Glasgow: What's On Theatre and Comedy

Glasgow has an abundance of wonderful theatres with performances throughout the year to entertain and enchant audiences. Not least of all Glasgow West End’s award winning lunchtime theatre.


A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Lunchtime Theatre – OranMor, top of Byres Road, G12

 All performances run Monday – Saturday  New Programme from Monday 27th January, 2014

Tickets at ticket web – buy online

Three hunded plays now performed at A Play A Pie and A Pint

Please note, that even if tickets have sold out online, we will always have some tickets on the door on the day on a first come first served basis. These do tend to sell very quickly so if you are coming on the day to get tickets we would suggest arriving as early as possible.

We operate an unreserved seating policy for all tickets, so please do make sure to arrive early to secure a good seat.

Due to popular demand, we have added in some extra performances for you this year – please see below a full list of dates and timings (please note that days which have 2 performances, timings are different from our usual 1pm show).

Check date and times

Òran Mór,
Top of Byres Road,
Glasgow, G12 8QX. 


King’s Theatre

6th December – 12th January

One of Scotland’s finest comediennes and King’s panto favourite Karen Dunbar will play a new role, Slave of the Ring, Stand Up and Capital Scotland’s Des Clarke returns has the loveable yet loopy Wishee Washee, son to Widow Twankey played by Gordon Cooper who was last seen as an awfy Ugly Sister alongside panto stalwart Gavin Mitchell who this year will be pure dead evil Abanazar. Completing the cast we are thrilled to welcome back Steven McNicoll as a Palace Guard, Kieran Brown as Aladdin, Jenny Douglas as Princess Jasmine and John Ramage as The Emperor…. Read more >>

£10.90 – £32 40

Tickets and information

King’s Theatre Bath St Glasgow

Into the New

The Arches

13th – 15th January

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s annual festival of new work from the students of the BA Contemporary Performance Practice, which takes as its basis the claim by the German artist Joseph Beuys, ‘Civilisation is an art work and everyone is an artist’.

Ticket prices:     Day Pass £5

The Arches 30 Midland Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland
Urlar – A New Gaelic Play Laboratory

Thursday 16 January 2014


Performances of new plays written in Gaelic. Led by director, actor and writer Iain Macrae, Gaelic artists will work together to develop and rehearse two new scripts and devise a new one on the night. The plays will be shared with you, the audience, in a unique exploration of cultural expression.

Urlar is a celebration of the richness of contemporary Gaelic drama. Accessible to Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers.

Supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Gaelic Books Council.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

West Side Story ticketsWest Side Story

Kings Theatre

15th – 25th January

With ground breaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre for ever.

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and packed with unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, West Side Story has been described as ‘one of the towering achievements of musical theatre of the last century’ (Guardian).

£17.90 – £53.40

Book online and info


New Playwriting: The Progressive Playwright

Thursday 16th January to Thursday 5th June 2014

The Tron

The Tron is pleased to present a new monthly event, The Progressive Playwright. This regular event will take place in the Victorian Bar and will include readings of work by new and developing playwrights. During the event the playwright will be able hear short extracts of their work directed and performed by professional actors, followed by feedback and discussion focused towards  developing the playwrights’ work.

Submissions for these events are ongoing and should be emailed to

(Dates: Thurdays 8.30 p.m.16th Jan, 13th Feb, 6th Mar,10th Apr, 8th May, 5th Jun)

Book online

Telephone: 0141 552 4267

In person: At our Box Office within the Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1

ImageTwelfth Night

28 Jan 2014 to 1 Feb 2014

£12 – £19.50 (concessions available) – Buy online
Tuesday £12
Schools £8.50 + 1 free with every 10 purchased

Box Office: 0141 429 0022

Explosive, funny and fast-paced, Filter Theatre‘s 90 minute joyous celebration of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible productions of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy.

Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby’s insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: a land of make-believe and illusion.

Originally commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s

Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS

The Colour Ham

The Stand

22 January 2014, 8.30 p.m.

Magical comedy sketch group comprising Colin McLeod, Gavin Oattes and Kevin McMahon, making good use of absurdity, magic and mentalism. Member Gavin Oattes allegedly once licked Paul Daniels’ face, so anything could happen, really.

Tickets: £5/ £3

The Stand 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG


The Citz

21 Jan 2014 to 25 Jan 2014

Visiting Company

Blythe Duff stars as a Glasgow gangster’s daughter who must choose between family loyalty and forging her own path to success. The Fringe hit comes to Glasgow. Traverse Theatre and Datum Point Productions.

Mick was a generous man. A fair and respected man, defined by the landscape of Glasgow, that infamous No Mean City. The tales of what Mick had done have become the stuff of legend.He was the kind of gangster who was proud of where he came from, knew where his loyalties lay and looked after his own. But if you crossed him, well, that was a different story. But he was also a father. As she builds her own empire, can Ciara keep to the straight and narrow or will her father’s way of doing business prove too much to resist? 

This hit show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is penned by one of Scotland’s most celebrated writers, David Harrower, whose other acclaimed work includes Good With People, Knives in Hens, Kill The Old, Torture Their Young and the Olivier Award-winning Blackbird.

