Much like it was in January one big event is taking over the theatre and performance spaces of Glasgow in March – The Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival is in town with audiences able to find some of the biggest names in stand-up including Sean Hughes, Jenny Eclair and Ed Byrne squeezed into every available nook and cranny as well as local talent galore.

Whilst comedy is king this month those who are looking for a theatrical fix needn’t panic as there are still plenty of shows available to feed their addiction:

Sir Derek Jacobi is undoubtedly the biggest draw in town this March starring in the Donmar Warehouse production of King Lear at the Theatre Royal which also features Gina McKee as Goneril. As if that wasn’t enough Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company are also appearing at the venue in a dance theatre adaptation of William Goldman’s Lord of The Flies:

The Citizens Theatre have a full programme with psycho-drama Death Dumb and Blonde SeenUnSeen‘s look beneath the skin of Hollywood closely followed by the National Theatre of Scotland‘s powerful and thought provoking examination of disability, perception and reproduction Girl X featuring performer and disabled rights activist Robert Softley. Whilst on a lighter note the highly acclaimed Headlong Theatre Company bring their well deserved reputation for staging unique versions of classic works to the Citz with their take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Centre for Contemporary Art, The Tramway and The Arches are primarily taken up with playing host to New Territories, the festival of live art, but both the Arches and the Tramway have still managed to squeeze in other shows:

The Tramway features Janis Claxton Dance’s Humanimalia a show scrutinising the evolutionary links between ourselves and our simian cousins whilst The Arches celebrates International Women’s Day with It’s Her Birthday a mix of poetry, performance, music and dance suitable for both sexes.

Possibly the busiest venue in town is The Eastwood Park Theatre who start the month off with Gregory Burke’s acclaimed kidnap drama, Gargarin Way produced by Rapture Theatre:

Also on the bill in Eastwood is Smalltown using the combined talents of three of Scotland’s best writers – Douglas Maxwell, D C Jackson and Johnny McKnight – this tale of poisoned water supplies, zombies and Russian roulette should prove a blackly comic treat.


Theatre Royal:

Lord of the Flies: Wed 2 – Sat 5 @ 19:30

King Lear: Mon 7 – Sat 12 @ 19:30

The Citizens:

Death Dumb and Blonde: Wed 9th – Fri 11th @ 19:30

Girl X: Wed 16th- Sat 19th @ 19:30

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Tue 22nd – Sat 26th @ 19:30

The Tramway:

Janis Claxton Dance’s Humanimalia:Fri 4th – Sat 5th @ 19:30

The Arches:

It’s Her Birthday: Sat 5th @ 18:00-21:00

The Eastwood Park Theatre:

Gargarin Way: Wed 2nd @ 19:30

Smalltown: Thu 10th @ 19:30