Friday, 18 November 2016

Please Don’t Stop the Music… Musings on Week 2 of Hansel and Gretel

By Assistant Director Izzie Milne Turner

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Sound is the beating heart of our Christmas show, Hansel & Gretel. Dominic loves live music in this theatre. Our Macedonian composer, Nikola Kodjabashia, is one of Dominic’s favoured collaborators. They have previously worked together on A Christmas Carol, This Restless House and Crime and Punishment.

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Image by Tim Morozzo
One of the reasons that Dominic enjoys working with Nikola, is that he has a lively and eccentric attitude toward music. For the first music session for Hansel & Gretel Nikola brought in an eclectic assortment of instruments including a drum kit, double bass, bells, shakers, Piano, keyboard, and a Timpani drum. Nikola gets everyone in the cast to play something- regardless of their musical experience: beating out a drum pattern, plucking the double bass, or hitting a rusty triangle. He encourages the notion that playing music is not just for the trained, sheet music type, but open to anyone with a bit of courage and imagination.

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Image by Izzie Milne Turner
Dominic isn’t interested in piped-in sound made outside of the rehearsal room - he wants a natural evolution between the drama and the music. He reminds me, “Theatre is not film”. In film, music is layered on at the end but in theatre we have the opportunity for the theatre making and music to work hand in hand, for the collaboration to be alive and tangible. The scenes are often rehearsed against the sound of instruments being plucked, drummed and bowed.

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Image by Tim Morozzo
What happens in the story and the scenes informs the compositions - and vice versa - the soundscape provides an imaginative setting for the actors - a rich atmosphere for them to immerse themselves in and play off. Nikola has composed an elegant, haunting gypsy melody that recurs in the story in different arrangements (piano, accordion, fairground organ). It’s a real earworm - I often find myself humming it on my way to and from rehearsals!

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Image by Izzie Milne Turner
In our rehearsal room sound doesn’t just mean songs - it has many forms. We use it to illustrate the subconscious, suspense, jeopardy, and the howling wind and rain. It’s the texture and the fabric of the world we are building. And it isn’t always sweet and pretty - it’s contradictory - traversing between soft and rough, light and dark, smooth and broken.

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Image by Tim Morozzo
We love mics. Everyone, at some point, jumps on a microphone to gasp or chew and swallow. Sometimes to do what Nikola calls “gossiping voices” - ominously whispering words from the text like “spoilt”, “lazy” or “punished”. The mics create disembodied voices that brilliantly evoke the supernatural elements of Hansel and Gretel’s world.

After a week with instruments in the rehearsal room, I’ve learnt that sound can release and elevate scenes. A few oriental minor chords, combined with a droning note and a soft beat on the Timpani create the gloom of the forest. A few classical dance chords on the piano create a joyful snow fight. The crashing of a Timpani herald the arrival of a giant. At the end of the week the actors finally set down the instruments and there is silence - the stillness in the eye of the storm.

Join me next week, when I’ll be discussing some of our key staging choices!

6 Dec - 7 Jan

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Spring into 2017 at the Citz

We're beyond excited about our programme of work for Spring 2017. With a new production of Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt, a Brexit-inspired production from the National Theatre of Great Britain and shows from top theatre companies Cheek by Jowl and Kneehigh there's something for everyone in our newly-announced Spring 2017 Season - on sale now!

Citizens Theatre Spring 2017 season -

Speaking exclusively to The Herald, Artistic Director Dominic Hill spoke of the Spring 2017 season: "There's a lot of celebration of theatre in this season about what theatre can bring to people. The way the world is at the moment, I think there's no harm in trying to find some joy."

Read on to find out more about the fantastic shows we've got coming up at your local theatre from January - June 2017.

Cheek by Jowl tackle the countless hairpin turns in Shakespeare’s late masterpiece, from violence to farce, through multiple countries and over the course of 16 years, in a fiercely contemporary production.

Director Declan Donnellan and his cast take up Shakespeare’s most fundamental questions about redemption and forgiveness, testing the limits of hope and humanity in this tour-de-force interpretation. 

CUTTIN' A RUG 8 Feb - 4 Mar
Following our 2015 production of The Slab Boys, we'll be presenting the second installment of John Byrne’s much-loved trilogy, Cuttin’ A Rug. The play dives straight back in to the story, following the boys to the annual staff dance, still chasing the unobtainable Lucille and their dreams of life beyond the slab room.

