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Susan Calman - Lady Like

Visiting Company

Award-winning comedian Susan Calman returns to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival on her first ever UK tour.

If you’ve seen her before,
‘Lady Like’ will be a reassuring couple of hours spent with the woman her neighbours call “the mad cat lady”.  If you don’t know who she is, ‘Lady Like’ will, at the very least, make you feel better about your own life.  A show about being older, wiser and liking yourself whatever anyone might say.

Comedy from Calman, as seen and heard on The News Quiz, Calman is Convicted (Best Radio Comedy 2013 – Writers Guild Award), QI, HIGNFY, Fresh Meat and Would I Lie To You.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2015

Main Theatre

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Concession applies to students, unemployed and seniors. No group discounts, no groups of 8 or more.
£2 online transaction fee applies

PLEASE NOTE: Gorbals Card or any other discount can not be applied to this performance

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Strictly 16+
Under 16s will NOT be admitted


‘Funny, touching and unexpected.’
★★★★ Independent

‘Calman is joyous proof that some of the best things come in small packages.’
★★★★ Metro

‘Faultless comedy from someone at the top of her game.’
★★★★★ Mirror

‘Ladylike is an hour of superbly structured personal storytelling from one of the best in the business.’
★★★★★ Gigglebeats


Maureen Oldha

17th October 2014

Wonderful production. The singing, dancing and music were amazing.

Isabell Mcgowan

16th October 2014

So looking forward to this fingers crossed I get tickets


5th October 2014

Absolutely loved it. Riveted to my seat.

Ian McSeveny

4th October 2014

In this Shakespeare's poem unlimited where no word is without an echo the ever present individuals on the stage in layers of darkened light and sound serve brilliantly to illustrate the mind of this most wracked individual. All the characters around Hamlet respond accordingly, progressively, from hurt, confusion and intimidation to violence - suicide and self preservation. The cast suited well their actions to the words. But this Hamlet, brilliant in madness, lacked a little, I think, in the intellectual engagement in sanity. Where was the noble reason, the beauty of the world? But, no doubt, an exceptional triumph - a hit, a palpable hit!

Mags Shovelin

3rd October 2014

Had my first experience of Shakespeare yesterday at the Citizen`s. Wasn't sure what to expect, but absolutely loved it. Dominic Hill done a fabulous job. The cast were fantastic. This is our first show at the Citizen`s and we are already planning our next one. Big thanks to all front of house staff also, a friendly bunch of people.

Liz Anne Jaffray

26th September 2014

I took my teenage son to his first Shakespeare. We both loved this performance. All the cast shone. It was easy to follow for my son and captivating. Funny, tense, scarey and sad by every turn. I loved the mix of young Scots and others too from our local conservatoire mixed with familiar faces from screen and TV. It was a great evening. Well done to all at the Citizens.

Alastair McIver

23rd September 2014

I'm not at all certain this quirky version of Shakespeare's play isn't intended to be a comedy. Brian Ferguson, in the role of Hamlet, showed absolutely none of the emotional depth which is vital to understanding of the play. We never get to like Hamlet, or get the impression that he is the endlessly complicated character Shakespeare wrote. What was supposed to be symbolised by dead characters wandering around plucking fiddles I'm not sure, but it got worse. While the death of Ophelia is being mourned, she is in fact at the edge of the stage in a lit up purple bath, blowing bubbles. I had to describe this in hushed whispers to my partially-sighted girlfriend, and realised too late that I could not do this without both of us dissolving in giggle - which I swear we kept as quiet as possible! Then, to add insult to hilarity, shi walks into her own grave! I am sadly reminded of the dreadful re-imagining of Romeo an Juliet from the movie Hot Fuzz. Apart from at the end (when the climactic swordfight was accompanied by a drumroll just in case we didn't pick up on the fact that it is dramatic) all swords were replaced with guns. Polonius is shot instead of stabbed (three times, with absolutely no attempt to dampen the sound), and Hamlet points a gun at his own head during the most famous speech. Obviously we are not smart enough to garner that he is suicidal without this visual clue... A similar underestimation of the audience's intelligence is made when Hamlet over-emphasises his bawdy "Country matters" pun by pausing for a fortnight between the relevant cyllables. That play on words is no longer subtle! Production values are also at an all-time low, with the sound so distorted in places that the dialogue can't be discerned, and an absence of curtains showing us a clear view of everything going on behind the scenes. Or perhaps this is supposed to be symbolic of something too, and I'm just not smart enough to get it? The travesties committed are too numerous to list, but the worst of them is that Hamlet inexplicably tries to rape Ophelia while making his "to a nunnery" speech. This is disturbing (not in a good way!), potentially triggering, adds nothing, and serves to destroy all audience sympathy for the character, which is essential if we are to be moved by his fate. It seems that the play falls victim to a director's need to be "edgy" over actual emotional engagement. This is the first time I have ever not enjoyed a visit to the Citz. Very poor show. Save your money, folks - give Hamlet a miss!

