7-11 June 2016
Reviewed by Juliana Headley
The King’s Theatre is situated in the heart of Glasgow and easily accessible by public transport (only 5 minutes walk from Charing Cross by underground and within a couple of minutes walk from a variety of bus stops). There are also a few affordable multi-storey car parks in the proximity, but I would only recommend driving to King’s Theatre if you know Glasgow well, as there are numerous road works nearby and it’s very easy to miss the right turn off. If you happen to find your way to the theatre by car, then it’s also possible to find free off street parking within 5-10 minutes walk (not the easiest task however and needs quite a bit of additional time allocated).
We happened to pick the hottest night of the decade to go and see “Guys and Dolls”. It was 25°c at 7pm, which for Glasgow is unheard of! And I would like to compliment the amazing staff at the theatre. They found a few industrial air-conditioners to cool the rooms down and made sure there was always supply of tap water and ice, free of charge!
The show itself is about New York’s seedy nightlife during the period of Depression and Prohibition. It’s about a world of all sorts of criminals and gangsters and their girlfriends, where every male is a guy and every female is a doll, about their lust for easy money, gained by gambling, especially by playing craps (dice game). Despite the ban on gambling, they go all lengths to make games happen and even manage to run one in church building!
It is also a love story of two opposite couples, one, who been together for 14 years, but yet to be married, and another one who fall in love in one day, but yet to decide if they will be together.
Despite being tuff guys on the surface, the gangsters in the show have big hearts and even find their romantic side. The actors have amazing voices and are very good dancers.
However, for me something was missing. I can’t fault anyone’s performance, costumes, decorations – they were great too! But for some reason I did not get engrossed into the play and found it a bit too long.
Overall, I had a good time and admire the talents of the actors, they did their utmost to entertain the audience on such a hot night!
Tickets cost from £15 to £64.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Guys and Dolls is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 11 June 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648