It’s party time at Town Hall
Autumn and winter schedule is revealed
Theatre, music and comedy will highlight the autumn and winter programme of events at Rutherglen Town Hall.
First up is the Reformer’s own columnist Leah MacRae, who brings her ‘Big Fat Fabulous Diary’ to the Town Hall this Saturday, August 5.
The show had to be postponed from earlier in the year after Leah broke her leg but she is fighting fit now and ready to go.
August 24 will see ‘Side By Side By Sondheim’, presenting a host of musical classics written by Stephen Sondheim.
There is more music on Friday, September 1, when ‘Bye Bye Baby’ will celebrate the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Always a favourite at the Town Hall is Rutherglen Rep and they return with ‘Invite to a Murder’ on Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9.
The play is set at a birthday party for Joyce Harbinger, arranged by her husband Leonard, but Leonard has more than a few enemies and soon death is on the menu.
Classic soul will be heard on Thursday, September 14, with the Luther Vandross Experience, featuring singer Danny Clay’s take on the music great.
A louder style of music arrives the next night with tribute act Queen II, capturing the energy and excitement of Freddie Mercury and company.
And for some retro rock’n’roll Buddy Holly and the Cricketers arrive on Friday, September 22, paying tribute to the man behind hits like ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’.
The smash hit play ‘Singin I’m No A Billy, He’s A Tim’ will be performed on Friday, September 29.
A fixture in Scottish theatres for over a decade, the play’s tale of a Rangers and Celtic fan locked up on derby day is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
Much-loved Scottish entertainers Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy will be honoured on Friday, October 6, with the Francie and Josie Show, with Liam Dolan and Johnny Mac running through a selection of iconic sketches.
A tribute to the glory days of Motown takes place on October 7 with ‘Signed, Sealed and Delivered’.
Expect hits from the Temptations, the Four Tops and Marvin Gaye, among many others.
There will be another trip to the past on Thursday, October 12, with ‘Memories Are Made of This’, a feelgood trip through songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Popular Scottish comedian Craig Hill returns on Friday, October 13, with ‘Someone’s Gonna Get Kilt’, while the following evening will feature a tribute to one of the greatest voices in rock, Paul Rodgers, with music from both Free and Bad Company.
As ever, the October holidays see entertainment for the whole family arrive, with ‘Shark In The Park’ bringing fin-tastic fun on Monday, October 16. and The McDougalls Singalong Show arriving on Wednesday. October 18.
A slightly older generation will be catered for on Saturday, October 21, with ‘Saturday Swing’, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro and Michael Buble.
Hard-hitting drama ‘On Any Given Night’ takes place on Thursday, October 26, looking at homeless people in Glasgow on a busy Saturday night.
Thursday, October 28, brings a Gilbert and Sullivan gala, celebrating the likes of ‘HMS Pinafore’, ‘The Sorcerer’ and ‘The Mikado’.
Music of a different sort arrives on Saturday, November 4, with ‘Last Train To Skaville’, a nine-piece band playing classic hits by Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and Toots and the Maytals, before a tribute to Sting and the Police arrives on Friday, November 17, reworking the likes of ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Message In A Bottle’.
Popular Scottish psychic Carol McGee appears on Saturday, November 18, while folk group Auld Hat, New Heids perform on Wednesday, November 22.
The Town Hall then hosts a Christmas market on Saturday, November 25,
Keeping the festive theme going will be the Christmas ceilidh on Friday, December 1, before King’s Park Brass Band perform the ‘Carnival of Animals’ show on Saturday, December 2, a show focused on the creatures that roam (or have roamed) the planet.
Lastly, it is panto time to wrap up the year.
This year’s show is ‘Beauty and the Beast’, running from December 9- 22.
The popular tea dances will also take place each month, with John Findlay providing the music.
The next one is on Thursday, August 17, at 1.30pm.
For more information on any event or to buy tickets visit www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk, call 0141 613 5700 or go to the venue.
Always a favourite at the Town Hall is Rutherglen Rep, who return with ‘Invite to a Murder’
That’ll Be The Show The cast of Buddy Holly and the Cricketers