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The Citz

Posted by Jackie on November 21, 2007

The Citizens Theatre, in the Gorbals area of the city, was established in 1943 with a vision to bring theatre to the people, not reliant on London dramatic supplies but producing home-grown theatre and nurturing home-grown talent that local people otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to see. It has known lots of controversy in its time, and in the 1970s was threatened with the withdrawal of its ¬£12,000 grant from the city council following its support of trade unionists striking against the Industrial Relations Bill. It’s well known for staging experimental and innovative works, and also for being significant in the early careers of many actors who have gone on to greater success (such as Robbie Coltrane).

Although it doesn’t look like it, it is based in a (much revamped) Victorian building, and according to Wikipedia is the only theatre in Scotland which still has the original Victorian machinery under the stage.

One Response to “The Citz”

  1. It was/is also the home of the 1984 company, so called because at the time in Scotland 19% of the population owned 84% of the wealth. Radical it was.

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