Posted in Music, Theatre

That’s entertainment: 2016

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Not much can compare with the buzz that flows through an audience as the lights go down in a theatre or music venue.

Here’s my round-up of live shows seen in Glasgow and beyond during 2016.


  • 25 February – Private Lives (UK tour; Theatre Royal, Glasgow)
  • 10 March – Nine to Five (amateur production; King’s Theatre, Glasgow)
  • 12 May – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour; King’s Theatre, Glasgow)
  • 25 May – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (UK tour; Theatre Royal, Glasgow)
  • 27 July: Jackie the Musical (UK tour; King’s Theatre, Glasgow)
  • 16 August: Cash on Delivery (Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh)
  • 13 October – Sunny Afternoon (UK tour; King’s Theatre, Glasgow)
  • 28 November – Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre, London)
  • 15 December – The Commitments (UK tour; Theatre Royal, Glasgow)


  • 16 June – Nashville in Concert, with Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow)
  • 7 December – The Shires, with Canaan Smith (O2 ABC, Glasgow)
  • 9 December – Fatboy Slim (Hydro, Glasgow)


  • 6 March – Just Gotta Dance, with Anton Du Beke, Erin Boag and Lance Ellington (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow)
  • 27 October – Keep Dancing, with Robin Windsor, Anya Garnis and Louis Smith (Theatre Royal, Glasgow)


  • 20 October – Gary: Tank Commander – Mission Quite Possible, with Greg McHugh (Hydro, Glasgow)
  • 22 November – Nina Conti: In Your Face (UK tour; King’s Theatre, Glasgow)


  • 25 November – An Afternoon with Sir Roger Moore (UK tour; King’s Theatre, Glasgow)
Posted in Musicals, Theatre

Best fire alarm ever

Last night’s performance of Calamity Jane at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow included an unscheduled second intermission when the fire alarm went off mid-scene.

Everyone had to troop outside and patiently await the arrival of the fire brigade. Luckily, Jodie Prenger and the rest of the cast handled the interruption with aplomb, posing for selfies and leading an impromptu sing-along, before we all headed back inside for the rest of the show.

What could have been a calamity turned out to be a highlight of the evening. Definitely the best fire alarm ever!