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Name: Citizens' Theatre Company , Glasgow
Notes: The Citizens Theatre Company was formed in 1943 by James Bridie, who was at that time Scotlands best known playwright and later founder of the RSAMD. The name of the new company was taken from the manifesto drawn up in 1909 for the Glasgow Repertory Theatre. The Company was originally based at the Athenaeum Theatre in Buchanan St, but this building was too small and restrictive for the Companys work. Due to post war building restrictions the Company were denied permission to build a purpose-built theatre and so instead began to investigate suitable buildings within the city which they could occupy. The Citizens Theatre officially opened on September 11th 1945 with the companys own production of JB Priestleys Johnson Over Jordan.
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