Steve Duignan

7th September 2014

If you think 1984 needs updating to make it relevant then you might enjoy this production. Personally I found it painfully gimmicky and poorly conceived. 1970s sitcom-style performances and terrible 'jokes' which fell completely flat. The use of incredibly annoying sound effects and tricksy set-design couldn't hide the flaws in this adaptation. I'm amazed at the positive reviews here but different strokes I suppose. Have seen some amazing shows at the Cits, but for me this was actually insulting. I hate to be so negative but this production made me angry for all the wrong reasons. On the night I got the feeling I wasn't alone judging by the general fidget-level by the end.

Linda cork

6th September 2014

OOOOOoooohhhh!!! sounds like fun. Hope I can be there x

Marilyn Russell

4th September 2014

Took my 14 year old grand-daughter to see 1984 (one of her favourite books) as her introduction to real theatre. Her comment after, "I don't think I ever want to see another play. It would be a disappointment after this. It was excellent". Needless to say, there will be many more trips to the Citz in the future.


3rd September 2014

This is one of the best plays I have seen at the citz the whole production was brilliant and the cast were totally awesome

David Limond

1st September 2014

First time I've been to the Citizens and 1984 is my favourite book. Performance was brilliant. Theatre was lovely. Well done to the cast. I usually go to the cinema but now I'm sold on theatre.


1st September 2014

Thank you for your comment Evelyn. Very glad you enjoyed the backstage tour. We are very proud of all the history in this theatre, and one of the key areas we want to improve in our building redevelopment project is how accessible and open the normally hidden areas of the theatre are.

evelyn macleod

1st September 2014

Hi, was on your backstage tour yesterday (31/8/14) which was absolutely fantastic! The tour guide was so knowledgeable and explained everything is such a way that the past came to life. Fascinating insight also into how modern day theatre works. Highly recommend it.


27th August 2014

Fantastic! I have seen the trilogy several times - still as good as the first time! Can't wait! Hope David does the trilogy for a whole new generation.


22nd August 2014

Hello Heather, This production of Hamlet is the original Shakespearian language, however it has been shortened in places.

Heather Logan

18th August 2014

Hi there, I was wondering if this play is an adaptation of the original using contemporary language or is it fully performed in Shakesperian language? many thanks, Heather.

Margaret mcgrory

26th July 2014

Sounds fantastic I will defiantly bring my 7yr old granddaughter along.

Tracy Carruthers

7th July 2014

CL REPLIED I would like to enrol my 8yr old daughter in your weekly acting classes for sat or sun any of the times. Do you have spaces?

Tricia Preston

6th July 2014

Thank you so much for the wonderful photographs that I have just come across today. Many many thanks for the workshop on Friday evening. It was wonderful and a true education for mankind world wide.

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Other GICF 2015 shows at the Citz

John Shuttleworth in ‘A Wee Ken to Remember’
Henning Wehn - Eins, Zwei, DIY
Simon Amstell - To Be Free
Des Clarke - The Trouble With Being Des

See the full GICF 2015 programme on their website, and listen out for announcements via their Twitter feed.

Other GICF 2015 shows at the Citz

John Shuttleworth in ‘A Wee Ken to Remember’
Simon Amstell - To Be Free
Susan Calman - Lady Like
Des Clarke - The Trouble With Being Des

See the full GICF 2015 programme on their website, and listen out for announcements via their Twitter feed.

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