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BLONDIE to release 40th Anniversary double disc package on May 12th - adds new UK date in Sheffield in June

Written By Steve Stubbs on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | 15:49

BLONDIE  
40th ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE-DISC PACKAGE 
RELEASED MAY 12, 2014


BLONDIE 4(0) EVER TO INCLUDE GREATEST HITS ALBUM PLUS A BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS

DELUXE CD VERSION INCLUDES LIVE DVD FROM 1977

New UK Date - June 29th in Sheffield after June 27th Glastonbury Appearance

Pre-Order Available Now on iTunes and Amazon

2014 marks Blondie’s 40th Anniversary and in celebration of this amazing milestone, the band will release a special double-disc package entitled Blondie 4(0) Ever on May 12, 2014 via NOBLE ID / ESMG. It will include a highly anticipated new collection of songs entitled Ghosts of Download and an album entitled Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, featuring brand new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. 

The iconic Andy Warhol ‘Debbie Harry’ portrait is the cover art for the greatest hits album. 
The Deluxe CD album includes a bonus DVD of the band performing live at CBGBs in 1977, a collection of Chris Stein photos and a vintage gig poster.

The album is available now to pre-order on iTuneshttp://smarturl.it/Blondie_iTunes and Amazon http://amzn.to/1muuwNa

Fans who pre-order will immediately receive a free download of the new song "I Want To Drag You Around," currently Record of the Week on BBC Radio 2. Anyone who purchases the album through iTunes will enjoy three brand new Ghosts of Download bonus tracks and a digital booklet.
Blondie return to the UK in June with a much talked about appearance at the Glastonbury Festival and today announced a date on June 29th at Sheffield's O2 Academy

Undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie – pioneering frontwoman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with newer band mates Leigh Foxx (who has been with the band since ’97), guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen – kicked off their 40th year in true fashion. They rocked NYC’s Times Square during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, followed by an electrifying performance on Super Bowl Boulevard ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII and buzzed-about performances at SXSW. Of course, there was the NME Award for Godlike Genius in March, recognising the band for their incredible impact over their career, accompanied by a stunning 9 song set to close the ceremony.

Most recently Debbie Harry surprised Coachella crowds when she appeared during Arcade Fire's set.  The performance set the blogosphere ablaze and was unanimously said to be one of the top moments from the festival. Rolling Stone said: "Harry was totally badass, her glam charisma and luscious vocals a high point..."  With a world tour in the works, there is no doubt that 2014 will continue to be a whirlwind anniversary celebration for Blondie.

The ever-prolific band began working on new material right after the release of 2011’s critically acclaimed LP Panic of Girls.  The result is their 10th studio album and most collaborative to date, Ghosts of Download, which promises to offer some of the most infectious and memorable songs of Blondie’s catalogue. Produced by Jeff Saltzman, it’s an exhilarating mix of dance-floor-ready sounds, with more than a little pop radio flavour stirred into it and a few surprises along the way.  “A Rose By Any Name,” is a cool electronic pulse of a duet for Harry and Beth Ditto of the Gossip. “Drag You Around” and “Backroom,” a sly tale of after-hours vampire group-groping, boast reggae grooves, while a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s infamous eighties anthem, “Relax,” is turned into a slow, echo-chambered secular prayer before morphing into a more familiar thumping acid-house beat. Other album guests include downtown New York City club fixture Miss Guy (on “Rave”), Columbian Cumbia/hip hop/R&B group Systema Solar (“Sugar on the Side”) and Oakland–based Panamanian rappers Los Rakas (“I Screwed up”). 

Among the tracks on the Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits disc are the groundbreaking rock-disco hybrid “Heart of Glass,” the equally influential hip-hop fantasia “Rapture,” the stalker-love song “One Way Or Another” and the lilting calypso “The Tide Is High.” It’s a thrilling journey back to when Blondie pushed punk onto the dance floor and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring hits along the way.

For the last four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true national treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide to date. As we look back at the band’s storied career, it makes Blondie’s current vibrancy that much more stunning as they enter their 40th year of entertaining all of us. 



