The Pavilion Theatre

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Greasepaint is the word

This is a populist city. It may have spaces for the kind of cutting-edge theatre that can baffle audiences but Glasgow also appreciates a good night out. That means something like An Evening of Dirty Dancing, maybe Motown and Philadelphia on Tour, psychics or Treasure Island as the Christmas panto featuring Michelle McManus who rose to fame after winning Pop Idol. This is the kind of fun you find at the Pavilion Theatre in Renfield Street which bills itself as Scotland's National Theatre of Variety.

It opened way back in 1904 as a music hall and during the Edwardian period, the Pavilion represented the height of theatre- going luxury with rococo flourishes in the décor that survive to this day: it's pure dead Louis XV, as they say in these parts. The kind of entertainment on offer here may appeal, or not, but without bums on seats this venue would have gone the way of many other old local theatres and closed long ago.

Panto laughs, hypnotists and Fleetwood Mac tribute bands keep the Pavilion very much alive and kicking.

By: Keith Davidson


Venue name: The Pavilion Theatre
Address: 121 Renfield Street
G2 3AX
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