What’s On

bab-tmlo-image-1-smallBroadway and Beyond

Saturday 25th February 7.30pm

Imagine all of your favourite musical theatre songs in one great evening’s entertainment.  That’s what you’ll find when Clearer Productions return to the Theatre Royal on Saturday 25th February 2017 with “Broadway and Beyond – The Magic Lives On”.  Following on last year’s hit show, “Broadway and Beyond”, this brand new compilation comprises over forty musical numbers, brand new dance routines and a new set of stunning costumes.

All of the songs and music in the show are from productions which have appeared, at some time or other, on or just off Broadway - New York’s legendary theatre district.  “Broadway and Beyond – The Magic Lives On” is a further celebration of the very best of musical theatre; whether you enjoy the classic shows of the 1920s – 1960s or prefer the modern-day musical, this show has them all!  Prepare once more to be captivated by the talents and versatility of the eight performers; comprising three vocalists, whose vitality and vocal dexterity will amaze, sharing the stage with five musicians demonstrating musical agility and expertise on more than a dozen instruments.  Add to this the beautiful costumes and dazzling choreography and the evening promises to both delight and thrill.

A fast-paced, humour-filled romp, “Broadway and Beyond – The Magic Lives On” will set your feet tapping, your heart singing and leave you wanting more…

A performance not to be missed!

Tickets £15/£12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on TicketWeb here.

gd3_loresLife with the Beatles

Tuesday 28th February 7.30pm

In 1961, 19 year-old Neil Aspinall joined The Beatles as their driver. He served the Fab Four for 46 years before stepping down as CEO of Apple Corps, their corporate conglomerate. In A Life With The Beatles, we hear his unique story through this energetic and intimate solo drama. Veteran Glasgow actor Ian Sexon is effervescent as he depicts the progression of the band from initial formation to the period after their split, along the way jumping into the characters of John, Paul, George and Ringo, manager Brian Epstein and Producer George Martin. First shown at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.

Tickets £10/£8 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on TicketWeb here.


thunder-blank-with-titlesThe Cause of Thunder

Wednesday 1st March
2017 7.30pm

A funny thing happened on the way to the pub… Bob Cunningham thought he saw a man ascend into the sky.

It’s two years after the referendum, and Bob Cunningham has stuff on his mind: whether or not to take early retirement; politics, of course, and what to do about the No vote, Brexit, Corbyn, the refugee crisis… that weird thing about rising into the heavens… and not forgetting the letter from Ethel, his ex-.

It puts him in storytelling mood - Bob’s one of life’s raconteurs - all the while trying to decide what to do about retirement and the onset of old age, and whether his life’s work is done. Is he finished? Can he come to terms with his, and his country’s, past, and future?

Follow-up to The Pitiless Storm, performed by David Hayman, written by Chris Dolan, directed by David Hayman Jr.

Tickets £15 Adults, £14 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Sunday 5th March 2017 at 1pm and 3pm.

The much loved fairy-tale Goldilocks and The Three Bears comes to life on stage in an unforgettable live stage production of song and laughter that the children will love.  Goldilocks, the Three Bears and Ruff the Dog perform live in this exciting and fun filled musical production which takes a few twists and turns along the way with other new puppet characters and hopefully a happy ever after.

Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favourite songs.  Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy.  Watch your kids take part in action songs like 'Head Shoulders Knees and Toes', 'If Your Happy And You Know It' and Sing a rainbow as well as many other all-time children's favourites.  With different adventures from every character, the show will have parents and children alike laughing, playing and singing.  Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be an experience for all the family to remember and cherish.

Tickets £10 Adults, £35 for family of four. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

Sleepless in Seattle

Friday 10th March 2017

Come join us for a screening of the classic 1990s romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Chicago architect Sam Baldwin loses his wife Maggie to cancer. He and his eight-year-old son Jonah start anew in Seattle, Washington, but Sam continues to grieve. A year and a half later, on Christmas Eve 1992, Jonah—who wants his father to find a new wife—calls in to a radio talk show. Jonah persuades a reluctant Sam to go on the air to talk about how much he misses Maggie. Hundreds of women from around the country who hear the program and are touched by the story write to Sam.

All tickets £5 Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

noel-and-gertie-2Noel and Gertie

Thursday 16th March 2017

This is a telegram exchange between Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence sent in 1930:

  • Gertie: Play opens tomorrow. Bring a friend. If you have one.
  • Noël: Cannot make opening night. Will come second night. If you have one.

