EDEN COURT NEW SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
The Inverness theatre has unveiled its line-up for the first few months of 2014.
We make our pick of the shows to watch for.
Lord of the Flies
Wednesday 28th to Saturday 31st May
Matthew Bourne, the man behind dance hits like his all male Swan Lake and Highland Fling joins forces with Olivier nominated choreographer Scott Ambler for this adaptation of William Golding’s frightening novel about marooned boys gone wild.
Hansel & Gretel Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th January and Romeo & Juliet Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th May.
Our national company bring two generous helpings of classic ballet, first the world premiere of new artist director Christopher Hampson’s version of the fairy tale with music by Engelbert Humperdinck (the other one), and then choreographer Krzysztof Pastor with a special arrangement of Prokofiev’s famous score.
Wesnesday 26th February
More classic ballet with Ballet West’s combination of established professional dancers and students stepping out to Tchaikovsky’s stirring music.
Brendan Cole – Licence To Thrill
Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th March.
If you are already missing Strictly Come Dancing from your Saturday nights, it is not long to wait until show regular Cole returns to Eden Court, bring with him a cast of 20 musicians and dancers.
Breakin’ Convention 2014
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May.
The international festival of hip hop dance theatre returns to the Highlands
Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th June
The world’s longest running play celebrates its 60th anniversary with a UK tour, bringing the Agatha Christie whodunnit to the Highlands for the first time.
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April
The music, prose, poetry and story of the surreal Glasgow humorist, a favourite of The Beatles, Iain Banks and John Peel.
Monday 24th March
Award-winning playwrights Kieran Hurley and AJ Taudevin present an explosive new play about love and blame in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots.
The Confessions of Gordon Brown
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April.
This Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London West End smash hit, hilariously exposes the darkest secrets of being Prime Minister, the stab-in-the-back plottings — all the things necessary to get to the top and rule a nation.
Doras Dùinte/Rough Island
Thursday 27th February.
A double bill of dark dramas of mystery and suspense, the first in Gaelic and the second in English, both with translated surtitles.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Friday 4th April
Along with its Eden Court performance of Nielsen, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams, conducted by Jean-Claude Picard, the RSNO will be embedding itself in the Highland area with workshops, performances and activities throughout the region.
Friday 14th February
The orchestra marks St Valentine’s Day with Romantic symphonies from Berlioz and Schubert.
Inverness Choral Mendelssohn - Elijah
Saturday 26th April
A choir of 130 singers perform Mendelssohn’s epic choral work.
Scottish Ensemble: Love and War in Bohemia
Friday 21st February
The Ensemble focuses on music of Czech origin with pieces by Pavel Haas, Dvorak, Biber, Suk and one token German in Handel.
Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th March
With Sarah Millican’s show on 6th April long sold out, the Salford stand-up and panel show regular is the biggest comedy ticket at Eden court this season.
Mark Thomas: 100 acts of Minor Dissent
Wednesday 30th April
Thomas, whose comedy always has a political edge, sets himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year, from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations.
The Only Way Is Downton
Thursday 1st May
Impressionist Luke Kempner’s one-man show is the ultimate television culture clash.
Friday 28th March
The comedian and close-up magician made a particularly controversial appearance on his last Eden Court visit. Has the misanthropic Scot mellowed? Probably not.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)
Sunday 16th February
A cast of three present the greatest story ever told.
Thursday 24th April
The former Fairground Attraction singer returns with some special guests.
Thursday 6th March
The multi-award winning folk singer with songs from her new album.
Tuesday 18th March
Acclaimed singer Cathie Rae pulls together an impressive line-up of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians including Graeme Stephen on guitar and Paul Harrison on piano/organ and featuring Brazilian bassist Mario Caribe.
The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Wednesday 23rd April
Eden Court’s new season includes tributes to Elvis, Nina Simone, Fleetwood Mac, Marc Bolan and Meatloaf, but this full cast tribute to the New York duo could be the most spectacular.
Friday 14th March
The north’s own folk supergroup returns with more tunes and cheek.
Sunday 23rd February
The Great British Bake Off runner-up is on a mission to get Scotland baking.
Wednesday 19th February
The Radio 2 presenter and author talks about his new book and epic radio series, The People’s Songs, a social history of modern Britain told through pop music.
Sunday 9th March
The locally based climber talks about his latest adventures, including taking his 13-year old daughter up El Cap in Yosemite and tackling Norway’s Troll Wall and the north face of the Eiger.
Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight
Friday 21st February
The extreme circus show looks to the London of the Great Plague and Great Fire for inspiration for its latest show.
Day and Night
Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th March
Inverness Opera Company bring together new and old favourite stage songs in their latest show.
Inverness Gang Show
Wednesday 6th to Saturday 12th April
Local Scouts, Guides and Cubs return with their bi-annual variety show.
Inverness Music Festival
Monday 3rd to Friday 14th March
Now in its 92nd year, an opportunity for local talent of all ages to be seen and heard by the public.
Inverness Fiddlers Rally
Saturday 22nd February
Over 100 fiddlers performing traditional music from Scotland and beyond.
Big Spring Sing
Thursday 20th March
Several Inverness choirs come together to help launch local children’s charity the Elsie Normington Foundation.