The Shows Must Go On

Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a YouTube channel offering free screenings of selected musicals.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVSzQ6rME82AzW1ctGcOg (or just search The Shows Must Go On)

Available for 48 hours from Friday 22 May at 7pm is The Sound of Music

Keep checking his channel for the next announcement from the Composer-in-Isolation!

Previous free shows include The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. There is an opportunity to donate to the UK charity Acting for Others as well as NHS Charities

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The National Theatre at Home

During this lockdown the National Theatre is offering free viewings of a series of their productions, each streaming for a week on YouTube every Thursday from 7pm.

You can view at your leisure and pause any time over the next seven days. There is no charge although a donation is optional.


National Theatre plays in this series:

14 May: Barber Shop Chronicles (Inua Ellam)

21 May: A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic)

28 May: This House (James Graham)

4 June: Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse)
2 April - One Man, Two Guv'nors (with James Corden)

9 April - Jane Eyre (with Madeleine Worrall)

16 April - Treasure Island (with Arthur Darvill and Patsy Ferran)

23 April - Twelfth Night (with Tamsin Greig)


Something for everyone in this amazing selection of material....no need to be bored at home!

Theatre, Galleries and Museums, Books, Games and Podcasts:








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Update from the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG): While theatres remain closed, productions are being rescheduled.

We await confirmation of refunds on tickets, credit vouchers or new performances dates, and will keep you informed.


Matinee performance 2.30pm. Running time 2h 55mins.

Dress Circle seating price band A, discounted group rate of £60 (tickets usually £85), no additional fees.

Seats reserved until final payment date of Mon 27 January.

Why go and see it?

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

For more info see: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/les-miserables/theatre-royal-glasgow/

If you would like to join us and need more details, you can contact Helena by email or by clicking the envelope icon on the top right corner.

Ideas for future outings.....what do you think?

'A Play, a Pie and a Pint' at Oran Mor.

A trip to the new V & A in Dundee.

Saturday Night Fever

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Great fun and lots of laughs for our theatre-going group at “9 to 5 :The Musical” at the Palace Theatre on 14 March 2020 in an excellent production by Kilmarnock Amateur Opera Society.

“9 to 5 The Musical” tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Hilarious stuff!

Glasgow Central Station - public guided tour

Such an interesting tour of what lies beneath the concourse of Glasgow Central Station!
Twenty U3A members on 27 February and 3 March absorbed our guide Paul’s fascinating tales of old Grahamston village which was flattened to make way for the station’s construction in 1879, with harrowing stories of wartime horrors and the sobering social history of hard lives and sacrifice amidst the simultaneous flourishing of elegant Victorian Glasgow.

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Gaiety Theatre proved to be Ayr's top pantomime for our group.....oh yes it did!
Good music and dancing, fun costumes and lots of laughs on Sunday 22 December, and all for £14 each!

Our group of 17 was entertained and informed in equal measure at Glasgow City Chambers on 25 November by our lively tour guide William, who regaled us with tales of the building’s rich history and the provenance of its magnificent marble (more marble than the Vatican!) rare wood, mosaics and carvings. Its grand interior has been used as a film location, standing in for the Kremlin and the Vatican, and featuring in Outlander and Still Game, among others. Well worth a visit: Let Glasgow Flourish!


A most enjoyable group outing on 23 October 2019 to see the delightful musical "The King and I" at Edinburgh Playhouse, featuring beautiful costumes, spectacular choreography, lovely music and such a talented cast. This excellent show deals with themes relevant to our own time with issues of slavery, the position of women in society, imperial domination and autocratic states plus clashing cultures.....lots to take from this superb production.

Excellent to hear the amazing Matthew Hynes of St Columba's in Ayr performing at Ayr Town Hall on
Monday 9 September.

