Jack and the Beanstalk
Dec
3
to Dec 8

Jack and the Beanstalk

Runway Theatre Company returns with another fun-filled traditional Scottish pantomime. Meet all your panto favourites, and join our hero Jack as he climbs the beanstalk and saves the village from the evil Giant Blunderbore. Featuring the world-famous International Purves Puppets.

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Betty Blue Eyes
May
8
to May 12

Betty Blue Eyes

Betty Blue Eyes



Cast

Gilbert Chilvers - Ross Nicol
Joyce Chilvers - Catherine McKenzie
Mother Dear - Merlyn Soutar
Dr James Swaby - Bob McDevitt
Henry Allardyce - J Campbell Kerr
Francis Lockwood - Tom Russell
Mr Wormold - Alasdair Hawthorn
Mrs Allardyce - Aileen Johnston
Veronica Allardyce - Hannah Stewart
Sergeant Noble - Kevin McGuire
Sutcliffe - Ken Christie
Metcalf - Andrew Cheek
Mrs Metcalf - Amanda Millar
Betty’s Handler- Holly Steel
Mrs Roach - Liz Shearer
Mrs Lester - Hazel Tazar
Mrs Turnbull - Anne Fraser
Barraclough - Kevin O’Dell
Mrs Lockwood - Anne Fraser
Kitt - Claire Logue
Nuttall - Andrew Cheek
Cunliffe - Ken Christie
Princess Elizabeth - Hannah Stewart
Prince Philip - Antony Carter
Billy Carroll’s Trio - Kaye Robertson, Megan Watt, Natalie Cavoura

Townspeople of Shepardsford:

Stuart McCue Dick, Ashleigh Fry, Robin James, Maureen Kenny, Susan Kernohan, Marie-Claire
Leese, Lynn Robertson, Margaret Watt, Tom Russell, Susan B. Russell

About the show 

Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray's comic film A Private Function, which centred around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure that local dignitaries can celebrate the 1947 Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet, has been brilliantly adapted for the stage. With a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score, the result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, including our star, Betty the pig!

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Aladdin
Dec
11
to Dec 16

Aladdin

Fifty years of pantomime. Fifty years of fun. Fifty years of joy and laughter - everyone lives happily ever after. Fifty years of song and dance; of magic and talking in rhyme. So let's hear again the songs we've sung, fifty years of pantomime.

 

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert
May
9
to May 13

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship, and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

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Curtains
May
10
to May 14

Curtains

Legendary Broadway composers Kander and Ebb’s hilarious musical CURTAINS is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts, it follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theatre fan to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself! 

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Dick Whittington
Dec
7
to Dec 12

Dick Whittington

Join adventurous Glasgow boy, Dick, as he sets off to London where the streets might be paved with gold! Will he defeat evil King Rat? Find romance with the lovely Alice? And with the help of Tommy the Cat, become Lord Mayor? Come along and find out! 

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Evita
May
19
to May 23

Evita

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Runway Theatre Company is proud to present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical masterpiece - EVITA. The show features the smash hits: ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ and ‘Another Suitcase In Another Hall’. 

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Lend Me A Tenor - The Musical
May
21
to May 24

Lend Me A Tenor - The Musical

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21 - 24th May 2014
Eastwood Park Theatre

Scottish Premiere

Director: Robert Fyfe
Musical Director: David Dunlop
Choreographer : Eleanor Weir


Synopsis

Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. 


Cast

Opera Guild Lady No. 1 - Susan B Russell
Opera Guild Lady No.2 - Anne Fraser
Opera Guild Lady No.3 - Margaret Ann O'Neil
Harry - Ken Christie
Mickey - Matthew McCallion
Joe - Kevin O'Dell

Henry Saunders - Iain Condie
Max Garber - Kris Haddow
Tito Merelli - J Campbell Kerr
Maria Merelli - Aileen Johnston
Bernie Guter - Graeme McKay
Maggie Saunders - Roslyn Hogg
Diana Divane - Chriss Mills
 


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Mother Goose
Dec
9
to Dec 14

Mother Goose

9 - 14th December 2013
Eastwood Park Theatre

Director: Robert Fyfe
Musical Director: David Dunlop
Choreographer : Eleanor Weir


Synopsis

Join Mother Goose and Priscilla, the goose that lays the golden eggs, at this year’s action-packed production which promises an abundance of comedy, great sets, and outrageous costumes. You won't want to miss the panto with true eggs-factor this Christmas!


