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Jul 1st

One Man, Two Guvnors at The King's Theatre, Glasgow

By Cameron Lowe
The National Theatre treat the UK to a second tour of their highly acclaimed comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
 
One Man Two Guvnors
As we took our seats in the auditorium we were entertained by “The Craze”; a talented 60’s style skiffle band who set the scene nicely for the 1963 based madness to follow. Gavin Spokes (as Francis Henshall) led the cast as the titular “man” bringing the nigh on 300 year old text of Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters” (almost) up to date. Henshall left carnage in his wake in his desperate attempts to secure (first) some food for his belly and (second) the affections of the remarkably endowed Dolly (comically portrayed by Eastenders star, Emma Barton). With unrelenting manic energy he delivered an action packed storyline which featured some of the most impressive physical comedy I have ever seen – particularly from Michael Dylan playing 87 year old Alfie! At one point, so much “pain” seemed to be inflicted on stage that the audience appeared to be rolling around in sympathetic agony (or, perhaps, rolling off their seats with laughter).
 
There were plenty of laughs, too, from the pacey script by Richard Bean featuring some excellent character contrasts and witty dialog which truly wrung every last chuckle from the base concept. Some of the action onstage escalated so quickly that it had the audience first gasping and then guffawing in the same breath. Excellent performances from the character cast included a somewhat underused Shaun Williamson (as Charlie Clench) and a ridiculously entertaining OTT Actor turn from Edward Hancock (as Alan Dangle).
 
The suitably solid scenery was changed behind some nice additional turns from “The Craze” who were joined by various members of the cast to produce a nice variety of numbers (songs by Grant Olding). Altogether this made a highly entertaining evening which I must highly recommend to anyone who has ever enjoyed a laugh.
 
Listings Information
One Man, Two Guvnors
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Mon 30 June – Sat 5 July
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)
Jun 26th

Dial M For Murder, Theatre Royal Glasgow - 24th-28th June 2014

By Jon Cuthbertson

Dial M For Murder is a very tightly written thriller that has everything you’d want in a night of theatre; drama, suspense, tension, comedy and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way through.

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Daniel Betts leads the cast as Tony Wendice, disillusioned ex-tennis player whose “model marriage” is not going well. Mr Betts commands his audience throughout and even in his characters most odious moments, he manages to evoke some sympathy. Kelly Hotten has the 50s glamour and her tone and delivery seems to be so naturally “period” in the role of his wife, Sheila, that you are easily transported back to a time without mobile phones, making the trademarked “red phone” so important to the plot. Philip Cairns as Sheila’s ex-lover, Max, has warmth and the chemistry between him and Ms Hotten ideally sets up their character’s affections. Completing the set up for the Murder of the title, was Robert Perkins as the aliased Captain Lesgate. In only a few scenes he manages to make a great impact with his strong delivery and confidence. Completing the cast was the headliner, Christopher Timothy. As a very Columbo-like Inspector, his natural delivery made you easily believe that any criminal/victim would open up to him, but you were also keenly aware of the sharpness of his mind.

 

With these excellent performances, we were easily assured of a great production, however director Lucy Bailey seems to have went for style over substance. With a revolving central area to the stage, the minimalist set of a couch and desk would rotate as the actors walked through and around them. As the door of the flat was a permanent fixture on the centre of the back wall, the orientation of the room changed various times with no purpose or reference at all (apart from a rather poor “in joke” referring to the police “turning the furniture around”). All this served to do was detract from the actors who were delivering very solid performances. It is a shame that the director couldn’t rely on both her own and their work to provide decent results as this tampering was the only fault within the production.  Lighting and sound design were used to a great effect and did add to the drama and tension on the stage. Combining these with Philip d’Orléans dramatic fight direction creates a highlight of the production.

 

Ignoring the rather poorly thought out revolve, this is a production worth seeing. Frederick Knott’s script is delivered very well by a strong cast and the suspense more than surpasses the film versions of this classic story. Dial now for tickets!!


