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NEWS: Much-Loved Sitcom Star John Challis Set for Scottish Stage

Eastwood Park Theatre is set for some serious sitcom nostalgia this September, welcoming Only Fools and Horses star John Challis as he brings his one man-theatre show to Scotland for the first time.

Glasgow fans of ‘Boycie’ can catch the award-winning actor and writer at Eastwood Park Theatre on 29 September 2019 – and he has even promised to stop for some selfies after the show.

John, who has also appeared in ITV comedy Benidorm, and headlined the Only Fools spin-off comedy The Green Green Grass, will be visiting more than 30 theatres as part of the autumn tour.

‘Only Fools and Boycie’ draws on anecdotes and behind-the scenes secrets from his colourful career which spans more than 50 years in theatre, television and film.

John said: “In the show, I talk about my Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, my memorable encounter with The Beatles, and recall tales from my time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. And afterwards, I stop to sign autographs and pose for selfies.

“I’ve been so lucky to be part of something like Only Fools and Horses, and I never forget that it’s the people who turned their tellies on, who put us where we are.

“It’s great to get the chance to go out on the road and meet the people who have been following us for so long. Even after all this time there is still such a huge love for the show, and it’s rarely off our TV screens.

“I have also been lucky enough to appear in Benidorm, which has turned into another cult show, and one of my fondest TV memories was appearing alongside Tom Baker in what has become one of the famous Doctor Who stories.

“So there are no shortage of tales to tell from my career – but I also like to open up part of the second half of the show to the audience, so they can ask me questions.”

The show also includes a chance to meet and greet John at the end of the performance, for autographs and pictures.

John also has his two autobiographies – Being Boycie, and Boycie & Beyond, on sale, alongside several other books which he has written.

NEWS: EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE HOSTS A ‘GOLD’ GIG FOR 80s MUSIC FANS

Eastwood Park Theatre will host a nostalgic night for fans of 80s music in Glasgow next month, featuring two of the UK’s most iconic bands from the era.

From Gold to Rio, celebrates the music of Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran and comes to the Giffnock theatre next month, on Saturday 7th September and is the show’s only Scottish date.

With over 20 top 10 hits, the show will feature 2 hours of non-stop, classics including Gold, Rio, True, Save A Prayer and Girls on Film performed by a full live band.

Anna Meldrum from Eastwood Park Theatre said: “From Gold to Rio will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the New Romantic era, which ruled the charts for over a decade.

“For the very first time the music from two of the UK’s most iconic bands will be celebrated in one power packed show and we can’t wait to host it for Glasgow fans.

“So if you’re a Duranie, a Spandy, a Wild Boy or a Soul Boy, then this is something you don’t want to miss.”

The live band has more than 30 years’ professional experience, featuring Lee James who is widely recognised as the most authentic performer to Tony Hadley, playing across the UK and Europe for over 10 years. Lee has performed with Tony on various occasions, including BBC’s The One Show and is endorsed by Gary Kemp and Tony himself.

Lee James said: “I’ve been fronting my own tribute to Spandau Ballet for almost 14 years. Over the years, I’ve asked the audience who they liked best, Spandau or Duran? On many occasions it’s been pretty much 50/50 but the biggest response was always when I asked if they secretly liked both bands.

“A few years ago, I met my business partner Andy Fox and I was looking for a drummer for my Spandau songs and mentioned the idea to form a Spandau and Duran Duran tribute. We got our heads together and after a lot of hard work, we started From Gold to Rio.”

Tickets are priced at £22 standard/ £20 concession and if you bring a group of ten people, one person can go free – available at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0141 577 4956

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA’S AMADEUS & THE BARD EXPLORES AND CELEBRATES THE WORK OF MOZART AND BURNS

Touring this Autumn is Amadeus & The Bard: 18th Century Cosmic Brothers, a brand new show from Scottish Opera created and directed by Mary McCluskey, former Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre. Amadeus & The Bard celebrates the lives of two much-loved men, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Robert Burns, through storytelling and song, honouring the many and sometimes surprising similarities between them.

Opening on 9 September in Earlston High School, the production tours to schools in Kirkcudbright, Annan, Auchinleck, Ayr, Largs and Paisley, as well as the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and Scottish Opera Production Studios in Glasgow.

Karen MacIver is the Music Director and pianist on this dramatic and emotive show, which features a talented cast including soprano Stephanie Stanway, a Samling Young Artist and Arthur Bruce, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, alongside actor Andy Clark and violinist Shannon Stevenson. They are joined by an ensemble of four singers from Scottish Opera Young Company: Cara Blaikie, Ross Fettes, James McIntyre and Erin Spence.

Set in Poosie Nansie’s Inn, a favourite haunt of Burns, the cast blend traditional folk songs with some of Mozart’s most popular work, from ‘Tam O’Shanter’ and The Magic Flute, to ‘A Red, Red Rose’ and The Marriage of Figaro. Amadeus & The Bard invites audiences to enjoy a night of entertainment in celebration of these two brothers of the Enlightenment.

Director Mary McCluskey said: ‘It is our intention for our merry band of talented performers, singers, actors and musicians to give you an insight into the work of Mozart and Burns. We hope to entertain and inform you, in order that you will leave knowing more than you did when you came along to see the production, and that we will have whetted your appetite for the work of these two talented men.’

Jane Davidson, Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education said: ‘Amadeus & The Bard affords us some fascinating glimpses into the (often parallel) lives of Robert Burns and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; cultural icons of the eighteenth century whose musical and literary ‘voices’ have inspired people through the generations down to the present day. So, the warmest of welcomes is extended to everyone to join our dynamic young company of performers around the fireside in Poosie Nansie’s hostelry for an hour of songs, ensembles, arias and poetry.’

Director/Creator        Mary McCluskey

Music Director          Karen MacIver

Soprano                     Stephanie Stanway

Baritone                     Arthur Bruce*

Storyteller                  Andy Clark

Ensemble                   Cara Blaikie, Ross Fettes, James McIntyre & Erin Spence (Scottish Opera Young Company)

Violin                          Shannon Stevenson

Piano                          Karen MacIver

Performance diary

 

Earlston High School

Mon 9 Sep, 7pm

 

Kirkcudbright Academy

Wed 11 Sep, 7pm

 

Annan Academy

Fri 13 Sep, 7pm

 

Auchinleck Academy

Mon 16 Sep, 7pm

 

Ayr Academy

Wed 18 Sep, 7pm

 

Largs Academy

Thu 19 Sep, 7pm

 

National Museum of Scotland

Sat 28 Sep, 12pm & 3pm

 

Paisley Grammar School

Fri 4 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Scottish Opera Production Studios

Fri 11 Oct, 7.30pm

Sat 12 Oct, 3pm & 7.30pm

 

Tickets are available online now for all venues at www. scottishopera.org.uk/amadeus