Past Productions

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:36

A Streetcar Named Desire

Experience the excitement of live theatre in Rapture's vibrant production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

Join us for a dazzling trip to the whirlwind world of New Orleans with this sultry and sophisticated new production of a timeless American masterpiece. Fading southern belle, Blanche DuBois, seeks solace with her sister, Stella, after her world starts to crumble. But her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. As temperatures soar and passions rise, Blanche and Stanley battle for Stella’s soul.

Immortalised in the Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, this is a rare opportunity to see this iconic play, thrillingly brought to life by Rapture.

Streetcar follows in the wake of Rapture's popular and critically acclaimed productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Democracy

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Monday, 27 February 2017 12:03

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

“The most important American playwright of his generation!”  The New York Times on Edward Albee 

A marathon night of drink, debauchery and duplicity develops after Martha and her husband George invite unsuspecting young couple, Nick and Honey, round for a nightcap. Drink flows, spiked with vicious humour, acerbic wit and tempestuous verbal sparring. However, as night turns to morning, searing secrets are exposed.

Putting the ‘fun’ into dysfunctional, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf wryly exposes the dark attraction in relationships and the bitterest ties that bind us all.

Starring Rose Reynolds, Robin Kingsland and Paul Albertson, with Scottish actress Sara Stewart (The Night Manager, Rebus, Batman Begins, Doctor Foster) leading the cast as Martha. Directed by Michael Emans, design by Frances Collier and Lighting by Mark Doubleday.

Following acclaimed productions of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and Michael Frayn’s Tony award-winning DemocracyRapture returns with Edward Albee’s thrilling play.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the multi-Oscar winning film (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor), this is a rare opportunity to experience an iconic American masterpiece.

The most talked about play this season. Unmissable!

 


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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:56

Democracy

Rapture Theatre in association with Macrobert Arts Centre
present
Democracy by Michael Frayn

West Germany, 1969. Charismatic Willy Brandt has been elected Chancellor. When Brandt ‘dares more democracy’, his own party conspires, plots and tries to destroy him. As his enemies tighten the noose around his neck, Brandt believes the only man he can truly trust is Gunter Guillaume, his devoted personal assistant.

But in the world of political intrigue, espionage and betrayal, is anyone to be trusted? Shakespearean in scale but with all the twists and spins of modern politics, Democracy combines the fascination of a John Le Carre thriller (Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Night Manager) with the dynamism of The West Wing and House of Cards.

Witty, thought provoking and highly entertaining, Democracy is a compelling and unmissable night at the theatre.

Following an acclaimed West End run, Michael Frayn’s award-winning play premieres in Scotland in an exciting new production from Scotland’s leading touring theatre company: Rapture Theatre.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 21:22

The Last Yankee

Rapture Theatre 
Presents
The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller

To celebrate the centenary of Arthur Miller, Rapture Theatre is producing one of the legendary writer’s last great plays. Leroy Hamilton, a descendant of one of America’s founding fathers and “The Last Yankee”, lives a modest life as a carpenter and has eschewed the pursuit of the American Dream. This has estranged him from his wife, Patricia, who is in hospital and suffering from depression. Over the course of one day, Leroy and Patricia try to come to terms with Leroy’s choices and Patricia’s ‘illness’, and they take a tentative step towards reconciliation and a brave new future. The Last Yankee reflects Miller’s themes of the devastating consequences for those who fail to achieve the mythical riches of the American Dream. Rapture Theatre is proud that The Last Yankee will be part of the Scottish Mental Health Film and Theatre Festival 2015. Humorous and ultimately uplifting, The Last Yankee is classic Miller that is not to be missed.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 21:18

All My Sons

Rapture Theatre 
Presents
All My Sons by Arthur Miller

To honour the centenary of Arthur Miller's birth, Rapture Theatre, with support from Creative Scotland, will produce, in association with The Beacon in Greenock, an Arthur Miller “Season”. This will consist of two classic Miller plays: All My Sons and The Last Yankee.

Set just after the Second World War in the backyard of Joe and Kate Keller, this gripping and passionate drama ranks as one of the classics of our time. The Kellers try to keep alive the memory of their son Larry, who disappeared in the war, by the planting of a tree in his honour. But Larry’s disappearance is not the only part of the family’s past that they can’t put behind them. Not everybody has forgotten the court case that put Joe’s partner in jail or the cracked engine heads Joe’s factory produced, which caused the deaths of twenty-one pilots.

Following a stormy night when Larry’s tree is blown down, the Kellers are threatened by a series of events that could destroy the very foundations of their lives.

