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.
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)