A new festival of contemporary performance will take place in venues across Glasgow in Spring 2017 and we'll be hosting a Scottish artist with a new piece of work in our Circle Studio in March.

More information about the Somewhere New award recipient will be available in December.
The National Theatre of Great Britain has collaborated with seven UK theatre companies, including the Citizens Theatre, to talk to people across the country about the recent EU referendum.

The interviews will be woven together by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris to create a performance piece that will tour the country presenting the wide range of opinions that have been captured.

The various members of the eccentric Bliss family have each invited a guest to stay at their idyllic rural retreat. The house party turns disastrous as the hapless visitors become playthings in the Bliss’ self-made melodrama.

Dominic Hill will direct this funny and biting exploration of the games people play to avoid confronting the realities of life.

Retired bank manager and dahlia enthusiast Henry Pulling becomes newly acquainted with his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta at his mother’s funeral. Unable to resist the well-travelled Augusta’s powers of persuasion, Henry leaves suburban London with his new relative on a curiously glamourous trip across the world.

Giles Havergal’s hilarious adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel returns to the Citz having first being performed here in 1989. Director Phillip Breen returns to the Citz having previously directed True West, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and The Caretaker.

TRISTAN & YSEULT 30 May - 3 Jun
Kneehigh make their first visit to the Citizens Theatre with their playful and profound version of the ancient Cornish legend of fated lovers.

Circus performers, poetry, audience participation and live music spanning mambo, ballad, punk and opera are mashed together in this landmark production which has won fans across the world.

What are you most excited to see in our new session? Tweet us with #CitzSpringSeason to let us know! 

Tickets for all productions in our Spring 2017 season are available now to book online, or by calling our box office on 0141 429 0022. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

And So It Begins…Reflections on Week 1 of Hansel & Gretel Rehearsals

by Assistant Director Izzie Milne Turner

The first day of rehearsals is nerve wracking. Big challenges, new faces, and far too many names! On day 1 of Hansel & Gretel the room was packed to the brim: actors, creative team, crew and stage management all seated to witness the read through as our Christmas 2016 cast read Stuart Paterson's inventive adaptation of Hansel & Gretel aloud. It was a chance for the cast, creatives and crew to all be in the same room together before we all split off into our separate busy worlds for the next few weeks!

Our set designer and puppet master Rachael Canning unveiled the model box for Hansel & Gretel to gasps of delight. Her design embraced the carnivalesque world of the 1920's travelling circus - packed with rich visual treats and surprises. In true Citz style, Hansel & Gretel will be a complex and eccentric Christmas show - an exciting and tumultuous world of acrobats, magic forests and sorcery.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director and Hansel & Gretel Director Dominic Hill was keen to get the cast up and moving. And once we got up we never sat down. The cast spent the rest of the week trying out things on their feet. Benedicte Seierup and Lucien Macdougal - the production’s talented and joyful movement directors - led several clowning workshops this week. These sessions were very physical and playful. It’s been wonderful to witness how these workshops have fostered a supportive and spirited ensemble that listen to each other, laugh with each other and bring the crackling energy a Christmas show like Hansel & Gretel needs.

On Wednesday Rachael led a puppetry workshop. Puppets will be an integral part of Hansel & Gretel’s world so the cast must be skilled at using them with grace and precision. Rachael taught us how to bring a puppet to life through breath, posture and by seeing the puppet as an extension of yourself, never separate. It was a great exercise in concentration and sensitivity.

As you can see a lot happened in week one: we broke the ice, learnt new skills and shared many laughs. In week two we’ve begun to explore the vibrant musical world of Hansel & Gretel, led by composer Nikola Kodjabashia and his impressive collection of instruments! Stay tuned for more on that in the next post!

6 Dec - 7 Jan

Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Rivals arrives on the Citz stage

The Rivals have arrived on the Citz stage bringing with them sky-scraping wigs and decadent dresses. Oh, and some sheep...

