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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Lying King at The Shed

In the jungle, the quiet jungle…a Lying King sleeps tonight! There’s a rumble in the jungle as Scarf’s roar as The Lying King is under threat of being silenced forever! The young upstart Cub Scout Prince Sumba Dee tries to get his Paws on the Palace…But Sumba Dee is Nae Ba Dee without Santa’s helpers! The People’s Palace needs their help!

But Dame Nanny-Nellie Phant never forgets a face (or the two faced) and rounds up a team to help get the Prince to The People’s Palace…Scarf, The Lying King plans to send everyone to Prospecthill Circus and close The People’s Palace down forever and turn it into his own jungle!

Oh no he Disnae!

With a roar of jungle jingles and a herd of laughter lines, The Lying King is a Disnae Classic!

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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Jack & the Beanstalk at Beacon Arts Centre Greenock

Poor Dame Trot and her son Jack hardly have a bean to their name, and to make things worse the village is being terrorised by a wicked giant. Can Jack defeat the giant, win the heart of his one true love and solve his economic woes?

The show stars Still Game’s Jane McCarry as Queen Grizelda, Mark Cox as Fleshcreep, River City’s Jimmy Chisholm as Dame Trot and the hilarious Lee Samuel as Simon. The quartet return by popular demand having proved a huge success in the Beacon panto over the last few years.

Once again the Beacon Arts Centre will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances and bags of slapstick fun!

6 – 31 December 2019

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Tickets: http://beaconartscentre.co.uk/events/tags/jack-and-the-beanstalk/

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Sleeping Beauty at Eastwood Park

Runway Theatre Company present Sleeping Beauty

Monday 02 – Saturday 07 December
7.30pm each evening
Sat matinees, 11am & 3pm

Don’t get caught napping this Christmas when Runway’s dreamy panto Sleeping Beauty comes to town.

When Princess Beauty pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she’s cursed to fall asleep for 100 years, unless she’s kissed by her one true love. Enter a dashing Prince, along with Nurse Teeny Tiddlewinks and Yo-Yo the Jester, who embark on a brave adventure to save the Princess from her terrible fate. But with the wicked Fairy Carabosse determined to ruin their plans, will our trusty trio be triumphant or is the Princess doomed to a century of snoozing?

Prices

  • £14 – £17

www.runwaytheatre.co.uk

Tickets also available from 07801 048527

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Waiting For Gabriel at EK Arts Centre

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Running Late Theatre Company present
Waiting for Gabriel

Monday 23 December 2019 / 3.00pm & 8.00pm
Tuesday 24 December 2019 / 1.00pm
£12.00

It’s Christmas Eve and a group of strangers who were once friends wait for Gabriel. A vacancy has opened up so if they want that promotion, they’ll have to impress him. They’ve each been waiting 2000 years, have plenty of work experience and the right skills for the job so they really shouldn’t let a little friendly rivalry distract them before he arrives.

From the angels who brought you A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play and It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play, Running Late Theatre Company present Waiting for Gabriel, an original heavenly comedy.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the performance.

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio

Following the success of last year’s production Cinderella, The Pavilion have decided to take the team on another Panto adventure.

The production team have said: “It has been one of our favourites over the years and we think that we are the only theatre in the country to produce The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio. As always, we base our Pantomime on the original story but have that Glasgow twist in true Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is Good Clean Family Entertainment.”

It is sure to be a Sing-A-Long, Join In Adventure with an all star cast, a brand new script, stunning scenery, sensational costumes and magical special effects that they have become known for.

There are Generous Discounts and Concessions available at all performances.

28 Nov 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

More info here: https://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/shows/the-magical-adventures-of-pinocchio/

INTERVIEW: John Barrowman talks about his festive show coming to Glasgow this December

It’s the most FABULOUS time of the year – and entertainer extraordinaire John Barrowman will be celebrating the festive season with fans as he returns to the UK with a dazzling new Christmas tour.