Blondie 4(0) Ever Tracklisting:
Greatest Hits Album
1.     Heart of Glass
2.     Dreaming
3.     Tide Is High
4.     Maria
5.     Sunday Girl
6.     Hanging on the Telephone
7.     Rapture
8.     One Way or Another
9.     Call Me
10.  Atomic
11.  Rip Her to Shreds

Ghosts of Download
1.    Sugar on the Side
2.     Rave
3.     A Rose By Any Name
4.     I Want To Drag You Around
5.     Winter
6.     I Screwed Up
7.     Relax
8.     Take Me In The Night
9.     Make A Way
10.  Mile High
11.  Euphoria
12.  Take It Back
13.  Backroom

Blondie Upcoming Live Dates/Appearances:
U.S. Dates:
05/24/14   Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana Casino & Resort
05/25/14   Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
05/28/14   New York, NY @ 92Y (Debbie Harry & Chris Stein in Conversation with Anthony DeCurtis)
10/03/14   Valley Center, CA @ Harrah's Rincon

International Dates:
06/10/14   Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
06/12/14   Bergen, Norway @ Bergenfest Festival
06/14/14   Esbjerg, Denmark @ Esbjerg Rock Festival
06/18/14   Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
06/19/14   Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
06/21/14   Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival
06/23/14   Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
06/24/14   Hamburg, Germany @ Große Freiheit
06/25/14   Cologne, Germany @ E-Werk
06/27/14   Pilton, England @ Glastonbury Festival
06/29/14   Sheffield, England @ O2 Academy Sheffield
07/01/14   London, England @ Virgin
07/03/14   Barcelona, Spain @ Pedralbes Gardens
07/04/14   Herouville St-Clair, Normandy @ Chateau De Beauregard
07/07/14   Argelès-sur-Mer, France @ Les Deferlantes
07/10/14   Ottawa, Ontario @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/11/14   Quebec City, Quebec @ Festival d’Ete International de Quebec
07/18/14   Pemberton, British Columbia @ Pemberton Music Festival
08/16/14   Chelmsford, England @ V Festival
08/17/14   Stafford, England @ V Festival
08/22/14   Paris, France @ Roc En Seine
08/31/14   Namur, Belgium @ La Fête des Solidarités



STEVIE WONDER and AEROSMITH to headline Calling Festival at Clapham Common at end of June



STEVIE WONDER ANNOUNCED TO HEADLINE
SUNDAY 29 JUNE 2014 AT CALLING FESTIVAL
IN CLAPHAM COMMON

RICHIE SAMBORA JOINS SATURDAY 28 JUNE LINEUP
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ORIANTHI

·       NEW VENUE: LONDON’S CLAPHAM COMMON
·       TWO-DAY EVENT TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAY 28 & SUNDAY 29 JUNE
·       AEROSMITH HEADLINE SATURDAY 28 JUNE
·       STEVIE WONDER HEADLINES 29 JUNE
·       RICHIESAMBORA JOINS SATURDAY 28 JUNE LINE UP
·       TICKETS ON SALE AT 9AM ON FRIDAY 11 APRIL
·       LOCAL RESIDENT PRIORITY TICKETS AVAILABLE

Live Nation have announced that Stevie Wonder, one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, will headline Sunday 29 June 2014 at Calling Festival in London, while Richie Sambora will join the Aerosmith lineup on Saturday 28 June. The two-day event will take place in Clapham Common on 28 & 29 June 2014. Tickets are on sale now and are available at www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Stevie Wonder will astound crowds in Clapham Common this summer with a live show packed with unequivocally classic songs on Sunday 29 June. Renowned as a live performance tour de force, Stevie Wonder’s unmistakeable music will be a perfect closing headliner to the an amazing weekend of music.

Joining the Saturday 28 June lineup is American rock icon Richie Sambora, known for his raw vocals, indelible songwriting and world-class guitar playing. His performance will feature special guest, Australian singer-songwriter and guitar goddess Orianthi.