Noel & Gertie is a warm and witty musical comedy based on the legendary friendship and professional collaboration of actor, playwright and songwriter Noel and the alluring and charismatic actress Gertie.

A major revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years, it is affectionately crafted from diaries and letters between a pair who epitomised an era of sophistication and elegance.

Featuring songs, sketches and snippets of scenes the production has the entrancing effect of accurately portraying the relationship of this extraordinary duo, inseparable until Gertrude’s premature death of cancer, which left a large void in ‘the Master’s’ life.

Matthew Townshend’s production company mtp is the creative drive behind this version of the hit show which was first seen in 1985.

His production featured as part of Frinton Summer Theatre’s 2014 75th Anniversary season and met with rave reviews.

With minute attention to detail, it takes a perfectly-orchestrated trip down memory lane and features scenes from Private Lives, Tonight at 8.30 (including ‘Red Peppers’ and ‘Still Life’) and Blithe Spirit.

Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

The Red Chair by Clod Ensemble

Monday, 20 March. 7.30pm.

Written and performed by Sarah Cameron | Directed by Suzy Willson | Music by Paul Clark | Produced in association with Fuel

A contemporary take on folk and fairytale storytelling traditions, Sarah Cameron’s towering solo performance is a surreal ballad populated with larger than life characters.

Told in a rich and saucy Scots dialect with physical verve, a wee dram of whisky to oil the way and a musical score that rolls in like mist over the hills, The Red Chair lies somewhere between a Grimm’s Tale, an absurdist ghost story and a parent’s guide on how not to bring up children.

Suitable for everyone aged 14+

“The quality of the performance is astonishing and unforgettable.”-The Scotsman on Clod Ensemble


Watch the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC38z6kNSjk

Tickets £10/8 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on TicketWeb here.

unclessquare-004Robert Florence & Iain Connell: Uncles

Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 8.00pm

Robert Florence & Iain Connell, creators of hit BBC sketch show Burnistoun, are taking their hilarious new live show ‘Uncles’ on their first Scottish tour.

After a successful showing at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in 2016 the pair are taking ‘Uncles’ out on the road for limited dates around Scotland.

Get ready for some big laughs and foul-mouthed guidance from two men who know ALL the answers to EVERYTHING. It's time to sit down and listen to your uncles.

“These waggish rogues seem familiar, the kind you might see in the corner of any pub reflecting on their glory days and middle-aged irritations...constant laughs” - Chortle

“The partnership of Iain Connell and Robert Florence is one of the gifts from the comedy cosmos” - Herald

16+ Only

Tickets £16.50. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


28th March 2017 at 7.30pm

People leave places, sometimes by choice, sometimes because they have to. Where do they go and how do they fit in?

CITIZEN is a darkly humorous look at how we bring our identity with us wherever we go.  Created with four dynamic dancers by Glasgow-based Irish-born choreographer Chrissie Ardill and an electronic music score mixed live by Newcastle-based composer Mariam Rezaei.

This hour-long production by the award-winning plan B Dance Company is suitable for audiences of all ages.


Tickets £12 Adults, £10 for students, unwaged, and over 65. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

Scottish Ensemble: An Evening of String Duets

Thursday 30th March 2017 at 7.30pm

Two outstanding Scottish Ensemble musicians visit Theatre Royal in Dumfries for a lively and varied evening of duos for violin and cello.

Chosen by violinist Cheryl Crockett and cellist Alison Lawrance, the programme is a showcase of some of their favourite pieces for the two instruments. Spanning the Baroque to the 20th Century, they will shift between moods and styles, from the rich, earthy sounds of Bartók’s folk-inspired melodies to the romance of Ravel’s sonata to Halvorsen’s Passacaglia, an impressive, virtuosic gambol across all the strings inspired by Handel.

This is a rare opportunity to experience two outstanding string musicians from the UK’s leading string orchestra playing in a more intimate setting; please join us on what promises to be a powerful, moving and thoroughly entertaining evening of music.

Tickets are £15, £10 Under 26, and £5 for Students or Unwaged

Available from Midsteeple Box Office or online here.

Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear

Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 2.30pm in the Studio Theatre

Based on the book by author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear (Voyage au Clair de Lune) is a visual journey into an exciting world of dreams and imagination. Jabuti Theatre's adaptation captures the beauty of Marie-Louise's Illustrations using puppetry, physical theatre, toy theatre and video and brings it all to life with an original musical score. This is a simple yet compelling story about two children, a cat and a mouse, and their adventures with the moon.

Age Recommended 3-5 and families.

View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/165864663

All tickets £5. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

image4Just Beatles

Friday 5th May 2017 at 7.30pm

Just Beatles have firmly established themselves on the tribute band scene in their native Scotland playing theatres all round the country as well as performing in Beatles festivals all over the UK and Europe, including the world-famous Liverpool Beatleweek.

Extremely close attention has been made to every aspect of the Beatles’ act in their quest to emulate the Beatles as accurately as possible. Together with authentic instruments and equipment they faithfully re-create the sound and style of a Beatles concert

Expect non-stop hits all the way from the early days of “Love me Do”, “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You” through to later smashes such as “Let it Be” and “Get Back"


Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

Bonnie Fechters: Songs and Stories of Hope and Resistance

Saturday 6th May 2017 at 7.30pm

Devised, Directed and Performed by Morna Burdon

Bonnie Fechters is a one woman show featuring inspiring stories and songs about women’s activism and struggle – from the Scottish witch killings to the Vietnam war, from African American civil rights activists to the Zero Tolerance campaign. Sell out audiences at Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Scottish Story – telling Centre.

After the interval there is an opportunity for a relaxed chat - to ask about the show – the research, the reasons -or to tell your own stories about women who have inspired you.

"Deeply moving.....her singing voice is a delight to listen to – mellow yet robust" Broadway Baby, 4 Stars

"One minute I was laughing, next I was in tears" Producer, Writers and Activists Throughout the World, Edinburgh International Book Fringe

Tickets £12 Adults, £10 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

al-onstageAlistair MacDonald

11th May 7.30pm

Alastair McDonald is firmly regarded as one of Scotland's leading musical minstrels. In addition to Television, Radio & stage appearances worldwide, he is a prolific recording artiste & can be heard on a variety of labels, most notably CORBAN RECORDINGS, situated in his native Scotland. Alastair`s programme is selected from a vast repertoire of traditional, contemporary & original material.

Born in Glasgow in 1941, Alastair immigrated to Australia with his family at the age of eight & growing up there, during a period in the outback, developed an interest in "homemade" entertainment.

Four years later he returned to Scotland just in time to be excited by the emerging pop scene & in particular, "skiffle" music, a fusion of American folk song with overlaid jazz influences, spearheaded by Lonnie Donegan. With a variety of local groups, he played in hospitals, old folks` homes, Churches, ceilidhs & even back court concerts for political campaigns & for many of his young years was a leading banjo player in the jazz scene of the period (winner of the award for best banjo player Elgin Jazz Festival 1962).

After numerous guest spots on various radio & television shows, “Take 5” “Show of the North” “Melody Inn” “Dateline” etc., he was invited in 1973 to co-host a new TV show of Scottish music entitled "Songs of Scotland". After only a few screenings, the viewing public responded so positively that the series continued year upon year, taking Alastair`s music into variety shows, pantomimes & plays throughout Scotland - and the world. Alastair`s commitment has always been to entertain, but he has fought to do so on terms he believes to be valuable. "Give them what they want..." is a maxim that he finds quite unacceptable. He strives instead to offer that which he considers to be wholesome, helpful, uplifting, cautionary, loving & entertaining - "Filling time for an audience & not just passing it!", he says.

Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

bc2017_composite_cmykCentral School of Ballet

12th May 7.30pm

Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre returns under the auspices of its new artistic director Christopher Marney. See the company’s young and dynamic dancers on the cusp of their professional careers showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces.

The repertoire for this year’s tour features work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Indigo Children by Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett, and a new version of the ballroom scene from Romeo & Juliet by former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee. It also includes a specially created work by Christopher Bruce, as well as excerpts from Petipa’s La Bayadere and The Nutcracker.

The tour will also feature a scene from Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink from the original production directed by Christopher Gable in 1996.

This family-friendly show is ideal for dance enthusiasts as well as those new to ballet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers at the peak of their training as they launch their professional careers.

“…dancers at their very best” DanceEurope July 2016

Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.