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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Preview:

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

UK Tour, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 3rd to 7th March.

Inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and debuting at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2017, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie is the life affirming musical telling the story of Jamie New who wants to attend his high school prom in a glamourous Drag Queen outfit only to be met by Hate, confrontation from those who should love him and a new understanding of the relationship between himself and his mother.

Following an award winning transfer to the west end, a production which is still running, this year see’s the show receive its first ever UK Tour! and Jamie finally comes to Edinburgh and its beautiful Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Ahead of the opening Layton Williams who plays Jamie, fresh from his run in the Apollo Theatre, London spoke with Scotsgay Arts!

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For people who are new to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, how would you sum up the storyline?

Jamie is based on a real character who was the subject of a documentary on BBC Three. I remember watching it years ago and it was about him wanting to be a drag queen and wanting go to the school prom in a dress and how his mum Margaret supported him. When he got there there was all this hoo-hah, the teachers wouldn’t let him in, then something wonderful and unexpected happened, his school mates refused to go in without him. The basics of his story inspired the musical and it’s been given a bit of theatrical razzamatazz. Our story is about a 16-year-old boy who wants to be a drag queen and it’s about his relationship with his parents – including his dad, who he isn’t much in touch with. It’s about Jamie finding himself and his drag persona and, without giving anything away, what happens when he does eventually go to the prom.

What do you see as the key themes?

It’s about acceptance. This is a show for everyone, especially for today. It’s not just for people who are into RuPaul’s Drag Race and stuff like that. The show is about a boy finding his path in life with the help of his close relationship with his incredible mum and her unconditional love for him. She loves him exactly as he is. A dad who isn’t supportive and lots of other characters that people will be able to relate to. It’s about family, friendship, trust and support. There are so many different, relatable characters in it – [laughs] although if you identify with the dad then have a word with yourself! And there’s so much diversity in the cast. The real Jamie is white and I’m not, but that wasn’t even a question for the producers and creatives – which is so refreshing and so fab, like just ‘He’s right for the role’ and that’s how it should be. Oh, and there are high heels, high kicks, drag queens, beautiful dresses, feather boas, some fantastic songs and brilliant dancing. It really is fun, funny and fabulous with a lump in your throat and a little tear.

How important is the theme of inclusion to audiences both young and old?

Very important. I get messages from older people who have been helped by the show, whether it’s helped them come out or helped them understand their children better. It does obviously speak directly to the LGBTQ+ youth but it’s not limited to one faction. So many people can relate to being an outcast or feeling different but after seeing the show they’ll feel, to quote one of the songs, there’s a place where they belong. It didn’t happen to me personally but our director [Jonathan Butterell] said when he was doing the show in Sheffield a guy came up to him, grabbed his arm and said ‘I was Dean once’ – referring to the school bully character. Some people in the audience will maybe see the Dean character and think ‘That was me’ or they might see the dad and think ‘I was homophobic’ or they’ll go ‘Everybody is celebrating this boy here so why do I have these negative feelings?’ They might get dragged to the theatre by their girlfriends or wives, thinking ‘Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into?’ then hopefully by the end of it their hearts and minds will have been opened and their opinions on things have changed.

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What challenges does the role of Jamie present?

It’s about the emotional journey he has to go on. Eight times a week I’m having an argument with this person, bonding with that one, having to cry about this, having to cry about that… The rollercoaster of emotions is a lot to navigate. Being 16 years old is hard. I remember being 16 with all those hormones and stuff. There’s the acting side of all that, then there are so many songs. I have to keep my voice tight and right. That’s the difficulty – keeping myself on top form all the time so when I get out on stage I slay it. I want people to have the best experience possible and that means I have to be in full health, make sure I’m rested and always prepared. That’s the nature of the job but that’s what makes it exciting because you put your whole self out there on stage.

Having played Angel in Rent this isn’t your first time in heels, is it?

No, it isn’t. [Laughs] The heels thing is a doddle now.

Do you know the real Jamie and have you based your performance on him?

