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NEWS: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR CITIZENS THEATRE PRODUCTION OF PINOCCHIO

The Citizens Theatre has unveiled the cast for its production of Pinocchio, written by Robert Alan Evans and adapted with Lu Kemp, based on the original and much-loved story by Carlo Collodi.

Audiences can expect the same distinctive style that has earned the theatre a reputation for unique and alternative Christmas shows with inventive storytelling, atmospheric set design and live music.

Returning to the Citizens stage for another festive season are Andy Clark and Irene Allan. Andy Clark has regularly performed at the theatre since Vernon God Little in 2004. Andy recently appeared at the Citizens in the 2017 studio show Lampedusa and in the 2018 festive revival of A Christmas Carol. Clark’s past credits at the theatre also include The Libertine, Othello, The Bevellers, Peter Pan and Hamlet.

Irene Allan’s performance as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel (2016) was described by the Daily Record as “utterly fabulous”. Audiences may also remember Allan from her role as Cinderella’s Stepmother in the theatre’s 2017 festive production.

As part of the theatre’s commitment to nurturing new talent, the Citizens Actor Intern, Liam King, will star as Pinocchio.  Having recently graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Liam’s internship is funded by the Robertson Trust.

Also returning to the Citizens is Elisa De Grey, who appeared in A Christmas Carol (2018) and starred as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer.

Taking on the role of Gepetto is Gary Lilburn who will be familiar to many as Sharon’s dad, Des, in the hit Channel 4 series Catastrophe.  Gary has also appeared in Silent Witness, Casualty, Mrs Brown’s Boys (all BBC) and on stage in As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) and at the Citizens Theatre in 2013 in Dr Faustus.

Making their Citizens debuts are Helen Katamba (The Ugly One, Tron Theatre Company; Macbeth, National Theatre; The Three Musketeers, The Dukes) and Stephanie Payne, who has recently graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is the Citizens’ second Actor Intern this season.

Directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this new Christmas production reunites the talented creative team behind the Citizens’ festive productions of A Christmas Carol and Hansel and Gretel.  Designer Rachael Canning and Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell will bring the stage to life whilst an immersive soundscape will be created by Hill’s regular collaborator Nikola Kodjabashia and performed live on stage by the company.

As well as previous Christmas shows A Christmas Carol, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel, Kodjabashia has lent his distinctive style to Hill’s productions of Cyrano de Bergerac, This Restless House, Hamlet and Crime and Punishment in recent years.

Family tickets for Pinocchio start from just £39 and a range of concessions are available.

Sat 7 Dec    7pm (P)

Mon 9 Dec    7pm (P)

Tue 10 Dec    7pm (Red)

Wed 11 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red)

Fri 13 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red) (BSL Signed)

Sat 14 Dec    2pm (Blue) (AD & Cap) & 7pm (Blue)

Sun 15 Dec    1pm (Blue) & 5pm (Blue)

Mon 16 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (RLX)

Tue 17 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red)

Wed 18 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Gold)

Fri 20 Dec    7pm (Gold)

Sat 21 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Sun 22 Dec    1pm (Gold) & 5pm (Gold)

Mon 23 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Tue 24 Dec    1pm (Gold) & 5pm (Gold)

Fri 27 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Sat 28 Dec    2pm (Red) & 7pm (Red)

Sun 29 Dec    1pm (Red) & 5pm (Red)

Mon 30 Dec    2pm (Red) & 7pm (Red)

Fri 3 Dec    2pm (Green) & 7pm (Green)

Sat 4 Dec    2pm (Green) & 7pm (Green)

P – Preview
RLX – Relaxed Performance

Previews:         Sat 7 & Mon 9 Dec, 7pm
Relaxed:        Mon 16 Dec, 7pm

BSL Signed:        Fri 13 Dec, 7pm

AD & Captioned:    Sat 14 Dec, 2pm

RELAXED PERFORMANCE
Mon 16 Dec, 7pm
Particularly suitable for those with an autistic spectrum condition or additional sensory or communication needs.  Please note there will be some alterations to lighting and sound effects and a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement at this performance.

NEWS: CASTING CONFIRMED FOR QUEEN AND BEN ELTON’S GLOBAL PHENOMENON WE WILL ROCK YOU

Casting has been announced for Queen and Ben Elton’s smash hit musical We Will Rock You, which will storm Theatre Royal, Glasgow this December as part of a UK tour.

Taking on the role of Galileo is Olivier Award nominee Ian McIntosh (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical / The Commitments), who will be joined by Elena Skye (Les Misérables / Kinky Boots) in the role of Scaramouche. Playing Killer Queen is Jenny O’Leary (Heathers The Musical / Rent), with Michael McKell (Macbeth / Blood Brothers) as Buddy. Adam Strong (Jesus Christ Superstar / Rock of Ages) will take on the role of Khashoggi, with David-Michael Johnson (We Will Rock You, Germany / Jesus Christ Superstar) reprising the role of Brit and Amy Di Bartolomeo (Bat Out of Hell / Priscilla Queen of the Desert) playing Oz.

Brian May said: “This is a stunning state-of-the art new-look production of WWRY – but of course the original story is now more relevant than ever. We’re confident WWRY fans will love revisiting the world’s first true Rock Theatrical, and a whole new generation will now discover the VIBE!”

Featuring 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and Ben Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing, We Will Rock You boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances. This global phenomenon will continue to be one of the most spectacular musicals to tour the United Kingdom & Ireland.

The show has seen unprecedented success in theatres and arenas around the world and the nine month tour will see the Rock Theatrical performed in front of thousands of rock fans in Bromley, Ipswich, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Derry, Dublin, Southend, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Glasgow, Blackpool, Hull, Southampton, Manchester, Aberdeen, Bradford, Canterbury, Oxford, Llandudno, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich, Northampton, Bournemouth, Stoke and Reading.

Since 2002 over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have been thrilled by We Will Rock You’s awe-inspiring production showcasing a number of Queen’s finest hits, including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and, of course, We Will Rock You. Before closing its glorious 12 year run at London’s Dominion Theatre, the show was performed an astonishing 4600 times.

The touring production of We Will Rock You reaches theatres carrying with it an impressive legacy: when it first became news that one of Britain’s most phenomenally successful comedy writers Ben Elton was teaming up with legends of rock, Queen, for a musical there was much speculation on what such a unique collaboration would turn out. So impressed after attending the original workshop, screen icon Robert De Niro and his company Tribeca came on board as American partners. De Niro continues to support the show, even making a special visit to London in 2013 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary in style. The audience erupted with thunderous applause, as he joined the cast on stage after the landmark performance.

The announcement of the We Will Rock You UK & Ireland tour follows the smash hit release of the hugely anticipated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The Oscar nominated film, celebrating the career of one of the greatest ever rock bands has wowed Queen fans all around the world, opening at the number one box office position in over 30 countries.

We Will Rock You

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 8 – Sat 28 Dec 2019

Mon-Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat: 2.30pm

Tue 24 Dec: 2.30pm

No performance Wed 25 Dec