Tag Archives: What’s on JULY

WHAT’S ON JUNE & JULY: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at EK Arts Centre and Webster’s Glasgow

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Fussy Felix and slovenly Oscar. Two mismatched roommates. What could possibly go wrong? Join Half•Wits Theatre Company for a hilarious night in the classic buddy comedy from Neil Simon, one of America’s greatest writers. From the team that brought you the sell-out successes Glengarry Glen Ross, Rope and Reasons To Be Pretty, this is sure to be a hot ticket for summer.

East Kilbride Arts Centre from the 14th-16th of June

Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow from the 4-7th of July


WHAT’S ON JULY: The Little Mix Show comes to Glasgow King’s Theatre

A highly energetic tribute show that follows in the footsteps of the award winning girl band, Little Mix.

This iconic 5-star rated show has live vocals and is full of commercial pop-video choreography.

Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, The Little Mix Show brings the full pop concert experience to your local theatre.

There are lots of added extras including Dance Competitions, Free Giveaways and even a Meet & Greet with the girls after the show!

The Little Mix Show features all of Little Mix’s chart topping hits including the most recent releases from the Glory Days album. 

Dance & scream to a packed out playlist of hit songs that includes Black Magic, Power, No More Sad Songs, Wings, Shoutout To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on the XFactor.




A brand-new jukebox musical celebrating some of the most iconic singer-songwriters of the 20th Century comes to The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr on Friday 20 July as part of a UK tour.

California Dreamers – The Story of Laurel Canyon takes audiences on a musical journey though the magical 60’s and the psychedelic 70’s; telling the true story of the small community in the foothills of Los Angeles that became home to some of the biggest selling artists of all time.

Featuring hits from legends such as The Mamas and Papas, The Byrds, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Linda Rondstadt, Carole King, The Monkees, and many more, it promises to be an unforgettable night of live music.

The 6-piece live band will perform all the greatest hits from these musical geniuses that changed the music of a generation, and who have collectively racked up over 40 Grammy awards, countless No. 1 Hits and millions of album sales around the world.

As well as featuring million selling hit songs the show also includes authentic archive film footage, presents real life stories of the events which rocked the world, and the relationships that inspired those who lived in the Canyon to write and produce the classic hits that defined a generation.

Sing and dance the night away to Mr. Tambourine Man, Love the One You’re With, It’s Too Late, Happy Together, I’m a Believer, Both Sides Now, Our House, Big Yellow Taxi, You’ve Got a Friend, and of course California Dreamin’ plus a whole host of other world class songs.

California Dreamers Co-Founder Tim Mansell said: It is a dream come true bringing this show to audiences.  It chronicles the rise and fall of the love and peace generation and relives all the greatest hits from all these amazing artists during the Los Angeles music scene from 1965 – 1975. We pay homage to the iconic performers who made their home in ‘Laurel Canyon’, a small neighbourhood nestling in the foothills of L.A.”



California Dreamers – The Story of Laurel Canyon

The Gaiety Theatre, Carrick Street, Ayr KA7 1NU

Date: Fri 20 July

Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: From £19 (Subject to booking fee)


To book visit www.thegaiety.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01292 288 235. Box Office is open MondaySaturday 10am-5pm, and 1 hour prior to the start of the show on performance days.


NEWS: Casting confirmed for Fame in Glasgow

Selladoor Productions have confirm that Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter will star in the new production of Fame which will run at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Monday 30 July until Saturday 4 August 2018.

Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame – The Musical is the international smash-hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.

Keith Jack, playing Nick Piazza, is best-known as runner-up on BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do. His extensive theatre credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) Only The Brave (Edinburgh Festival) Sincerely Mr Toad (Edinburgh/Greenwich) HMS Pinafore (UK Tour) Forever Plaid (St James Theatre, London) and many pantomimes across the UK. Keith’s concert appearances include performing for HM The Queen at the Parliament Picnic, Choices for Life, Lauder Live and BBC 2’s Friday Night is Music Night; Music, Music . He also has appeared on John Barrowman’s album tour, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Birthday Concert (Hyde Park) and BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Keith says; “I am really looking forward to performing the role of Nick in the UK Tour of Fame and I’m excited about working with Selladoor again”

