Shawshank Redemption @ Theatre Royal Glasgow

I am so enthusiastic about writing this post for my blog as it is something totally new and I’m still buzzing from last night’s production of the one and only: Shawshank Redemption at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect as I hadn’t been to the theatre in years (and I had never been to the Theatre Royal before) however it was otherworldly and I would definitely go again.

Firstly, the actual theatre in itself was extraordinary. It’s a much different experience from going to the cinema – that’s for sure. I felt really classy and sophisticated (to say that I felt as though I fit in though would be stretching the truth). The staff were helpful and made sure I went to the right place – it was such a huge building so it would be easy to get lost if you didn’t know where you were going! I would definitely go back to the Theatre Royal Glasgow. If you’re from Glasgow, like myself, and you haven’t been here: Definitely put it on your bucket list/to do list or whatever you have got going on because it was such a wonderful experience.

This production of Shawshank Redemption was adapted by Owen O’ Neill and Dave Johns. There was a lot of added humour to this particular show and I found it worked immensely well – I hadn’t been expecting it. The notorious scenes and lines from the film were included in this production but there were also little twists and changes which worked tremendously. I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat. I thought because I had seen the film so many times that I wouldn’t have been in for any surprises but boy, was I wrong?

The casting was absolutely spot on; the accents were great; the costume was true to the film – I was just so impressed!

I would go and see this performance of Shawkshank Redemption again in a heart beat. I’d love to have met the cast and chatted to them afterwards. They were all so talented. Hats off to each and every one of them. Credit where credit is due. I shall list them all below:

  • PAUL NICHOLLS as Andy Dufresne
  • JACK ELLIS as Warden Stammas
  • BEN ONWUKWE as Ellis ‘Red’ Redding
  • ANDREW BOYER as Brooksie
  • DANIEL STEWART as Hadley
  • OWEN OLDROYD as Entwistle
  • JEFF ALEXANDER as Bogs Diamond
  • SEAN CROKE as Rooster
  • SCOTT WRIGHT as Dawkins
  • NICHOLAS BANKS as Tommy Williams

I thoroughly enjoyed my evening last night and want to take this opportunity to thank the cast once again for putting on such an excellent performance of one of the most incredible films there is. Fabulous!







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  1. Hippy Lee
    November 25, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Enjoyed this thoroughly! I love the theater and I get all fired up when I go. Reading the post, I could actually feel your excitement! Well done, am going to read some more of your stuff now….

    • November 28, 2016 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely words! It really means the world! It makes writing these posts worthwhile when people enjoy my writing!

      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney Xo

      • Hippy Lee
        November 29, 2016 / 7:32 am

        Your very welcome….and I know EXACTLY what you mean lol.

  2. abbeylouisarose
    November 25, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Such a great post, I feel like I was sitting there with you! The theatre is absolutely stunning – and it looked like you had fab seats from your snap story too! I absolutely love the film and I think it’s so clever that they managed to get a few new twists and surprises into the stage version! Thanks for sharing your night out with us 💞

    Abbey ✨

    • November 28, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you my wee darling! Our seats were good – I was really chuffed as I hadn’t expected them to be as it said on the ticket ‘restricted view’ and it wasn’t restricted at all. Happy days! Thank you for dropping by my blog & leaving me a lovely comment. You know how much my wee comments mean to me! God bless you chick.

      Charlene McElhinney Xo

  3. November 28, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Hey Girl! Wonderful post, I have seen the film Shawshank Redemption and I would never of thought of it as a theatre production but I;m now incredibly intrigued and with the amazing reviews you’ve given it, it’s definitely a show I’d love to see on stage. The Theatre Royal looks beautiful, it reminds me of some theatres I’ve been to in London, stunning celling work and all! Great post lovely.

    Tabitha xxxxx

    • November 28, 2016 / 4:22 pm

      Hi Tabitha,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! It is such a great film – if you get the opportunity to ever go and see it at the theatre you definitely should. Yeah it was such an exquisite theatre and I will probably go back again to see something else there!

      Thanks again hunni pie

      Charlene McElhinney Xo

  4. November 28, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    What a gorgeous theater! I’ve always wanted to see Glasgow. I hadn’t realized that they’d turned Shawshank Redemption into a play and I’m glad the stage version does the story justice!!


    • November 28, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Hello chick!
      That’s something you don’t hear every day – people wanting to see Glasgow! Haha! Usually there is more exquisite places people want to go to! Yeah it definitely done the film justice chick: It was great!

      Thank you so much for dropping by my blog.

      Charlene McElhinney

  5. November 28, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Hi, great post. What a beautiful theatre. If I’m ever up in Glasgow it looks like a must visit. Thanks for sharing, Chloe

    • November 28, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much!
      I’m so glad my post has made you want to visit!

      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney Xo

  6. November 28, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Great review! Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourite films and I’d love to see it in the theatre! I’ve just checked and I missed it when they were at a theatre near me 🙁

    • November 28, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much chick!
      Aww, that is rubbish hun. It really was fab! So gutted you missed it. Maybe another time poppet!

      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney

  7. November 28, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I’ve never been to a theatre but this looks so beautiful! Found your blog from the TeacupClub!

    • November 28, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Hello lovely,
      No way! You should definitely add it to your bucket list as it’s such a great experience! Maybe go see a Christmas panto or something?
      Thank you so much for dropping by my blog!

      Charlene McElhinney

      • November 29, 2016 / 12:54 am

        We don’t have lots of money but maybe one day

  8. November 28, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time and so glad you did! What a beautiful theatre, can’t wait for our next theatre experience! It’s just so beautiful isn’t it!

    Jessica & James |

  9. November 28, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    What a great review and wonderful photos. I think I’d feel classy and sophisticated as well, I love the film of The Shawshank Redemption!

    Sharon x

    • November 28, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Hello chick!
      Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and leaving me such lovely words – it really means a lot!

      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney Xo

  10. November 28, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    I loved the film so I’ll have to catch this if it comes to Edinburgh.

    • November 28, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      They are currently on tour so keep your eyes peeled! I promise you it is definitely worth going to see!

      Thanks for dropping by my wee blog!
      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney

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