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Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme

A co-production between Citizens Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse of Frank McGuinness’ iconic play about WWI

Those I belonged to, those I have not forgotten, the irreplaceable ones, they kept their nerve, and they died.

On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Battle of the Somme.

One hundred years on, a major new co-production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin.

In the extraordinary circumstances of WWI, eight ordinary men are changed, changed utterly…

This iconic war play by Frank McGuinness is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss.

What more have we to tell each other?

Citizens Theatre, Headlong, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin present


  • 20 May 2016 to 4 Jun 2016
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    • 20 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 21 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 23 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 24 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 25 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 26 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 27 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 28 May 2016 @ 2.30PM
    • 28 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 31 May 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 1 Jun 2016 @ 1.30PM
    • 1 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 2 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 3 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM
    • 4 Jun 2016 @ 2.30PM
    • 4 Jun 2016 @ 7.30PM

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50p - £22.50
Preview £9.50 | Tuesdays £12.50
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50p tickets on sale Sat 14 May, 10am

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Previews 20, 21, 24 & 24 May
Audio Described: 2 Jun, 7.30pm
Signed: 3 Jun, 7.30pm
Captioned: 31 May, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: 31 May

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Written by - Frank McGuinness
Directed by - Jeremy Herrin


Marion McPherson

15th November 2015

Cannot praise this production highly enough. Thank you for a most memorable evening. Choked up at "Most of Me". The only disappointment, no cd of the music available to buy!

Laura Handley

15th November 2015

Absolutely loved this, it was brilliant. Great storyline, acting, singing and funny too. X

Claire Chalmers

14th November 2015

Pure dead brilliant!!!


14th November 2015

Saw the opening night and loved it so much - brought my 13 year old to matinee today and she also loved it. Wonderful - for vast age range, amazing songs, superb acting and script. The power of singing and music... excellent.

Lisa Barnett

14th November 2015

Last night was my second visit to the performance. Didn't want it to end. Enthralling. After the final song, just sat there........hoping the cast would come back on stage for an encore!!

Stu Bailey

9th November 2015

We loved it. It was amazing. Fantastic singing, great timed comedy and superb acting. I cannot recommend it enough

Jason Perry

8th November 2015

Fabulous performance from all of the cast, particularly found the character of Scott (Scott Reid) very funny, superb performance, it's the best show I have seen in a long time, a must see!


5th November 2015

Fab show mixed with happy and sad moments cast were excellent would go and see it again .

Cole Stewart

5th November 2015

Loved the show! Would go back in a second! Such a great story that captures so much in one play, amazing songs and vocals from the actors. The staging, lighting, costumes were all perfect for this musical. This really is a must see production!

Ann Hughes

1st November 2015

Absolutely fantastic thoughly enjoyed the show. The singing was so good and the play very funny


1st November 2015

Saw this last night, genuinely brilliant. Performances were encapsulating, funny, moving and by far the best theatre I have seen in years. Well done

Rhona Franklin

29th October 2015

Saw the Choir last night with 23 friends from City Voice Choir.Blown away..fantastic bit of theatre!!xx


29th October 2015

Im 68 and have been enjoying the citizens since then my parents were keen theatre goers and took us ,all seven of us to all the glasgow theatres the citzs remains my favourite the whole ethos of the building the productions makes me feel part of this special glasgow heritage . I have seen so many memorable shows many which would not usually appeal to working class punters it was an education for us. I have just seen the choir and it was brilliant ,funny thought provoking. . Glasgow girls , dived city and now the choir will remain with me forever up there with miss Saigon , blood brothers etc which I seen in London . To be able to enjoy such great talent in my home town and may I add at affordable prices, truly people make glasgow

Ellen Gallagher

29th October 2015

Ricky Ross has created a winner. So far enough to give Sunshine on Leith a run for its money. Of course I don't mean the movie i do refer to stage version!! The Choir has some very funny moments and amazing harmonies in the songs. Familiar faces and familiar characters of Glasgow 😂😂😂 Scott is a classic, lol. I am sure some of the situations of the characters we have all come up against or for, however it was there but not thrown overtly in to your face, just enough to get give food for thought. A well chosen cast, playing parts of the everyday person, that you felt you practically knew them personally. The music so well written that you felt you could sing along without even thinking about it. Overall a feel good night out and a show not to be missed. Another excellent Scottish production, worthy of being snapped up into a film script. x


29th October 2015

This is the best thing I've seen in years! Fabulous acting, singing and storyline, this so deserved the standing ovation it received! More like this please!

Jackie Doyle

26th October 2015

My wife and I were fortunate to be at the preview show on Saturday evening. It was our first time at the Citizens Theatre (we live in Aberdeen). Both theatre and performance were excellent. Well done to all involved and good luck with the rest of the show.

Brian Reid

26th October 2015

Superb show, i'll be back to see it again. Well done to all involved, one of the best i've witnessed in my 25 years of coming to the Citz.


25th October 2015

I was absolutely blown away by the opening performance of this show! I was ready to get up for a standing ovation after the first 15 minutes, but there was so much more entertainment, surprises and talent yet to come! Having seen two of this year’s Tony Award winning shows (one a play, the other a musical), on Broadway in June, I can honestly say that I felt The Choir blew them both out of the water! I am NOT a professional critic, by a long shot, just a wee ordinary ticket paying punter, and I'm kinda lost for words (not usually!!) to describe what I thought of the whole production! The countless laugh-out-loud moments were occasionally and shockingly interrupted by moments that struck a nerve and tugged at the heart strings! This unexpected dynamic not only enriched the story and performances, but the audience’s experience. From the writing, directing, stage design, music, and of course to the impressive, musically gifted and ‘truly’ acted performances, - and to everyone else involved in this production, I just have to say a HUGE Congratulations and a BIGGER thank you for a great nights entertainment! I wish all of you AW RA VERY BEST FUR the rest of the run - and your future careers, wherever they may take you!! Luv jm


6th October 2015

Such a moving piece for adults and children alike. I blubbed in the toilets afterwards along with others. I would recommend and also go and resee in a heart beat! Amazing!!!!

Helen Cassidy

10th September 2015

I knew nothing about Lanark having never read it. I foolishly thought it would be a worthy (but not so scintillating) Scottish drama. The kind you're supposed to see but don't love. How wrong I was! With echoes of a theatrical event as big and bold as Angels in America, there was lots to love: set, script, cast, music, lighting and direction. Go see it!

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David Neilson was last seen on stage in as Lucky in ‘Waiting for Godot’ at the Library Theatre Manchester. He plays Roy Cropper in ITV’s Coronation Street.

Chris Gascoyne has appeared a wide range of theatre throughout the UK, most recently as Ray Say in ‘Little Voice’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep. He played Peter Barlow in Coronation Street.