Listing Information

 

TUES 24 – SAT 28 JUNE                 

Evenings: 7.30pm                                            

Matinees: Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg)

0844 871 7647 (bkg)

  

Jun 19th

Go Dance 2014, Theatre Royal Glasgow 17th-21st June 2014

By Jon Cuthbertson
Go Dance is such an interesting concept. Every night for a week a different programme of dance, all created by local dance troupes, schools or colleges, is presented each incorporating a variety of dance styles and music. Now in it's 9th year, one can only surmise it has been a format that has proven successful, and on tonight's programme, I can see why.

With a change of season this year to accommodate the Commonwealth Cultural programme, this obviously inspired a few of the choreographers. From dancers sprayed gold to the Queen's Baton to kilted 'Braveheart Hip Hop' we covered a lot of Glasgow bases in various dance styles. Outwith the Commonwealth inspired routines we had some vibrant tap dancing, some lyrical contemporary, a ballet version of Mary Poppins, a West African dance and percussion ensemble and a choreographed piece by a primary 7 class based on UNICEF's Rights Of The Child. Even Britain's Got Talent and the Royal Variety Performance would struggle to get variety on that scale! Keeping the audience informed along the way was the charming Alan McHugh. A talented actor, writer and musician (although I’ve never seen how good a dancer he is!) Alan is also a very natural host and shows a lot of enthusiasm for this project and for the groups performing too.

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The project is put together by Ambassador Theatre Group Glasgow's Creative Learning Department who also run workshops related to some of the spectacular shows still to come to Theatre Royal this year (Private Peaceful and Singin' In The Rain) and are also running their hugely successful Musical Theatre Summer School too, giving even more local children the chance to perform on 'the big stage'. For information on the creative learning team’s upcoming activities visit www.atgcreativelearning.co.uk/glasgow.

 

Listing Information

 Tue 17 – Sat 21 June

Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm

Tickets from:

In Person - Adults £12 Children £7.50

Online - Adults £13.90 Children £9.40

Box Office 08448 717 647 (bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

 

  
Jun 3rd

Tonight's The Night at King's Theatre, Glasgow 

By Cameron Lowe
Ben Elton and Rod Stewart form an unlikely collaboration to produce a rockin' comedy musical that unashamedly entertains and features over 20 of Rod's greatest hits.
 
Tonight's the Night

Running like something of a cross between "Jekyll and Hyde" and 50s classic musical "Damn Yankees" the story follows young Stuart (Ben Heathcote); a painfully shy garage attendant in present day Detroit.  Stuart is desperately in love with Mary (Jenna Lee-James) and makes a deal with the Devil (Tiffany Graves) to trade his soul for that of his idol Rod Stewart - after all, Rod was never shy with the ladies!  However, as is the way with Satan, all does not work out as promised and Stuart is torn between his sweet likeable self and the unfaithful, irresponsible babe-magnet that he perceives Rod Stewart to be.  His rock and roll lifestyle has the effect of disillusioning his friends but they eventually rally round to try to snap him out of whatever has changed his character.
 
Ben Heathcote was outstanding in this leading role.  His voice had that great ‘Rod Stewart' gravelly rock quality and his overwhelming character marked this young man out as a star of the future.  Jenna Lee-James gave a sympathetic performance as Mary and her rich voice had character and power.  Rosie Heath excelled as Dee Dee delivering a pure country soprano which had the audience holding their breath!  Tiffany Graves, reprising her role as Satan / Baby Jane, blew the audience away with raw power and a wicked soul.  And yet, with all this talent on stage, Ricky Rojas still managed to steal every scene he was in as the irrepressible - and aptly named - Stoner.
 
The production design was worth a mention as the band took centre stage on a purpose built mezzanine to deliver more than 20 Rod Stewart classics including Maggie May, Baby Jane, Hot Legs, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and Sailing.  Lighting, too, was excellent with several effects bringing the audience into the action.  
 
Unfortunately, for a fuddy duddy theatre lover like me, the over eager audience sang over the top of a beautifully rendered solo "I Don't Want To Talk About It" by Andy Rees as Rocky.  All was forgiven, though, when, at the end of the show, I joined over 2,000 Glaswegians wearing white sailor's "pork pie" hats (issued by theatre staff) and waved my arms in the air singing "Sailing" at the top of my lungs.  It's a tough job ….
 
