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NEWS: The world’s most successful musical theatre group hit Glasgow this month.

Collabro will be back on the road next month for their biggest ever tour and have announced some very special guests joining them across the UK.  West End and Broadway Star Kerry Ellis and BBC1’s Over the Rainbow Finalist and We Will Rock You Star Lauren Samuels will be joining the boys on selected dates.

Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, met in 2014 for their first rehearsal at a London pub, just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of ‘Stars’ for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent four years ago with one of the biggest majorities ever Collabro have released a Number 1 debut album “Stars”, followed by “Act Two” which peaked at Number 2, performed at the Royal Variety Performance; been voted ‘The Nation’s Favourite BGT Winner’ and are now enormously successful internationally. Notably, they have performed for over 30 million people in Japan on Music Station on two separate occasions – receiving a Gold Disc for Best International Artist alongside Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. They have also completed two tours of America and signed a major US record deal.

2018 has already seen Collabro embark on a sold-out tour of Asia, performed as special guests on Barry Manilow’s UK Arena Tour and release their fourth studio album ‘Road To The Royal Albert Hall’ for more information go to Officialcollabro.com.

The musical theatre group’s ‘Road to the Royal Albert Hall’ Tour will be kicking off at South Shields Customs House on February 10th and will see the group perform at a variety of intimate theatres and iconic venues over three months, before finishing the tour at the world renowned Royal Albert Hall in London. Collabro will also have Youth Choirs to accompany them at each venue of their 51 date UK Tour alongside support Georgia and The Vintage Youth.

Tickets are on sale now and available from www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051, www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826, and direct from venue box offices.

COLLABRO ‘ROAD TO THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL’ 2019 UK TOUR DATES

support from Georgia and The Vintage Youth (all dates except 14th and 15th Feb)

support from Larissa Eddie 14th, 15th Feb and 20th April only

Special guest Kerry Ellis will be performing at dates highlighted as *

Special guest Lauren Samuels will be performing at dates highlighted as +

*SCOTTISH DATES HIGHLIGHTED BELOW

February 2019

Sun 10 South Shields Customs House +

Mon 11 Chester Storyhouse *

Tue 12 Milton Keynes Theatre *

Thu 14 Carlisle Sands Centre +

Fri 15 Buxton Opera House *

Sat 16 Matinee – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall *

Sat 16 Evening – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall *

Mon 18 Scunthorpe Baths Hall *

Tue 19 Hull City Hall +

Thu 21 York Grand Opera House +

Fri 22 Crewe Lyceum Theatre +

Sat 23 Blackpool Opera House +

Mon 25 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall*

Tue 26 Aberdeen Music Hall*

Thu 28 Perth Concert Hall +

March 2019

Fri 01 Edinburgh Queens Hall*

Sat 02 Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre*

Mon 04 Gateshead Sage 1*

Tue 05 Middlesbrough Town Hall*

Thu 07 Harrogate Royal Hall +

Fri 08 Halifax Victoria Theatre*

Sat 09 Sheffield City Hall +

Mon 11 Kings Lynn Corn Exchange*

Tue 12 Cheltenham Town Hall*

Thu 14 Barnstaple Queens Theatre*

Fri 15 Weston-Super-Mare Playhouse*

Sat 16 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion +

Mon 18 Southend Cliffs Pavilion*

Tue 19 Cambridge Corn Exchange*

Thu 21 Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre*

Fri 22 Guildford G Live*

Sat 23 Peterborough The Cresset*

Mon 25 Isle of Wight Shanklin Theatre +

Tue 26 Swindon Wyvern Theatre*

Thu 28 Torquay Princess Theatre

Fri 29 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall*

Sat 30 Lowestoft Marina Theatre*

 

April 2019

Mon 01 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls*

Tue 02 Ipswich Regent*

Thu 04 Reading Hexagon*

Fri 05 Cardiff St David’s Hall*

Sat 06 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre +

Mon 08 Bath Forum*

Tue 09 Worthing Pavilion Theatre*

Thu 11 Salisbury City Hall*

Fri 12 Swansea The Grand Theatre +

Sat 13 Leicester De Montfort Hall*

Mon 15 Birmingham Symphony Hall*

Tue 16 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre*

Thu 18 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall*

Fri 19 Manchester Bridgewater Hall*

Sat 20 London Royal Albert Hall * +

WHAT’S ON JANUARY: Dial M For Murder at Eastwood Park.

Giffnock Theatre Players upcoming production Dial M For Murder is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre later this month. It’s an intense, sophisticated, gripping thriller made famous by the movie of the same name, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.

M for Money… Marriage… Murder. This suspenseful classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception.