With all the tension of a taut thriller, All My Sons is a powerful drama that crackles with emotion and excitement! See the first classic play, from one of the finest playwrights of the twentieth century, in a great production by Scotland’s leading touring theatre. 

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:18

Uncle Varick

Rapture Theatre
Presents
Uncle Varick By John Byrne

Rapture Theatre and Mull Theatre, in association with the Tolbooth, are delighted to present Uncle Varick, John Byrne’s contemporary adaptation of Chekov’s classic Uncle Vanya.

Relocated to 1960’s rural Scotland, Uncle Varick is the moving yet humorous story of what happens when the rock and roll of swinging sixties London collides with the rock and moss of remote Scotland.

It follows Sandy Sheridan, pretentious art critic and self proclaimed cultural icon, who returns from London to his Scottish country pile - with his new, much younger, wife in tow. Waiting for him are his stoical daughter Shona and his acerbic ex-brother in law: Uncle Varick. Add in the handsome local doctor and the not so handsome neighbour and you have a play full of comedy, jealousy, pathos, passion and lust – and not forgetting some very dodgy chain saws.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:17

The Sash

Rapture Theatre Presents
The Sash by Hector MacMillan

Scotland’s leading contemporary touring theatre company present the 40th anniversary production of Hector MacWilliam’s classic Scottish dark political play about prejudice, sectarianism and ideals

Following its hit sell out 2011 UK tour of Gagarin Way, Rapture Theatre is delighted to announce the 40th anniversary tour of Hector MacWilliam’s classic Glasgow-set The Sash.

The Story
Taking place on the day of the Orange Walk, Bill MacWilliam is determined that his son, Cameron, will join him on the walk. However, prompted by his mother’s recent death, Cameron has started to question his father’s beliefs. Throw in the arrival of the, staunch Irish catholic, spinster from downstairs with her pregnant niece. Father is pitted against son and niece against aunt, as old prejudices are questioned and new ideals sought.

First performed in 1973, this political comedy still resonates strongly in a Scotland where sectarian chants are heard on football terraces and nail bombs are being sent through the post.
Michael Emans and Lyn McAndrew, the critically acclaimed team behind Gagarin Way and a top-notch cast of Scottish performers, will deliver a mix of hard edged Glasgow humour and thought-provoking drama to guarantee a great night out.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:17

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Rapture Theatre 
Presents
Last of the Red-Hot Lovers By Neil Simon

It's Valentine's season with love and romance in the air and Rapture Theatre are touring their latest production, Last of the Red-Hot Lovers. The show is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Simon's 60's classic about sex, love and seafood.

Barney Cashman married his high school sweetheart and now runs a fish restaurant. It seems the whole world is cashing in on the sexual revolution except him. Barney devises a plan to have one sweeping affair before life passes him by; seduce a woman at his mother’s apartment while she's at work. The results are both comic and touching as Barney learns a lot about women and even more about life. The zippy one-liners mixed with a liberal helping of pathos make the perfect recipe for a great night out.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:16

The Collection 2013

Rapture Theatre in association with the Beacon Arts Centre
Presents
The Collection By Mike Cullen

'Intense, harrowing and true,' --- Across the Arts

The company behind the smash-hit national tour of The Sash are back with an explosive look at the seedy world of debt collection. 

 An all-star cast led by Jimmy Chisholm and Tam Dean Burn tour Scotland in Autumn 2013.

Scotland’s Rapture Theatre returns to its stages this Autumn with their brand new production of Mike Cullen’s The Collection.
Directed by Rapture’s Artistic Director Michael Emans, The Collection features a blisteringly powerful script by acclaimed Scottish playwright Mike Cullen (Fringe First Award winner Anna Weiss), bought to life by an all-star cast led by Scottish theatre legend and High Road star Jimmy Chisholm, River City bad boy Tam Dean Burn, star of Young Adam and Goodnight Mister Tom Pauline Turner plus acclaimed theatre actor David Tarkenter (Rapture Theatre Company’s Betrayal and Hamlet).

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:15

The Collection 2006

Rapture Theatre in association with The Citizens' Theatre
Presents
The Collection by Mike Cullen

Rapture, Scotland’s foremost contemporary touring theatre company, is to tour the Scottish revival of The Collection by Mike Cullen, the acclaimed Scottish writer of The Cut and Anna Weiss.