Yes, I know Jamie Campbell, he’s a really lovely guy. I rewatched the documentary once I got the part. There a few things he does, like a few little dance moves, that I’ve put into the show. And with him as a person, I take some of his isms and personality traits. On the surface he might come across as someone who is really confident and fab and out-there, but as with lots of people you don’t really know what’s going on behind closed doors. There’s so much vulnerability to him. That’s something I don’t necessarily have myself. I’m always getting notes from the director about tapping into Jamie’s vulnerability. I try to stay as true to him and his story as I can because I want to do it justice. I want everyone who comes to see the show to not just get this fierce, fully-formed teenager who’s got everything sorted because then it’d be like ‘So what’s this story about?’ If I came out in the opening number And You Don’t Even Know It like ‘Bam! I’ve got this!’ then the audience would just go ‘He seems fine, what’s the point of the story?’

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Does the show resonate for you on a personal level?

Yes it does. I’m a queer boy from a council estate up North, so we have that in common. Me and my mum have had our moments in the past and sometimes on stage I’m thinking about the things we’ve been through. We always patch things up but families go through stuff. And my upbringing wasn’t rosy. As I say, I was a gay boy on a council estate and as much as I tried to hide it I had a few things coming my way. It’s not been the easiest ride but I put it into my art.

What’s your favourite musical number in the show and why?

And You Don’t Even Know It is fab because it’s the opening number and I get to sing and dance and do it all. Then I love the closing number Out Of The Darkness because I have my microphone in my hand and I feel like a real popstar.

What are you most looking forward to about taking Jamie on tour?

It’s about giving people the opportunity to see it who might not necessarily be able to because travelling to London is too expensive. When I was a musical-theatre-loving kid I couldn’t have afforded to get on a train and come to London. We’re bringing the show to a whole new audience and changing their opinions and perspectives and lives, hopefully. I know it sounds super-dramatic when you say it like that but we’re coming to their doorstep telling our story. It’s great that Shane Richie and Shobna Gulati from the West End cast are also with me.

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Is there one thing you couldn’t be on the road without?

My suitcases full of outfits and things for my dressing room, like my dolls and cards full of love and my artwork. I have to put them all out so when I come into the room I feel the love and the energy.

How hard do you think it will be to say goodbye to Jamie when the tour ends?

I can’t even think about it to be honest. I’ll have been playing this part for a good year and a half and I’ve loved every single second of it. All good things have to come to an end and I’m sure there are many more amazing opportunities waiting for me in the future but this will be something I will never forget. It’s been a life-changing job.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie makes its Scottish Debut in Edinburgh but will also visit Aberdeen and Glasgow later in the year! grab those ticket before they sell out and discover just why everybody is really talking about Jamie!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March, for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/everybodys-talking-about-jamie

 

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Jordy Delight: The Honeymoon Period Preview:

Jordy Delight: The Honeymoon Period, Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh, Preview

Acclaimed Scottish Drag Queen and performance Artist Jordy Delight returns to the Scottish Story telling Centre with a brand-new show that’s blends the hugely emotional reality of there life with their greatest creative creation.

Telling the story of Hayley, Hayley has Cystic Fibrosis and is 24 years old. Hayley has a boyfriend, and a mum that loves her very much, Hayley is going to Newcastle for a Lung Transplant Assessment. Hayley has no clue what she is doing, she just needs a little time…..

Jordy Deelight has had an incredible 2019 with residences in Edinburgh’s LGBTQI+ venues, they hosted Pride Edinburgh’s, Manchester Airport San Francisco main stage and was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “Jordy’s 65 reasons to live” produced by Solus productions and broadcast on the BBC.

Jordy Delight: The Honeymoon Period will continue there exploration of the arts world, brining  real life to the fore and will be an unforgettable evening of theatre, if you can learn to expect the unexpected and allow yourself to be beguiled by Delight’s Charms. Why not open your heart,  and head for the Netherbow on Saturday 18th January before the Honeymoon Period is over.

Jordy Delight: The Honeymoon Period, Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh, Saturday 18th January, 8pm, For tickets go to https://www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com/event-post/eventid/21538-jordy-deelight-the-honeymoon-period/

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Secret Cabaret Preview

Secret Cabaret Preview:

The Secret Cabaret, The Dirty Martini at Le Monde, Edinburgh, Preview

The Dirty Martini room of Le Monde has played host to its fair share of Cabaret over the years, its gorgeous intimacy has even welcomed Broadway stars to its stage, just last year Telly Leung performed to a sell-out supper crowd.