Former tennis pro Tony Wendice has carefully plotted the murder of his wealthy, elegant, younger but unfaithful wife Sheila, so that he will inherit her money. His ingenious plan involves blackmailing an old university friend to strangle her, while he has the perfect alibi. It’s the perfect murder – or so he thinks. His plan goes wrong, but as events unfold he quickly improvises, coming up with a new scheme to outsmart the police and still get rid of his wife. But has he met his match in the shrewd, sharp detective assigned to the case? Or will he get away with it all?

Dial M For Murder runs at Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG in Glasgow’s Southside from 23rd to 26th January 2019 at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 26th January.

Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions available) and may be purchased by phoning 07518 201 756 or 0141 577 4956, or by emailing tickets-gtp@hotmail.co.uk or online at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice (online booking fee applies). Also available at the theatre’s box office.

For further information and for all the latest news from Giffnock Theatre Players, please visit our website at www.giffnocktheatreplayers.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/giffnockplayers, or on Twitter at twitter.com/giffnockplayers .

WHAT’S ON MAY: Ray Cooney’s It Runs in the Family at EK Arts Centre

Lanarkshire Little Theatre
It Runs in the Family

By Ray Cooney

EAST KILBRIDE ARTS CENTRE

Thursday 25 May – Saturday 27 May 2017 / 8.00pm
£10.00 / £8.00

Just as Dr David Mortimer is about to deliver the most important lecture of his life, ex-girlfriend Jane Tate turns up with a shocking revelation.

As he tries to hold together his career and his marriage he turns for help to his faithful friend and fellow doctor. Chaos ensues!

This is farce at its best as the situation spins hilariously out of control in typical Ray Cooney fashion.

REVIEW: A Steady Rain – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Despite the predictability of the script, Robert Jack and Andy Clark’s powerhouse performances elevate Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain above and beyond the average police drama.

Inspired by a real-life event in the story of US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Denny (Clark) and Joey (Jack), two Chicago cops and life-long friends, have to deal with the fall-out, both personally and professionally from a catastrophic misjudgement while on duty.

There’s a danger that the well-worn subject matter could easily descend into cliche, and its portrayal of a certain type of masculinity, now largely unpalatable, is often predictable, but you can’t help admire the sheer volume and denseness of dialogue and the believability with which Clark and Jack deliver it. Gripping and satisfying thanks largely to the skill of two highly talented actors.

REVIEW: Frances and Ethel – Oran Mor, Glasgow

Performing from the age of two, popping pills supplied by her mother at ten, surviving the scandal of her father’s indiscretions by moving from Michigan to Hollywood where she was signed by MGM at just 13 years old, and a lifetime of criticism about her looks, the sad and sorry private life of screen legend Judy Garland has proven to be fertile theatrical fodder over the years.

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David Cosgrove’s Frances and Ethel takes place in a shabby rehearsal room in New York on the eve of Garland’s legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. With her old pal, pianist Sal, she reminisces on the events that have steered her to this point, chiefly the dysfunctional relationship with the woman she dubbed “the real Wicked Witch of the West”, her steely, ultra-ambitious mother, Ethel.

While Cosgrove’s short, sweet play offers no new insight into Garland’s life, it does win big with the casting of Frances Thorburn as Judy, Thorburn’s voice is eerily evocative of the legendary singer. Dubbed a mini-musical, in Oran Mor’s summer season, the production is rather light on musical numbers, but those it does feature are glorious. An engaging addition to the legend of Judy Garland.

 

REVIEW: Pippin – C, Edinburgh

The tale of a fictitious medieval prince and his search for the meaning of life is unlikely source material for a musical. A favourite of US amateur and school theatre groups, Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’sPippin had its last professional outing in the UK in 1973 and on Broadway in 2014, where it’s big-top staging was highly lauded by both audience and critic alike.

Often overlooked for its 70s pop/rock score and lacklustre book, the music has the same hippy-dippy, student production origins as Schwartz’s earlier work, Godspell. Here, in the hands of Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society, it returns firmly to its roots. No big top, no acrobatics, with just three lidded, wooden boxes and a few drapes, this hugely talented ensemble manage to deliver a cohesive and entirely absorbing production of this seldom-seen work.

The direction at the hands of John King is tight and fluid, transitions are smoothly achieved and there are some nice touches peppered throughout to enliven the staging: shadow puppetry, inventive movement sequences and pseudo-Edwardian costumes that are easy on the eye.

Central to the production’s success is its cast. Universally fine-voiced, it seems churlish to single any out; however, mention must be made of Megan Henson (Charlemagne) who is stunningly gifted as both actress and singer and Oli MacFarlane whose Pippin is beautifully judged. Strong support comes too from Caroline Sautter (a brunette Kerry Ellis look-alike) as the charismatic narrator.

Given a bigger budget and a professional venue, this would give many touring musicals a run for their money. A triumph of strong direction, clear artistic vision and a stand-out cast has produced one of the must-see shows of the Fringe.

Runs until August 31, 2015

Image: Johannes Hjorth

This review was originally published at: http://www.thepublicreviews.com/pippin-c-edinburgh/