About the Play

Lawson is the best collector in the business; operating in the seedy world of debt collection, he is at the top of his profession. However, when one of his clients commits suicide Lawson’s life is shattered irrevocably.
As the mystery deepens around the suicide, the noose tightens, the stakes are raised and Lawson and his colleagues are pushed into a deadly power game from which there can only be one winner. This mysterious play, which is both funny and shocking, will have audiences on the edges of their seats.
With the combination of Harold Pinter’s wit and power, mixed with the night time atmosphere and gritty detective story milieu of Taggart, this is bound to be one of the highlights of the theatrical year.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:13

Shining City

Rapture Theatre in association with The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Presents
Shining City by Conor McPherson

Rapture Theatre is delighted to announce its latest touring production, the Scottish Premiere of Shining City, by Irish playwright Conor McPherson.

About The Play

The Emerald Isle meets The Sixth Sense in this riveting and chilling urban ghost story from the multi-award winning author of The Weir, Dublin Carol and The Seafarer.
After leaving the priesthood, Ian sets himself up as a therapist in Dublin. One of his first clients is John who, following the tragic death of his wife in a car accident, has repeatedly seen her ghostly figure. But surely it must be his imagination?!!!!!

Through taut and witty Irish banter, hidden demons begin to surface as Ian starts to realise that his life parallels John’s in many ways, and that the "ghosts" of his past may yet come back to haunt him too.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:00

Blue Orange

Rapture Theatre in association with Paisley Arts Centre
Presents
Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange received its world premiere at the National Theatre in 2000. The critics were unanimous in their praise. Rapture specialises in bringing new work to Scotland which has won acclaim elsewhere. Michael Emans strongly believes in ‘theatre for all’ – ensuring that even very small communities in Scotland can access quality theatre productions.
In 2000, Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange received Best New Play awards from the London Evening Standard and the Critics’ Circle. In 2001 it received an Olivier Award for Best New play.

About the Play

The stage is set for a battle of wills between two doctors looking after a patient who believes himself to be the son of infamous dictator Idi Amin. As the drama unfolds, his story becomes unnervingly plausible. Combining drama with moments of comedy, this thriller reaches an exciting climax as the doctors’ clash becomes more personal.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:00

Broken Glass

Rapture Theatre in association with The Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling
Presents
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

Starring Eric Barlow, Lewis Howden, Fletcher Mathers, Kirstin Murray, Stewart Porter, Rosalind Sydney.
Broken Glass received its world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre in America in March 1994 and was subsequently revived at the National Theatre in England in July 1994.

About the Play

Brooklyn, New York.The end of November 1938.
Sylvia Gellburg has mysteriously, become paralysed from the waist down. As her family Doctor investigates, a tangled web of lies, deceit and fear emerges.
What is her husband's involvement in her illness? Is there any connection between her illness and horrendous radio reports concerning persecution of the Jews in Germany? As the Doctor becomes more obsessed, the mystery deepens, twists and turns until it reaches an exciting climax!

Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:00

Frozen

Rapture Theatre
Presents
Frozen by Bryony Lavery

Starring Gerda Stevenson, John Kazek, Joanna Tope and Duncan R Edwards. Frozen received its world premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1998 and was subsequently revised and revived at the National Theatre in England in 2002.

About the Play

This is the play that no mother will want to miss, and one, audiences will remember for a long time afterwards.

A tender and humane story about the disappearance of a ten-year-old girl and the effects on those around her. When Rhona goes missing, her mother Nancy retires into a state of frozen hope. As the years go by, the reality of Rhona's disappearance and the effect on Nancy leads to a thrilling conclusion as Nancy finally confronts the man who abducted her daughter.
A tense thriller of a play that will have you glued to your seats, and your heart in your mouth.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Betrayal

Rapture Theatre and The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Presents
Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Desire.... Deceit... Betrayal!
Harold Pinter's modern classic is a scintillating tale of friendship, love and adultery set in the world of writing and literature.
Jerry is having an affair with Emma! However, Emma is the wife of Jerry's best friend Robert! Will Robert ever find out? Will the affair test Jerry and Robert's friendship to breaking point? Are Emma and Jerry really in love or is it just...... Betrayal?

Journeying from a cosmopolitan London to Mediterranean Venice and back, moving backwards and forwards in time, Pinter's play captures the grand passions and the sly maneuverings of the human heart. Rumoured to be based on Pinter's alleged affair with BBC presenter Joan Bakewell this is the classic love triangle with a twist. Dramatically ironic and painfully funny this is Pinter at his best and is a must see.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Boston Marriage

Rapture Theatre in association with Paisley Arts Centre
Presents
Boston Marriage by David Mamet

Rapture is proud to present the exciting Scottish premiere of Mamet’s latest critically-acclaimed work Boston Marriage, nominated for an Olivier award in 2001.