Now musical theatre supper club cabaret returns for a monthly residence with Producer Angus Balance bringing his successful Secret Cabaret evening from Bristol to the heart of Edinburgh. The first scheduled Cabaret will take place on Sunday 12th January 2020 with a curtain up time of 18:00.

Taking to the stage will be James Dawoud, Sophie Douglas, Mimi Joffroy, Alistair MacKey, Sally Pugh and Malachi Reid and they will perform a three act cabaret featuring songs from amongst others “Rent”, “ Chicago”, “Avenue Q”, “Waitress” and current west end and Broadway smash hit “Dear Evan Hansen”.

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Speaking to Scotsgay arts, Angus Balance says, “ The Secret Cabaret is new monthly charity cabaret series, providing lovers of musical theatre a chance to enjoy great performances, a few surprises and to savour the ambience of the beautiful, Dirty Martini bar.”

The first charity to benefit from The Secret Cabaret is Waverley Care, Scotland’s leading charity providing care and support to people living with HIV and Hepatitis C. It’s the work that Waverley Cares does with the LGBTQI+ community that will influence the third act of the Cabaret.

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With Musical Staging by Louise Sables and Musical Direction by Steven Segaud this promises to be a very special evening of entertainment.

For an enchanting evening of musical theatre in gorgeous surroundings that will truly make a difference to others peoples lives, snap up those tickets and head for Dirty Martini this Sunday.

The Secret Cabaret, The Dirty Martini at Le Monde, Sunday 12th January, 6pm, For tickets go to: www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-secret-cabaret-edinburgh

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Christmas UK top 5 Preview: 2019

Christmas UK top 5 Preview:

We have previewed the very best of Pantomime and Christmas Shows from around Scotland but following the popularity of last year’s top 5 outside of Scotland, we just had to bring it back for 2019! There are over 500 professional pantomimes and Christmas shows around the UK and many hundreds more in church halls and community theatres the length and breath of the country. We have selected just 5 Pantomimes from out with Scotland that we believe are unique, special and worthy of your ticket money! You may or may not agree but we hope you visit your nearest theatre this festive season for a real treat.

Qdos presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The London Palladium.

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The London Palladium holds a very special place in the hearts of Londoners and theatre goers throughout the UK and thanks to QDOS they brought pantomime back to this historic venue in 2016 and have become Olivier award winners along they way. The Gang are back and will transform the Palladium into a circus for a panto spectacular like no other. Paul O’Grady returns along side Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot plus a new galaxy of stars.

Fusing together circus, stunts, spectacular effects, a brand new set, costumes worthy of the west end and the biggest orchestra in panto the palladium is out to top its itself once more, you would be fool to miss this and it only plays for 5 short weeks and many performances are already sold out! Time to book now before it’s all too late.

Qdos presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The London Palladium. Sat 7th Dec – Sun 12th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.palladiumpantomime.com/

Qdos Presents Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

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The biggest panto in the North must be the annual extravaganza at the Theatre Royal directed by Michael Harrison ( who also helms the London Palladium) and always acts as a test bed for ideas and effects that will pop around the country in subsequent years. 2019 For the first time ever the spellbinding pantomime Beauty and the Beast comes to the Newcastle Theatre Royal in a spectacular and enchanting production for all the family, starring legendary Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. Join them on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the Beauty within the Beast. With everything you’ve come to expect from the Theatre Royal’s pantomime; spectacular special effects, hilarious comedy and a few surprises along the way, Beauty and the Beast is set to be the North East’s biggest panto ever!

Qdos Presents Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Tue 26th Nov – Sun 19th Jan 2020 for tickets go to https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/panto-beauty-and-the-beast

The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal York.

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For the first in 40 years, Berwick Kaler will not be on stage at the Theatre Royal York but he is behind the pen of this brand new production. Introducing Martin Barrass as the Queen, alongside Suzy Cooper as Beauty, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard as the wicked Evil Diva. Spinning together hilarious gags, stunning costumes, thrilling dances and foot-tapping songs – you’ll cheer the heroine, boo the villain, laugh-out loud and sing-along! It may just be the start of a new era at the Theatre Royal York so why not catch it.

The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal York. Sat 7th Dec – Sat 25th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/sleeping-beauty/

City Variety Theatres Present Red Riding Hood the Rock and Roll Pantomime, City Varieties Music Hall Leeds.

