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NEWS: Brian Ferguson cast as Cyrano de Bergerac and Pam Hogg joins as Costume Designer for Cyrano de Bergerac

Three of Scotland’s major theatre companies, the National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, and The Lyceum, are set to bring Cyrano de Bergerac back to Scotland’s stages, with a new co-production of Edwin Morgan’s celebrated Glaswegian-Scots translation of the classic Rostand play. The production, directed by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill, will play in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness from 1 September to 10 November 2018.

Brian Ferguson is cast in the role of Cyrano de Bergerac, having previously worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on 2016’s Anything That Gives Off Light (The TEAM) and on the original production of Black Watch. Ferguson also starred in Dominic Hill’s 2014 production of Hamlet at the Citizens Theatre, and in A Number at The Lyceum in 2017. He will head up an ensemble cast of actors and musicians, including Jessica Hardwick as Roxane, Angus Miller as Christian, Gabriel Quigley as Ragueneau, Nalini Chetty as Le Bret, Keith Fleming as De Guiche, Maggie Bain as Valvert, and further ensemble members Isobel McArthur and Bhav Joshi.

Dominic Hill will work with a strong creative team, including legendary Scottish fashion designer and artist Pam Hogg, who joins the production as Costume Designer. She trained at the Glasgow School of Art before gaining her Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London. Since launching her first fashion collection in 1981 she has created clothes worn by Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sioux, Bjork, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. She presented her first catwalk show in 1985 and continues to create, direct, produce and style her collections each season at London Fashion Week. In 2016 she designed bespoke statuettes for the thirteen winners at the Brit Awards.

In 2017 Pam was invited to present a TED Talk in Glasgow, and that same year she received an honorary doctorate from the GSA at the Glasgow University for her contribution to fashion. Pam Hogg’s work has been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Tate in St Ives, Pompidou Centre in Paris, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Christie’s in New York, The Barbican in London, The Winter Palace in Vienna, and the Summerhall in Edinburgh. Awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scottish Fashion Council (2009), a Great Scot Award (2012), and an Award for Creative Excellence from the Scottish Fashion Council (2013). In June this year she will receive a Style Hall of Fame award, and in July has a solo exhibition opening in Liverpool as part of the Biennale.

The creative team reunites many of the artists who’ve collaborated on some of Dominic Hill’s most distinctive productions in recent years. Tom Piper has previously designed Long Day’s Journey Into Night, King Lear, Hamlet, Endgame, The Libertine, and Hay Fever (with The Lyceum). His recent work also includes the Lyceum’s acclaimed new version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros by Zinnie Harris, which played at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, as well as the iconic poppy sculptures which toured the UK to mark the centenary of the First World War. Composer Nikola Kodjabashia (Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, Crime and Punishment, and Oresteia: This Restless House co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland) and Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell (Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, Endgame, The Choir, A Christmas Carol, The Libertine, and for National Theatre of Scotland Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Adam, Glasgow Girls, Knives in Hens) also join the creative team. The team is completed by Company Chordelia founder and Artistic Director Kally-Lloyd Jones (The Belle’s Stratagem for The Lyceum and The Libertine and Doctor Faustus for the Citizens Theatre) as Movement Director and Fight Director Renny Krupinski.

The swashbuckling and flamboyant Cyrano’s low self-image prevents him from revealing his love to Roxane. He lends his poetic skills instead to the outwardly handsome Christian, who wins Roxane’s heart through his passionate ghost-written letters. Throughout his adventurous life, Cyrano continues to put quill to parchment, risking his life in the process, to express his true feelings. This production will see an epic ensemble of actors and musicians use Morgan’s lyrical Scots verse to create a fresh take on the enduringly popular period piece, in a vivid and joyous celebration of theatre itself.

The National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre reunite following the success of Oresteia: This Restless House, director Dominic Hill and Zinnie Harris’ award-winning drama which played at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. The National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, and The Lyceum have previously collaborated as a triumvirate on Mary Stuart in 2006, and Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2008.

