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NEWS: God of Carnage announced to return for UK tour starring Elizabeth McGovern, Nigel Lindsay, Samantha Spiro and Simon Paisley Day

Following an acclaimed run as part of its Summer Season 2018, Theatre Royal Bath Productions is delighted to announced the return of its hit comedy production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage for a UK tour starting in January 2020. Elizabeth McGovern, fresh from starring in the celebrated Downton Abbey film, reprises her dazzling performance as Veronica with Nigel Lindsay back as her bluff husband Michael. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the production welcomes two-time Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro who will play Annette and Simon Paisley Day, recently seen in Ralegh: The Treason Trial at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, in the role of husband, Alan.

God of Carnage will run at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (14 – 18 January 2020), Theatre Royal Bath (20 – 25 January and with opening night for press on 21 January), Theatre Royal Glasgow (27 January – 1 February), Cambridge Arts Theatre (3 – 8 February) and Rose Theatre Kingston (10 – 15 February).

When 11-year-old Ferdinand hits 11-year-old Bruno with a stick in a playground punch-up and knocks out two of his teeth, the combatants’ enlightened parents decide to meet to talk things over civilly. But once the niceties are done with and the drink starts flowing, it is the parents who turn into spoiled brats.

Elizabeth McGovern/Veronica

God of Carnage is a ruthlessly comic study of middle-class parenting. Originally written in French, the play was translated by Christopher Hampton in 2008. The production went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Tony Award for Best New Play.

Elizabeth McGovern is well known for her Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She has also played Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Her theatre credits include Broadway productions of Time and the Conways, Hamlet and Love Letters. Other film and television credits include Ordinary People, Once Upon a Time in AmericaThe Handmaid’s Tale and The Wings of the Dove.

Nigel Lindsay/Michael

Nigel Lindsay is an Olivier Award nominated actor. His numerous television credits include the ITV series Victoria, Spooks, White Gold and The Capture. For film he has appeared in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Four Lions, for which he was nominated for Best British Comedy Performance in Film at the British Comedy Awards. His many stage credits include the title role in Shrek the Musical for which he was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Guys and Dolls (West End), Harrogate (Royal Court), A Small Family Business (National Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre) and Awake and Sing (Almeida).

Samantha Spiro is a two-time Oliver Award-winning actress. Her numerous television credits include her British Comedy Award-winning role in Grandma’s House, Game of Thrones and Cold Feet. She recently appeared on stage in Lady Windermere’s Fan (West End). Previous credits include Guys and Dolls (West End), Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), her Olivier Award winning title role in Hello, Dolly! and Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along which also saw her receive the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Simon Paisley Day’s recent screen credits include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Born A King, The Crown, Brexit: The Uncivil War and Victoria & Abdul. He previously appeared at Bath in Richard Eyre’s Private Lives. Further stage credits include Twelfth Night (National Theatre), The Lorax (Old Vic), West End productions of Anything Goes, The Philanthropist, The 39 Steps and Private Lives, the title role in Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Low Road and The Ugly One (Royal Court).

Yasmina Reza has written numerous plays including Olivier and Tony Award winning God of Carnage, Art, The Unexpected Man and The Passage of Winter.  She has also written novels Hammerklavier, Desolation, Adam Haberberg, Happy are The Happy and Babylone and the screenplay for Carnage.

Lindsay Posner’s career includes positions as Associate Director of Royal Court Theatre, Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and Deputy Director for main house.  Additional credits include Olivier nominated productions of A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Carousel (Churchill Theatre, UK Tour and Savoy Theatre) as well as The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Truth (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s), Hayfever (Theatre Royal Bath/West End) and The Winslow Boy (Roundabout Theatre, New York; Old Vic Theatre). Television credits include Two Oranges and a Mango and The Maitlands.

Monday 27 January – Saturday 1 February 2020
Theatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA
Box Office: 08448 717 647
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Images: Nobby Clark

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2019 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical comes to the Armadillo

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic story HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS as it comes to life on stage, for the first time in the UK.

Visiting the SEC Armadillo this November. 

Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming and hilarious musical. 

Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ create the whimsical world of Whoville, while Max the Dog narrates the story of the scheming Grinch whose heart is “two sizes too small,” as he decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly joyful bunch bursting with holiday cheer.

Join in the Christmas spirit with the show critics have called “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults” 

LISTINGS

  • 13 17 Nov 2019
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WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Bare at Websters Theatre

“once upon a time I first held your hand, and love was not a crime”

Nominated for the 2005 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre, with music by Damon Intrabartolo and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, bare is a contemporary, sung through “pop opera” with a raucous score and themes that are as relevant today as they were when first performed almost two decades ago.

A group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school face issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seeks answers from their church, their friends, and ultimately from within themselves.

Following the previous successes of Spring Awakening, Green Day’s American Idiot, and Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA, Glasgow Live Productions are delighted to bring bare to the West End of Glasgow.

Performances:

Thu 19 Sept: 19:30

Fri 20 Sept: 19:30

Sat 21 Sept: 14:30

Sat 21 Sept: 19:30

Tickets are £16.50 adults/£14.50 concessions including a £1.50 booking fee which is applicable on all tickets including those bought on the day, over the phone or online.

14+ recommended

 

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2019 – We Will Rock You in town for the festive season

With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and Ben Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing combined, comes a show that 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.

Since 2002 over 16 million theatregoers in 19 countries have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances. 24 of Queen’s greatest hits, including Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You!

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.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Mon 9 Dec – Sat 28 Dec 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
2 hours 46 minutes incl. interval
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
Tue the 24th at 14:30
No performance Wed the 25th

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 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: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE COMES TO GLASGOW AS PART OF ITS FIRST UK TOUR

KING’S THEATRE

MONDAY 8 JUNE – SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2020

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the smash-hit and critically acclaimed feel good West End musical is coming to the King’s Theatre, Glasgow next year.

After taking the West End by storm the hit production will run from Monday 8 until Saturday 13 June 2020.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.

Jamie is terrified about the future.

Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. With catchy songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Director Jonathan Butterell saw the Firecracker documentary film ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’ the true story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret.  This inspired him to create this musical which is a dramatised portrayal of a period in Jamie’s life but is not a faithful account. Certain events and characters have been fictionalised.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, booking until 25 January 2020. As well as receiving 5-star reviews, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has won 8 major theatre awards, including the UK Theatre and WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical and the Attitude Culture Award 2017, and was nominated for 5 Olivier Awards. Most recently the show won Best Original Cast Recording at the 2019 WhatsOnStage Awards.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was screened live from the Apollo Theatre into over 500 cinemas across the UK, Ireland and select European territories on Thursday 5 July 2018, it was screened in cinemas across the US, Canada and Australia in November 2018 and then there was an encore cinema screening across the UK on 29 January 2019. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie won the Event Cinema Campaign of the Year at the Screen Awards 2018. The official West End cast recording was released digitally worldwide and on CD in the UK last year.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is also to be made into a major film by Sheffield based production company Warp Films completing the fairy-tale journey from a 16-year-old approaching a documentary maker to hit West End Show and now the big screen.

LISTINGS

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 8 – Sat 13 Jun 2020

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NEWS: ONCE, THE MULTI AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY AND WEST END MUSICAL COMES TO GLASGOW

KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW

MONDAY 13 JULY – SATURDAY 18 JULY 2020

One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, Once is to run at King’s Theatre Glasgow next year as part of a UK tour.

Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, Once will be staged at the city centre venue from Monday 13 July until Saturday 18 July 2020.

Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who unexpectedly fall in love. Following their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways. Celebrated for its original score including the Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly, Once is a spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams.

The cast will be led by Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl, who return to the roles after receiving critical and audience acclaim in the production’s premiere last year at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Daniel Healy is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, who has co-written songs for multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating including the single Breathe, which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. Theatre credits include Backbeat and Once, both in the West End. Emma Lucia made her professional debut as Marilyn and understudying Carole King in the UK Tour of Beautiful, before taking on the role of Girl in Once.

LISTINGS

Once

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 13 – Sat 18 Jul 2020

King’s Theatre

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm

Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

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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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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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0844 871 7647*

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