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Dance Review: Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands - Theatre Royal, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Thursday, 20 November 2014 | 12:30

 Review by Sharman Prince


Timeless faerie-tales are amongst the most important stories ever told, stimulating imagination and imbuing morals and values into their audience. Usually reserved for the younger generation, faerie-tales have found new life for the more mature audience in the guise of fantastical motion pictures and Tim Burton is amongst the leaders of this genre with his imagination creating one of the most powerful faerie stories of modern times - the classic movie, "Edward Scissorhands", which comes to life on stage through the talents of choreographer and director, Matthew Bourne.

All faerie-stories go through variations over the years (Disney has made much money from this fact) and Bourne has done the same with this tale; reworking elements from Burton's film, expanding some, nixing others and even creating brand-new elements, such as a topiary fantasy sequence, to further the telling of an innocent unprepared to face the world that awaits him. 

Whilst some major plot points are adapted and altered for the stage these changes are never detrimental to the story and one of the more evocative re-workings is of the downfall of "Edward" which here becomes a sequence of celebration poisoned for all involved by a jealous boyfriend leading to the inevitable conclusion of the fable. The one error that is made is within the new origin story of "Edward" (which from the outset is a more tragic and heart-breaking one); where the film's reasoning behind the scissor hands of "Edward" is a logical one, here one is left questioning why "The Creator" would make him with such hands in the first place. But regardless of this, Bourne has fashioned a beautiful alternate take on Burton's original ideas.


Bourne has also furthered Burton's knack of taking elements from one time period and installing them into another and sets the production in a world with the appearance of affluent 1950s America but with more modern elements, such as a Gameboy, in evidence. There is almost something of "The Stepford Wives" about this world; it's almost too perfect and, since nothing can last forever, fate sends "Edward Scissorhands" into this world as a catalyst for change; affecting no one more than the all-American girl, "Kim Boggs", who is clean-cut yet guilty of following the popular crowd.

The detail which Bourne instils into the production, from the everyday goings-on of small-town America to the topiary sequences, helps make the production a complete piece of theatre. His choreography is organic to the characters and the situations in which they find themselves, all of which serve the plot, and is of an almost natural style with motifs seeming to come out of the everyday whilst Bourne's direction is both broad, detailed and abstract but always fluid (despite a small technical glitch in act II which put a temporary halt to proceedings). Bourne's various motifs aid in creating crisp characterisations and he creates a more human "Edward" whose ego is vulnerable to fame and success thus making his fall from grace all the more tragic. Indeed, this take on "Edward" is the most human character we see onstage. But the "Edward" here is also a figure ahead of his time with his talents producing hairstyles more appropriate to the 1980s than the 1950s. 

Contrasting his alien nature to the small-town residents, "Edward" is usually danced in a more classical, balletic style compared to the more modern dance forms performed by the rest of the
company. The classical aspect is later taken up by "Kim", the object of "Edward's" affection, culminating in a beautiful final duet between the two which is the emotional peak of the production and a sublime expression of the assimilation of "Edward" into the life of "Kim".
The emotional content of the piece is aided in no small part by the music by Terry Davies, which is both humorous and broad, whilst original themes by Danny Elfman composed for the film highlight the more ethereal and romantic aspects of the plot and are usually concentrated around "Edward" himself. 

Lez Brotherston's abstract scenic and costume designs, including the alien-like bio-mechanical design of "Edward", and lighting by Howard Harrison create the perfect environment which, at times, appropriately echo design elements of Tim Burton's film.
 
The entire company of dancers is superb and each express individuality within their parts although stand-out roles include Saranne Curtin as "Joyce Monroe" who, with the slightest move, is excellently saucy and seductive compared to the perfect innocence and grace of Ashley Shaw's "Kim". Dominic North's portrayal of the title character stands out as a complete physical performance that is evocative, emotional and ultimately pure and free from the social constraints expressed by the other characters. It is through "Edward" that the audience engage with the world that is presented. Indeed there is something so strangely human in this alien creature who intrudes into a world of front and façade that one cannot help but be drawn to, and empathise with him. And that is, perhaps, the key to both Burton and Bourne's story-telling - we must all at some point have been an outsider, someone confronted with a strange world, strange people - and to that end we each recognise a human story within this fable and one that, like most faerie-tales, teaches us a little about ourselves. And maybe those are the most powerful stories of all.

