For immediate release Tuesday 20 May 2014

The Citizens Theatre today announces its Autumn 2014 season including:

• A new production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet directed by Dominic Hill and starring Brian Ferguson, Roberta Taylor and Peter Guinness
• Headlong’s 5-star production of 1984, transferring direct from a West End run for its Scottish premiere
• National Theatre of Scotland’s gutsy production of In Time O’ Strife, Joe Corrie’s examination of a Fife mining community
Kill Johnny Glendenning, a brutal new comedy by young Scottish writer DC Jackson
• A new production of A Christmas Carol directed by Dominic Hill

The new production of Hamlet marks Hill’s first time directing Shakespeare’s most-performed play, with Brian Ferguson making his debut in the role of the enigmatic and philosophical Hamlet.

Announcing the new season, Artistic Director Dominic Hill said:

“There’s always something special about performing Shakespeare at the Citz. Hamlet in particular has a strong history with this theatre for being presented in an innovative way, and this new version will be no different. Alongside Brian Ferguson, we’ll be welcoming back Roberta Taylor, a regular on the Citizens stage from the 1970s to the 90s, and her husband Peter Guinness to the Citizens as Gertrude and Claudius.

We’ll be opening our season with a West End smash with Headlong’s brilliant new production of Orwell’s 1984, which has totally blown away audiences and critics in London, and are welcoming back National Theatre of Scotland, Untitled Projects, Mull Theatre and newly-formed Gaelic theatre company White Stag Theatre to the theatre.

We continue our relationship with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh with a new co-production of a new comedy by DC Jackson, following our successful collaboration on Crime and Punishment in 2013.

I’m also looking forward to working on our annual festive show for families and young people. Our A Christmas Carol will have all the trappings of a traditional Christmas tale and that special magic that makes Christmas at the Citz a real treat and an experience unlike anything else on offer in the city.

We’re fast approaching the Citizens’ 70th anniversary in the Gorbals in 2015, and I feel we’ve programmed a season that showcases the best of our history and heritage, as well as some great new writing and work by some of the most innovative theatre companies working in the UK today.”

1984 (29 August – 6 September 2014)
Headlong’s co-production with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre of George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy 1984 has won 5-star reviews across the board and transferred to the West End in April 2014. It comes direct from its West End run to the Citizens for its only Scottish dates.

Orwell’s novel imagines a future of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind control. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s sinister and chilling stage version employs an ingenious multimedia design and places the audience in the role of the all-seeing Big Brother. 

Headlong’s recent productions, which typically interrogate important cultural texts, include The Effect with Billie Piper, American Psycho with Matt Smith and Chimerica, which won Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier Awards. The company are regular visitors to the Citizens stage with previous co-productions of Medea, and Angels in America, as well as recent touring productions The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

HAMLET (19 September – 11 October 2014)
Dominic Hill directs Shakespeare’s most-performed play of political corruption, family feuds and murder, the first time the director has directed this cornerstone of the theatrical canon.

Hamlet has a rich and at times controversial history at the Citizens Theatre, including an all-male version of the play starring David Hayman in 1970, a 1981 production set in a psychiatric hospital, a 1993 studio version starring Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick as the Dane and Helen Baxendale as Ophelia and a production in 1996 which starred Cal MacAninch and Sophie Ward.

Brian Ferguson (Black Watch / Dunsinane, National Theatre of Scotland) takes on the seminal role of the young prince full of contradictions and conflict and weighed down by his conscience.

Real-life couple Roberta Taylor and Peter Guinness are cast as Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and his treacherous uncle Claudius. A regular performer at the Citizens Theatre from the early days of her career in the 1970s to the 1990s, Taylor has become best-known for her long-standing roles in Eastenders and The Bill. Guiness is a veteran tv, film, and stage actor whose appearances include Sleepy Hollow, Centurion and Alien 3.

IN TIME O’ STRIFE (14 – 18 October 2014)
National Theatre of Scotland bring their powerful, physical and loud production of Joe Corrie’s political drama In Time O’ Strife to the Gorbals, adapted, designed and directed by Graham McLaren

Written in 1926 to raise money to feed striking miners and their starving families, and when writer Joe Corrie himself was on strike, this play of class-conflict exposes the lives of a Fife mining family staring hunger and defeat in the face. In this production, McLaren interweaves Corrie’s stark and uncompromising script with fragments of his other plays, poems and songs, driven by gutsy folk-punk songs and full-bloodied choreography

The last production of Corrie’s play was by 7:84 at the Citizens Theatre in 1982.

KILL JOHNNY GLENDENNING (22 October – 8 November 2014)
The Glasgow underworld, tabloid celebrities and the macho glamour of the gangster life are the targets of DC Jackson’s new comedy Kill Johnny Glendenning, a co-production between the Citizens and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh directed by Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson.

