full cast announced for Dominic Hill’s Endgame
A Citizens Theatre and HOME co-production
By Samuel Beckett
THU 17 DEC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR DOMINIC HILL’S PRODUCTION OF ENDGAME
Coronation Street stars David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne will be appearing in the Citizens Theatre’s production of Samuel Beckett’s iconic play Endgame running from Thursday 4 – Saturday 20 February. Completing the cast will be familiar faces at the Citizens Theatre, Barbara Rafferty and Peter Kelly. Dominic Hill’s production of Endgame opens the Citizens Theatre’s Spring 2016 Season before transferring to co-producers HOME in Manchester from Thursday 25 February – Saturday 12 March.
David Neilson, best known for his role as Roy Cropper in Coronation Street, will play the cruelly manipulative Hamm. Neilson has appeared in the soap since 1995 and has featured in a number of high-profile storylines including, most recently, the award-winning journey with Julie Hesmondhalgh’s character Hayley, who ended her life last year. He was last seen on stage as Lucky in Waiting for Godot at the Library Theatre Manchester, which merged with fellow Manchester venue Cornerhouse to form HOME in 2015.
Speaking about Endgame Neilson said,“Chris and I have wanted to do Endgame for quite a while. We are both very excited to be working with Dominic Hill as we really enjoyed his recent productions, and think that the Citizens Theatre is the perfect venue for this play. I am looking forward to going back on stage for the first time in eight years, and to performing at HOME, which is a wonderful new cultural asset for Manchester.”
Hamm’s servile companion Clov will be played by former Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne. As well as his role in the soap as Peter Barlow 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. Gascoyne is currently performing as Abanazar in Aladdin the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield.
Endgame will give Glasgow and Manchester audiences an exceptional opportunity to see Gascoyne and Neilson together on stage for the first time. Speaking about the upcoming production, Gascoyne added,
“I have had a strange obsession with the works of Samuel Beckett since I was a young actor studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama some twenty-five years ago, so I feel very privileged to be given this rare opportunity to perform in one his greatest plays alongside my friend and fellow actor, David Neilson. I am looking forward to working both in Glasgow and Manchester under the direction of Dominic Hill, who I have wanted to work with for some time.”
Peter Kelly and Barbara Rafferty take on the roles of Hamm’s parents Nagg and Nell whose bleak existence sees them reduced to living in dustbins. Both actors have a long-standing relationship with the Citizens Theatre having first appearing on stage in the Close Theatre Club. The Close Theatre Club was situated beside the Citizens Theatre and while it only existed for eight years between 1965 and 1973, the experimental and at times anarchic shows produced there had a profound influence on the Citizens’ programming which is still reflected today.
Kelly most recently appeared at the Citizens Theatre in a double bill of Striptease and Out at Sea which formed part of the Up Close season featuring plays inspired by the radical spirit of the original Close Theatre Club. Rafferty’s career at the Citizens Theatre began in 1972 with Les Justes in the Close Theatre Club. She later played Maggie in Giles Havergal’s Citizens Theatre production of Men Should Weep (1998) and more recently played Mom in True West (2013). Last year Rafferty appeared in Dominic Hill’s production of The Libertine. Rafferty is best known to Scottish audiences for playing Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt.
Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill will direct this production of Endgame. Hill has been praised for his innovative and accessible productions of classics that have so far defined his tenure as Artistic Director at the Citizens Theatre. Hill last directed Beckett in a double bill of, Krapp’s Last Tape and Footfalls as part of his inaugural season at the Citizens Theatre in 2012. Joining Hill on the creative team are regular 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 a number of Citizens productions including recent productions of The Choir 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.
Tickets for Endgame are on sale now and available. For performances at the Citizens Theatre go to citz.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0141 429 0022. Tickets for performances at HOME are available at homemcr.org or by calling 0161 200 1500.
For more information, interviews and to request tickets, please contact Claire Lowney, Marketing and Communications Officer, Citizens Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 418 6232
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 celebrated 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’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
Citizens Theatre and HOME, Manchester present
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Dominic Hill
Designed by Tom Piper
Lighting Design by Lizzie Powell
Cast: Chris Gascoyne, Peter Kelly, David Neilson and Barbara Rafferty
Citizens Theatre: Thu 4 – Sat 20 Feb, 7.30pm (no performances Sundays and Mondays)
Preview: Thu 4 & Fri 5 Feb
Matinee: Sat 13 & Sat 20 Feb
Post show talk: Tue 9 Feb
Audio described performance: Thu 18 Feb
British Sign Language performance: Fri 19 Feb
Captioned performance: Sat 20 Feb, 2.30pm
Tickets: 50p - £20.50
Previews £8.50 │Tuesdays £12.50
50p tickets │100 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am on Sat 30 Jan
NB 50p tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.
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
Fri 26 Feb – Sat 12 Mar
Tickets: £29.50 - £10 (conc. available)
Preview: 25 Feb £10
Matinees: Sat 5, Wed 9 & Sat 12 Mar, 2pm
Audio Described+ Touch Tour: Thu 3 Mar 7.30pm
Caption Subtitled: Thu 10 Mar 7.30pm
BSL Interpreted: Fri 11 Mar 7.30pm
HOME Box Office, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Mon - Sun 12pm – 8pm
0161 200 1500