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A new adaptation by David Greig of Alasdair Gray‘s seminal novel Lanark, directed by Graham Eatough.

A young man arrives in a dying city with seashells in his pockets. He doesn’t know who he is, or how he got here. He goes by the only name he can think of: Lanark.

Yearning to belong, he meets Rima at The Elite Café and together they are propelled into an epic journey through time, space and consciousness as Lanark tries, fails and tries again to find happiness.

Lanark is a portrait of the outsider artist as a young man, an exploded life story like no other. This theatrical re-imagining of Alasdair Gray’s classic novel will take us from the Dragon Chambers to the Cathedral of Unthank, from post-war Glasgow School of Art to the sinister underground Institute, from the heavenly city of Provan to the hellish Elite Café, combining science-fiction, realism, fantasy, and playful storytelling.

In the nearly 35 years since publication, the ideas, politics and ambitions of Lanark have inspired generations of artists in Scotland and beyond. This new co-production with Edinburgh International Festival celebrates Gray’s 80th year and continues a collaboration between Greig and Eatough which began with experimental theatre company Suspect Culture.

Lanark: A Life in Three Acts is a co-production between The Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival in association with Graham Eatough and Sorcha Dallas.

Lanark will be staged at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh from 22 - 31 August. For more information, visit the EIF website.

“I ought to have more love before I die, I have not had enough.”


  • 14 Aug 2015 to 19 Sep 2015
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    • Fri 14 Aug 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Sat 15 Aug 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Mon 17 Aug 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • 22 - 31 Aug: Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
    • Thu 3 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Fri 4 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Sat 5 Sep 2015 @ 1.00PM
    • Sat 5 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Tue 8 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Wed 9 Sep 2015 @ 1.00PM
    • Wed 9 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Thu 10 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Fri 11 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Sat 12 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Tue 15 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Wed 16 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Thu 17 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Fri 18 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM
    • Sat 19 Sep 2015 @ 1.00PM
    • Sat 19 Sep 2015 @ 7.00PM

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Running Time

3 hr 40 mins approx


Preview £8.50 | Tuesdays £12.50
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50p tickets on sale Sat 8 Aug, 10am

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Previews 14, 15 & 17 Aug
Audio Described: 17 Sep, 7pm
Signed: 18 Sep, 7pm
Captioned: 19 Sep, 1pm

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Adapted from the novel by Alasdair Gray
Writer - David Greig
Director - Graham Eatough
Designer - Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer - Nigel Edwards
Composer - Nick Powell

Alasdair Gray in Conversation

Sat 12 Sep, 5.15pm - 6.15pm
Author Alasdair Gray discusses his seminal novel and the new production by the Citizens Theatre.


Brunch With Lanark

Sat 19 Sep, 11am - 12.30pm
Discover more about how this new production by writer David Greig and director Graham Eatough has been brought to the stage
Includes buffet brunch.



Margaret Baxter

4th April 2015

The Absence of War was tremendous, fabulous performances, funny and so relevant for today.loved it.

Eileen Murphy

30th March 2015

Definitely seeing this! Sounds great!

John Donnelly

2nd March 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the play, brought back memories at the start of my working life, I had an ex soldier for a boss. Great acting and hope they complete the trilogy.

di mcpherson

28th February 2015

I was truly touched by the performances and of course the gentle style. More please.


21st February 2015

The Slab Boys is outdated and very slow, not a show appropriate for a modern audience as it left me and many others under 50 asleep. Good set and staging, plus good performances from Keira and David but this show lacks contemporary theatre style. Uninteresting, dated and no longer funny


20th February 2015

It is magnificent in every way. I saw the trilogy 30 odd years ago and was so excited to see it again. I was not disappointed. John Byrne thank you for the beautiful writing and David Hayman thank you for a most beautiful production and a plea to the Citizen's bring back the trilogy. Huge congratulations to all the cast you were truly magnificent.


4th February 2015


Gill Hall

31st January 2015

Fabulous! Entranced from start to finish. Funny, moving, exciting and original. Came to see this with three generations of my family and we all loved it.

David Lamont

25th January 2015

Went to see The Garden yesterday - it was fantastic. I thought it was really well presented, the actors did a great job - very convincing and a very moving performance - the shifts between dialogue and opera was very well handled and the believability of how the world could end that way - excellent - well done Citz, and performers, writer and stage crew.....David

Julie Irelnd

24th January 2015

For someone who has never been particularly stimulated by Shakespeare productions I have seen, I found this a revelation. Exciting, funny (surprisingly), ingenious and moving. Not too long and certainly not boring. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


9th January 2015

I can’t recommend the night classes highly enough. They are a lot of fun. I cant wait to start the next level.


5th January 2015

Absolutely magical! You can't do any better than this. I've never seen a theatre come to life so much. My congratulations go, not only to the wonderful cast, but to the production team that brought A Christmas Carol alive with such vibrancy.

Chad harold

4th January 2015

Great night out thantastic show

Jack & Tricia

1st January 2015

A great production and a great cast. Loved it from the first minute. The story was so well presented and credit to all involved. It is always a pleasant experience at the Citizens from the moment you walk through the door.

Andrew Semple

28th December 2014


Angela Cairns

23rd December 2014

My children and I really enjoyed the afternoon show on 22nd December. They were animated throughout the entire performance, which gave me a chance to relax and enjoy the show too. Thank you!


21st December 2014

I really cannot praise this production of "A Christmas Carol" highly enough. The performances, script, music, costumes, sets, puppets were all out of this world. We were in the front row and the actors also took time to speak to, and reassure, my 5 year old step daughter that the play would be fun and not too scary for her. A genuine treat from start to finish.


21st December 2014

What a brilliant show. The acting, production, lighting, special effects, staging..........well just everything really. If you get the chance to go you will not regret it. It was first class! Well Done! We'll be back next year to the Citizens.


21st December 2014

What a brilliant show. The acting, production, lighting, special effects, staging..........well just everything really. If you get the chance to go you will not regret it. It was first class! Well Done! We'll be back next year to the Citizens.

Shona Robertson

18th December 2014

Wonderful production! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this enthralling portrayal of Dickens masterpiece! My husband, 12 year old daughter and I were spellbound throughout the entire play. The fact that the actors played all the musical accompaniments enhanced the show enormously! Fabulous actors and special effects!

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Artwork: Night Street Self-Portrait by Alasdair Gray (1953)


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