Here’s a quick round up of the brilliant reviews the show has had since arriving here at the Citz: 

A glorious half-century of theatre history at the Citizens’ seems to have gone into the making of Dominic Hill’s exhilarating new production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s great 1775 comedy of manners.” ★★★★★ The Scotsman

Henry Everett and Lee Mengo.  Photo by Mark Douet
The dialogue simply crackles with wit, and much thought has gone into the clever set design... highlighting the high production values and distinctive “house style” emerging from the Citizens in the last few seasons. So what seems like a witty, energetic romp has, on a closer look, its own depths and a message for our own times.” ★★★★½ Reviews Hub

If ever there was a play more perfectly suited to accommodate the Citizens Theatre's Artistic Director Dominic Hill's stylistic penchant for turning a play visibly inside out...  Richard Brinsley Sheridan's eighteenth century comedy of manners is hard to beat.” ★★★★ The Herald

"It is almost 250 years since Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan penned The Rivals but clever direction has kept it fresh and pawky. The actors hurtled through the script like an express train yet not one nuance was lost... Genuinely there wasn’t a single below par performance from any of this 11-strong cast. This may be a period comedy but there is nothing modern in the country to rival it at the moment."  ★★★★ The Daily Record

Jessica Hardwick and Lucy Briggs-Owen. Photo by Mark Douet
The Rivals is a co-production with our friends at Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Critics and audiences across UK agree – it's a show you won’t want to miss!

“In its bold casualness it’s ingenious and insouciant, observing the time-honoured subversive spirit of the play and ensuring that everything feels like it’s happening in the moment” The Telegraph ★★★★★

“The Rivals is an uproarious production with a script as sharp as ever, bolstered by a terrific cast” Bristol Post ★★★★★

“True to Sheridan and alive to today, this is a delight” The Times ★★★★

“fun in spades” WhatsOnStage ★★★★

There’s still time to nab yourself a ticket, plus we’ve got some special one-off events planned in the coming weeks:
Come along on Tuesday 15 November for a post-show talk. Stay after the performance for a chance to put questions to the cast and hear more about the show.
If a matinee is more your style, then why not come along to Tea & Scandal: The Rivals Lunch on Saturday 19 November at 12.30pm. Director Dominic Hill will share the gossip about how he staged this 18th century comedy and discuss the enduring appeal of Sheridan’s masterpiece.

The Rivals is on stage at the Citizens Theatre until 19 Nov 2016

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Rivals: Behind the scenes with Jessica Hardwick

The Rivals, a co-production between the Citizens Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, has received glowing reviews so far on tour. Directed by our Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this beautiful and hilarious comedy of manners plays at the Citz from 2 - 19 November.

During the tour, actor Jessica Hardwick (Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Rapunzel, Crime and Punishment and Miss Julie) has been busy behind the scenes capturing beautiful photographs of her castmates and their spectacular period costumes and wigs designed by Tom Rogers

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Lucy Briggs-Owen 

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Lily Donovan

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Lucy Briggs-Owen

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Desmond Barrit

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Shaun Miller 

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Rhys Rusbatch

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.
Lily Donovan

The Rivals. Photo by Jessica Hardwick.

The Rivals is on stage at the Citizens Theatre from 2 - 19 Nov 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Rivals: A note from the Designer

Designer Tom Rogers discusses the development process for his beautiful design for The Rivals, our co-production with Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed by our very own Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this 18th-century comedy of manners arrives at the Citizens Theatre in November.

When Dominic approached me to design his production of The Rivals it was immediately an exciting prospect. I knew he would bring something fresh and dynamic to this classic text whilst still retaining its heart and timeless appeal.

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The Rivals at Bristol Old Vic image by Mark Doucet
Neither of us wanted to dispose of its setting in 1775. It’s very much a play about the social manners of its time, and the late 18th century is a glorious period of indulgence and frivolity to explore visually, particularly in fashion. But we also were keen to explore other design options rather than slavishly re-creating 18th-century Bath and early Georgian interiors.

The play includes many settings and the challenge was to come up with a design that could move swiftly between these, giving enough of a sense of each place but in a mostly non-naturalistic way. The play, with its many asides and broad comedy lends itself to a heightened theatrical approach and this led quite naturally to a design that relies heavily on ‘traditional’ theatre practices such as footlights, perspective portals and painted cloths.

