Lyceum Theatre

REVIEW – Crime & Punishment, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Seldom has inner conflict been so visibly portrayed than in Dominic Hill’s production of Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment at the Lyceum Theatre. A co-production with Glasgow’s Citizens and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, the piece crackles with an intensity which keeps a stranglehold on the audience’s attention, from its first foreshadowing of murder, through […]

REVIEW – A Doll’s House, National Theatre of Scotland – Lyceum Theatre

*****

Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House powerfully dismantles the one-dimensional facade of our public personas, opening hidden doors to reveal the passion, fears and dissatisfaction of the real lives beneath. Nora, on the surface, is the perfect politician’s wife: demure, attractive and loyal. Her husband Thomas views her as an essential part of […]

REVIEW – A Taste of Honey, Lyceum Theatre

*****

When Shelagh Delaney penned A Taste of Honey at the age of 18 in the 1950s, she was scarcely older than the play’s protagonist, the precocious and fatalistic Josephine. Drained from the same kitchen sink which produced the likes of Look Back In Anger, Delaney’s work has a raw and youthful realism, devoid of any […]

REVIEW – Cinderella, Lyceum Theatre

*****

With its reality TV star prince and TOWIE(dinburgh)-style ugly sisters, there is no doubt that Johnny McKnight’s take on the classic fairytale is a thoroughly modern Cinders. However, Mark Thomson’s production ensures there is enough humour and charm – plus a little bit of magic – to ensure this Cinderella is a treat for young […]

REVIEW – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyceum Theatre

*****

As he shields himself from a magical blizzard with his umbrella, it feels like Bottom has strayed into an arctic Narnia, rather than the warmth of an Athenian summer. And though the snowy setting is the most obvious change in Matthew Lenton’s visually striking production, other smaller casting, scripting and design choices sprinkle A Midsummer […]

REVIEW – The Guid Sisters, Lyceum Theatre

*****

In the land of bingo & newspaper competitions, the woman with a million Green Shield Stamps is queen. A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, Quebec director Serge Denoncourt commands an impressive ensemble of Scottish theatrical talent in Martin Bowman & Bill Findlay’s translation of Michel Tremblay’s social comedy Les Belles-Souers. Kathryn Howden and […]

REVIEW – The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Lyceum

*****

A stronger stomach than is usually called for at The Lyceum may be required if you go to see The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh’s black – and blood-spattered – comedy, directed by The Lyceum’s Mark Thomson. Mad Padraic (Peter Campion) tortures drug dealers in warehouses, dreams of setting up a more extreme splinter group […]

REVIEW – The Marriage of Figaro, Lyceum Theatre

*****

The plotting and scheming of 18th century Spanish aristocracy are willingly dragged through the ages and into the present-day boardrooms of the Scottish financial sector in this sparkling and witty adaptation of Beaumarchais’ original by DC Jackson, directed by the Lyceum’s Mark Thomson. Figaro (Mark Prendergast) and his bride-to-be Suzanne (Nicola Roy) are poised to […]

REVIEW – Beauty & The Beast, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Stuart Paterson’s Christmas shows at the Lyceum make only the briefest of nods to pantomime, instead choosing to focus on capturing all the magic of fairytale on stage. Neil Murray’s direction of Beauty & The Beast is no exception, providing a captivating two hours of charming festive entertainment with its timeless tale of love’s ability […]

FESTIVAL REVIEW – King Lear

*****

Director and performer Wu Hsing-kuo finds King Lear has so much personal resonance that he presents the character from three unique and striking angles, in this visually stunning and powerhouse production at the Royal Lyceum Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Having struggled with his own identity and artistic direction, the relevance of […]