Edward Scissorhands is at the Theatre Royal until Saturday 22nd November

Theatre Review: Rock of Ages - New Wimbledon Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Rock of Ages
New Wimbledon Theatre

Review by Tom Fowles

18th November 2014: Following its stint in London's West End, Rock of Ages is currently blowing the roof off theatres up and down the country. Last night was Wimbledon's turn to be rocked and sure enough this jukebox musical delivered.

You could say that Rock of Ages is like We Will Rock You's older 'X rated' cousin and you wouldn't be far wrong. Although the book itself is slightly lacking in substance it is almost forgiven in the 2 hour party that the audience is drawn into. Rock of Ages follows a story that we're all too familer with; two young rockers on the journey to become the next rock god/godess - add a love story, some scandal and a couple of German accents and you've got an awesome feel good show.

The shows puppeteer Stephen Rahman-Hughes plays a hilarious Lonny, a 'sound guy' who works for the legendary Dennis Dupree (Daniel Fletcher). Hughes adds a definite spark to the show with his great comic timings and ad libs, he interacts perfectly with audiences and was a certain hit.

The shows principle pair and lovers Noel Sullivan (Drew) and Cordelia Farnworth (Sherrie Christian) both give equally impressive performances, they show off their superb rock chops and great acting abilities. Ben Richards (Stacee Jaxx) also secures his place in the rock hall of fame showing off his lungs as well, and plays to the comic side of Stacee extremely well. Supporting our leading ladies and men were a brilliant company, the choreography was extremely polished and ensemble vocals impressive.

The visual aspects of the show are brilliant, the fairly static set is brought to life with an explosion of light adding to the shows thrilling rock feel, the show also sounded powerful without being deafening.

This awesome show brought to life with its strong cast and great soundtrack of rock anthems had the entire audience on their feet dancing along by the end. Fans of rock or those just wanting a good time, this is one show not to miss...you'll be Rocked for Ages!

Four stars ✭✭✭✭

Rock of Ages plays New Wimbledon Theatre until 22nd November

THE WHO, PAUL WELLER, KAISER CHIEFS + JOHNNY MARR to play Hyde Park Friday 26th June 2015

Written By Steve Stubbs on Monday, 17 November 2014 | 09:40

THE WHO HITS HYDE PARK 
THE FINAL SHOW OF ‘WHO HITS 50’ UK TOUR  
At Hyde Park with very special guests
PAUL WELLER, KAISER CHIEFS + JOHNNY MARR

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015 
FRIDAY 26th JUNE 2015

THE WHO, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands are the second headliner announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015.

One of the greatest live bands of all time, THE WHO will take to the Great Oak Stage in London’s iconic Hyde Park on Friday 26th June with very special guests PAUL WELLER, KAISER CHIEFS AND JOHNNY MARR and others to be announced. The all-day bill will feature many more brilliant acts who owe an artistic debt to one of the most influential of all British bands. Tickets are on general sale 9am Thursday 20 November.

The band, who recently released a career-spanning set and were the subject of a rapturous sold out tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire, are about to undertake the ten date WHO HITS 50 UK tour including two shows at the London O2 Arena.  During these shows  the band will take their audience on an ‘Amazing Journey’ through their entire career from the days of THE HIGH NUMBERS to classic albums such as WHO’S NEXT, TOMMYQUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION, LIVE AT LEEDS up to the present day.

Hyde Park will be the final UK show of the ‘WHO HITS FIFTY’ tour which ROGER DALTREY described as This is the beginning of the long goodbye."

Friday 26th June will see THE WHO play Hyde Park for the fourth and possibly final time (three times as headliners and once as part of Live 8) they join Taylor Swift, performing on Saturday 27th June as part of an incredible array of talent who will make Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park the greatest music experience of the summer.

THE WHO’s very special guests include PAUL WELLER, widely considered to be one of the UK’s greatest song writers, has just released his second best of compilation ‘More Modern Classics’ with a new album due in 2015Weller has had a lifelong relationship with The Who, citing them as an early influence, covering their songs whilst in The Jam and playing with both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey at Teenage Cancer Trust shows.

