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Mystery of The Mousetrap - Whodunnit?

Written By Lisa Davidson on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | 12:30




Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been enthralling audiences as the world’s longest running stage production at its London home for more than 55 years.  This magical mystery makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Monday 15 September for one week only.

With eight guests snowed in to Monkswell Manor and a suspicious murder to solve, we have an exclusive sneaky peek at the potential suspects for this fantastic evening of intrigue. So, prepare to meet the guilty, or innocent, suspects and prepare for a night of unexpected twists!
CHRISTOPHER WREN (Stephen Yeo): I was alone in my room when the murder was committed. Everyone has had it in for me since the beginning, this is persecution! If it was anyone, I’d suspect Major Metcalf - seems perfectly nice and normal but you never know…

MAJOR METCALF (Christopher Gilling): I knew something was afoot when I realised the telephone wasn’t working; I was stationed in Edinburgh at the time of the Longridge Farm Case - you should ask Mrs Boyle if she knows anything more about that one.
GILES RALSTON (Henry Luxembourg): I married Mollie a year ago and I don’t like to talk about my life before that. When the body was discovered I was up in the bedroom trying to replace the broken telephone – I didn’t see Christopher Wren coming down the stairs from his room when I came down. There’s something odd about him and I know there’s something fishy going on between him and my wife…

MOLLIE RALSTON (Helen Clapp): I inherited Monkswell Manor from my aunt, and rather than sell the beautiful house, I decided to turn it into a guest house. On a horrid, snowy night someone was killed – I didn’t hear anything; I was in the kitchen preparing vegetables with the wireless on. Maybe I would have been concentrating more if I hadn’t discovered that Giles had been lying about going to London earlier in the week. What else could he be lying about?
MISS CASEWELL (Charlotte Latham): I was alone writing a letter when the murder was committed. Anyway, I have to hurry off back to the continent after this snow clears up; I’m only here because I have some business to attend to…

MR PARAVICINI (Michael Fenner): I was traveling out in the snow when my Rolls Royce broke down, the first place I came to was this charming guesthouse in the middle of nowhere – It was lucky they have space for me. Who am I and where have I come from? Not telling. I am a man of mystery…
 
MRS BOYLE (Anne Kavanagh): I told you that Christopher Wren’s credentials should have been checked when he booked in to the guesthouse; he looks like he’s escaped from a lunatic asylum! Now it’s too late.

SGT TROTTER (Luke Jenkins): I was called to Monkswell Manor as there was a recent murder in London seems to be connected to this house and the events which happened at nearby Longridge Farm some time ago. Everyone was alone when the murder was committed tonight which means that everyone is a suspect in this case, even me…

Now you've met them, do you think you know whodunnit? Are you sure?

The 60th Anniversary – and first ever- UK tour of this beloved murder mystery has now been seen by over 600,000 people across more than 600 performances, breaking box office records in many of its venues. Find out why this classic play has kept audiences guessing for decades at the Theatre Royal this September. Tickets are on sale now.


PERFORMANCES
The Mousetrap
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Mon 15 – Sat 20 Sep
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee)

Dear Scotland - your note to your nation

Written By Siobhan on Monday, 1 September 2014 | 21:00



2014 is shaping up to be one of Scotland's biggest years yet. All eyes were on Glasgow as it played host to the Commonwealth Games in July, and as a community we really showed what this great country is all about. We’re now into September and this month brings with it one of the biggest decisions Scotland has faced in decades- the Independence Referendum. The National Theatre of Scotland wants to celebrate this momentous year with a season they're calling 'Dear Scotland', which Artistic Director Laurie Samson describes as ‘a season of theatre, debate and celebration’.

NTS have been running various events throughout the year for this project and have invited audiences to take part, and now they're inviting you. They're looking for you to share your' thoughts, musings and rants in a note to your nation. Notes can be text, photographs or videos and can be submitted via http://dearscotland.net/.

If you're in need of a little inspiration, check out the monologues submitted by 20 of Scotland's leading writers up on The Space website - http://www.thespace.org/artwork.

