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A funny, foolish, madcap story, with a darkly mischievous side, that the whole family can enjoy together this Christmas. A story about knowing when to let go and the challenges that come with finding your place in the world.

Rapunzel’s hair is out of control. It doesn’t matter what she does with it, it’ll never stay in one place. As Rapunzel comes of age, her loving but overbearing mother locks her in a tower to protect her from the world beyond their garden. But, like her hair, Rapunzel is not one to be contained. With the help of a wild pig, her hapless lover, and some bumbling criminal types, Rapunzel will put her world, and the world beyond, to rights. 

The colours and chaos of the blooming garden surrounding Rapunzel’s tower burst into the beautiful auditorium of the Citizens Theatre, created by the design team behind the 5-star A Christmas Carol. An abundance of colourful characters run amok through the sunny Italian countryside, played by a motley troupe of actors performing original songs and music live on stage.

Schools Performances

We have several Schools performances in early December:
Wed 2 Dec - 10am & 1.30pm
Thu 3 Dec - 10am & 1.30pm
Fri 4 Dec - 10.30am
Tue 8 Dec - 10am & 1.30pm
Wed 9 Dec - 10am & 1.30pm
Thu 10 Dec - 10.30am
Fri 11 Dec - 10.30am
Tue 15 Dec - 10am & 1.30pm
Wed 16 Dec - 10.30am
Thu 17 Dec - 10.30am

We have a special schools group rate of £8.50. Please download and return this schools booking form.


Sat 12 & Sun 13 Dec
10am - 12pm
Join us for one of our lively, fun and informative family workshops, giving 6 - 12 year olds and their adult companions a behind-the-scene view of our Christmas show.

Let your hair down this Christmas at the Citizens Theatre!


  • 28 Nov 2015 to 3 Jan 2016
  • View all dates and times
    • Sat 28 Nov 2015 @ 7.00pm
      Wed 2 Dec 2015 @ 10.00am
      Wed 2 Dec 2015 @ 1.30pm
      Thu 3 Dec 2015 @ 10.00am
      Thu 3 Dec 2015 @ 1.30pm
      Fri 4 Dec 2015 @ 10.30am
      Fri 4 Dec 2015 @ 7.00pm
      Sat 5 Dec 2015 @ 2.00pm
      Sat 5 Dec 2015 @ 7.00pm
      Tue 8 Dec 2015 @ 10:00am
      Tue 8 Dec 2015 @ 1:30pm
      Wed 9 Dec 2015 @ 10:00am
      Wed 9 Dec 2015 @ 1:30pm
      Thu 10 Dec 2015 @ 10:30am
      Thu 10 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm
      Fri 11 Dec 2015 @ 10:30am
      Fri 11 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Sat 12 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm*
      Sat 12 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Sun 13 Dec 2015 @ 1pm*
      Sun 13 Dec 2015 @ 5pm*
      Tue 15 Dec 2015 @ 10.30pm
      Tue 15 Dec 2015 @ 1:30pm
      Wed 16 Dec 2015 @ 10:30am
      Wed 16 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Thu 17 Dec 2015 @ 10:30am
      Thu 17 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Fri 18 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Sat 19 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm*
      Sat 19 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Sun 20 Dec 2015 @ 1:00pm*
      Sun 20 Dec 2015 @ 5:00pm*
      Tue 22 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Wed 23 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm*
      Wed 23 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Thu 24 Dec 2015 @ 1:00pm*
      Thu 24 Dec 2015 @ 5:00pm*
      Sat 26 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm*
      Sun 27 Dec 2015 @ 1:00pm*
      Sun 27 Dec 2015 @ 5:00pm*
      Tue 29 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm*
      Tue 29 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Wed 30 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm
      Wed 30 Dec 2015 @ 7:00pm*
      Thu 31 Dec 2015 @ 2:00pm
      Sat 2 Jan 2016 @ 2:00pm
      Sat 2 Jan 2016 @ 7:00pm
      Sun 3 Jan 2016 @ 2:00pm

      * = Peak performance

Main Theatre

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Family Tickets available by telephone bookings or in person at the theatre

Recommended for everyone 6 years+

Adult £10.50 | Child £6.50


Adult £14 - £18.50 | Child £8 - £11

Family & Friends Discounts:
Family of 3 (1 child min) £33 - £45
Family of 4 (2 child min) £42 - £55
Family of 5 (3 child min) £47 - £65


Adult £16 - £20 | Child £9 - £12

Family & Friends Discounts:
Family of 3 (1 child min) £36 - £48
Family of 4 (2 child min) £46 - £60
Family of 5 (3 child min) £54 - £71

£3 off full price tickets for Senior Citizens, Disabled and Students
£5 Gorbals Card and £5 Unemployed

All groups - 1 free ticket with every 10 booked
School groups £8.50 (all performances)
Youth groups £9.50 standard, £10 peak
Adult groups (10 or more) £2.50 off each ticket

£2 online transaction fee applies

Preview 28 Nov
Audio Described 12 Dec, 2pm
Signed 11 Dec, 7pm
Captioned 19 Dec, 2pm

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Creative team >

Director - Lu Kemp
Designer - Rachael Canning
Lighting Designer - Lizzie Powell
Composer - Michael John McCarthy


“makes your heart go ping ping boom” The Guardian
★★★★★ Sunday Times, Time Out
★★★★ The Guardian, The Stage, The Times, The Independent
(Reviews of Kneehigh Theatre production of Rapunzel)

Praise for previous Citizens Christmas productions

“A rich and satisfying seasonal treat.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“ every way, from the captivating visual impact to the superb acting, this is the stuff of memorable theatre”
★★★★ The Herald

“Always a fun and engaging theatre experience for the whole family and an excellent alternative to traditional panto.”
Audience Member

“Always a magical experience that you get so absorbed and lost in. There is no Christmas show like the Citz!”
Audience member

“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.”
Audience Member


Janice Rossiter

21st May 2015

Just home from this fab, intense and thought provoking play and still thinking about it. Content was harrowing at times and the delivery was first class.

Kathy McNeil

30th April 2015

Fabulous, full of energy and wit, not just about Glasgow, but about society as a whole. Loved it and am still thinking through all the different layers of meaning and analogies.

Rosie West

25th April 2015

Brilliant. Want to see it all over again.

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.

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

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