Citizens Theatre Announces Autumn 2011 Season

The Citizens Theatre is proud to announce its autumn season. 

Highlights include two main stage productions whose roots are historically linked to the Gorbals theatre – MEN SHOULD WEEP and A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG - plus a festive season that features an original twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, HANSEL AND GRETEL.

New Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, will take up position at the theatre in October 2011.

Kicking off proceedings in September will be the premiere of The National Theatre of Scotland’s new production of Ena Lamont Stewart’s landmark play, MEN SHOULD WEEP, directed by Graham McLaren. First written in 1947, the play is a moving and funny portrayal of impoverished 1930s Glasgow. The play was revived in 1982 after a long period of obscurity, directed by Giles Havergal who had been persuaded by John McGrath’s 7:84 company to stage it at the Citizens - giving it a new cult status. It is now regularly studied in Scottish secondary schools and regarded as a contemporary Scottish classic.

In October, Philip Breen will direct A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG by Peter Nichols, a thought-provoking black comedy about a British couple struggling to cope with looking after their child who has cerebral palsy. The play premiered at the Citizens in 1967, directed by Michael Blakemore and was a major hit, transferring to London’s West End and later Broadway. More than 40 years on, it returns to its original home. Philip Breen has previously directed The Shadow of a Gunman and The Caretaker at the Citizens - both to critical acclaim - and recently directed a touring production of The Hard Man.

For the Christmas season, the Citizens presents a festive offering for all ages. On the main stage, the same creative team who created the hit version of Beauty and the Beast in 2010 return - “in every way the stuff of memorable theatre” Herald. Led by Director Guy Hollands this year’s show is a new production of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, HANSEL AND GRETEL. A powerful story of children overcoming evil to keep their family united in a time of famine and hardship, this new version will be written by Alan McHugh. Christmas shows at the Citizens promise inventive storytelling accompanied by original live music in an intimate theatre where everyone can feel part of the story. Recommended for children 5 + and their families

In the Stalls Studio Clare McGarry - “fast becoming a new force in Scottish theatre for very young children.” Sunday Herald - returns in association with the Citizens Theatre to present a new 45 minute interactive Christmas show. LITTLE ULLA, for little ones aged 3-5 years, is a festive tale about a special mountain goat whose unusual horn makes her different from the others and will feature puppets, music and song.

Strictly for the adults, the Citizens Community Company return with A WICKED CHRISTMAS, their annual seasonal satirical glance at all the things we love to hate about Christmas, directed by Neil Packham.

The Citizens Young Co. present GOTHIC, a collection of fiendishly dark stories based on the tales of Edgar Allen Poe. Directed by Neil Packham, these tales of mystery and the macabre are an ideal precursor to Halloween celebrations.

In addition, we are delighted to host return visits from Scottish Opera, who bring a new production of Offenbach’s ORPHEUS AND THE UNDERWORLD with a specially commissioned translation by political satirist Rory Bremner, following the sell-out success of Carmen in 2010 and the Glasgay! Festival return with two productions – the world premiere of SPAIN by James Ley which tells the story of an ex-pat Scot thrown into an existentialist crisis and forced to begin a long journey home and CH CH CHANGES by Martin O’Connor, which looks at the spectrum of multi-coloured sexuality in an intimate and provocative new one man show, performed by Grant Smeaton.

Townsend Theatre Productions visit the Circle Studio for the first time with their new adaptation of Robert Tressell’s THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS, the famous political novel about a group of painters and decorators struggling for survival in a stagnating Edwardian England. Featuring Fine Time Fontayne and Neil Gore.

And finally, prior to the arrival of new Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, the Citizens will present a revival of David Greig’s THE MONSTER IN THE HALL at his current theatre as part of the Traverse Theatre’s Fringe programme in August. Directed by Guy Hollands, the indie comedy musical farce about a young carer on the verge of a nervous breakdown has been chosen as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase with support from Made In Scotland. Former trainee director, Ros Philips, will also be re-staging her acclaimed production of ONE MILLION TINY PLAYS ABOUT BRITAIN, in association with the Citizens Theatre at a site specific venue as part of the Remarkable Arts programme.

