Christmas Crackers and New Year Listings at Theatre Royal and The King’s Theatre

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Christmas Listings 2015 and What’s On at the Kings and Theatre Royal Glasgow 2016

This Christmas get your fill of family fun with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the King’s Theatre before getting your teeth into the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the West End phenomenon Jersey Boys, making its Glasgow debut at the Theatre Royal.

2016 serves up mouth-watering musicals including Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls and the Rocky Horror Show; delectable dramas such as Goodnight Mister Tom, The James Plays and The Mousetrap; and if you’re hungry for humour Private Lives, Canned Laughter, The 39 Steps and Breakfast at Tiffany’s will satisfy your comedy cravings…that’s just for starters!

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Heigh ho, heigh ho it’s off to the King’s we go for panto season! Scottish comedy legend Gregor Fisher makes his anticipated return to the King’s panto alongside Des Clarke, Juliet Cadzow, Jenny Hayley-Douglas and Allan Jay in the brawest panto o’ them aw’: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Fri 4 Dec – Sun 10 Jan). Roll in the New Year in true circus tradition with Cirque Berserk (Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jan) presenting the hair-raising  Globe of Terror motorcycle stunt and everyone’s favourite clown, Tweedy.

Mum’s the Word 2 (Tue 26 – Sat 30 Jan) features Gail Porter, Libby McArthur (River City), Susie McGuire (Radio Clyde), Lorraine McIntosh (Deacon Blue) and Julie Wilson Nimmo (Balamory) venting about life with troublesome teenagers, meanwhile the wee ones are kept entertained with Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo’s Child (Tue 2 & Wed 3 Feb). It’s a Hard Knock Life for Elaine C. Smith as Miss Hannigan when she gets her comeuppance in Annie (Mon 8 – Sat 20 Feb).

Spring brings a regal selection of shows including Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Tue 29 Mar – Sat 2 Apr) starring Blue’s Duncan James; a trilogy from the National Theatre of Scotland exploring the history of three generations of Scottish monarchs, The James Plays (Fri 8 – Sun 10 Apr); and celebrating king of pop Michael Jackson, Thriller Live (Mon 18 – Sat 23 Apr) moonwalks on to the stage.

The King’s has got the X Factor with not one but two former finalists treading the boards. 2009’s winner Joe McElderry dons the coveted coat in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Tue 10 – Sat 14 May) and you don’t wanna be an American Idiot (Tue 31 – Sat 4 Jun) and miss Amelia Lily rocking out in the Green Day musical.

Don’t leave it to lady luck and book a ticket now to Guys and Dolls (Tue 7 – Sat 11 Jun) direct from the West End featuring show-stopping tunes including Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat and My Time of Day. Kick off those Sunday shoes with Footloose (Mon 13 – Sat 18 Jun), starring Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore, and cut loose to classic 80s hits before Jackie The Musical (Tue 26 – Sat 30 Jul) celebrates the sound of the 70s.

It’s just a jump to the left for the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical – Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (Mon 8 – Sat 13 Aug) is back due to popular demand with Liam Tamne (Phantom of the Opera, The Voice) strutting his stuff as Frank N. Furter.

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The Theatre Royal oozes class and sophistication and never more so when presenting Noel Coward’s multi-award winning comedy Private Lives (Mon 22 – Sat 27 Feb). Directed by Tom Attenborough and featuring star of Top Hat the Musical and Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers as the charming Elyot, Private Lives promises to be an elegant evening of wit and glamour.

Michelle Magorian’s uplifting children’s tale Goodnight Mister Tom (Tue 8 – Sat 12 Mar) is brought to life in this glorious stage production set at the brink of the Second World War following the journey of young evacuee William Beech.

Crack open the gags with Canned Laughter (Tue 15 – Sat 29 Mar) starring Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott as a comedy act who reunite to get their biggest laugh yet! The humour continues with Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (Mon 16 – Sat 21 May) featuring four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Mon 23 – Sat 28 May) Emmerdale’s Verity Rushworth takes on the role of Holly Golightly made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film. That’s Entertainment (Tue 7 – Sat 11 Jun) presents a song and dance extravaganza paying homage to great Broadway composers including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Murder mystery fans rejoice Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (Mon 12 – Sat 17 Sep), famous for being the longest running show in the history of theatre, will return with its intricate plot creating shuddering suspense.

The Theatre Royal is delighted to announce the Christmas production for 2016 is The Commitments (Mon 12 – Fri 30 Dec) direct from the West End and based on the BAFTA award-wining film. Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The Commitments is a feel good celebration of soul with over 20 classics such as River Deep, Mountain High, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Knock On Wood.