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To Yorkshire next and the run away success that is the Rock and Roll Pantomime at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds. From the enchanted pen of Peter Rowe, CVT present RED RIDING HOOD!

You’ll be wowed by this breath-taking production which mixes traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and chart-toppers, all performed live on stage by our ultra-talented cast of actor-musicians. Be sure to keep your wits about you though, or you may just get rocked by the legendary Boulder Battle !

City Variety Theatres Present Red Riding Hood the Rock and Roll Pantomime, City Varieties Music Hall Leeds Fri 29th Nov – Sun 12th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=7F9A3ECA-C417-43BE-BAFD-458AF6459B75

Qdos Presents Beauty and the Beast, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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May McFettridge celebrates her 30th season as the Queen of Belfast Pantomime and is joined by star of stage and screen Ben Richards (Footballers Wives, Holby City, Hollyoaks, The Bodyguard in London’s West-End) as well as Comedy magician and Britain’s Got Talent favourite Mandy Muden. Don’t miss this magical adventure packed full of comedy, colour and amazing song and dance routines.

Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a cursed castle and held captive by a hideous beast. To her surprise, the castle is full of magical characters placed under a spell by an evil enchantress. Can Belle see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl who has melted his heart?

With a huge cast of 30 and a spectacular set, Beauty and the Beast is the biggest show in Northern Ireland. It’s also a sumptuous gift of a show tied up in glittering ribbons, so treat yourself and your family to a Christmas present you can look forward to all year!

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sat 30th Nov – Sun 12th Jan 2020. For tickets go to: https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/beauty-and-the-beast/

So there it is our 5 picks of the panto’s out with Scotland and for those in wales there is many a panto too including Sleeping Beauty at the Venue Cymru Llandudno featuring legendry Dame Nigel Ellacott you can find more info by going to: https://venuecymru.co.uk/sleeping-beauty-0

Whatever panto you see this year have a ball its truly the most unique form of entertainment and one we should continue to embrace.

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Christmas 2019 Preview:

Christmas 2019 Preview:

Hard to believe the curtain call for 2019 is in sight, with Christmas light switch on’s happening across the country, Christmas shopping stepping in high gear and party season knocking on the door. For audiences of the arts attention turns to the many theatrical treats that are on offer in our theatres and venues. While the traditional Pantomime is the biggest choice there are some musical jewels too. So lets look around the country at the biggest and best on offer.

Qdos presents Goldilocks and Three Bears, King’s Theatre Edinburgh.

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12 years after its last appearance on the King’s stage, Goldilocks and the Three Bears returns as the pantomime of choice for what ranks as Scotland’s number 1 pantomime. Allan Stewart returns as Dame, Grant Stott is still the baddie and in what will be a truly emotional Moment, the legendary pantomime performer Andy Gray for fills his promise that after missing last years beauty and the beast as he battled cancer he returns as the Ringmaster. Another big wow factor is Jordan Young the star of Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Pantomimes makes his Kings theatre debut as joey the clown. This is a show that will mix circus, panto, costumes, music, comedy, stunts and magic for a special production!

Qdos present Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Sat 30th Nov – Sun 19th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/goldilocks

The Lyceum Theatre presents An Edinburgh Christmas Carol The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.

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The Lyceum is beloved and respected for its Christmas tales, a unique hybrid of theatre making fusing together both play, children focused theatre and a heavy dose of Christmas magic. Edinburgh folklore tells us that when Charles Dickens was visiting the city on a reading tour, a stroll through a kirkyard brought him to the tombstone of one Ebenezer Scroggie, inspiration struck, and A Christmas Carol was born. Writer and director Tony Cownie (The Venetian Twins, The Belle’s Stratagem) brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s best Loved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby!

The Lyceum Theatre presents An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, Thur 28th Nov – Sat 4th Jan 2020 for tickets go to https://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/an-edinburgh-christmas-carol

Disney’s The Lion King, Edinburgh Playhouse.

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The Edinburgh playhouse, Scotland’s home of the west end mega shows and this Year welcomes the smash hit Disney spectacular for a second run at the greenside venue and this time its staying for a 4-month mega run. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical is a unique theatrical experience that you will remember forever. The lion king is true magical treat for all the family and show both Disney and the art of theatre making at its very best. This will be the shows only performances in Scotland on the current tour so it well worth heading to Edinburgh for an unforgettable night out.