"The Lewis pipe organ in Ayr Town Hall dates from 1904 and has a Grade 1 Historic Organ Certificate, confirming its quality as one of the finest instruments. It has been described as a "Rolls Royce" of organs. Organists from all over the UK and from abroad come to perform hour-long recitals at midday on Monday between June and November."


The Bachelors Club at Tarbolton where Robert Burns learned to dance, founded a Debating Club and became a Freemason, has been brought back to life on the first Tuesday of each month with evenings of music, songs and tales. Seems like it was a great night on Tuesday 3rd September!”

Did YOU join in the Doukin’ In The Dark midnight swim on Saturday 31 August?

Saturday outdoor swim nights in New Cumnock

14 members took the ferry on 6 August from Wemyss Bay over to Rothesay on the lovely Isle of Bute, destination the fabulous Mount Stuart House. A really great day was had by all with a wander round the scenic grounds, walk on the beach, lunch al fresco in the courtyard cafe, rounded off with an excellent guided tour of this elegant and innovative property. Even the weather played along very nicely!


Hamlet, presented by Bard in the Botanics outdoors at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum on 4 August was a stunning interpretation by a versatile group of talented thespians. Even the warm balmy weather played along!



A brilliant evening seeing "The Lehman Trilogy" on Thursday 25 July, performed by the National Theatre Live and streaming at Ayr Odeon.

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.
After 163 years in financial services, the firm they establish -Lehman Brothers- spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy in 2008, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history, with Lehman holding over US $600 billion in assets. Stunning stuff!


Planning Meetings on Monday 10 June and Friday 14 June

We held two informal meetings, open to all Ayr U3A members, inviting suggestions for trips, visits, activities etc, and welcoming member input for organizing events also.

16 members came along to share their thoughts over coffee, with a further 5 unable to join us but sending their ideas.

A list of 25 proposed outings resulted from our brainstorming sessions, available on request.


Another great theatre trip to the King's on 12 June 2019!

Our date with the Calendar Girls uncovered the funny and touching story of a WRI group, based on a true event, as told by a fantastic cast of talented ladies on stage at the King's.

"The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty, but the last phase is always the most glorious. Then very quickly they all go to seed!"

Wow..... Does this sound a bit like us??

What an interesting day out on 7 May for some of the Outings Group on tour at Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow!

Our knowledgeable guide Daniel escorted us round every stage of the Tennent’s beer-making process before we each enjoyed a perfectly brewed pint.🍺

We learned that there has been a brewery on the site since 1556 and that the famous red T trademark has been in commercial use by Tennent’s since 1740.....they’ve got it to a T 😄

In mediaeval Europe the brewing of ale was the preserve of the monastic orders, in Glasgow these being the Dominican Black Friars and the Franciscan Grey Friars. The monasteries adjoined the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral (1136) beside the Molendinar Burn which now runs underground with only the Lady Well in evidence.
A historic area to visit! 👍

Links: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1237617256396608&set=pcb.346071806266296&type=3&ifg=1&tn=HH-R&eid=ARDMrc490709uqXu46tzYajee8n3u0ldgvjNDDrNCqbAoxqChpa-sVJWL1RH1EMVZvSFuIPqkIIC6Id



Some of our drama enthusiasts had a great evening out on 11 April at the Ayr Odeon to see the live streaming of "All About Eve". This award-winning new production from the National Theatre featured Gillian Anderson and Lily James in a reworking of the classic 1950 film.


Thanks for joining us to see "All My Sons" on Friday 5 April 7.30pm, Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

The Compass Club's powerful production of Arthur Miller's modern classic which portrays the negative side of the 'American Dream'. A moving and compelling story of the ideological conflict between father and son and a merciless exposure of wartime profiteering.


🎶 Get me to the Theatre on time! 🎶

Our group of 14 enjoyed a lovely outing to see the musical 'My Fair Lady' performed by Kilmarnock Amateur Operatic Society at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 16 March 2019

This delightful production, featuring beautiful costumes and stage sets, overflowed with glorious songs from a talented cast backed by live orchestral music, earning 10/10 from an appreciative audience.

