City of Glass 2017-05-22T10:43:59+00:00

Project Description

‘Neo-noir thriller that rewrites the rulebook for theatre design’

The Telegraph

‘Visually astonishing… totally different from anything else you might see at the theatre’

Time Out London

‘You can hardly believe that such a small band have created this extraordinary world’

The Independent

‘Truly Innovative; a marriage of technology and live performance that heralds a new era of vital, sensual, liminal theatre’

City A.M.

‘A stunning visual and verbal experience, with long passages of narrative illustrated with superb, often entrancing, video imagery.’

The Arts Desk

‘An intense, beautiful, visually-glorious experience’

The Reviews Hub

It Started With A Phone Call…

HOME,
Manchester
Lyric,
London

When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious phone call from a man seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a real-life thriller of his own. He falls under the spell of a strange and seductive woman, who engages him to protect her young husband from his sociopathic father. As the familiar territory of the noir detective genre gives way to something altogether more disturbing and unpredictable, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality.

Will he be drawn deeper into the abyss, or could the quest provide the purpose and meaning he needs to rebuild his shattered life?

 

SELECTED PRESS

“Impossible to Stage? Multimedia Impresarios Take On Paul Auster”

The New York Times

“Paul Auster on City of Glass on stage: ‘This goes beyond the realms of my imagination'”

The Guardian

“Technically innovative and visually extraordinary adaption of Paul Auster’s slippery novella”

The Stage

“A show quite unlike anything else on the London stage… hugely ambitious, technologically marvellous, and compellingly hypnotic – an utterly remarkable achievement.”

Official London Theatre

“59 Productions are undoubtedly amongst the most innovative and technically advanced design teams currently working in the theatre.”

The Arts Shelf

“A stunning achievement, shot through with urgency and frenzy, and it oozes class. You will be hard pressed to see better theatre this year.”

The Manchester Review

“A tremendously impressive production both in the range of its actors, its hi-tech and seamless stagecraft and its ability to make (relative) sense of Auster’s postmodern masterpiece.”

The Mancunion

“Where Leo Warner’s direction for 59 Productions really scores is in the realm of wizardry, not only do actors transform themselves, the bland setting magically changes thanks to multimedia effects that literally illuminate the set”

British Theatre Guide

My name is Peter Stillman
– VR EXPERIENCE

My Name is Peter Stillman is a brand new Virtual Reality (VR) experience created by 59 Productions and supported by The Space, inspired by American novelist Paul Auster’s first work, The New York Trilogy. It opened at HOME, Manchester in February 2017 and transferred to the Lyric, Hammersmith in London, alongside the stage production of City of Glass in April 2017.

Read More

Credits

A 59 Productions, Lyric Hammersmith, HOME and Karl Sydow production. Directed, designed and produced by 59 Productions.

Based on the first novel of The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and the graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli

Generously supported by:
Jon and NoraLee Sedmak
Arts Council England
Jerwood Charitable Foundation

CAST

Vivienne Acheampong

Mark Edel-Hunt

Chris New

Jack Tarlton

Charlie Cunningham (Lyric only)

Oscar Williams (Lyric only)

Lochlan White (HOME only)

Riley White (HOME only)

CREATIVE TEAM

Adapted by
Duncan Macmillan

Director
Leo Warner

Set Designer
Jenny Melville

Video Designer
Lysander Ashton

Lighting Designer
Matt Daw

Movement Director
Kim Brandstrup

Sound Designer
Gareth Fry

Composer
Nick Powell

Casting Director
Julia Horan CDG

Costume Designer
Molly Einchcomb

Dramaturg (HOME)
Petra Tauscher

Animators
Joseph Pierce
Edward Stockton
Marco Sandeman
Nicol Scott

Associate Video Designer
Raphael Pimlott

Associate Lighting Designer
Leo Woolcock

Facial Tracking Developers
Ollie Lindsey
Adam Child

D3 Programmer
Rowan Pitts

Lighting Programmer
Chris Hirst

Child Casting Director
Louis Hammond CDG

Dialect & Vocal Coach
Nia Lynn

Assistant Director (JMK Leverhulme Scholar)
Piers Black-Hawkins

Assistant Sound Designer / Sound Operator
Harry Johnson

Consultant Magician
Simon Evans

PRODUCTION TEAM

Company Stage Manager
Nick Hill

Stage Manager
Nic Donithorn

Deputy Stage Manager
Edward Salt

Assistant Stage Manager
Damien Stanton

Chaperone (London)
Joy Farrukh

Chaperone (Manchester)
Suzanne Eyre

Costume Supervisor (Lyric)
Ellen McQuaid

Costume Design Assistant
Clara Lopez

Hair and Make-up
Susanna Peretz

FOR 59 PRODUCTIONS

Producers
Anna Jameson
Vicky Graham

Production Manager
James Roxburgh

General Manager
Suzanne James

Creative Associate to the Director
Akhila Krishnan

Design Assistants
Matt Taylor
Dale Croft
Claudia Fragoso

Technical Associate
Maximilien Spielbichler

Model Maker
Rachael Smith

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Press
Jenn Reynolds PR

Marketing
AKA

Graphic Design
Rebecca Pitt

Photography
Johan Persson

Legal
Sean Egan

Set Construction
Stage One

Lighting Supplier
White Light

Video Supplier
Stage Sound Services

TOURING

For touring enquires, please contact:

ANNA JAMESON
PRODUCER
anna@fiftynineproductions.co.uk
+44 (0)7949 761 296

MEDIA & PRESS

For press enquires, please contact:

JENNIFER REYNOLDS
PR/PRESS MANAGER
jenn@jenniferreynoldspr.co.uk
+44 (0) 7736 842237

VR INSTALLATION

For enquires regarding the VR Experience, please contact:

REBECCA COLLIS
PRODUCER
rebecca@fiftynineproductions.co.uk
+44 (0) 8456 439 859