Citizens Theatre – On The Move

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Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Ref: STA Ex25/30q

Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre company is to move out of its home in the Gorbals for the first time in its 72 year history, from June 2018, the building will be closed for two years for a major redevelopment.

First opened in 1878 as the Royal Princess’s Theatre, the Citizens company have been in their Grade B listed Gorbals home since 1945 – making it the second oldest operational theatre in the UK, preceded only by Leeds Grand which opened 6 weeks earlier.

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Exterior of the Royal Princess’s Theatre, Glasgow advertising “Tammy Twister”. December 1933. Ref: STA PH 483

The building shared an exterior with the adjacent Palace, which featured columns taken from the Union Bank in Ingram Street and several large statues which were the work of the sculptor John Mossman (1817-1890).

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The statues represent the inspiration the muses have provided in the fields of Music (Euterpe), Comedy (Thalia), Tragedy (Melpomene) and Dance (Terpsichore). Mossman is also responsible for the statues of Robert Burns and William Shakespeare situated in the foyer of the theatre. As part of the redevelopment the statues will be returning to the top of the building.

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The venue’s final production before closing will be a Citizens Theatre Community production of A Night to Remember, directed by Guy Hollands and Neil Packham, from 23 to 26 May 2018.

The venue has announced two alternative locations that it will perform in during the renovations, the Tramway and Scotland Street School Museum. It also intends to collaborate with other venues and tour across Scotland, with plans to be announced.

The theatre will open its first show at the Tramway in September 2018, with the newly refurbished theatre opening in the autumn of 2020.


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2 replies

  1. The picture of the cars outside citizens,are my fathers,brother and his friend, my father had the cafe next door for many years,many famous actors,directors came into eat,I have great memories of the citizens and the Gorbals,used to have films of the Gorbals but unfortunately can no longer find them more the pity.

  2. Reblogged this on Danielle Farrow – Actress: Blog and commented:
    Yes – great to see the Muses statues accompanied by Robert Burns and William Shakespeare!
    Muses: Thalia (Comedy), Melpomene (Tragedy), Terpsichore (Dance) and Euterpe (Music)
    Reckon I can point out 2 of these, but can’t quite tell if that’s a comedy or tragedy mask.
    What do you think?

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