Ayr Gaiety adds more art forms

FAMILY ROMP: The Gaiety will host Oddsocks' production of Robin Hood next month.
FAMILY ROMP: The Gaiety will host Oddsocks' production of Robin Hood next month.

LITTLE over a month since the Gaiety Theatre reopened its doors after a four year absence it has already embraced panto, music, and comedy.

But not content with just three creative mediums, the remaining winter season will see the Ayr performance venue add cinema and theatre to its existing list of artistic offerings.

Headshot of Irish actor Peter O'Toole (L) and Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif in a still from the film, 'Lawrence of Arabia,' directed by David Lean, 1962. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Headshot of Irish actor Peter O'Toole (L) and Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif in a still from the film, 'Lawrence of Arabia,' directed by David Lean, 1962. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)

On Saturday the Carrick Street theatre launched its Studio Film Matinees and Film Nights with a screening of kids’ favourite cartoon hit Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in its brand new 100-seat studio theatre.

And the film fun continues today (Wednesday) with 2pm and 7.30pm screenings of Anna Karenina (certificate 12A) - an adaptation of Tolstoy’s tale of love and marriage in Imperial Russia, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Tomorrow matinee and evening screenings of the 50th anniversary remastered version of David Lean’s legendary WW1 desert classic Lawrence of Arabia (pictured below left - certificate PG), starring Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn and a host of cinema greats, will be the final movie of the month - but the Gaiety already has a screenings schedule organised for February.

Executive Director of the Gaiety Partnership, Vince Hope, said early response to the idea of showing films at the Gaiety had been extremely positive.

“We hope to become an established venue for great cinema in Ayrshire,” he said. “Movie goers will now be able to enjoy an up close, personal and intimate film going experience.”

Next month the Gaiety will also welcome comedy company Oddsocks for their debut Scottish performance of The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Billed as “an energetic, romp suitable for all the family with live music, lots of action and plenty of opportunity for audience participation”, the Oddsocks interpretation of the classic tale is sure to be true to their signature style: irreverent but respectful to the text, slapstick but skillful, funny but full of truth, and clever but accessible.

Robin Hood comes to the Gaiety on Tuesday February 5, with tickets priced at £14/£13 (conc). The performance starts at 7.30pm. To book call the box office on 01292 280134, and online booking is available with no booking fee at www.thelittleboxoffice.co/thegaiety.

All Gaiety cinema tickets are £6.50/£5.50 (conc) and can be booked at the Gaiety ticket desk by calling 01292 288235. Alternatively to book tickets online, or for full listings, visit www.ayrgaiety.co.uk.