Dominic Hill to direct Beckett’s iconic play Endgame
10 September for immediate release
Citizens Theatre and HOME, Manchester, present
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Dominic Hill
Thu 4 – Sat 20 February
PRESS NIGHT: Sat 6 February, 7.30pm
Dominic Hill to direct Beckett’s iconic play Endgame in a new co-production with Manchester’s HOME as part of Spring 2016 Season.The Citizens Theatre’s new co-production of Endgame featuring David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne in the roles of Hamm and Clov runs from Thursday 4 February – Saturday 20 February 2016.
Trapped in an endless struggle for control, Hamm and Clov exchange cruel insults while Hamm’s parents Nagg and Nell look on from the confines of their rubbish bins. Regarded as one of Beckett’s greatest works, Endgame offers a brutal yet darkly comic meditation on death, mixing the absurd with the macabre.
David Neilson, best known for his current role as Roy Cropper in Coronation Street, will play the cruelly manipulative Hamm. Neilson has appeared in the soap since 1995. The character has featured in a number of high-profile storylines. He was last seen on stage as Lucky in Waiting for Godot at the Library Theatre Manchester, one of two Manchester arts organisations who, together with Cornerhouse merged to form HOME. Hamm’s servile companion Clov will be played by former Coronation street star Chris Gascoyne. Gascoyne has appeared in a wide range of theatre productions throughout the UK, most recently appearing on stage as Ray Say in the critically acclaimed play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep Theatre.
The Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill will direct this production of Endgame. Joining Hill on the creative team are long time collaborators designer Tom Piper and lighting designer Lizzie Powell. Piper and Powell previously collaborated with Hill on The Libertine last year. Powell has also lit Citizens productions of A Christmas Carol and Fever Dream: Southside. Piper was recently awarded an MBE for his outdoor installation commemorating the centenary of WWI. The striking installation entitled Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red comprised of 888,246 ceramic poppies cascading from the Tower of London. Hill last directed Beckett double bill, Krapp’s Last Tape and Footfalls as part of his inaugural season at the Citizens Theatre in 2012. This production of Endgame marks a new partnership with HOME.
Speaking about Endgame Hill said, “I’m very excited about working with HOME. Walter Meierjohann’s reputation as a theatre maker and his ambitious outward looking programme feels very in tune with what we are doing here at the Citizens. I’ve been in conversations with David and Chris for a long time about this project, their excitement and enthusiasm is inspiring and I can’t wait to welcome them here to the Citizens Theatre next year.”
Elisa Ruff, Senior Media & Communications Manager, HOME, email@example.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945 and celebrates its 70th anniversary in its Gorbals home in 2015. Fondly known as the Citz, it is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill.
Within a beautiful Victorian auditorium that dates from 1878, the Citizens presents a world-class, contemporary repertoire based on bold new interpretations of classic texts. As its name suggests, it places a strong emphasis on work that can enhance and transform the lives of citizens of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds through performance and participation that everyone can access.
For the latest information on all Citizens Theatre shows, learning and participation activity and the upcoming building redevelopment project visit citz.co.uk
HOME, Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books officially opened its doors over the 2015 May Bank Holiday weekend. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and featuring a 500-seat theatre; a 150-seat flexible theatre; a 500m2, 4m high gallery space; five cinema screens; digital production and broadcast facilities; a café bar and restaurant, HOME was formed from the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved cultural organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company. HOME’s theatres are a platform for questioning and ambitious artistic projects that involve audiences with new and extraordinary theatrical experiences. The international contemporary visual art programme is dedicated to presenting new commissions by emerging and established artists of regional, national and international significance, with a bold, proactive policy of visual, innovative storytelling with the ability to experiment and explore, probe and provoke, creating a distinct experience for both artists and audiences. HOME’s five cinemas showcase the very best in contemporary and classic cinema, screening works by artists and filmmakers both established and new. HOME is a centre for co-production, talent development and artistic creation, dedicated to learning, for people of all ages. A place for new work and playful ideas; of festivals and commissions; of artists and of audience engagement. The patrons of HOME are Danny Boyle, National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, actress Suranne Jones, playwright and poet Jackie Kay MBE, artists Rosa Barba and Phil Collins, filmmaker Asif Kapadia and actress and author Meera Syal CBE. www.homemcr.org | @HOME_mcr
Citizens Theatre and HOME, Manchester
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Dominic Hill
Cast: Chris Gascoyne, David Neilson
Citizens Theatre: Thu 4 – Sat 20 Feb, 7.30pm (no performances Sundays and Mondays)
PRESS NIGHT: Sat 6 Feb, 7.30pm
Preview: Thu 4 & Fri 5 Feb
Matinee: Sat 13 & Sat 20 Feb
Tickets: 50p - £20.50
Previews £8.50 │Tuesdays £12.50
Citizens Theatre Box Office, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS
Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
0141 429 0022
(£2 transaction fee applied to online sales. No charges for sales made in person or by telephone)
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Thu 25 Feb – Sat 12 Mar
PRESS NIGHT: Fri 26 Feb, 7.30pm
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HOME Box Office, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Mon-Sun 12pm – 8pm
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