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NEWS: Theatre Royal announces The Bodyguard as this year’s Christmas show

Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, have announced that the international smash hit musical, THE BODYGUARD will open its UK tour at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this Christmas.

The show will run from Monday 3 December until Saturday 29 December giving audiences plenty of time to catch the sensational production as it hits all the right notes during the festive season.

The Bodyguard’s month-long run at Theatre Royal follows the success of previous festive seasons including  2015’s Jersey Boys 2016’s The Commitments and last year’s Mamma Mia!

James Haworth, Theatre Director at Theatre Royal, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that the Christmas show at Theatre Royal this year will be The Bodyguard.  It’s an emotionally charged thriller that our audience will just love.

“Shows like The Bodyguard have become a staple in our festive programme and a visit to Theatre Royal at Christmas is becoming a tradition for many.

“If this production goes down as well as Jersey Boys, The Commitments and Mamma Mia!, our audience will be in for a very merry 2018.”

THE BODYGUARD is Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The original stage adaptation, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning (Birdman) Alex Dinelaris, had its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in 2012 and was nominated for four Olivier Awards.

A sell-out 18 month UK and Ireland tour followed, before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre. THE BODYGUARD has also played in the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Australia and China and can currently be seen in Stuttgart, Madrid and on tour throughout France and the United States.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.








Oliver Mears, Director of Opera at The Royal Opera, directs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin to close Scottish Opera’s 2017/18 season.

This sweeping tale of unfulfilled love opens in Glasgow on April 27 before touring to Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Not heard on Scottish Opera’s main stage since 1993, Tchaikovsky’s soaring score is the most radiant of Russian lyric operas. Adapted from Pushkin’s classic verse novel, Eugene Onegin is a deeply moving tale of unrequited love and high society life. When Tatyana, a young country girl, is introduced to the arrogant Eugene Onegin, she is besotted and confesses her love, only to be rejected and humiliated. Onegin flirts with Tatyana’s older sister Olga, who’s engaged to Vladimir Lensky, Onegin’s only friend, setting off a series of tragic events.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford conducts a cast of international talent. Award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw (Rusalka 2016) sings Tatyana, and former Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson (The Marriage of Figaro 2016) is Eugene Onegin. Peter Auty (Flight 2018) is Vladimir Lensky and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Sioned Gwen Davies (Flight 2018) is Olga. Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Alexey Gusev (Iolanta 2017) sings the role of Captain.

Joining Oliver Mears’ team is award–winning set and costume designer Annemarie Woods, lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli and former Scottish Ballet Artistic Director, choreographer Ashley Page. Eve Mutso, former Principal Dancer with Scottish Ballet, is the Dancer.

Also appearing in the production is George, a 7-year-old cob, who makes his stage debut as Onegin’s horse.

Oliver Mears said: ‘Onegin has everything: breathtaking music, heart-rending poetry, and the drama of passionate characters who live and breathe as we do. With its richly poetic atmospheres and endlessly inspired melodic invention, the opera is one of the greatest Russia has to offer – and, like an apparition from the past, once heard this beautiful opera haunts our dreams. We are lucky to be making this production with an outstanding cast of mainly young singers who will bring all of their energy and commitment to Tchaikovsky’s great score.’

Stuart Stratford added: ‘Onegin is the most iconic of Russian operas and is the one held in highest affection by all Russians. It has a unique blend of the lyric and dramatic and features one of the greatest scenes ever written for soprano. Tatyana is a complex and vulnerable character and we are fortunate to have rising star, Natalya Romaniw, giving her interpretation to a role with which she is already closely associated. Onegin is a piece I know really well, having studied it as a student in St. Petersburg. Every time I return to it, the music still feels fresh and I am always in awe of the emotional depth that it provides.’

Those who wish to discover more about how the production was created can attend Eugene Onegin Unwrapped, one-hour tasters delving further into the show, as well as Pre-show Talks. Audience members with visual impairments can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have a live commentary describing the action on stage without compromising the music.

