Lyceum

REVIEW – Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Tony Cownie’s enlightening production of Eugene O’Neill’s posthumous prizewinner depicts a family whose secrets cast a long shadow. Set in 1912, Long Day’s Journey Into Night focuses on a single day in the lives of the Tyrone family in their fog-enshrouded Connecticut home by the sea. Mary (Diana Kent) and James (Paul Shelley) are reunited […]

REVIEW – Of Mice And Men, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Even the gigantic figure of Lennie (Steve Jackson) is dwarfed by the huge wooden sets of John Dove’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men. The ramshackle bunk beds and stable walls soar with the mood of post-depression America, where men eke out whatever living they can, protecting both their earnings and their hopes […]

REVIEW – The Infamous Brothers Davenport, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Inspired by two real-life Victorian spiritualist performers, The Infamous Brothers Davenport opens a box filled with magic and memory in this world premiere at the Lyceum, co-produced with Glasgow’s Vox Motus. Written by Candice Edmunds, Jamie Harrison and Peter Arnott, and directed by Harrison and Edmunds, The Infamous Brothers Davenport is a showy and technically-complex […]

REVIEW – Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Scotland is a country as much in a struggle with itself as it is with its southerly neighbour in Tony Cownie’s bold and brash staging of Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off at the Lyceum. A co-production with Dundee Rep Ensemble, the piece loses none of the Scots wit and […]

REVIEW – Dunsinane, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Although David Greig’s Dunsinane is presented as the ‘sequel to Macbeth‘, it is a powerful production with a modern tone and relevance; and with tragedy which deals less with the individual and more with that of human nature itself. Set after the demise of the ‘tyrant’, Dunsinane focuses on the increasingly strained efforts of Siward […]

REVIEW – Educating Agnes, Lyceum

*****

With a manipulative main character who schemes to keep his adopted teenage ‘niece’ under lock and key until he forces her to marry him, Tony Cownie’s production of Educating Agnes doesn’t sound as though it’s ideal fare for a comedic farce with elements of pantomime. However, Liz Lochhead’s translation of Molière’s L’École des femmes is […]

REVIEW – Marilyn, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Thrown together in a Beverley Hills hotel, the relationship between Marilyn Monroe (Frances Thorburn) and Oscar-winning French actress Simone Signoret (Dominique Hollier) is used by Scottish playwright Sue Glover not only to question whether blondes really do have more fun; but also as an examination of the impact of the cult of celebrity and the […]

REVIEW – A View From The Bridge, Lyceum Theatre

*****

The 1920s New York setting of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge is specific: but its themes of love, respect and betrayal are universal. In this tight and claustrophobic production by John Dove, emotions boil and churn in a melting pot of tragedy and fateful inevitability, as one man’s view becomes increasingly clouded by […]

REVIEW – The Snow Queen, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Although the weather may have had an impact on the number of people venturing outside of an evening, at least it makes Stuart Paterson’s magical Christmas show The Snow Queen topical (even if some of the lines about ‘never-ending winters’ make the adults in the audience groan…) Directed by Mark Thomson, The Snow Queen is […]

REVIEW – The Importance Of Being Earnest, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Although The Importance of Being Earnest at the Lyceum is a faithful and impeccably-staged production of Wilde’s classic comedy of errors, Mark Thomson has taken two original directorial decisions. First, the piece is staged on the same set and with many of the same actors as last month’s Romeo And Juliet, allowing audiences who see […]