Cast

Dotty - Erin Bond
Peely - Raymond Cairns
Wally - Gary Fyfe
Demon Discontent - Iain G Condie
Fairy Gossamer - Merlyn Soutar
Goose Queen - Anne Fraser

Priscilla - The Goose - Dav McKenzie
Mother Goose - Will Pollock
Jill - Her Daughter - Joanne McMinn
Simon - Her Son - Samuel Gorman
Jack - Marco Mammone
Baron Dore - Graeme Mackay

Dancers

Kirsty Barrett, Pamela Johnstone, Catherine Anne Ross, Pamela Ross, Paula Russell, Laura Soutar

Villagers

Craig Devine, John Dunne, Maureen Kenny, Marie-Claire Leese, Paula McCall, Neal MacCowan, Jim Murray,  Maeve O’Neill, Margaret-Ann O’Neill, Caroline Shaw, Lorraine Thomson


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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
May
14
to May 18

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

 
 

14 - 18th May 2013
Eastwood Park Theatre

Director: Robert Fyfe
Musical Director: David Dunlop
Choreographer : Eleanor Weir

SYNOPSIS

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.
This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"


Cast

Tintinabula - Pamela Johnstone
Panacea - Laura Soutar
The Geminae - Catherine Anne Ross & Pamela Ross
Vibrata - Kirsty Barrett
Gymnasia - Paula Russell
Protean 1 - Sam Gorman
Proetan 2 - Graeme Mackay,
Protean 3 - Raymond Cairns 

Senex - Tom Russell
Domina - Susan B. Russell
Hero - Ryan Towart
Philia - Elle Mackenzie
Hysterium - Iain G. Condie
Pseudolus/Prologus - Will Pollock
Erronius - Ken Christie
Miles Gloriosus - J. Campbell Kerr
Marcus Lycus - Conrad Cohen

The Eunuchs - Dav McKenzie & Alan Stirling
Courtesans - Lorna Bridges, Anne Fraser, Marie-Claire Leese, Caroline Shaw, Merlyn Soutar, Margaret Watt


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Reviews

"This is a joyous production by a spirited company richly deserving acclaim"
Glasgow Theatre Blog

 

"What can you do when a script and a show, even when written by someone so talented as Stephen Sondheim, becomes so, so dated? Well, perhaps not touch the show, or perhaps edit it drastically, or perhaps do what Runway Theatre Company has done and throw everything at it with 100% + enthusiasm, and hope that nobody notices the glaring weaknesses. Well, the weaknesses are noted, especially in Act One of this new production by Robert Fyfe for Runway, and this long show takes a long time to get going, especially Act One which came down just before 9pm. The dialogue, delivered in a surprising variety of accents by the large cast, drags and is ponderous and the script just can't take this lethargy; also the opening iconic number, Comedy Tonight, performed by the complete company led by the irrepressible Will Pollock as Pseudolus, cannot be heard because of the incredibly intrusive band, which drowns out all of the intervening dialogue during this particular number - this also happens later in the evening during the Funeral Sequence, and it is so frustrating. Mr Pollock commands the stage in the massive role, and was understandably nervous last night at the opening performance; as a result he was trying too hard to be Zero Mostel, and therefore the comedy felt forced and uncomfortable; luckily this changed before the end of the first act when Pollock relaxed and started to enjoy himself, as did we when he became himself and showed us that wonderful rapport which he can have with an audience - so essential in this role, and indeed in this show. Ryan Towart as the naive young Hero was excellent with a superb music theatre voice, and the trusted Iain G. Condie, as Hysterium, lived up to his stage name and worked well with Pollock, and with J. Campbell Kerr as Miles Gloriosus, who looked superb as the vain warrior, except for the ridiculous boots which he was made to wear and which gave his character a decidedly camp, pantomime slant. Conrad Cohen as Marcus Lycus, gave a quietly subtle performance, and had a wonderful vocal range in both his dialogue and singing, and Ken Christie made the most of his drole part, continually crossing the stage, and keeping the action going. Good support came from Tom Russell, and the three actors who appeared as the Proteans, (and who worked extremely hard during the whole evening). The set was bright and colourful and very functional, the costumes slightly drab and disappointing, but the whole performance caught fire in Act Two, which sparkled from curtain up until the well-rehearsed and fun curtain call; at last we saw the potential in this show, which seemed to be missing in Act One, and the audience loved it, especially the broad farce and chase towards the end. Only in this Act did we see why this show is so respected and worthy of the name of Sondheim." 
Walter Paul

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Sleeping Beauty
Dec
10
to Dec 15

Sleeping Beauty

Runway Theatre Company return with another fun-filled traditional Scottish pantomime. Can the spell of the wicked Fairy Carabosse be broken? Can the beautiful Princess be saved? 100 years of fun and adventure in the panto of your dreams!

