THE live scene in Fife has been growing year on year, and after some epic performances in the Kingdom in 2012, 2013 heralds even more.
The last 12 months have seen some huge household names performing at venues, both big and small, around Fife.
With venues beginning to release their latest programmes for the first six months of the new year, we thought we’d pick just a few of the shows we think you’ll like each month.
As always with the local venues, there’s an array of genres to choose from, from drama and comedy to live music and dance. There are also some shows for the younger family members.
New listings are being added all the time and for up-to-date programming check out the venues’ websites.
If you’ve not already made it to see one of the Kingdom’s pantomimes during the festive season, there’s still time to see them. ‘Sleeping Beauty’, directed by Jonathan Stone, continues to run at Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre until January 12, while ‘Cinderella’ at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline runs until Sunday.
Murder, Marple and Me
Adam Smith Theatre
Margaret Rutherford’s performance as Miss Marple made her a true movie icon, but it nearly didn’t happen.
This new play, starring Janet Prince, humourously unearths the fascinating reasons why. Witness a clash of the titans; two of Britain’s most influential women in the arts in the 1950s and 60s who staggered through a mutual distaste for each other and a serious aversion to each other’s work to eventually come out the other side as friends.
Following the release of their debut album ‘Employment’ in 2005, the band’s rise to international success was rapid. They enjoyed huge hits with the likes of ‘I Predict a Riot’ and ‘Ruby’, before taking a three-year hiatus. They released their most recent album in June 2011, but now the Chiefs come north of the border for this rare Fife gig.
They had everyone ‘dancing in the moonlight’ back in 2000, and now they are back. The band enjoyed a string of top 20 singles and sold over two million albums worldwide. Having reformed in 2011 since taking a break back in 2003, the gig will see them replay all their old hits as well as debuting material from their upcoming album.
The 2011 Britain’s Got Talent winner will perform an up-close and personal gig at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes this spring. After the talent contest, the Ayrshire singer went on to duet with Hayley Westenra and Josh Groban. This gig gives audiences the chance to hear his talents in person, rather than through the television. It may not be everyone’s choice of music, but the public voted for him in the competition so he must have some fans out there.
Adam Smith Theatre
Be warned, this is not a show for the faint hearted, but we’re sure some of you will enjoy it. Sadowitz holds nothing back with his often offensive style of comedy. He emptied the room in Edinburgh in 2006 with his warm-up material. This is his second appearance in Kirkcaldy, having taken part in the town’s comedy festival in 2011.
Moscow Ballet - Coppelia
A classical ballet in three acts, originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon and set to music by Leo Delibes. This is a love story infused with charm and comedy; there’s an eccentric old toymaker, Doctor Coppelius, the feisty Swanilda, her fiance Franz and the amazingly life-like doll, Coppelia, together with a supporting cast of youthful, mischievous characters.
Rothes Halls and Carnegie Hall
March 22 and 23
Russian State Dance Ensemble is back. The Cossacks’ fiery dances and songs are as true and honest as the souls of their country folk. Over 40 world-class performers take part in the show, with over 300 costumes. The highlight of the spectacular show is the Great Cossack Dance.
The legendary performers are still going strong after four decades. With 23 top 40 singles and 15 massive selling albums, there’s a strong fan base out there. A
chance for Fifers to experience the incredible live show from this band, right on their doorsteps.
Always a popular visitor to Fife, Britain’s best loved celebrity psychic returns. Over the years she has used her gift to help many people, most notably famous for her work with the late Princess Diana. Now Sally brings her amazing abilities and her tremendous
personality to the stage for a unique theatrical experience.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Adam Smith Theatre
Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest comedies, London Classic Theatre bring their production of Oscar Wilde’s theatrical masterpiece to Fife. Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbably plot twists and a sprinkling of romance – The Importance of Being Earnest has it all.
The legend has sold over 30 million records in a career spanning several decades. He’s set to release a brand new album this year. Tying in with the latest musical contribution from Ocean, he’ll be entertaining audiences around the country.
This Tall Stories production is adapted from the children’s favourite picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. A magical musical adventure for children aged four and up.
Reginald D. Hunter
The regular guest on many of popular comedy shows, including Live at the Apollo and Have II Got News for You, brings his new tour to the Kingdom. ‘In the Midst of Crackers’ follows on from two previous sell-out UK tours
by Hunter. His unique blend of humour is not to be missed.