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ANYTHING GOES sails into Glasgow this April

Written By Lisa Davidson on Friday, 27 March 2015 | 18:00


Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy ANYTHING GOES sails into the King’s Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 April 2015.

Leading the cast of 26 will be Debbie Kurup as Reno Sweeney and Matt Rawle as Billy Crocker. They are joined by Shaun Williamson as Moonface Martin and Kate Anthony as Evangeline Harcourt with Simon Rouse as Elisha Whitney and ZoĆ« Rainey as Hope Harcourt.

The company also includes Michelle Andrews, Adam Dutton, Anouska Eaton, Jack Evans, Bob Harms, Victoria Hinde, Lauren Jade, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Joanna Lee Martin, Nick Len, Michael Lin, Dylan Mason, Stephen Matthews, Ryan Pidgen,Adam Rhys-Charles, Rohan Richards, Andy Yau and Alex Young.

When Billy Crocker discovers that his heart’s desire, debutante heiress Hope Harcourt is engaged to an English aristocrat, he stows away aboard the S.S. American to win her back. Aided by a string of eccentric passengers on board the luxurious transatlantic liner, can this web of love be untangled before they reach Southampton?

Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of music and dance includes the magnificent songs I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De-Lovely and Anything Goes. Hop aboard for sassy heroines, mischievous mob bosses, comedy capers and tap dancing sailors in this hilarious tale of romance and hi-jinks on the high seas.

PERFORMANCES
King’s Theatre Glasgow
Tue 21- Sat 25 Apr
Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)


Movie Review: Robot Overlords (In UK Cinemas March 27th) ✭✭✭

Robot Overlords


In UK Cinemas March 27th 


Jon Wright is competing with the Hollywood blockbusters with his new sci-fi film Robot Overlords.

Based in England, robots rule the streets and the people are locked in their homes while they conduct some weird experiments, stepping outside risks being vaporised by giant robots. After accidentally finding a way to overcome the robots' tracking devices (which are implanted behind their right ears), a group of kids escape on a mission to find one of their fathers. However hot on their heels is human collaborator Robin Smythe (Ben Kingsley) and head robot Mediator 452 (Craig Garner).

The film is being advertised as an action adventure film, paying homage to the films of the '80s and then packed with a huge amount of special effects. This is sort of true, but you do get the feeling that they haven't quite reached their desired target audience, with some crude jokes and darkish moments it would suggest that it would be rather for a teenage audience than a family audience. The humour in this movie does feel a little bit awkward at times, almost trying to force you to laugh, just leaves you asking yourself why bother?

The whole movie is a great achievement and probably would have been quite a tricky film to direct and produce, but it is also a movie that concentrates highly on the giant CGI robots (which are great, very well done), the battle scenes and the other sci-fi moments. Concentrating on this aspect is probably where the movie flops a little, because you lose interest in the characters and you don't really want to get to know them. At the prospect of all of them being killed you don't really feel for them.

Not a perfect movie, but it does have its moments - the Mediator 452 is a creepy villain, it's a fun and a good take on a family-friendly sci-fi genre. A good crack at beating Hollywood, but comparing with something like the Marvel franchise this movie doesn't even scratch the surface. However Robot Overlords throws you back to the sci-fi films of the '80s and that's not always a bad thing.


Robot Overlords is out in UK cinemas now.

UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL 2015: TWO WEEKS AND COW-NTING

UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL 2015 

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  • Underbelly and South Bank Centre will host more than sixty of the country’s finest comedy, circus and family shows in the iconic upside-down purple cow and its inimitable surrounds, the pasture.
  •  This year’s Udderbelly Festival kicks off on April 9th and runs until July 19th
Over the past seven years the surefire sign that spring has sprung in London has been the appearance of the unmistakable upside-down purple cow grazing languidly in its chattering pasture on the South Bank of the river Thames.

This year is no different, with Udderbelly Festival 2015 once more on the horizon to help the nation shake off its nasty case of election fever to return some of the country’s finest performers to live entertainment’s real seat of power; the COW-ses of Parliament: 10 COW-ning Street if you like...

The packed programme includes an electrifying headline Circus Season, comprising the wit, fun and world class athleticism of acrobatic superstars A Simple Space, the beautifully intricate synchronicity of Barely Methodical Troupe’s Bromance and pop-scientific juggling hysterics from Circus Geeks in Beta Testing.

The usual deluge of comedy aristocracy descending on the pasture includes Andy Zaltzman (performing a series of Satirist for Hire election specials), Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Katherine Ryan, Luisa Omielan, Stephen K Amos and Jason Byrne.

