Two Nations.Â Like oil and water, they cannot mix.
In the year of referendum in Scotland, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh presents the world premiere of Tim Barrowâ€™s Union from 20 March to 12 April.Â Union is a highly theatrical romp through the raucous leaking taverns off the Royal Mile, Kensington Palace and the Scottish Parliament. Itâ€™s the story of the original Union of Scotland and England in 1707 as youâ€™ve never heard it before.
Union is rich in famous historical figures such as Daniel Defoe and Queen Anne, as well as the great Scottish poet – Allan Ramsay – who finds love in Grace, a prostitute in the bawdy and dangerous world of Eighteenth Century Edinburgh. Donâ€™t miss this big, foul-mouthed yet eloquent story as it leaps onto The Lyceum stage.
Writer Tim Barrow says,Â â€œBefore writing this play I knew nothing about the Act of Union in 1707. The events are incredible. Scottish MPs wrote their parliament out of existence, and their bankrupt, poverty â€“ stricken citizens were left to struggle on as best they could. During research, an amazing cast of characters were uncovered, and I fell in love with the poetry and spirit of Allan Ramsay. Iâ€™m honoured Union has found a home at the beautiful Lyceum, and am excited to share this story with audiencesâ€.
The show will be directed by Mark Thomson with innovative video design from Designer and Video Artist Andrzej Goulding. Stunning period costumes from Costume Designer Megan Baker, Lighting Design by Chris Davey and original music fromÂ Composer and Sound Designer Philip Pinsky all add up to create a unique and exhilarating new show.
The cast features Liam Brennan as the Duke of Queensberry and Tea salesman, Josh Whitelaw as Allan Ramsay, Sally Reid as Grace, Ifan Meredith as Daniel Defoe/Lord Halifax/Sergeant, Irene AllanÂ as Queen Anne,Â Andrew VincentÂ as the Dukes of Marlborough and Hamilton, Keith Fleming as Macdonald, Robert Harley and Lord Belhaven, Mark McDonnellÂ as the Earl of Seafield, William Congreve and Master of House, Tony Cownie as the Earl of Stair and Robert Walpole, and Rebecca Palmer as Sarah Churchill and Favour.
Prior to performances of Union, at 6pm on 28 March and 4 April, Lyceum Youth Theatre presents 7 Billion Others and Me which explores what it is like to live in a world where there are more people living than ever before, and what it means to be from a tiny country, with a big reputation, thatâ€™s about to make a huge decision. Tickets Â£5.
LYCEUM PERFORMANCES & PRICES
DATES: 20 March â€“ 12 April 2014
EVENINGSÂ Tuesday- Saturday, 7.45pm Â£14- Â£27.50
MATINEESÂ Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2.30pm Â£12 – Â£22
Recommended for ages 14+
Booking:Â 0131 248 4848 Â or online at www.lyceum.org.uk/union
EVENTS AND ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE
Join distinguished historian, Professor Tom Devine, director Mark Thomson, and playwright, Tim Barrow, for a stimulating and informative conversation about the historic setting of the play and the making of The Lyceum’s production – Union.
Saturday 29 March, 12.30 – 1.30pmÂ Tickets: Â£6 (Season Ticket Holders/ Conc. Â£4)
Learn more about the play or playwright with local historian Owen Dudley Edwards.
Wednesday 26 March at 10.30amÂ Tickets: Â£6 (includes coffee/tea)
Join us in the Stalls post-show to meet the cast and director.
Tuesday 1 April after the evening performanceÂ FREE! No ticket required
Theatre Discussion Group
Join facilitator Rod McAra for a friendly discussion of the play youâ€™ve seen that day or previously.
Wednesday 9 April after the matineeÂ FREE! But ticket required
Touch Tours for visually impaired
Thursday 3 April at 6.30pmÂ Saturday 5 April at 1.15pm
Thursday 3 April at 7.45pmÂ Saturday 5 April at 2.30pm
BSL Interpreted Performance
Wednesday 9 April at 7.45pm
Saturday 12 April at 2.30pm