12 – £19.50 (concessions available)
Tuesdays £12
£2 online transaction fee applies

Box Office: 0141 429 0022

Book online

Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS


The National Theatre of Scotland in association with The Arches presents
Devised and performed by Kieran Hurley, Gav Prentice, Julia Taudevin and Drew Wright

Th Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8 DL

Fri 24 – Sat 25 Jan 2014  – 7.30pm (1 hour)

Preview (24th): £9
Performance (25th): £12/£10

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A retired American steps off the plane at Prestwick, hoping to discover the land of his fathers.
A beleaguered politician in Edinburgh dips her feet into a hot bath.
An old drunk man in Peterhead has a mystical vision at the harbour.
A supermarket checkout girl in Port Glasgow approaches work with a golf club…

Set specifically in the town of each performance and drawing on storytelling, live music and the Scottish folk tradition, Rantin’ attempts to stitch together visions of Scotland’s romantic past with its ever-changing present reality, revealing the patchwork identity of a nation.

Originally presented as part of the Auteurs project, a collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches, and Behaviour 2013 with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Rantin’ is part cosy living room gathering, part play, part gig session.

Devised and performed by Kieran Hurley, Gav Prentice, Julia Taudevin and Drew Wright.

“…this gorgeous piece of ceilidh-theatre, where music swirls engagingly, is taut, nuanced and illuminating”
The Herald

Bloodwater Theatre
Leave Your Shoes at the Door


Fri 31 January 2014

In October 2011 a group of international artists met for a week’s theatre residency in Glasgow to develop a performance: Pritam Kapoor originally from Singapore, now living in London; Lucy Fitzpatrick originally from Scotland, now living in Sydney; Monika Nawrat from Poland, currently lives in Scotland; Gordon O’Neill from Northern Ireland, currently lives in Scotland and Fatima Rateb, originally from Egypt but now living in London.

Two years later, they reunite in Glasgow to complete the work. They return for different reasons, aware of the challenges of working with the diverse artistic practices and varied temperaments of the artists within the group. They each have a story to tell and must decide whether to share this story. Leave Your Shoes at the Door raises questions about how theatre is made and whether the process of making can be synonymous to the product of theatre. Can artists who collaborate own what they collectively create?

Please note we will be filming this performance and you may be recognisable as a member of our audience. Please let one our ushers know if you would prefer not to be filmed.

BloodWater Theatre invite you to pay what you can for this performance with a range of ticket prices. The company is not funded and ticket revenue will go towards production costs.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Star Stricken


Wed 26 March — Sat 29 March 2014

Star Stricken is a double bill of new plays exposing celebrity. In Emily Enwistle by Karen Barclay, a girl anxious about her career consults the dead famous. In Good Times Never Seemed So Good by Tom Brogan, a Neil Diamond tribute act is lost in impersonation.


Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD


Miles Jupp is That Chap You’re Thinking Of

Visiting Company

The Citz

2 Apr 2014 to 2 Apr 2014

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Miles Jupp – actor, writer and comedian – is making a return to stand-up and going on his first live UK tour since the hugely successful Fibber In The Heat with which toured the UK twice and performed in London’s West End in 2012.

He’s not been all that idle since – regularly appearing on Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, Mock The Week as well as acting in Alan Bennett’s ‘People’ at the National Theatre for 8 months.
In this show Miles will be discussing/ranting/describing: himself, you, domestic imprisonment, fatherhood, having to have opinions, hot drinks, the bloody government, bad balance, housing, ill health, the ageing process, navigation, other people’s pants and, inevitably, a number of other things.

Miles played Nigel in Rev., John Duggan in The Thick Of It and Owen in Spy as well as appearing in Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love and George Clooney’s Monuments Men. A regular on Radio 4, he hosts the panel show It’s Not What You Know, and his sitcom In And Out Of The Kitchen was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award.

Information and book online

Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS
Box Office: 0141 429 0022

Photo: a play a pie and a pint. A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Lunchtime Theatre - OranMor, top of Byres Road, G12

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

All performances run Monday - Saturday at 1pm.

Tickets at ticket web - buy online

A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity

Written by Douglas Maxwell

Mon 18th Feb Sat 23rd Feb

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This is a co-production with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

Featuring Scott Fletcher and Joanna Tope.

Annabelle strikes up an unlikely relationship with her dead husband's potty-mouthed employee, Jim. She begins to enter into Jim's un-finishing school, liberating her own voice through vulgarity, Annabelle gets herself heard.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Spring/Summer Programme 2013

Photo: cains book. Cain's Book

The Arches

Mon 25 - Wed 27 Feb 2013 | 25th & 26th: 7.30pm | 27th: 7.45pm


Book online

By Alexander Trocchi
Adapted and directed by Alan McKendrick

Cast: Ross Mann, Lou Prendergast, Graham Valentine

Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats these are the facts.

Acclaimed worldwide as a high watermark for Scottish literature and lauded by talents as various as William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen, since its original 1960 publication Alexander Trocchis notorious Cains Book has earned itself a formidable reputation as the cult novel to end them all.

