James MacMillan’s Inés de Castro
Inés de Castro, Spanish mistress to Pedro, Crown Prince of Portugal, finds herself caught in fast-growing tension between their two countries. Goaded by his scheming advisor Pacheco, the King prepares to banish her for the good of the State, but Pacheco has more extreme measures in mind. As war erupts, Pedro leaves to lead his men and, left to fend for herself, Inés falls into a nightmare of political intrigue, where much more than her position is at stake.... Read more >>
Running time: 2h 15m approx
James MacMillan’s Inés de Castro
Sung in English with English supertitles
Commissioned by Scottish Opera in 1996, James MacMillan’s extraordinary first opera, after the play by Jo Clifford, has established itself as a modern masterpiece. Shocking, intense and utterly compelling, it is all the more macabre for being based in fact. This new production is directed by Olivia Fuchs (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013) and is conducted for the first time by the composer himself, bringing new musical insights to the fore.
Inés de Castro, Spanish mistress to Pedro, Crown Prince of Portugal, finds herself caught in fast-growing tension between their two countries. Goaded by his scheming advisor Pacheco, the King prepares to banish her for the good of the State, but Pacheco has more extreme measures in mind. As war erupts, Pedro leaves to lead his men and, left to fend for herself, Inés falls into a nightmare of political intrigue, where much more than her position is at stake.
An epic tale that encompasses everything from love, duty and betrayal to politics, torture and infanticide, MacMillan shies away from nothing. His music is rooted in the oldest of operatic traditions but looks at it all with fresh eyes in a unique, visceral experience that has all the grandeur of Verdi. Scottish Opera favourites Stephanie Corley and Paul Carey Jones are joined by Susannah Glanville (Tosca 2013) and British stars, tenor Peter Wedd and bass Brindley Sherratt.
There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £2.85 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
There are two wheelchair spaces in the stalls, dress circle, upper circle and balcony of the Theatre Royal. There is lift access to all levels.
We have an infra-red audio enhancement system in the auditorium. Patrons can choose between a headset or a necklace depending on their hearing needs. These are available from Front of House staff in the foyer. There are two devices available:
Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control.
Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are 2 accessible toilets in the stalls area and one in the basement, dress circle, upper circle and balcony of the Theatre Royal. There is lift access to all levels.
Glasgow City Council operates a supervised 24hr, pay-on foot (credit cards accepted) multi-storey car park one block from the theatre in Cambridge St. Parking after 6pm costs £2.50 and this charge entitles you to park until 8am the following day. Leave the car park on foot by the Cowcaddens Rd exit, follow Cowcaddens Rd for one block and the Theatre Royal is on your right. If you have an orange or blue badge you can park free of charge for as long as you wish in surrounding Pay & Display spaces. There are other car parks at Dundasvale and Concert Sq. Eastbound on the M8 Exit at J19 and follow signs for the City Centre. At the 1st set of traffic lights turn left into Pitt St. At the 2nd set of traffic lights turn right into West George St. Turn 1st left into Douglas St then continue (Blythswood Sq on your right) until you reach Sauchiehall St, having crossed both West Regent St and Bath St. Turn right into Sauchiehall St, then left into Rose St at the beginning of the pedestrianised area. Turn 1st right into Renfrew St then 1st left into Cambridge St. The car park is on your right. Westbound on the M8 Exit at J17. Turn left at the 1st set of traffic lights into West Graham St. Turn right at the major traffic lights into Cowcaddens Rd then first right into Cambridge St. The car park is on your left.By Train
Queen St Leave Queen St station by the Dundas St exit (to your right from high level trains). Walk straight ahead across the taxi rank and into Dundas Lane. Turn right into Buchanan St and follow the pedestrianised area into Sauchiehall St then turn right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is around 100yds on your right after you cross Renfrew St.
Central Leave Central station by the main entrance. Turn left into Gordon St then first right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is at the top of Hope St 100yds on your right after you cross Renfrew St. For full timetable information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit Network Rail's website.
Leave Cowcaddens station & turn right. Walk alongside Cowcaddens Rd for around 200yds & turn right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is in front of you.
A wide variety of local bus routes stop close to the Theatre Royal. Longer distance services arrive at Buchanan Bus Station. Leave the bus station by the clock and head up Killermont St. Turn right up Hope St and the Theatre Royal is on your right. For timetable information call Traveline on 0870 608 2608. For other bus info call 0141 423 6600 8.30am- 6pm Mon - Fri and 8.30am- 12.30pm Sat.
Coaches may drop off but not park in front of the theatre. Coach parks are located at High Street (call in advance 0141 552 7276) and Buchanan Bus Station (call in advance 0141 333 3762). Charges apply.
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The Theatre Royal Box Office (282 Hope Street) open 10am - 6pm, Mon - Sat, operates advance sales for both the Theatre Royal and our sister venue, the King’s Theatre.
On show nights the Theatre Royal box office will open 90 mins before curtain up offering counter sales for the evening performance only and no advance sales after 6pm. If you are collecting tickets we recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.
Access to upper levels
Following the redevelopment, new lifts have opened up access, meaning for the first time in the theatre's 147 year history all audience members can reach all levels.
Customers can now enjoy the theatre during the day, in a new café - Vanilla Black at the Theatre - serving coffee, cakes and other tasty treats. Complimentary wi-fi is available for cafe-users.
We have purpose-built education rooms, supported by The Robertson Trust, with outreach activity run by Scottish Opera and The Ambassador Theatre Group. For more details about these spaces please contact Laura Fitzpatrick on 0141 240 1310.
A heritage project - supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund - aims to share the theatre's rich architectural and performance history which has helped shape the face of popular entertainment in Glasgow. Interactive touchscreens tell the story of the theatre from its early days staging variety shows, to life as the home of Howard and Wyndham (fathers of modern pantomime), the birthplace of Scottish Television, and its transformation from TV studio back to a theatre, becoming the performance home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. For more information please visit www.glasgowtheatreroyal.org.uk