It’s party time at Town Hall

Au­tumn and win­ter sched­ule is re­vealed

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

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.sll­cbox­of­, 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

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