Fabulous fifty for historic theatre
Posted: 16 Sep 2015
Two great Scots – in the
shape of Brian Cox and Bill Paterson – are helping the Lyceum Theatre in
Edinburgh celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theatre’s company
with a tremendous staging of ‘Waiting for Godot’.
Running until 10 October, Samuel Beckett’s best-known work is widely acknowledged as one of
the 20th century’s best plays - and it couldn't be in safer hands than with these fine actors.
Good friends in real life, their natural mutual empathy spills onto the stage and takes this production of Godot into the realms of the sublime.
Whether they're bickering like a cantankerous old married couple or embracing in a display of mutual support, you can feel the seemingly unbreakable connection between the pair and cannot take your eyes off them.
The show also brings Brian Cox back to
the company of which he was a founding member in 1965.
He said: “Back then I was a
wet-behind-the ears 19-year-old. The Lyceum was and still remains the most
formative experience of my theatrical life.
“What an opportunity to
observe and work with the greatest Scottish actors of their day – a formidable
roll-call that included Duncan Macrae, Fulton MacKay, Russell Hunter, Una
Maclean, Calum Mill and Eileen McCallum, all led by the visionary
ahead-of-his-time Tom Fleming.”
Bill Paterson added: "Unlike Brian I wasn't actually in that first
1965 production of ‘A Servant o’ 'Twa Maisters' but at least I saw a matinee on
a day return from Glasgow! So, 50 years later, I'm honoured and delighted
to share The Lyceum stage with him in the timeless masterpiece of 'Waiting for
Mark Thomson, Artistic
Director of The Lyceum, said: “It’s a pleasure to celebrate 50 years of The
Lyceum Company with a programme of work that combines a powerful mix of four
world premieres with great theatre voices such as Samuel Beckett and Arthur
Miller. Not a hint of a mid-life crisis!
“It’s particularly exciting
to launch with original company member Brian Cox alongside Bill Paterson – two
great Scots to start the season and to celebrate a great Scottish theatre company
that is confident, proud of its past but with contemporary theatre adventure
keeping it youthful and vigorous.”
The second play is a world
premiere of a new stage adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel, ‘Tipping The Velvet’.
This is The Lyceum’s first co-production with The Lyric, Hammersmith where the
play will have a five-week run before heading up to Edinburgh.
Later in October, Lyceum
Youth Theatre invite audiences to a unique site-specific experience in the
darkest, unseen corners of the Lyceum building as their contribution to The
Lyceum’s 50th year.
Audiences will be guided
where no backstage tour goes, where hidden places meet the hidden voices of
youth – a a unique theatrical adventure full of surprise and terror with live
music and lively encounters inspired by The Lyceum’s secret spaces.
The Christmas show is another
literary classic and a firm family favourite: ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’
by C.S. Lewis.
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