We’re already looking forward to the Society’s next show!

  • The art of deduction....and observation! 🔎

The super sleuths were on the case in Kilmarnock on 12 February, on a fun and informative Murder Mystery Walk.

Three teams of four followed a pleasant 3 miles of twists and turns before we discovered 'whodunnit' 🔍

Thursday 31 January 7pm, Ayr Odeon visit

National Theatre Live broadcast of “I’m Not Running”, an explosive new play by political dramatist David Hare


Our autumn outings have been well supported, thanks to members and guests!

Over 20 of us had an interesting and informative afternoon at Kays Curling Stone Factory, Mauchline on 2 November.

Our group enjoyed a lovely lunch at the nearby Fairburn Hotel before gathering at the factory for a fascinating visit to this unique facility. Through guided tours of the workshop by the charming Donald and Jamie, plus video presentation, we learnt how the granite from Ailsa Craig is crafted into the world-famous curling stones. These polished beauties are then distributed internationally to curling clubs whose teams compete in skill and strategy in a game of 'chess on ice'.

Our trip to the Theatre Royal's 'Comedy about a Bank Robbery' on 7 November was a total farce.....but then, that was the whole idea! Plenty of laughs and chuckles kept our group of theatregoers entertained.


Dumfries House, Cumnock: some of our members attended the play 'Elsie Inglis' by local playwright David Dewar on 25 November.

"Listen to the ground, there is movement all around,
There is somethin' goin' down and I can feel it"

What a brilliant time we foot-tappers had at Saturday Night Fever at the King's on October 17th. Night Fever.... We know how to do it!

Our outing to Òran Mór, Glasgow on Wednesday 20th June to see News Hack preceded by supper was a great evening! Scottish Political Satire is alive and well in the merciless hands of this new little theatre company.They weren't wrong when they threatened to ‘put the satire back into the Saltire’ through taking a swipe at local life, characters and politicians.

Whisky Galore at the Gaiety Theatre - 23rd March, 2018.

  • A happy band of 28 theatre-goers supported the Ayr Fort Players at their Friday evening performance of Whisky Galore at the Gaiety on 23 March. The fact-based tale brought to life by this talented group of thespians was much enjoyed by an appreciative audience, and our outing was further enhanced by gathering earlier at Wetherspoon's for a 'wee refreshment'! A great formula for a good evening out!


Murder Mystery Walk.

  • On 6th March, there was a Murder Mystery Walk. Eleven sharp-eyed detectives set off in two teams on a circular scenic walk around Ayr town and seafront intent on solving printed clues in an interesting murder mystery treasure trail. Fresh air and a new look at Ayr in good company culminated in an exchange of news and views over lunch.

Outside the Odeon.

Burns Statue Square



“BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical"#

  • On 14th February, twelve of us met up to go to see “BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical" - which was on at the King's Theatre, Glasgow. I think I can confidently say that we all enjoyed it. It was a great afternoon out, with great company!


Odeon Live Broadcasts

Many thanks to U3A group member Sandy Whalen for flagging up a welcome facility at the Odeon Cinema which streams Live Broadcasts such as performances from the National Theatre in London.

Please see the link below to the Odeon Cinema website listing all the upcoming live broadcasts covering theatre, ballet, opera, musicals, etc.

Just go to the website, select an event at Ayr or Kilmarnock, and book your tickets - no online booking fees!

Odeon Event Cinema


Odeon Silver Cinema

Another attractive option is the Silver Cinema where for just £3 you can go along to enjoy films on Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually at 11am or 2pm. As tickets include tea or coffee and biscuits beforehand, it might be nice to meet at the cinema half an hour before the film?
Odeon Ayr
Odeon Kilmarnock


Need more info? Just get in touch with me, Helena, via the message link. (The message link is an envelope symbol on top right on computer screen, or at the bottom of the page on a smartphone.)

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