Originally staged by Communicado Theatre and directed by Gerry Mulgrew, Morgan’s Cyrano de Bergerac  premiered in Inverness on 6 August 1992, and went on to tour  to the Edinburgh Fringe and nationally to huge acclaim. Combining the company’s swashbuckling physicality with Morgan’s vivid, toothsome Scots translation, Communicado’s Cyrano has become one of the defining Scottish pieces of its era.

Cyrano de Bergerac Listings Info

Citizens Theatre at Tramway, Glasgow
Dates: Sat 01 to Sat 22 September 2018
Tickets:  £15 – £26.50
Box Office: www.citz.co.uk

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Dates: Fri 12 Oct to Sat 03 Nov 2018
Tickets: £14 – £32
Box Officewww.lyceum.org.uk

Eden Court, Inverness
Dates: Wed 07 to Sat 10 Nov 2018
Tickets: £15 – £24
Box Office: www.eden-court.co.uk

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NEWS: CITIZENS THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL SPRING 2018 SEASON LISTINGS

The Citizens Theatre has announced details of the final season to be presented at its home at 119 Gorbals Street before work commences on a major redevelopment of the iconic Glasgow venue.

Prior to the Citizens Theatre Company temporarily moving out of its premises next summer, it will mount a full spring programme ending in May 2018. The theatre will then stage work across Glasgow for the duration of its multi-million pound project to transform the Gorbals theatre. Further details on this project are available from citz.co.uk/press.

Following the announcement earlier this year of a co-production with HOME Manchester of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the theatre has released full listings for this eclectic Spring 2018 season, which goes on sale today.

The Spring 2018 season will include:

  • Bold Girls: A timely revival of Rona Munro’s award winning play. Former River City star Deirdre Davis leads an all-female cast in this hilarious and poignant story of love, friendship and betrayal, set in working class Belfast against the backdrop of the Troubles.
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night: A seminal work of 20th century American drama, Dominic Hill directs Eugene O’Neill’s play about the struggles of the Tyrone family in a Citizens Theatre co-production with HOME Manchester.
  • A Night to Remember: As the Citizens Theatre Company prepares to temporarily move out of its Gorbal home, this community production takes audiences back in time to the building’s origins as the Royal Princess’s Theatre for an evening of variety set on one eventful night in 1918.
  • Andrea Dunbar’s landmark semi-autobiographical play Rita, Sue and Bob Too presented by Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre.
  • A full programme of innovative work will be presented in the intimate setting of the Circle Studio, following the success of The Macbeths and Lampedusa in autumn 2017.

 

 A Citizens Theatre production

BOLD GIRLS (Wed 24 Jan – Sat 10 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Rona Munro
Directed by Richard Baron

Belfast in the early 1990s. Against a backdrop of gunfire and police raids, four women whose lives have been turned upside down by the Troubles carry on with everyday life. But what starts out as a riotous night out, leads to the spilling of some very sobering truths in the early hours. Packed with abrasive humour, Bold Girls is a story of love, friendship and betrayal.

Rona Munro, whose trilogy The James Plays – written for the National Theatre of Scotland – was a recent international hit, burst onto the scene in 1991 with this celebration of women’s lives in West Belfast.

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Company of Wolves present
ACHILLES (Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan)

CIRCLE STUDIO
Created and Performed by Ewan Downie

Glasgow theatre company Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie.

Achilles tells the story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance.  A fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is a story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.

Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland in association with Platform, Dance House and Citizens Theatre. This performance will be part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival in 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.

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Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre present
RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Andrea Dunbar
Directed by Kate Wasserberg

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an uncompromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita, Sue and Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film.

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Wonder Fools in association with Brunton Theatre present
549: SCOTS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR (Tues 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon
Directed by Jack Nurse

  1. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining. People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions. Spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade.

This true story follows four miners from the streets of East Lothian to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, a new play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

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Firebrand in co-production with The Byre Theatre and Heart of Hawick present
THE MATCH BOX (Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Frank McGuinness
Directed by Richard Baron

Firebrand present the Scottish premiere of a breathtaking new monologue by one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, Frank McGuinness (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme).

