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The Choir

Citizens Theatre



A funny, gritty but ultimately heart-warming musical play by Paul Higgins and Ricky Ross about a group of strangers who come together, not always willingly, to sing in a community choir.

Week by week, this disparate group – from a Tory councillor to an Iraqi immigrant – learn a little more about each other, and themselves, as each member shares a favourite song to be learnt by all.

But, as passions and prejudices are revealed, is singing enough to keep this diverse group from falling apart?

Singer/songwriter Ricky Ross, who has written songs for James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Jamie Cullum and Nanci Griffith amongst others, has created the songs for The Choir. His band, Deacon Blue’s most successful hits include ‘Dignity’ and ‘Real Gone Kid’, with recent albums The Hipsters and A New House accompanying sell out gigs at the Royal Albert Hall and dates at SSE Hydro and Glastonbury.

The script is by Paul Higgins, best known for his TV roles in ‘Utopia’ and ‘The Thick of It’. His play ‘Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us’ was presented at the Traverse Theatre by the National Theatre of Scotland.

The Choir wears its heart on its sleeve and opens its arms wide, to share the friendship, solidarity, frustrations and joy that come from singing in a choir.

Recommended for 13+ due to strong language

Download The Choir programme

A Citizens Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group co-production.

Main Theatre

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    Rated: (5/5), based on 18 ratings

Previews 24, 27 & 28 Oct, 7.30pm
Audio Described: 12 Nov, 7.30pm
Signed: 13 Nov, 7.30pm
Captioned: 14 Nov, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: 3 Nov

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Book & Lyrics by Paul Higgins
Music & Lyrics by Ricky Ross
Directed by Dominic Hill
Designer Tom Rogers
Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell
Musical Direction, Arrangements and Orchestrations David Higham
Movement Director Paul Smethurst

Neshla Caplan
Ryan Fletcher
Myra McFadyen
Anne Kidd
Jess Murphy
Sandy Nelson
Peter Polycarpou
James Quinn
Scott Reid
Joanne Thomson
Cassie Webb
Johnson Willis


Wed 28 Oct, 5.45pm - 7pm
Come and sing with the real-life choir which inspired the new musical The Choir. Givin’ It Laldie and their patron Ricky Ross invite you to an open rehearsal of their flagship group The Gorbals Community Choir before the show. Accompanied by a live band, this session will give a taste of the fun and friendship to be found as part of a community choir - so join us to raise your voice, raise your spirits and raise the roof!

To attend, you must first book a ticket to The Choir to receive a booking code for this special event.

Lunch with The Choir

Sat 14 Nov, 12.15 - 1.15pm
Discover more about the creation of a new musical.
Includes buffet lunch.


Schools Events

We have two schools workshops for The Choir:
• Inside the Rehearsal Room
• Inside A Technical Rehearsal

Find out more here.


“feel-good show…lovingly staged”
The Times★★★★

“thoroughly engaging and utterly irresistible evening’s theatre
The Reviews Hub★★★★

“dramatic hymn to the power of song.”
The Herald★★★★

“the music so embodies the whole meaning and forward impulse of the show”
The Scotsman

“a heartfelt and convincing reminder that music can bridge the gaps between us”
The Independent★★★★

“rousing expression of communal enterprise”
The Guardian★★★

“funny and unashamedly humane piece of theatre”
The Telegraph★★★

“I enjoyed creating music for the stage and discovering new ways to tell stories through song.” The Sunday Post

“The whole thing is very exciting, and nerve-wracking as well…It’s a big deal.” Sunday Herald

“It’s all about the music, and how people reveal themselves through song.” Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross and writer Paul Higgins reveal the motivation behind creating The Choir in The Herald

“The Choir offers this perfect backdrop, and the reason why people come together.” Singer songwriter Ricky Ross talks about creating The Choir in The Evening Times

“It’s good for your health to sing with other people.” Writer Paul Higgins talks to The Daily Record about why he loves singing.

“It doesn’t get more relevant than now.” Songwriter Ricky Ross in Scotland on Sunday about why The Choir has its finger on the pulse.

“it was important to me that we create a down-to-earth story with characters worthy of my hometown of Wishaw” Writer Paul Higgins on setting The Choir close to home in The Motherwell Times .

Watch Ricky Ross and Paul Higgins talk to STV Glasgow about The Choir

Listen to Ricky Ross and Paul Higgins on Heart Radio


Marion McPherson

15th November 2015

Cannot praise this production highly enough. Thank you for a most memorable evening. Choked up at "Most of Me". The only disappointment, no cd of the music available to buy!

Laura Handley

15th November 2015

Absolutely loved this, it was brilliant. Great storyline, acting, singing and funny too. X

Claire Chalmers

15th November 2015

Pure dead brilliant!!!


