Wedding Singer) designed by Morgan Large (The Woman in White, Top Hat and The Christmasaurus) and has lighting design by Ben Cracknell (Young Frankenstein, Sunset Boulevard and Annie).



Rock of Ages

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 22 – Sat 26 Jan 2019

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat, 2.30pm


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NEWS: Saturday Night Fever is back!

Marking 40 years since its famous UK cinema release, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is reimagined and revitalised in a big new music and dance spectacular at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

Running from Tuesday 20 – Saturday October, the production will pay homage to the movie, while promising more drama, more music and hot new choreography, which is sure to have audiences on their feet and dancing the night away.

The 1977 Travolta classic movie was an instant hit when it was released in cinemas, and the album is still one of the best-selling movie soundtracks of all time.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER tells the story of Tony Manero, and his reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success. It features the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70s favorites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more.

Saturday Night Fever

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Oct 2018


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NEWS: Cast announced for An Officer and a Gentleman tour

Full casting for AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN – THE MUSICAL at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow has been confirmed. Emma Williams will play Paula Pokrifiki, Jonny Fines is Zack Mayo, Ray Shell as Foley, Ian Macintosh as Sid Worley and Jessica Daley as Lynette Pomeroy. The production will open on Monday 10 September and run until Saturday 15 September.

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of Curve and Director of An Officer and Gentleman – The Musical said: “Douglas Day Stewart wrote An Officer and a Gentleman in response to his time serving in the American Air Force and the challenges he faced during training. It is a visceral, uncompromising and ultimately tender portrait of these personal experiences and the lives of folk living near the training facility in the early 1980s.

“We are proud to have assembled such an accomplished company of actors, led by Emma, Ray, Jonny, Ian and Jess to create our production and realise this beautiful portrait of working class lives. All of us at Curve are excited to tell this story – set to a fantastic 80s playlist – and to be working with the talented team at Jamie Wilson Productions. Productions like this couldn’t be made without the support of our collaborators and we are thrilled to be working with Jamie and his team. Officer will certainly be a memorable moment in our theatre’s 10th birthday year.”

Four-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress Emma Williams will play Paula Pokrifki. Emma’s previous West End credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mrs Henderson Presents and Love Story. This year Emma won the What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Helen in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Jonny Fines will play the iconic role of Zack Mayo – the character made famous by Richard Gere in the beloved 80s film. Jonny most recently played the role of Rooster in the West End production of Annie at The Piccadilly Theatre.  Other theatre credits include the UK tours of The Sound of Music and Avenue Q.

Ray Shell will play Foley. Ray is probably most famous for creating the roles of Rusty in Starlight Express and Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe, both in the West End.  His other theatre credits include the iconic productions of Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian Macintosh will play Sid Worley. Ian is an Olivier nominated actor for his role in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, his other credits include The Commitments and Rock of Ages.

Jessica Daley will play Lynette Pomeroy. Jessica was a finalist on the BBC 1’s Over The Rainbow and previous theatre credits include Mamma Mia! In the West End and the UK our of The Sound of Music.

The cast also includes Keisha Atwell (Legally Blonde and Grease at Curve, Annie) who will play Casey Seegar, Andy Barke (Nativity! The Musical and Legally Blonde at Curve) in the role of Louis Perryman, Darren Bennett (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Importance of Being Earnest, Grease and the title role in Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Bryon Mayo, James Darch in the role of Troy, Nathaniel Landskroner (Grease, Legally Blonde and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Craig, George Loannides (Grease at Curve and Annie and Mamma Mia!) in the role of  Eduardo Cortez, Joe Maxwell (Jersey Boys and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Fin Hooper, Corinna Powlesland in the role of Aunt Bunny and Rachel Stanley (Legally Blonde and Scrooge the Musical at Curve, White Christmas) will play Esther Pokrifki.

Joining them will be David Burrows, Vanessa Fisher, Aimee Hodnett, Keiran McGinn and Rhys Whitfield.