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Fri 27 Apr, 7.15pm

Sun 29 Apr, 3pm

Thu 3 May, 7.15pm

Sat 5 May, 7.15pm


Eugene Onegin Unwrapped

Wed 2 May, 6pm

Eugene Onegin Pre-show Talk

Sat 5 May, 6pm

Eugene Onegin Touch Tour

Sat 5 May, 6pm

Eugene Onegin Audio-described performance

Sat 5 May, 7.15pm


n autumn 2018 following its sold-out London run, the National Theatre will tour Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, Macbeth. This epic and visually daring production will embark on an 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland from September 2018 – March 2019, with a week at Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday 19 February.

Sleep no more…The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war.  Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Directed by NT Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House) this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Rufus Norris said, “I’m delighted that Macbeth will be touring the UK and Ireland following its run in the Olivier Theatre earlier in the year. We’re really excited by what is coming out of the rehearsal room and it’s particularly rewarding to be able to take this brilliant play to so many towns and cities. We fully intend to give audiences a fresh and dynamic view of this timeless classic.”

Casting to be announced.




Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 19-Sat 23 Feb 2019


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REVIEW: Flight – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Jonathan Dove and April De Angelis’ contemporary opera Flight is almost universally loved and with good reason. A knockout score and a story filled with both drama and humour make it a hit with audiences world wide.

Image: James Glossop

Beginning as a story about a series of couples stranded at an airport due to electrical storms, librettist De Angelis discovered the real-life story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri stranded at Charles de Gaulle Airport from 1988 to 2006 (a story which spawned a book The Terminal Man; French movie Tombés du ciel (Lost in Transit); the Steven Spielberg film The Terminal; short story The Fifteen Year Layover; two documentaries Waiting For Godot at De Gaulle and Sir Alfred of Charles De Gaulle Airport as well as the mockumentary Here To Where) and she and Dove wove the story of a refugee hiding at the terminal around the more comic aspects of the opera. The relationships unravel and entwine and all the while the refugee strives to overcome his plight.

Image: James Glossop

Many of the cast reprise their roles from the previous Opera Holland Park production (Jennifer France as the Controller, Victoria Simmonds as Minskwoman and James Laing as the Refugee) and their comfort and familiarity with the roles shows, especially Countertenor Laing whose voice gives goose bumps) however, while France has an impressive top range she was a little underpowered at times). Peter Auty (Bill) and Stephanie Corley (Tina) provide comic relief as the long-married couple seeking to spice up their marriage as do Jonathan McGovern and Sioned Gwen Davies as the randy Steward and Stewardess.

Image: James Glossop

Image: James Glossop

The music has a mid-century cinema musical feel – almost Bernstein or Gershwin-like, it is, at all times, melodic and an absolute joy to the ear. However, personally I can’t help wonder if it would have sounded better for being less ‘operatic’ and more ‘musical theatre’: the operatic voices, in this production all excellent, don’t entirely do the fabulous score justice.

Image: James Glossop

This re-imagined production by director Stepehn Barlow and the design team of Andrew Riley, Richard Howell and Jack Henry James is an absolute joy to watch and listen to, a welcome addition to this season’s operatic programme at Scottish Opera and one not to miss.

Image: James Glossop

The production continues at Glasgow Theatre Royal until 24 February then at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh from 1 to 3 March 2018. 

NEWS: casting announced for Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger

Fiery Angel and Royal & Derngate Northampton are pleased to confirm casting for for Agatha Christie’s Love From A Stranger which will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this summer as part of a UK wide tour. Directed by Lucy Bailey. The production will open in Northampton in February, running for three weeks.

Taking to the stage at Theatre Royal from Tuesday 26 June for five nights will be Justin Avoth (Nigel Lawrence), Helen Bradbury (Cecily Harrington), Sam Frenchum (Bruce Lovell), Alice Haig (Mavis Wilson), Molly Logan (Ethel), Crispin Redman (Dr Gribble), Nicola Sanderson (Louise Garrard) and Gareth Williams (Hodgson).

