Culture lovers have much to savour this summer with a new season of shows

We have just released a brochure for the new season and it is packed with shows, exhibitions and events taking place across the Kingdom.

With drama, music, comedy and dance – as well as a host of family events – theatre-goers have every reason to rediscover the thrill of live performance.

“There’s nothing to beat the excitement and buzz of live shows,” says OnFife chief executive Heather Stuart. “We’re thrilled to be welcoming back customers into our theatres.”

Audiences can make great savings too, as OnFife continues its multibuy offer when anyone buys three or more tickets.

OnFife’s museums and galleries are also open again with an enticing line-up of exhibitions, including the family-friendly Art-tastic at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers at St Andrews Museum and a major retrospective – Jack Vettriano: The Early Years – now on at Kirkcaldy Galleries.

Included in the line-up of live events are three captivating theatre shows, starting with Dunfermline Dramatic Society’s presentation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Carnegie Hall from 23 to 25 June.

Ireland the Show, at Rothes Hall on 24 July, features some of the Emerald Isle’s most gifted artists, accompanied by the fabulous Keltic Stormband and the world champion Gael Force Irish dancers.

A new production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Jekyll & Hyde tale by Isosceles Theatre Company is at Carnegie Hall on 2 September, having already thrilled audiences across the UK.

Fans of musical theatre have plenty to anticipate. Ansell’s Les Musicals at Carnegie Hall on 26 June is the ultimate celebration of the genre, featuring countless classics from the shows – all brought to you by G4 frontman Jonathan Ansell and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall.

Dalgety Bay Players present Big: The Musical at Carnegie Hall from 30 June to 2 July – a fresh take on the classic 1988 movie that made Tom Hanks a Hollywood star and a perfect show for all ages.

The list goes on. Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association returns to the stage with a full-scale, updated version of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me Kate at Rothes Hall from 27 September to 1 October.

Funbox – Jungle Party at Lochgelly on 20 and 21 August is a jumbo-sized musical adventure and the perfect chance for audience members – of all ages – to come dressed as their favourite wild animal.

Two Fife dance companies have upcoming shows. Swan Dance Academy, Glenrothes, will captivate audiences on 1 and 2 July and Dalgety Bay’s Dance Academy stages its 30th Anniversary extravaganza at Carnegie Hall on 24 September.

And the race is on for tickets to see one of the country’s most enduringly popular variety acts – the Ladyboys of Bangkok, who are returning to Glenrothes with shows at Rothes Hall from 1 to 3 August.

Music is making its mark too. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will take you on a voyage of discovery with a programme of music created to excite, delight and inspire at Rothes Hall on 22 July.

On 2 September, Rothes Hall hosts to The South – the impressive nine-piece band that rose from the ashes of that British pop institution, The Beautiful South.

Three top tribute acts play Rothes Hall. Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years revisits the duo’s much-loved back catalogue on 3 September; the world’s favourite celebration of George Michael’s music, Fastlove: Everything She Wants, is on 18 September; and the international smash hit Abba show, Thank You For The Music, takes place on 23 September.

If comedy is your bag, then get ready to grab tickets for award-winning stand-up Larry Dean at Carnegie Hall on 25 June and laugh-out-loud Leah MacRae at Rothes Hall on 10 September.

“It’s great to be back,” says Heather Stuart, “and, with those summer nights stretching out ahead of us, what better time to get out there and enjoy some fantastic entertainment again.”