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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Reviews
"Masterpiece of middle-aged agony"  The Scotsman****
"The quartet literally drown their sorrows and it makes for a bruising and relentless ride."  The Herald****
"A sparkling revival"  The Stage***



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Tour Schedule

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling     Wed 3 - Thu 4 May    macrobertartscentre.org 01786 466666

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy     Sat 6 May     onfife.com  01592 583302

Byre Theatre, St Andrew’s     Wed 10 - Thu 11 May     byretheatre.com  01334 475000

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles     Sat 13 May     eastgatearts.com  01721 725777

Motherwell Concert Hall & Theatre     Mon 15 May     culturenl.co.uk  01698 403120

Theatre Royal, Dumfries     Wed 17 May     ticketsource.co.uk  01387 253383

The Gaiety, Ayr     Fri 19 May     thegaiety.co.uk  01292 288235

Village Theatre, East Kilbride     Sun 21 May     sllcboxoffice.co.uk  01355 261000

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh     Tue 23 – Sat 27 May     edtheatres.com  0131 529 6000

Theatre Royal, Glasgow     Tue 30 May - Sat 3 Jun     atgtickets.com/glasgow*  0844 871 7647**

*bkg fees may apply  **calls cost up to 7p per min, plus your phone company’s access charge

Published in Present Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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!

Published in Past Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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??

Published in Past Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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.

Published in Past Productions
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