Top Things in May

By Tracy Mukherjee

Top Things to do

Late Spring, looking forward to Summer and the cultural sector seems to have gone into overdrive post pandemic. There is so much to see and do over the coming months, there isn’t a moment to lose.  Curtain up, let the show begin!

Top for Opera

There are some absolute classics coming to the Royal Concert Hall this May. At the beginning of the month, look out for Bizet’s Carmen, with some of the most memorable arias of all time. There’s passion and jealousy on the menu, so it isn’t going to end well! With the rousing Toreador’s song and the sultry Habanera, this award-winning production brings together full orchestra and chorus as well as supremely talented international soloists. 

Also by Ellen Kent Productions, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly makes a welcome return. The outstanding soprano voices of Elena Dee and Alyona Kistenyova* tell the tragic story of the love between a young Japanese girl and an American naval officer. With some of the world’s favourite operatic melodies such as the Humming Chorus and the Love Duet, this is a must see.

Around at the Theatre Royal, Scottish Opera bring you the unpredictable rake who is Don Giovanni. Set in 17th century Venice, our anti-hero seductively hunts his prey. One of the world’s most performed operas, this production is directed by none other than Sir Thomas Allen. As such Mozart’s work will undoubtedly be exceptionally presented and will live in your memory long after the final bow.

Madame Butterfly and Carmen, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 1st – 2nd May

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Don Giovanni, Theatre Royal 15th May – 25th June

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Top for Musicals

If your tastes tend towards a ‘tune’ not sang in Italian with surtitles, it would appear you are about to be mightily spoiled. 

The King’s Theatre transports us to a Greek island paradise in the smash-hit that is Mamma Mia.  It’s a sing along sensation, with a mountain of Abba hits to bring a smile to our faces.  Written by Catherine Johnson and with the music of Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, this feel-good musical has a three week run.

One not to miss at the SEC Armadillo is Friends! The Musical Parody. This hilarious show has been a hit in New York and Las Vegas and is a celebration of all things Central Perk. With some of our favourite moments from the iconic 90s show, it’s essential viewing for all Friends devotees. And as it’s a musical there will surely be a rendition of Smelly Cat, don’t you think?

For something a little different Dirty Dancing in Concert brings a digitally remastered version of the film to a full-sized cinema screen at the Royal Concert Hall. The film soundtrack will be accompanied by a live band and singers throughout the performance. The film is an 80’s classic and this is a unique way of experiencing Johnny and Baby’s love story.

Mama Mia, The King’s Theatre Tues 24th May – Sat 11th June

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Friends! The Musical Parody, SEC Armadillo Sun 20th May and follow the links for tickets.

Dirty Dancing in Concert, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Mon 16th May

Top for Food and Drink

Like so many events, The Eat and Drink Festival at the SEC had to be rescheduled last year.  But it will be worth the wait as in May the festival for all foodies returns. The event will give you new cooking ideas, look at trends in cuisine as well as celebrity chefs on the Eat and Drink stage. Artisan producers will be on hand as well as drink experts advising on food pairing. It’s a chance to learn, browse and most importantly, taste free samples!

As a bonus, your festival ticket also includes free entry to the Ideal Home Show, running concurrently on the campus. Now that we are all culinary wizards post lockdown, the festival is a great opportunity to hone our skills.

The Eat and Drink Festival, SEC Centre Thurs 26th – Sun 29th May


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