From sweet soul music to zesty desert queens, just a tasty morsel to whet your appetite for the year ahead stuffed full of top-class productions. For the full brochure please click here

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King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN
0844 871 7648 (bkg fees)
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA
0844 871 7647 (bkg fees)
Calls cost 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge.
The Theatre Royal Box Office serves both venues, open Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm.

KING’S THEATRE LISTINGS                                                                                        

4 Dec  2015 – 10 Jan          Snow White                                     
21 Jan, 2016                        Mercury Ultimate – Queen Tribute         
22 – 24 Jan                         Cirque Berserk                                
26 – 30 Jan                         Mum’s The Word 2                       
2 & 3 Feb                             The Gruffalo’s Child                      
4 Feb                                     A Vision Of Elvis                              
5 Feb                                     Paddy McGuinness                        
6 Feb                                     Vampires Rock                                 
8 – 20 Feb                           Annie                                                  
23 – 27 Feb                         PMOS: West Side Story               
3 Mar                                    Steve Steinman’s Meatloaf       
4 Mar                                    The Circus Of Horrors                   
5 Mar                                    Halfway To Paradise                     
8 – 12 Mar                           Lyric Club: 9 to 5                              
13 – 26 Mar                         Glasgow Comedy Festival           
29 Mar – 2 Apr                   Priscilla Queen of the Desert    
8 – 10 Apr                            The James Plays                             
13 – 17 Apr                           Pantheon: Grease                         
18 – 23 Apr                          Thriller Live                                       
26 – 30 Apr                          End Of The Rainbow                      
1 May                                     Menopause the Musical                             
3 – 7 May                              Save the Last Dance for Me       
10 – 14 May                          Joseph  and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat                             
29 May                                   The Carpenter’s Story                   
31 May – 4 Jun                    American Idiot                                
5 Jun                                      Sing-a-long-a-Frozen                    
5 Jun                                      Sing-a-long-a-Dirty Dancing                        
7 – 11 Jun                             Guys and Dolls                                
13 – 18 Jun                           Footloose                                           
4 – 9 Jul                                Derren Brown                                 
13 & 14 Jul                            Peppa Pig’s Surprise                     
17 Jul                                     Return of Grumpy Old Women
26 – 30 Jul                           Jackie The Musical                         
8 – 13 Aug                            Rocky Horror Show                       
7 – 11 Sep                             Gangsta Granny                             
4 – 8 Oct                              Sister Act                                              
19 – 29 Oct                          Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


1 – 5 Dec 2015                     Vincent & Flavia – The Last Tango                                             
Sat 5 Dec                              Saturday Lunchtime Concerts (Free Event)         
8 Dec – 3 Jan                      Jersey Boys                                       
12 & 19 Dec                         Saturday Lunchtime Concerts (Free Event)
12 – 16 Jan, 2016               Scottish Ballet: Cinderella              
23 & 26 Jan                         Scottish Opera:The Devil Inside
27 & 28 Jan                         Piaf! The Show                                
16, 18 & 20 Feb                   Scottish Opera: Ariodante          
22 – 27 Feb                         Private Lives                                      
28 Feb                                  The Sunday Series Concerts                      
1 – 5 Mar                             Go Dance 16                                     
7 Mar                                    Simply The Best! Divas                 
8 – 12 Mar                           Goodnight Mr Tom                       
15 – 19 Mar                         Canned Laughter                           
5, 7 & 9 Apr                         Scottish Opera: Rusalka               
19 – 23 Apr                         Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake          
5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 May        Scottish Opera: The Mikado       
15 May                                 The Sunday Series Concerts      
16 – 21 May                        The 39 Steps                                    
23 – 28 May                       Breakfast at Tiffany’s                   
7 – 11 Jun                            That’s Entertainment                   
21 – 25 Jun                         Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks             
21 – 25 Jun                         Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders
27 Jun – 2 Jul                    Heartbeat                                         
11 – 23 Jul                          Stage Experience: The Wizard Of Oz      
12 – 17 Sep                         The Mousetrap                               
29 Sep – 1 Oct                   Scottish Ballet: Autumn 2016     
12 – 30 Dec                       The Commitments                        
5 Jan – 14 Jan                   Scottish Ballet; Hansel & Gretel


297 Bath Street
Glasgow, G2 4JN
Direct: 0141 240 1305


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