King's Theatre Glasgow
Mon 2 - Sat 14 Jun 2014
Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)
May 22nd

Rock of Ages at the Edinburgh Playhouse

By Cameron Lowe
Review by Christopher Lowe

Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy ROCK OF AGES The Musical as it continues a UK tour arriving in Edinburgh from 19th - 24th May and Glasgow from 4th - 9th August.
Rock of Ages

Set in Hollywood’s Bourbon Room around the mid-to-late 80s, we follow young busboy Drew (Noel Sullivan), who dreams of being a rock star in his own glam-metal band.
He meets country-girl Sherrie (Cordelia Farnworth) – who, like thousands of other hopefuls, has just arrived in town with dreams of making it big.
Enter Stacee Jaxx a charismatic, sexually-charged, narcissistic rock singer who threatens to steal Sherrie away from Drew!
Noel Sullivan In the middle of all the chaos and the competing for young Sherrie’s affections, two German developers are trying to close down the bar and take over the strip!
Set in the late eighties, this is pure jukebox musical territory, with a playlist that is soft-rock to its carefully manicured core. ROCK OF AGES The Musical is the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, a hilarious story of dreams, love and - of course - rock.
A modern twist to the plot demonstrates that it knows exactly the demographic it is playing to. Here are strong female roles, with lots of skimpy outfits; this show is not for the faint hearted!
This 80s-themed hilarious musical features over 30 hair-raising tunes including: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Here I Go Again”, “Can’t Fight this Feeling” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”.
Rock of Ages is a kick ass musical filled with spandex , studs , skimpy outfits and a collaboration of some of the best rock ballads of all time! The music is delivered by astonishingly talented musicians who are the true stars of the show!
Grab your leather jacket, bring out the glitter and get ready to rock!
Monday 19 May 2014 – Saturday 24 May 2014
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
http://www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh
Box Office: 0844 871 3014
Tickets: £10 - £37.50
Website: www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk
May 9th

Wicked at The King's Theatre, Glasgow

By Cameron Lowe
WICKED flew north of the border to entrance Glasgow audiences this week as this blockbuster musical takes up residence at the King’s Theatre for a 4 week Scottish Premier run.
Wicked Scottish Premier

 
BELIEVE THE HYPE! If you haven’t seen Wicked on stage, you will be mesmerised – if you have seen the show, you will want to see it again and again! Wicked, in case you haven’t heard, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. The question from the uninitiated is “how could there possibly be another side to a tale which we have all known to be the truth since early childhood”? It’s more than a prequel; it explains EVERYTHING!
 
I must confess to having been a little nervous about seeing this show after reading rave reviews from London for almost 8 years. We settled into our seats in the shadow of a giant smoking animatronic dragon with the highest possible expectations … only to have them promptly exceeded. This is an amazing show!
 
OK (deep breath) let’s do this one superlative at a time … Music first; you’ve heard some of the music, right? The big hits from Stephen Schwartz are popular (ahem) at concerts and on TV and Radio and the original cast recording has been a massive hit on Amazon for years (a worthy purchase even if you haven’t seen the show). The live music, under the direction of Dan Jackson, is every bit as fabulous as you might hope and the characters really bring the score to life on stage.
 
Direction from Joe Mantello (and Petra Siniawski in the UK) was crisp - giving the audience barely time to catch their breath or dab a tear before we moved smoothly into the next scene - yet allowed for character development throughout. The visual effects were spectacular without overwhelming the events onstage. Choreography from Wayne Cilento blended perfectly with the action giving us exciting partner work down at the Ozdust Ballroom and atmospheric character movement in the dramatic scenes.
 
Wicked - steampunk styling
 
Despite the blockbuster nature of this huge touring show, one of the most impressive aspects was the styling; with credit largely going to Eugene Lee, Susan Hilferty and Kenneth Posner being respectively responsible for Scenery, Costume and Lighting. There was a wonderfully cohesive steampunk style throughout with the Act 1 scenes at “Dear Old Shiz” integrating appealing Harry Potter overtones. This manifested itself in glorious costumes featuring tail coats, canes, sunglasses, bustles and the most beautifully outlandish hats. These were complemented by sympathetic lighting and a set adorned with fantastic clockwork machinery and 19th century props and vehicles – most appropriate for a story based on characters from a novel written in 1900.
 