KAISER CHIEFS will also be playing on the 26th June, the band are riding high off the back of their ‘Education, Education, Education And War’ album which has been widely hailed as a return to form. The band have a long history with The Who from playing early Teenage Cancer Trust Shows, covering Pinball Wizard at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony and singer Ricky Wilson performing at The Who Hits 50 tribute show at Shepherds Bush Empire. 

JOHNNY MARR who has just released his second solo album ‘Playland‘ will be making his Hyde Park debut. The legendary guitarist also has history with The Who, in the early days of Oasis (specifically in the ‘Live Forever’ video) Noel Gallagher used to play a 1960’s Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar lent to him by Johnny who in turn had originally bought it from The Who’s Pete Townshend.

AEG Live, The Royal Parks and Barclaycard are proud to present the third year of this unique and world-class event.  Over the past two years, hundreds of thousands of fans have been entertained and 2015 will be no exception. As well as the huge ticketed headliners the midweek activities will return with free access for park visitors to enjoy film, music, sport and literature.

Jim King, Senior Vice President Live Events, said: "The Who are THE consummate live band and we are extremely excited to bring them back to Hyde Park. In addition to Paul Weller, there will be a great bill of artists who have been influenced by The Who over the years and we look forward to what will be a full day of fantastic music.”

Penelope Boyd Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks, said: “Next year’s BST Hyde Park is already shaping up to be the must see event of 2015 – bringing a diverse range of entertainment to the heart of the capital with Taylor Swift making her Hyde Park debut on the Saturday night and now The Who making a welcome return on the Friday.” 

Barclaycard presale tickets are available from 9:00am on Monday 17 November at www.barclaycard.co.uk/entertainmen 
BST/AEG presale: Wednesday 19 November
GENERAL ON-SALE: 9am Thursday 20 November
@BST_hydepark

BETTE MIDLER announces July 2015 UK Tour

LEGENDARY PERFORMER BETTE MIDLER ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
New Album 'It's The Girls!' Out Today on Warner Music
 
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Monday 17th November, 9am – Multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler announced today that she will return to UK stages for the first time in 35 years.  The Divine Miss M will visit the following five cities:
 
Bette Midler – July 2015 
Thursday           9th         Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Saturday           11th       Manchester Arena
Monday            13th       The SSE Hydro Glasgow
Wednesday       15th       first direct arena Leeds
Saturday           18th       The O2 London
 
Tickets for this exclusive UK run of Bette Midler performances will go on sale Friday, 21-November at 9:00 am available from www.livenation.co.uk  or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.  Fans who purchase their tickets online may also able to add a copy of Bette Midler’s new album “It’s The Girls!” to their transaction. 
 
The tour follows Bette Midler’s previously announced North American tour and will feature material from her iconic career and material from her new album, “It’s The Girls!” - a glorious tribute to girl groups through the ages.  “It’s The Girls!” features the swinging sounds of WWII-era Andrews Sisters, to 60’s super-groups like the Supremes and the Shirelles, to 90’s hit makers TLC.The album is out now on Warner Music UK.
 
“It's The Girls!” reunites Bette Midler with long-time collaborator and Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman who produced the album, along with Scott M. Riesett. The album effortlessly showcases Midler's distinctive and versatile vocal range while honoring timeless classic melodic harmonies. 
 
One of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business. She's earned four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year (1989: Wind Beneath My Wings; 1990: From A Distance) and Record of the Year (1989: Wind Beneath My Wings); two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards. Bette Midler has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
 
Tickets for Bette Midler’s UK performances will go on sale Friday, 21-November at 9:00 am. Tickets starting at £50 (£56 in London) will be available from www.livenation.co.uk  or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.  Fans who purchase their tickets online may also able to add a copy of Bette Midler’s new album “It’s The Girls!” to their transaction. 
 
 
For complete tour and ticket information: www.bettemidler.com & www.livenation.co.uk
 

ARIANA GRANDE announces 2015 UK Tour

ARIANA GRANDE 
MAJOR ARENA DATES ACROSS THE UK NEXT SUMMER – 
THE HONEYMOON TOUR


 Tickets on sale 9am Friday 21 November
 
World-wide, multi-platinum-selling singer ARIANA GRANDE will embark on a worldwide tour in support of her highly acclaimed summer album, My Everything. US dates have already been announced and now the UK dates are revealed. She will be jetting to the UK starting with a London show at The O2, through Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. Tickets go on general sale priced £40 & £35 in London and £38.50 and £32.50 regionally (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) at 9am GMT on Friday 21 November from www.livenation.co.uk
 
Following on from last weekend’s incredible MTV EMA’s performance and winning Best Song and Best Female, GRANDE now announces her first live dates in the UK. 
 
