Brian Beacom

A GLASGOW-based am-dram group has made theatre history.

It has been revealed the Pantheon Club’s production of Elf the Musical has become the highest grossing amateur show to run at the King's Theatre.

While am-dram groups rarely manage sell-out performances the Pantheon Club has achieved exactly that.

David Robertson, president of Pantheon, said; “Elf has proved incredibly popular with the Glasgow audience.

“The film is a perennial favourite and the chance to see this live adaptation at this time of year has been a huge draw.”

The King’s Theatre will this week present their version of the stage-adaptation of the smash hit film starring Will Farrell and Zoey Deschanel, over nine performances.

Tickets went on sale in April this year with two performances this Saturday being the first to sell out.

A third performance at 11am on Saturday 25 November, which was added due to popular demand, subsequently sold out.

The remainder of performances are either sold-out or have limited availability.

David Robertson added; “Pantheon have been performing in the King’s for over fifty years and for many of our members it feels like home.

“The warmth of a Glasgow audience can be felt on stage and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of Glasgow greatest entertainers including former Pantheon member Rikki Fulton, Jimmy Logan and Gerrard Kelly is a great honour.”

Elf the Musical tells the story of Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.

The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human.

Paisley-born performer Graeme Wallace, who plays Buddy in the show, is taken aback at the success story.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” he said. “Everyone has worked extremely hard to put on a show of this standard.”

*Elf the Musical, the King’s Theatre, until Saturday.