Next up at the Royal Lyceum from Friday 15 – February to Saturday 8 March is classic avant-garde drama, Six Characters in Search of an Author.
Directed by Lyceum Artistic Director, Mark Thomson, the play examines the nature of truth and reality as six ‘characters’ arrive at a theatre where a director and acting company are rehearsing a play.
Calling for the director and actors to help them tell their tale, the characters’ lives unravel as the tragic story they were created for is finally played out.
According to Wikipedia there was much fun at the original premiere of the play back in 1921 at the Valle di Roma:
The public split up into supporters and adversaries, the latter of whom shouted: “Asylum, Asylum!” The author, who was present at the presentation with his daughter Lietta, was forced almost literally to run out of the theatre through a side exit in order to avoid the crowd of enemies. This same drama, however, was a great success when presented at Milan.
Hard to say if the Edinburgh crowds will react in the same way, but it could be worth finding out on opening night.
Updated 15 February: The Lyceum have now added a trailer and interview with members of the cast to their website:
Six Characters in Search of an Author – Cast Interviews (4m 20secs)
Six Characters in Search of an Author – Trailer (1m 05secs)
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