Monday, 23 January 2012


For Frantic Assembly’s forthcoming tour of Lovesong, we recently ran a competition in our enews where we asked people to send us their favourite lovesongs. The entries were so good and varied, we thought we’d share the list with you. The full list is below, but we also made a playlist of any of the tunes that were available on Spotify...just in time for Valentines day.

Let us know if you’d add anything else.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack

You're the One 
Shane McGowan/Maire Brennan
Circle of Friends Soundtrack

Bed of Roses
Bon Jovi

Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Love Hurts
Roy Orbison

Romeo and Juliet
Dire Straits

Just An Old Love Song
John Stewart

Endless Love
Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie

Ae Fond Kiss
Eddi Reader

Nocturnal Me

Echo and the Bunnymen

Lovin’ You
Minnie Ripperton

Dance Me to the End of Love
Leonard Cohen

Atlantic Starr

May You Never
John Martyn

I Can't Make You Love Me
Bonnie Raitt

The Lady in Red
Chris de Burgh

Try A Little Tenderness
Otis Redding

At Last
Etta James

If Love Could Last Forever
The Bathers

Between the Bars
Elliot Smith

Wonderful Tonight

Eric Clapton

I Want You
Bob Dylan

I Feel The Earth Move
Carole King

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Rod Stewart

This Must Be The Place

Talking Heads

The Beatles

You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Karen Matheson

Couldn’t Love You More
John Martyn

Someone Like You
Van Morrison

Love Theme from Bladerunner

It’s Oh So Quiet

That’s Amore
Dean Martin

Let’s Get it On
Marvin Gaye

Secret Love
Doris Day

Time After Time
Cyndi Lauper

I Surrender
David Sylvian

Lovesong described by The Telegraph as "a tribute to the durability of loving relationship" has been receiving rave reviews in the early part of its tour. It reaches the Citizens Theatre on Tue 7 February and plays until Sat 11.

“I’ve never seen such an instantaneous standing ovation…the piece beats with such profound truth that you’re held rapt “
The Telegraph
“Lovesong is compelling, understated perfection…poignant and uplifting…a hugely memorable performance”
The Stage
“It all works beautifully…This haunting play is shot through with compassion and tenderness.”
Plymouth Herald
"Lovesong is an atmospheric, gentle, humorous tear-jerker.”
What’s On Stage

More info on Lovesong

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

50p tickets! Yes, you heard us right, 50p.

This season the Citizens Theatre is doffing its cap to the good old days with a 50p ticket offer for Betrayal, King Lear and Krapps Last Tape/Footfalls.

Not even the Glasgow weather could keep them away!

We are offering:

10 tickets per performance for
10 performances of each show for just 50p!

These will go on sale for each show at 10am on the following dates:

Sat 25 February for BETRAYAL
Sat 14 April for KING LEAR

These tickets are only available at the theatre in person, so it's time to join a good old fashioned queue. You can't reserve in advance, it's first-come-first-served! Cash only. 2 tickets for person. Allocated price band II seats. Terms apply.

Don't worry if you can't make it down. The Citizens Theatre is committed to making its work accessible through concessions and standard offers such as £6 Previews and £10 Tuesdays, which you can book online!

In addition this season you can also get a CLASSIC PASS for the 3 shows listed above. See Pricing for info on this and other offers.

The Citizens (and Palace Theatre) facade back in the day!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

No longer an unsung hero

Yesterday on Facebook, we posted some pictures of a surprise party for Frances Coyle who has worked at the Citizens Theatre for an astonishing 44 years and retires this year.

Photo by Richard Campbell

Frances who is 82, has been a friendly face behind the coffee bar for a great many years and is known to audiences possibly far more than some of the creative teams behind the shows!

Today we're delighted to announce that Frances is one of the first recipients of an Unsung Hero Award from The Stage.

You can read more about the Unsung Heroes and The Stage 100 Awards on The Stage website.

It is said that Frances has never taken a day off sick. Two of her eight children have also worked at the theatre and more recently one of her grand-daughters.

We'd like to offer a sincere thank you to Frances for her incredible service over the years and wish her the very best for a happy retirement!

Frances with the Front of House team
 Some comments from Facebook:

"Frances may you enjoy every minute of your retirement and let someone else serve you tea and coffee for a change. Much love. Claire x"
"Happy Retirement Frances, i remember working with you, cant believe you have been there all this time!! Great days with all the girlies!! Xxx"

"Frances has probably been the most constant and familiar face at the Citz as far back as I can remember. I hope she has a wonderful retirement and enjoys every minute of it. Best wishes"