16-20 June 2015
Reviewed by Michelle Macpherson
On Tuesday the 16 June, I attended the King’s Theatre in Glasgow to review Calamity Jane. The theatre does not have its own designed parking, however there is a multi-storey carpark directly behind the building with many spaces and after 6pm the cost is reduced.
The King’s Theatre is a beautiful, decorative building inside and out. It opened its doors as a theatre in 1904. It has a wonderful intricate hand decorated ceiling, balconies and walls. It has the traditional red seating associated with theatres. It has stalls, a grand circle, upper circle and boxes. The atmosphere in the theatre was one of excitement and interest. The theatre was extremely clean and tidy and the staff were fantastic, polite, helpful and cheery.
Calamity Jane is a wonderful story of a young woman living in the Wild West late in the 19th Century. Set in Deadwood, Calamity Jane is no ordinary lady! She wears men’s clothes and protects the local area, shooting like a pro! Calamity is a storyteller and weaves wonderful tales of her bravery. No one in Deadwood compares to her except Wild Bill Hickok, they have a bit of a love hate relationship but are still good friends. Calamity has a major crush on Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, who has no clue about the crush and treats her as one of the lads. The majority of the story is set in ‘The Golden Garter,’ the local saloon that caters for the town’s lack of women by hiring female actresses. Milly the owner makes a dreadful mistake hiring Francis who isn’t quite what ‘she’ seems. Calamity sets herself the challenge of bringing back Chicago’s famous Adelaide Adams, this doesn’t quite go to plan! Her and Katie go on an unlikely friendship adventure into femininity. Seeing Calamity Marry her man but which one?
The show was spectacular! This show truly is hard to put into words! The talent on the stage was outstanding. The set was minimal but very authentic and this worked really well within this piece. The stage set was made up of mainly musical instruments! It was amazing to see the double talents of the actors and actresses as they were the band as well, it worked really well! Genius on the directors part. The two main characters Calamity and Wild Bill were played by Jodie Prenger and Tom Lister. They were cast perfectly! The energy from the stage sent a burst of excitement into every person watching.
The show overall was a great night out with the cast and audience singing together and being truly on board with what is the most fun love story out there. I would highly recommend the show to everyone and would happily return to see it again!
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £58.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Calamity Jane is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 20 June 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648