FIRST 50P TICKET SALE FOR CITIZENS AUTUMN 2017 SEASON
On Saturday 12 August at 10am, 100 bargain tickets go on sale at the Citizens Theatre for the first show of the Autumn 2017 season – the epic theatrical event, Oresteia: This Restless House.
100 tickets across the three preview performances of the play on 15, 16 and 17 August will be available, and the only way to grab these bargain 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 perfect opportunity for audiences to catch the show before it is presented at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Oresteia: This Restless House is a powerful and thrilling reimagining of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia by award-winning writer Zinnie Harris about three women who are forced to confront the consequences of their acts of violence.
Premiered at the Citizens Theatre in 2016 as a trilogy of plays, and now presented as one epic theatrical event, Harris’ compelling new work was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016, and was awarded Best New Play and Best Director at the 2016 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. When first performed the production won critical acclaim, lauded as ‘a production of depth, ambition and creepy power’ (★★★★★ The Guardian) and ‘trail-blazing’ (★★★★★ The Scotsman). Director, Dominic Hill describes the play as “an epic theatre event which takes its audience on a wild, disturbing but always gripping journey that ultimately leads to forgiveness and reconciliation”
Almost 3,000 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.
Following the previews at the Citizens Theatre, Oresteia: This Restless House will play at the Edinburgh International Festival from 22 -27 Aug for a limited run of six performances, returning to the Citizens from 31 Aug – 9 Sep.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
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. As well as its 50p ticket initiative, the Citizens offers a wide range of affordable tickets. All tickets for performances on Tuesdays are priced at £12.50 and preview performances at £10. Local Gorbals residents can also enjoy performances at the Citz from only £2, with a range of other concessions available for registered unemployed, young people, senior citizens and groups.
Tickets from citz.co.uk / 0141 429 0022
A Citizens Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland
ORESTEIA: THIS RESTLESS HOUSE
Written by Zinnie Harris
Directed by Dominic Hill
Dates: 15 – 17 Aug & 31 Aug – 9 Sep 6pm
Previews: 15, 16 & 17 Aug 6pm
BSL:27 Aug 6pm (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh)
Matinees:2 & 9 Sep 2pm
AD & CAP:2 Sep 2pm
Oresteia: This Restless House will also be staged at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival from 22 – 27 August. For more information, visit eif.co.uk
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Writer Zinnie Harris
Director Dominic Hill
Designer Colin Richmond
Lighting Ben Ormerod
Music Nikola Kodjabashia
Movement EJ Boyle
Fight DirectorEmmaClaire Brightlyn
Asst. Director Jack Nurse
Cast: George Anton, Peter Collins, George Costigan, Keith Fleming, Pauline Knowles, Lorn Macdonald, Itxaso Moreno, Olivia Morgan, John O’Mahony and Kirsty Stuart.
Recommended for 16+
Tickets:£20 - £30
50p Tickets:100 tickets for performances over 15-17 Aug on sale Sat 12 Aug at 10amReturn to Press