Friday, 28 November 2014

A fine Christmas tradition

Poster for the 2002 Christmas
production of Scrooge
His Majesty's Theatre and Royal Opera House (now called the Citizens Theatre) opened its doors to the public on Sat 28 Dec 1878 with a pantomime - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The Glasgow Herald reviewer who came to see the opening night commented that the theatre owner, Mr McFadyen was "at a great disadvantage" trying to finish building a theatre AND rehearse a technically difficult pantomime, but that "this being the season of pantomime" he really had "no choice in the matter", showing just how important it was, and still is, for theatres to have a strong pantomime or Christmas show.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Dickens' A Christmas Carol - "A Ghost Story of Christmas"

The Citizens Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol opens Sat 29 Nov, capturing the inventive, heart-warming and spine-tingling spirit of Dickens' original novella. Assistant Director Stephen Darcy explores the history and impact of this most enduring of Victorian tales.


Title page of the 1843 first edition.
From the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham

Have you ever heard of 'A Christmas Carol'? A book about a mean old man visited by ghosts? Why is such a story both so well known and so popular?

Friday, 21 November 2014

A Christmas Carol on Film

As we are getting ready to welcome our very own production of A Christmas Carol on to the Citizens' stage, it seems like the perfect time to explore the many screen adaptations that Dickens’ classic Christmas tale has inspired over the years.

The tale of a wicked old miser who embarks on a journey of redemption after being visited by supernatural guests has enthralled audiences for generations. As such it is a story that has proved irresistible to film-makers as they attempt to capture the original spirit of Dickens tale.

Many have felt the urge to embellish upon the original story with some very mixed results. Many illustrious actors have tackled the role of Ebenezer Scrooge over the years including Patrick Stewart, Albert Finney, Jim Carey, Michael Caine, Alastair Sim and even Marcel Marceau (also with varying degrees of credibility!).

So join us as we take a gallop through some of the more memorable screen versions of A Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

#LoveTheatre? Follow us on Wed 19 Nov


On Wed 19 Nov theatres, arts companies and cultural institutions from across the UK and beyond will come together to celebrate the very first CultureThemes / Guardian Culture Professionals Network  / Twitter UK  #LoveTheatre day on Twitter. It is an opportunity for every theatre fan to share what they love about their local theatre.

The Citizens Theatre will be tweeting during the day on our history, the preparations happening for A Christmas Carol, as well as lots of the other work we do. Here's a run down of our plans for the day:


10 - 12pmOn the stage: 70 years of The Citizens Theatre
12 - 3pmOff the stage: What we do in the community
3 - 6pmBehind the stage: preparations for A Christmas Carol
7 - 9.30pmShowtime: Tweet along to live-stream of Untitled Projects’ Slope