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Aladdin
Dec
12
to Dec 17

Aladdin

The story of Aladdin comes from the Thousand-And-One Nights fable, (or stories from The Arabian Nights), which also includes Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor. The original story is set in China, but a strangely Arabian China, (populated with genies and magicians), but in the case of panto, it is a very English China - hence it is centred around a Chinese laundry

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The Drowsy Chaperone
May
11
to May 14

The Drowsy Chaperone

A solitary man, known only as Man in Chair, escapes his 21st century existence by listening to the original cast recording of his favourite 1920’s Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.  As the needle falls, the musical comes to life around him.  Delighted, Man in Chair leads the audience through the show, introducing the characters and commenting on this 1920’s musical with affection.  It is a romantic comedy, typical of the era, full of mistaken identities, misunderstandings, and catchy song and dance numbers.  When a Broadway star tries to give up the stage for love, her producer tries to sabotage the wedding to save the show – and his neck - from two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs.  Featuring a Latin lothario, a ditzy chorus girl, an overwhelmed best man, a confused hostess and her manservant, and of course a drowsy chaperone.

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Jack and the Beanstalk
Dec
13
to Dec 18

Jack and the Beanstalk

December 13 - 18th 2010
Eastwood Park Theatre

 

Cast

Jack - Mark McMinn
Jill - Laura Soutar
Widow McWhacle - Will Pollock
Weary Willie - Samuel Gorman
Tired Tim - Ryan Towart
Fleshcreep - Iain G Condie
Fairy Twinkle - Kirsty Bremner
Giant Blunderbore - Raymond Cairns
Bessie, The Cow - Jim Murray & Matthew Kirk
Bo Peep - Anne Fraser
Little Miss Muffet - Claire Rice
Georgie Porgie/Radio Announcer - John Coe
Magic Harp - Liz Shearer


Dancers
Ashleigh Fry, Pamela Johnstone, Nicola Fry, Catherine Anne Ross, Paula Russell, Pamela Ross

Chorus of Villagers
Steven Gallacher, John Coe, Raymond Cairns, Anne Fraser, Marianne Gunn, Maureen Kenny, Azam Khan, Matthew Kirk, Marie-Claire Leese, Karin McGowan, Alex Martin, Jim Murray, Adrian Rainey, Gaby Renehan, Claire Rice, Caroline Shaw, Liz Shearer, Merlyn Soutar, Margaret Watt 


Programme

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In Town Tonight
Jun
22
to Jun 23

In Town Tonight

 

22 - 23rd June 2007
Eastwood Park Theatre

Director: Robert Fyfe
Musical Director: Hugh Reid
Choreographer : Eleanor Weir

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Aladdin
Dec
6
to Dec 16

Aladdin

6 - 16th December 1995
Eastwood Theatre

Director: Robert Fyfe
Musical Director: Andrew Salmond
Choreographer : Eleanor Weir

 
 

Programme


Cast

Wishee Washee - Iain G Condie
Widow Twankey - Robert Fyfe
PC Hi-Fi - Martin Gilan
Aladdin - Aileen Johnston
Empress - Liz McFarlane Davie
Emperor - Raymond Cairns
Princess Baldroubador - Louise Boyle
Abanazar - Adrian James
Slave of the Ring - Karen McColl
Executioner - Colin Forster
Slave of the Lamp - James Tallach
Yum Yum - Lynne McColvin

 

Chorus

Debby Colvan, Alison Cox, Susan Craig, Lorraine Doyle, Diane James, Stephen Forbes, Colin Forster, Martin Gilan, Kelly McAlinden, Isabel McCue, Amanda Morris, Hannah Paling, Alison Reid

Dancers

Isabel Beaton, Lorna Boyle, Jacqueline Lauder, Lynn McColvin, Donna McGarry, Kim Simpon

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