The eight-date JOHN BARROWMAN – A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS  tour in November and December follows the success of his sell-out summer shows, celebrating his 30 years on stage and screen, and will coincide with the release of his new album of the same name.

Barrowman is a singer, actor, dancer, presenter, judge and author. Last year, UK audiences delighted in supporting him as he made the final three in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2018. And he’s recently been announced as the new judge for ITV’s Dancing On Ice, having competed on the show’s first series in 2006.

Speaking about the tour and new album, John said: “I am so looking forward to starting everyone’s Christmas off with a festive bang.

“It’s been great to get back into the studio recording new Christmas tracks. I love this time of the year, but this is the first time I’ve put together a full album of Christmas and festive music for the most FABULOUS time of the year.

We caught up with John for a festive chat as he prepares for a truly FABULOUS Christmas…

What is Christmas all about to you?

“It’s about family, friends, celebrating the birth of a child, and basically coming together and enjoying people’s company. Everybody talks about presents, but my favourite time is Christmas morning after all the presents have been opened, having brunch, relaxing, playing games, all that stuff.

“Of course, I have to fit music into Christmas, and that starts on Christmas Eve. We have all the Christmas songs on, line up bottles of Champagne – from the most expensive to the cheapest… And by the time we get to the cheap ones, they all taste exactly the same anyway.”

Home is obviously Palm Springs, but you’re still very much attached to your Scottish roots. Where do you spend Christmas?

“Prior to last year, Christmas has always been spent at my cousin’s in Dunblaine, as when I’ve been working in panto, you only really get Christmas day off, so not much chance to travel too far. So last year was the first time in many years where I’ve actually been at home with family, in the States, for Christmas, and that’s where we’ll be this year too.”

Do we assume your house looks fabulous at Christmas?

“Absolutely. My house gets decorated to the hilt; pilots could mistake our house for a runway! That said, by the time I’ve actually finished the tour and other work I’ve got on, there’s only going to be about five days to do all the decorating and shopping.

“We have two trees. One is decorated in a Scottish-American-Welsh-British traditional style, recognising all the places I’ve lived in. The other is more glitzy and sparkly, with a dash of Star Wars – we have a Star Wars tree topper.

“All the trees outside have huge baubles on and we really go all out.”

Who will you spend Christmas with and what’s the plan?

“Mum and dad are just down the road, so they’ll be with us, and my aunt and uncle and Scott and mine’s best friends – just the eight of us.

“Everyone shares the jobs, although one day I’ve got a chef booked so no one will have to cook at all. But we’re a diverse family, so we really try to include lots of different elements.

“Mum will make shortbread, obviously – being Scottish, my aunt is from Belgium and she does the hors d’ouvres. Then it’s a traditional turkey dinner with everybody pitching in to help.

“One rule though, whoever cooks does not clean up – so I make sure I get really stuck into the cooking, and make a mess…”

Are you a gift giver, or receiver?

“I like to give more than receive, for sure. But I do absolutely love to receive gifts which are made personally, crafty gifts. There’s so much more heart to those things.”

What’s the best present you’ve ever had?

“I remember one year as a kid, all I wanted was a silver flute. I’d come down, opened all my presents from Santa and I didn’t get it. Mum and dad asked me to get something out of the drawer in the other room where they kept the silverware, and there among it all was this very particular flute.

“I like to make gift giving an event like that – it really adds to the occasion.”

The tour is coming to Glasgow, obviously, how could you not include your home city, especially at Christmas?

“It really will be the homecoming show, and home is so important at that time of year. The audiences really know what to expect, are always totally fabulous and get right behind me.

“I always go a little bit further there than anywhere else, as I know I can get away with it. It’ll be like an early Hogmanay.

And lastly, what can fans expect from John Barrowman – A Fabulous Christmas Tour? The summer tour was truly fabulous, and your mum, dad and Scott almost managed to steal the show on those dates… Will we be seeing them again?

