50p TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR NEW GLASGOW GANGSTER COMEDY KILL JOHNNY GLENDENNING

10 October 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


100 bargain tickets for the Glasgow premiere of DC Jackson’s Kill Johnny Glendenning will go on sale from 10am on Saturday 18 October. The frenetically paced and gloriously irreverent blood-soaked satire from the Fresh Meat writer is at the Citizens Theatre from Wed 22 October – Sat 8 November.

The only way to grab the rock bottom priced tickets, which are available across 10 performances of the show, is in person at the theatre, with tickets limited to two per person. 50p tickets for Kill Johnny Glendenning are only available on the morning of the sale and must be paid for in cash. The sale begins at 10am, and customers are encouraged to join the queue outside the theatre early to be sure of securing their bargain tickets.

Andrew MacPherson has many legitimate business interests: a security firm, taxis, a couple of Renfrewshire bus routes, several pubs and even a secret shareholding in Rangers.  Johnny ‘the bastard’ Glendenning is the self-styled Tony Blair of Ulster loyalist gunmen. In a farmhouse far out in the wilds of Ayrshire they are on a deadly collision course. Caught between them are a farmer, his mother, two thugs, a sleazy tabloid hack and some pigs with a taste for human flesh.

Recently writing for Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Scottish playwright DC Jackson’s previous work for theatre includes My Romantic History (Scotsman Fringe First Award 2010), and the trilogy of The Wall, The Ducky and The Chooky Brae.
Describing the production, writer DC Jackson says: “I hope audiences enjoy my new play - a bloody revenge tale set amongst the grimy cesspit of West Coast organised crime. I’m optimistic the show is going to be a great night out.”

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre, marked his first season at the here with the re-instatement of 50p tickets in 2012. 50p tickets were first offered at the Citizens in 1976 when the theatre was under the leadership of Giles Havergal, Phillip Prowse and Robert David McDonald who were renowned in the 70s and 80s for their entrepreneurialism. From its origins, the theatre has been focussed on ensuring that the world-class performances presented on stage are accessible to as many people as possible. 50p tickets are part of the Citizens Theatre’s wider pricing strategy to achieve this aim.

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For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Keren Nicol, Marketing & Communications Manager keren@citz.co.uk / 0141 418 6233

NOTES TO EDITORS

Background to 50p tickets
The Citizens Theatre has a longstanding reputation for presenting world-class performances of classic texts at its Gorbals home at a fair price. The Citizens Theatre directorship of Giles Havergal, Phillip Prowse and Robert David McDonald were renowned in the 70s and 80s for their entrepreneurialism. However, their innovations and risk-taking not only include the famous choice of programme but in a whole series of experimentation including pricing and marketing. In the early 70s the theatre operated a tiered pricing structure, with tickets ranging from 40p to £1.10, but in 1976 a new 50p ticket price for all seats was introduced (25p for students and a free preview on the Thursday before the Friday opening). To put 50p in context, in 1976 the average weekly wage for a man was £70 and £45.30 for a woman. A loaf of bread was 19.2p and a pint of beer 32p. 50p tickets were re-instated in February 2012, with 100 tickets offered at 50p for Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

As well as its 50p ticket initiative, the Citizens offers a wide range of affordable tickets. All tickets for performances on Tuesdays are priced at £12.50 and preview performances at £8.50. Local Gorbals residents can also enjoy performances at the Citz for only £2, with a range of other concessions available for registered unemployed, young people, senior citizens and groups. 

LISTINGS
Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh present
KILL JOHNNY GLENDENNING
By DC Jackson
Directed by Mark Thomson
Recommended for 16+
This production contains strong language and scenes of violence
Design - Michael Taylor
Lighting Designer - Tim Mascall
Fight Directors - Rachel Bown Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd
Assistant Director - Becky Hope-Palmer

CAST
Philip Cairns - Dominic
Kern Falconer - Auld Jim
David Ireland - Johnny Glendenning
Steven McNicoll - Bruce
Paul Samson - Macpherson
Joanne Thomson - Kimberley
Josh Whitelaw - Skootch

Citizens Theatre Performance Dates:
Wed 22 Oct – Sat 8 Nov 2014 (no performances Sundays and Mondays)
Preview: Wed 22 Oct, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 1 Nov, 2.30pm
Audio Described performance: Thu 30 Oct, 7.30pm
BSL interpreted performance: Fri 31 Oct, 7.30pm
Captioned performance: Sat 1 Nov, 2.30pm


Post Show discussion: Tue 28 Oct

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