Casting Confirmed for Marilyn

The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh are delighted to announce the confirmed cast for its forthcoming production of MARILYN, a new play by Sue Glover.

The title role of Marilyn will be played by Frances Thorburn, whose stage credits include The Cherry Orchard (Dundee Rep), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible), In Extremis and Anthony and Cleoptra (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Wolves in the Walls (National Theatre of Scotland) and Zlata’s Diary (Communicado).  Frances is also an accomplished singer/ songwriter and in addition to performing live in venues across the UK, recently released the album The Needle is the Haystack (2010).

Simone Signoret will be played by French actress Dominique Hollier. Based in Paris, Dominque has worked with many theatre companies, such as Studio des Champs Elysees and Théâtre 14, as well as playing roles in several crime dramas on French TV, including Les Intrepides and Un Colis D’Oseille.  She has also appeared in feature movies Paris Boum-Boum (FR) and For Better and For Worse (US) and voiced the animated short Tot ou Tard (FR). 

Hairdresser to the ‘stars’ and confidante, Patti, will be played by Pauline Knowles, whose recent theatre credits include Othello, The Wizard of Oz (Citizens Theatre), Liar (TAG), Great Expectations (Prime Productions), Tir Nan Og (Oran Mor) and Man of La Mancha (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).

The production will be directed by Philip Howard and designed by Kenny Miller.

Holding up a mirror to the notion of stardom and the pressure of fame, Marilyn offers a glimpse into the private lives of two extraordinary women.

During the summer of 1960 Marilyn Monroe and French actress Simone Signoret, live in adjacent apartments of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Thrown together while Monroe films the movie Let’s Make Love with Signoret’s husband Yves Montand, the pair form an uneasy friendship, plagued by jealousy and insecurity. Under the watchful eye of Patti, hairdresser to the stars, it will become a relationship that will test their deepest beliefs and threaten to destroy them both.

Sue Glover was commissioned by the Citizens Theatre to write this new play which will premiere at the Glasgow theatre on Tuesday 22 February and run until 12 March.  This will be followed by a transfer to the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh from 15 March - 2 April.


For further information, interviews, photographs or review tickets:

Cat McNaught - Marketing Manager, Citizens Theatre
0141 418 6233 /

Or Melissa Clarke – Press Officer, Royal Lyceum Theatre
0131 248 4822 /


PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 22 Feb, 7.30pm


Best known in Scotland for his 11 year tenure as Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre from 1996-2007, his extensive directorial credits include 24 world premieres of plays by writers including David Greig, David Harrower, Iain F MacLeod, Iain Heggie, Sue Glover and the late Iain Crichton Smith; 4 Fringe First Awards including Damascus which toured worldwide; and the Jury Special Award for Petrol Jesus Nightmare #5 at the National Theatre for Kosovo.  In addition to a host of other productions at the Traverse, recent shows elsewhere include Fuenteovejuna at Òran Mór.

Recent design work includes The Bookie (Cumbernauld Theatre), Valhalla (Tron Theatre), The Seagull, Company Policy and Romeo and Juliet (Oran Mór) and Pinocchio (Scottish Youth Theatre).  He is co-founder of Theatre Jezebel and was Head of Design / Associate Director at the Citizens Theatre from 1992 – 2005.

Sue Glover is a playwright and TV and radio dramatist, who is best known for the modern Scottish classic Bondagers, as well as The Straw Chair, The Bubble Boy and her most recent work Bear on a Chain for Oran Mor. 


A Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh co-production
By Sue Glover
Directed by Philip Howard
Designed by Kenny Miller
Lighting design by Charles Balfour
Sound Design by Graham Sutherland

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Thu 17 Feb – 12 Mar 2011 (no perfs Sundays and Mondays)
Previews: Thu 17, Fri 18, Sat 19 Mar, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 3 Mar, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 24 Feb, 7.30pm
BSL Signed Performance: 2 Mar, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 3 Mar, 7.30pm
’The Women Behind the Icons’ Pre-show conversation: 24 February, 6.15 – 7pm
Post show Q&A with the Director: 3 Mar
Tickets: £10-£17.50 (concessions available), Tuesday’s £10 and Previews £5.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
15 March – 2 April 2011, 7.45pm
Matinees: 16, 19, 23, 26 Mar and 2 April, 2.30pm
Curtain Raiser: Thu 17 Mar, 6pm
Post-show discussion: Tue 22 March
Audio-described performance: Thu 24 March, 7.45pm & Sat 26 March, 2.30pm
BSL signed performance: Wed 30 March, 7.45pm
Captioned performance: Sat 2 April, 2.30pm
Tickets: £12.50-£28 (concessions available)

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