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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

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 NOVEMBER 2019 – Frankenstein at Theatre Royal this November

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness.

Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to obliterate Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Mon 25 Nov 2019 – Sat 30 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2019 – The Snowman returns

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty years ago.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Wed 13 Nov – Sun 17 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
1 hour 45 minutes
Wed and Fri at 19:00
Thu at 10:30 and 14:00
Sat at 13:30 and 17:00
Sun at 11:00 and 15:00

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019 – The Mousetrap

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Starring Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance).

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
2 hours 20 minutes
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Thurs and Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
Audio Described – Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 12+

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 2019 – What’s In A Name at the Theatre Royal

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.

This comic masterpiece is adapted by British theatre director, writer and translator Jeremy Sams from award-winning French film and stage sensation Le Prénom, this international smash hit has played over 30 countries and is now on its first ever UK tour.

Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas will play the central character of Vincent. He’ll be joined by familiar TV face James Lance, along with West End stars, Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Tue 1 – Sat 5 Oct 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
Tue – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 12+

NEWS: SIX: The queens return to Glasgow

THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

TUESDAY 5 – SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2019

From Tudor wives to pop princesses, the queens are going on tour!

Following acclaimed success at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, West End smash hit musical SIX will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this winter from Tuesday 5 November until Sunday 10 November as part of a UK tour.

The story tells of the six wives of Henry VIII who take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. The songs from the show have proved to be a chart storming sensation with weekly streams totalling more than 1.5million. These Queens may have green sleeves, but their lipstick is rebellious red. Think you know the rhyme, think again… Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

The cast, yet to be announced, are backed by the show’s all female band, The Ladies in Waiting.

SIX is the phenomenon everyone’s losing their head over. The show’s 2018 debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hastened its West End transfer which opened in January 2019. The production is currently enjoying an open-ended run at the Arts Theatre playing to sold out houses. And now the Queens are going on tour.

SIX writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss said:

“We are SOOOO excited and thrilled and grateful that we get to share the story of these badass Queens – and the UNREAL talents of these women – with so many more people all over the UK! We’ll see you there!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!”

SIX is written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, with Direction by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage.

 

LISTINGS

SIX

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 5 – Sun 10 Nov 2019

Tue-Thu: 8pm

Fri: 6pm, 8.30pm

Sat: 2.30pm, 8pm

Sun: 2pm

NEWS: JINGS, CRIVVENS! HELP MA BOAB! BRAND NEW OOR WULLIE MUSICAL COMES TO GLASGOW

Dundee Rep Ensemble and Selladoor Productions in association with Noisemaker, are to bring Scotland’s favourite comic strip scamp DC Thomson Media’s Oor Wullie to life live on stage.

The new musical adventure will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday 21 January for five nights as part of a Scottish tour.

Oor Wullie has featured in DC Thomson Media comic strips in the Sunday Post for more than 80 years, earning him the title of ‘Scotland’s Favourite Son’ in a public vote in 2004.  The iconic laddie from Auchenshoogle is much loved for his big heart, constant war against boredom and his mischievous energetic pranks which often land him in a scrape or two! Now you can see the spiky-haired scallywag live on stage as he embarks on an adventure with pals Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang – the only question is; where’s his bucket?!

In their 80th anniversary year Dundee Rep is one of Scotland’s most awarded theatres and the only theatre in Scotland to have a permanent company of actors, established 20 years ago as the Dundee Rep Ensemble. Oor Wullie will be directed by Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton, and adapted for stage by Noisemaker whose previous collaborations include the hugely successful The Snow Queen in 2018 and a brand new musical premiering in the US this Spring Hi, My Name is Ben.

Oor Wullie also marks an ongoing partnership with the internationally acclaimed Selladoor Worldwide who recently commissioned and produced another DC Thomson Media favourite The Broons directed by Andrew Panton in their 2016 critically acclaimed tour.

LISTINGS

Oor Wullie

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 21 – Sat 25 Jan 2020

Tue-Sat: 7.30pm

Thu, Sat: 2.30pm

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NEWS: Stage version of best-selling novel, oscar winning film The Exorcist comes to Glasgow

MARKING 45 YEARS SINCE ITS UK CINEMA RELEASE INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS A PLAY BY JOHN PIELMEIER BASED ON THE NOVEL BY WILLIAM PETER BLATTY, THE EXORCIST COMES TO THE THEATRE ROYAL FROM TUESDAY 17 – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019

Bill Kenwright presents the spine-tingling live production of The Exorcist at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this autumn.

Based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty and inspired by true events the production will open on Tuesday 17 September and run until Saturday 21 September.

 This devilishly thrilling tale has been adapted for stage by John Pielmeier and directed by Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land) and will feature the voice of Ian McKellen as the Demon.

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul…

William Friedkin’s 1973 Academy Award-winning film adaption of The Exorcist, thrilled audiences across the globe and gained a huge cult following. Now, 45 years after its release, movie and theatre fans alike can experience a visually astounding, intelligent and haunting theatrical experience.

REVIEW: Scottish Ballet’s Wee Hansel and Gretel – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Scottish Ballet present “a wee version of a big ballet”, a perfectly distilled version of their family favourite Hansel and Gretel, specifically aimed at children aged three to eight.

A dangerous (well, mildly perilous but age-appropriate) adventure into the deep dark wood with the inquisitive siblings – Wee Hansel and Gretel faithfully follows the traditional tale: there’s the worrisome witch, her mysterious raven companion, the magic forest and the enchanted gingerbread house.

The addition of a narrator (James Siggens) who presents a rhyming introduction to set the scene and explanation of the unfolding action, is a neat touch. He engages the audience from curtain up with a whole heap of audience participation, including magically controlling the lights, much to the amazement of the tiny theatre-goers.

Set to the music of Engelbert Humperdinck, recorded by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, the production includes students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The tutu-clad trio provide the traditional costumes expected by the mini-ballet buffs, though these three tutus on stage are vastly outnumbered by the gloriously clad audience who are decked in their best ballet finery for the occasion. In the role of Hansel, Constant Vigier is, as always, a safe pair of ballet slippers and his Gretel, Alice Kawalek is a star in waiting.

This 50-minute tiny treasure of a production is small, but absolutely perfectly formed. The run time is ideal, the storytelling judiciously edited to fit in everything it needs to shine. It captures and keeps the attention for the entirety of the performance and provides a satisfying morning’s or afternoon’s entertainment for adults and children alike. More of this please!

The tour continues until October :  Glasgow tomorrow (Sunday 14 July) 

For complete touring dates and venues visit: scottishballet.co.uk/event/wee-hansel-gretel

Images: Rimbaud Patron

 

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