Let's make this a year to remember! 



Marti Pellow to star in Blood Brothers in Glasgow



West End star and multi-platinum selling artist Marti Pellow reprises his role of Narrator in Blood Brothers exclusively for Glasgow audiences, starring alongside Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited, by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New DayMarilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Following sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers continues to tour the UK. Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone, and has been touring the UK since 1995.

PERFORMANCES
King’s Theatre Glasgow
Mon 3 – Sat 15 Nov
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)

Be a part of Peter Pan this winter


Age 6-16? Fancy taking part in a swashbuckling adventure this winter? The King's panto needs YOU! 

An open audition will be held at the King’s Theatre on Sunday 21 September at 1pm to cast The Lost Boys in an exciting new production of Peter Pan celebrating 50 years of panto at the historic venue. 

Producers are searching the land for two teams of 8 boys as well as two boys to alternate the role of Michael and two boys to alternate the role of John to join a cast that includes comedy stars Greg McHugh, Gavin Mitchell and Des Clarke

To take part in this unique opportunity, boys must be aged between 6 and 16. Prior performance experience is useful but not essential. It's an open audition so please just turn up on the day for registration and wear clothes that you are comfortable to dance in.

Good luck!

PERFORMANCES
KING’S THEATRE GLASGOW
SAT 6 DEC 2014 – SUN 11 JAN 2015
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 & Tue 30 Dec 7pm
Relaxed Performance – Wed 7 Jan 11am

BOOKING INFORMATION
Ticket prices: £9 – £25, premium seats £29.50
Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
Schools and group bookings: 0844 871 7602 (bkg fee)

Theatre Review: Dirty Dancing - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Friday, 29 August 2014 | 06:30


Dirty Dancing, the stage musical based on the iconic 1987 film, mamboed back into Glasgow last night bringing with it the summer of 1963 and a thousand teenage dreams. The King's Theatre was packed to the rafters with an expectant audience and there was palpable excitement as the opening beats of Be my baby thrummed through the theatre. An unmistakable rumble of appreciation greeted the words "that was the summer we went to Kellerman's" and the scene was set for a night of pure escapism. 

Featuring all the iconic moments and from the film and, with a few more shoehorned in to keep the plot moving along, Dirty Dancing does exactly what it says on the tin. It brings Johnny and Baby's unforgettable love story to life with passion, credibility and to the sheer delight of every woman in the audience. This show brings the fun factor in spades with exquisite dance routines and evocative music guaranteed to please even the most discerning fan of the film.

Baby's youthful naivety and headstrong nature is beautifully captured in Roseanna Frascona's portrayal and Gareth Bailey's incredible dancing blended with a shy approach creates a sensitive Johnny that the audience immediately falls for. Quite frankly, Bailey must take his life in his hands each night by making his way through the audience for the finale. The reaction from the audience had long since reached a fever pitch of hysteria with one woman in the stalls jumping and waving at Johnny in a manner usually reserved for One Direction. After he safely made it to the stage the line "Nobody puts baby in the corner" got a raucous cheer that wouldn't have been out of place at the rowdiest of rock concerts. I really hope the King's Theatre's roof is well attached because if a Thursday night audience can make that amount of noise there's bound to be structural damage by the weekend!

Where Dirty Dancing truly comes into its own is in showcasing the amazing dancing that the film fails to do justice to. This cast work extremely hard throughout and their incredible movement is mesmerising. They bring a playful element to Kellerman's and crank up the heat in the staff quarters with raunchy moves that won't be on Strictly Come Dancing any time soon. 

The only criticism of the show could be that at times it tries a little too hard to sell itself to an audience that are inevitably already in the palm of its hand. The fidget factor increased ten fold during the scenes that weren't from the film with the audience clearly eager to scamper on to their next Johnny and Baby magic moment. That said, this is a fun night out guaranteed to bring back memories of teenage love and leave the audience dancing in the aisles crying out for one more mambo with Johnny.

Dirty Dancing is at the King's Theatre until 20th September.

