WATCH VIDEO: West End Festival 2018 set to be a ‘monster’ hit with all the family

By Ellen Thomson at

Final rehearsals are under way for some of the shows in this year’s West End Festival.

A sun-drenched Botanic Gardens was a glorious setting for actors and visitors as the festival prepares to get under way Thursday (May 31).

A packed programme sees everything from gala days and choral concerts to literary events and children’s activities.

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Monster: Nessie is spotted in the Botanics ahead of the start of the West End Festival. Photo credit: Martin Shields

More than 350 events are taking place at 70 venues across the West End.

One of the productions is ‘McAlister in Wonderland’ – a show which features Mary Queen of Scots and Nessie and commemorates the end of the First World War.

Liz Scobie is the chair of West End Festival.

She said: “We’re delighted that so many organisations develop special productions and events just for the West End Festival.

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Pictured: Theatre Presto presents ‘McAlister in Wonderland’ (left to right) Aiden McColl as McAlister, Laurin C Moore as Mary Queen of Scots and Preston Clare as Nessie. Photo credit: Martin Shields

“Every year we have an eclectic range of events including choral concerts, plays, gigs, children’s activities, foodie events, community gala days and so much more.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the amazing weather continues for us.”

Michael Dale, festival director added: “We’ve got some highlight events this year including our own Mansfield Park/Hyndland Street Gala Day, of course the ceilidh at Kelvingrove Art Gallery will return, The Big Sunday is back in Kelvingrove Park for a second year, Oran Mor’s All Dayer is always a triumph and both Ashton Lane and Vinicombe Street are putting on their annual bashes, too.

“Everyone’s invited. Come to the West End and make a day of it.”

Watch: festival chair Liz Scobie welcomes you to this year’s West End Festival

The West End Festival runs from Thursday May 31 to Saturday June 30.

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