CITIZENS THEATRE’S FIVE STAR PRODUCTION, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, RETURNS FOR SCOTTISH TOUR

With its 2021 run in Glasgow cut short due to Covid-19 last year, the Citizens Theatre’s five-star show, The Comedy of Errors, returns for a Scottish tour.

The production will preview in Greenock before touring to Glasgow and Perth.

The show marked an emotional return to live performance last year as part of the outdoor Live At No. 40 festival at Scottish Opera’s Production Studios. Heralded as “a palpable hit” that “demands a rapid return” (Mark Brown, The National), Scottish audiences will get the opportunity to catch the show on tour in August and September this year.

Bursting with joyful energy, Dominic Hill’s version of Shakespeare’s riotous tale of mistaken identity, “twinkles with well-honed slapstick…and Shakespeare’s witty dialogue." (Thom Dibden, The Stage, *****). Renowned for his fresh take on classics, the production featuresa multi-talented ensemble, live music and audience interaction.

As the Citizens Theatre building continues its redevelopment, the Company continues to present work across Glasgow and Scotland, including a return to the outdoor stage of Live At No. 40 this summer in its home city of Glasgow.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre commented:

“We were so disappointed last year that our new production of The Comedy of Errors was cut short by the pandemic. However, I am delighted that we have another chance this year to present Shakespeare’s glorious comedy. Working on the play was a wonderful discovery for me - whether it’s the brilliant plotting, the larger-than-life characters or just the overriding sense of fun. So, I am grateful that we have been invited back by Scottish Opera to play once again as part of their open-air summer festival and as part of Perth Theatre’s new season. I look forward to connecting with audiences old and new.”

The Comedy of Errors will preview at The Beacon in Greenock (Fri 19 – Sat 20 Aug) before returning to the site of the original 2021 production at Scottish Opera’s Production Studios at 40 Edington Street, Glasgow (Fri 26 Aug – Sat 3 Sep) as part of Live at No.40. The show will then travel to Perth Theatre (Wed 7 – Sat 17 Sep). Casting for the tour will be announced mid-June.

The run in Glasgow will include a performance specially for schools who are studying this Shakespearean favourite as part of their English or Drama curriculum. 

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Download an image from the 2021 production: L-R Karen Fishwick Ewan Miller Michael Guest and John Macaulay in The Comedy of Errors 2021. Photo by Tim Morozzo..jpg
(Please note that casting is still tbc for the 2022 production)

For more information, images and to arrange interviews and press tickets please contact: Alison Lewis, Marketing and Communications Manageralison.lewis@citz.co.uk

Press Performance: Saturday 27 August at 7pm, Scottish Opera Production Studios

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Dominic HillDesigner: Jessica WorrallLighting Designer: Lizzie PowellComposer: Nikola KodjabashiaMovement Directors: Lucien Lindsay-MacDougall & Benedicte Seierup

LISTINGS

The Beacon

Friday 19 August, 7.30pm PREVIEW

Saturday 20 August, 7.30pm PREVIEW

Live at No.40

Friday 26 August, 7pm PREVIEW

Saturday 27 August, 7pm PRESS

Tuesday 30 August, 7pm

Wednesday 31 August, 7pm

Thursday 1 September, 10.30am (schools only) & 7pm

Friday 2 September, 7pm

Saturday 3 September, 2.30pm & 7pm

Perth Theatre

Wednesday 7 September, 7.30pm

Thursday 8 September, 7.30pm

Friday 9 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 10 September 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 13 September, 7.30pm

Wednesday 14 September 7.30pm

Thursday 15 September, 7.30pm

Friday 16 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 17 September, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

COPY

The Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare 

Have fun with Shakespeare’s playful farce. 

Following a limited run in Glasgow last year, the Citizens Theatre’s five-starshow is back. Directed by Dominic Hill, widely celebrated for his fresh takes on classical dramas, the vibrant production features a multi-talented ensemble, live music, and audience interaction.

Two identical twin brothers and their identical servants are separated by a shipwreck. Years later, unknown to each other, they all end up on the same island. Before a celebratory family reunion can happen, a series of wild mishaps and delightful mayhem begins – including baffling encounters, false accusations, wrongful arrests, and a near-seduction.

Bursting with joyful energy and slapstick humour, this fast-paced comedy is the perfect feel-good event.     

