Live theatre, music and opera are back, with an outdoor celebration at our Production Studio car park at 40 Edington Street, Glasgow. We will be joined by Citizens Theatre and Scottish Ensemble in a specially created outdoor theatre, with performances taking place over four weeks from 3 July to 1 August.
We are thrilled to welcome audiences to once again enjoy stirring live entertainment, with our 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 our 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.
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.40 festival - a celebration of some of the best of Glasgow's cultural creativity.’