Theatre Review: April in Paris, Theatre Royal, Glasgow ✭✭✭

Written By Siobhan on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 | 13:27


April In Paris, written and directed by John Godber, showcases what Godber does best - intimate and true-to-life insights into the minutiae of married life.  As the first few bars of Handbags and Gladrags play we are introduced to the two main characters who are bickering like the married couple they are. After 27 years of marriage shoe shop worker Bet and unemployed Al have reached that point in their relationship where they find everything about the other irritating. Their luck begins to change when Bet wins a night in Paris - after a brief debate about who she is taking, the pair head off to the city of love to see if they can rekindle their own.

Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann deal with the demanding roles of their characters with ease. Each line is delivered with enthusiasm and there are laughs to be had, particularly during a restaurant scene where steak tartare has been ordered in error.  A multi-purpose set becomes a back garden, boat deck and nightclub while church windows and subway carriages are depicted with clever use of light and shadow.

It may not be action-packed but April In Paris manages to provide a touching portrayal of marriage that is truly relatable, demonstrated by the laughs and sighs of recognition audible throughout the audience.  


April in Paris is at the Theatre Royal until  Saturday 2nd of September. For more information check out the ATG website-   http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/april-in-paris/theatre-royal-glasgow/

Fringe Review: Wingman - Pleasance Dome ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | 00:00

Review by Anna Ireland

Father and son conflict? Dead mum? Ashes carried around in a pink jar? If I told you the rundown of Wingman, it may appear far from funny (particularly the urn stuff – more on that later).

Last year’s Fringe First winner with Dirty Great Love Story and BBC Audio Drama award-winnercomedian and poet Richard Marsh returns to the Pleasance Dome with his latest offering, and it does not disappoint.

Weaving its way through a time frame that sees death, pregnancy and the decanting of ashes in a rubbish dump,Wingman explores all that it means to be family, however messy and unconventional. This path is enhanced by Marsh’s witty lyricism as the character of Rich, allowing a morbid topic to become light.

The interaction between Marsh and his roguish father, played with satisfying gruff by Jerome Wright, is touching and comical in equal measure. After his mother dies, the two areforced to reunite and overcome their differences in the quest to bury her ashes. Following a surprise pregnancy at the hands of Rich, father and son bond over the new child that has entered the world (leaving the hospital he sees ‘sunshine, or it could be daughter-shine?’). Thus, the two become inextricably linked, with both seeing each other at their highest and lowest. There are Welsh jokes, faeces jokes and a suitable amount of mimed nudity.

Rich follows a path full of mistakes and self-deprecation, the delivery is one of endearing perfection. Marsh’s humour lends perfectly to this format, delivering emotion-laden lines followed by dead-pan one linersIn directing much of his annotations in poetic formata clever and sarcastic narrative is created that doesn’t labour the rhyme but allows it to blend with the humour. This narrative often interrupts the speech, allowing us to laugh continuously as conversations between the two develop.

The dialogue flicks between touching and humorous lines with bravado, seen where he chastises his father, ‘Dad, Mum is not a rattle’ whilst his Dad shakes the urn of her ashes at the babyIt is testament to this fact that an urn containing his mother’s ashes manages to become an appealing and sentimental momentumwith its fate in the garbage epitomising the message of the show; relations can be disastrous, but at the end of the day, we’re stuck with them, for better or worse.

People were clamouring to buy Marsh’s collection of plays post-show, and you can see why; clever, grim and comical, it is full of well-written humour enhanced by its poetic nature. Glorifying the pitfalls of family life, the writing sparkles with wit in this sentimental yet irreverent play. And the delivery is excellent. It’s a hard line to cross, that of death and the comedic, but it’s one the duo tread well.

Wingman is on at 14:10 in the Pleasance Dome (venue 23) until 25th August. For tickets and information visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/wingman

Aladdin arrives in Glasgow this festive season!

Written By Siobhan on Sunday, 17 August 2014 | 16:16



The production company responsible for the smash hit panto 'The Pure Amazing Wizard of Oz' is back this festive season with its new offering, Aladdin.

