A Clockwork Orange Media Release

The Citizens Theatre presents
Anthony Burgess’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

This autumn the Citizens Theatre presents a hard-hitting new interpretation of Anthony Burgess’s iconic novel. 

In a world of high unemployment, state surveillance and fierce repression, the young get their kicks from random violence. Alex is with his gang of droogs, hyping them up for their nightly orgy of opportunistic brutality. But our charismatic narrator isn’t a straightforward psychopath. His quick wit is dangerously alluring and he has a penchant for Beethoven’s Ninth. Now a new government is in power, determined once and for all to stamp out this cycle of aggression and Alex is the experiment for their state-enforced psychological conditioning.

A Clockwork Orange’s political resonances could not be more timely. A new right-wing government is in power and issues of crime, anti-social behaviour and justice are prevalent.

Made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 controversial film adaptation, which was withdrawn from distribution for 27 years, A Clockwork Orange has been both celebrated for its bold, futuristic vision of a dystopian society and criticised for glorifying violence and spawning a spate of copycat crimes. 

Whatever side of the fence you fall, its themes, language and visual references have unquestionably influenced many facets of modern culture; from music, films and cartoons, to video games.

This stage production, based on Burgess’s own script, raises questions of morality, free will, state control and extremism.

Directed here by Jeremy Raison and designed by Jason Southgate, the production will be highly stylised, conceiving its own iconography whilst remaining true to the spirit of Burgess’ s text.  Set against a bleak industrial landscape and accompanied by a specially composed urban soundtrack from Graham Sutherland, Burgess’s protagonists will combine Shakespearian romanticism with a punk and new wave twist.

The role of Alex will be played by Jay Taylor (Troilus and Cressida – Shakespeare’s Globe, forthcoming feature film Red Tails – Lucasfilm), and he will appear alongside James Hillier (Survivors, Holby Blue and Eastenders – all BBC, Through the Glass – National Theatre), Billy Mack (The Sound of My Voice, Ghosts), Shaun Mason and Derek Barr. The female parts will be played by Nicola Roy (The Cherry Orchard, Lyceum Edinburgh). This will also be the debut appearance of the Citizens Theatre’s new Actor Intern, Jonathan Dunn.


For further information, press ticket, interview and picture requests please contact:
Cat McNaught, Marketing Manager, 0141 418 6233 / cat@citz.co.uk


Citizens Theatre presents
By Anthony Burgess
Directed by Jeremy Raison
Design by Jason Southgate
Sound design & original music by Graham Sutherland

Main Theatre
Wed 13 October – Sat 6 November, 7.30pm
Previews: Wed 13 & Thu 14 October, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 30 October, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 21 October, 7.30pm
Signed Performance: Wed 27 October, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 28 October, 7.30pm

Tickets: £10-£17.50 (concessions available)
School groups: £7.50 + 1 free with every 10 tickets purchased

FREE pre-show workshops for schools (with tickets to show): 
Wed 3 & Thu 4 November, 5.30pm-6.15pm

Recommended for 14+

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