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LIVE THEATRE, MUSIC, AND OPERA RETURN TO GLASGOW!!

LIVE THEATRE, MUSIC, AND OPERA RETURN TO GLASGOW!!

Live theatre, music and opera are back, with the announcement of an outdoor festival at Scottish Opera’s Production Studio car park at 40 Edington Street, Glasgow. 

Joined by Citizens Theatre and Scottish Ensemble in a specially created outdoor theatre, performances take place over four weeks from 3 July to 1 August.  Scottish Opera is thrilled to welcome audiences to once again enjoy stirring live entertainment, with the Company’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff, Weill’s The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken and three concerts by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. The Citizens Theatre presents a new production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Scottish Ensemble partner with Social Bite to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Set in the same location as Scottish Opera’s five-star production of Puccini’s La bohème last September, this year the temporary outdoor venue has theatre-style seating for audiences of around 150, which will follow the latest guidelines from the Scottish Government. Tickets are on sale from June 8 on each company’s website.

Opening the festival on Saturday 3 July is Scottish Opera’s brand new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, directed and designed by world-renowned Scot Sir David McVicar. An exquisite seventeenth century stage design and period costumes set the scene for a stunning production of Verdi’s comic opera, in what promises to be an evening of comedy, pathos and entertainment. During the festival, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera perform three lunchtime concerts with playful repertoire, including Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 2 and a programme of hugely entertaining music for brass and wind by Crespo, Dvořàk and Stravinsky. The festival finale is Scottish Opera’s Young Company with a production of Kurt Weill’s bold and absurd comedy The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken.

The Citizens Theatre presents The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeares ritous tale of mistaken identity and reunited families. Directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this stripped-back, lively and colourful production will be performed by a talented ensemble. With live music and physcial comedy, this farcical 90-minute show will provide a fun return to live theatre performance for audiences in Glasgow.

Performing in four concerts over two days, the 12-strong Scottish Ensemble will bring to life Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece, The Four Seasons. It may have been written in the 1700s, but this piece speaks to the volatility and ever-changing pace of the world today with a piercing, poignant precision. Scottish Ensemble celebrates new beginnings and the passing of time by partnering with Scottish charity and social enterprise Social Bite. Together, they present Sound Bites – a programme based on the notion that sharing food and listening to music with others are experiences at the heart of peoples’ lives as social beings. Sound Bites connects those two worlds with a themed picnic box available for audience members to enjoy during the concerts. 10% of ticket sales for Scottish Ensemble performances are being donated to Social Bite and its work helping to end homelessness.

Scottish Opera’s General Director Alex Reedijk said: ‘Live at No. 40 is a celebration of the performing arts industry and its resilience over what has been a trying and difficult year. We are delighted to have the opportunity to come together with Scottish Ensemble and Citizens Theatre to share our car park and mark what we hope will be the beginning of the return to live performance. Performing outside allows us the greatest chance to make safe shows and share with the most amount of people. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back for our selection of performances, to belly laugh, to weep, to be astounded and surprised, in what is sure to be a sensational return to live entertainment.’ 

Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, said: ‘We are delighted to be invited by Scottish Opera to join this celebratory return to live performance, safely reuniting artists and audiences to rediscover the magic of theatre, opera and classical music. We can’t wait to get back on stage and come together again as a community to enjoy a fun Shakespeare comedy in an atmospheric outdoor setting. It will be a joyous moment of reunion. While our building continues to be redeveloped, it’s a great opportunity to provide an alternative way to see a Citizens Theatre production this summer.’

Interim Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, William Norris, said: ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is so ever-fresh, so full of contrast, drama and energy that it seems tailor made for Scottish Ensemble’s first public performances in over a year – and we’re particularly thrilled to be performing it as part of a great example of cultural team-work, working alongside our friends at Scottish Opera and Citizens Theatre. As ever though we’re doing things just a little differently, and are so excited to be partnering with the homelessness charity Social Bite for these performances – not only will a portion of the proceeds of every ticket purchased go to support their vital work, but they have devised a mouth-watering picnic that will pair perfectly with Vivaldi’s deliciously good music.