The Citizens continues to present its wide-ranging programme of weekly drama classes for children and adults, along with skills training courses for businesses and pioneering creative learning projects in the communities and education sectors of Scotland.

ENDS

For further information, press ticket, interview and picture requests please contact:
Cat McNaught, Marketing Manager
0141 418 6233 / cat@citz.co.uk

LISTINGS

Tickets on sale: Tuesday 31st May
Booking: 0141 429 0022 / citz.co.uk

Scottish Opera
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD
By Offenbach
New translation by Rory Bremner
Main Theatre
Thu 8 Sep, 7.30pm
Sat 10 Sep, 7.30pm
Sun 11 Sep, 4.00pm
Tickets: £10.50 - £18

National Theatre of Scotland
MEN SHOULD WEEP
By Ena Lamont Stewart
Directed by Graeme McLaren
Main Theatre
Thu 22 September – Sat 8 October, 7.30pm
Previews: Thu 22, Fri 23 & Sat 24 Sep, 7.30pm
Matinees: Sat 24 Sep, 1 Oct & 8 Oct, 2.30pm
Tickets: £10.50-£18 | Previews £5 | Tuesdays £10

Townsend Theatre Productions
THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS
Adapted from the novel by Robert Tressell
Circle Studio
Tue 4 – Sat 8 October, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 8 October, 2.30pm
Tickets:  £12.50 + standard concessions | Preview £5 | Tuesday £10

Citizens Theatre
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG
By Peter Nichols
Directed by Philip Breen
Main Theatre
Wed 19 October – Sat 12 November, 7.30pm
Previews: Wed 19 & Thu 20 Oct, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 5 November, 2.30pm
Tickets: £10.50-£18
Previews £5 | Tuesdays £10

Glasgay! Festival
SPAIN
World Premiere
By James Ley
Stalls Studio
Tue 25 October – Sat 12 November, 7.30pm
Preview: Tue 25 October, 7.30pm
Tickets:  £12.50 + standard concessions | Preview £5

Glasgay! Festival
CH CH CHANGES
Written by Martin O’Connor
Performed by Grant Smeaton
Circle Studio
Tue 25 October – Sat 12 November, 7.30pm
Preview:  Tue 25 October, 7.30pm
Tickets:  £12.50 + standard concessions | Preview £5

Citizens Theatre
HANSEL & GRETEL
By Alan McHugh
Recommended for 5+
Directed by Guy Hollands
Original Music by Claire McKenzie
Lighting Design by Colin Grenfell
Main Theatre
Sat 3 December – Sat 7 January

Clare McGarry in association with the Citizens Theatre
LITTLE ULLA
Created & performed by Clare McGarry
Stalls Studio
Sat 10 December – Sat 8 January
Listings: Sat 10 & Sat 17 Dec: 11.30am & 2pm
Sat 24 & Sat 31 Dec: 11am, 1pm & 3.30pm
Thu 22 Dec - Sat 8 Jan: 11.30am & 2pm (except 25 Dec & 1 Jan – closed)

Citizens Young Co.
GOTHIC
From the tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Recommended for 12+
Directed by Neil Packham & Louise Brown
Circle Studio
Thu 20 – Sat 22 October, 7.30pm
Sat 22 October, 7.30pm & 9.30pm
Tickets: £8 full price, £5 concessions

Citizens Community Company
WICKED CHRISTMAS
Written & performed by the Citizens Community Company
Directed by Neil Packham
Circle Studio
Wed 14 – Sat 17 December, 7.30pm
Sat 17 December, 7.30pm & 9.30pm
Tickets: £10.50 + standard concessions

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