Welcome Back Gerard

This week, I caught a sneaky peek of Krapp’s Last Tape starring old friend of the Citz, Gerard Murphy – perk of the job - the show has its first preview tonight!

Gerard (Right) in Chinchilla 1977
Blockbuster movies aside, this guy is a true star! Not only does he have an illustrious history here at the Citizens (somewhat of a Glasgow heartthrob in the 70’s!) but he has made his mark in many of the countries top theatres as well as through numerous movie and TV parts. Winding down the other night I turned on my TV and there he was….in an episode of Father Ted!
Mr Murphy in Soldiers 1993
It’s been 14 years since Gerard last performed here at the Citz in a 1998 production of Macbeth.  Not his first time in this role at this theatre either; he played Macbeth to David Hayman’s Lady Macbeth in 1979 – wish I had seen this!

David Hayman as Lady Macbeth to Gerard's Macbeth 
“As Macbeth, Gerard Murphy, a husky young actor, follows the upward and downward graph of the murderer’s career with physical vigour and great vocal power.”
From The Stage, March 15, 1979

Gerard came to the Citz like many of that era as an aspiring young actor. He went on during the mid to late seventies to perform in over 20 productions including The Changeling, 1976, The Country Wife, 1977, and Chinchilla 1977 &79’  I asked him how he felt about returning to the Citz, he said:

“I came for 3 months and stayed for three years and I’m still coming back.”
As with many actors it seems the Citz still has a special place in his heart.

Christine (Temp Marketing Officer)

Krapps Last Tape opens from tomorrow night, as a double bill with Footfalls, another of Samuel Beckett's short plays. Until Sat 9 June.