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Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme

A co-production between Citizens Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse of Frank McGuinness’ iconic play about WWI

Those I belonged to, those I have not forgotten, the irreplaceable ones, they kept their nerve, and they died.

On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Battle of the Somme.

One hundred years on, a major new co-production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin.

In the extraordinary circumstances of WWI, eight ordinary men are changed, changed utterly…

This iconic war play by Frank McGuinness is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss.

What more have we to tell each other?

Citizens Theatre, Headlong, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin present


  • 20 May 2016 to 4 Jun 2016
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    • 20 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 21 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 23 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 24 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 25 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 26 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 27 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 28 May 2016 @ 2.30PM
    • 28 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 31 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 1 Jun 2016 @ 1.30PM
    • 1 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 2 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 3 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 4 Jun 2016 @ 2.30PM
    • 4 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM

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50p - £22.50
Preview £9.50 | Tuesdays £12.50
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50p tickets on sale Sat 14 May, 10am

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Previews 20, 21, 24 & 24 May
Audio Described: 2 Jun, 7.30pm
Signed: 3 Jun, 7.30pm
Captioned: 4 Jun, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: 31 May

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Writer - Frank McGuinness
Director - Jeremy Herrin
Set Designer - Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Designer - Niamh Lunny
Lighting Design - Paul Keogan
Sound Design - Emma Laxton


Joe Gardner

7th February 2016

The performances of Neilson and Gascoyne were absolutely incredible. Even if you failed to grasp some aspects of the play, I couldn't help to be engaged by the two leads. The play was destructively dark with an edge of humour. Heart-stopping stuff. Loved it.

Gary Graham

5th February 2016

Absolutely amazing performances from everyone. Much funnier than I thought it was going to be, in a dark way of course. I thoroughly enjoyed Endgame and would highly recommend it. I left the theatre thinking "I could easily go and see this again".

Sophie McNaughton

5th February 2016

I loved the show! I studied Beckett in English at school and have been a big fan since. I wrote a review of Endgame at Citizens on my blog. You can read a snippet below: 'Hill’s fresh adaptation of Endgame is funnier, better paced, more thoughtful, and strangely beautiful compared to previous interpretations. While the classic grim play finds light in the dark and inspires numerous belly laughs, Endgame has also left this Glasgow audience with an overthinking-induced sore head as well as a sore heart...' You can read the full review here:


30th November 2015

Hi John, we recommend Rapunzel for everyone aged over 6 years. There is brand new pop-punk music performed live on stage by the cast, with Honeyblood drummer Cat Myers on drums. As with all of our festive productions, Rapunzel is a very theatrical show with an engaging story - we hope that your family will love it!

John Beattie

29th November 2015

At the other end of the family scale, is there enough artistic material & themes in Rapunzel to hold the attention of teenagers (15, 13)? Or is it more of a younger kids show?

Marion McPherson

15th November 2015

Cannot praise this production highly enough. Thank you for a most memorable evening. Choked up at "Most of Me". The only disappointment, no cd of the music available to buy!

Laura Handley

15th November 2015

Absolutely loved this, it was brilliant. Great storyline, acting, singing and funny too. X

Claire Chalmers

14th November 2015

Pure dead brilliant!!!


14th November 2015

Saw the opening night and loved it so much - brought my 13 year old to matinee today and she also loved it. Wonderful - for vast age range, amazing songs, superb acting and script. The power of singing and music... excellent.

Lisa Barnett

14th November 2015

Last night was my second visit to the performance. Didn't want it to end. Enthralling. After the final song, just sat there........hoping the cast would come back on stage for an encore!!

Stu Bailey

9th November 2015

We loved it. It was amazing. Fantastic singing, great timed comedy and superb acting. I cannot recommend it enough

Jason Perry

8th November 2015

Fabulous performance from all of the cast, particularly found the character of Scott (Scott Reid) very funny, superb performance, it's the best show I have seen in a long time, a must see!


5th November 2015

Fab show mixed with happy and sad moments cast were excellent would go and see it again .

Cole Stewart

5th November 2015

Loved the show! Would go back in a second! Such a great story that captures so much in one play, amazing songs and vocals from the actors. The staging, lighting, costumes were all perfect for this musical. This really is a must see production!

Ann Hughes

1st November 2015

Absolutely fantastic thoughly enjoyed the show. The singing was so good and the play very funny


1st November 2015

Saw this last night, genuinely brilliant. Performances were encapsulating, funny, moving and by far the best theatre I have seen in years. Well done

Rhona Franklin

29th October 2015

Saw the Choir last night with 23 friends from City Voice Choir.Blown away..fantastic bit of theatre!!xx


29th October 2015

Im 68 and have been enjoying the citizens since then my parents were keen theatre goers and took us ,all seven of us to all the glasgow theatres the citzs remains my favourite the whole ethos of the building the productions makes me feel part of this special glasgow heritage . I have seen so many memorable shows many which would not usually appeal to working class punters it was an education for us. I have just seen the choir and it was brilliant ,funny thought provoking. . Glasgow girls , dived city and now the choir will remain with me forever up there with miss Saigon , blood brothers etc which I seen in London . To be able to enjoy such great talent in my home town and may I add at affordable prices, truly people make glasgow

Ellen Gallagher

29th October 2015

Ricky Ross has created a winner. So far enough to give Sunshine on Leith a run for its money. Of course I don't mean the movie i do refer to stage version!! The Choir has some very funny moments and amazing harmonies in the songs. Familiar faces and familiar characters of Glasgow 😂😂😂 Scott is a classic, lol. I am sure some of the situations of the characters we have all come up against or for, however it was there but not thrown overtly in to your face, just enough to get give food for thought. A well chosen cast, playing parts of the everyday person, that you felt you practically knew them personally. The music so well written that you felt you could sing along without even thinking about it. Overall a feel good night out and a show not to be missed. Another excellent Scottish production, worthy of being snapped up into a film script. x


29th October 2015

This is the best thing I've seen in years! Fabulous acting, singing and storyline, this so deserved the standing ovation it received! More like this please!

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