Òran Mór celebrates 500 shows in new season

Òran Mór celebrates 500 shows in its new season

Spuds / credit: Leslie Black

West End institution latest lineup to mark a signifcant landmark

In these politically fraught times, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, brings the feel-good factor to the (lunch) table with homegrown plays which are often humorous, full of pathos, and feature big musical numbers.

Created and curated by the late David MacLennan in 2004, PPP, as it is affectionately known by its loyal audience, has spread out worldwide to become a theatrical institution.

This time around, the team are doing something different for the spring and summer run, reviving fifteen old favourites. The 500th show will be celebrated in grand style with the return of Morag Fullarton's cheeky Hollywood homage Casablanca: The Gin Joint, starring Gavin Mitchell as a wonderfully deadpan Rick Blaine.

Liz Lochhead's Scots reworking of Moliere's classic comedy Tartuff is back; Spuds by Andy McGregor offers distinctly Glaswegian satire in the form of a chip shop musical, Douglas Maxwell flips the 'Pygmalion' paradigm with his play A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity and a Fife legend is back on the oche, as Grant O' Rourke revisits his titular role in Jocky Wilson Said. Another Scots star, droll comic Chic Murray, is lovingly portrayed by Dave Anderson in A Funny Place For A Window by Stuart Hepburn.

For those who seek shows featuring more glamorous icons, Annie Caulfield's Dusty Won't Play looks at the time the principled Ms Springfield refused to play a segregated area in the 1960s and stars Frances Thorburn, and the irrepressible Joyce Falconer squeezes into her white rhinestone encrusted jumpsuit and karate chops her way to our hearts in Morna Young's glorious Doric comedy Aye Elvis. With such successful productions in the offing, an afternoon trip.

Òran Mór, Byres Road, Glasgow, from Mon 4 Feb. Book tickets.

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