This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When Zack rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become both an Officer and a Gentleman.

The musical includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along, with 80s classics such as Alone, Don’t Cry Out Loud, You’re the Voice, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Heart of Glass, Toy Soldiers and Material Girl and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is one of the highest grossing films of all time. The screenplay is by writer and director Douglas Day Stewart which was based on his personal experience as a Naval Officer Candidate. The book is co-written by Douglas and Sharleen Cooper Cohen. It is directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (Annie, What the Butler Saw, Calamity Jane and Sunset Boulevard), Choreographed by Kate Prince (Old Vic Associate Artist, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, Into The Hoods and ZooNation), has Musical Supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, “Sweeney Todd, Sister Act) with Set and Costume design by Olivier Award nominated designer Michael Taylor (“The Winslow Boy”, “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve, “The Dresser”). Orchestrations are by George Dyer, Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Video Design by Douglas O’Connell.


An Officer and a Gentleman

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 10 – Sat 16 Sep 2018

Mon – Sat eves, 7.30pm

Mon & Wed matinees, 2.30pm

0844 871 7647 (calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)



Following the success of last year’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty, the King’s, Glasgow has announced that the doyenne of Scottish panto Elaine C Smith will star alongside the hilarious Johnny Mac in Aladdin from Saturday 1 December 2018, continuing the comedy partnership which delighted thousands of theatregoers last Christmas.

One of Scotland’s best-known actresses and comedy entertainers, Elaine C Smith has starred in numerous roles in popular television and theatre shows throughout her career. From television shows City Lights, Naked Video and Rab C. Nesbitt to stage appearances as Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Elaine can currently be seen in the third series of the critically acclaimed BBC Scotland sitcom Two Doors Down as Christine. She will return to the King’s later this year to star in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends the Musical from 30 April.

Glasgow’s First Lady of hilarity will star as Widow Twankey alongside Johnny Mac as Wishee Washee.

Johnny made his King’s debut in Sleeping Beauty last year and the pair will now continue to create the magic and mischief which proved so popular in last year’s pantomime. The award-winning funny man has been starring pantomimes across the country for more than 15 years and regularly entertains across the globe on cruise ships and in holiday resorts.  He has performed summer seasons at the famous Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth for the past eight years. Johnny also plays one-half of Francie and Josie in a critically-acclaimed tribute to Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy.

The King’s Theatre pantomime will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, for the second year.

Packed with all of the traditional ingredients King’s Theatre audiences have come to expect, Aladdin will be sparkling with laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

Johnny Mac said: “I’m over the moon to be back for a second year at the King’s and especially excited to be back working with Elaine once again. We had an absolute blast together in Sleeping Beauty last year and we’re both really looking forward to repeating that magic in Aladdin”

Michael Harrison, Qdos Entertainment’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be reuniting Elaine and Johnny in Aladdin this year, having forged such a fantastic comedy partnership at the King’s last Christmas. Not only are they both brilliantly funny, they are both perfect pantomime performers who know how to entertain and captivate audiences of all ages. We’re already busy working on Aladdin so King’s audiences can expect even more laughter and special effects in this year’s production”.

James Haworth, Theatre Director at the King’s, said: “We are thrilled to welcome back Elaine and Johnny to the King’s this year. Their on-stage chemistry is brilliant and they had the audience in a never-ending fit of giggles during Sleeping Beauty. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year. Roll on December.”


King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 1 Dec 2018 -Sun 6 Jan 2019

0844 871 7648* 

www.atgtickets.com /glasgow

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REVIEW: Beautiful the Carole King Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Beginning with the now famous Carnegie Hall concert in June 1971 to celebrate her seminal album Tapestry, Beautiful the Carole King Musical, quickly flashes back 14 years to a 16-year-old King (then just plain Carol Joan Klein) about to sell her first song (It Might as Well Rain Until September) to Don Kirshner at Aldon Music. In the blink of an eye, King has a new name, is pregnant, married to the man who would become her world-famous song writing partner, Gerry Goffin, and churning out hit after hit.

