The Man Who Lived Twice

by Garry Robson

directed by Alison Peebles

On the 27th December 1936 in a penthouse suite high above the streets of New York a meeting took place between a young, beautiful and very much in demand actor, John Gielgud, and the playwright Edward Sheldon. It was to change both their lives forever.

Gielgud wrote, ‘I had an extraordinary time this afternoon. Edward Sheldon who wrote ‘Romance’ and other successful plays has been stricken with some appalling petrifying paralysis for fourteen years and is blind too. All the well known stage people go to see him, talk to him and act scenes from their plays and ask his advice…. he talks with consummate ease and charm, as if he had known you all his life….

The Man Who Lived Twice is a dramatised account of what took place between these two men, the ‘crippled muse’ and the ‘fastidious actor’, who a few days later returned to give the performance of his life….

A play about love, longing and the unreliability of macaws.

Tour Dates

Wed 7 – Sat 10 March 2012 (Previews: Wed & Thu / BSL interpreted: Thu) –
7.30pm – The Arches (Glasgow)

Tue 13 March – 8.00pm – Dornie Village Hall (Nr Eilean Donan)

Sat 17 March – 7.30pm – Paisley Arts Centre

Wed 21 March – 7.30pm – Eastgate Theatre (Peebles)

Thu 22 March – 7.30pm – Hamilton Town House

Fri 23 March – 7.30pm – Brunton Theatre (Musselburgh)

Sat 24 March – 7.45pm – Cumbernauld Theatre

Wed 28 March – 7.30pm – Dundee Rep

Thu 29 March – 7.30pm – Arts Guild Theatre (Greenock)

Wed 4 April – 8.00pm – Eden Court (Inverness)

Thu 5 April – 7.30pm – Byre Theatre (St Andrews)

All performances are surtitled and audio description support will be provided. BSL interpreted performance on Thursday 8 March at the Arches Theatre (Glasgow)

  • A man in a black suit lies in a bed. Gathered around him are a man in a brown suit with a small moustache and a woman with short red hair dressed in a fancy black dress and a long pearl necklace.