Disney’s The Lion King, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Thu 5th Dec – Sun 29th March 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/disneys-the-lion-king/edinburgh-playhouse/

Scottish Ballet Presents the Snow Queen, Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

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Christmas tradition at the Festival Theatre is all about Scottish Ballet, and there 50th anniversary year comes to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen. This glittering new production is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale.

It will be set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, performed live by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra. From the bustle of a winter’s market to the shivers of a fairy-tale forest, take a journey to the Snow Queen’s palace, where you’ll find her surrounded by the icy fragments of an enchanted mirror. Along the way you’ll meet a colourful cast of characters, from young lovers parted by a spell to a circus ringmaster with a few tricks up his sleeve. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson and designed by the award-winning Lez Brotherston, this story of love and friendship is sure to delight the whole family.

Scottish Ballet Presents The Snow Queen, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Sat 7th Dec – Sun 29th Dec 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/the-snow-queen

The Brunton Theatre Presents, Cinderella, Brunton Theatre Musselburgh.

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The 2018 creative team return to the Brunton for this years family focused pantomime, Cinderella but not as you remember it, Cinderella is off to the circus, promising laughter, fun, music, and a few surprises with a stellar cast, one thing is for sure the Brunton will do its best to charm the audience of the Sea Side town with there take on a pantomime classic.

The Brunton Theatre Presents, Cinderella Brunton Theatre Musselburgh. Tues 26th Nov – Sat 4th January 2020 for ticket go to: https://www.thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/shows/cinderella-%20pantomime/events

Falkirk Community Trust and Imagine Theatre presents Aladdin FTH Theatre, Falkirk

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Imagine Pantomimes returns to Falkirk for a second year with the famous tale of old Peeking. With a law decreeing that the princess can only marry a prince, and the evil Abanazar up to no good, it looks as though Aladdin’s dreams may never come true. And he’s not the only one! Aladdin’s mum Widow Twankey, has got the mixed-up Chinese laundry blues which are not helped by the fact they’re also very poor…If only Aladdin could make his fortune and then all their dreams could come true. FTH Theatre once again promise a show packed full of spectacular scenery, breath-taking costumes, stunning special effects, fabulous song and dance routines and hilarious slap stick comedy.

Falkirk Community Trust and Imagine Theatre presents Aladdin, FTH Theatre, Falkirk Fri 6th Dec – Mon 24th Dec 2019 for more info go to: https://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/whats-on/aladdin/

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Kings Theatre Glasgow.

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Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum… I smell a brand-new pantomime! For the first time in over 30 years, a mighty beanstalk will burst out of Bath Street as Jack and the Beanstalk returns to the King’s. Fresh from their trip to Old Peking, Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac return, swapping their magic carpet for Dame Trot’s farm to follow Jack and his family and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to Cloudland in another unmissable family show. Doomed to sell his trusty coo, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess, outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams along with the hand of the girl he loves. Expect laughs, music, special effects, magic beans and bundles of audience participation in this GIANT of a pantomime!

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Kings Theatre Glasgow Sat 30th Nov – Sun 5th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/jack-and-the-beanstalk/kings-theatre-glasgow/

The Pavilion Theatre Presents the Magical Adventures of Pinocchio, The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow.

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Following the overwhelming success and return to form of last year’s production Cinderella, The Pavilion have decided to take the team on another Panto adventure its been a several years since it was last seen on stage at the Pavilion and it could well be the only theatre in the country to produce “The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio”. Based on the original story but with a Glasgow twist in true Hilarious Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is Good Clean Family Entertainment.

Starring Liam Dolan as the Hilarious Jiminy Cricket, River City’s Stephen Purdon as Pinocchio, Grado as Geppetto,  and more of the Cinderella cast to be announced very soon and a few additional surprises.  With a brand-new Script, Stunning Scenery, Sensational  Costumes and Magical Special Effects that we have become known for, it is sure to be; The Best Panto in Town!

The Pavilion Theatre Presents the Magical Adventures of Pinocchio, The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow. Thurs 28th Nov – Sun 12th Jan 2020 for tickets go to http://www.pavilionpanto.com/

Qdos Presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs SEC Armadillo Glasgow.

