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Crime and Punishment leads Glasgow Citz autumn season

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Dostoyevsky sits at the heart of the Glasgow Citizen’s autumn season, reuniting artistic director Dominic Hill with writer Chris Hannan in a new adaptation of Crime and Punishment.

The season also features a new production of Sam Shepard’s True West, with Philip Breen directing a cast which includes Alex Ferns and Eugene O’Hare, who will play the warring brothers Lee and Austin.

Announcing the new season, Hill said: “It is my aim each season to present a programme of classic work retold for contemporary audiences in exciting and unique ways that inspire people from every walk of life.

“Crime and Punishment is one of the greatest novels ever written and I’ve always felt that the theatrical characters and gripping plot would make for an exciting stage show. Sam Shepard is rightly regarded as a successor to the great tradition of late 20th century American drama and True West is his most lauded masterpiece.”

Hill and Hannan previously collaborated on the award-winning production of the Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain. On Crime and Punishment, a co-production with the Edinburgh Lyceum and the Liverpool Everyman, they will again work with another regular collaborator with Hill, designer Colin Richmond.

Speaking of the adaptation, Hannan said: “It’s an amazing experience. A crime thriller plus a novel of ideas. A whodunit meets Karl Marx and Jesus Christ. Reading the novel, you enter into the mind of the central character, the student who commits murder, and go on a huge emotional and spiritual journey with him. That’s the journey Dominic and I want to give theatre audiences.”

The season sees Scottish playwright Stuart Paterson return to the theatre with an updating his own adaptation of Kipling’s the Jungle Book. Nikolai Foster will direct the Christmas show.

Hill will open the theatre’s Circle Studio space to a programme of small productions, complimentary to the main programme, including an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Notes From Underground. There will also be the premiere of a new Gaelic adaptation of Macbeth by Iain MacDonald.

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