Fabulous fifty for historic theatre

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Fabulous fifty for historic theatre

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 Godot.'"

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.

 

Box Office 0131 248 4848

Groups 10+ 0131 248 4949

Online www.lyceum.org.uk

 

 

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