Live Nation’s Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope commented: “We’re thrilled to welcome Stevie Wonder to Calling Festival. His music is timeless and this show will be one of the highlights of the summer! Richie Sambora joins the Saturday bill which is looking fantastic, it’s going to be an unforgettable event.“

Earlier this month Aerosmith were announced to headline Saturday 28 June at Calling Festival, with Thunder, Joe Bonamassa and Walking Papers also confirmed. Stevie Wonder is the first act to be announced for Sunday 29 June, with many more exciting additions will be announced over the coming weeks.

Calling Festival has taken the established Hard Rock Calling festival and given it a fresh new twist at a brand new home. The festival, held at London’s Clapham Common, will feature multiple stages with 20 of the hottest acts in rock and pop performing each day, some exciting surprises and amazing on site facilities including an array of food stalls, funfair and much more.

Previous ‘Calling’ headliners have included Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, The Who, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

Further artist announcements for Calling Festival to follow soon, approximately 20 acts across multiple stages.

For further information on Calling Festival please visit www.callingfestival.co.uk

Ticketing information:
Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £62.50 plus booking fee. Tickets are available at www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Price subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee
Calling Festival 2014 is Subject to Licence and Planning


South London rock fans with specific local postcodes will have the opportunity to purchase local resident tickets, available on a first come first served basis for one week after general on-sale. Visit www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk for details.

Gig Review: Within Temptation - Wembley Arena ✭✭✭✭

WITHIN TEMPTATION
WEMBLEY ARENA
Review by Christina Benneworth


12 April 2014: Within Temptation - the European symphonic rock/metal band hit London on their tour of the UK. Fronted by lead vocalist Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation are one of the biggest rock acts internationally. And once you know that fact you know the night is going to be something special.

The show kicked off with a short video; Within Temptation are well-known for putting short movies together so this was a little treat, it then went straight in to "Let Us Burn", the band couldn't have started the show with a better song. It showed the skills from the band, the impeccable vocals from Sharon and the raw energy they give off, it definitely made you excited for what was to come.

The next song, probably one of my favourites of the night was "Paradise (what about us?)", this song was the first single from their new album Hydra. A great crowd pleaser.

The set from the night was a mix of songs, from their new album Hydra and some of their older material, including sings from the album The Unforgiven. Some of the songs included, Mother Nature, Angel, Covered in Roses, Stand My Ground. You could tell from the audience that Within Temptation have a lot of loyal fans, no song was preferred over the other, every song was loved. Everyone was there to have a good time and enjoy some good music, the atmosphere was amazing.

Within Temptation kept it simple, making it all about the music. Simple lighting and visuals of music videos and movies playing in the background.

"And We Run" was another favourite of the night. The duets were done well, as the music video would be playing in the background you get to see them rather than just hear them."AndWe Run" features Xzibit, I personally think the mix of rock/metal goes so well with rap. So this song was great to hear live. My other favourite was "Angels" what a powerful song, Sharon's voice was outstanding live while singing this song, the way the music filled the arena, incredible feeling.

From what Sharon had said during the show she and the band were just extremely happy to be performing at Wembley Arena and you could tell by the performance they gave.

After a 16 song set and only minimal breaks in between Within Temptation provided a great encore, which included a Lana Del Ray cover "Summertime Sadness".

A very energetic performance, great atmosphere, even better music, there wasn't any more you could ask for. I haven't stopped listening to them since the concert, I have definitely been won over. Within Temptation have a new fan.

4 stars ✭✭✭✭

www.within-temptation.com


DEACON BLUE to release new album in September and announce Summer forest and festivals tour

DEACON BLUE
A NEW HOUSE 
* New album out in September *
* Summer forests and festivals tour *
Deacon Blue return with the much anticipated follow up to Top-20 album The Hipsters with their 7th studio album A New House released on 8th September through Rhino Records.

Formed in Glasgow in 1985, Deacon Blue went on to become one of the city’s most famous and successful bands. From debut album Raintown and follow-up, the chart-topping When The World Knows Your Name, through to 2012’s The Hipsters, Deacon Blue are consistently one of the most respected and critically received bands of their generation.