Mica Paris who joins the cast as Miss Sherman is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide spanning her 30 year career. Most recently, Mica recorded a new single in honour of Ella Fitzgerald with Guy Barker orchestra. A well-known face on TV Mica has appeared as a broadcaster and presenter on shows including BBC 1’s What Not To Wear. Gok Wan’s Miss Naked Beauty for Channel 4 and ITV’s CelebAir and is also a regular guest on ITV’s This Morning and Loose Women. Mica also played American Jazz Singer, Amelia Walker in At Bertram’s HotelMiss Marple for ITV Productions. She presented The Gospel of Gospel for Channel 4 and was also a contestant on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing 2006. Mica’s stage credits include Mama I Want To Sing, The Vagina Monologues and Sweet Lorraine in the West End and more recently Sylvia in the UK tour of Love Me Tender, based on the music of Elvis and Mama Morton in the UK Number one tour of Chicago.

Mica says; ‘The movie Fame was a big favourite of mine because it really was the first glimpse of what the beginning process of becoming trained artist entailed – I’m so happy to be in the musical!’

Jorgie Porter, playing Iris Kelly, is best known for her role as Theresa McQueen in the Channel 4 drama serial Hollyoaks. Her nominations include Best Serial Drama Performance at the National Television Awards and Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards. She played the role of Miss Croft in BBC1’s highly acclaimed remake of Are You Being Served.

Jorgie was a contestant on the seventh series of Dancing On Ice on ITV and made it all the way to the final where she finished runner up, returning for Dancing On Ice: Champion Of Champions. Jorgie has also starred in many award-winning shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV), Lip Sync Battle (Channel 5) & Celebrity First Dates in aid of Stand Up To Cancer (Channel 4).

Jorgie says: ‘I am so excited to be making my stage debut playing Iris Kelly in Fame. The musical is one of my favourite ever films and I can’t wait to open the show in Manchester, my home town. I’ve not had a chance to perform ballet for a long time, it’s what I originally trained in – so I’m looking forward to getting my ballet shoes on!’

Keith, Mica and Jorgie will be joined by cast; Hayley Johnston, Stephanie Rojas, Molly McGuire, Jamal Crawford, Albey Brooks, Louisa Beadel, Simon Anthony, Alexander Zane, Katie Warsop, Dermot Canavan, Cameron Johnson, Rebecca French, Daisy Twells, Tom Mussell, Morgan Jackson, Ryan Kayode

Tickets are on sale now visit www.fameuktour.co.uk  for more information.

Fame the Musical

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 30 Jul- Sat 4 Aug 2018

Mon-Sat evenings, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat matinees, 2.30pm


0844 871 76488 *calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

WHAT’S ON JULY: Il Divo at Edinburgh Castle

Each summer, Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade is transformed into a unique concert venue. This summer sees host to Il Divo’s Timeless Castles and Country Tour.

Il Divo – Friday 13 July 2018

Online:              www.ticketmaster.com and www.seetickets.com
Ticket hotline:  0844 844 0444


In May 1988 at the age of 31, Fred MacAulay looked at how his life was going and decided to do something radical. Working as a Financial Accountant and Company Secretary unbelievably just wasn’t fulfilling enough!

So, he entered a ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at Glasgow’s Mayfest and with scarcely 5 minutes of his own material walked on stage as a stand-up comedian for the very first time.

Within a short couple of years, the young father of three (even younger) children, was MC’ing The Comedy Store in London and decided that he should hang up his Accountancy boots/gloves/pencils/calculators once and for all and since 1st Feb 1993 he’s been a full time comedian, sometime radio host, tv show panellist/host and writer.

A regular at Edinburgh Fringe and with many tours under his belt, people around the UK and abroad will be familiar with Fred’s humour. A mixture of satire and observational comedy has kept Fred at the forefront of the UK Comedy scene for the last three decades.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fred’s initiation into the world of stand-up comedy he’s put together a small tour of some of his favourite venues around Scotland for his third successive summer tour. “I used to do my tours in the Autumn around England, but I’ll be honest……you soon tire of dark autumn evenings on the road to places that even the locals have never heard of!”