The ties that bind us can never be broken, and the shocking events that bring Sal to exile on a remote Irish island are as unexpected as they are brutal. Her compelling journey through grief, revenge and the temptations of evil begs only one question: what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

Based in the Scottish Borders, Firebrand tour award-winning contemporary theatre productions from writers such as Rona Munro, David Grieg, David Harrower and Lucy Prebble and present their first production at the Citizens Theatre.

Directed by Firebrand’s Director of Productions Richard Baron, who also directs Bold Girls at the Citizens this spring.

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A Citizens Theatre Community Production supported by Sky Arts
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER (Wed 21 Mar – Sat 24 Mar)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers
Directed by Guy Hollands

If it’s no broke – why try to Brexit?

An evening of new songs, interesting facts, light hearted banter, fake news and a cast of thousands (well – twenty five if the truth be told) looking at what it feels like to be living in Scotland now and knowing that Brexit means exit.

Come Hell or High Water is one of 50 new works commissioned by Sky Art’s Art 50 project, all on the theme of what it means to be British following the EU Referendum. In partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council.

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Lung Ha Theatre Company present
THREE SISTERS (Wed 28 Mar)
MAIN THEATRE
By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Adrian Osmond

Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters in a new version by Adrian Osmond. Presented by the award winning Lung Ha Theatre Company and The Sibelius Academy at the University of Helsinki.

A play of life, love, loss, dreams, whimsy, hope – real and false – of moving and of remaining where you are.

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Brite Theater present
RICHARD III (A ONE WOMAN SHOW) (Tue 10 – Sat 14 Apr)

CIRCLE STUDIO
A one woman show
Adapted by Emily Carding and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir from William Shakespeare

Breaking new ground in Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater re-imagine Richard III as a one-woman show. The fourth wall is utterly obliterated as the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, unpredictable and moving production. Richard wants to entertain you but will you survive?

First performed at the Prague Fringe 2015, Richard III has been thrilling audiences around the globe ever since, including in New York, Rome, Reykjavik and a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Citizens Theatre and HOME Manchester present
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Fri 13 Apr – Sat 5 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Dominic Hill

One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O’Neill’s hugely moving and personal Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of a conflicted family, while revealing insights into his own upbringing.

The four members of the troubled Tyrone family each have their vice to dull their memories of their painful past and face their current trials Over the course of one devastating day at their Connecticut summer home the resentments of the family are exposed, pushing their bonds to the limit.

Dominic Hill will direct this co-production with HOME Manchester, who we previously partnered with to present Endgame in 2016.

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Broke Lad Present
MCLUCKIE’S LINES (Wed 25 Apr – Sat 28 Apr)
 
CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers and Martin Docherty

Life’s a Gamble!

Unemployed actor and compulsive gambler McLuckie waits nervously in a claustrophobic corridor of a Glasgow hospital. He’s expecting the phone call he’s been waiting for his whole life – what could go wrong? Place your bets!

Starring Martin Docherty who has previously appeared in Still Game, Rab C Nesbit, Dear Green Place, River City, Gary: Tank Commander, Father Brown and Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks. Marty Goes To Hollywood, a documentary featuring Martin as himself, won a New Talent Bafta in 2015.

£1.00 from every ticket will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support

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Dundee Rep present
PASSING PLACES (Tue 8 May – Sat 12 May)

MAIN THEATRE
by Stephen Greenhorn
Directed by Andrew Panton

Passing Places is a hilarious road movie for the stage. Stephen Greenhorn’s much loved contemporary comedy has been described as a Scottish equivalent of Kerouac’s On the Road.

The story of two Motherwell lads going nowhere who are forced to escape the urban doldrums in a wornout Lada, and end up with their psychopathic gangster boss hot on their heels.

In this high-octane, fast-paced, physical new production, the Dundee Rep Ensemble showcase their storytelling talents, propelling you up Scotland’s west coast from Fort William to Thurso and everywhere in between on a hilarious journey of self-discovery.

