SCOTT Miller, a Glaswegian actor who trained at the Scottish Youth Theatre and the London Academy of Music and Drama, is to play the central role of Albert in a new National Theatre tour of War Horse.

The National Theatre has announced the 34 strong cast for the tour, which will come to the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow in January.

He said: "I’m so excited to be taking on this role in such an iconic play.

"To play Albert in War Horse is a dream role, and it’s so brilliant that we get to kick off the tour in my hometown of Glasgow.

"I’m looking forward to performing at the SEC throughout January, I can’t wait to bring this beautiful show to my city.

"It’s the first time War Horse has toured to Glasgow – I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Kash Bennett, Producer for National Theatre Productions said, “What better way to bring War Horse to Glasgow for the first time than with Scott Miller as our first Glaswegian Albert.

"We’re thrilled to be bringing War Horse back to Scotland as part of the UK and international tour, following its return to the NT for the first time in 11 years to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

"We’re looking forward to this extraordinary new company – plus some familiar faces – taking to the road throughout 2019 as they continue to share Michael Morpurgo’s touching story of Joey and Albert around the world.”

Jo Castleton reprises her role as Rose Narracott from the recent 10th Anniversary UK Tour.

Musician Ben Murray returns from the West End run as 'Songperson'.

It is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.

It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.

JOYCE Cairns has been elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture (RSA).

She is the first woman to hold the position in the 192 year history of the institution.

The painter Robbie Bushe RSA has also been elected to the position of secretary.

Born in Edinburgh, Cairns studied painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1966-71), and at the Royal College of Art, London (1971-74).

Following a fellowship at Gloucester College of Art and Design she studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

In 1976 she returned to Aberdeen to teach Drawing and Painting at Gray’s School of Art until 2004.

She was elected an Associate of the Academy (ARSA) in 1985 and Academician (RSA) in 1998.

Ms Cairns said: “As a teenager, instead of going dancing, I would spend my meagre pocket money to view the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition; little did I imagine that one day I would end up as the President.

"I am very honoured that the people I most respect and admire – my fellow Academicians – have seen fit to elect me as their President.

"I will do my best to be worthy of their trust. Arthur Watson PPRSA has been an exceptional, dedicated and perceptive President and is a hard act to follow.”

Colin Greenslade, Director of the Royal Scottish Academy, says: "As an independent, self-financing institution, the academy is, and always has been, run by the academicians through the committee structures.

"The helm has always been held by an eminent practitioner in their field and it is most fitting that Joyce W Cairns PRSA takes over this role, making history as the first female RSA President."

A FESTIVAL which celebrates mountains and mountain life has announced its programme.

The Fort William Mountain Festival 2019 programme includes film screenings, mountain skills workshops and exhibitions, from 20 to 24 February 2019.

Events include a film competition night, a Scottish winter climbers' summit, a running talk with Jasmin Paris and Nicky Spinks, an event about re-wilding, and a focus on alpine stories.

The recipients of both the Scottish Award for excellence in Mountain Culture and The Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture will receive their awards at a ceremony during the festival.

These awards "recognize and celebrate lives spent in the hills, exploring everything the land has to offer whilst inspiring others along the way."