PRINT December 1990


THERE MAY BE differences of opinion and points of controversy on the subject of the Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow, but its reputation as the most European of all British theaters is a straightforward matter of fact. European is a big word. In theater terms we must define it as relating to the classical repertoire of Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and Spain, as well as of Britain. And a certain outlook is implied, too, one that contradicts the predominant puritanism of the English-speaking classical theater on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1990 the Citizens’, colloquially known as the Citz, celebrated its 21st year under the artistic directorship of Giles Havergal and Philip Prowse, who were joined in 1972 by the director and dramatist Robert David MacDonald. They inherited a famous but doomed Victorian theater in the Gorbals, a slum area of Glasgow situated on the south side of the city’s

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