Friday, 21 November 2014

A Christmas Carol in Film

As we are getting ready to welcome our very own production of A Christmas Carol on to the Citz stage, it seems like the perfect time to explore the many screen adaptations that Dickens’ classic Christmas tale has inspired over the years.

The tale of a wicked old miser who embarks on a journey of redemption after being visited by supernatural guests has enthralled audiences for generations. As such it is a story that has proved irresistible to film-makers as they attempt to capture the original spirit of Dickens tale.

Many have felt the urge to embellish upon the original story with some very mixed results. Many illustrious actors have tackled the role of Ebenezer Scrooge over the years including Patrick Stewart, Albert Finney, Jim Carey, Michael Caine, Alistair Sim and even Marcel Marceau (also with varying degrees of credibility!).

So join us as we take a gallop through some of the more memorable screen versions of A Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

#LoveTheatre? Follow us on Wed 19 Nov


On Wed 19 Nov theatres, arts companies and cultural institutions from across the UK and beyond will come together to celebrate the very first CultureThemes / Guardian Culture Professionals Network  / Twitter UK  #LoveTheatre day on Twitter. It is an opportunity for every theatre fan to share what they love about their local theatre.

The Citizens Theatre will be tweeting during the day on our history, the preparations happening for A Christmas Carol, as well as lots of the other work we do. Here's a run down of our plans for the day:


10 - 12pmOn the stage: 70 years of The Citizens Theatre
12 - 3pmOff the stage: What we do in the community
3 - 6pmBehind the stage: preparations for A Christmas Carol
7 - 9.30pmShowtime: Tweet along to live-stream of Untitled Projects’ Slope

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Stewart Laing on Filming and Theatre Making

Untitled Projects' re-conceived production of Slope opens in the Circle Studio 12 Nov. As part of the theatrical experience the performances will be streamed live by new media platform Kiltr. As Artistic Director Stewart Laing explains, this is not the first or last time Untitled Projects have used film and technology as an intergral part of their theatre making.

Slope, in the Circle Studio 12 - 22 Nov
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Untitled Projects is a company that specialises in making theatre – but there has only been one project in 16 years that hasn’t involved a substantial element of video – and that project was the original production of Slope in 2006. There was no reason to use video – so we didn’t.

As a loose collective of practitioners we are all interested in film as a medium. Our social conversations often orbit around movies we have seen – and certainly in development sessions on specific projects film is central to our discussion – as inspiration for images, narrative, acting, character and structure – perhaps more so than theatre or other live performance.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Spring 2015 Season Now On Sale

We're turning 70 this year - I know, right? We're wearing it well. To mark the occasion, we've got a spring season that celebrates some legends of Scottish theatre, as well as new writing and shows by some of the most exciting theatre companies working the UK today. 




All shows are now on sale, so have a browse through our Spring 2015 season and get planning the birthday celebrations. We've got a fantastic season pass on offer too when you purchase tickets for all three Citizens Theatre shows: The Slab Boys, Fever Dream: Southside and Into That Darkness and save £3 off each ticket. Add Filter's Macbeth and Absence of War and save a total of £15! That's a lot of interval ice creams....

Monday, 27 October 2014

Arts & Business Award win for On Common Ground

Our Festival 2014 event, On Common Ground received The Glasgow Life Award at the Arts & Business Scotland Awards on Friday 24 October. 

Participant Mari, co-Directors Elly and Neil and Citizens Chair Adrienne collecting the award

On Common Ground  was selected from all the events which have taken place as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme as being the event which best realised the ambitions of the programme due to the scale of the project, the quality and depth of its reach and engagement with its local community, and its close partnership with another Commonwealth culture

On Common Ground. Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kill Johnny Glendenning - A Big Bowl of Ice cream

Journalist David Pollock talked to writer DC Jackson about his violent, comical new play Kill Johnny Glendenning, a co-production between Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre.

Kill Johnny Glendenning, on at the Citizens Theatre,
Wed 22 Oct - Sat 8 Nov

“A big bowl of ice cream,” is how playwright DC Jackson describes Kill Johnny Glendenning, his first original commission for the Royal Lyceum following his successful adaptation of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro in 2012. “Commissioning theatres generally want to know the nutritional content rather than the roughage aspects of the plays they produce,” he tries to elaborate with a laugh. “This is a bowl of Coco Pops and they like to see muesli. It deals with the sort of themes I wouldn’t expect a big illustrious theatre like the Lyceum to normally be involved with.”
Josh Whitelaw and David Ireland. Photo by Robbie Jack

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Here's Johnny!

Johnny "the bastard" Glendenning is setting his sights on the Citizens stage, having left Edinburgh audiences rolling in the aisles. With laughter, not through any stray bullets, mind.


David Ireland as Johnny Glendenning. Credit Robbie Jack 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hamlet Reviews

Shakespeare at the Citizens Theatre is always an occasion, and Dominic Hill's new production of Hamlet, on until 11 October, is set to go down as a classic. 



We've loved reading how much audiences and critics have enjoyed the show.

"...a version that simmers with an edgy intensity that brings all of Hamlet's demons home to roost." 

The Herald 

"
This is a powerful rendition of a script often dulled by familiarity, allowing Hill to stand alongside his artistic ancestors as a bold, imaginative and careful director" 
The Stage 

"Dominic Hill’s exhilarating production"
The Guardian 


“as nail-biting and oppressive as the darkest noir thriller”
The Times 

"thrilling and fascinating…[Brian] Ferguson’s brave and ground-breaking central performance” 
The Scotsman 

"by any measure a world-class production"
Sunday Herald

Monday, 15 September 2014

Feeling the excitement - Final week of Hamlet rehearsals

Gareth Nicholls, Main Stage Director in Residence and Assistant Director of Hamlet, shares his excitement with us in the final week of rehearsals for this “brooding, sleazy” play.

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It’s a week before we preview our production of Hamlet and there’s a fight taking place. Brain Ferguson (Hamlet) and Adam Best (Laertes) are tearing into each other with swords, fists and whatever else they can get their hands on. Luckily it’s just a rehearsal, with our fight director keeping a close eye on the safety of both actors. Even so, when they’re going at full speed, its pretty terrifying and will make a thrilling finale to this production.
Watch the trailer

Friday, 5 September 2014

Hamlet: ‘A Play Full of Quotes’

Not seen Hamlet? Maybe you know the play better than you think. Our new trainee director from Birkbeck College, Stephen Darcy, gives a brief overview to some of the themes in one of Shakespeare's most quotable plays.

Brian Ferguson in Hamlet rehearsals. Image by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Some years ago at the theatre, I overheard a disgruntled audience member discussing an unsatisfying student production of Hamlet.  When asked what she thought of the play she said:

“It’s alright.  It’s just a play full of quotes”