Monday June 1 – The O2, London
Thursday June 4 – Manchester Arena
Monday June 8 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Tuesday June 9 – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
 
GRANDE has just this week unleashed her latest big track on the world, ‘All My Love’, which is on the Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part One soundtrack and is a collaboration with Major Lazer. 
 
It’s been an enormous summer for ARIANA GRANDE following the chart-smashing and history-making success of two of the summer’s biggest singles ‘Problem’ and Break Free’, and her collaboration with fellow vocal powerhouses, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj on ‘Bang Bang’and current single ‘Love Me Harder’ ft The Weeknd.
 
Her summer album, ‘My Everything’ rose to the top of the iTunes chart in the UK within an hour of it’s release, and was Number 1 over 80 countries.
 
ARIANA made history in the UK with ‘Problem’ as it moved quickly to the top in a historic week of chart history when streaming is counted towards the overall result. Grande’s combined chart sales landed at 113,000. It has continued to remain in the UK charts for the last 8 weeks. She has also made history across the other side of the pond as this week she landed three songs in the Top Six of Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart. She set a new record by becoming the first female artist in history to accomplish that feat. The last artist to notch three songs in the Top Six was Michael Jackson in 2009.
 
Now she brings her powerhouse vocals and her big arena performance to the UK.
 
For all things ARIANA GRANDE:
 

 
WORLDWIDE TOUR DATES:
 
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015            Kansas City, MO          Independence Event Center
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015                 Milwaukee, WI             BMO Harris Bradley Center
Sunday, March 01, 2015                Saint Paul, MN             Xcel Energy Center 
Tuesday, March 03, 2015               Chicago, IL                  Allstate Arena 
Thursday, March 05, 2015              Cleveland, OH              Quicken Loans Arena
Saturday, March 07, 2015              Detroit, MI                    Joe Louis Arena 
Sunday, March 08, 2015                Toronto, ON                 Air Canada Centre 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015               Pittsburgh, PA             Petersen Event Center 
Thursday, March 12, 2015              Philadelphia, PA          Wells Fargo Center 
Saturday, March 14, 2015              Uncasville, CT              Mohegan Sun Arena
Sunday, March 15, 2015                Boston, MA                 DCU Center 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015               Washington, DC          Patriot Center 
Friday, March 20, 2015                  New York, NY              Madison Square Garden 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015               Atlanta, GA                 Philips Arena 
Thursday, March 26, 2015              Orlando, FL                 Amway Center 
Saturday, March 28, 2015               Miami, FL                   American Airlines Arena
Tuesday, March 31, 2015               San Antonio, TX           AT&T Center 
Wednesday, April 01, 2015             Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center 
Friday, April 03, 2015                     Houston, TX                Toyota Center  
Monday, April 06, 2015                  Phoenix, AZ                US Airways 
Wednesday, April 08, 2015            Los Angeles, CA          The Forum 
Friday, April 10, 2015                    Anaheim, CA                Honda Center 
Sunday, April 12, 2015                  San Jose, CA               SAP Center 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015                 Seattle, WA                 KeyArena 
Thursday, April 16, 2015                Vancouver, BC              Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 
Friday, May 15, 2015                     Paris, France               Zenith
Tuesday, May 19, 2015                  Berlin, Germany           Max Schmeling Hale
Thursday, May 21, 2015                 Stockholm, Sweden     Globen
Friday, May 22, 2015                     Oslo, Norway               Spektrum
Monday, May 25, 2015                   Milan, Italy                  Forum
Friday, May 29, 2015                      Amsterdam, NL           Ziggo Dome
Monday, June 1, 2015                    London, UK                  The O2
Thursday, June 4, 2015                  Manchester, UK            Manchester Arena
Monday, June 8, 2015                   Glasgow, UK                 The SSE Hydro Arena
Tuesday, June 9, 2015                  Birmingham, UK            Barclaycard Arena
Friday, June 12, 2015                   Antwerp, Belgium           Lotto Arena
Saturday, June 13, 2015               Cologne, Germany          Lanxness Arena 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015                Barcelona, Spain            Palau Sant Jordi
 