Painted cloths have fallen out of fashion in recent times with limitless possibilities of printing images on vast scales, and theatre design in general taking what might be described as a more ‘conceptual’ approach. It has been one of the joys of this process to put this art at the forefront of the design, utilising the original paint frame of Bristol Old Vic and more importantly the skills and artistry of its resident painters. The interior settings are therefore mostly created using hand-painted cloths depicting either segments of paintings of late 18th-century Bath or enlarged fragments of wallpaper from the period.

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The Rivals Tech rehearsal - images by Dominic Hill
The play has the idea of keeping up appearances at its core. This was a time of showing off and dressing up to impress. Many of the scenes of the play are actually set in dressing rooms and this gave us the idea of using costume rails filled with 18th-century clothes as both naturalistic items you might find in these interiors but also as scenic elements clearly visible just offstage and used in a more non-naturalistic way throughout the play. Clothes, therefore, play an important role in The Rivals and the recreation of these lavish late 18th century fashions has been a joy.

Overblown and extravagant, the 1770s is one of the most excessive decades of fashion with its towering wigs, huge skirts, rich fabrics and detailed embellishment. We've been very lucky again to have the amazing skills of the Bristol Costume Services workroom at our disposal. You will see have brought the designs for the women’s costumes to life in a breathtaking way from metres and metres of silk taffeta and dupion, and reams of intricately hand-stitched trimmings.

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The Rivals at Bristol Old Vic image by Mark Doucet
Although our production is very much rooted in its original 18th-century setting, we have also made the decision to use a few anachronistic prop and costume elements from later periods. This has brought another level of creative possibilities to the rehearsal room and allowed for the witty use of objects that may not be from 1775 but could have been taken from the props stores of any of the wonderful theatres we are touring to. This is, again, intentionally playing to the play's innate theatricality.

2 - 19 NOV

Friday, 16 September 2016

Trainspotting: Final days in the rehearsal room

Trainspotting's Assistant Director Izzie Turner gives us a unique insight into the rehearsal process for this exciting new production of Irvine Welsh's notorious tale, adapted by Harry Gibson. 

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We're in the final days of being in the rehearsal room for Trainspotting. In just a few day's time we'll be packing up our things and move into the auditorium for next week's technical rehearsals. 

The last 3 weeks of hard work are starting to come together as we piece the play into a whole and start doing full runs. Today it’s all systems go with every member of the team pitching in ideas!

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We begin the day with our favourite game, 4 square- a simple, yet highly competitive ball game that always charges us up for the day ahead and has us laughing and squabbling like siblings!

Next, we start work on the scene "House Arrest". It is a demanding scene, physically and psychologically, that morphs between theatrical styles. It shifts between the domestic, the absurd and the terrifying. The scene also demands a huge amount from Lorn, who plays the principal character, Mark Renton. Despite this, it has been one of the most enjoyable scenes to work on- a true ensemble piece, with every actor involved in its creation and execution. All of us laughing all the way!

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MJ- our sound designer is busy working on some brilliantly textured and nuanced sound effects. It’s intriguing to experience the text layered and punctuated by sound and music- it adds a refreshing dimension to the storytelling. 

Our movement director, EJ works her magic on the scene, using movement choreography and dance to heighten the scene’s sensuality and visualise the physical experience of drug addiction. It’s fascinating to see how a simple physical activity can be magnified and abstracted into beautiful, organic movement. 

Our wonderful director Gareth is creating and managing all of this with a calm, measured eye, making sure that everyone is included and heard. Under Gareth’s direction, the creative process has been highly inclusive and collaborative, which has made it a joy to work on.

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Each day the world of the play becomes a little more fleshed out as a new prop, costume garment or piece of furniture is integrated into rehearsals. Slowly but surely the story is become a living, breathing entity. Costume changes are an integral part: There are multiple characters and only a cast of five to play them all. Gareth has ensured that these changes and transitions are done inventively and are woven into fabric of the production- instead of being a functional activity, they become part of the storytelling.

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It is a privilege to work on Trainspotting. It’s a joyride of a play- equal parts hilarious, thrilling and always irreverent and provocative. The richness of the text and Gareth’s lead in guiding us through it has made the last few weeks brilliantly stimulating. Our magnificent cast - endlessly energetic and imaginative- are taking  this much-loved story to new and thrilling heights. Bring on the technical rehearsals!