Performances from Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba) and Emily Tierney (Glinda) were nothing short of awesome. Without any exaexaggeration -  awesome! Ms Davis-Jones gave us tears from the low tones of I’m Not That Girl all the way up to goosebumps at the dizzy heights of Defying Gravity. Meanwhile Ms Tierney had us in stiches during Popular yet we were welling up as she sang Thank Goodness. Both characters developed smoothly (almost imperceptibly) throughout the performance. Let’s face it, we were all asking “can they bring talent the equal of Menzel and Chenoweth all the way to Scotland?” – the answer is a resounding “YES”! Liam Doyal transformed Fiyero into a hero to the audience’s delight. The supporting characters were flawless, humorous, beautiful and grotesque just where we needed them to be.
 
With a wickedly modern sense of humour this show delivers a fiendishly clever plot and a spellbinding score in a perfectly styled steampunk package. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself floating 6 inches above your seat and return home to find your cat doing the crossword! I have a new favouri
te musical!

If you want to see this show in Glasgow, you’ll need to take a time machine back a few months as it is already SOLD OUT! Tickets are being snapped up quickly for dates in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Whatever you do, order your ticket today!
 
WICKED – Glasgow King’s Theatre
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE NOW SOLD OUT.  APPLY DAILY FOR RETURNS AND CANCELLATIONS.
IN PERSON: KING’S THEATRE BOX OFFICE - NO BOOKING FEE
TELEPHONE BOOKINGS: 0844 871 7648
BOOK ONLINE: www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow
 
Edinburgh Playhouse
Wednesday 19 November 2014 – Saturday 10 January 2015
TICKET PRICES
For Online and Telephone Bookings a £4 Transaction Fee per booking applies
Monday – Thursday: £52.50, £42.50, £32.50, £25, £20
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 28 Dec & w/c 29 Dec: £55, £47.50, £35.50, £27.50, £22.50
Premium seats available at all performances (£75 / £72.50)
Box Office (0844 871 3014)
 
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Tuesday 5 May 2015 – Saturday 30 May 2015
TICKET PRICES
Monday – Thursday: £53.50, £49.50, £44.50, £38.50, £26
Friday & Saturday: £56, £52, £47, £41, £28
Premium seats available at all performances (£73.50 / £76)
Box Office (01224 641 122)
May 2nd

A Wicked Sellout at the King's Theatre, Glasgow!

By Cameron Lowe

WICKED IS OFFICIALLY HIGHEST GROSSING SHOW IN HISTORY OF THE KING’S THEATRE

 
WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is officially the highest grossing production in the history of the King’s Theatre Glasgow, with the largest ever number of tickets sold in a four week run. Over 53,000 tickets have been snapped up for the show’s sell-out Scottish premiere, which plays from 6 May until 31 May. The record-breaking national tour will also visit the Edinburgh Playhouse (19 November 2014-10 January 2015) and His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (5-30 May 2015).

 

Wicked UK Tour

James Haworth
, General Manager at the King’s Theatre Glasgow, said: “I am extremely proud that the King’s is staging Wicked and bringing this global phenomenon to Scottish theatre fans for the first time. It’s no surprise the long running West End musical has cast its magical spell over Glasgow audiences, but its unrivalled success has surpassed all expectations.”

 

Wicked Executive Producer, Michael McCabe, said: "We are truly overwhelmed by the incredible response from Glasgow's theatregoers, who have ensured that our Scottish premiere engagement is a sell-out even before we arrive. Thank you to everyone who has enabled us to break Box Office records and for your generous embrace of Wicked.”

 

This thrillingly entertaining show” (Manchester Evening News) has broken countless Box Office records, won multiple five star reviews across the UK and Ireland and has already been seen by over 400,000 people.  

The award-winning London production continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where tickets are currently on sale into its 9th year. The “hugely popular show” (The Times) is already the 15th longest-running musical in West End theatre history and recently celebrated its landmark 3000th performance.

 

Around the world, Wicked has already been seen by over 39 million people and has 9 productions running concurrently. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after a decade at the Gershwin Theatre.

