Theatre Redevelopment

The Citizens Theatre is embarking on an ambitious £20.8 million scheme to repair, conserve and transform its much loved home in the Gorbals.

Our Category B-listed building, situated in Glasgow’s Gorbals, opened in 1878 as a variety theatre and since 1945 has been home to the iconic Citizens Theatre Company. You can find out more about us on the history page.

The project is the most comprehensive redevelopment in the building’s 137-year history. The redevelopment will protect the theatre for future generations by repairing and revealing the most significant parts of the heritage: the Victorian auditorium at the heart of the site; its rare collection of original 19th-century stage machinery and a unique example of a working Victorian paint frame.

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The project will also explore and celebrate the fascinating social and cultural heritage of the Citizens Theatre Company and the building’s history, increase public engagement and ensure that we can continue to make and deliver world class theatre for the benefit of local, national and international audiences.

On this page you will find the latest updates on the project; both in terms of fundraising and the progression of plans for the redevelopment.

Please join us in our ambition to help secure our £20.8 million target. Great theatre is at the heart of what we do. Hazel McIlwraith, Head of Development, would be delighted to discuss any aspect of the project further via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on 0141 418 6240.

Press Releases

> £2.5 million RCGF Award marks new milestone in Citizens Theatre Building Redevelopment Project
9 Mar 2017

> HLF helps lift the curtain on Citizens Theatre redevelopment
10 June 2014

> Citizens Theatre appoints architects for major new redevelopment project
16 February 2013

Back to how else you can support the Citizens Theatre

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A Big Thank You to our supporters so far:

Heritage Lottery Fund
Glasgow City Council
Creative Scotland
Historic Scotland

• The AMW Charitable Trust
The Architectural Heritage Fund
• The Backstage Trust
Barcapel Foundation
• The Bellahouston Bequest Fund
• The Bill and Margaret Nicol Charitable Trust
• The Cruden Foundation
• The Dunclay Charitable Trust
• Foyle Foundation
• Garfield Weston Foundation
Glasgow Dean of Guild Court Trust
• The Hugh Fraser Foundation
• James Hardie Charitable Trust
• The Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust
• The Martin Connell Charitable Trust
• The McGlashan Trust
The Merchants House of Glasgow
• Miss E C Hendry’s Charitable Trust
• The Robert Barr Charitable Trust
The Robertson Trust
• Rock Lodge Charitable Trust
• Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust
Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund

and all those who wish to remain anonymous


What does the Citz mean to you?

Remember coming here in years gone by? Regularly take part in our classes, activities or 50p ticket sales? Ever acted on the Citz stage?

Let us know your memories of our beloved and iconic theatre by emailing them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“The Citz’s audience and the very stage itself, embraces you and whispers ‘Go on, I DARE you.’ Scary, brave, funny, a life force of its own; it is a theatre like no other I have ever worked in.”

- Roberta Taylor

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