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A Citizens Theatre Community Production
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Wed 23 – Sat 26 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Peter Arnott
Directed by Guy Hollands and Neil Packham

Exactly a hundred years ago in the Gorbals, as World War One draws towards its bloody close, audience and performers, soldiers and civilians, prepare for a big night out in the theatre to help them forget their troubles. But those troubles come right into the auditorium with them: Russia is in revolution, Ireland is on the point of Civil War, and this is the crossroads of a world in chaos on a night in the Royal Princess’s Theatre at 119 Gorbals Street that none of them will ever forget.

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Tickets for all the above shows are available now through citz.co.uk and Box Office 0141 429 0022

NEWS; CITIZENS THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL SPRING 2018 SEASON LISTINGS

The Citizens Theatre has announced details of the final season to be presented at its home at 119 Gorbals Street before work commences on a major redevelopment of the iconic Glasgow venue.

Prior to the Citizens Theatre Company temporarily moving out of its premises next summer, it will mount a full spring programme ending in May 2018. The theatre will then stage work across Glasgow for the duration of its multi-million pound project to transform the Gorbals theatre.

Following the announcement earlier this year of a co-production with HOME Manchester of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the theatre has released full listings for this eclectic Spring 2018 season, which goes on sale today.

The Spring 2018 season will include:

  • Bold Girls: A timely revival of Rona Munro’s award winning play. Former River City star Deirdre Davis leads an all-female cast in this hilarious and poignant story of love, friendship and betrayal, set in working class Belfast against the backdrop of the Troubles.
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night: A seminal work of 20th century American drama, Dominic Hill directs Eugene O’Neill’s play about the struggles of the Tyrone family in a Citizens Theatre co-production with HOME Manchester.
  • A Night to Remember: As the Citizens Theatre Company prepares to temporarily move out of its Gorbal home, this community production takes audiences back in time to the building’s origins as the Royal Princess’s Theatre for an evening of variety set on one eventful night in 1918.
  • Andrea Dunbar’s landmark semi-autobiographical play Rita, Sue and Bob Too presented by Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre.
  • A full programme of innovative work will be presented in the intimate setting of the Circle Studio, following the success of The Macbeths and Lampedusa in autumn 2017.

A Citizens Theatre production
BOLD GIRLS (Wed 24 Jan – Sat 10 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Rona Munro
Directed by Richard Baron

Belfast in the early 1990s. Against a backdrop of gunfire and police raids, four women whose lives have been turned upside down by the Troubles carry on with everyday life. But what starts out as a riotous night out, leads to the spilling of some very sobering truths in the early hours. Packed with abrasive humour, Bold Girls is a story of love, friendship and betrayal.

Rona Munro, whose trilogy The James Plays – written for the National Theatre of Scotland – was a recent international hit, burst onto the scene in 1991 with this celebration of women’s lives in West Belfast.

________________________________________

Company of Wolves present
ACHILLES (Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan)

CIRCLE STUDIO
Created and Performed by Ewan Downie

Glasgow theatre company Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie.

Achilles tells the story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance.  A fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is a story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.

Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland in association with Platform, Dance House and Citizens Theatre. This performance will be part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival in 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.

________________________________________

Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre present
RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Andrea Dunbar
Directed by Kate Wasserberg

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an uncompromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita, Sue and Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film.

________________________________________

 

Wonder Fools in association with Brunton Theatre present
549: SCOTS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR (Tues 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon
Directed by Jack Nurse

  1. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining. People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions. Spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade.

This true story follows four miners from the streets of East Lothian to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, a new play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

________________________________________

Firebrand in co-production with The Byre Theatre and Heart of Hawick present
THE MATCH BOX (Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Frank McGuinness
Directed by Richard Baron

Firebrand present the Scottish premiere of a breathtaking new monologue by one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, Frank McGuinness (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme).

The ties that bind us can never be broken, and the shocking events that bring Sal to exile on a remote Irish island are as unexpected as they are brutal. Her compelling journey through grief, revenge and the temptations of evil begs only one question: what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

Based in the Scottish Borders, Firebrand tour award-winning contemporary theatre productions from writers such as Rona Munro, David Grieg, David Harrower and Lucy Prebble and present their first production at the Citizens Theatre.

