Marilyn Media Release

AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF THE LIFE OF ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY’S MOST ENIGMATIC FILM STARS.

The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh are delighted to confirm the creative team who will produce their forthcoming production of MARILYN, a new play by Sue Glover.

The production will be directed by Philip Howard. Best known in Scotland for his 11 year tenure as Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre from 1996-2007, his extensive directorial credits include 24 world premieres of plays by writers including David Greig, David Harrower, Ian F MacLeod, Iain Heggie, Sue Glover and the late Iain Crichton Smith; 4 Fringe First Awards including Damascus which toured worldwide; and the Jury Special Award for Petrol Jesus Nightmare #5 at the National Theatre for Kosovo.  In addition to a host of other productions at the Traverse, recent shows elsewhere include Fuenteovejuna at Òran Mór.

Designer will be Kenny Miller, whose recent design work includes The Bookie (Cumbernauld Theatre), Valhalla (Tron Theatre), The Seagull, Company Policy and Romeo and Juliet (Oran Mór) and Pinocchio (Scottish Youth Theatre).  He is co-founder of Theatre Jezebel and was Head of Design / Associate Director at the Citizens Theatre from 1992 – 2005.

Holding a mirror up to the notion of stardom, the myth of the blonde bombshell and the pressure of fame, MARILYN offers a glimpse into the private life of one of popular culture’s most iconic women.

During the summer of 1960 Marilyn Monroe and French actress Simone Signoret, live in adjacent apartments of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Thrown together while Monroe films the movie Let’s Make Love with Signoret’s husband Yves Montand, the pair form an uneasy friendship, plagued by jealousy and insecurity. Under the watchful eye of Patti, hairdresser to the stars, it will become a relationship that will test their deepest beliefs and threaten to destroy them both.

Sue Glover is a playwright and TV and radio dramatist, who is best known for the modern Scottish classic Bondagers, as well as The Straw Chair, The Bubble Boy and her most recent work Bear on a Chain for Oran Mor.  She was commissioned by the Citizens Theatre to write this new play which will premiere at the Glasgow theatre on Tuesday 22 February and run until 12 March.  This will be followed by a transfer to the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh from 15 March - 2 April.

ENDS

For further information, interviews, photographs or review tickets:

Cat McNaught - Marketing Manager, Citizens Theatre
0141 418 6233 / cat@citz.co.uk

Or Melissa Clarke – Press Officer, Royal Lyceum
0131 248 4822 / mclarke@lyceum.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

LISTINGS

A Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh co-production
MARILYN
By Sue Glover
Directed by Philip Howard
Designed by Kenny Miller
Lighting design by Charles Balfour
Sound by Graham Sutherland

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Listings:
Thu 17 Feb – 12 Mar 2011
Previews: Thu 17, Fri 18, Sat 19 Mar, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 3 Mar, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 24 Feb, 7.30pm
BSL Signed Performance: 2 Mar, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 3 Mar, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10-£17.50 (concessions available), Tuesday’s £10 and Previews £5.

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh
Listings:
15 March – 2 April 2011, 7.45pm
Matinees: 16, 19, 23, 26 Mar and 2 April, 2.30pm
Curtain Raiser: Thu 17 Mar, 6pm
Post-show discussion: Tue 22 March
Audio-described performance: Thu 24 March, 7.45pm & Sat 26 March, 2.30pm
BSL signed performance: Wed 30 March, 7.45pm
Captioned performance: Sat 2 April, 2.30pm
Tickets: £12.50-£28 (concessions available)

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