Sir Harry Lauder
Arriving in Australia in 1919 Lauder becomes the First Knight of the Music Hall. He celebrates in the only way he knew how... with an audience.
As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Theatre Royal Glasgow, Scottish Opera presented three performances of Lauder starring Jamie MacDougall. An exploration into the public and private personas of the legendary Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder, this new production of the musical play was adapted by director Kally Lloyd-Jones and tenor and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall from the original script by comedian, actor and impresario Jimmy Logan. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, curated the featured Harry Lauder songs..
“"I have seen Jamie MacDougall in many guises, an affable presenter, a tenor at home in anything from folk to oratorio, but he showed a side to him that is rarely seen. He’s a showman, a song and dance man with an infectious sense of humour. His one-man show Lauder is nothing short of one and a half hours of fine, fine entertainment.”
— Dundee Courier
“Do not miss this show if it ever comes back...the heartfelt applause laced with cheers and whistles...deserved acclaim for both Jamie MacDougall and the man he brought brilliantly to life.”
— Scots Gay *****
“.. it’s an incredible central performance from MacDougall that elevates this to an unmissable evening of theatre. MacDougall looks as if he’s having the time of his life and his energy and utter immersion in the role transmit to the audience. His rendition of Stop Your Tickling Jock is the most infectiously funny thing I’ve seen on a stage in a long time – I defy anyone not to laugh. This is a joyful experience, both to watch and to feel a part of. MacDougall is a fine tenor and his beautiful diction and impressive acting skills showcase Lauder’s work at its very best. ”