King’s isn’t a tale of sunshine and rainbows, there’s a world of pain behind the boppy pop songs making it more than the straight-forward jukebox musical: young motherhood and marriage, self-doubt and Goffin’s mental collapse and chronic infidelity. It also explores the friendly rivalry between Goffin and King and fellow song writers (and real-life partners) Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann at their Times Square hit factory at 1650 Broadway. The relatable human aspects of the tale, despite the fame and acclaim of the main protagonists, give it a greater resonance with its audience.

For all the moments of drama the story is pretty functional but it still manages to tug at the heart strings in all the right places. The story having been given the inevitable American gloss-over, it’s left to the songs to carry the tale. And what songs: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Up on the Roof, One Fine Day, The Loco-Motion and Pleasant Valley Sunday from Goffin and/or King, and Mann and Weil’s Walking in the Rain and On Broadway, to name a few. If there’s one criticism of the music it’s that many of the songs are presented as works in progress, snippets rather than full production numbers and it leaves you, on most occasions, begging for more, more, more. The full production numbers like the Drifters On Broadway and particularly The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, Barry Mann’s rendition of We Gotta Get Out of This Place and King’s own (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and You’ve Got a Friend give you goose bumps.

Bronté Barbé, while not entirely the epitome of King, her voice is a tad nasal, does capture her essence, and when at full belt is utterly electrifying. Amy Ellen Richardson’s Cynthia Weil is a knockout, her energy levels and roof-raising voice are a treat. Kane Oliver Parry is a nicely judged Gerry Goffin, the object of our ire for the evening, and Matthew Gonsalves excels as the fantastically comic, and hugely talented hypochondriac, Barry Mann. The ensemble are first rate, doubling up as the roster of hit acts who recorded King’s songs.

Fundamentally, Beautiful is the story of one woman quite literally finding her voice. After a career providing hits for some of the biggest artists of the 60s, King emerges from the shadows, uses the highs and lows of her life and finally claims the limelight for herself. Both empowering and entertaining, a ‘must-see’.

Runs until 17 February 2018 | Image: Birgit & Ralf Brinkhoff

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

NEWS: Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton confirmed for Fat Friends The Musical at Glasgow King’s

Natasha Hamilton, of Atomic Kitten fame, will be starring in the new musical Fat Friends when it tours to Glasgow this April (Mon 30 – Sat 5 May).

Natasha will be joining an all-star cast including Scotland’s very own Elaine C Smith, West End favourite and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, Jodie Prenger, star of Emmerdale and Wicked Natalie Anderson and Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy.

NEWS: Casting confirmed for Evita at King’s Theatre

After 10 years in the UK and two West End seasons, Evita is captivating audiences across the world as it continues on an International and UK tour in 2018. Having already visited Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates, the story of an ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power at a time of extraordinary political unrest will run at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday 15 May – Saturday 19 May 2018.

Returning to the role of Eva Perón is Madalena Alberto, a role she received critical-acclaim for at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2014. Considered as one of the West End’s prominent leading ladies, Madalena is renowned for some of the most coveted roles in musical theatre, including Fantine in Les Miserábles (25th Anniversary Tour, The Barbican, 02 Arena), Grizabella in Cats (London Palladium) and the title role in Piaf (Leicester Curve). Her most recent credits include The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre), Polly in Pollyanna (Tristan Bates Theatre) and a guest lead in BBC’s Holby City. Alongside her acting career, Madalena is a songwriter and performs solo concerts regularly.

Fresh from the recent West End production in July 2017, leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti will continue in the role of Che, a character who reflects the voice of the Argentine people. Linked to Eva by destiny; he brings balance to the story of Eva’s rise to fame. Gian’s most recently played the title role of Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan, in Stuttgart. Prior to this he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet across Italy.