TICKETS

The Beacon: Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

www.beaconartscentre.co.uk

Live at No.40: New Rotterdam Wharf, Scottish Opera Production Studios, 40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD

www.citz.co.uk

Perth Theatre: Mill St, Perth, PH1 5HZ

www.horsecross.co.uk

Tickets are available from £15, with a range of concessions available.

NOTES TO EDITORS

CITIZENS THEATRE

The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. Over the last 75 years, it has built an international reputation for producing innovative shows on stage, alongside a highly regarded learning programme of participatory and education work. It is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan. The theatre presents bold new interpretations of classic texts that are accessible and relevant - and uniquely, where any member of the audience can attend a performance for as little as 50p.

The company’s beautiful Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment. This will be the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building since it opened in 1878. The project will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatres. 

BEACON ARTS CENTRE

Beacon Arts Centre is a contemporary theatre and arts centre in the heart of Inverclyde...and a whole lot more besides.

We offer a safe and inspiring place to escape into a different world for a while; a place to connect and share new experiences through shows and activities that inspire and delight, sometimes challenge, and always entertain. From staging national productions to showcasing local talent, and from hosting theatre-based workshops to dance classes and a whole host of activities and events, we aim to offer something for everyone.

We passionately believe that cultural experiences are crucial to the wellbeing of individuals and communities. That's why our mission is to make a lasting impact and 'light up lives' by giving as many people as possible the opportunity to engage with the arts in enjoyable and meaningful ways. We achieve this through our fantastically diverse programme, our youth theatre and our innovative outreach and engagement work, delivered here in the Beacon and out in the community.

PERTH THEATRE

One of Scotland's oldest theatres, Perth Theatre reopened in November 2017 following an extensive period of restoration and redevelopment. The transformed venue boasts a traditional Edwardian auditorium, new 200 capacity studio, dedicated community rooms, and spacious and welcoming public areas.

As well as creating and touring its own productions, Perth Theatre collaborates with theatre companies and visiting artists to bring the best of local, national and international work to its stages. The exciting mix of performances covers drama, musicals, children's shows, dance, comedy, music, community events and more. It is the perfect space for meetings, conferences and business functions.

Perth Theatre and sister venue Perth Concert Hall are managed by creative organisation and registered charity Horsecross Arts with support from Creative Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and The Gannochy Trust. Find us at www.horsecross.co.uk, on Twitter @HorsecrossPerth, Instagram @horsecrossperth and on Facebook @horsecross.

SCOTTISH OPERA: LIVE AT NO.40

Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. The 2022/23 season marks its 60th Anniversary.

The Company’s performance repertoire ranges across five centuries, from the earliest operas to newly-commissioned world premieres. Scottish Opera collaborates with the world’s finest singers and creatives, together with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and choruses for each opera. Recent accolades include a South Bank Sky Arts Award, a Scottish Award for New Music, Sunday Herald Culture Awards, a Herald Angel, and a 2020 RPS Award. In 2021 the Company returned to live audiences with Sir David McVicar’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff performed in Glasgow and at the Edinburgh International Festival.

The Company tours extensively across Scotland to ensure performances are within reach of as many of the country’s very dispersed population as possible. Specially-adapted40-foot long trailers bring Pop-up Opera performances to thousands of people each year. In 2021 the Company performed nearly 200 performances of its Pop-up Opera Roadshow to socially distanced audiences of 11,014 people. This is one of the most extensive touring programmes of any European opera company and a much-valued contribution to Scotland’s cultural and artistic life, particularly in remote and island communities.

The Company’s Education & Outreach programme, which celebrated 50 years in 2021, includes an annual Primary Schools Tour, bringing children the opportunity to perform their own specially-commissioned piece alongside professional singers. Around 120 schools and 9,000 pupils take part each year. Scottish Opera aims to be inclusive and affordable through availability of free and cheap tickets, as well as performances offering audio description and specially-devised shorter access performances.

The Company’s Opera on Screen productions are available to watch at: www.scottishopera.org.uk/what-s-on/opera-on-screen. The collection includes Donizetti’s L’elisird’amore, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Opera Highlights, Menotti’s The Telephone, and Samuel Bordoli and Jenni Fagan’s The Narcissistic Fish. The Company’s 2021 production of The Gondoliers, filmed live at Festival Theatre Edinburgh, is available on BBC iPlayer.

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