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Fifteen Fever

Bard in the Botanics is fifteen this year and to celebrate this landmark season we are are delighted to announce a flash offer – for this week only we have a limited amount of tickets available for only £10 each across selected dates.

One of our key principals as a company is to make Shakespeare accessible for all and offering tickets at this price ensures that this ethos continues over across our Vaulting Ambitions Season. For our smaller scale intimate political thriller, Coriolanus we are pleased to offer at least 15 tickets per show and for our outdoor extravaganza,  Twelfth Night we have 50 £10 tickets up for grabs!


15 x £10 tickets released for;

• Wednesday 29th June 2016, 8pm
• Friday 1st July 2016, 8pm
• Saturday 2nd July 2016, 8pm

Twelfth Night
50 x £10 tickets released for;

• Wednesday 29th June 2016, 7.45pm
• Thursday 30th June 2016, 7.45pm
• Friday 1st July 2016, 7.45pm
• Saturday 2nd July 2016, 7.45pm

We expect these tickets to sell very quickly so to claim your tickets at this very special price call our box office on 0141 429 00 22 and quote “Fifteen Fever”

Terms & Conditions

  1. Offer is subject to availability
  2. Offer can only be redeemed over the phone to the Citizens Theatre Box Office and cannot be redeemed on the door or online.
  3. Ticket price for Twelfth Night does not include a seat. Stools are available for hire at £1 each or alternatively you are more than welcome to bring your own seat or blanket.


Gordon Barr’s 2016 Season Synopsis

Bard in the Botanics Artistic Director, Gordon Barr who is directing this seasons productions of Coriolanus and Macbeth gives us his introduction to this season and what our audiences can expect for our fifteenth season.

2016 Season Announced

Bard in the Botanics are thrilled to announce the full line-up for our fantastic, 15th Anniversary “Vaulting Ambition” summer season, featuring a host of new productions all staged in the beautiful surroundings of Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.

First up is Shakespeare’s most sparkling, witty comedy – “Twelfth Night” – running from 22nd June to 9th July. Directed by Jennifer Dick and starring Robert Elkin, this comedy is the perfect start to the summer, bringing the swinging 60s to the Botanics!

Then Artistic Director, Gordon Barr, directs a powerhouse cast, including Bard favourites, Kirk Bage and Nicole Cooper, in a 5-actor version of the ever-popular “Macbeth” from 13th – 30th July.

In the stunning Kibble Palace Glasshouse, as part of our ongoing “Lesser Spotted Shakespeare” series, Gordon Barr directs “Coriolanus”, making its Bard in the Botanics debut from 23rd June to 9th July

Finally, we are thrilled to introduce a new strand to our work – “Writing the Renaissance” – which explores the other writers and plays from Shakespeare’s time. This exciting new strand kicks off with a production of Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus”, directed by Jennifer Dick, in the Kibble Palace from 14th – 30th July.

We are celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary year and our 15th Birthday with our most exciting programme of shows ever – and we hope to see you there.

Richard II: Extra tickets added 25 July

We are pleased to announce we have added a limited number of extra tickets for sale for Richard II. To snap them up click here.

Audience reactions to The Merchant of Venice

The first preview of The Merchant of Venice took place on 16th July and we grabbed a few audience members afterwards to ask what they thought. Here is what they had to say.

Performed in Glasgow Botanic Gardens until 1 August.

Love’s Labour’s Lost impresses the critics

The critics and audiences are in agreement – our production of Love’s Labour’s Lost  “does admirable service to one of Shakespeare’s early comic dramas” (The Telegraph).

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The performance runs until 11 July (no Sun or Mon) and you can purchase tickets here.


Audience reactions to Love’s Labour’s Lost are in!

Our first preview of Love’s Labour’s Lost took place on Wednesday 24th June. The promenade performance took the sold out audience all around the Botanic Gardens. Here’s what they had to say about the experience –click here.

The performance runs until Sat 11 July and tickets are selling well. For more information and to book, click here.

Watch trailers and interviews with the company

It’s always interesting to have a sneak peak behind the scenes. So this year we have interviewed the directors and actors that make up our 2015 company. We ask them all the questions you want to know.

We will also be uploading trailers and audience reactions for the shows as we go.

To find out more click here

Job Opportunity – Wardrobe Assistant

Bard in the Botanics are looking to recruit a Wardrobe Assistant under the FST / CPTS Bursary Scheme to work alongside our Head of Wardrobe on this year’s Byre Theatre panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.


The placement is an opportunity for a recent graduate to develop the necessary skills and contacts to undertake further work, providing a bridge from formal training to professional employment.


Applicants must have graduated from a Scottish Further or Higher Education body in the last 2 years with a specialism in Wardrobe.


Dates – 13th October to 5th December

Bursary – £350 per week.


For full job description and details of how to apply, please contact Gordon Barr by email on


Closing Date – Monday 6th October

The Comedy of Errors – 11th & 12th July

While we are always optimists regarding weather here at Bard in the Botanics (you have to be to do outdoor theatre in Scotland!), we are also realists and the weather forecast for Saturday 12th July is not looking particularly good at the moment.


So if you have booked tickets for The Comedy of Errors on Saturday 12th July but don’t want to risk missing out on seeing the show because of weather, we will honour your booking at this evening’s performance (Friday 11th July).


All you need to do is bring your name and your booking reference to our box office in the Botanic Gardens Tearoom any time after 6.30 p.m. this evening and we will issue you tickets for this evening’s performance of The Comedy of Errors.


Your booking for Saturday 12th July will then be cancelled to ensure tickets can’t be used twice. If you’re unable to come this evening, your tickets for Sat 12th will still be eligible for a refund should we be forced to cancel the performance tomorrow.


Unfortunately, because of limited capacity, we cannot offer the same deal to our audiences for Hamlet – that performance is sold out and we do not have the space to admit additional audience members.


We hope this will help as many people as possible enjoy our performance of The Comedy of Errors.


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