Latest news / 26 February, 2020


The SEC Armadillo have announced that much-loved funny man Corporal Gary McLintoch, otherwise known as the legendary Gary: Tank Commander is back by popular demand to star in the wish-filled family pantomime, Aladdin.

The star of three series of the self-titled Gary: Tank Commander for BBC Scotland, Gary has gone on to become one of the nation’s most iconic figures, even branching out to interview some of Scotland’s highest-profile politicians, and most recently travelling to America in his own BBC special Gary Goes to Hollywood. Gary made his SEC pantomime debut in 2017 in Jack and the Beanstalk, and starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Armadillo. Taking a festive break from the 104th Royal Tank Regiment of the British Army, Scotland’s best-loved Corporal will star as Gary Twankey, Aladdin’s brother. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients SEC audiences have come to expect, Aladdin will feature laugh out loud comedy, eye-popping 3D, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses in a production packed full of flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a plate or two of Gary’s much-loved cheesy pasta. Speaking on his casting Gary said:
Guess wit, am so excited tae be back at the SEC in Aladdin. Honestleh, it’s gonnae be brilliant and I cannae wait to get travellin to auld Peking. There’s gonnae be a lamp, and a carpet, and a genie, and me, obviously, and that’s all yas need right, so I’ll see yees later!
James Graham Head of Live Entertainment Programming at the Scottish Event Campus said:
We are delighted that Gary is returning to the Scottish Event Campus to lead the cast in Scotland’s biggest pantomime. His hilarious comedy is always a winner with audiences and combined with exciting 3D effects, this show is bound to have everyone laughing in the aisles.
The creator behind Gary, Scottish-born Greg McHugh, trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Alongside writing and starring as Gary: Tank Commander, for which he was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA, he also reprised the role live on stage at the Hydro for three sold-out nights. Greg is also well-known for playing Howard in Fresh Meat, Eddie Scott in The A Word and David in Traitors for Channel 4. Staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind every Armadillo pantomime to date, Aladdin will play for a strictly limited three-week run. Audiences should point their magic carpets towards the side of the Clyde and disembark for a high-flying family pantomime that will make everyone’s wishes come true. Book now to secure the best seats, or you’ll miss out on all the hilarity, music and special effects!