 

In a brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

 

WICKED UK & IRELAND TOUR

SCOTTISH PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT: TUESDAY 6 MAY 2014 - SATURDAY 31 MAY 2014

King’s Theatre

297 Bath Street

Glasgow

G2 4JN

ALL PERFORMANCES ARE NOW SOLD OUT.  APPLY DAILY FOR RETURNS AND CANCELLATIONS.

IN PERSON: KING’S THEATRE BOX OFFICE - NO BOOKING FEE

TELEPHONE BOOKINGS: 0844 871 7648

BOOK ONLINE: www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow

Transaction fees apply online and by phone

 

EDINBURGH ENGAGEMENT: 19 November 2014 to 10 January 2015

Edinburgh Playhouse

Box Office: 0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh


ABERDEEN ENGAGEMENT
: 5 to 30 May 2015

His Majesty's Theatre

Box Office: 01224 641122

www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

Apr 30th

Let It Be at The King's Theatre, Glasgow

By Cameron Lowe

Review by Christopher Lowe

Following huge success in London’s West End, the hit Beatles show “Let It Be” has made its way to the Kings Theatre, Glasgow! (28th April – 3rd May).

Let it be

Let It Be is an exciting and inviting reminder of the magic and mystery that the Beatles created. This spectacular theatrical concert charts the band’s rise to stardom; beginning at Liverpool’s Cavern Club and progressing to their final legendary masterpieces.

The show is filled with over 40 of The Beatles greatest hits including: All You Need Is Love, Day Tripper, Drive My Car, A Hard Day’s Night, Hey Jude, Magical Mystery Tour, Twist and Shout, When I’m 64 and many more!!

Band Members James Fox, Michael Gagliano, Paul Mannion, Ben Cullingworth supported by Steve Geere are talented performers in every way imaginable. Their energy and enthusiasm are limitless and will pull you in from the very start.

A combination of lighting, costume, video, sound, set, and great performance create a production as powerful as a rock concert. Credit to everyone involved in the production and creation of this show as they capture the atmosphere and spirit of The Beatles and their historical journey.

Let It Be

With humorous transitions between songs and sets, and a powerful selection of ballads to entertain you, this show is not one to be missed! It will have you screaming for more!

Let It Be
28 April – 3 May 2014

King’s Theatre Glasgow

297 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JN

www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre

0844 871 7648

Mar 11th

The Play That Goes Wrong at The King’s Theatre, Glasgow

By Cameron Lowe

If there is a play in existence with a more apt title than “The Play That Goes Wrong”, I have yet to see it!  Mischief Theatre have crafted 100 minutes of mirth and mayhem that had me laughing until I hurt … and then I laughed some more!

The Play That Goes Wrong

This week, Glasgow’s King’s Theatre plays host to a play within a play as a fictional group of not-so-talented am-dramers  (the
Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society) present “The Murder At Haversham Manor” as the accurately titled “Play That Goes Wrong”.  And boy, does it go wrong!

Before curtain up we are treated to a performance of outstanding incompetence as the “stage crew” attempt to set the stage.  From the opening introduction by Director “Chris” (stiffly portrayed by Henry Shields who had more than a hint of John Cleese about his persona) we are in no doubt that we are about to be entertained by a troupe bearing a remarkable heritage of disastrous am-dram flops. 

The curtain rises and we are entertained by shameless overacting from the players, outlandish and unconvincing characters and a broad disrespect of “the fourth wall”.  This is all delightfully OTT and delivered to wring maximum laughs from the outset.  But this would become tired quite quickly … if the writers did not have an endless supply of acting faux-pas and theatrical cock-ups waiting in the wings; each one more calamitous than the last!  Prop mix ups, prat falls, disintegrating sets, dropped lines, slapstick, badly timed entrances … every single one a disaster in its own right; enough to send any self-respecting amateur fleeing from the stage and these are all presented in one show in all of their awkward, heart stopping, nightmare inducing glory.  And we laughed so hard!