14 SEP - 8 OCT

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cast Announcements for our Autumn 2016 Season

With The Rivals rehearsing in London and our Trainspotting cast arriving later this month, it's not long until our Autumn 2016 season gets under way. Browse our latest season brochure online to see what we've got coming up next:

We've confirmed many of the casts for our Autumn 2016 season, read on to find out more about who's appearing on our famous stage in the coming months.  

30 Aug - 3 Sep

The Glasgow Girls are back in a new production direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Among the new cast members, popular singer and actor Terry Neason joins the girls as their determined neighbour Noreen. 

Callum Cuthbertson returns as their inspiring teacher Mr Girvan, while Patricia Panther again lends her unique musical skills to the soundtrack. Returning Glasgow Girls Stephanie McGregor (Ewelina) and Roanna Davidson (Agnesa) are joined by Sophia Lewis (Roza), Aryana Ramkhalawon (Amal), Shannon Swan (Jennifer), Kara Swinney (Emma).

14 Sep - 8 Oct

Having made his Citizens' debut in 2016's This Restless House as Orestes, Lorn Macdonald will play Renton in our new production of Trainspotting. We welcome back Owen Whitelaw (Sleeping Beauty, In Time O' Strife, Slope, King Lear) to play Begbie/Mother Superior and Gavin Jon Wright (Dragon) as Spud. Making their Citizens debut are Angus Miller (Tommy/Sickboy) and Chloe-Ann Tylor.   
Filming for Trainspotting 2 might have just wrapped in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but we took to the streets of Glasgow last week to promote the show.  

18 - 22 Oct

Dundee Rep bring their 2015 five-star sell-out production of this landmark Scottish play to the Citizens, 40 years after it was presented by 7:84. 

Jo Freer
, Irene Macdougall and Emily Winter, Stephen Bangs, Billy Mack, Christina Gordon return to their roles from the acclaimed 2015 production alongside new cast members Ewan Donald and Barrie Hunter.

The upper circle is now available to book for all performances by calling 0141 429 0022 - don't leave it too late!

2 - 19 Nov

Our co-production with Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse promises to be full of big wigs, big frocks, cheeky humour and a healthy dose of scandal and wit.

Julie Legrand makes her long-awaited return to the Citz having performed in the 1980s alongside Rupert Everett, Gary Oldman, Roberta Taylor and Giles Havergal as "pineapple of politeness" Mrs Malaprop. Olivier Award-winner Desmond Barrit plays opposite her as Sir Anthony Absolute, having previously appeared with Julie in Wicked in London's West End. 

We're thrilled to welcome back former Citizens Theatre Actor Intern Jessica Hardwick as Julia. Since her debut as Sonya in Crime and Punishment, Jessica has since appeared in lead roles at the Citz in Lanark: A Life In Three Acts, Slope and Rapunzel and in Miss Julie. The cast also includes Nicholas Bishop (Faulkland), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Lydia Languish), Lily DonovanKeith Dunphy (Sir Lucius O’Trigger), Lee Mengo who appeared in 2014's The Libertine (Bob Acres), Shaun Miller and Rhys Rusbatch (Captain Jack Absolute). 

Tickets for all of our Autumn 2016 shows as well as some newly-announced productions coming in 2017 are on sale now and available to book from our website.

Monday, 13 June 2016

This Restless House & Lanark each scoop a hat-trick at the CATS

After receiving an impressive 12 nominations for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS)  we're thrilled to have won 6 awards - our biggest haul yet! 

David Greig's adaptation of of Alasdair Gray's Lanark scooped three awards as did Zinnie Harris' epic 5-star retelling of The Oresteia, This Restless House

The CATS are an opportunity for the theatre industry across Scotland to come together and celebrate some of the most successful productions, and best artists over the past 12 months. This year the awards were held in Edinburgh at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and hosted by Citz alumnus Daniela Nardini (Top Girls, 2004) and Still Game's Sanjeev Kohli

Our co-production with National Theatre of Scotland, epic trilogy This Restless House, walked away with Best New Play, Best Female Performance and our Artistic Director Dominic Hill won his 5th CATS award for Best Director - the most any director has won in the CATS' 14-year history. 