Be careful who you wish for

A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound love is not all that he seems…

Electric with suspense and with a shocking twist, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is rediscovered in a brand new production by Lucy Bailey designed by Mike Britton.

Love From a Stranger

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 19 Jun – Sat 23 Jun 2018


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WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Alexandra Burke live at the Theatre Royal

A decade after winning The X Factor, pop sensation Alexandra Burke today announced that she will be embarking on her The Truth Is UK tour this autumn. Her first UK headline tour since 2010, The Truth Is will see Alexandra take her infamous soulful to Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Tickets are on sale to ATG Theatre Card holders now and go on general sale on Friday 26 January.

Alexandra will perform songs from her eagerly-anticipated new album, The Truth Is which is released by Decca on 9 March.  The new album is Alexandra’s third studio record and features a host of original tracks showcasing her phenomenal voice and songwriting talent.  Fans at the touring shows will enjoy these new songs, as well the No.1 smash hits including Hallelujah, Bad Boys and many more.

Alexandra says: “I am delighted to be going back on the road again with brand new music from my album The Truth is. This album is incredibly personal to me, I have poured my heart and soul into this and it reflects the incredible journey I’ve been through – highs and lows, love and loss. I love meeting my fans in their home towns so I can’t wait to see you all in September with my new show!”

2018 year marks 10 years since Alexandra won the fifth series of The X Factor, performing alongside Beyoncé in one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history. Alexandra’s winner’s single, a cover of the late Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, holds the current European record for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 copies in just one day. The song also became the top-selling single of 2008 in the UK and the landed the coveted UK Christmas No.1 spot. By January 2009, the single had sold over one million copies in the UK alone – a first for a British female soloist.

Her first album Overcome debuted at No.1 in the UK Album Charts, with four No.1 singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart – Hallelujah, Bad Boys, selling over 780,000 in the UK and becoming a Platinum selling single, All Night Long and Start Without You. One of the most successful alums of that year, Overcome earned her three BRIT Award nominations as well as thousands of loyal fans across the world.

In 2014, Alexandra made her West End debut starring as Rachel Marron in the highly acclaimed musical, The Bodyguard.  In 2016, she took the lead role of Deloris van Cartier in the musical Sister Act, which toured the UK and received 5 star reviews across the country.   Alexandra is currently performing with her Strictly dance partner Gorka Marquez on the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Arena tour, which runs until 11 February.

REVIEW: Greek – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Based on Steven Berkoff’s riff on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Greek has fast forwarded the story from Thebes, 429 BC to the Tufnell Park in the 1980s.

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s work, while labelled as modern opera is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and while the shock of the new may have worn off in the intervening years, it still packs a hugely entertaining punch visually and aurally. Though, those with a delicate stomach might want to give it a wide berth thanks to Dick Straker’s live video projections which include a stomach-turning greasy spoon breakfast complete with live maggots and those offended by fowl language be warned there’s plenty of effing and blinding.

While cleverly adapted to suit modern sensibilities, the fundamentals remain the same: our hero Eddy, clad in a tomato red Adidas 3-stripe tracksuit leaves behind the ‘cess pit’ of the East End to avoid fulfilling the prophecy of a fortune teller who predicts his father will die a violent death and he’ll ‘bunk up with his mum’.

Johannes Schutz’s set design comprising an enormous, white rectangular revolve with two door openings, focusses all the attention firmly up front and centre stage. Alex Lowde’s comical costume designs add to the almost vaudevillian feeling of the piece.

The cast of four (three of whom, Allison Cook, Susan Bullock and Henry Waddington, double, triple and quadruple up on roles) keep the interest and entertainment up throughout. There are however a few issues with projection, even from just a few rows back it sounds underpowered. That said, it doesn’t detract from the fact that this it remains hugely entertaining throughout.

Young conductor Finnegan Downie Dear, keeps the orchestra on point and sustains the creeping menace in the music for the duration.

