FIRST EVER 50P TICKET SALE FOR CITIZENS THEATRE AT TRAMWAY
The Citizens Theatre will host their first ever 50p ticket sale at Tramway, offering bargain hunting fans cut price tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac, a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.
Although the doors at the Gorbals Street theatre are currently closed for a planned two-year redevelopment, The Citizens Theatre will be as busy as ever presenting work at the nearby Tramway.
The first performance to be presented by the Citizens at Tramway will be the hugely romantic Cyrano de Bergerac which has been given a Glaswegian heart in a new production directed by Dominic Hill.
The production will see an epic ensemble of actors and musicians use Scots verse to create a fresh take on the enduringly popular period piece in a vivid and joyous celebration of theatre itself.
100 tickets across 10 performances will be available and the only way to grab these rock bottom priced tickets is in person at Tramway. 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.
Over 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. To this day the 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 Cyrano de Bergerac are available by calling the Citizens Theatre Box Office on 0141 429 0022 or by visiting citz.co.uk.
Citizens Theatre at Tramway, Glasgow
25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE
Dates: Sat 01 to Sat 22 September 2018
Tickets:£15 - £26.50
Box Office: www.citz.co.uk
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
30b Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX
Dates: Fri 12 Oct to Sat 03 Nov 2018
Tickets: £14 - £32
Eden Court, Inverness
Bishops Road, IV3 5SA
Dates: Wed 07 to Sat 10 Nov 2018
Tickets: £15 - £24
Box Office: www.eden-court.co.uk
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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, with 100 tickets offered at 50p for Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
The Citizens Theatre
The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. Based in a beautiful Victorian theatre dating from 1878 in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, it is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill and Executive Director, Judith Kilvington. The Citizens has a distinguished history spanning over 70 years and has built an international reputation for producing dynamic and innovative work, centred on bold new interpretations of classic texts. Productions on stage are presented alongside a highly regarded programme of participatory and education work, with a special emphasis on work with children, young people and socially excluded adults. As its name suggests, the Citizens Theatre believes that theatre can enhance and transform the lives of people of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds. The theatre is currently planning and fundraising for a transformative £19.4 million building redevelopment which will be the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building in its 140-year history. From June 2018, the Citizens Theatre Company will move out of the building for the first time since 1945. For two years, productions will be presented at nearby venue Tramway, and other venues across Scotland, with Learning activity taking place at Scotland Street School Museum. For the latest information on all Citizens Theatre shows, learning and participation activity and the forthcoming theatre redevelopment project visit citz.co.uk
The National Theatre of Scotland
The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well as creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Central to this is finding pioneering ways to reach current and new audiences and to encourage people’s full participation in the Company’s work. With no performance building of its own, the Company works with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. Founded in 2006, the Company, in its short life, has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work.The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
The Royal Lyceum Theatre
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is one of the largest producing theatres in the United Kingdom. It is a crucible of Scottish talent, developing Scotland’s considerable indigenous artists as well as presenting the best of international drama from its home in a magnificent, intimate Victorian building in Edinburgh’s West End. The Lyceum is also home to an award-winning Creative Learning programme which engages with over 16,000 young people across Scotland annually. Cyrano de Bergerac will form part of David Greig’s third season as Artistic Director of The Lyceum. For more information, please visit lyceum.org.uk
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