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The SEC Armadillo will be serving up plenty of cheesy pasta this Christmas as the venue have announced Gary: Tank Commander will be back and leading the cast of this year’s spectacular pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to victory. Joining him will be Two Doors Down comedian and actress Doon Mackichan, with Leah MacRae and Frances Thorburn.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be lavishly brought to life in a production packed full of magical mirrors, seven friendly dwarfs, an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance and jaw-dropping 3D special effects, for which the annual SEC pantomime is so well known and loved.

Qdos Presents Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs SEC Armadillo Glasgow. Sat 14th Dec – Tue 31th Dec for tickets go to: https://www.sec.co.uk/events/detail/snow-white

We Will Rock You the Musical, Theatre Royal Glasgow

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The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to Glasgow. The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed! Since 2002 over 16 million theatre goers in 19 countries have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances. 24 of Queen’s greatest hits, including Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You!

We Will Rock You! The Musical, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Mon 9th Dec – Sat 28th Dec for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/we-will-rock-you/theatre-royal-glasgow/

Qdos Presents, Cinderella, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

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Television and stage star Louie Spence will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime Cinderella at His Majesty’s Theatre, alongside HMT favourite Alan McHugh, Call the Midwife star Laura Main, River City funny man Paul-James Corrigan, Two Doors Down’s Joy McAvoy, River City star Sally Howitt and Emmerdale’s Paul Luebke.

HMT audiences shall go to the ball as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her Wicked Stepsisters and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and her Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy. Cinderella will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind the annual must-see HMT pantomime.

The clock is ticking! Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes.

Qdos Presents, Cinderella, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 30th Nov – Sun 5th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/family/cinderella-panto-2019-20/1887

Eden Court Theatre and Imagine Theatre presents, Beauty and The Beast, Empire Theatre, Inverness.

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Finally, the most northerly major production and indeed the biggest panto in the Highlands. Eden Court are planning another spectacular show this year with This year’s ‘beauty’ of a pantomime at Eden Court is Beauty and the Beast. A conceited Prince gets cursed and spends 500 years trapped in a castle as a Beast. The arrival of a beautiful, intelligent and feisty young woman offers the possibility of the curse being lifted, but she can learn to see beyond appearances and learn to love a Beast?

Eden Court Theatre and Imagine Theatre presents, Beauty and The Beast, Empire Theatre Eden Court, Inverness. Fri 6h Dec – Sun 5th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.eden-court.co.uk

So, there we have it our pick of the best of Scotland’s Pantomimes and Christmas offerings, but don’t forget to check out your local pantomime or show there are performances taking place the length and breadth of the country there really is something for everyone to choose from. We here at Scotsgay arts will be reviewing a selection of shows so keep checking back in the run up to Christmas and beyond into the new year.

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Queen of the F**king World, Preview

Queen of the F**king World, The Rum Shack, Glasgow

We at Scotsgay Arts are always pleased to see up and coming explorations of LGBT lives and Maysia Trembecka acclaimed show that stormed the audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe and now it’s the turn of Glasgow audiences to have a taste of her gifts. We managed to Grab Maysia for five minutes ahead of her performance! And here is an exclusive preview.

SGA) give us a snap shot of what your show is all about?

Queen Of The F*cking World is an audience-empowering ride exploring life on the front line of gender and sexual politics. ‘‘Gay or straight, never be a princess – you’ve gotta be a queen. Queens don’t need anyone to rescue them, they can do it all themselves”

It is a fierce tour de force that delves into how we are all judged by our sexuality, embracing everything from Mary Magdalene to RuPaul, via a Strippers Book Club. There is even a smattering of Robbie Burns. Whatever your identity or orientation, this show will leave you feeling empowered to rule your own fucking world !

This is now an internationally touring Adelaide Australia, Edinburgh Fringe and London acclaimed sell-out show by me, Marysia Trembecka, based on my Arts Council award funded interviews with women & LGBTIQ community including sex workers and strippers of every specialism.

SGA) what inspired you to perform and where did the inspiration for your show come from?

I have been internationally touring as a cabaret artiste for well over a decade and it is always about the audience. After one Queen show a father came to thank me for the show as his adult daughter had been shamed by the rest of the family for her sexuality and them seeing my show had made her feeling amazing about being just the way she is. I nearly cried myself in reaction.

My other touring character is my comedy The Singing Psychic with her own game show and again seeing my audience crack up in laughter and  have absolute fun together is just a joy. To be the ‘pied piper’ leading my audience to laughter, sometimes tears and back up again to feeling amazing is an absolute honour and my drug of choice.

