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Into That Darkness

Citizens Theatre

SS-Obersturmführer Franz Stangl oversaw the deaths of nearly 1 million people in Nazi extermination camps.

Following his conviction for the murders in 1970, historian, biographer and journalist Gitta Sereny interviewed Stangl to understand how an individual rationalises their actions in the face of a crime of such magnitude. This is the dramatisation of those chilling and harrowing interviews.

Shocking and disturbing yet vital, Into That Darkness looks into the very heart of evil and asks how, 70 years after the end of the Second World War, we can prevent atrocities of this scale from happening again.

Writer Robert David MacDonald was one of the three artistic leaders of the Citizens Theatre from 1971 – 2003 during the period when the Citizens first became famous around the world for innovative productions of classic texts and challenging new works.

Into That Darkness: Curtain Raiser

Thu 21 May, 6pm - 6.45pm
Director Gareth Nicholls in discussion about how individuals become capable of horrific crimes, and the role of their biographers.


“Survival, always survival. I had to limit my own actions to what I, in my conscience, could answer for.”


  • 18 May 2015 to 30 May 2015
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    • Mon 18 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Tue 19 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Wed 20 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Thu 21 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Fri 22 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Sat 23 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Tue 26 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Wed 27 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Thu 28 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Fri 29 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
    • Sat 30 May 2015 @ 2.30PM
    • Sat 30 May 2015 @ 7.30PM

Main Theatre

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All tickets £15*
Concessions available
Preview £8.50 | Tuesdays £12.50
£2 online transaction fee applies

*Exc. Band III Restricted view on Wed, Thu and matinee performances

50p tickets on sale Sat 16 May, 10am

See Pricing for all prices, concessions and offers inc. Season Pass and 50p tickets

Recommended for 14+

Preview 18/19 May
Audio Described 27 May, 7.30pm
Signed 29 May, 7.30pm
Captioned 30 May, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion 26 May
Pre Show Event 21 May

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


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The Slab Boys is outdated and very slow, not a show appropriate for a modern audience as it left me and many others under 50 asleep.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.

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!

Fiona Fitzsimmons

13th December 2014

What a wonderful experience! A Christmas Carol is undoubtedly my favourite story of all time and I've seen every TV and film version ever made (many of these dozens of times!) I was therefore unsure as to how they'd manage a live production, considering all the ghosts and scene changes involved but my how they did! It was atmospheric, gripping, wonderfully inventive, surprising, entrancing and above all entertaining. My niece and daughter, both under 7 were spellbound throughout and all the older members of our party were captivated by the brilliance of the production. Sincere thanks to all the cast and crew for combining their clearly considerable talents to create something that will stay with me forever.

Sylv Duny

13th December 2014

What a great show. Really enjoyed it. The actors were very good too. I enjoyed the dramatic scenes (tiny tim's death) and comic scenes (ghost of Christmas present arriving). Just fantastic!!!!


6th December 2014

We took our grand-daughter to see bauble trouble last year. It was absolutely perfect. I was so mezmerized at the simplicity and innocence of it all it moved me to tears. It really was the most beautiful little play i have seen. How they got Santa down the chimney was amazing I was totally hooked. It was the best show in town looking forward to seeing what Eric the Elf gets up to.

William M

1st December 2014

Wonderful show with such a talented & versatile cast, a must see. Absolutely loved it.

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