Directed by Firebrand’s Director of Productions Richard Baron, who also directs Bold Girls at the Citizens this spring.

________________________________________

A Citizens Theatre Community Production supported by Sky Arts
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER (Wed 21 Mar – Sat 24 Mar)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers
Directed by Guy Hollands

If it’s no broke – why try to Brexit?

An evening of new songs, interesting facts, light hearted banter, fake news and a cast of thousands (well – twenty five if the truth be told) looking at what it feels like to be living in Scotland now and knowing that Brexit means exit.

Come Hell or High Water is one of 50 new works commissioned by Sky Art’s Art 50 project, all on the theme of what it means to be British following the EU Referendum. In partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council.

________________________________________

Lung Ha Theatre Company present
THREE SISTERS (Wed 28 Mar)
MAIN THEATRE
By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Adrian Osmond

Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters in a new version by Adrian Osmond. Presented by the award winning Lung Ha Theatre Company and The Sibelius Academy at the University of Helsinki.

A play of life, love, loss, dreams, whimsy, hope – real and false – of moving and of remaining where you are.

________________________________________

Brite Theater present
RICHARD III (A ONE WOMAN SHOW) (Tue 10 – Sat 14 Apr)

CIRCLE STUDIO
A one woman show
Adapted by Emily Carding and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir from William Shakespeare

Breaking new ground in Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater re-imagine Richard III as a one-woman show. The fourth wall is utterly obliterated as the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, unpredictable and moving production. Richard wants to entertain you but will you survive?

First performed at the Prague Fringe 2015, Richard III has been thrilling audiences around the globe ever since, including in New York, Rome, Reykjavik and a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

________________________________________

Citizens Theatre and HOME Manchester present
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Fri 13 Apr – Sat 5 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Dominic Hill

One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O’Neill’s hugely moving and personal Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of a conflicted family, while revealing insights into his own upbringing.

The four members of the troubled Tyrone family each have their vice to dull their memories of their painful past and face their current trials Over the course of one devastating day at their Connecticut summer home the resentments of the family are exposed, pushing their bonds to the limit.

Dominic Hill will direct this co-production with HOME Manchester, who we previously partnered with to present Endgame in 2016.

________________________________________

Broke Lad Present
MCLUCKIE’S LINES (Wed 25 Apr – Sat 28 Apr)
PRESS NIGHT: WED 25 APR 7.30PM
CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers and Martin Docherty

Life’s a Gamble!

Unemployed actor and compulsive gambler McLuckie waits nervously in a claustrophobic corridor of a Glasgow hospital. He’s expecting the phone call he’s been waiting for his whole life – what could go wrong? Place your bets!

Starring Martin Docherty who has previously appeared in Still Game, Rab C Nesbit, Dear Green Place, River City, Gary: Tank Commander, Father Brown and Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks. Marty Goes To Hollywood, a documentary featuring Martin as himself, won a New Talent Bafta in 2015.

£1.00 from every ticket will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support

________________________________________

Dundee Rep present
PASSING PLACES (Tue 8 May – Sat 12 May)

MAIN THEATRE
by Stephen Greenhorn
Directed by Andrew Panton

Passing Places is a hilarious road movie for the stage. Stephen Greenhorn’s much loved contemporary comedy has been described as a Scottish equivalent of Kerouac’s On the Road.

The story of two Motherwell lads going nowhere who are forced to escape the urban doldrums in a wornout Lada, and end up with their psychopathic gangster boss hot on their heels.

In this high-octane, fast-paced, physical new production, the Dundee Rep Ensemble showcase their storytelling talents, propelling you up Scotland’s west coast from Fort William to Thurso and everywhere in between on a hilarious journey of self-discovery.

________________________________________

A Citizens Theatre Community Production
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Wed 23 – Sat 26 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Peter Arnott
Directed by Guy Hollands and Neil Packham

Exactly a hundred years ago in the Gorbals, as World War One draws towards its bloody close, audience and performers, soldiers and civilians, prepare for a big night out in the theatre to help them forget their troubles. But those troubles come right into the auditorium with them: Russia is in revolution, Ireland is on the point of Civil War, and this is the crossroads of a world in chaos on a night in the Royal Princess’s Theatre at 119 Gorbals Street that none of them will ever forget.