These stand-up legends will be joined by some of the funniest, weirdest cult, sketch and alternative comedy from sketchiopaths Late Night Gimp Fight, improv hip-hop archetypes Abandoman, puppeteer par-excellence Nina Conti, alt-theatrical sketch maestros Pajama Men, comedy cabaret doyennes Frisky and Mannish, mime-clown-artiste-buffoon Kraken and the sensational, interactive Alan Partridge of kids’ entertainment Phil Ellis’ Funz and Gamez.

The latter will form part of a phenomenal programme of family entertainment from the likes of improve musical megastars Showstoppers, kings of musical variety The Horne Section and artist-comedian Bec Hill in Bec and Tom’s Amazing Laundry.

All of this amazing spring and summer entertainment, along with a mouth-watering menu of food and drink, can be enjoyed at London’s most atmospheric cultural hub, right on the South Bank of the river. Then, come July, when the cow migrates North, Udderbelly Festival will then give way to the insouciant Coney Island dreamscape around the magnificent Paradiso Spiegeltent at London Wonderground.

The full Udderbelly Festival 2015 programme is available at www.udderbelly.co.uk/whats-on  


Follow:
Twitter: @UdderbellyFest    


BOOKING INFORMATION
By Telephone: 0844 545 8282
Lines open from 9am – 8pm, 7 days a week.
In Person: Southbank Centre Box Office 

DVD Review: Predestination (Blu-ray/DVD release Monday 6 April) ✭✭✭✭

Written By Christina Benneworth on Thursday, 26 March 2015 | 14:31

Predestination 



Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release 

Monday 6 April 2015


Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on a series of time-travel journeys between the 60s, 70s and 80s to prevent crime before it even happens.

With an outstanding break through performance by Sarah Snook; also starring Noah Taylor, the movie is written and directed by The Spierig Brothers and is based on the classic short story 'All You Zombies' by Robert. A. Heinlein. 

This movie starts with a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) posing as a bartender in 1970 to get a transgender ex-astronaut (Sarah Snook) to tell his/her exremely unusual life story and then hopefully eventually being able to save the lives of thousands of people. The plot is a difficult one to describe without you watching it yourself, so just a very brief synopsis.

Predestination combines sci-fi, thriller and an almost tragic love story. Even though the short story was published in the late 1950s it carries slight traces from The Matrix and The Men in Black. It is one of those films where you have to pay really close attention, no skipping out to the toilet or making a cup of tea, once you start watching don't stop without pausing it or you'll lose your way in the story.

Not just sci-fi once you have grasped the plot the reward is great, you are treated to great acting, a thought provoking plot and moments of magic. Enjoy

Release: 6th April 2015
Certificate: 15 (UK and Ireland)
Run Time: 95 mins

We are giving two lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the movie on Blu-Ray and a 'You Already Love This Film' baseball shirt.
Watch out on our Twitter and Facebook pages for details of how to win. 

Over 15's UK Entrants only - closing date 6th April 2015

THE WOMAN IN BLACK set to terrify Glasgow this April

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | 18:00


Celebrating its 25th anniversary in the West End, the unanimously acclaimed stage production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK is now on tour, visiting 32 theatres nationwide, including the Theatre Royal Glasgow from Monday 20 until Saturday 25 April 2015.

 THE WOMAN IN BLACK was first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987 to rave reviews. The production opened in the West End in 1989 where it has enjoyed continued success as well as numerous national tours. The production’s huge popularity has reached a global level, having toured to the United States, South America, Tokyo and Singapore. Now celebrating its 26th year in the West End, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most terrifying and successful theatre events ever staged. In 2012, Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black was released as a major motion picture, starring Daniel Radcliffe (best known for his role as ‘Harry Potter’), which successfully became the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years.

 Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’.  He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.  It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.

For the 2014-15 UK tour, Malcolm James plays the role of ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Matt Connor plays the role of ‘The Actor’. The production is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen.  Produced by PW Productions Ltd.The UK tour runs concurrently with the West End production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK which plays at The Fortune Theatre in London.

PERFORMANCES
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Mon 20 – Sat 25 Apr
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee)

MAGIC! to release new single 'No Way No' on April 26th - the follow up to global smash hit single 'Rude'

MAGIC! 
TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “NO WAY NO” ON APRIL 26TH
THE FOLLOW UP TO THEIR GLOBAL SMASH HIT SINGLE ‘RUDE’


DEBUT ALBUM DON’T KILL THE MAGIC AVAILABLE NOW
ON TOUR WITH MAROON 5 NOW

Toronto born, Los Angeles based quartet MAGIC! consists of Nasri (lead singer), Mark Pelli (guitar), Ben Spivak (bass) and Alex Tanas (drums). Their debut album, Don’t Kill The Magic debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on the Digital Album Chart. 

