Musical and comedy highlights in Scotland for 2012 and 2013

Phantom of the Opera, Medea and Ross Noble among the stage highlights in 2012/13

Ross Noble

Phantom of the Opera, Medea, Ross Noble, Glasgow Girls and more

Phantom of the Opera

It’s been 25 years since Lord Lloyd-Webber’s high-drama, high-camp operatic musical burst onto the stage. And now, after sell-out shows all over the globe, Phantom returns to Edinburgh’s Playhouse in September for a month-long run as part of its silver anniversary tour. Always hugely popular, snap up your tickets quick.
19 Sep–20 Oct, Edinburgh Playhouse,


This modern twist on Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy comes courtesy of Orange Prize nominee Stella Duffy. The play uses the ancient text to explore the current political hot topics of immigration and national security. After 3,000 years the themes of persecution and revenge are still relevant today.
27 Sep–13 Oct, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow,

The Authorised Kate Bane

Multi-award winning theatre company Grid Iron return to the Tron to explore themes of identity and isolation. The Ella Hickson play centres around Kate’s attempt to find a true version of her family’s past on a visit to her childhood home with her new boyfriend. The atmosphere grows in intensity and communication is cut-off as the snow begins to fall heavier.
12–26 Oct, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh,

Glasgow Girls

The Citz premieres this daring musical from director Cora Bissett and writer David Greig. Outraged by the detention of their friend, a Kosovan refugee, seven school girls start a protest that makes it all the way to the Scottish Government. Based on true events and with original songs, can these girls succeed where politicians have failed?
31 Oct–17 Nov, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow,

Dirty Dancing

Eighties film phenomenon and now the fastest selling West End show in history, Dirty Dancing brings its saucy dance numbers north of the Border on its first nationwide tour. Expect plenty of lifts, turns, watermelon carrying and an extremely excitable audience when Baby and Johnny take to the stage for THAT dance routine.
4 Dec–12 Jan, Edinburgh Playhouse,

Ross Noble: MindBlender

It’s always best to expect the unexpected where freewheeling off-the-wall Geordie comedian Ross Noble is concerned. Spinning whole routines from the tiniest details like fringes or bras, Noble takes his audience on a topsy-turvy journey through the psychedelic caverns of his mind. Every night is a surprise for the audience and for Noble.
Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow, 2 Nov,

Glasgow Comedy Festival

The city that ‘smiles better’ lives up to its nickname with the arrival of Glasgow’s annual comedy festival in March. This year’s festival played host to comedians from far and wide, including Ardal O’Hanlon and Police Academy’s human sound machine, Michael Winslow, as well as comic talents of the future. The programme for 2013 will be released in the spring.
15 Mar–1 Apr, Various venues, Glasgow,

Dirty Dancing

  • Directed by: Sarah Tipple
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein

See Baby not put in the corner in the musical based on the late Patrick Swayze's popular film. Following two West End runs and two UK Tours, the classic story of Baby and Johnny is back, featuring the hit songs ‘Do You Love Me?', ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ and more.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Mon 28 Jan 2019

£33–£63.50 / 01274 432000

Tue 29 Jan 2019

£33–£63.50 / 01274 432000

Wed 30 Jan 2019

£33–£63.50 / 01274 432000

…and 3 more dates until 2 Feb 2019

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Mon 25 Mar 2019


Tue 26 Mar 2019


Wed 27 Mar 2019


…and 3 more dates until 30 Mar 2019

Bristol Hippodrome

Mon 1 Jul 2019

£13–£76.90 / 0844 847 2325

Tue 2 Jul 2019

£13–£76.90 / 0844 847 2325

Wed 3 Jul 2019

£13–£76.90 / 0844 847 2325

…and 3 more dates until 6 Jul 2019

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

The 16th Glasgow International Comedy Festival is set to offload another bumper spring extravaganza of laughs on us with the cream of Scottish, British and international comedic talent showing off their funny wares. They also launch a stand-up school, where youngsters can learn the craft, as part of the Year of Young…

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 14 Mar 2019

Times to be confirmed / Prices vary

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Times to be confirmed / Prices vary

Sat 16 Mar 2019

Times to be confirmed / Prices vary

…and 15 more dates until 31 Mar 2019

The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber's vastly popular melodramatic musical comes to Scotland at last, with John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter sharing the role of the Phantom.

Ross Noble: Mindblender

The wild-haired Geordie, prone to wondrous tangents and surreal interludes, wanders back out on tour with a brand new show.


The award-winning Mike Bartlett directs his new, contemporary setting of Euripides' seminal tragedy about the bloodthirsty and infanticidal revenge of a woman scorned.

Glasgow Girls – The Musical

Cora Bisset, herself the original star of David Greig's Midsummer, directs her own new life-affirming, multicultural musical (also in collaboration with Greig), a vibrant celebration of Glasgow and the power of teenagers with a cause. Ages 12+.

The Authorised Kate Bane

The award-winning Grid Iron theatre company presents a new play about family mythologies and memory, by Ella Hickson (Eight) with new music from MJ McCarthy (of Zoey van Goey fame).

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