Tag Archives: What’s on APRIL

NEWS: GLASGOW DATE AS KERRY ELLIS JOINS QUEEN MACHINE FOR ORCHESTRATED TOUR

KERRY ELLIS JOINS ROCK TRIBUTE ROYALTY QUEEN MACHINE FOR NEW ORCHESTRATED UK TOUR

Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall, Thursday April 16 2020

The music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before as West End performer Kerry Ellis joins Scandinavian tribute stars Queen Machine for a fully orchestrated UK tour.

The all-new tour Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis will see Queen’s greatest hits performed by leading European tribute band Queen Machine accompanied by the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra and conducted by Matthew Freeman, creating an unforgettable night of rock anthems.

The 2020 tour comes to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Thursday, April 16 2020.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, April 19 from www.cuffeandtaylor.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Making their UK touring debut, Queen Machine are the go-to tribute band for the Official International Queen Fan Club and are one of the most popular bands in their native Denmark and neighbouring Scandinavian countries where they repeatedly sell out shows.

Joining them will be musical theatre performer Kerry Ellis, who originated the role of Meat, in Queen musical We Will Rock You. Since then, she’s forged a long-standing musical relationship and friendship with Queen guitarist Brian May, who describes the stage star as having “Britain’s most beautiful voice”. He produced her debut album Anthems, and they jointly released the follow up Golden Days in 2017, as well as extensively touring the UK and Europe together.

Conducting the tour will be Matthew Freeman, a platinum and gold disc award-winning conductor and arranger. He originally reworked the music of Queen for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and conducted their Symphonic Queen concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 and 2014. The Symphonic Queen album was released in 2016.

Bjarke Baisner fronts Queen Machine, sounding and looking like a young Freddie Mercury, joined by Peter Møller Jeppesen on guitar, Henrik Østergaard on keys, Jens Lunde on bass and Paolo Romano Torquati on drums.

The Official International Queen Fan Club hails Queen Machine as: “Quite simply one of THE best Queen tribute bands we have ever had at any of our events – don’t miss them.”

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “For fans of the incredible music of Queen this promises to be a must-see show. Brian May describes Kerry Ellis’s voice as ‘perfect’, and she’s long been associated with her versions of Queen tracks.

“Bringing together the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra with the powerhouse performances of Kerry and Queen Machine, to perform those iconic hits – We Will Rock You, Killer Queen, Somebody To Love, Barcelona and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody – promises to create a truly sensational celebration of one of the most iconic bands in musical history.”

Since forming in 2018, the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra have recorded for Sir Cliff Richard’s Rise Up album and performed live with the Trevor Horn Band on Trevor Horn Reimagines The 80s at the Southbank Centre.

Tickets to see Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis go on sale at from Thursday April 18 from www.cuffeandtaylor.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Images: Jon Rhodes

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 APRIL: Blackeyed Theatre bring Sherlock Holmes & The Sign of Four to Eastwood Park

Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm at Eastwood Park Theatre

Adapted for the Stage by Nick Lane
Music composed by Tristan Parkes
Produced in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and South Hill Park Arts Centre

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a breath-taking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation.

Don’t miss Blackeyed Theatre’s stunning world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four. Original live music, stylish theatricality and magical story-telling combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience. The game’s afoot!

Recommended for age 11+

Price

  • Standard £16.50
  • Concession £15.50

Bring a group of 10 people and one person can go free.

NEWS: Anita Dobson to star as Miss Hannigan in Annie at Glasgow King’s

Anita Dobson will star as Miss Hannigan in the musical ANNIE playing at The King’s Theatre from Monday 15 – Saturday 20 April 2019 as part of a UK tour.  Further casting is to be announced.

This production recently ran for an extended season in the West End following a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015/16, as well as a recent sell-out season in Toronto.

As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson created one of the most popular characters in television winning numerous awards. Her West End theatre credits include Madame Morrible in Wicked, Mama Morton in Chicago, Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Mille, Chris in Calendar Girls, Joan Crawford in Bette and Joan and Nancy in Frozen at the National Theatre for which she was nominated for an Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Award. Her film credits include London Road.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search…

With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

“ANNIE” has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan. ANNIE is directed by Nikolai Foster with set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker. ANNIE is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

ANNIE

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 15 – Sat 20 Apr 2019

Mon-Sat: 7.30pm

Wed, Sat: 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com

0844 871 7648

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.