Alongside over six million album sales, twelve UK Top 40 singles and tow UK Number One albums, Deacon Blue are also one of the most passionate live bands around. They will be taking to the road this summer for some beautifully set forest and festival gigs and then will head out on a national tour at the end of the year, playing tracks from A New House. The tour will take in homecoming shows in Scotland, the celebrated Hop Farm Festival and a date at London’s Festival Hall.

A New House has been produced by Paul Savage (Franz Ferdinand, Teenage Fanclub, King Cresote) and the band and sees them sign to a new label, Warner Artist Services. President of the label Dan Chalmers says: “We are so happy to welcome Deacon Blue to the Rhino Records family. It’s an honour to get the chance to work with such eloquent songwriters and artists of this calibre and we look forward to an ongoing relationship with the band.”

Ricky Ross says: I'm more excited about this new album than any record we've made up ‘til now. It's going to be great performing it live. As well as that we have a huge catalogue of songs from our other records we'll want to play. Don't expect to go home too early!”
Singer Lorraine McIntosh agrees: “We have been enjoying every minute of making this beautiful record. We are looking forward to getting out there and playing it live around the country – we think you're going to like it! ”

Deacon Blue are: Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh, James Prime, Dougie Vipond.

Tickets for the UK Nationwide tour are on sale at 9am on Friday 11th April. Forestry Commission and Hop Farm gigs are on sale now. More information at www.deaconblue.com

Forests and Festival dates:

28 Jun Sat     Dalby Forest
13 Jul Sun     Thetford Forest
19 Jul Sat      Westonbirt Arbitorium
6 Jul Sun       Hop Farm Festival

Tour:

29 Nov Sat    Kilmarnock -  Music Hall
30 Nov Sun   Aberdeen - Music Hall
1 Dec Mon    Glasgow - Clyde Auditorium
4 Dec Thurs  Dundee - Caird Hall
5 Dec Fri       Inverness - Hall
7 Dec Sun     Newcastle - City Hall
8 Dec Mon    Sheffield - City Hall
9 Dec Tues   Cardiff - St David’s Hall
12 Dec Fri     Harrogate – International Centre
13 Dec Sat    Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
15 Dec Mon  London – Royal Festival Hall
16 Dec Tues Birmingham – Symphony Hall
17 Dec Wed  Manchester – Apollo
20 Dec Sat    Edinburgh – Usher Hall

21 Dec Sun   Liverpool – Echo Arena

Music Review: An Evening of Movies & Musicals - Usher Hall, Edinburgh ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Sunday, 20 April 2014 | 09:00



An Evening of Movies & Musicals returned to the Usher Hall last night delighting the packed audience with favourites old and new from stage and screen. Starring Joe McElderry, Kerry Ellis, Jai McDowall, Nathan James, Lorna Luft and Soul Nation with a chorus of 150 and the magnificent 50 piece British Sinfonietta orchestra, the stage was set for a superb evening of music. 

Opening with the iconic theme from Superman, the sound of the orchestra filled the beautiful hall showcasing the emotive power of music in films and the memories they evoke. Some of the selections from films were less instantly recognisable but exquisitely performed by the British Sinfonietta. The compere announced the titles of the pieces but in some cases this was after the performance and often lost in the ensuing applause from the audience. Throughout the evening the choir provided superb backing vocals as well as brilliant medley performances of songs from Evita and Hairspray.

Jai McDowall performed the first musical theatre song of the evening, the powerful, but probably most recognisable to fans of musical theatre, Anthem from Chess. Best known for winning Britain's Got Talent in 2011, McDowall overcame initial nerves to show off his vocal dexterity. He returned in the second half of the evening with an emotional performance of Bui Doi from Miss Saigon.

Rock tenor Nathan James brought the house down with a note perfect rendition of Aerosmith's I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing from the film Armageddon as well as a stunning performance of Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) from Jesus Christ Superstar. It beggars belief that he didn't win ITV's search for Jesus with a performance like that. 

West End favourite Kerry Ellis performed a variety of numbers from stage and screen including two duets with Joe McElderry. She opened with an energetic performance of Somebody to Love backed by Soul Nation and the 150 strong choir followed by a crowd-pleasing duet of (I've had) The Time of my Life from Dirty Dancing that led into the interval and sent the audience dancing out to the bar. Her show-stopping performances of Defying Gravity from Wicked and I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables served to remind the audience why she is such an audience favourite. 

