Highly influential and affordable theatre that regularly plays host to Hollywood heavyweights
The Citz, as the Citizens Theatre is affectionately known, is the epicentre of the Glasgow theatre scene. It’s the principal producing theatre in the west of Scotland, and a veritable conveyor belt for trustworthy stage favourites, as well as works by new and exciting directors. A commitment to inclusivity and community involvement is reflected in education projects and classes for aspiring thesps of all ages, and affordable ticket prices.
Based just south of the Clyde in the Gorbals district – comfortable walking distance from the city centre, though Bridge Street Underground is also nearby – the Victorian part of the building originally opened as a theatre way back in 1878. The Citizens company was later founded in 1943, and the Citizens Theatre was permanently established in 1945.
Since then, the Citz has built a rich history of successful, ground-breaking and sometimes controversial productions (an adaptation of ‘Dracula’ in 1977 featuring nude scenes was condemned by the Lord Provost of Glasgow as ‘kinky claptrap appealing only to mentally ill weirdos’, and subsequently sold out). It’s also been the site of several reported ghost sightings over the years, by staff and patrons alike.
Famous names to have trodden the boards or worked backstage are too many to mention: Rupert Everett, Helen Baxendale, Tim Roth, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Oldman – the list goes on. Under the artistic stewardship of Dominic Hill since 2011, the Citz has enjoyed yet further success still, including an award-winning production of Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’, a triumphant ‘King Lear’ with veteran actor David Hayman, and a critically acclaimed take on Stephen Jeffrey’s ‘The Libertine’. The theatre’s alternative pantomimes and family Christmas productions are always a must see. In 2013, it was announced that the Citz is to undergo an essential £10 million redevelopment to its public and backstage areas, expected to take several years.
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My Country: A Work In Progress
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, collaborates with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on a provocative performance, which uses the exact words of interviews taken in the days after the EU referendum with people around the country. Starring Seema...Drama Tuesday March 28 2017 - Saturday April 1 2017
Travels With My Aunt
Giles Havergal's celebrated stage adaptation of Graham Greene's classic comedy. When retired bank manager and dahlia enthusiast Henry Pulling meets his long-lost Aunt Augusta at his mother's funeral, he has no idea of the whirlwind of exotic adventures...Comedy Wednesday May 3 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017