Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kill Johnny Glendenning - A Big Bowl of Ice cream

Journalist David Pollock talked to writer DC Jackson about his violent, comical new play Kill Johnny Glendenning, a co-production between Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre.

Kill Johnny Glendenning, on at the Citizens Theatre,
Wed 22 Oct - Sat 8 Nov

“A big bowl of ice cream,” is how playwright DC Jackson describes Kill Johnny Glendenning, his first original commission for the Royal Lyceum following his successful adaptation of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro in 2012. “Commissioning theatres generally want to know the nutritional content rather than the roughage aspects of the plays they produce,” he tries to elaborate with a laugh. “This is a bowl of Coco Pops and they like to see muesli. It deals with the sort of themes I wouldn’t expect a big illustrious theatre like the Lyceum to normally be involved with.”
Josh Whitelaw and David Ireland. Photo by Robbie Jack

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Here's Johnny!

Johnny "the bastard" Glendenning is setting his sights on the Citizens stage, having left Edinburgh audiences rolling in the aisles. With laughter, not through any stray bullets, mind.


David Ireland as Johnny Glendenning. Credit Robbie Jack 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hamlet Reviews

Shakespeare at the Citizens Theatre is always an occasion, and Dominic Hill's new production of Hamlet, on until 11 October, is set to go down as a classic. 



We've loved reading how much audiences and critics have enjoyed the show.

"...a version that simmers with an edgy intensity that brings all of Hamlet's demons home to roost." 

The Herald 

"
This is a powerful rendition of a script often dulled by familiarity, allowing Hill to stand alongside his artistic ancestors as a bold, imaginative and careful director" 
The Stage 

"Dominic Hill’s exhilarating production"
The Guardian 


“as nail-biting and oppressive as the darkest noir thriller”
The Times 

"thrilling and fascinating…[Brian] Ferguson’s brave and ground-breaking central performance” 
The Scotsman 

"by any measure a world-class production"
Sunday Herald



Audiences are getting chatty on twitter too:



You can catch up with all of our reviews, or leave your own on our website. We're also keeping up to date with what audiences are saying on our Storify.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Feeling the excitement - Final week of Hamlet rehearsals

Gareth Nicholls, Main Stage Director in Residence and Assistant Director of Hamlet, shares his excitement with us in the final week of rehearsals for this “brooding, sleazy” play.

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It’s a week before we preview our production of Hamlet and there’s a fight taking place. Brain Ferguson (Hamlet) and Adam Best (Laertes) are tearing into each other with swords, fists and whatever else they can get their hands on. Luckily it’s just a rehearsal, with our fight director keeping a close eye on the safety of both actors. Even so, when they’re going at full speed, its pretty terrifying and will make a thrilling finale to this production.
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Friday, 5 September 2014

Hamlet: ‘A Play Full of Quotes’

Not seen Hamlet? Maybe you know the play better than you think. Our new trainee director from Birkbeck College, Stephen Darcy, gives a brief overview to some of the themes in one of Shakespeare's most quotable plays.

Brian Ferguson in Hamlet rehearsals. Image by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Some years ago at the theatre, I overheard a disgruntled audience member discussing an unsatisfying student production of Hamlet.  When asked what she thought of the play she said:

“It’s alright.  It’s just a play full of quotes”

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Historical Hamlets at the Citz

Shakespeare at the Citz is always a special event, and Hamlet, The Bard's greatest work, has provided some of the most memorable productions over the last 40 years. 

As we prepare for Artistic Director Dominic Hill's new production starring Brian Ferguson as the Dane opening on 19 September, we're taking a look at some of the productions that have made Citizens history. 
Brian Ferguson and Dominic Hill in rehearsals for Hamlet. Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

“Big Brother is Watching You”

Interview with Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan (co-creators and directors of Headlong's 1984)

 

 by Giles Woodforde

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Now that Edward Snowden has made his allegations about the murky world of widespread electronic surveillance carried out by government agencies, never have these words seemed more scary. Yet the phrase goes way back: it was coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984, first published in 1949.

Monday, 28 July 2014

On Common Ground Reviews

The first performances of our Festival 2014 event On Common Ground took place on Friday and Saturday this week, and the reviews have appeared in the press this morning.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Arriving On Common Ground


After months of preparation, planning, emails and Skype calls,  Debajehmujig Storytellers finally arrived in Glasgow last week to begin the rehearsals for our Festival 2014 event, On Common Ground, a free, outdoor spectacle celebrating life in the Gorbals and First Nation traditions and customs.
Debajehmujig Storyteller Bruce Naokwegijig making an offering to the Clyde

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Seat Sale Saturday

Bag a piece of history with your very own Citizens seat by coming along to our seat sale. 

Last summer, dozens of bargain-hunters took the chance to own their very own piece of Citizens history when we replaced the seats in the stalls and offered the old seats for sale.
Happy man holding a Citizens Theatre seat
A happy customer with his bargain souvenir. Check our more pics from the 2013 sale on Flickr