Broadway sensation and daughter of the legendary Judy Garland, Lorna Luft showed off her star quality with a witty performance of songs not nominated for an Oscar. She shared personal stories and her wonderful humour produced a laugh out loud performance. 

Top-billed Joe McElderry was the only member of the cast without a track record on stage but his performance of favourites like The Circle of Life from The Lion King and duet of Beauty and the Beast with Ellis showed why he has won numerous talent shows. He has an excellent vocal range and an army of fans in the audience who cheered on every performance.  Perhaps the only odd moment of the evening was his performance of Unbreak my Heart in both Spanish and English which isn't known for being in a film or musical but was performed beautifully.

The evening closed with a fitting finale of songs from West End phenomenon Les Miserables. Beginning with Ellis's I Dreamed a Dream and finishing with a whole cast performance of the rousing One Day More it was the perfect end to a night of wonderful music. 

Review: Dancing on Ice - Wembley Arena ✭✭✭✭

Written By Steve Stubbs on Thursday, 3 April 2014 | 16:23

Dancing on Ice 
Wembley Arena

Review by Emma Curry

1st April 2014: The final Dancing on Ice Tour returned to Wembley Arena on Tuesday evening, starring a mixture of celebrities from the recent All-Stars series on ITV, hosted by the inimitable Jayne Torvil and Christopher Dean, and with Robin Windsor, Karen Barber, and Nicky Slater all back as judges. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since the show began, and this tour stands as a celebration of the longevity and popularity of what seemed at first to be a potentially disastrous concept. Luckily there were no accidents on the evening, however, and I think even the most hardened cynic would have struggled not to enjoy this warm-hearted and rather inspiring show.

The first half of proceedings was devoted to the competition element, and ran very much like the Sunday night TV programme used to: each celebrity performed their routine, received marks and feedback from the judges, and at the end the audience added their votes to determine the winner. Whilst each celebrity performed admirably under the glare of thousands of spectators, as was the case on the TV show this year, there could only really be one winner: Ray Quinn. The former X-Factor star has an unbelievable skating talent: with his leaps and lifts he’s as good, if not better, than some of the professionals we saw, and seeing him skating live was, for me, the highlight of the show. The speed and smoothness with which he moves around the ice are utterly breath-taking, and the leaps that he performs in his ‘flamenco’ routine have to be experienced in real life to be truly believed. Here’s hoping he’ll pursue this new hobby in the future.

The second half of the show, after revealing the winner of the skating competition, took on a more freestyle element, as the celebrities and professionals each performed a further routine, with the addition of props, costumes, and, in one spectacular sequence, fire. The highlight here was Joe Pasquale, possibly performing the world’s first stand-up routine on ice (although, despite the name, he repeatedly failed to remain on his feet). As the rather wobbly underdog, Pasquale had an instant chemistry with the audience, and his brief and comic guide to skating like a professional was an enjoyable moment of slapstick amidst all the other more poised performances.

The show was brought to a close by Torvil and Dean ending, rather fittingly, where they really began: with a stunning performance of the Bolero, which I actually found rather moving. Jayne Torvil commented at the end: ‘This isn’t goodbye. Just goodnight’. Now that Dancing on Ice has come to a close, I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the pair next.

Four stars ✭✭✭✭

For more info and tour dates click here: www.dancingonicetour.co.uk

It's a bumper year at the King's and Theatre Royal, Glasgow!

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | 07:00



 Don't miss out this year, there's something for everyone to enjoy at the King's Theatre and Theatre Royal in Glasgow. 

Their new season kick-starts with Fame - The Musical (Mon 23 – Sat 28 Jun) split jumping onto the King’s stage with it’s 25th anniversary production.

Meanwhile at the Theatre Royal, Christopher Timothy leads the cast in Dial M for Murder(Tue 24 – Sat 28 Jun), famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, and now a gripping stage production.

