SCOTTISH OPERA CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW WITH LAUDER
As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Theatre Royal Glasgow, Scottish Opera is delighted to present three performances of Lauder starring Jamie MacDougall.
An exploration into the public and private personas of the legendary Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder, this new production of the musical play has been adapted by director Kally Lloyd-Jones and tenor and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall from the original script by comedian, actor and impresario Jimmy Logan. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, is Music Director. He accompanies Jamie on the piano, and has curated the featured Harry Lauder songs.
Lauder will be performed in the Theatre Royal’s Upper Circle Foyer, during the run of Scottish Opera’s La traviata in November and December.
Sir Harry premiered his classic song ‘I Love a Lassie’ onstage at Theatre Royal in 1905 when he appeared in his first pantomime, Aladdin, and in Red Riding Hood in 1910 he performed 'Roamin’ in the gloamin'’, making Lauder a fitting celebration of the theatre’s 150th year. Featuring these well-known songs as well as ‘Keep Right on to the End of the Road’ and other familiar favourites, the show will also include news footage of Sir Harry’s funeral and film reel from the trenches. Greatly affected by his son John’s death at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, Sir Harry raised huge sums of money for injured servicemen by establishing the Harry Lauder Million Pound Fund and was awarded a knighthood for this and his contribution to the entertainment world.
Starring as Sir Harry is Glasgow-born Jamie MacDougall, who has established himself as one of the country's most versatile singers and performers. Since 2001 he has been the nation's voice of classical music for BBC Radio Scotland, and he will be making his debut on the Scottish Opera stage in Spring 2018 as the Dancing Master in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Jamie has sung Lauder’s songs around the world and is thrilled to be bringing this tribute to his hero back to a Scottish audience for these intimate performances in Theatre Royal, the oldest theatre in Glasgow. Established in 1867, the theatre reopened in 1895 following two fires and was bought by Scottish Opera in 1974.
Jamie MacDougall said: ‘I was 10 when I was taken twice to see Jimmy Logan in Lauder at the King’s Theatre Glasgow. That was the start of my life-long association with these wonderful songs and Sir Harry Lauder, an entertainer who was the first truly global star. For me, bringing back Lauder is a dream come true, and with Scottish Opera co-producing the show to mark the 150th anniversary of its home, the Theatre Royal, I believe they are recognising a very important aspect of Scottish cultural history.’
Jimmy Logan wrote and starred in Lauder which he performed for the first time in 1976 in Edinburgh, before it toured around the world. It was also broadcast on television and Logan revived the show in 2000 for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Lauder is directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, founder and artistic director of Company Chordelia, which has been performing original dance work to critical acclaim throughout Scotland since 2002. Her previous directing credits for Scottish Opera include Seven Deadly Sins (2013) and Katya Kabanova (2010).
Scottish Opera extends thanks to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Archives & Collections, custodians of the Jimmy Logan Archive including the Lauder scripts and scores.