Tag Archives: What’s on APRIL 2020

NEWS: Mamma Mia! Returns To Glasgow

THE WORLDWIDE SMASH HIT MUSICAL MAMMA MIA!  RETURNS TO THE KING’S THEATRE FROM

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2020

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! returns to the King’s Theatre, Glasgow for a two week run from Tuesday 7 until Saturday 25 April as part of a UK & International Tour celebrating 20 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999.

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll.

To date, it has been seen by over 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages.  In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.  MAMMA MIA! became the 8th longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years. MAMMA MIA! continues to thrill audiences in London’s West End at the Novello Theatre where it will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on 6 April 2019.

Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest grossing live action musical film of all time upon its release in 2008.  A second film, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel of all time.

Judy Craymer, Creator and Producer of MAMMA MIA!, said: “We’re so happy to announce that MAMMA MIA! will be returning to Glasgow as part of the 20th year celebrations since the musical first opened in London’s West End. It is a truly special year, and we can’t wait to reunite the Glasgow audiences with the feel-good story and irresistible music of ABBA.”

James Haworth, Theatre Director at the King’s, said: “What a treat it is to welcome back MAMMA MIA!  to Glasgow. Our audience absolutely loved this show when it played for four weeks in December 2017 and I’m sure they’ll love it even more this time round.”

LISTINGS

MAMMA MIA!

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 7 – Sat 25 Apr 2020

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 871 7648*

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WHAT’S ON APRIL: Memory Lane at Rutherglen Town Hall

Memory Lane

The ultimate feel good show!

This fast moving, roller coaster of a journey through some of the greatest songs of the 1950’s 60’s and 70’s will be a show you are sure to remember.

Over 160 amazing costumes, a touch of humour from on of the UK’s top comedians and performances rarely seen outside the West End from this superb cast of singers and dancers.

Including songs by Barry Manilow, Tome Jones, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Abba and many more.

Now entering their 14th successful year of producing shows that bring astounding press reviews like this one from WH Times, London: “Visually stunning, incredible performances.. an all round fantastic show.. absolutely brilliant”

Come along and enjoy some of the greatest songs ever written. From the producers of Memories are made of This, All our Yesterdays, and Rolling back the Years.

Available to book at Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 16 Apr 2019

Time: 2:30pm / 7:30pm

Cost: £15.00 / £14.00 conc

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON APRIL: For Matrimonial Purposes at EK Arts Centre

EKO Players present

For Matrimonial Purposes

By James Martin

When Archie Leach and his side kick Arthur McArthur decide to put an ad in the newspaper for a wife without Mattie, Archie’s housekeeper, finding out, disaster is sure to ensue especially when the applicants appear.

The path of true love never runs smoothly which is evident in this comedy by James Martin from Still Game. With a few heart felt confessions and a love triangle or two these lovable rogues are sure to having you laughing until your belly hurts.

Available to book online or by calling East Kilbride Arts Centre on 01355 261000.

Date: 25-27 Apr 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £8.00 / £6.00 conc

Venue: East Kilbride Arts Centre

FEATURE: Ayr Gaiety’s Young Company explore the age divide and stereotypes with their brand-new drama Young Blood

The Gaiety’s Young Theatre Company (comprising of 22 young people aged 16-25 years from across Ayrshire) are collaborating with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Young Company and groups of elderly people in Glasgow and Ayrshire to create this original performance piece.

Based on experiments in the U.S.A in 2014 where scientists found a way to take the blood of young mice and inject it into old mice to make them faster, stronger, and healthier, resulting in the young mice being worn out and used up. The Young Company question the ideas that this could work for humans and the perceived implications for young people, using this as the basis of their original play, and part live experiment that will be showcased on The Gaiety stage on the 2nd April.

Tackling and questioning the societal views of age, they are aiming to create conversations that will challenge us to become a more tolerant society. Since January 2019 our participants have been researching, writing and debating the views around ageing, and how these views cause unnecessary divides between generations.

With laughter, music, and ‘Young Blood’, expect your ideas of age to be challenged in this unique play written and performed by 35 of Scotland’s young people.

Listing Information

Young Blood

2nd April, 7:30pm

Main Theatre

£4.00 – £8.00

Phone: 01292 288235

Online: www.thegaiety.co.uk

Box Office: The Gaiety, Carrick Street, Ayr

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Political Drama Absence of War at the Citz

Headlong, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston bring their new production of David Hare’s The Absence of War, directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, to the Citizens Theatre from 31 March – 4 April. This new staging of Hare’s funny, stinging political drama focusing on the fortunes of the Labour Party arrives at the Citizens Theatre in the build up to the 2015 general election.

It’s now or never for George Jones. The heavy-smoking, Shakespeare-loving Labour leader needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he’s their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the Palace of Westminster? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister’s Questions?

The cast is led by Reece Dinsdale as George Jones, whose film appearances include Guildenstern in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. His TV appearances include Joe McIntyre in Coronation Street and guest roles in Spooks, Life on Mars, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road amongst others.

Also in the cast is Gorbals-born young actor James Harkness. James is returning to the Citizens Theatre having been a member of the Citizens Young Co. from 2007 – 2009. James performed with Citizens Young Co. as part of the Theatre of Debate season at National Theatre’s New Connections Festival in 2008.  It was during this performance that James was spotted by Anthony Banks, Associate Director NT Learning who offered to mentor James in his preparation for his auditions for drama school. Through this connection with the National Theatre, an anonymous donor came forward and offered to support James financially throughout the duration of his training.   

David Hare is one of the UK’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters. His plays include Plenty, Skylight, The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens. He has received two Academy Award nominations for his screenplays for The Hours and The Reader.  The production marks the third collaboration between Hare and Headlong’s Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, and director of the company’s most recent transfer to London’s West End, The Nether.  

Headlong is a regular visitor to the Gorbals theatre, most recently bringing its West End smash-hit version of George Orwell’s 1984 to Glasgow audiences. Previous productions at the Citizens Theatre include Chekov’s The Seagull, Medea, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Absence of War opened in Sheffield on Friday 6 February and tours to Norwich, Watford, Bristol, Cheltenham, Liverpool, before arriving at the Citizens Theatre. The Absence of War also tours to Oxford, Kingston, Cambridge and ends at Theatre Royal Bath on 9 May.

Tickets: £8.50 – £20.50 (concessions available)
Box Office
0141 429 0022 / citz.co.uk
119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS. Open Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm

WHAT’S ON APRIL: Ella Hickson’s Boys at Drygate

Urban fairytale and tiny fragments present: BOYS –  a play by Ella Hickson

TUESDAY 7TH, WEDNESDAY 8TH & THURSDAY 9TH of April at Drygate, Glasgow

Finals day 2011. Four boys in a five bedroom flat gear up for one huge party to end all parties. As they enter adulthood, all of them face an uncertain future in an uncaring world and even the good times look problematic. Still, there’s going to be girls and booze. It’s going to be a riot.

Urban Fairytale and Tiny Fragments present Ella Hickson’s riotous coming of age play, “Boys”. Expect dirty beats and epic movement sequences. Come join the immersive performance that invites you to the party.

DOORS: 6.30PM for pre-show

SHOW: 7.30PM

TICKETS: £11 / £9 CON

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Duration: 100mins with 15min interval.

Table service is provided during the performance. Over 16’s only.