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A Life in
Three Acts

Citizens Theatre | David Greig | Graham Eatough | Alasdair Gray
23 - 31 August 2015

World Premiere

A young man arrives in a dying city with seashells in his pockets. He doesn’t know who he is, or how he got here. He goes by the only name he can think of: Lanark.

This theatrical re-imagining of Alasdair Gray’s seminal work takes us from the Dragon Chambers to the Cathedral of Unthank, from post-war Glasgow School of Art to the sinister underground Institute, from the heavenly city of Provan to the hellish Elite Café, combining science fiction, realism, fantasy, and playful storytelling.

This new production celebrates both Gray’s 80th year and the 70th anniversary of the Citizens Theatre and continues a collaboration between Graham Eatough and David Greig which began with experimental theatre company Suspect Culture.

Please note this performance contains adult themes.

Co-production between the Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival

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  • Audio Described:
    Sat 29 Aug 12.45pm
  • Running time: 
    3 hours and 55 minutes approximately
  • Touch Tour:
    Sat 29 Aug 11.45am
  • Captioned:
    Sat 29 Aug 1.00pm
  • British Sign Language:
    Fri 28 Aug 7.00pm

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    Citizens Theatre | Adapted from the novel by Alasdair Gray
    Graham Eatough Director
    David Greig Writer
    Nick Powell Composer
    Laura Hopkins Designer
    Nigel Edwards Lighting designer
    Simon Wainwright Video designer

    Sandy Grierson
    Andy Clark
    George Drennan
    Jessica Hardwick
    Paul Thomas Hickey
    Louise Ludgate
    Helen Mackay
    Gerry Mulgrew
    Camrie Palmer
    Ewan Somers

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    Lanark: A Life in Three Acts | Scotsman review

    August 26th 2015

    superb ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (WOW247)

    Review by: 

    Joyce McMillan
    The Scotsman

    Lanark: A Life in Three Acts | Herald Scotland review

    August 24th 2015

    a moving elegy for life and art ★★★★

    Read the full review here (Herald Scotland)

    Review by: 

    Neil Cooper
    Herald Scotland

    Lanark: A Life in Three Acts | Stage review

    August 24th 2015

    timely and memorable for all the right reasons ★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Stage)

    Review by: 

    Thom Dibdin
    The Stage

    Lanark: A Life in Three Acts | List review

    August 24th 2015

    Wildly surreal and beautifully executed ★★★★

    Read the full review here (The List)

    Review by: 

    Alex Eades
    The List

    Image: Alasdair Gray

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Grand circle: £32 £25 £17 £10 (RV)
    Stalls: £32 £25 £22 £10 (RV)
    Stalls boxes: £25
    Upper circle: £25 £22 £17 £10 (RV)

    Current discounts

    Under 18s: 50% off
    Students: 50% off
    Young Scot card holders: 50% off
    Senior citizens: 50% off
    Unemployed: 50% off
    Equity card holders: 50% off
    MU card holders: 50% off