Leading London and Broadway performer Jeremy Secomb joins the cast of Evita as Juan Perón. Jeremy most recently starred in the theatre production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Barrow Street Theatre) in the title role on Broadway, previous to which he played Javert in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) and Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

The cast is completed by: Oscar Balmaseda (Magaldi); Cristina Hoey (Mistress); Kellie Gnauck (Ensemble); Bethan Jacks (Ensemble); Samuel John Humphreys (Ensemble); Benjamin McMillan (Ensemble); Verity Burgess (Ensemble); Riva Grant (Ensemble); Callum Fitzgerald (Ensemble); Joe McCourt (Ensemble); Emmanuel Alba (Ensemble); Yuval Zoref (Ensemble); Oliver Slade (Ensemble); Jessica Ellen (Ensemble); Kirsty Whelan (Ensemble); Anthony Ray (Ensemble); and Mike Ward (Ensemble).

Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita follows Eva’s journey, which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.


REVIEW: The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Aiming to recreate the heyday of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas has the potential to be a huge crowd-pleaser. The show, created by Mitch Sebastian has been doing the rounds both on tour and in the West End since 2002 with little change to its seemingly successful formula.

It’s the early 50s, the Sands Hotel and not only are the Rat Pack in town but Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald is too. While it aims to create that Las Vegas glamour, the set is simplistic: the band on a raised platform, a grand piano, some stools and a representation of the Sands famous logo, are all that decorates the set, so it’s down to the music and the performers to sell the show.

First impressions are good, the band, under the tight musical direction of Matthew Freeman, are outstanding: crisp and pin-sharp, they recreate the sound of the best of the big bands, Freeman also has a fine, fine touch on the piano. Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra also makes his mark, recreating Sinatra’s sonorous tone perfectly as well as his idiosyncratic phrasing, although he’s entirely wooden as he moves around the stage. David Hayes has captured some of the voice, but is the least co-ordinated Sammy Davis Jr you are likely to see – for a man renowned for his dancing skills, you can’t help think they could have tried a little harder in the casting and while a heavily panstick-ed Nigel Casey has Dean Martin’s shtick down-pat and moves well, he is often over-powered by the band. Nicola Emmanuel as Ella Fitzgerald makes a fleeting appearance and while entirely competent, fails to make much of an impression.

While there is a fair representation of the main trio’s biggest hits: I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, to name a few, there are some less well known numbers that will either delight or frustrate. In the case of this reviewer, it frustrates somewhat. With three (and with Fitzgerald, four) artists with such rich back catalogues, there is space to make this an evening of out-and-out highs, however, the uneven nature of the song choices means the evening never really hits its stride. That coupled with some utterly cringe-worthy linking dialogue and an attempt at humour in the second act, that falls flat on its face – you can feel the tumbleweed slowly making its way across the stage – you can’t help feel that it’s all an opportunity missed.

There’s undoubtedly talent on the stage, both in the singers and musicians, but their potential is not being exploited. It’s time to get rid of the sexist, racist and homophobic banter and while there’s an argument that it’s reflective of the era represented, it’s just lazy, especially with a cast with so much to give musically – less chat, more music please. These artists and they way they sang these songs can speak for themselves. An overhaul is needed to get the most from the music and the cast. Still an enjoyable evening if you concentrate on the music and ignore all the filler.

Runs until 10 February 2018 | Image: Betty Zapata

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub here

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

Adapted from Jeff Pope’s own acclaimed 2014 TV mini-series starring Sheridan Smith, Cilla The Musical cashes in on the never-ending nostalgia for all things 1960s as well as deftly portraying Cilla Black’s rags to riches journey from Liverpool’s ‘Scotty’ Road to stardom.

Behind the toothy smile of the girl next door, Black was a woman of blinding ambition, and Pope doesn’t shy away from highlighting the sometimes less than palatable aspects of Black’s personality: forcing her clearly talented husband Bobby Willis to abandon a promising career is only one example.

