Tron Theatre summer production sets sail for Valhalla!

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Valhalla!

Theatre-goers beware: reality will leave the building for artistic director Andy Arnold’s latest summer production. Following on from last year’s darkly comic Cooking With Elvis, Valhalla! looks similarly offbeat, replete as it is with magic swans, hunchbacked princess and bonkers fitness instructors. ‘It’s very camp, very funny, very moving and should appeal to all kinds of audience,’ laughs Arnold, during a short break from rehearsals.

Penned by Hollywood screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values, The Stepford Wives) focuses on young prince Ludwig, in 19th century Bavaria, who is under pressure to find a bride; meanwhile, in small-town Texas some 100 years later, James, a young boy, is in love with his best friend. Confused? Fear not, says Arnold.

‘The worlds collide, yes, but the story carries you along with it,’ assures Arnold who loved the script from the first time he read it. ‘I knew I wanted to do it straight away. Strictly speaking it’s about Ludwig of Bavaria, a mad King who liked to build castles. But that’s just a superficial storyline that allows for some very funny one-liners and just a very good script.’

With a first class cast including River City’s Joyce Falconer as the Queen of Bavaria and Johnny McKnight as Ludwig, fresh from his sell-out success with Little Johnny’s Big Gay Wedding, not to mention Kenny Miller on design duties, Arnold has high hopes of a big success.

‘It’s played by seven performers but there are thousands of characters really,’ explains Arnold. ‘So hopefully there’s something in there for everyone.’

Tron Theatre, Glasgow Tue 6–Sat 24 Jul

Valhalla!

  • 4 stars

'Mad' Ludwig of Bavaria meets 1940s Texas in a tale of two men in a bawdy romp that spans two centuries. Written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Andy Arnold.

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