Subtle it isn’t, but it is a thoroughly engaging, bawdy and bold, small but perfectly formed 80 minute breath of fresh air on the opera landscape.

Images: Jane Hobson



Following his critically acclaimed Rusalka in 2016, director and designer Antony McDonald returns to Scottish Opera with Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, a new co-production with Investec Opera Holland Park.

Brad Cohen, Artistic Director of West Australian Opera, conducts a wealth of international talent. Making her UK debut is American soprano Mardi Byers as Prima Donna/Ariadne. She is joined by Dutch tenor Kor-Jan Dusseljee as Tenor/Bacchus and award-winning Swedish soprano Julia Sporsén as The Composer.

Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France (Flight 2018) returns as Zerbinetta, and is joined by British opera legend Sir Thomas Allen as The Professor of Composition (Music Master), in his first singing role with Scottish Opera since 1981. BBC Radio Scotland’s Jamie MacDougall, recently Sir Harry Lauder in the Company’s special production of the musical play Lauder, is The Producer (Dancing Master). Three Scottish Opera Emerging Artists also feature in this impressive cast: Alex Otterburn (Greek 2017) as Harlequin, Laura Zigmantaite (La traviata 2017) as Dryad and Alexey Gusev (Iolanta 2017) as The Wig Master.

Audiences also have the chance to see renowned actress Eleanor Bron – rumoured to be the inspiration for The Beatles’ classic ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – playing The Party Planner (Major Domo). Star of stage and screen, Bron had roles in Absolutely Fabulous and Alfie and has also regularly appeared on hit BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers.

Set in a large country house, Ariadne auf Naxos tells the story of two troupes of performers who collide in an unfortunate double booking – opera versus burlesque, high ideals against a more ‘carefree’ approach. In the midst of the backstage chaos, the two performing ensembles get some surprising news – to save time the two shows must be performed simultaneously.

Bursting with life, McDonald’s production of Strauss’ playful opera promises plenty of style – and plenty of fun. The Prologue will be sung in English, in a new translation by Helen Cooper, and the Opera sung in the original German.

Antony McDonald said: ‘Ariadne auf Naxos offers audiences so much. In the Prologue, the backstage rivalry between the world of ‘serious’ opera and the world of burlesque and cabaret is brilliantly observed, and the painful process of bringing a new creation into the world is brought to life. Then, in the Opera itself, we see an examination of relationships: the tragic despair of the abandoned Ariadne contrasted with the practical reality of Zerbinetta’s approach to love.’

Brad Cohen said: ‘I am thrilled to be conducting Ariadne auf Naxos for my debut with Scottish Opera – I have wanted to conduct it for 25 years, and my opportunity has come along at last! Ariadne has so much to give us, and works on many levels at once. Apart from the fabulous music, the magnificent set-piece for high soprano, and the subtle comedy, there are deeper themes at play. Underneath everything, it is a portrait of life in an opera house, written by a composer and librettist who were steeped in the skulduggery of Viennese operatic politics. Ariadne is an opera about opera, combining sublime music and wry perception.’

Audiences coming to see Ariadne auf Naxos have the opportunity to enjoy a 15 minute specially composed piece by Samuel Bordoli, Scottish Opera’s Composer in Residence, based on the final pages of Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Grace Notes.  With a libretto by MacLaverty himself, Grace Notes will be performed in the Upper Circle Foyer of Theatre Royal, Glasgow and the Milburn Gallery, Edinburgh Festival Theatre at 6.30pm before each performance of Ariadne auf Naxos. Bernard has worked with Scottish Opera twice, on Five:15 – Operas Made in Scotland and on The Elephant Angel with Gareth Williams. Robertson Trust Emerging Artist Catherine Backhouse will sing accompanied by an ensemble of instrumentalists from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conducted by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Emerging Artist repetiteur Patrick Milne.

Audiences also have the chance to attend Ariadne auf Naxos Unwrapped, a one-hour taster delving further in to the show and how it was created. Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music.

