Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The grandest of ballrooms for our Cinderella

Cast from our Christmas Show were involved in a photoshoot at the newly re-named Grand Central Hotel on Monday which is in the process of being renovated back to its former glory in a £20 million refurbishment by hoteliers Principal Hayley. Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters searched for their Prince but it was the builders currently working on the stunning ballroom who got the first dance!

An iconic city centre landmark fondly remembered by Glaswegians, the hotel was keen to partner an iconic Glasgow theatre company and we were delighted to be invited along.

The hotel, when it re-opens next September, will have 240 fully refurbished bedrooms, 21 meeting rooms, a lavish champagne bar overlooking Central Station’s concourse and a new bar, restaurant and deli which will be located on Hope Street next to the entrance to Central Station.

Dating back to 1883, the Grand Central Hotel has an illustrious history of attracting high profile guests including Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Laurel and Hardy, the Queen, Sir Winston Churchill and John F Kennedy.

Cinderella runs until Sat 2 January - book tickets now.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

A Wicked Year

Last night I witnessed the final performances of Wicked Christmas by the Community Company and what a wonderful night it was, a chocolate box of festive delight! However as the cast took their final bow, I couldn't help but reflect on what a great 10th anniversary year it has been for the company. It all started in February with Clydeside Valentine, followed a performance at The Hilton Hotel, 5 members then visited and performed in Orebro, Sweden, the Great Hall in Edinburgh Castle was our next venue before our Swedish friends made a return visit to the Citizens, what a wonderful international exchange this turned out to be...which brings us round to last night's Wicked Christmas 4 and closure on 2009. It really has been a great year for the company, with so many highlights and I'm sure the company will reach new heights in the 2010 as it takes on it's greatest challenge yet with a main stage production of the American classic The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck..Don't miss it !

Have a Wicked festive season and may the next decade be full of theatrical delights !


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

What were your favourite Citz memories and shows of 2009?

We added a poll (see right) to try and find out what your favourite shows of 2009 were. You can vote for multiple events!

A reminder of some...not all of our shows this year.

We haven't included visiting work as the list would be massive, this is just the work that emanates from the Citizens Theatre...and just so you know Yellow Moon toured schools and internationally, so you won't have caught it at the Citz. The Sound of My Voice played at Assembly throughout the festival and I've not included This View of Life, as it wasn't on sale to the public.

As you can see this is still a huge list. As well as main stage and touring productions from the Citizens Company, it includes plays by TAG, Citizens Community Company and Young Co..

We'd also love to hear your favourite Citz memories of the year. Was it the audience reaction to the gun shot in Topdog/Underdog, the feeling of entering the foyer for Cinderella, the glamour of Bernarda Alba, the feeling of performing in Nightschool or the big back wall reveal in Museum of Dreams?

We'd love to hear from you.


Thursday, 10 December 2009

Programme Competition winner announced

Each year we have a schools competition to design the front cover of the Christmas show programme. We received hundreds of entries and this year the prize was won by Loren Beyers (Aged 6) from Knightswood Primary.

Loren not only gets her design printed on thousands of programmes, but she and her whole class got free tickets to see Cinderella. Well done Loren!

Loren (and her class along with Cinderella stars Helen McAlpine and Andrew Scott-Ramsay) being presented with a framed copy of her programme design today - signed by all the cast!

The winning entry and 5 runners up are displayed in the foyer, so check them out if you're popping by.


Monday, 7 December 2009

A Christmas No. 1?

The team from Citizens Learning have been working with women at Inglefield Hostel - a homeless unit for women on the Southside of Glasgow. Scottish singer-songwriter Carol Laula has been working with the group making music and exploring song-writing. Together they wrote and recorded two songs, which we've uploaded to AudioBoo.


A christmas number one...what do you think??


Friday, 4 December 2009

Cinderella Slideshow

Here's a wee slideshow of Cinderella pics. You can today's 5 star Herald review here.

If you've not played it yet, here's a link to our online game where you can dress up your own wicked step-sister, complete with original designs by Jason Southgate.

We were lucky enough to get time with the Director, Jeremy Raison, to chat about the show during rehearsals. You can watch our video on YouTube.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Get a look at the new brochure

It's that time of year again when we refill the website with plentiful treats from the Spring-Summer season 2010 (is it just me or does 2010 sound futuristic?). In case you don't receive a copy of our brochure through the post, or via a leaflet rack, here's a rather splendid flickable online version from Issuu.

(Just use the arrows at either side to flick pages. You can click on the brochure to view it full screen).

Search the full What's On listing on our website.