Scottish premiere worth a spare tenor

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MISTAKEN identity and romance are on the cards this week as Runway Theatre Company lands at Eastwood Park.

The southside group’s latest show is Lend Me A Tenor — the Scottish amateur premiere of the Ken Ludwig’s Broadway and West End hit, no less.

The scene is set in 1934, and the world’s greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, is arriving in Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company with Verdi’s Otello.

Unfortunately, the performer is unexpectedly incapacitated, leaving our hero Max — the opera director’s meek assistant — with the daunting task of finding a replacement before curtain up.

Chaos naturally ensues as Max encounters a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingenue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police Department.

Taking up the role of the famous tenor is Shawlands man J Campbell Kerr, with Giffnock’s Aileen Johnston playing his wife, Maria.

The pair may tread the boards part-time — but they have experience under their belts, as Campbell has been performing with Runway since 1989, and Aileen since 1993.

Runway was launched in 1967 by employees of the newly-built Glasgow Airport, but the group has since moved southside, rehearsing in Battlefield.

With plenty of successful shows to draw upon (among them more than one Scottish premiere), Lend Me A Tenor looks set to be another seat filler — so be sure to beg, borrow or steal to secure a ticket.

The show runs at Eastwood Park May 21-24. Tickets are £11-£13, from 577 4956 or eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.