Henry Lewis (as Robert playing Thomas Collymoore) gives a great comic portrayal of the victim’s school chum with a particular highlight as he tries to break a dialog loop through unspoken purple faced rage.  Charlie Russell (as Sandra) gives a delightfully unconvincing performance as femme fatal Florence Collymoore and becomes the victim of some spectacular physical gaffs.  Dave Hearn is the prat-fall king as Max (playing Cecil Haversham) and Jonathan Sayer is the youthful Dennis who is superbly miscast as the aging Perkins.  Lotti Maddox develops her character beautifully to hilarious effect as Annie (the reluctant understudy).

Mischief Theatre accept a What's On Stage Award

Direction from Mark Bell expertly balanced the tight timing required for such a complex piece of physical theatre with just enough leeway for the actors to thoroughly enjoy the performance and give the audience a feeling that everything was spontaneous.  Nigel Hook’s set design was inspired; adding significantly to the laughs.  The script from Mischief Theatre’s own writing team of Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields was truly the star of this outstanding show.

Miss this at your peril!

Review by Cameron Lowe, for Sue

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Mon 10 – Sat 15 March GLASGOW King's Theatre

Eves: 7.30pm; Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm                  

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/Glasgow (bkg fee)
Feb 12th

The Fondest of Farewells!

By Cameron Lowe

Review by Mark Ridyard

Eat, Pray, Laugh - Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries arrives at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow with his worldwide “Eat, Pray, Laugh” tour, bringing with him a host of his well-known characters to produce a memorable and, at times, stomach-churning evening!

 

Sir Les Patterson - Eat, Pray, Laugh!

Fresh from a residency at the London Palladium, the first half of the show features Sir Les Patterson – the obscene, obese and offensive Aussie – trying to convince some television executives that he is the man to front a series of “Aussie-tucker” cookery shows. As he belches and farts his way through the foul-mouthed mayhem, he also succeeds in drenching the first row of the audience in spit as his cooking, rather predictably, doesn’t quite turn-out as appetising as he had hoped! Those in the audience who wanted to see Les at his outrageous best were not disappointed, as Humphries treated them to a whole host of sexist, racist and chauvinistic ramblings, plucking two reluctant audience members from their seats to assist with the cooking.

 

Gerard Patterson was the next character to arrive – Humphries newest creation turns-out to be Les’s brother and a catholic priest with an unhealthy attraction towards young children. In the short time that he is on stage, we are treated to a dramatic exorcism which leads to the appearance of Sandy Stone, now deceased, who brings some real pathos to the evening with stories of losing his 4-year-old-daughter and his wife’s breakdown. This shift in mood, from the slapstick of Les to the tragedies described, are a testament to the versatility of Humphries as a performer, and the range of characters he continues to bring to life more than 50 years since he first began performing.

 

Act Two opens with a TV-documentary-style retrospective of Dame Edna’s life, before the great lady herself enters the fray to thunderous applause from the captivated audience.  Wearing the most sparkly of dresses, and most outrageous of spectacles (of course), we are treated to what can only be described as “vintage Edna” as she prepares to bid goodbye to the world of showbusiness.

 

People sitting in the first few rows of the stalls visibly curled-up in their seats, fearful that Edna would single them out for a gentle ribbing (which, in most cases, isn’t gentle at all!), and the old girl doesn’t hesitate in working her way through, in her opinion, the more shabbily-dressed members of the audience. Two more audience members join Edna on the stage, providing her with even more opportunities for ribbing and “honest” feedback about themselves.

 

The show closes with a song and dance number, with the small cast of singers and dancers who have supported Humphries throughout the evening taking their deserved bow with the great man himself – who then returns, as himself, for a short and heart-felt monologue before disappearing into the darkness.

 

Dame Edna - Eat, Pray, Laugh!

For a man who turns 80 next week, Humphries’ performance belies his advancing age – a few lines are stumbled-over but, with almost two-and-a-half-hours of stage time, he can be forgiven for not being word-perfect. His energy, enthusiasm and genuine warmth for the appreciative Glasgow audience, combined with countless “laugh-out-loud” moments throughout the evening, are the most fitting way to bid a fond farewell to Humphries and his wonderful comedy creations.

 

 

Eat, Pray, Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour

Tues 11 – Sat 15 February

KINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW

Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre