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CATS returns to Edinburgh next summer!

Written By Lisa Davidson on Saturday, 28 November 2015 | 16:18

The memory lives again as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier award nominated musical Cats returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse direct from its sell-out seasons at the London Palladium, for one week only from Monday 4th July until Saturday 9thJuly.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats first returned to the West End in December 2014 reuniting the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, DesignerJohn Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following a second season at the London Palladium this Christmas the production will embark on a new tour into 2017.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Cats, one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.  The production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.  In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years.  Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 10 languages and has been seen by over 50 million people world-wide.  Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.  The classic Lloyd Webber score includes Memory which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

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Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Dynamo Seeing is Believing - Edinburgh Playhouse ✭✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Thursday, 26 November 2015 | 15:30

Review by Graeme Shield

“What the-?!”

“How did he-!?”

These are just some of the phrases that will be fizzing around your head as you leave Dynamo’s ‘Seeing Is Believing’ Live Tour, currently conjuring up a storm at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday 28th November. 

Thanks largely to his TV show Magician Impossible, Dynamo (real name Steven Frayne) is now an internationally recognised magic personality thanks to mind-boggling tricks… which he performs live as part of his tour!

I won’t reveal any of the illusions (they really must be seen to be believed!) suffice to say, the guy in the seat next to me was chosen to partake in an astonishing game of chance that quashed all cynical thoughts of ‘plants’ in the audience. These were real people, real answers… and real magic!

Presenting itself as quite a personal show, this live production is stacked with moving references to the magician’s background, family and influences. Dynamo delivers his material in an awkward, yet very endearing, manner - his sincere and well-meaning nature serving to remind the 3000-strong audience that this is ‘Dynamo of Delph Hill’ realising his dream and inviting us to step into his childhood imagination with him.

It’s this version of Dynamo that proves to be the real treat of the evening. Inspiring the next generation of young people to rise up against their own fears and have the courage to embrace magic in all its forms – whether it be a card trick, some sleight of hand or a simple human interaction – Dynamo seemingly wants to use his talents to break down barriers.

And as the audience vanishes into the night air, you’re left with the distinct feeling that you’ve all personally connected with Dynamo – a fantastic trait which cannot be said for his peers - and experienced a truly unforgettable, uplifting evening of entertainment.

Dynamo: Seeing Is Believing is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Sunday 29th November (including Saturday matinee). Tickets are available at or by phoning the Box Office on 0844 871 3014.

The Commitments come to Glasgow for Christmas 2016

Nearly thirty years since The Commitments first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel, the world's hardest working soul band will be touring the UK. Direct from a record-breaking residency at the Palace Theatre in London's West End, the smash hit musical comes to the Theatre Royal Glasgow from Monday 12 until Saturday 30 December 2016.

Roddy Doyle says; “The Commitments were born in Dublin, moved to London, and will soon be hopping all over the shop.  I wrote the novel - invented the characters - in 1986, and it thrills me to think that they will be entertaining audiences throughout the UK and Ireland 30 years later, in 2016.”

The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesiser band – the opening scene has them playing, but ignored, in a shop window - who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.

Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn playing legend, the singer has entered Eurovision, the drummer has walked out mid-gig and the saxophone player has dangerous leanings towards a jazz career.

The show has been adapted for the stage by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, from his original novel. It is directed by the award-winning Jamie Lloyd, famed for directing the critically acclaimed Macbeth, and packed with more than 20 classic soul songs performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and more!

The Commitments received huge critical acclaim following the September 2013 World Premiere in London.  Opening to rave reviews, it was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation.  The Sunday Times awarded the show five stars, saying “The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for. So good, our critic almost weeps”. The Daily Telegraph and The Times both gave the show four stars and the Daily Mail said the show was “a fabulous fun night out".

Casting announcement to follow.

The Commitments
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Mon 12 – Sat 30 Dec 2016
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee) Calls cost 7p per min, plus your phone company’s access charge. (bkg fee)

FREE lunchtime concerts at the Theatre Royal this winter

Theatre Royal Glasgow presents a series of free lunchtime concerts every Saturday for the next four weeks. An opportunity to enjoy the exciting new foyer space with performances from a wide range of local musicians. No booking is necessary, just rock up from 12.15pm until 2pm, soak up the ambience and enjoy the tunes!

The Theatre Royal is proud to be supporting local talent:

• On Saturday 28 November (pre The Importance of Being Earnest) Korda String Quartet, comprising four of Scotland’s foremost young professional string players, provides a distinguished and sublime soundtrack to a Glasgow winter's day.

• On Saturday 5 December (pre The Last Tango) professional guitar player and singer Martyn Rapley will delight with acoustic Spanish and classical music.

• On Saturday 12 December and Saturday 19 December (pre Jersey Boys) The Shiverin' Sheiks, a dynamite Glasgow based 4-piece band, will get you in the mood for Jersey Boys with 50’s pop, rock 'n' roll and doo wop.

Theatre Royal Saturday Lunchtime Concerts
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA
Sat 28 Nov – Sat 19 Dec 2015
Every Sat, 12.15pm - 2pm
Free Entry / No Booking Required

Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest - Theatre Royal,Glasgow ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 | 21:00

Review by Sharman Prince

"The Importance of Being Earnest" brims with the wit and humour for which Oscar Wilde is famous and class, social standing and identity are key elements in this famous comedy with Simon Brett's 'framing device' of a group of aged amateurs staging a revival of their most successful production allowing some of Britain's most respected middle-aged actors to play parts usually reserved for those half their ages.

What we witness is a rehearsal for their forthcoming production taking place in the home of leading lady "Lavinia Spelman" (SiĆ¢nPhillips) which also turns out to be the perfect setting for this interesting take on Wilde's comic classic. All cast members take the role of a member of the "Bunbury Company of Players" and portray either the actors rehearsing or the crew supporting them. Brett's 'backstage' material hints at shenanigans between the company members which could be really quite humorous but his material is left sadly underdeveloped. Brett's conceit is a little uneven and there are moments when it intrudes on the play proper to negative effect, although this is by no means a constant issue and it is ultimately unfortunate that the framing device isn't followed through to the very end of the production. Indeed in the second half it is very easy to forget the play-within-play concept and enjoy Wilde's play for what it is.

Lucy Bailey's direction is assured, elegant and witty and her unfussy work allows the cast to shine fittingly. Bailey keeps the pace driving along for the most part and, although there are one or two moments which feel a little slack, the momentum continues on like the proverbially oiled wheel and there are some lovely and well staged moments throughout. The humour and wit inherent within both Wilde and Brett's material is drawn out almost effortlessly and to great effect by Bailey and the excellent cast she directs.

William Dudley's set design is opulent and detailed creating a space of great value to the production adding to the wonderful lustre of the production as a whole and his costumes are equally excellent and perfectly attuned to the production both on and off the Bunbury stage.

The jaunty music and sound design of Tom Mills is equally appropriate and unobtrusive and the lighting design by Oliver Fenwick is subtle yet mood-appropriate and compliments the setting gloriously, especially in the latter half where the effect of colour and shadow is sublime.

The cast is uniformly superb, equally adept at portraying their Bunbury character and, where appropriate, their Wilde character. Nigel Anthony as "George", husband to "Lavinia", is underplayed to perfection and his dual Wilde roles of "Lane" and "Merriman" have some lovely, humorous moments. Likewise Rosalind Ayres whose "Wendy" plays the essential part of "Miss Prism" whose interactions with the "Rev. Canon Chasuble" of David Shaw-Parker (as "Paul") are engaging and charming. Her ultimate reveal at the climax is wonderfully timed and performed.

Carmen Du Sautoy as "Maria/Gwendolen Fairfax" and Christine Kavanaugh as "Ellen/Cecily Cardew" capture the spirit and energy of their roles and they shine appropriately, performing with abandon and to perfection, taking no prisoners with their delivery of sharp and witty lines especially in their face-off over the titular character(s). They also manage to capture the perfect balance between real acting and the over-acting attributed to amateur companies (often mistakenly) such as the Bunbury Company. It is this juxtaposition that is a little unsettling in Brett's concept but, regardless, they - and everyone else - perform it quite brilliantly.

Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis both sparkle in their parts and they are ebullient, spirited and youthful, demonstrating the prowess of true talent and they effervesce as "Dicky/Algernon Moncreiff" and "Tony/John Worthing" respectively. Theirs is clearly a job they love and enjoy doing making the audience's enjoyment all the more fulfilling.

Special mention must be made of Carole Dance's prop-lady, "Sasha", and her escapades involving cucumber sandwiches: a wonderful addition by Simon Brett captured brilliantly by an under-used actress.

But the production belongs, appropriately enough, to the glorious SiĆ¢nPhillips whose theatrical magic still burns bright and who delivers a stellar performance epitomising the ideal of stage presence. Exuding class and sophistication she deftly switches between the Bunbury character of "Lavinia" and Wilde's indomitable "Lady Bracknell" commanding the stage with the slightest of movements, effortlessly conveying the wit of Wilde's work with deliberate effect and completely inhabiting the theatre with her complete performance. It is a joy to watch her in such an entertaining and well written role and she continues to prove what a great and talented actress she really is.

Much like Phillips, the whole production is redolent of class and style and is in stark contrast to a number of recent touring productions where such strong production values are not so evident. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is full of verve and energy and is a chance to see some great actors at the peak of their craft and, although not a perfect production, one could do worse than to experience such a wonderfully superb cast working with some of the strongest material ever written for the stage in one of the most beautiful productions seen for a while.

The Importance of Being Earnest is at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow until Saturday 28th November. For tickets and information visit

RIHANNA announces 'The Anti World Tour' 2016 - THE WEEKND + BIG SEAN join as special guests in Europe, TRAVIS SCOTT in the US

– Headlining Tour, Presented By Samsung, Launches On Feb. 26, 2016 with Over 70 Shows Throughout North America and Europe Including Dates In New York City, London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Berlin, Milan, Washington DC, Copenhagen and More –

– The Weeknd Joins The Anti World Tour As Special Guest During European Dates –

– Big Sean To Support Tour During European Dates –

– Travis Scott Will Join The Anti World Tour As Special Guest In North America –

– Puma and American Express® are supporting partners.  American Express® Card Members Can Purchase North American Tickets Before The General Public Starting Nov. 30 –

LOS ANGELES – Global superstar, Grammy Award®-winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Rihanna, announces THE ANTI WORLD TOUR. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in North America on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA with nearly 40 shows lined up in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Washington DC and more. Samsung is the presenting partner on the North American leg of the tour, while PUMA is a supporting partner. Travis Scott will be the special guest on North American dates. The European leg of the tour will then follow with dates set up in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Vienna and more. The Weeknd and Big Sean will be featured as special guests on all European dates. Tickets for all North American and European dates go on sale on Thursday, Dec. 3 at  A full list of ANTI WORLD TOUR dates is below.

American Express® Card Members can purchase North American ANTI WORLD TOUR tickets before the general public beginning Monday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. local time. Be sure to download the American Express UNSTAGED App to purchase your Rihanna American Express ® Presale tickets on the go, watch exclusive content from other top artists and learn more about upcoming music events. 

Global sports brand PUMA has been a partner of Rihanna’s since December 2014.  The superstar has rocked the fashion and sneaker world with the launch of the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna label and coveted PUMA Creeper sneaker.  As part of the ANTI WORLD TOUR, PUMA will create unique on-site activations and retail programs in select North American tour venues to support and drive awareness of the upcoming launches within Rihanna’s collection.