Zinnie Harris - This Restless House
CATS Winner 2016: Best New Play - This Restless House - Zinnie Harris

Pauline Knowles  - This Restless House
CATS Winner 2016: Best Female Performance - Pauline Knowles

Dominic Hill - This Restless House
CATS Winner 2016: Best Director - This Restless House - Dominic Hill

Meanwhile our 2015 co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, Lanark: A Life in Three Acts was awarded Best Male Performance, Best Design and Best Technical Presentation. 

Sandy Grierson - Lanark
CATS Winner 2016: Best Male Performance - Sandy Grierson

Laura Hopkins, Nigel Edwards and Simon Wainwright - Lanark
CATS Winner 2016: Best Design - Lanark

CATS Winner 2016: Best Technical Presentation - Lanark

We are very grateful to all the casts and creative teams that have worked with us during 2015-16 to create so many fantastic shows and congratulations to all of the artists whose work in Scotland was recognised by this year's nominations and awards.    

 We're straight on to creating next year's hopeful award-winners, with our Autumn 2016 season now on sale. From Trainspotting, and The Rivals to Hansel & Gretel and the return of Glasgow Girls there's something for everyone!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Choose Life. Choose the Citizens Theatre.

Well, we couldn't announce our exciting new season without referencing one of the most memorable film openings of all time, could we?

A new stage production of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting headlines our Autumn 2016 season, 22 years after the story first began life as a piece of drama right here at the Citizens Theatre. Read on to find out more about the fantastic shows we've got coming up at your local theatre from August 2016 - January 2017.

GLASGOW GIRLS 30 Aug - 3 Sep
A Pachamama, National Theatre of Scotland, Regular Music and Theatre Royal Stratford East production in association with Richard Jordan Productions and Citizens Theatre

The Glasgow Girls are coming home! The real life story of seven feisty teenagers from Dumchapel High was turned into a high-energy, life-affirming musical by Cora Bissett and David Greig and was first premiered at the Citizens in 2012. Since then, the show's been revived here, shared the stage with Nile Rogers at the Ryder Cup Gala Concert, and will have a run of performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer before coming home.

We are the Glasgow Girls!

A Citizens Theatre production

With a sequel to the Trainspotting film currently in production, here's a chance to experience the original coarse, intense and often hilarious story on the Citizens' stage. Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud hurtle their way through the darkest backstreets of the heroin scene of Thatcher-era Leith in the generation-defining cult phenomenon. Our Main Stage Director in Residence Gareth Nicholls will direct. We've loved his thoughtful and thought-provoking productions of Into That Darkness, Blackbird and Vanya and can't wait to see his version Trainspotting.

A Dundee Rep production

Dundee Rep's new production of this favourite piece of 20th-century Scottish drama by John McGrath was a sell out in 2015. They're now hitting the road with this fantastic production, and will play at the Citizens Theatre for one week only in October. There's already been huge demand for tickets, so if you fancy joining us for an evening of ceilidh, song, political history and loads of laughs, don't leave it too late to book!

A Citizens Theatre Community production

We'll be welcoming 60 non-professional performers from our community to our stage to recreate the bizarre events that took place at the Southern Necropolis over 60 years ago. One night in September 1954, hundreds of children aged 4 - 14 armed themselves with whatever they could find and began a chaotic hunt through the Gorbals for the mysterious - and fictitious - Gorbals Vampire, or The Man With the Iron Teeth. Johnny McKnight's tongue-in-cheek script brings the dramatic evening back to life.

THE RIVALS 1 - 19 Nov
A Citizens Theare, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Big wigs, big frocks, cheeky humour and plenty of over-the-top silliness. That's what's in store in our production of 18th-century comedy of manners The Rivals. Set in high society Bath, the play bubbles with scandal, wit and intrigue. Our Artistic Director Dominic Hill directs the co-production with Bristol Old Vic, who we last visited in 2014 with The Libertine and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse who we've previously worked with to produce Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and Crime and Punishment.


Dominic Hill also turns his hand to our Christmas show this season, Hansel and Gretel. A temptingly sweet festive treat, expect plenty of the Citizens' traditional theatrical magic combined with world-class storytelling, suitable for everyone aged 6+.

What are you most excited to see in our new session? Tweet us with #CitzAutumnSeason to let us know! 

Tickets for all productions in our Autumn 2016 season are available now to book online, or by calling our box office on 0141 429 0022.