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297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G24JN
Tel: 0844 871 7627
Since its opening in 1904, the King’s Theatre has established itself as one of the most prominent theatres in Scotland. The historic venue is revered for its first class presentation of musicals, dance, drama, comedy and the production of pantomime – the latter of which it could be said is amongst, if not the best in the United Kingdom.
The elegant Edwardian façade is matched by the style of the interior, prompting comedian Billy Connelly to once describe his experience in front of the 1,785 seated auditorium as “like performing inside a wedding cake”. The theatre features seating space on four levels: that of the Stalls, Grand Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery and recent years have seen the renovation of interior in order to restore the theatre to its previous glory.
Until the 1960s the King’s concentrated almost solely on drama, musical theatre and ballet and during the 20th century welcomed many decorated and internationally recognised actors and actresses with names such Sir Lawrence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn, John Gielgud, Tyrone Power and Sarah Bernhardt all gracing its stage, while The Jackson Five also entertained the venue in the late 1970s for a Royal Variety Performance. The theatre still remains a big draw for travelling musicals, with a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ featuring through September while the ‘Rocky Horror Show’ runs through November.
The Theatre as of 2002 is now managed by the ‘Ambassador Theatre Group’ with its subsidiary ‘First Family Entertainment’ responsible for the King’s popular and critically acclaimed pantomime productions. Christmas Pantomime is particularly popular in Glasgow and due to the high standards set by competing theatres around the city, most notably ‘The Pavilion’ and ‘Clyde Auditorium’, the King’s Theatre commits much resources and effort in order to ensure their productions remain the most innovative and well received pantomime in the city. This years much anticipated production will be ‘Snow White’ running from 3rd of December 2010 to 9th of January 2011 and will star stage-veteran Gerard Kelly as well as former no.1 UK singles chart pop singer, Darius Campbell (Danesh-Campbell), who has since rose to critical acclaim for his appearances on London’s West End.
The Theatre lies roughly parallel to the McLays Guest house, although two streets along, with Sauchiehall Street lying between the hotel and the theatre which itself is situated on Bath Street. Bus or train travel would not be required or practical due to the theatre’s close proximity which would require only a ten minute walk. A taxi would also cost no more than £3 from the hotel or around £5 from anywhere in the city centre.
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260/276 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6TT, Scotland.
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