About Us

The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland. As of June 2018, the building is currently closed for a major redevelopment. During this time we will be presenting shows at Tramway and across Scotland.
About Us

Our building first opened as a theatre in 1878. The Citizens company was founded in 1943 by James Bridie, and the Citizens Theatre was permanently established in 1945. Since then it has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres.

The Citizens has a distinguished history that continues today. We aim to present a mixture of contemporary versions of classic plays and new Scottish drama. We work with writers, directors and companies that have a reputation for producing outstanding work to deliver truly inspirational live theatre. We have extensive backstage workshop facilities and make our own sets and costumes.

Use What’s On to view current productions or visit our Archive pages for recent past productions.

In March 2011 Dominic Hill was appointed as new Artistic Director. He took up post in October 2011.

The Citizens Theatre is firmly rooted in its local community, working regularly with local groups and offering a Gorbals Card.


Our Citizens Learning team is committed to enhancing the lives of all kinds and ages of people in Glasgow and beyond; producing theatre for children and young people, community productions and delivering a pioneering range of creative participatory projects for varied communities and in the education sector. Find out more in our Take Part section.

We want all those who come into contact with us to become life-long friends and participate in the creative life of our theatre.

Our audiences, participants and supporters are what give meaning to our work. Alongside the many artists, writers and actors we work with, our ambition is to continue to provide unique cultural experiences that bring lasting benefit to everyone involved.


Our Board brings together people from a range of industries and backgrounds who are committed to an exciting future for the Citizens Theatre. Find out about our current Board Members or how you can get involved.