We can’t wait to be back on stage and seeing our audiences face to face again as part of the brilliant Live at No.40festival – a celebration of some of the best of Glasgow’s cultural creativity.’

Live theatre, music and opera are back, with the announcement of an outdoor festival at Scottish Opera’s Production Studio car park at 40 Edington Street, Glasgow. 

Joined by Citizens Theatre and Scottish Ensemble in a specially created outdoor theatre, performances take place over four weeks from 3 July to 1 August.  Scottish Opera is thrilled to welcome audiences to once again enjoy stirring live entertainment, with the Company’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff, Weill’s The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken and three concerts by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. The Citizens Theatre presents a new production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Scottish Ensemble partner with Social Bite to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Set in the same location as Scottish Opera’s five-star production of Puccini’s La bohème last September, this year the temporary outdoor venue has theatre-style seating for audiences of around 150, which will follow the latest guidelines from the Scottish Government. Tickets are on sale from June 8 on each company’s website.

Opening the festival on Saturday 3 July is Scottish Opera’s brand new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, directed and designed by world-renowned Scot Sir David McVicar. An exquisite seventeenth century stage design and period costumes set the scene for a stunning production of Verdi’s comic opera, in what promises to be an evening of comedy, pathos and entertainment. During the festival, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera perform three lunchtime concerts with playful repertoire, including Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 2 and a programme of hugely entertaining music for brass and wind by Crespo, Dvořàk and Stravinsky. The festival finale is Scottish Opera’s Young Company with a production of Kurt Weill’s bold and absurd comedy The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken.

The Citizens Theatre presents The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeares ritous tale of mistaken identity and reunited families. Directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this stripped-back, lively and colourful production will be performed by a talented ensemble. With live music and physcial comedy, this farcical 90-minute show will provide a fun return to live theatre performance for audiences in Glasgow.

Performing in four concerts over two days, the 12-strong Scottish Ensemble will bring to life Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece, The Four Seasons. It may have been written in the 1700s, but this piece speaks to the volatility and ever-changing pace of the world today with a piercing, poignant precision. Scottish Ensemble celebrates new beginnings and the passing of time by partnering with Scottish charity and social enterprise Social Bite. Together, they present Sound Bites – a programme based on the notion that sharing food and listening to music with others are experiences at the heart of peoples’ lives as social beings. Sound Bites connects those two worlds with a themed picnic box available for audience members to enjoy during the concerts. 10% of ticket sales for Scottish Ensemble performances are being donated to Social Bite and its work helping to end homelessness.

Scottish Opera’s General Director Alex Reedijk said: ‘Live at No. 40 is a celebration of the performing arts industry and its resilience over what has been a trying and difficult year. We are delighted to have the opportunity to come together with Scottish Ensemble and Citizens Theatre to share our car park and mark what we hope will be the beginning of the return to live performance. Performing outside allows us the greatest chance to make safe shows and share with the most amount of people. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back for our selection of performances, to belly laugh, to weep, to be astounded and surprised, in what is sure to be a sensational return to live entertainment.’ 

Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, said: ‘We are delighted to be invited by Scottish Opera to join this celebratory return to live performance, safely reuniting artists and audiences to rediscover the magic of theatre, opera and classical music. We can’t wait to get back on stage and come together again as a community to enjoy a fun Shakespeare comedy in an atmospheric outdoor setting. It will be a joyous moment of reunion. While our building continues to be redeveloped, it’s a great opportunity to provide an alternative way to see a Citizens Theatre production this summer.’

Interim Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, William Norris, said: ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is so ever-fresh, so full of contrast, drama and energy that it seems tailor made for Scottish Ensemble’s first public performances in over a year – and we’re particularly thrilled to be performing it as part of a great example of cultural team-work, working alongside our friends at Scottish Opera and Citizens Theatre. As ever though we’re doing things just a little differently, and are so excited to be partnering with the homelessness charity Social Bite for these performances – not only will a portion of the proceeds of every ticket purchased go to support their vital work, but they have devised a mouth-watering picnic that will pair perfectly with Vivaldi’s deliciously good music.

We can’t wait to be back on stage and seeing our audiences face to face again as part of the brilliant Live at No.40festival – a celebration of some of the best of Glasgow’s cultural creativity.’

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