29 November to 3 December 2016
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Glasgow’s Theatre Royal made a beautiful setting for last night’s performance of The Shakespeare Revue. The fabulous cast of Lizzie Bea, Nicola Keen, Clive Hayward and Alex Morgan with Music Maestro and Director Malcolm McKee presented a collection of sketches, songs and anecdotes relating to Shakespeare.
The show, based on The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1995 production, touches on a little of Shakespeare’s history and snippets of many of his famous works. The sketches have been written by a variety of famous comedians such as Monty Python, Maureen Lipman, Alan Bennett, Victoria Wood and Stephen Fry. They blend seamlessly together to produce an entertaining show full of song dance and wit.
The chemistry between the actors and their comic timing took the show to another level as well as being very current with references to Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing and Nicola Sturgeon’s Independence referendum likened to McBeth!
I’m not sure I loved mid-show Panto-like sing along although it did give me a greater appreciation for the talent of the actors as the song was so fast it was almost possible to fit in all the words!
What I hadn’t realised was how many of the sayings we use today originated from Shakespeare…’a foregone conclusion’, ‘All’s well that ends well’, ‘Wild goose chase’ to name a few.
The Theatre Royal is a stunning building. The entrance hall with café, Vanilla Black, is a very pleasant area to relax pre-show. Take time to admire the Sackler Staircase, it is a working of art with its blend of wood and leather.
This theatre is well, equipped was lifts to all levels and toilet. We were sitting in the Dress Circle where the seats have extra legroom and wider seats making the theatre experience even more comfortable.
The Theatre Royal is located on Hope Street in Glasgow’s city centre, convenient for transport, dining and shopping.
Tickets cost from £15.90 to £27.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Shakespeare Revue is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 3 December 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647