This tour takes in Orkney and Shetland. The Borders and the Highlands. Cities and towns. And villages. “I’ll go anywhere that’ll have me……It’s like having a summer holiday with a wee bit of work thrown in. And yes, the golf clubs will be in the back of the car.” (Some, who have seen Fred play golf, might say that’s the best place for them!!)

Acknowledged as one of the country’s finest stand-ups, this tour will be a welcome chance for fans to catch up with Fred’s views on what’s going on in the world (What IS going on in the world???) and equally another chance for Fred’s (still growing) fanbase to expand with new fans.

St Andrews, Byre Theatre Sat 5th May
Largs, Barrfields Theatre Fri 11th May
Rutherglen, Rutherglen Town Hall Fri 25th May
Langholm, Buccleuch Centre Sun 27th May
Port Ellen (Isle of Islay), Ramsay Hall Tues 29th May
Ayr, Gaiety Theatre Wed 30th May
Findhorn, Universal Hall Sat 2nd June
Inverness, Eden Court Sun 3rd June
Peebles, Eastgate Theatre Fri 8th June
Perth, Perth Theatre Sat 9th June
Shetland, Mareel Fri 15th June
Paisley, Paisley Arts Centre Sat 16th June
Arbroath, Webster Memorial Theatre Sun 17th June
Stirling, Tolbooth Sat 23rd June
Kilmarnock, The Park Hotel Sun 24th June
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, The Maltings Sat 7th July
Orkney, Orkney Theatre Fri 13th July
Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall Sat 14th July
Cumnock, Town Hall Sat 22nd Sept
Pitlochry, Festival Theatre Sun 23rd Sept
Strathaven, Town Mill Arts and Heritage Centre Fri 28th Sept

Age restriction: 16+


Paisley has been chosen as the site for Scottish Opera’s production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci (The Clowns) in July 2018. The performances will take place at the city’s Seedhill Playing Fields in a huge tented structure, and Scottish Opera is inviting local people from across Renfrewshire and beyond to be part of the performing company of up to two hundred.

Pagliacci tells the story of Canio, the leader of a troupe of travelling players, who discovers his wife Nedda is having an affair. His jealousy erupts before an unsuspecting audience, as the play-within-a-play takes a tragic turn.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford will conduct and Bill Bankes-Jones, founder of Tête à Tête Opera, will direct the promenade production, which is being specially created to be staged outwith the walls of Scottish Opera’s usual theatre venues.

Open to everyone aged 16 and over who enjoys singing, dance or drama or who would like to learn a new skill, those interested are invited to attend one of four taster events at Scottish Opera’s Silver Cloud Studio in Hillington in November. No previous performance experience is needed and those who take part will be right in the middle of the action, performing alongside The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, international soloists and a professional chorus. The Company also wants to hear from existing theatrical, musical, gymnastic, cheer-leading or sporting groups to be part of the carnival-like setting which will be created for the show.

The November taster sessions will be followed by an introductory weekend in January and weekly rehearsals for the landmark immersive production will begin in early March. The performances of Pagliacci (The Clowns) will be on 26, 28 and 29 July in Paisley, which has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture in 2021.

Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Nadine Livingston (La bohème, 2017) sings the role of Nedda. Making his Scottish Opera debut, Trinidadian tenor Ronald Samm will sing the role of her husband Canio. Robert Hayward (Bluebeard’s Castle, 2017) will return to the Scottish Opera stage as Tonio, the fool.

Stuart Stratford said: ‘Sometimes the best place to perform a piece is outside the theatre. An opera like Pagliacci is crying out for a different approach – I can’t think of a better way to present it, and to capture its energy, than with hundreds of performers from all walks of life.’

Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director said: ‘Since Stuart Stratford began his tenure at Scottish Opera as Music Director, he has been particularly keen to do a site-specific opera so I am thrilled we are coming to Paisley with what promises to be a spectacular production of Pagliacci. We are looking forward to getting local people involved in this exciting event – you don’t need to have any experience to take part, just lots of enthusiasm!’

