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Holding a mirror up to the notion of stardom and the pressure of fame, Marilyn offers a glimpse into the private lives of two extraordinary women. A co-production with Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh.

During the summer of 1960, Marilyn Monroe and French actress Simone Signoret live in adjacent apartments at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Thrown together while Monroe films the movie Let’s Make Love with Signoret’s husband Yves Montand, the pair form an uneasy friendship, plagued by jealousy and insecurity. Under the watchful eye of Patti, hairdresser to the stars, it will become a relationship that will test their deepest beliefs and threaten to destroy them both.

Uncover the raw complexities of celebrity lives in this fascinating portrayal of two of the world’s greatest film stars.

Best known for the modern classic Bondagers, Sue Glover is a renowned Scottish writer for stage, radio and television.

This new play will receive its world premiere at the Citizens Theatre.


15 March - 2 April
Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

World premiere of a new play by Sue Glover
Director Philip Howard
Designer Kenny Miller

Main Theatre

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    Rated: (5/5), based on 10 ratings

Previews 17-19.02.11
Audio Described 24.02.11, 7.30pm
Signed 02.03.11, 7.30pm
Captioned 03.03.11, 7.30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
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"The Women Behind the Icons"
Thu 24 February 2011, 6.15-7pm
With Director Philip Howard
Thu 3 March 2011, Time tbc
More info about both discussions

Supported by Glasgow Restaurant Association and Arts & Business New Arts Sponsorship Grants


Cast and Creative >


Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Music/Movement Director


Frances Thorburn
Dominique Hollier
Pauline Knowles



Philip Howard’s good-looking production is a fascinating and touching theatrical spectacle, in which classic images of Marilyn as the pouting sex goddess constantly play against the reality of a woman trying to sustain her career, whilst ageing fast.” 
The Scotsman 4 stars

(a) handsomely audacious production…a bravura turn by Thorburn.” 
The Herald 4 stars

tight script…taut direction.” 
The Stage

Frances Thorburn gives a thousand-watt performance. Her Marilyn is at once bold and fragile, shrew and naïve, child-like and x-rated, and it’s impossible to take your eyes off her.” 
OnStage Scotland


Kerry Mullin

29th March 2011

Fantastic show. Great writing and engaging performances.

Kathleen Gibson

13th March 2011

Absolutely loved the production of "Marilyn" which I saw last night. All the perfomances were superb and balanced each other brilliantly. To see a play with only three actors where each one is perfection was a priviledge. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it all day. Costumes and set were excellent too.Thanks a million to all involved.

Steph Stern

9th March 2011

Great show - leaves you thinking. Topical for todays society. All three actresses were phenomenal - as were the costumes!

Mary Hutcheon

2nd March 2011

Saw Marilyn last night and t was great. Wonderful performances by all the ladies and a good play

Frank Comiskey

1st March 2011

I haven't been to the Citizens since I could run for a bus and this kind of theatre usually leaves me squirming & frigid, but for once, the word of mouth is true; this is very well written & researched, intelligently directed and extremely well played; there's no margin for error in a three-person play, and caricature would have been a disaster; instead, we get a brilliantly authentic character study; trust the judgement of the self-styled 'Meanest Man in the World' it's worth seeing the magic before it goes to Edinburgh.

Eileen Green

28th February 2011

I saw Marilyn on last Saturday night and absolutely loved it. An amazing set and wonderful acting by the three women. One of the best things I have seen in a long time.

rhona armes-martin

26th February 2011

Saw what can only be described as an amazing piece of theatre last night-tremendous.x.Extremely moving and funny at the same time-great set and costumes-thoroughly recommend x

Reaghan Reilly

26th February 2011

Absolutely great show. Takes a new angle, a snapshot of Marilyn's life that is not so familiar and that makes it all the more fascinating. The three actors are fantastic. Loved the script, the acting, the singing, the set, the costumes, the direction, the lighting, the sound, the incorporated visual clips. It's an especially great inspiration to other females in the business and I liked all the little digs in the script about the lack of work for females, especially older ones. Very relevant to today's entertainment industry STILL!

Amy Burke

20th February 2011

Went to see the play on Friday night and absolutely loved it! Would highly recommend going while you have the chance. Overall was great, even shed a tear at the end!

david mooney

19th February 2011

Wonderful performances,wonderful play.

Sarah Dempsey

18th February 2011

Saw the preview last night, LOVED it. Wonderful performances, great to see such amazing roles for women, wonderful characters, loved the set, loved the costumes, loved it, loved it, loved it. Made me laugh and made me cry a little bit too. Hope to see it again, and see it run for a long time.

hanna nixon

15th February 2011

Please pass this on to Sue Glover. May I wish you all the best of luck for your new play Marilyn that opens this week. I am a Marilyn lookalike and have been following its progress online. I cant wait to see it this week and hope it goes well for you and the cast. Best of luck, regards, Hanna.x


18th January 2011

Hi Amanda, that's a great question. A preview performance is essentially a test run. We have previews at the start of the run to allow the cast to get used to performing in front of an audience. The show may not always be as polished as a later performance which is why we charge just £5. To book online just click Book Now and select the performances indicated with a (P), or call 0141 429 0022. I hope that helps.

Amanda Clark

17th January 2011

Hi What does a preview involve and how do you book for one? Thanks.

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