Andrew McPherson has many legitimate business interests: a security firm, taxis, a couple of Renfrewshire bus routes, several pubs and even a secret shareholding in Rangers. Johnny “the bastard” Glendenning is the self styled Tony Blair of Ulster loyalist gunmen.  Their feud races towards a final showdown in the wilds of Ayrshire that only one of them can survive.

Jackson has become known for his ferociously rude comedies, recently writing for Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, with previous work for theatre including My Romantic History (Scotsman Fringe First Award 2010), the trilogy of The Wall, The Ducky and The Chooky Brae and an acclaimed adaptation of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro for the Lyceum.

WHISKY GALORE (12 – 15 November 2014)
As the nights draw in, Comar set sail for the Citz to bring Mull Theatre’s delightfully farcical comedy Whisky Galore to Glasgow.

Three hapless but frightfully nice actors in evening dress gather in a 1940s BBC drama studio and attempt to recreate the hilarious story of the valiant people of the Island of Todday, using their skills, wit, ingenuity and 100 unlikely sound effects.

Previous performances of the hugely enjoyable and entertaining Whisky Galore have won praise from audiences and critics for its subtlety and style as well as its affable humour.

Whisky Galore is directed by Alasdair McCrone with Helen McAlpine, Barrie Hunter & Darren Brownlie.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (29 November – 3 January 2014)
Artistic Director Dominic Hill directs his second Christmas show at the Citizens since his appointment in 2011, Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol.

The cautionary tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his struggle to find the true spirit of Christmas has enthralled and inspired for generations. With archetypal Dickensian Christmas scenes created in surroundings of the Citizens’ beautiful Victorian auditorium, the Citizens’ Christmas production will be sure to fill even the biggest Scrooge with festive spirit.

TOMAS & FANTOM (29 October – 1 November 2014)
White Stag Theatre company bring two new Gaelic plays to the Circle Studio following the production of Macbheatha in Autumn 2013.

Tomas is a new Gaelic version of the epic Burns poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’, translated by Donald MacIntyre and adapted and performed by David Walker. Burns’ poem paints a vivid picture of humour, pathos, horror, social comment and is populated by several unforgettable characters. Fantom by Kenny Macrae is a tale of love, jealousy, sex and religion and murder, based on the legend of the serial-killer Mac an t-Sronaich who terrorised the population of Harris and Lewis in the 1830s. Despite the warrant for the arrest of the ‘Fantom’, no-one was ever brought to trial.

This double bill is directed by Liz Carruthers.

SLOPE (12 – 22 November 2014)
Cultural tenants Untitled Projects bring Pamela Carter’s play Slope, about the love affair between the 19th-century poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud and its impact on Verlaine’s young wife Mathilde, to the Circle Studio. Stewart Laing directs the story of the enfants terribles of French poetry, whose verbal sparring is scabrous and hilarious, and rollercoaster relationships as passionate and claustrophobic as they are cruel and ridiculous.

Originally produced by Untitled Projects in 2006 at Tramway, this new production has been reconceived for a studio setting.

Slope is presented by Untitled Projects in partnership with Hibrow, the online platform for High Definition video arts programming, as part of Glasgay! 2014


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Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre
by George Orwell
A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Designed by Chloe Lamford
Lighting Design by Natasha Chivers
Sound Design by Tom Gibbons
Video Design by Tim Reid
Cast: Simon Coates, Sam Crane, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew Spencer, Mandi Symonds, Hara Yannas
Recommended for 14+

Main Theatre
Dates: Fri 29 Aug – Sat 6 Sep, 7.30pm (no performances Sunday or Monday)

Preview: Fri 29 Aug, 7.30pm
Matinees: Sat 30 Aug & Sat 6 Sep, 2.30pm
Schools’ matinees: Wed 3 & Thu 4 Sep, 1.30pm
Post show talk: Tue 2 Sep
Tickets: £12.50 - £20.50 (concessions available)
Previews £8.50 | Tuesdays £12.50 in partnership with The List

Citizens Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominic hill
Designed by Tom Piper
Cast confirmed: Brian Ferguson, Peter Guinness, Roberta Taylor
Recommended for 14+

Main Theatre
Dates: Fri 19 Sep – Sat 11 Oct 2014, 7.30pm (no performances Sundays or Mondays)

Previews: Fri 19, Sat 20 Sep & Tue 23 Sep, 7.30pm
Matinees: Sat 27 Sep, 2pm
Schools performances: Tue 30 Sep, 1.30pm; Thu 2 Oct, 10.30am; Tue 7 Oct, 1.30pm; Thu 9 Oct, 10.30am
Audio Described: Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm
Signed: Fri 3 Oct, 7.30pm
Captioned: Sat 27 Sep, 2pm
Pre-show talk & lunch: Sat 27 Sep, 12.15pm
Tickets: 50p - £20.50 (concessions available)
Previews £8.50 | Tuesdays £12.50 in partnership with The List
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 13 September.
NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.