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Thu 22 Mar, 7.15pm   (Grace Notes6.30pm)

Sat 24 Mar, 7.15pm    (Grace Notes6.30pm)

Wed 28 Mar, 7.15pm  (Grace Notes6.30pm)


Ariadne auf Naxos Unwrapped

Mon 26 Mar, 6pm

Ariadne auf Naxos Pre-show Talk

Sat 24 Mar, 6pm

Ariadne auf Naxos Touch Tour

Wed 28 Mar, 6pm

Ariadne auf Naxos Audio-described performance

Wed 28 Mar, 7.15pm


NEWS: Dog auditions for Legally Blonde The Musical in Glasgow


Could your pampered pet or family pooch be destined for fame? The producers of the smash-hit Broadway and West End production, Legally Blonde The Musical are on the hunt for a star-studded pup to join an all-star cast when the show arrives at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

Auditions will be held at Theatre Royal on Wednesday 14  February for the part of Rufus, character Paulette Bonafonté’s dog.

The chosen canine will star alongside, Eastender’s Rita Simmons, Eurovision singer Lucie Jones, Emmerdale’s Bill Ward and of course, Elle’s dog Brusier.

Legally Blonde The Musical will run at the King’s from Monday 23 until Saturday 28 April 2018.

The producers are ideally looking for a bulldog but will consider other breeds.

Associate Director David Barrett said: “Our cute Brusier has already been cast and we are looking for a big, brutish dog that only its mother could love to play Rufus during the Glasgow run. Preferably a bulldog like in the film, but we are certainly open to options.”

If you think your dog has what it takes, please contact legallyblondedogauditions@gmail.com for more information and an application form.

NEWS: Of Mice and Men tour cast confirmed

Casting has been confirmed for the Selladoor and The Marlow Theatre’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Taking to the stage when the show arrives at Theatre Glasgow, Monday 26 Feb – Saturday 3 March for its only Scottish date on the tour will be:Richard Keightley (The Mousetrap, St Martin’s Theatre) stars as George alongside Matthew Wynn (Hamlet, The Almeida; Measure for Measure, Young Vic) as Lennie, they will be joined on stage by Andrew Boyer (Candy), Cameron Robertson (Slim), Darren Bancroft (Carlson), Kevin Mathurin (Crooks), Harry Egan (Whit), Kamran Darabi Ford (Curley) ,Rosemary Boyle (Curley’s Wife), and Robert Ashe (The Boss).

Written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and based on his own experiences in the twenties, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.  With nothing but the clothes on their back and a dream, the wily and bright George aspires to independence, to be his own boss and most importantly to be ‘somebody’. Gentle Giant Lennie aspires to be with George and join him in his Eden, but as the saying goes – the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, when millions were forced to travel in search of a job and their dreams, Of Mice and Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heart-breaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

Considered a challenging and controversial play this brand-new adaptation promises to bring to the stage a magical and imaginative story about trying to hold on to your dreams and friendships during fiercely tough times and a faceless destiny. A tale still relevant to modern times.

Guys Unsworth, Director said:

“Of Mice and Men is one of the great American stories that has stood the test of time. It’s not only about the Great Depression in 1930s rural America but a timeless tale of loyalty and the struggles for survival in a cruel and competitive world. For me it is also one of the most beautiful stories ever told – both heart-warming and breaking at the same time. I fell in love with it when I studied it as a teenager, so it’s always been on my bucket list to direct, and when I mention the title, so many people have a great fondness for it too. I can’t wait to bring it back to the stage.”

David Hutchinson, Executive Creative Producer of Selladoor Productions said:

“We are delighted to be bringing this timeless classic on a brand-new tour across the UK alongside such an exciting creative team.  Giving people the chance to revisit this unforgettable story whilst also bringing it to the stage for a whole new generation of theatre goers.”

Of Mice and Men

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 26 – Sat 3 Feb 2018

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Thurs and Sat matinees, 2.30pm


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