________________________________________

Tickets for all the above shows are available now through citz.co.uk and Box Office 0141 429 0022

 

NEWS: CITIZENS THEATRE TO PRESENT WORK ACROSS SCOTLAND DURING TRANSFORMATIVE REDEVELOPMENT

Citizens Theatre confirmed today (Tuesday November 21) it will move out of its historic home in the Gorbals in June 2018 for two years while the theatre undergoes a £19.4 million redevelopment.

Thanks to a partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, audiences and Citizens Learning participants will still be able to enjoy Citizens Theatre’s ground breaking productions and inspiring education and community work at Tramway and Scotland Street School Museum. The Citizens also intends to collaborate with other Glasgow venues, as well as taking its work further afield across Scotland, during the period of closure.

The building, which is leased by Citizens Theatre Company from Glasgow City Council, needs to close to allow builders to move on-site to undertake the essential building works that will transform its Victorian theatre into a 21st century building fit for purpose. The new building has been designed by architectural practice Bennetts Associates and the theatre will re-open to the public in autumn 2020.

The first Citizens show to be produced at Tramway will open in September 2018 and the Citizens Learning team will run their wide range of activities, including drama classes for all ages, from Scotland Street School Museum. The theatre’s administrative team will also move into backroom office space at this venue.

In addition, the theatre’s production facilities will move across the road from the theatre into the former Skills Academy building, which is owned by City Building/Glasgow City Council, in Laurieston.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, said: “The Citizens Theatre building is about to embark on the biggest changes to its physical structure in its 139 year history. This latest stage in our £19.4 million redevelopment project presents an exciting opportunity for a number of key landmark cultural organisations to work together in Glasgow. Our shared history of innovation and creativity makes it a great opportunity to collaborate with them.

“We hope our audiences and participants will find our offer thrilling and appealing, as they follow us on our journey, as we temporarily move out of the theatre and present an exciting programme of work from different venues across the city.”

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the transformation of one of Scotland’s iconic cultural institutions.

“The Citizens Theatre is rooted in the local community and it is absolutely fitting that while the venue is being refurbished, its ambitious programme of live theatre, creativity and learning, will continue across our venues, inspiring audiences from near and far.”

The theatre recently launched its ‘We Are Citizens’ public fundraising campaign which will inspire, engage, and encourage others to help raise £1.6 million for the building redevelopment.

NEWS: Citizens Theatre receives grant from Theatres Trust

The Citizens Theatre has received a grant from the Theatres Trust to carry out the first major clean of an historic part of its iconic auditorium in the Category B listed building’s 140-year history.

The building at 119 Gorbals Street now home to the Citizens Theatre was built in 1876 and opened as Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1878. While many of the original features of the building’s historically-significant Grade Category B listed auditorium have been preserved and restored, an enclosed dome area above the space has not been touched since the theatre first opened.

This summer, thanks to a generous grant from the Theatres Trust, a specialist cleaning team from Balmore Contracting Ltd. has been engaged to carry out the first extensive clean of the dome to remove 140 years’ worth of dust and debris.  Highly experienced in cleaning historic and fragile spaces and difficult to access areas, Balmore have previously won contracts for specialist cleaning at Stirling Castle.

As a result of the cleaning, theatre staff and contractors will have easier access to the space, allowing any future maintenance work to be carried out quickly and effectively.

General Manager Lesley Davidson who is overseeing the project said, “I’m extremely grateful to the Theatres Trust for their support for this project. Our staff have worked closely with Balmore to ensure that the fabric of our building is cared for while this work has been carried out. I’m delighted that we’ve taken this step to care for our theatre’s heritage.”

Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust Small Grant Scheme makes awards to theatres across the UK that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Theatres Trust today announced six recipients of the tenth round of awards from its UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, including the Citizens Theatre. The other recipients are Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol; Criterion Theatre, Coventry; Farnham Maltings; Acorn Theatre, Penzance; and The Bear Pit, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The Citizens Theatre will soon begin a £19.5 million theatre redevelopment project, the first comprehensive redevelopment of the historic building, with work expected to begin in Summer 2018.

REVIEW: The Gorbals Vampire – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Above the Gothic gatehouse of one of Glasgow’s cities of the dead, the Southern Necropolis, the sky flames red from the fiery furnaces of the nearby Dixon Blazes Iron Works. Hundreds of local children, from toddlers to teens, armed with stakes and knives, storm the graveyard in search of a vampire, not the highly romanticised version of modern times, but a seven foot, iron-toothed killer of two young boys. It’s 1954, it’s Glasgow’s Gorbals and it really happened…well…

Inspired by local myths and bogey man stories, and fuelled by US horror comics, an urban legend is born – The Gorbals Vampire.

There are “two wee empty chairs” at the back of a Gorbals’ primary school class, Chinese whispers in the playground escalate into full-blown hysteria as the “creative thinking” kids debate the fate of their two school pals. Night after night until the sun goes down, the pint-sized vigilantes return to hunt their man, and only the rain and the intervention of local headmasters puts an end to the marauder’s madness.

What would have been consigned to the local archives gained worldwide media coverage and a backlash against the American horror comics that were gaining popularity in the country. This mass indignation also spawned the 1955 Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act, laws still in force today.

National treasure in the making, Johnny McKnight has not only created a work filled with humour, it is also a work cleverly and subtly interwoven with a social commentary on tenement life in Glasgow in the fifties – the overcrowding, neglect and social injustice, how this section of the city was unloved and unlistened to. This was the hardest part of town, and in the eyes of the police, if they were cowering indoors frightened of a 7-foot vampire then they weren’t on the streets bothering them.

The community cast of over 50 players makes the stage throb with life against the brilliant set design of Neil Haynes and the wonderfully atmospheric lighting of Stuart Jenkins, all enhanced by Kim Beveridge’s subtle but highly effective video projections – you can almost feel the metal tang in the air from Dixon Blazes.

This is a glorious celebration of Glasgow and what it means to be Glaswegian – when the chips are down, the community pulls together as one, the city’s divisions are forgotten and the people unite in a common cause.

A real gem of a production.

REVIEW: Dance School of Scotland – Batboy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

It’s been 20 years since Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming and Laurence O’Keefe’s Batboy first graced the stage (making it older than the entire cast of this Dance School of Scotland production). This musical theatre cult oddity is based on a 1992 Weekly World News schlock-horror story of a half-boy, half-bat found in a cave in West Virginia.

Expanding the story into themes of prejudice and acceptance, Edgar, as the titular batboy is re-Christened, is humanised by the family of the local vet, learns to speak in the finest RP English and is eventually introduced to the townsfolk. But, as with all the best B-movies, this happy acceptance doesn’t last. When a spate of cattle killings coincide with Edgar’s appearance it doesn’t take long for the townsfolk to turn. In classic B-movie style there’s every cliché about small town America here, right down to the flaming torch-wielding lynch mob.

With its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, this production, under the direction of Graham Dickie, manages to tread the fine line between sacrificing quality for cheap laughs and the acting remains on-point throughout. There ain’t no stage-school bad habits here. This is young talent at its finest, under tight direction.

What the cast lack in years, they more than made up for in ability. Matthew Wilson is a supremely talented young actor, as Batboy, his beautifully toned voice is an absolute treat for the ears, standout too is Kathryn Ronney (Mrs Parker) an actress with more talent and poise than many professionals decades older – this central pair should be assured of a bright future. That’s not to say they are the only highlights, both are more than ably supported by Samuel Stevenson as Dr Parker and Keir Ogilvy as revivalist minister Rev. Hightower, two young men who shine, as do the fine-sounding ensemble.

Mention must be made of the scenic design and staging which are as sublime as the acting, putting many national touring productions to shame with their quality and originality. This production is visually stunning and grabs the attention throughout.

Always an utter pleasure to watch, the Dance School of Scotland deliver sheer class and quality yet again.