The inspiration for the Queen show was when I was finally developing my Singing Psychic character into a full show in 2014, and the Queen character just popped up during a creative exercise. Queen was so outwardly fiercely sexual – as a stripper – but her internal monologue was intelligent and angry about being judged for her sexual choices and willingness to wear her sexuality openly.

I then applied for UK Arts Council funding to research and from my over 150 interviews from prostitute’s unions, strippers, sex workers specialising in the disabled gay community, to a huge amount of historical and literary research.

I even had to get my bass and guitar back out and start writing including the obvious titular ‘Queen Of The F**king World’ song inspired by  Wayne/Jayne County.

SGA) what does the future hold for you on stage and beyond?

More gigs including New York next year all being well, the message of Queen is so important I am determined to perform it everywhere! On my The Singing Psychic front, that character is officially about to become a TEDx speaker next month for Tedx Glasgow

SGA) in ten words or less sum up Queen of the f**king world.

Fierce, dark, intelligent and funny cabaret that is audience-empowering

Queen of the F**king World, The Rum Shack, Glasgow, Saturday 5th October For tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/woff-presents-queen-of-the-fing-world-tickets-72355614591?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2Q4MX-x-276hyYCOBj7x5jD4NeivOUmA_LY1mErI3m0FOrZq-ynB9BuMw

Preview

Autumn 2019 Preview:

The Edinburgh Festivals are well and truly over as the nights start getting darker much earlier in the evenings. However there is much on offer across the country in our theatres to keep the lights sparkling well into the night. So lets go take a little round up!

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.

Big musicals are the order of the day at the Festival Theatre as “On Your Feet!” arrives on stage from the 7th to the 12th October. Telling the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria  Estefan and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom. It wowed the audiences in London and not its Edinburgh’s turn to get in the groove.

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The legendary cross-dressing comedy of Eddie Izzard comes to the Festival Theatre stage on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October as he presents Wunderbar and looks set to sell out.

Big musicals return again with Bill Kenwright’s new production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, CABARET. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres. The role of Emcee will be played by John Partridge and the production will play the 5th to the 9th of November.

The Festival theatre will bring 2019 to a close with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical” playing the 26th November to 1st of December. This is followed by the traditional Ballet from Scottish Ballet which this years sees “The Snow Queen” take to the stage. The production will run from 7th to the 29th December.

For tickets for productions at the Festival theatre go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

The autumn season see’s the King’s annual focus on the best dramatic touring plays, coupled with musicals, traditional variety and the annual Pantomime.

Opening the season with  the genre break play, Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Jodie Prenger (One Man, Two Guvnors, Abigail’s Party) stars in this exciting new production – featuring a live soul band on stage! The production will take to the stage Tuesday 24th September to Saturday 28th September.

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Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, don’t miss the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood’s greatest diva’s beautiful. PRISM features Double Olivier Award-winning Robert Lindsay  in Terry Johnson’s delightfully witty and poignant play based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff; “the man who made women look beautiful” (Vanity Fair). Joining Lindsay is the acclaimed Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, Brassed Off). Prism will play from Monday 28th October to Saturday 2nd November.

The Edinburgh institution that is the The Edinburgh Gang Show will mark its diamond anniversary this year as the 60th production takes to the King’s stage from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd November.

The King’s will bring the year to a close with its award winning and acclaimed Pantomime Spectacular as Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and the now very much better following a bout of ill health, Andy Gray bringing Goldilocks and the Three Bears to the Kings and they promise to make this one the biggest and best yet. Produced by Qdos the panto will run Saturday 30th November 2019 – Sunday 19th January 2020.

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For tickets for all production at the King’s Edinburgh go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on?f=&fa=kings-theatre&df=&dr=

Edinburgh Playhouse:

The Scottish home of the biggest and best of the west end kicks off its autumn season with the premier of the 20th anniversary international touring production of Mamma Mia! the mega hit continues to pack them in, in London’s west end and will play Edinburgh from 19th – 28th September.

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The Musicals keep coming with We Will Rock You playing the playhouse from 7th – 12th October followed by the London Palladium production of The King and I taking to the boards from the 17th to the 26th October.

