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

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