Elaine C Smith to star in gender-swapped Brecht play as part of Royal Lyceum’s new season
Scottish crime writer Denise Mina is to create a gender-swapped version of Bertolt Brecht’s Mr Puntila and His Man Matti for Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre company.
Elaine C Smith will play the title role in the show, marking her return to the Lyceum stage for the first time in 20 years.
It forms part of a season that has a 50/50 gender split in terms of both writers and directors across its ten productions and has three world premieres.
It also includes the theatre’s first co-production with Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti will run from February 28 to March 21, 2020, as part of the theatre’s 2019/20 season.
The co-production with the Glasgow Citizens will be directed by Murat Daltaban of DOT Theatre Istanbul, following his success with Zinnie Harris adaptation of Rhinoceros in 2017.
Mina said: “I’ve been a fan of Brecht since I was 14 and an adaptation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle was one of the first theatrical projects I ever worked on so this is a golden opportunity. I’ve long been an admirer of Elaine C. Smith and can’t wait to work with Murat Daltaban – a complete dream team.”
Elizabeth Newman, the recently appointed artistic director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, will direct Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, the first ever co-production between the two theatres.
It will open in Pitlochry in March, prior to the start of its summer rep season, and run April 3 to 25 at the Lyceum.
Jo Clifford has updated her 1998 adaptation of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, first staged during the EIF of that year. Directed by Wils Wilson, it will run May 15 to June 6 to close out the season.
The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh 2019/2020 season at a glance:
Solaris by David Greig, adapted from Stanisław Lem’s novel
Directed by Matthew Lutton
September 12 – October 5
Love Song to Lavender Menace by James Ley
Directed by Ros Philips
October 9 – 12
Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellam
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
October 23 – November 9
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Written and Directed by Tony Cownie
November 28 – January 4, 2020
Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) by Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen
Directed by Paul Brotherston
January 23 – February 15
Mrs Puntila and her man Matti by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Denise Mina
Directed by Murat Daltaban
February 28 – March 21
Wind Resistance by Karine Polwart
Directed by Wils Wilson
March 25 – 28
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
Directed by Elizabeth Newman
April 3 – 25
Castle Lennox by Linda McLean
Directed by Maria Oller
May 1 – 2
Life is a Dream By Pedro Calderon, translated by Jo Clifford
Directed by Wils Wilson
May 15 – June 6
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