“It’s going to be totally Christmassy… I’ve written a letter to Santa to see if ‘Mr and Mrs Claus’ are able to come along. Scott will be there again, on the merchandise stall, and on stage at some point. I hope to integrate mum and dad into it – which will be quite exciting, I hope.

“Like the summer shows, there will be music, stories and photos, but this time sharing all my favourite moments from Christmas through the years.”

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

John Barrowman ‘A Fabulous Christmas’ is out 6th Dec on Decca Records

See JOHN BARROWMAN – A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS at:

  • SUN DEC 1 GLASGOW, SEC

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Mother Goose fae Easterhoose is Platform’s Christmas show

This festive season Platform presents a brand new Christmas show for all the family at The Bridge in Easterhouse. Written by Glasgow-based playwright, director and theatre maker Lewis Hetherington, Mother Goose Fae Easterhoose sees an original take on the classic fairy tale with plenty of local humour.

Hetherington has contributed to Platform’s Christmas programme for a number of years. The show will see 18 performances run between the 10th and 23rd of December 2019.

Happy living a quiet peaceful life, looking after her animal friends, with just enough to get her by, Mother Goose’s world is thrown up in the air when her favourite pet Bruce the goose lays a golden egg. Everything changes… she is rich! What will she do with this new found wealth and fame? Will Mother Goose stay true to her self or will she get lost in a whirlwind of fancy clothes, sports cars and celebrity pals?

Come along to find out, and expect jokes, songs and raucous storytelling. The show is ideal for everyone aged 5 years and over, lasting 70 minutes with no interval. Group bookings are welcomed, and goody bags available in a range of sizes for all ages.

Lewis is a writer, director and theatre maker whose work is rooted in collaboration and storytelling. He has won two Fringe First Awards and an Adelaide Fringe Award. His work has been presented throughout the Scotland and the rest of the world including performances in Australia, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Germany, USA and Japan amongst others.

MOTHER GOOSE FAE EASTERHOOSE

Tue 10 Dec, 10am

Wed 11 Dec, 10am & 7pm

Thu 12 Dec, 1pm

Fri 13 Dec, 10am & 7pm

Sat 14 Dec, 2pm & 7pm

Mon 16 Dec, 10am & 7pm

Tue 17 Dec, 10am

Wed 18 Dec, 10am

Fri 20 Dec, 7pm

Sat 21 Dec, 2pm & 7pm

Sun 22, Dec 2pm

Mon 23 Dec, 2pm & 7pm

 

For age 5 years and above.

 

TICKET PRICES: £9.50 (Full Price) / £6 (Concession) / £5 (Local Links)

There is also a significant discount available for members of Platform’s Local Links scheme, available for those living in a range of local postcodes as well as family and group tickets open to all – more information available online here.

Platform, The Bridge

1000 Westerhouse Road,

Easterhouse, Glasgow, G34 9JW

www.platform-online.co.uk / info@platform-online.co.uk

0141 276 9696 (opt 1)

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

NEWS: The Overtones announce new band member Jay James and promise ‘best tour yet’ including Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Multi-platinum-selling vocal harmony group The Overtones are delighted to announce that Welsh singer & songwriter Jay James has joined the band. The announcement heralds the start of an exciting new era for the group which has had 5 top 10 albums, 9 sold out UK tours and will now embark on a UK tour this December. The band will be in Glasgow on the 11th December.

Tickets for The Overtones Christmas Party are on sale now from gigsandtours.com

We will be performing classic songs from yesteryear, favourites from our albums and plenty of surprises” says Mike Crawshaw. “Over the last 10 years we’ve learnt a thing or two about throwing a Christmas party! People come to our shows to let their hair down, get their spirits up and dance their hearts out. We want everyone to leave an Overtones concert with a huge smile on their face and a spring in their step. This year will be our best tour yet!”

A former Royal Navy serviceman, Jay James had enjoyed a varied recording career working with the likes of Booker T Jones, John Legend, Naughty Boy and the Jonas Brothers (amongst others) before rising to prominence as Simon Cowell’s tip on the X Factor. Since then Jay has continued to record music and perform as well as becoming an established broadcaster.

