The Citizens Theatre invites bargain hunters to bring their four-legged friends to join a dog-friendly queue at 10am on Saturday 16 September for 50p tickets for their next production, Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog. There will be doggy treats, limitless water bowls and a free coffee for owners bringing their pooches to join the theatre’s famous queue.

100 tickets will be available for 50p for Faithful Ruslan: The Story of A Guard Dog. The play is a hard-hitting satire on the end of the Stalinist regime in Russia, seen through the eyes of a loyal guard dog. This adventurous production sees a cast of thirteen take on the multiple conflicting roles of guards, prisoners and dogs. Examining the role of citizens in an authoritarian regime, the production has been described as ‘Animal Farm’ for the world of Trump, May and Putin.

100 tickets across 10 performances of play will be available and the only way to grab these rock bottom priced tickets is in person at the theatre. Customers will be able to buy a maximum of two tickets per person which must be paid for in cash. The Box Office opens at 10am but with availability strictly limited, and the bargain ticket offer more popular than ever, customers are advised to join the queue early to avoid disappointment. This is the final 50p ticket sale of the Citizens’ Spring 2016 season.

Nearly 3,500 50p tickets have been sold since Dominic Hill revived the 50p ticket offer in his first season at the Citizens Theatre in 2012. The offer honours the Citizens Theatre’s historic reputation for offering world-class theatre at affordable prices. 50p tickets were first offered at the Citizens in 1976 when the theatre was under the leadership of Giles Havergal, Phillip Prowse and Robert David McDonald; renowned in the 70s and 80s for their innovative productions. This innovative approach also encompassed a bold pricing structure with the belief that theatre should be accessible to all regardless of financial circumstance.

To this day Citizens Theatre continues to offer affordable tickets for a wide range of groups to encourage wider participation and engagement with theatre. Initiatives include £2 tickets with a Citizens Theatre Gorbals Card which is available to anyone with a G5 postcode, £2 tickets for the unemployed and Deaf Theatre Club which offers £5 tickets to BSL signed shows for deaf patrons. In addition, all tickets for preview and Tuesday performances are available for a reduced price.

As well as at Saturday’s sale, tickets for Faithful Ruslan: The Story of A Guard Dog are available by calling the Citizens Theatre Box Office on 0141 429 0022 or by visiting Tickets start from £2 concessions.

For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Keren Nicol, Marketing & Communications Manager. 0141 418 6233.
Production images are available to download from the Citizens Theatre flickr feed

Background to 50p tickets
The Citizens Theatre has a longstanding reputation for presenting world-class performances of classic texts at its Gorbals home at a fair price. The Citizens Theatre directorship of Giles Havergal, Phillip Prowse and Robert David McDonald were renowned in the 70s and 80s for their entrepreneurialism. However, their innovations and risk-taking not only include the famous choice of programme but in a whole series of experimentation including pricing and marketing. In the early 70s the theatre operated a tiered pricing structure, with tickets ranging from 40p to £1.10, but in 1976 a new 50p ticket price for all seats was introduced (25p for students and a free preview on the Thursday before the Friday opening). To put 50p in context, in 1976 the average weekly wage for a man was £70 and £45.30 for a woman. A loaf of bread was 19.2p and a pint of beer 32p. 50p tickets were re-instated in February 2012, with 100 tickets offered at 50p for Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

A Citizens Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and KP Productions. Ltd co-production
By Georgi Vladimov
Translated by Michael Glenny
Adapted for the stage and directed by Helena Kaut-Howson
Designed by Paweł Dobrzyński
Movement Director Marcello Magni
Composer Bolesław Rawski

Dates: 20 Sep – 7 Oct 7.30pm
Preview: 20 Sep 7.30pm
Matinees: 30 Sep & 7 Oct 2.30pm
Signed performance: 29 Sep 7.30pm
Captioned & Audio Described performance: 30 Sep 2.30pm
Tickets: 50p - £22.50
Previews £10 | Tuesdays £12.50
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 16 September

NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only

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