Pope has realised the world of the 1960s on stage with a sure touch: a world that will be familiar to anyone who lived through the era. Portraying the comparative ordinariness of the stars of the 60s – waiting in the phone box at the end of the road to find out if your song has hit number one. There’s also a particular resonance with the sectarian divide in Liverpool reflecting Glasgow’s own.

The narrative has drive, the first act filled with youthful ambition, the second taking a darker turn as it portrays Brian Epstein’s untimely demise and Willis and Black’s crumbling relationship.

It’s the three B’s who feature largest in the show: Black, Bobby Willis and Brian Epstein. Carl Au is a standout as husband Bobby with a fantastic voice of his own and Andrew Lancel is impressive as the tortured and troubled Epstein, both capture the hearts and minds of the audience. It’s refreshing to see Willis given due credit for the role he played in making the woman who was to become his wife, a huge star.

Fans of the era will also be delighted to know that another B, The Beatles, who played a critical role in Black’s success also appear, played with aplomb by Joshua Gannon, Michael Hawkins, Alex Harford and Bill Caple. The energy levels lift at their gifted musicianship. Among the supporting characters, Pauline Fleming and Neil MacDonald as Cilla’s parents make their mark as do Billie Hardy and Gemma Broderick-Bower as pals Pat and Pauline and Tom Christian as Bobby’s brother Kenny Willis. In their entirety, the cast are top-notch and much of the whole endeavour’s success is due to their considerable talent.

In the title role Kara Lily Hayworth looks nothing like Black, but manages to convey her larger than life personality. Vocally she’s utterly on-point, indeed she has one of the finest voices I’ve heard in a very long time. Her continued success looks assured.

The story stops in 1967 and Black had relatively few hits: Anyone Who Had a Heart, You’re My World, Love of The Loved and Something Tell’s Me are all here, but it’s necessary to utilise the hits of other 60s stars to drive the story along, there are songs from fellow Liverpudlians Gerry and the Pacemakers and US stars The Mamas and Papas (fabulously portrayed by members of the ensemble), laudably all the songs featured feel necessary to the narrative.

This is a hugely entertaining and nigh-on unmissable production thanks to Pope’s sure-footed script and a cast of supreme quality. There’s so much to enjoy here, well worth seeing even if you are not a particular fan of the woman herself.

Runs until Saturday February 2018 at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow.

FEATURE: Couple bring Hollywood romance to the stage following real-life engagement

Many of us may dream of a glittering Hollywood romance to brighten up the grey West Coast Winter. And one local couple are bringing the real thing to the Glasgow stage.

Musical theatre fans Greg Robertson and Claire Logue were thrilled when they were cast opposite one another as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Irving Berlin’s hit musical spectacular, Top Hat.

The couple, who met through their passion for shows, will take on the roles played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1935 film, Top Hat – on which the musical is based – when Paisley Musical and Operatic Society (PMOS) perform at the King’s in February.

Yet their star-crossed romance will be true to life. In dramatic Broadway style, they just got engaged.

Claire, 31, said: “I was caught completely caught off guard when Greg proposed. We had been out and when we returned home I opened the door to find our lightbox set up saying: ‘Claire will you marry me?’, and the ring and champagne.

“I read it but it didn’t compute. I turned round to him sheepishly saying: ‘What?’ He asked me: ‘Well, will you marry me?’ and I said ‘of course’ and flung my arms around him. He had designed the ring with a jewellery designer friend, and it fitted perfectly! I was shaking when he put it on.”

Claire continued: “With Top Hat, we’re returning back to where it all started for us. We met in 2009 doing a production on West Side Story at the King’s, and started dating in 2011. It’s really special to be cast alongside one another and in such iconic roles. We’re so excited.”

Top Hat will run from 20 -24 February 2018 at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Images: Kevin Moulds Photography

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