Its then time to step into some stockings and suspenders and do the Time Warp as the eternally youthful Rocky Horror Show comes to the Playhouse from 28th October – 2nd November. If you like dancing in high heels a brand new production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert featuring Joe McFadden and produced by Jason Donavan, the glitz fest will be on stage from the 5th -9th November.

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The Playhouse will end the year with an epic run of the Disney acclaimed smash Hit The Lion King, which will open on Thursday 5th of December 2019 and runs until Sunday 29th March 2020. This will be the hot ticket over the Christmas season and will provide an unmatched evening of theatre at its most magical.

for tickets for Playhouse productions go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse/

The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

Scotland’s premier producing house has already started its autumn season with Solaris which is wowing audiences and critics alike.  The production written by Lyceum artistic director David Grieg will play the 12th September to 5th October.

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Love Song to Lavender Menace is a beautifully funny and moving exploration of the love and passion it takes to make something happen and the loss that is felt when you have to let it go. After a sell-out success in The Lyceum’s Rehearsal Studio and a critically-acclaimed run at the Fringe and in New York, Love Song to Lavender Menace returns to The Lyceum main stage from the 9th to 12th October.

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The Lyceum will see out the year with a production of brand new Play Barber Shop Chronicles  which will take to the stage from 23rd October to the 9th November. They will then present there annual Christmas treat which this year see’s An Edinburgh Christmas Carol on stage from the 28th November 2019 to 4th January 2020.

For tickets to all Lyceum productions go to: https://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on

King’s Theatre, Glasgow:

Heading west to grand dame of Bath Street will open its Autumn season with the Dolly Parton classic, 9 to 5, following a sell out run in London’s Savoy Theatre the productions comes to the King’s from the 8th to 12th October.

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Another west end transfer following a run at the Shaftsbury Theatre is Motown the musical, which will play a residence at the Kings from 29th October to the 16th November and is sure to be a swinging night out.

The Kings will close 2019 in traditional style with its annual pantomime. Which for the third year running will be produced by QDOS pantomimes and will see Elaine C Smith and Jonny Mac returning alongside Jonathan Watson for Jack and the Beanstalk. Its been 30 years since this title last featured at the King’s and the gang are promising the most magical of adventures and the panto will run 30th November 2019 to 5th January 2020.

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For tickets to all productions at Glasgow King’s Theatre go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre/

Theatre Royal, Glasgow:

The Theatre Royal will present its usual mixture of drama, dance, opera and musicals and opens there season with the stage version of The Exorcist which will chill the Glasgow audiences from the 19th – 21st September.

The Theatre Royal’s resident company, Scottish opera will present Tosca which takes to the stage from the 16 to the 26th October. The company will also present a programme of workshops and access events to co-inside with the show.

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The break out hit of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 returns to Scotland following a sell out success at the Arts Theatre, London. SIX will play the Theatre Royal from the 5th to the 10th of November.

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The Theatre Royal will see out 2019 with the Queen Juggernaut We Will Rock You! which will perform from the 9th to the 28th December and is sure to get any Christmas Party night going with a bang.

For tickets to Theatre Royal Productions go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-glasgow/

His Majesty’s  Theatre, Aberdeen

The jewel of the north opens its Autumn season with the titular classic Annie, featuring Lesley Joseph in the role of Miss Hannigan and begs the question will the sun come out tomorrow? It will play HMT from 24th to 28th September.

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The musicals keep coming with Saturday Night Fever taking to the HMT stage from 8th to the 12th October, followed by Dolly Partons 9 to 5 performing 22nd to 26th October. They are joined by The Bodyguard on stage the 5th to the 9th November, and Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret bring the musicals to a close as it hits the HMT boards from 12th to the 16th November.

His Majesty’s will bring the curtain down on 2019 in traditional style with there annual Pantomime, once again produced by Qdos and featuring local favourite Alan McHugh, who will be joined by a new line up of stars. Cinderella will play from 30th November 2019 – 5th January 2020 and is sure to be the Fairy Godmother of Panto’s.

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For tickets to HMT productions go to: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/searchevent?ven=His Majesty’s Theatre

and Finally!

So there we go! that’s just a snap shot of what lies ahead, the nights may be dark but the lights of our theatres across Scotland sparkle brighter than ever, and you can be sure we at Scotsgay Arts will be continue to bring the best News, Previews and reviews!

See you in the theatres!