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. 

Monday, 16 May 2016


The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) nominations have been announced and we received a whopping 12 nominations this year which must be some sort of record for us, right? Well we dusted off our old photo albums and got out our calculators to bring you the Citz' CATS nominations by numbers. Join us on a number filled trip down memory lane!

71 The number of times Citizens Theatre has been nominated since 2002

14 The number of CATS nominations, Artistic Director Dominic Hill has received 

8 The number of times Dominic Hill has won a CATS Award, the most of any director working in Scotland

12  This year Citizens Theatre has been nominated for twelve awards, the highest number of nominations in a single year in our history. Both Lanark: A Life in Three Acts and This Restless House have been nominated for five awards each including Best Production. There are also two further nominations in the Best Male Performance category for Paul Higgins who played Ray in Blackbird and Cliff Burnett who played Franz Stangl in Into That Darkness

The most successful production at the CATS Awards remains Crime and Punishment in 2013/14, which was nominated in six different categories making it the most nominated Citizens Theatre production. It went on to win four awards including Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Production and Best Male Performance for Adam Best for his portrayal of the young student Raskolnikov.

The full list of nominations for the Citz at this year's ceremony is: 

Best Male Performance Sandy Grierson (Lanark/Duncan Thaw)
Best Design Laura Hopkins (Designer), Nigel Edwards (Lighting Designer), Simon Wainwright (Video Artist)
Best Music and Sound Nick Powell (composer/sound designer)
Best Technical Presentation
Best Production

This Restless House
Best Female Performance Pauline Knowles (Clytemnestra)
Best Director Dominic Hill
Best Music and Sound Nikola Kodjabashia
Best New Play Zinnie Harris
Best Production

Best Male Performance Paul Higgins (Ray) 

Best Male Performance Cliff Burnett (Franz Stangl) 

The CATS Awards are hosted by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh this year on 12 June at 4pm.

You can read the entire nominations list on the CATS website and you can book your tickets to the ceremony through the Lyceum's website. 

We're off to dust off our glad rags for what will be an exciting celebration of theatre in Scotland and hopefully we'll get the cream!