FEATURE: Behind the scenes at the Citz – historic backstage tours

Last weekend GTB went on a field trip behind the scenes at the historic Citizens Theatre.

The Citizens’ Company, founded in 1943 by Tom Honeyman, James Bridie and Paul Vincent Carroll, was based at first in the Glasgow Athenaeum (now the Conservatoire) moving in 1945 to its present site, then the Royal Princess’s Theatre (below, opened 1878), to become what we now know and love as the Citizens Theatre.

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As atmospheric and captivating backstage as it is onstage, here are some pictures from the informative tour.

Tours can be booked on the Citz own website at: http://www.citz.co.uk/whatson/info/backstage_tours/

The tour includes tea and cake if any incentive were needed!

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REVIEW: The Choir – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

An Iraqi cardiac specialist, a teen on a zero hours contract at Sports Direct, a Tory ex-councillor, an unemployed graduate, an ex-con and a struggling single mum are among the 12 people who come together in a community centre in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, in Paul Higgins and Ricky Ross’ new musical The Choir, a collaboration between theatrical giants ATG and the Citizens Theatre to nurture new musical theatre from local writers and composers.

There’s no competition, no race to a prize. Instead, the drama comes from the interactions between this disparate chorus. The seemingly uplifting subject matter is initially turned on its head when instead of the sense of community and togetherness they hope to invoke by their shared love of singing, the sociological and political differences between the group rear their ugly heads. Those who exercise free will provoke those with conventional sensibilities and seemingly simple things offend and outrage. 

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It all gets off to a spine-tingling start as Peter Polycarpou’s Khalid steps centre stage to sing the first of a series of intensely personal songs and the cast as a whole doesn’t disappoint. Glorious sounding en masse, there isn’t a weak link among them and, while it seems churlish to single any out, it is undoubtedly Ryan Fletcher as ex-con Donny and Scott Reid as little cousin Scott, who shine. Fletcher, in particular, is a stand-out, in possession of a glorious voice and a prodigious musical talent, it is for him you root for a happy ending.

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Eschewing the musical theatre convention of bursting into song at will, here the songs arise naturally and realistically from the narrative and are entirely pleasing to the ear, partly due to the seeming familiarity of some of the melodies, with shades of Oasis, The Beach Boys and The Beatles to name a few.

If criticism is to be made it’s that the characterisations are thin in some cases and points are hammered home at times with little subtlety, but the actors’ deft touches manage to imbue it all with real heart and soul and you can’t help caring for them all and willing the whole thing to a happy conclusion.

It’s not exactly groundbreaking (it has at times the same feel and tone as Glen Hansard’s Once), but it has to be applauded for bringing something new to the musical theatre stage, not a film or novel adaptation, not a jukebox musical, instead an original story and songs with entirely relatable subject matter.

As an evening’s entertainment, it may not be perfect but it comes pretty damn close – on the whole it is a thoroughly engaging and utterly irresistible evening’s theatre. The Choir is guaranteed to send you into the crisp autumn air with the cockles of your heart well and truly warmed.

Runs until 14 November 2015 | Image: James Glossop

This review was originally published at: http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-choir-citizens-theatre-glasgow/

REVIEW: Godspell – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

A knock-out cast, some fabulous, familiar tunes and a clear direction proves there’s life in the old dog yet in the Dance School of Scotland’s production of Godspell.

Always a tricky beast, John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz’s trippy-hippy treatment of the gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke) has proved problematic in the past, however, here under the steady hand of director Graham Dickie, a clear narrative emerges amongst the disparate parables.

The Dance School of Scotland provide the creme de la creme of musical theatre students in the country and this year’s batch are no exception. Chief among them Ryan Kopel and Aaron Millar, two young men in possession of stunning and very different voices who will doubtless grace the stages of the West End and beyond in years to come. Kopel’s solo rendition of the classic “Beautiful City” is among the best I’ve ever heard.

This is a fitting showcase for the best of young Scottish musical theatre and a must-see in the theatrical calendar. I personally can’t wait until next year.

 

 

 

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