TIDAL members will have access to an exclusive presale for ANTI WORLD TOUR tickets beginning on Monday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. local time.  Members can find details for purchasing tickets by logging in to their TIDAL accounts via web browser, desktop app or mobile app.  New users can sign up for TIDAL membership at

Rihanna has become a modern music, entertainment and fashion icon. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She's released 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 13 Number One singles and won 8 Grammy Awards. She is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube with over 7 billion views and 23 Vevo certified videos, the most of any artist.  She is also one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 81 million friends. In addition, she's successfully launched six fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Island collections and is currently the spokesperson for MAC & Viva Glam and the new face of Dior’s “Secret Garden” campaign. Rihanna is PUMA's global ambassador for Women’s Training and now serves as the Creative Director, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections. As of July 2015, Rihanna will also serve as Contributing Creative Director and Punk & Poet brand ambassador for Stance.

The Weeknd's path to Beauty Behind The Madness has defied all conventions. He avoided revealing his face until over a year after he released his very first song online. The story itself is now legendary. In 2011, he released an untouchable series of three critically revered free mixtapes — House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence — and the internet exploded with praise and a whole lot of theories about him as he personally remained silent. Soon though, his reach and appeal exponentially expanded. He teamed up with Ariana Grande for the platinum-selling hit "Love Me Harder." He then had the mainstream completely in his grip with the release of "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" in early 2015. The first release from the chart-dominating, platinum Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture soundtrack became a triple-platinum smash that enjoyed 27 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100. "Can't Feel My Face" formally ushered in Beauty Behind The Madness. The song quickly shot to #1 on iTunes worldwide and within weeks, it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beauty Behind The Madness went gold just two weeks after being released. In addition, “The Hills” has officially been certified 5x platinum as recognized by the RIAA. The Weeknd has also become a touring force. The 2014 King Of The Fall Tour sold out all dates as did the 2015 The Madness Fall Tour and since then, The Weeknd's festival appearances, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and HARD Summer, have drawn massive crowds. 

*All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Friday, February 26, 2016
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena
Sunday, February 28, 2016
San Jose, CA
SAP Center
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Friday, March 04, 2016
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
New Orleans, LA
Smoothie King Center
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Jacksonville Arena
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Miami, FL
American Airlines Arena
Friday, March 18, 2016
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
U.S. Bank Arena
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Charlotte, NC
The Time Warner Cable Arena
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Buffalo, NY
First Niagara Center
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Auburn Hills, MI
Palace of Auburn Hills
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Hartford, CT
XL Center
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Quebec City, QC
Centre Videotron
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Saturday, April 09, 2016
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Center
Friday, April 15, 2016
Chicago, IL
United Center
Monday, April 18, 2016
Winnipeg, MS
MTS Centre
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Edmonton, AB
Rexall Place
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Friday, April 29, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena


Saturday, June 11, 2016
Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam Arena
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Coventry, United Kingdom
Ricoh Arena
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Principality Stadium
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Stadium Of Light
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Dublin, Ireland
Aviva Stadium
Friday, June 24, 2016
London, United Kingdom
Wembley Stadium
Monday, June 27, 2016
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Hampden Park
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
Emirates Old Park
Monday, July 4, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden
Tele2 Arena
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark
Refshale Island
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Hamburg, Germany
Volkspark Stadion
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Milan, Italy
San Siro
Friday, July 15, 2016
Nice, France
Allianz Stadium
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Frankfurt, Germany
Commerzbank Arena
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Lyon, France
Grande Stade
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Lille, France
Stade Lille
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
Synotip Arena
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Cologne, Germany
Rhein Energie Stadion
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Paris, France
Stade de France
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Berlin, Germany
Friday, August 5, 2016
Warsaw, Poland
PGE Narodowy
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Munich, Germany
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Vienna, Austria
Ernst Happel Stadium
Friday, August 12, 2016
Zurich, Switzerland
Letzigrund Stadion

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