Cains Book depicts protagonist Joe Necchis experiences from a Glasgow childhood through to adult life in 1950s New York as a scow captain and unrepentant heroin addict. A tour-de-force of poetic writing simultaneously occupying the modes of drug literature confessional, bleak comedy and philosophical tract, the bold and still thoroughly contemporary Cain has lost none of its vivid force and power to astonish.

There will be a post show discussion following the performance on Wednesday 27th Feb.

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

Chris Addison Events

The Citz

Visiting Company 27 Mar 2013

Chris Addison, the star of The Thick of It and Mock The Week, returns to the Citizens Theatre with his twice extended critically acclaimed show THE TIME IS NOW, AGAIN. Part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around. You should come and see him.

Exquisite, super-smart solo show gloriously funny
Time Out

Tickets: £20

Book now

Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS
Box Office: 0141 429 0022

Photo: gicf. Glasgow International Comedy Festival

14th - 31st March, 2013

Jimmy Carr, Daniel Sloss, Craig Hill, Harry Hill, Jenny Eclair, Ardal O'Hanlon, Chris Addison and many more funny folk at venues throughout Glasgow.

What's On at GICF

Photo: spirit aid. Spirit Aid Comedy Gala

Thursday, February 21, 2013



Spirit Aid Presents...

  • Janey Godley
  • Des Mclean
  • Gary Little
  • John Gillick
  • Rev Obadiah Steppenwolfe Iii
  • Patrick Rolink
  • Jojo Sutherland
  • John Ross
  • Susie Mccabe
  • Raymond Mearns

All Under One Roof
Bringing You A Night Full Of Laughter

@ Oran Mor

Thursday 21st Feb Doors 7pm

Tickets Only £10

Buy online

All Ticket Proceeds Go To Helping The Children Of Our World

Oran Mor, Byres Road, G12 8QX

Photo: fame. 'FAME - The Musical'

by The Lyric Club

5th - 9th March, 2013

Kings Theatre

From the hit motion pictures, television series, and international stage success, 'FAME' is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), FAME - The Musical is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today and is both a high energy and entertaining show with a contemporary pop score, including the title hit song - 'Fame'!

So grab your legwarmers, Lycra and some friends and come along and join us for a great night out!

Tickets range from £14 -22. Children's tickets (up to 16 years) are also available for £0 in the Front Stalls only on Wed 6th, Thurs 7th & Sat 9th Matinee.

For more info please contact the Lyric Club Ticket Convenor on 0141 889 0177 (no booking fee) or Kings Theatre 0844 871 7648 (booking fee applies)

Kings Theatre, Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JN.

Photo: would you let your daughter marry a ned. Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Ned

Britannia Panopticon

With Robin Cairns as Kelvinside Malcolm

part of Glasgow Comedy Festival

"an absolute wee gem of a show" -fringe

March 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 6.30 p.m.
Matinees March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 3 p.m.

£4 - with Malcolm Bag - to be picked up at theatre.

Book ticket at ticketsoup 0844 395 4005 or email

Britannia Panopticon, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5ND

Photo: the salon project. The Salon Project

Citizens Theatre

15 Marth - 23 March 2013

The event will last 180 mins including time to get dressed. Prices

£25 (no concessions)

Advance booking only. Book online

Box Office 0141 429 0022

Putting the audience centre stage, Untitled Projects bring their exquisitely constructed re-imagining of a 19th century salon to the Citizens Theatre. In doing so, the company creates a beautiful and thought provoking night of fashion and conversation.

Your evening begins with a transformation into full period costume by a coterie of dressers and make-up artists, before you emerge into a mirrored impression of a Parisian salon. As you mingle with guests, pioneers in their fields will provoke discussion, speaking on subjects at the vanguard of 21st-century thought on science, politics, technology and the arts.

The Salon Project recreates the exclusive meetings at the heart of what was salon societys golden age an era of change, excess and inquiry. Relive its splendour, contrast it with the present and imagine what the future will hold.

Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS

Photo: the sting. The Sting

Presented by Sweet for Addicts

Cottiers Theatre

Thursday 4th and 5th April, 2013

Tickets £10

Box Office 0141 357 4000

Cottiers, 93 Hyndland Street, Glasgow Gll 5 PX

Arsenic and Old Lace

Eastwood Park Theatre

By Joseph Kesselring, Directed by Mark Coleman

Wednesday 24th Saturday 27th April 2013

Evenings 7:30pm, Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Tickets £10 & £8.

Tickets: 0141 876 1296

Written in 1939 by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, it has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.

This is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family, which includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and just a pinch of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home; and the re appearance of a long lost murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein.

Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG.


Faeries is returning to Gilmorehill Theatre in December 2004 after its sell out success in March. Join the magic and book your tickets early.

Stephen Langston | Thu Apr 01 2004

The musical show Faeries, which was shown @ Gilmorehill theatre on Sat 27th March was superb. The performers were fanatastic and very funny. They did their self proud. I await more shows like that.

Pamela Wigfield | Wed Mar 31 2004

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