Bill Bankes-Jones added: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this pioneering project, and can’t think of anywhere better than Paisley to stage Pagliacci in conjunction with the formidable forces of Scottish Opera.  Creating a world where some performers visit a community mid-festival will be magical in Paisley, with its huge cultural heritage and the wonderful Sma’ Shot Day to trigger our imaginations.  I can’t wait to see how Paisley and Scottish Opera collaborate and inspire each other through this project.’

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: ‘We are thrilled Scottish Opera is bringing this production to Paisley next year. Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 aims to bring some of the finest artists from Scotland and beyond to Paisley to work with our homegrown talent and for our local audiences to enjoy.
‘We have some fantastic choirs here in Paisley – at the last count there were 26 – and I am sure they will relish the chance to be part of this amazing production of one of the world’s best-loved operas. At the same time, we are excited at the chance to make use of a site which has never hosted anything of this kind – our bid aims to use every corner of Paisley to deliver the benefits of culture to those who stand to gain most, and this is a wonderful way to explore how that will work.’

Those who wish to find out more or take part in the production should contact Donna Macpherson: donna.macpherson@scottishopera.org.uk or 0141 332 9559

Community Taster Sessions

Silver Cloud Studio, North Point, Unit 20, 37 Gordon Avenue, Hillington Park, G52 4TG

Mon 20 Nov, 7-9pm

Tue 21 Nov, 2-4pm

Wed 22 Nov, 7-9pm

Thu 23 Nov, 7-9pm

Performance Diary

Seedhill Playing Fields, Paisley

Thu 26 July, 7pm

Sat 28 July, 7pm

Sun 29 July, 3pm

WHAT’S ON JULY: Open Air Shakespeare at Bothwell Castle & Chatelherault Country Park

Folksy Theatre bring their outdoor Shakespeare to Bothwell Castle this summer.

Join the Prince Of Denmark as he battles his inner demons and seeks to avenge his late father.

This production will be filled with live folk music and colourful characters in an apt Victorian setting – it promises to be Hamlet as you’ve never seen it before.

Bring along your picnics, blankets and folding chairs to enjoy this wonderful open-air production.

BOTHWELL CASTLE Saturday 18th July – Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1409842

CHATELHERAULT COUNTY PARK – Sunday 19th – Monday 20th July  –http://www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/SLLC/news/article/1513/open_air_production_-_hamlet

Licensed bar and barbecue available from doors opening.

Premier Showing
Sunday 19th July
Doors open 7:30pm – Play starts 8:30pm
Reserved table area:
£24.95 Early bird £21.95
Tiered seating area:
£21.95 Early Bird £19.95
All tickets include free Barbecue and salad
(All tickets as priced. There are no children priced tickets for this showing)

Family Showing
Monday 20th July
Doors open 7:00pm – Play starts 8:00pm
Reserved tabled area:
£24.95 Early bird £21.95 Children £9.95
Tiered seating area:
£21.95 Early Bird £19.95 Children £9.95
All tickets include free Barbecue and salad

Children’s actors workshop
Monday 20th July “Play in a day”
Chatelherault Visitor centre 10:00am to 5:00pm
Includes children’s play in a day live performance at 6:45pm
With the chance to appear in that evening’s main production.
£10 includes lunch and entry to the main performance with a paying adult.
Limited ACE places available.

To book and for further information Tel 01698 426213 10:00am to 4:00pm

Date: 19-20 Jul 2015

Time: 7:30pm for 8:30pm start 19 Jul, 7:00pm for 8:00pm start 20 Jul, Children’s workshop 10:00am 20 Jul

Cost: Children £9.95 Adult from £19.95-£24.95

Venue: Chatelherault Country Park

WHAT’S ON JULY: Dirty Water at East Kilbride Village Theatre

Dirty Water
By John Stuart

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July 2015 / 8.00pm at East Kilbride Village Theatre
£10.00 / £8.00 concession

Dirty Water is a comedy set in the housing schemes of Glasgow. Jock, Crawford, Boab and Brian all work for the worst independent close cleaning service – Eager Beaver Cleaners.

The company is contracted by the Council and after a mounting number of complaints the lads will have to undergo an inspection where their jobs hang in the balance but with this team of misfits, mopping floors isn’t as simple as it seems. This is a story about friendship, love and the jobs we hate to do.

Contains language which may offend.

TICKETS: http://www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk/show_events_list.asp