The album also includes the UK number one platinum single selling single, “Rude”. The track was nominated for Single of The Year at the American Music Awards, was the most Shazammed Song of the Summer in the US, #7 on Spotify’s Global songs for 2014 and has sold over 5 million singles worldwide. The music video for “Rude” has over 370 million views. MAGIC! are currently on the road with Maroon 5.

UK DATES WITH MAROON 5:
26/05 London, UK
28/05 London, UK
29/05 Liverpool, UK
31/05 Birmingham, UK
01/06 Manchester, UK

Whip crack away to CALAMITY JANE at the King's Theatre

Written By Lisa Davidson on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 | 18:00


Following a sell-out run at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury “CALAMITY JANE” has embarked on a national UK tour coming to the King’s Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 16 until Saturday 20 June 2015. “CALAMITY JANE” stars Jodie Prenger in the title role,Tom Lister as ‘Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as ‘Danny’ and Phoebe Street as Katie Brown.

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood.  Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood Stage.  But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check.  It takes her long-standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love…

Featuring an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love, CALAMITY JANE is an audience favourite set to enthrall Glasgow this summer.

PERFORMANCES
King’s Theatre Glasgow
Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jun
Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)

Smash hit PRISCILLA returns to Edinburgh this Christmas!

Written By Lisa Davidson on Friday, 20 March 2015 | 19:00



Due to popular demand, the West End and Broadway feel-good international hit sensation PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT brings the party to Edinburgh this Christmas. The smash hit musical returns to Edinburgh from 15th December 2015 – 2nd January 2016 before heading to the King’s Theatre Glasgow from  29th  March until 2nd April 2016.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Based on the movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Go West’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘Always on My Mind’, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!


PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL originally opened in Australia and after a sell-out two year run, opened in London’s West End followed by Broadway in the United States. It has won numerous awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards.

For tickets and information visit www.atgtickets.com/Edinburgh or www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow

LOVE ME TENDER set to bring Elvis's greatest hits to Scotland


LOVE ME TENDER - the new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley will come to the Edinburgh Playhouse from Monday 20th – Saturday 25th July and the King's Theatre Glasgow from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th August. Casting will be announced shortly. www.LoveMeTenderMusical.com

From the producers of Hairspray, Jersey Boys and West Side Story “LOVE ME TENDER” is a hilarious feel-good musical featuring Elvis Presley’s greatest hits. In a small town in 1950s America, a guitar-playing, hip-swivelling stranger rides his motorbike into town. Is he The Devil in Disguise or a Hound Dog in his Blue Suede Shoes? The townsfolk are about to be All Shook Up and could be headed for Heartbreak Hotel, but for Natalie, the love-struck, tomboy mechanic, it really is Now or Never.

Packed with 25 of the best loved songs by The King himself, “LOVE ME TENDER”, by the writer of the award-wining West End and Broadway smash hit Memphis, is a funny and moving tale of hope, second chances and the healing qualities of Rock 'n' Roll.

For tickets and information visit www.atgtickets.com/Edinburgh or www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow

Tom Brogan brings new comedy play 'Bossnappers' to the CCA this March

Written By Siobhan on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 | 18:02

Starring

Rose – Janis Marshall Reilly
Meg – Jamie Lee McPherson
Gwen – Louise Henderson
Helen – Nicola Clark
Alice – Ros McCue
Les – John Winchester

Writer – Tom Brogan
Director – Jamie Lee McPherson
Producer – Karen Barclay
As part of the Glasgow’s International Comedy Festival

The writer responsible for ‘Good Times Never Seemed So Good’ at last year’s festival is back with a new offering, ‘Bossnappers’:

The women of Donachie's Biscuit Factory put up with long hours, hazardous conditions and sexist remarks. It's not fun, but you have to make a living somehow right? One day a rumour starts. Could their jobs be moved overseas? Are they being made redundant?

Their boss is reluctant to reveal his plans, but when he decides to get as much work out of his staff as he can the women decide there's only one thing left they can do. Kidnap him. But what exactly do Sheena Easton and Dolly Parton have to do with it? Come along to the CCA and find out.

Bossnappers runs from 22/03/15 – 24/03/15 at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Tickets can be purchased via the website - http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows/1081.

 
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