About the Play

Set at the turn of the century, two wealthy Bostonian women hold a very special relationship until the unthinkable happens; one of them falls in love!
Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming ladies of fashion, who have long lived together on the fringes of upper class society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man from whom she receives an enormous income and an emerald to match. However, it is Claire’s new love that puts the emerald and the ladies’ existence in danger.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Damages

Rapture Theatre in association with Paisley Arts Centre
Presents
Damages by Steve Thompson

About the Play

Combining the wit and one-liners of those favourite screwball comedies of the 1940's such as His Girl Friday and The Front Page, with a modern perspective, this satirical laugh-fest will give audiences one of their best nights out.

Three journalists desperate for the big headlines have a scoop involving salacious shots of a Children's TV presenter!! However, they haven't counted on the sassy legal eagle, ex-girlfriend, of one of the hacks, who has her own headlines to make. As the clock ticks against them, the pace heats up, the temperature rises and the race is on to print the red-hot sexy story or.... decide that just because it may interest the public... is it really in the public interest??

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune

Rapture Theatre in association with The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
Presents
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune by Terrence McNally

Rapture is proud to present this tender and warm love story about two lonely people who find love and life against the backdrop of the Big Apple.
Made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino this funny, warm story tells how a short order cook and a waitress find that they have more in common than they realise.
Two new faces to Rapture join director Michael Emans for this production. Julie Duncanson will play Frankie. Julie is well known to viewers of BBC’s Velvet Soup and her stage work includes acclaimed work at the Lyceum, Brunton and Arches Theatre. Julie is joined by Lewis Howden as Johnny. Lewis’ stage work includes productions at the Tron Theatre, Arches and the Lyceum.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Gagarin Way

Rapture Theatre and Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Presents
Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke

About the Play

Scotland’s foremost touring theatre company Rapture celebrate their tenth anniversary with an unmissable tour of Gregory Burke’s modern classic.

A pair of Fife factory workers kidnap their visiting boss to make a point... but what exactly is their point? And do they all have the same agenda? The jokes come thick and fast in this politically charged satirical thriller about a human heist that goes wrong. Very wrong.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Hamlet

Rapture Theatre
Presents
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Rapture Theatre in association with Greenwich Theatre in London present a new and exciting production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Hamlet, the original young rebel, is a story that will reach across the generations. Modern music, innovative iconography and a faithfulness to this great play, will make Rapture’s production an unmissable event for fans of the bard from 12 years old to 102 years old.

About the Play

Set in the contemporary Glasgow underworld, Rapture’s production will combine Shakespeare’s text with a modern take on this powerful classic. Hamlet is caught between the idealistic world of his university and the world of terror and death that his criminal family represent. When his father dies and his ghost confronts him, Hamlet must choose between family lies and world truths, the past and the future, life and death.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Shang A Lang 2013

Shang-a-Lang (2013 Tour)

Rapture Theatre, in association with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture present Shang-a-Lang.

A feel good play which takes a step back in time to the days of the Bay City Rollers, memorable fashion and unforgettable music.

Written by Catherine Johnson (writer of the hit musical Mamma Mia!), Shang-a-Lang follows three forty-something Scottish women on their way to a 70s revival weekend in Butlins, where the Bay City Rollers are playing. They were all Rollerettes back in the day and decide it is time to recapture their youth, chase their unfulfilled dreams and have a ball while they do it.

The three heroines are sex mad and gallus Lauren (played by River City star Julie Duncanson), dissatisfied and scunnered Jackie (played by TV and film actress Val Gogan (Hamish MacBeth)) and sad-sack and slightly desperate Pauline (played by Rapture’s own Lyn McAndrew).

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Shang A Lang 2014

Rapture Theatre in association with Paisley Town Hall
Presents
Shang-a-Lang

A wonderfully funny and poignant trip back to the 70s!

written by Catherine Johnson - directed by Michael Emans 

Take a step back in time to the days of the Bay City Rollers, with loud fashions and laugh-out-loud, adult humour. Shang-a-Lang written by Catherine Johnson (writer of the hit musical Mamma Mia!), follows three flighty forty-something Scottish women on their way to a 70s revival weekend in Butlins, where the Bay City Rollers are playing. They were all Rollerettes back in the day and decide it is time to recapture their youth, chase their unfulfilled dreams and have a ball while they do it. Lauren tries to stay sober, Jackie tries to stay married and Pauline continues to search for her Woody. Shang-a-Lang is the perfect girls’ night out laced with shocking laughs, warm tears and a fabulous soundtrack - a cross between a Scottish Shirley Valentine and Shameless.

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