14th November 2015

Saw the opening night and loved it so much - brought my 13 year old to matinee today and she also loved it. Wonderful - for vast age range, amazing songs, superb acting and script. The power of singing and music... excellent.

Lisa Barnett

14th November 2015

Last night was my second visit to the performance. Didn't want it to end. Enthralling. After the final song, just sat there........hoping the cast would come back on stage for an encore!!

Stu Bailey

9th November 2015

We loved it. It was amazing. Fantastic singing, great timed comedy and superb acting. I cannot recommend it enough

Jason Perry

8th November 2015

Fabulous performance from all of the cast, particularly found the character of Scott (Scott Reid) very funny, superb performance, it's the best show I have seen in a long time, a must see!


5th November 2015

Fab show mixed with happy and sad moments cast were excellent would go and see it again .

Cole Stewart

5th November 2015

Loved the show! Would go back in a second! Such a great story that captures so much in one play, amazing songs and vocals from the actors. The staging, lighting, costumes were all perfect for this musical. This really is a must see production!

Ann Hughes

1st November 2015

Absolutely fantastic thoughly enjoyed the show. The singing was so good and the play very funny


1st November 2015

Saw this last night, genuinely brilliant. Performances were encapsulating, funny, moving and by far the best theatre I have seen in years. Well done

Rhona Franklin

29th October 2015

Saw the Choir last night with 23 friends from City Voice Choir.Blown away..fantastic bit of theatre!!xx


29th October 2015

Im 68 and have been enjoying the citizens since then my parents were keen theatre goers and took us ,all seven of us to all the glasgow theatres the citzs remains my favourite the whole ethos of the building the productions makes me feel part of this special glasgow heritage . I have seen so many memorable shows many which would not usually appeal to working class punters it was an education for us. I have just seen the choir and it was brilliant ,funny thought provoking. . Glasgow girls , dived city and now the choir will remain with me forever up there with miss Saigon , blood brothers etc which I seen in London . To be able to enjoy such great talent in my home town and may I add at affordable prices, truly people make glasgow

Ellen Gallagher

29th October 2015

Ricky Ross has created a winner. So far enough to give Sunshine on Leith a run for its money. Of course I don't mean the movie i do refer to stage version!! The Choir has some very funny moments and amazing harmonies in the songs. Familiar faces and familiar characters of Glasgow 😂😂😂 Scott is a classic, lol. I am sure some of the situations of the characters we have all come up against or for, however it was there but not thrown overtly in to your face, just enough to get give food for thought. A well chosen cast, playing parts of the everyday person, that you felt you practically knew them personally. The music so well written that you felt you could sing along without even thinking about it. Overall a feel good night out and a show not to be missed. Another excellent Scottish production, worthy of being snapped up into a film script. x


29th October 2015

This is the best thing I've seen in years! Fabulous acting, singing and storyline, this so deserved the standing ovation it received! More like this please!

Jackie Doyle

27th October 2015

My wife and I were fortunate to be at the preview show on Saturday evening. It was our first time at the Citizens Theatre (we live in Aberdeen). Both theatre and performance were excellent. Well done to all involved and good luck with the rest of the show.

Brian Reid

26th October 2015

Superb show, i'll be back to see it again. Well done to all involved, one of the best i've witnessed in my 25 years of coming to the Citz.


25th October 2015

I was absolutely blown away by the opening performance of this show! I was ready to get up for a standing ovation after the first 15 minutes, but there was so much more entertainment, surprises and talent yet to come! Having seen two of this year’s Tony Award winning shows (one a play, the other a musical), on Broadway in June, I can honestly say that I felt The Choir blew them both out of the water! I am NOT a professional critic, by a long shot, just a wee ordinary ticket paying punter, and I'm kinda lost for words (not usually!!) to describe what I thought of the whole production! The countless laugh-out-loud moments were occasionally and shockingly interrupted by moments that struck a nerve and tugged at the heart strings! This unexpected dynamic not only enriched the story and performances, but the audience’s experience. From the writing, directing, stage design, music, and of course to the impressive, musically gifted and ‘truly’ acted performances, - and to everyone else involved in this production, I just have to say a HUGE Congratulations and a BIGGER thank you for a great nights entertainment! I wish all of you AW RA VERY BEST FUR the rest of the run - and your future careers, wherever they may take you!! Luv jm

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Most of Me

Watch the video for Most of Me, one of the songs from The Choir on youtube

The Choir programme
Deaf Theatre Club Night - Fri 13 Nov

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, we want to make sure you can enjoy the best night out at the Citizens Theatre. Find out more about the Deaf Theatre Club.

The Choir