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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


Jason Golaup

30th October 2014

Witty, dark, cleverly staged - too many adjectives to describe this spectacular production. A cross between Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs... set in a farmhouse in Ayrshire and a tenement flat in the west end of Glasgow! Every actor was amazing but to highlight Johnny Glendenning - think of Begbie fae Trainspotting with an Irish accent going radge with a Rangers top then that'll put you in the picture. So glad I stayed for the Q&A afterwards. Was an absolute pleasure to hear what the writer, director and actors had to say - a talented group who deserve to have this piece of work shown to a wider audience.


29th October 2014

Absolutely brilliant. I really get to go to the theatre. So glad I managed to catch this 1. Recommend 100%. If I can, I will see it again.

Ms Y Sinclair

26th October 2014

Absolutely Brilliant... Has Both Comedy and Serious Acting Fantastically rolled into One Fabulous Performance... Very Highly Recommended.

Loukia G

25th October 2014

It was an amazing production while the senario was really clever!....Would definitely reccomend it!


25th October 2014

Brilliant and hilarious, close to the knuckle comedy of the highest calibre


25th October 2014

Amazing cast, brilliant comic timing, brilliant sets and just simply a to production. Thoroughly enjoyed this performance. 5*

Elizabeth McCann

25th October 2014

Saw this last night so funny loved every minute well done all !!!

Claire Lowney

24th October 2014

Thanks for your comment J Carey, we hope to see you at Eric the Elf's Chaotic Christmas this year!

Fiona Brittain

24th October 2014

Absolutely brilliant!


23rd October 2014

Really enjoyed the performance tonight. Very funny and fast moving. Great acting

J Carey

23rd October 2014

Bauble Trouble. The nursery this as a treat for our children,parents and staff. What a delight, the whole group was entranced by the experience and talked about it for many weeks afterwards.


23rd October 2014

Hey, this is our fifth panto at the citizens. It is a Christmas tradition in my family. Each year I invite newbies and the love it, BIG TIME! Never knowing what to except.

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.

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