Free as a bird - in a gilded cage

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THE Orpheus Club return to the King’s theatre stage this week with perhaps its glitziest production yet.

It’s the first time in over a decade that La Cage Aux Folles has been performed in Glasgow, but many will recognise the story, which follows the farcical adventures of a glamorous gay couple attempting to woo their future daughter-in-law’s conservative parents, and features songs such as I Am What I Am and The Best of Times.

For those of you wondering where you’ve seen it before, the same show inspired Robin Williams in The Birdcage.

The city’s oldest amateur musical society – first formed and based in Pollokshields and still rehearsing in Cathcart and Rutherglen – the Orpheus Club has been churning out high quality productions since 1892, and La Cage Aux Folles promises to be another jewel in its reigning crown.

It’s the company’s 120th consecutive annual production, and will be performed in aid of MND Scotland, supporting people affected by motor neurone disease — making the price of your ticket even more valuable.

n The show runs at the King’s Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday. Performance times vary, and tickets cost £14-£21, from 0844 871 7648. Visit www.theorpheusclub.co.uk.