Insideout Productions in association with Websters Theatre proudly present their professional cast. Headed up by The Voice semi finalist, Steven Alexander - who is so excited to get back to his theatre roots and back on his home turf playing Aladdin. Joining Alexander is a whole host of Scottish actors including, Fiona Wood  (Jasmine), Neil Thomas (Widow Twankey), Natalie Toyne (Abanazaress) and Grant Mcintyre (Wishee Wishaw).

Written by Insideout's artistic director, Paul Harper-Swan, audiences can expect a 'modern day take on the classic story, with lots of singing, dancing and the good old Glasgow banter'. 

This is a panto that should not be missed! 

Aladdin will run at the Websters Theatre (opposite Kelvinbridge Underground) from Thursday 4th December to Sunday 28th December 2014. Tickets are £13 and selling fast. 

To book tickets and find out for information on the show, visit the Cottiers website:  http://www.cottiers.com/events/aladdin-2014-12-04/
You can also check out Insideout Productions twitter page for regular updates: @InsideoutProduc 

Fringe Review - Dizney Rascal ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Saturday, 16 August 2014 | 08:15

Review by Anne Mackie

First, let’s lay down some ground rules: if you don’t like Disney, you won’t like this. But if Disney ‘touches’ you in the way that it does Rebecca Humphreys, you will appreciate every joke, anecdote, song, slideshow and video that this musical cabaret entails.

Devised and performed by Disney fanatic, Rebecca Humphreys (with the help of director, Sam Swann) and her pianist Jo, this free hour-long gig focusses on Humphrey’s obsession with the works of Disney and how it’s charm and promise hasn’t quite translated into reality. Using a delightful fusion of screen, song, audience sing-a-long and stand up, she riotously documents her growing disillusionment of the Disney Princess life, highlighting particular issues (I mean, why do Disney make their animals look so humanly attractive?!) with energetic renditions of well-known Disney melodies to new, witty lyrics. But Humphrey’s talent doesn’t stop there. There are also equally as amusing original musical numbers intertwined with the examination of iconic Disney scenes, allowing you to view the eternal cult classics in a whole new (amusing) light. A particular highlight came when Humphreys discussed the hilarious theme of misogyny, executed through a parody of short video clips in which she portrayed a select number of the most iconic Princesses of all time before arbitrarily breaking into song... (Well, this is Disney...)

With a packed out venue, it seems the Disney cult remains as popular as ever, and Humphrey's original cabaret certainly packed a punch, providing feel-good comedic moments from start to finish. My only criticism is that we sometimes lost our cabaret Princess's diction during the particularly fast-paced numbers. Fortunately, this did not detract away from the overall charm of the piece and I left the fringe venue feeling like the eighth member of Snow White’s Dwarfs – Amused.

Theatre Review: Singin' In The Rain - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Thursday, 14 August 2014 | 17:11

Review by Siobhan Brennan

I'm not normally an advocate for more wet weather in Glasgow, but for this production of Singin' In The Rain I'll make an exception. It's 1927 in Hollywood, silent pictures are the in thing and Lockwood and Lamont are the stars of the show.

Vicky Binns gave a comical portrayal of movie star Lina Lamont, who is struggling to come to terms with the fact that although she has the face for Hollywood, she doesn't have the voice to match. James Leece led the show playing protagonist Don Lockwood with a charismatic and vivacious performance which ensured the audience’s high spirits continued throughout. The star of the night was Stephane Anelli playing Lockwood’s right hand man Cosmo Brown. His delivery was packed with gusto, especially during energetic dance number 'Make ‘em Laugh' - where he did just that!

Fast paced choreography and explosions of colour make each scene more impressive than the last, but of course the show’s unique selling point is the 12,000 litres of water used in each performance- which did not disappoint. The final numbers in both acts left the audience amazed and hungry for more!

Singin' In The Rain is a timeless story and one that is sure to enthrall audiences for years to come.
 
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