“We met Jay 9 years ago when we all performed on the charity record (Songs To Save A Life) for The Samaritans, and our paths continuously crossed over the years” explains Darren Everest. “When we thought about a new member joining the band he was the first, and only, name that came to mind. Everything about Jay says ‘Overtone’. He has a classic style and is inspired by the same great artists as we all are. Jay has fitted in seamlessly and we can’t wait to push on and get to work.”

Speaking about joining The Overtones Jay says “I’ve known the boys and been a fan for many years now and it has always been clear what they were all about – making great, timeless music, putting on incredible shows and enjoying life! Over the years that has never changed. I’ve been blessed to support them on a number of occasions, and I’ve witnessed the joy they bring and felt the warmth of some of the best fans I’ve ever met. To now join the group is absolute magic and I cannot wait to stand beside Darren, Mike & Mark in creating some more brilliant nights & continuing to make people smile, sing and dance for many moons to come!

The first song to be recorded with this new line up is Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’ “We’ve been busy over the last few months and it’s been so exciting being back in the studio with Jay” says Mark Franks.  “The new music is very much ‘classic Overtones’ but with a twist. This song is a taster of what’s to come, Jay’s voice adds a new dimension as you can hear and, as soon as we recorded it, we knew that it was the perfect fit for us four boys – feel good and uplifting… an absolute gem of a song.”

LISTEN TO NEW TRACK ‘SEPTEMBER’ HERE  https://listnin.co/September

With their innate charm and adherence to vintage-modernist style, and a devotion to the timeless appeal of male vocal harmonies, The Overtones are a bridge between pre-rock’n’roll classicism and lively 21st Century entertainment. They’ve sold over a million albums, made countless TV appearances and filled venues to capacity on tour after tour, all the while building a relationship with their fans that has real depth and devotion.

In 2018 the group released their sixth album ‘The Overtones’, the accompanying sold-out UK tour took their trademark sense of celebration and party on the road with the group living up to the promise of “a night to remember”. That’s the tradition they come from and they’re certainly not about to stop now.

Day Show Date Venue Name
Mon 02 Dec 19 Gateshead Sage
Tue 03 Dec 19 Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wed 04 Dec 19 Leicester De Montford Hall
Thu 05 Dec 19 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 07 Dec 19 Liverpool Philharmonic
Sun 08 Dec 19 Salford Lowry
Mon 09 Dec 19 Sheffield City Hall
Wed 11 Dec 19 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thu 12 Dec 19 Harrogate Royal Hall
Fri 13 Dec 19 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Mon 16 Dec 19 Cardiff St David’s Hall
Tue 17 Dec 19 Guildford G Live
Wed 18 Dec 19 London Indigo

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2019 – Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Live In Concert with Danny Elfman

LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD COMPOSER DANNY ELFMAN BRINGS TIM BURTON’S ICONIC THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS LIVE IN CONCERT TO THE UK FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

Multiple award-winning composer, songwriter and reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will be bringing Disney’s timeless classic, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to life for two very special UK arena shows in December 2019 as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Elfman, performing his role of Jack Skellington, will be joined by other original cast members Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie with full orchestral accompaniment by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and London Philharmonic Orchestra at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture.  The concert will also include featured violin soloist, Sandy Cameron.

Danny Elfman, who wrote the film’s songs (music and lyrics), composed its original score says, “Being able to perform “Nightmare” live in synch to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill at the sold out Hollywood Bowl shows.  Having Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring this special night to the UK for the first time in December.”

First released in 1993, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was directed by Henry Selick (“James and the Giant Peach”) and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Tim Burton’s fantastical tale was a box office smash which received rapturous reviews across the board has become a staple part of the extended holiday season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert, December 2019 follows 3 sold out nights at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl earlier this year and will be the second time this special concert event has left the USA.

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