ED SHEERAN announces Wembley Stadium gig Friday 10 July 2015

ED SHEERAN 
WEMBLEY STADIUM 
FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015 

AS PART OF HIS ‘X’ WORLD TOUR
A KILIMANJARO AND DHP PRESENTATION 

LONDON 17TH November, Kilimanjaro and DHP are proud to announce that multimillion-selling, BRIT Award-winning, Grammy nominated artist, Ed Sheeran, is to play his first ever stadium headlining show at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Friday 10th July 2015.

This very special show at Wembley Stadium will be Ed’s first headline show in the UK since his sold out UK tour earlier this year, where he played to 275,000 people, selling out 21 arena gigs.

Ed recently scored his second #1 single in the UK with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from his triple platinum-certified second album ‘x’ (Multiply): the biggest and fastest-selling album of 2014, which topped the charts in the UK for eight consecutive weeks as well as hitting the top spot in the US and across Europe, selling over 3 million copies worldwide to date.

On playing Wembley Stadium Ed Sheeran said “I’ve made no secret recently of my ambition to play Wembley Stadium on my own in front of 80,000 people, so I am absolutely over the moon to be able to announce it’s going to happen next Summer. It’s going to be amazing, I just can’t wait.’’


O2 customers will be eligible for a special presale before tickets go on sale to the general public.

Tickets for Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium are on sale via O2 priority from 9 am 26th November from: www.O2.com

Tickets for Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium are on sale from 9 am 28th November from: www.edsheeran.com / Kililive.com/ Alt-tickets.co.uk / seetickets.com / Ticketmaster.com


John Gordon Sinclair makes his Glasgow theatrical debut this November

Written By Lisa Davidson on Monday, 10 November 2014 | 12:30


John Gordon Sinclair
 returns to the stage in Scotland and will for the first time perform in a Glasgow theatre as one half of the iconic duo Jeeves and Wooster. John had West End audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter as the unflappable valet Jeeves in the Olivier Award-winning hit Perfect Nonsense. Starring alongside James Lance as the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and co-writer Robert Goodale as Seppings, the trio will be serving up the laughs at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Monday 24 November for one week only.

When asked how he felt about embarking on a UK tour, John Gordon Sinclair said: "Being a family man I was somewhat reluctant for Jeeves & Wooster to leave the West End and go on tour, but for one thing...I knew the show was going to Glasgow. I haven't been on stage in Scotland in over thirty years & if I'd dreamt up the scenario myself I couldn't have imagined a better situation. There's no city I'd rather be playing, there's no show I'd rather be doing...The Goodale Brother's Jeeves & Wooster is a belter."

Jeeves and Wooster is at the Theatre Royal Glasgow from 24th - 29th November

Theatre Review: Blood Brothers - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Thursday, 6 November 2014 | 13:30



Blood Brothers opened at the King's Theatre this week, just over two years since its last visit to Glasgow. A stalwart of the touring circuit, at 29 years old Blood Brothers still fills theatres wherever it goes and Glasgow is no exception (especially when the cast features Marti Pellow!). The show tells the tragic tale of twins separated at birth and the twists that ensure their lives are inextricably intertwined resonates with audiences with the hard-hitting impact of a recession and class differences particularly relevant at present given the recent economic downturn. 

Unusually for a touring production, the lead cast members remain largely unchanged from the last tour with local star Marti Pellow reprising his role of Narrator only for the two week engagement in Glasgow. Sean Jones, who also starred in the last tour, has played Mickey Johnstone on the West End and in touring productions and it's plain to see why he was chosen to play Mickey in the closing production in London. His definitive portrayal of Mickey is inimitable and he takes the audience on an emotional journey from Mickey's youthful exuberance in Act One to the broken husk of a man at the end of the show. The transition is remarkable and leaves the audience heart-broken at the cruelty of circumstance. 