The National Theatre’s award winning One Man, Two Guvnors (Mon 30 Jun – Sat 5 Jul) - starring Eastenders’ favourites: Shaun WilliamsonEmma Barton and Jasmyn Banks - will have the audience rolling with laughter in the aisles. 
 
For something more light-hearted pack your sombrero and join the stars of the original TV comedy Last of the Duty Free (Mon 7 – Sat 12 Jul), including Gwen Taylor and Keith Barron, for one last fling!

‘The Final Countdown’ is on for Rock of Ages (Mon 4 – Sat 9 Aug) with Ben Richards as rock god Stacee Jaxx and Hear’Say’s Noel Sullivan as Drew Boley. You’ll be strumming your air guitar to a string of eighties anthems including ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’, ‘We Built This City’ and ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.

Our very own Creative Learning team have clicked their heels together to help youngsters realise their dreams of performing on a professional stage. This year’s Summer School(Mon 4 – Fri 8 Aug) will be working on a production of Under the Rainbow where after waving goodbye to Dorothy, something goes terribly wrong for the people of Oz.

After Coronation Street’s Vicky Binns is showered with applause in Singin’ in the Rain (Tue 12 – Sat 23 Aug) her colleague from the cobbles, Shobna Gulati, rekindles her marriage inJohn Godber’s April in Paris (Tue 26 – Sat 30 Aug).

Sparks will fly in Annie Get your Gun (Tue 2 – Sat 6 Sep) with a smoking cast includingJason Donovan as Frank Butler and Norman Pace as Buffalo Bill.

Rediscover Johnny and Baby’s iconic dance moves and that all important lift in Dirty Dancing (Tue 26 Aug – Sat 20 Sep).

Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, The Mousetrap (Mon 15 – Sat 20 Sep), will sharpen your mind with its twists and turns.

The Full Monty (Tue 23 Sep – Sat 4 Oct) will be strutting its stuff in the King’s. From the Oscar winning writer of the film, Simon Beaufoy brings the tale of six out of work steel workers to the stage featuring songs by Donna SummerHot Chocolate andTom Jones.

Edward Scissorhands (Wed 19 – Sat 22 Nov) will carve a place in your heart with exquisite choreography by the multi-award winningMatthew Bourne.

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Mon 24- Sat 29 Nov), nominated for best comedy at the Olivier Awards 2014, won’t fail to deliver the laughs. 

The emotionally charged Blood Brothers (Mon 3 – Sat 15 Nov) opens with the heart warming reunion of twins separated at birth but soon leads to sibling rivalry with fatal consequences.

From drawing guns to swashbuckling swords, for the first time ever Peter Pan (Sat 6 Dec – Sun 11 Jan) will be flying into the King’s to celebrate 50 years since the very first pantomime was staged at the historic Glasgow venue. Another first for the King’s is a Relaxed Performance (Wed 7 Jan, 11am) of Peter Pan which is an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs to benefit from a relaxed environment to ensure a more enjoyable theatre visit.

While panto reigns at the King's, have your tap shoes ready for Top Hat (Tue 2 – Sat 13 Dec) which encapsulates the Hollywood glamour of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Then when disco king Tony Manero takes to the dance floor in our Theatre Royal Christmas production, ‘You Should Be Dancing’ to Saturday Night Fever (Tue 16 Dec – Sat 3 Jan).

For tickets and information for all performances visit www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow or view the Spring brochure online by clicking here

Relaxed panto performance of Peter Pan at the King's Theatre Glasgow


Marking World Autism Awareness Day 2014, the King's Theatre Glasgow announced today that for the first time they will be hosting a Relaxed Performance of their famous Christmas pantomime on Wednesday 7 January 2015 at 11am.

This year's pantomime is the classic tale Peter Pan and this special performance will provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs to benefit from a more relaxed environment to ensure an enjoyable theatre visit.

Alison Cowan, Creative Learning Manager and Access Champion hopes more people will enjoy the magic of the King’s panto: “I am thrilled to announce this unique performance of Peter Pan which will be adapted with a more relaxed attitude to noise and moving around the auditorium. House lights will be kept on low and special effects softened in order to reduce anxiety however I can ensure you the panto won’t lose its sparkle!"

