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DOMINIC HILL’S SPRING SEASON PUTS CLASSIC DRAMA CENTRE STAGE

New Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, Dominic Hill, will be heading up his inaugural season by directing three classic productions for the main stage. Some familiar faces return to the Citizens, including David Hayman and Cal Macaninch, who launched their careers at the theatre. To celebrate Dominic’s arrival audiences can take advantage of special ticket offers, with seats from just 50p! 

Bringing with him a reputation for re-staging classics in a way that finds new relevance for audiences, this season of work signals the future ambitions of the theatre’s new director.

On launching the new season Dominic said: “For me the Citz is about presenting great drama to audiences in ways that are inspiring, entertaining, challenging and accessible. That is why I have chosen plays by three of the greatest and most revolutionary playwrights in the English language to kick off my time as Artistic Director -  and why we’ve tried to ensure that everyone from all walks of life are able to see those shows by introducing some rock bottom ticket offers. I look forward to leading this iconic theatre with great excitement.”

BETRAYAL
Harold Pinter’s semi-autobiographical and hugely moving play describes the complex web of lies and deceit that are spun over the nine years of an extra-marital affair. Often thought to be the most accessible of Pinter’s plays, it is as much an examination of the impact on the men’s friendship as the deterioration of the relationships.  Confirmed cast includes Cal Macaninch in the role of Robert, who was last seen on the Citizens stage in 1996. 

KING LEAR
Citz veteran David Hayman will return to the theatre that launched his career, in the title role of King Lear - 33 years on from his last appearance. Arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play, it is a profound exploration of the human condition.  Driven to madness by the cruel treatment he receives from his own family and cast into the world, Lear must adapt to survive.  This will be a contemporary staging by Dominic, who is known for his flair for interpreting classic works in innovative ways. 

KRAPP’S LAST TAPE / FOOTFALLS
Beckett’s one act play - in which a man looks back on his life on the occasion of his sixty ninth birthday, as recorded ritualistically on tape - will be staged alongside Footfalls, a study of isolation in which one woman paces tirelessly back and forth in conversation with her critically ill mother.  Combining humour and poetry these profoundly moving miniature plays are two of the most startling and original works of the twentieth century.

To celebrate Dominic Hill’s arrival as Artistic Director, we are pleased to announce some recession-busting prices for these Citizens classic dramas with tickets from just 50p! 
Audiences can obtain these tickets across 10 performances per run of Betrayal, King Lear and Krapp’s Last Tape/Footfalls, with 10 seats available per performance. In addition, the unemployed and the local community (Gorbals Card) can see any main stage show for just £2. And if you buy all 3 shows in our Classic Pass you can save almost £10 off top price tickets. Terms and Conditions apply – full details to be announced on Tues 29 November. 

The season will also feature two visiting companies making their Citz debut. Frantic Assembly will bring Lovesong - their spellbinding story of life, love and death starring Sian Phillips - whilst Vox Motus, in a co-production with Royal Lyceum Theatre, bring The Infamous Brothers Davenport; a highly original, visual theatre production based on the true story of the Victorian illusionists.

In addition, we are delighted announce a return visit from the Glasgow International Comedy Festival with an line-up of big name acts and local talent, including Barry and Stuart and Adam Kay, with more to be announced.

Following a sell out run last May, we will re-stage the hit adaptation of Theresa Breslin’s novel, Divided City. Performed by Glasgow secondary school children, the production received an overwhelming response from audiences, including almost 1,000 schoolchildren and returns for 8 more performances in February.

The Citizens Community Company will join forces with Scottish Opera to create a new community opera inspired by Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Devised and performed by the 20 Company members and accompanied by players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
 
The Citizens continues to present its wide-ranging programme of weekly drama classes for children and adults, along with a pioneering selection of creative learning projects in the communities and education sectors of Scotland. In particular we will continue our work with those in recovery and with offenders, which achieved recognition in the 2011 Koestler Awards.
The Citizens Young Co. have been selected to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange 2012 programme. This will give them the opportunity to experience masterclasses from leading theatre practitioners and develop an original piece of work to be performed both at the Citizens and at the Exchange Festival at Macrobert, Stirling in July 2012.

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LISTINGS

Citizens Theatre and Glasgow City Council
DIVIDED CITY
By Theresa Breslin
Adapted by Martin Travers
Directed by Guy Hollands and Elly Goodman

Main Theatre
Thu 2 – Fri 3 Feb: 7.30pm
Sat 4 Feb: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
(+ four schools performances from Tues 31 Jan, not for public sale)

Tickets:
£10 full price, £8 concessions
Family of 4: £32
Family of 5: £39

Frantic Assembly & Drum Theatre Plymouth in association with Chichester Festival Theatre
LOVESONG
By Abi Morgan

Main Theatre
Tue 7 – Sat 11 February, 7.30pm
Post show discussion: Wed 8 Feb
Tickets: £10-£19 (concessions available)
Previews £6 | Tuesdays £10

Vox Motus co-production with Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
THE INFAMOUS BROTHERS DAVENPORT
By Candice Edmunds, Jamie Harrison and Peter Arnott

Main Theatre
Tue 14 – Sat 18 February, 7.30pm
Post show discussion: Tue 14 Feb
Tickets: £10-£19 (concessions available)
Previews £6 | Tuesdays £10

Citizens Theatre
BETRAYAL
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Dominic Hill

Main Theatre
Fri 2 – Sat 24 March, 7.30pm

Previews: Fri 2 & Sat 3 March, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 17 March, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Wed 14 March, 7.30pm
Signed Performance: Wed 14 March, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 15 March, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10-£19 (concessions available)
Previews £6 | Tuesdays £10
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 25 February.
NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Tue 27 – Sat 31 March

BARRY & STUART LIVE!
Main Theatre | Thu 29 March, 8pm | Tickets: £14 full price, £12 concession

ADAM KAY’S SMUTTY SONGS
Main Theatre | Sat 31 March, 8pm | Tickets: £14.50

Citizens Theatre
KING LEAR
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominic Hill
With David Hayman as King Lear.

Main Theatre
Fri 20 April – Sat 12 May

Previews: Fri 20, Sat 21 & Tue 24 April
Matinee: Sat 5 May, 1.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
Signed Performance: Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 3 May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10-£19 (concessions available)
Previews £6 | Tuesdays £10
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 14 April.
NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.

Citizens Theatre
KRAPP’S LAST TAPE & FOOTFALLS
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Dominic Hill

Main Theatre
Wed 30 May – Sat 2 June, 7.30pm
Tue 5 – Sat 9 June, 7.30pm
Preview: Wed 30 May, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 9 June, 2.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
Signed Performance: Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 3 May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10-£19 (concessions available)
Previews £6 | Tuesdays £10
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 26 May.
NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.