Playing opposite Jones as the twin who is given away, Joel Benedict is an excellent foil bringing Eddie's charm, class and hope to life while bravely championing his friend Mickey. Benedict brings an innocence to the part that ensures Eddie is as much the victim of the piece as Mickey. As the "girl in the middle of the pair" Linda, Danielle Corlass successfully brings Linda's youthful naïveté as a teenager to life but also Linda's dedication to Mickey at her own personal cost as she ages. Where Blood Brothers always particularly shines is in Act One where the cast perform as children. Reprising his role as Sammy, Daniel Taylor is brilliant and the entire cast are superb in Kids Game. Jones also brilliantly delivers Mickey's "nearly eight" monologue, nailing the sense of injustice that children feel so strongly. 

Maureen Nolan returns as Mrs Johnstone, the mother forced to make an impossible decision to give one of her children away in the hope of him having a better life, and she pours every ounce of emotion into her performance. Her anguish and distress in the closing scenes is difficult to watch and even well into the curtain call, during a well deserved standing ovation from the audience, she struggled to recover from her epic performance of Tell Me It's Not True. If the role of Mrs Johnstone is miscast, as I have seen in the past, it can be hard to sympathise with her predicament but Nolan effuses love for both sons in such a way it's impossible not to empathise with Mrs Johnstone as the piece reaches its heart-wrenching conclusion.     

A clear audience favourite, the criticisms made in my review of the 2012 tour (including a failure to update an interview in the programme with producer Bill Kenwright) still stand and the show is in need of an update, particularly in its dated soundscape. However, it's a story with heart that is as poignant now as it was when it was first performed and the tear stained audience that left the theatre is a testament to its ongoing success. Blood Brothers is set to continue well into its 30th year and its longevity is certainly due to its ability to capture audiences of all ages with its emotional story.

Blood Brothers is at the King's Theatre until Saturday 15th November

TOP HAT brings the Hollywood glamour to Glasgow


Top Hat - winner of three Olivier Awards, for ‘Best New Musical’, ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Costume Design’ from its seven nominations - is enjoying an epic 47-week UK tour, visiting 24 theatres nationwide. From Tuesday 2 December Top Hat will bePuttin’ on the Ritz at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.

The world premiere stage production of Top Hat opened in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre on 9 May 2012 where it played over 600 performances during its run of nearly two years. Prior to the West End, the production previously enjoyed a sell-out UK Tour in 2011.

Stepping into the shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, are Alan Burkitt andCharlotte Gooch, who both return to Top Hat having previously performed these roles in the West End. They are joined by Clive Hayward who returns as Horace Hardwick, the role he played in the West End, Rebecca Thornhill as Madge Hardwick, Sebastien Torkia as Alberto Beddini and John Conroy as Horace’s valet Bates.

Performed by a cast of 29 and accompanied by 11 live musicians, this multi award-winning musical comedy includes Irving Berlinclassics from the movie such as Cheek to Cheek, Isn’t It a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.  In addition, from Berlin’s 1200 strong back catalogue, a further ten numbers have been interpolated including well-loved favourites Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Puttin’ On the Ritz.
 
PERFORMANCES

Theatre Royal Glasgow
Tue 2 – Sat 13 Dec 2014
Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 08448 717 647 (bkg fee)

Donovan and Coulthard star in The King's Speech in Glasgow

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 5 November 2014 | 06:30

 
The King’s Speech – the play from which the Oscar-winning movie that starred Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was adapted – will set out on its first national tour in 2015.

Starring Raymond Coulthard as King George VI and Jason Donovan as his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, the production will be supported by a fine acting company under the direction of Birmingham Rep’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert. The UK tour opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on Thursday 5 February 2015, before coming to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Monday 16 March for one week only.

The play tells the iconic story of King George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist, as the country stands on the brink of World War II. It enjoyed an acclaimed West End season in 2012.

1936: King Edward VIII has abdicated for the love of Wallis Simpson. Bertie, his brother, is crowned King George VI of England.  At an office in Harley Street in London, Bertie and his wife Elizabeth (the future much-loved Queen Mother) are meeting Australian maverick speech therapist and failed actor, Lionel Logue. With the support of his wife, Bertie and Logue embark on an extraordinary journey to overcome his stammer and deliver the now iconic speech broadcast across the globe to inspire his people.

As the world stood against the Nazi threat, The King’s Speech is the true and heart-warming story of a greatly loved royal family who took this nation through its darkest hour.

PERFORMANCES
The King’s Speech
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Mon 16 – Sat 21 March 2015
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 08448 717 647 (bkg fee)
 
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