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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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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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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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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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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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