Hamlet – An Afternoon With the Dane
Sat 27 Sep. 11.45am
Director Dominic Hill in conversation with Brian Ferguson
Tickets £10 including lunch. Tickets to 2pm matinee sold separately.

- Inside a Professional Technical Rehearsal
Wed 17 / Thu 18 Sep
11am – 12.30pm
Schools’ Event aimed at NC4/NC5 Drama Students
Free. Max capacity 30 pupils

- Hamlet: Inside the Rehearsal Room
Wed 1 / Thu 2 Oct
Schools’ Event aimed at Higher and Advanced Higher Drama Students
Cost £6.50 per pupil (teachers go free). Tickets to show purchased separately

-Hamlet: Inside the Play
Wed 8 Oct
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Schools’ Event aimed at Higher and Advanced Higher English Students
Cost £6.50 per pupil (teachers go free). Tickets to show purchased separately

National Theatre of Scotland
By Joe Corrie
Adapted, designed and directed by Graham McLaren
Recommended for 12+

Main Theatre
Dates: Tue 14 – Sat 18 Oct 2014, 7.30pm

Preview: Tue 14 Oct, 7.30pm
Matinees: Wed 15 Oct & Sat 18 Oct, 2.30pm
Audio described: Thu 16 Oct, 7.30pm
Signed: Fri 17 Oct, 7.30pm
Captioned: Sat 18 Oct, 2.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 - £20.50 (concessions available)
Previews £8.50 | Tuesdays £12.50 in partnership with The List

Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
By DC Jackson
Directed by Mark Thompson
Cast confirmed: David Ireland
Recommended 14+ Strong language and scenes of violence

Main Theatre
Dates: Wed 22 October – Sat 8 November, 7.30pm (no performances Sundays or Mondays)

Preview: Wed 22 Oct, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 1 Nov, 2.30pm
Post show talk: Tue 28 Oct, 7.30pm
Audio described: Thu 30 Oct, 7.30pm
Signed: Fri 31 Oct, 7.30pm
Captioned: Sat 1 Nov, 2.30pm
Tickets: 50p- £20.50 (concessions available)
Previews £8.50 | Tuesdays £12.50 in partnership with The List
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 18 October.
NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.

A Comar production from Mull Theatre
By Compton Mackenzie
Adapted by Paul Godfrey
Directed by Alasdair McCrone
Cast: Darren Brownlie, Barrie Hunter & Helen McAlpine

Main Theatre
Dates: Wed 12 – Sat 15 November, 7.30pm

Matinee: Sat 15 November, 2.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 - £20.50 (concessions available)

Citizens Theatre
Charles Dickens’
Adapted by Neil Bartlett
Directed by Dominic Hill
Recommended for 6+

Main Theatre
Dates: Wed 29 November 2014 – Saturday 3 January 2015 (no performances Sun 30 Nov, Tue 2, Sun 7, Mon 8, Mon 15, Fri 19, Thu 25, Mon 29 Dec, Thu 1 Jan)

Preview: Sat 29 November, 7pm
Signed: Fri 12 Dec, 7pm
Audio Described: Sat 13 Dec 2pm
Captioned: Thu 18 Dec, 7pm

Tickets: Adults £14 - £20, child £8 - £12 (concessions available)
Preview: Adult £10.50, child £6.50
Family tickets for families of 3, 4 and 5: £33 - £71
Schools: £8.50 + 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased
Youth Groups: £9.50 standard, £10 peak
Adult Groups (10 or more): £2.50 off each ticket

Family Workshop
Dates: Sat 13 Dec & Sun 14 Dec,10.30am – 12.30pm
A fun workshop for 6-12 year olds and their adult companions, exploring the story and characters of A Christmas Carol.
Tickets: £5 per person

White Stag Theatre Company
By Robert Burns, translated by Donald MacIntyre, adapted by David Walker
By Kenny Macrae
Directed by Liz Carruthers
Lighting Design by Jamie Wardrop
Performed by David Walker
Recommended for 13+

Circle Studio
Dates: Wed 29 October – Sat 1 November, 7.30pm

Schools’ matinee: Thu 30 Oct, 10.30am

Tickets: Full price £12, concessions £8.50

Untitled Projects
By Pamela Carter
Directed by Stewart Laing
Recommended for 16+
Circle Studio
Dates: Wed 12 – Sat 22 November, 7.30pm (no performances Sunday or Monday)

Matinee: Sat 22 November, 2.30pm
Tickets: Full price £12, concessions £8.50

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