Relaxed Performance bookers will be provided with a Visual Story in advance of the show which contains information about what to expect on the day and to help prepare for the production. This will also include photographs, a plot summary, character descriptions and a note of audience participation to explain the story of Peter Pan.

A familiarisation visit to the theatre ahead of the show can be arranged where staff will be available to answer any questions. There will be designated ‘chill-out areas’ throughout the theatre for customers to use at any time during the performance. These will have comfortable places to sit and quiet activities for people to enjoy. In addition to their front of house team, trained staff members and volunteers will be on hand at all times during the performance should anyone require assistance.

Relaxed Performance: Wed 7 Jan, 2015 11am
Signed Performance: Tue 16 Dec 1pm & Mon 29 Dec 7pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 18 Dec 1pm & Tue 30 Dec 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Fri 19 Dec 7pm, Touch Tour 6pm
For more details and to book call:
Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
Schools and group bookings: 0844 871 7602 (bkg fee)
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

Annie Get Your Gun rides into Glasgow this September

Written By Lisa Davidson on Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | 20:30


A brand new production of the Tony Award-winning version of Irving Berlin’s classic musical, Annie Get Your Gun, rides into Glasgow this September starring Emma Williams as Annie Oakley, Jason Donovan  as Frank Butler and Norman Pace as Buffalo Bill.

A star of stage and screen, and having performed on the musical theatre stage across the globe, Jason Donovan has appeared in hit musicals including Priscilla Queen of the Desert,The Sound of MusicWar of the Worlds and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Now he will appear as Frank Butler in this new version of the classic Broadway smash hit. Jason is joined by Emma Williams as Annie Oakley. Emma is the twice Olivier nominated star of Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang and Love Story. Her other credits includeSunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Jason and Emma will be joined by the much loved Norman Pace as Buffalo Bill, who most recently starred the West End production of Chicago.

With timeless classic songs including There’s No Business Like Show Business andAnything You Can Do, I Can Do Better, Annie Get Your Gun tells the legendary story of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West female sharpshooter, Annie Oakley and her romance with fellow sharpshooter, Frank Butler. When Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show comes to town, it only takes one glance for sharp-shooting country girl Annie Oakley to fall head over heels for its star marksman, Frank Butler. Both have truly met their match, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts.

For more information visit www.anniegetyourgunthemusical.com

Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 September
Mon –Sat
 eves 7.30pm
Wed, Thurs & Sat mats 2.30pm                                 
Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
Website: www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

Saturday Night Fever boogies into Glasgow this Christmas!

Written By Lisa Davidson on Monday, 24 March 2014 | 13:15


A brand new touring production of Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time, staged by Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with the Robert Stigwood Organisation, iscoming to the Theatre Royal Glasgow as part of a nationwide tour this Christmas from 16 Dec – 3 Jan.

Featuring a large, hugely talented cast of actor-musicians, this spectacular new production of Saturday Night Fever is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classicsStayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, How Deep is Your Love? and You Should Be Dancing.

The date is 1976 and in New York, Tony Manero, a young man from a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life - to become the disco king.  Every Saturday night, Tony dons his flares and hits the dance floor, creating a stir as he wows the crowds with his phenomenal moves and routines. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, and they decide to train together for a dance competition, their lives begin to change forever.

The smash hit 1977 film of Saturday Night Fever starring Oscar-nominee John Travolta inspired the definitive soundtrack by the Bee Gees and popularised disco around the world. The multi Grammy Award-winning music behind the film, combined with its gripping storyline captured the imagination of millions.

PERFORMANCES
  
Tue 16 - Thu 18 Dec 7.30pm
Fri 19 Dec 5pm & 8.30pm
Sat 20 Dec 4pm & 7.30pm
Mon 22 & Tue 23 Dec 7.30pm
Wed 24 Dec 2.30pm
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Mon 29 & Tue 30 Dec 7.30pm
Wed 31 Dec 2.30pm
Fri 2 Jan 5pm & 8.30pm
Sat 3 Jan 4pm & 7.30pm             
 
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