Theatre Preview: Lyceum 2008/09 Season, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

8 Jun

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Whenever I add a post to about the Lyceum, visitor numbers to the blog go up. That’s not the reason I’m adding another one (though it’s nice to know theatre is alive and well in Edinburgh): it’s because they recently announced their 2008/09 Season shows.

Kicking things off is a new version of Macbeth from Friday 12 September – Saturday 11 October. Shakespeare’s “Scottish play”, a tale of power, ambition and the supernatural will be directed by Lyceum newcomer Lucy Pitman-Wallace, while Liam Brennan will be playing Macbeth. The play is a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse.

Next up is JM Barrie’s Edwardian ghost story from 1920, Mary Rose, from Friday 24 October – Saturday 15 November. Telling of a mother searching for her lost child with ghostly consequences, this is perfect viewing on a long winter night.

Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All the Luck (Friday 16 January – Saturday 14 February) remained a virtually unknown play for nearly fifty years until its revival in 2000. Set during the Depression, the play is a moral drama that questions the American Dream and centres around David Beeves, who is seemingly immune to disaster and wonders when his luck will catch up with him.

From Charles Ludlum comes The Mystery of Irma Vep, from Friday 20 February – Saturday 14 March. According to the Lyceum, the play takes its lead from tales of gothic romance, and is a fast-paced parody of the genre, mixing in references to novels and films such as Rebecca, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula.

Sam Shepard presents a comic dissection of the corruption of American values in Curse of the Starving Class from Friday 20 March – Saturday 11 April. On a run-down Californian farmstead an alcoholic husband and a philandering wife are each scheming to sell off their family home without the other’s knowledge, whilst their children struggle to come to terms with the reality of the world they’ve been born into.

Finally there’s Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (Friday 17 April – Saturday 9 May), a drama in which the mysterious actions of German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1941 are pored over and questioned intensely.

The above summaries don’t do the plays full justice but I’ll be covering them in more depth as each approaches.

Meantime, remember that tickets for the season go on sale on 1 August, so make sure you make a note to log on to the Lyceum website on the day – tickets could start to go fast.


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