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Cancelled - Barefoot in the Park

This performance has been cancelled, for more information see the Royal Lyceum Theatre Statement on COVID-19 31 March 2020

By Neil Simon
Directed by Elizabeth Newman

“I love you darling… keep singing, Paul. Keep singing.”

A romantic comedy about love, life and living together.

Springtime in New York City. Fresh from a blissful, six-night honeymoon stay at The Plaza, newlyweds Paul and Corie move into their top floor Manhattan apartment. Paul’s a straitlaced, ambitious attorney focused on climbing the corporate ladder; Corie’s a passionate, free spirit, always looking on the bright side of life. Their small flat is her latest find and she’s determined to create a romantic vibe despite bare walls, bad plumbing, eccentric neighbours and a hole in their skylight.

It’s not long until Corie’s Mother arrives to cast her eye over their expensive apartment. Corie decides to play matchmaker and during dinner with their eccentric neighbour-in-the-attic, Velasco, things begin to unravel.

If only Corie could be more pragmatic and see things as Paul does. If only stick-in-the-mud Paul could be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start… Author of The Odd Couple, Pulitzer prize winning playwright Neil Simon is one of America’s best loved writers. Barefoot in the Park is one of his greatest works. Award-winning Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Elizabeth Newman, will direct.


Barefoot in the Park is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Cast and Credits

in alphabetical order

Hamish Clark Victor Velasco
Clare Grogan Ethyl
Jessica Hardwick Corie
Olivier Huband Paul
Karis Jack Audrey Blake
Mark Small Harry Pepper

Director Elizabeth Newman
Designer Adrian Rees
Lighting Designer Kate Bonney


Making Barefoot in the Park

Dates, Times & Prices

3 - 25 April 2020

£10 PREVIEW, 7.30pm
Friday 3 April

Preview tickets on sale from 2 March

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

£16 - £33

MATINEES from 8 April, 2pm
Wednesday and Saturday

£14 - £29

Running time: to be confirmed during rehearsals


Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

Saturday 18 April, 2pm
Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm

Wednesday 22 April - 2pm

Audio Described by: Judy Gilbert & Veronica Kinahan
BSL Interpruter: Yvonne Waddell & Sarah Forrester
Captioned by: Alison Pendlowski

What is a Relaxed Performance?

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

How is the show adapted?
There is a relaxed attitude to noise from the audience, the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises and effects in the production are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point.  We also have additional staff on hand to assist with seating and access around the Theatre, wheelchair capacity is increased  and there will be a Chill Out Room, where space is made available for audience members who need a bit of quiet time before and during the performance.

The relaxed performance is open to everyone but patrons with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome 

Ahead of the production, we will create a Visual Story which will give more information about what to expect during your theatre trip and the show

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

Free events tailored to the show

Talk Show
The Future of Love
Monday 6 April
Fresh insight, music and ideas from unexpected places. We invite artists, authors and thinkers to come and watch a show with us - they then take to the stage to share their response to the themes of the play with our audiences.
Book here

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 14 April
Join members of the cast and creative team for an informal discussion about the show in the Stalls after the evening performance.

LYT Curtain Raiser
Friday 24 April
Lyceum Youth Theatre members are creating a series of short performances inspired by the work on the main stage for Season 2019/20
Book your free tickets by calling box office on 0131 248 4848

Press Coverage

'breezily welcome comedy'
The Guardian

'Jessica Hardwick and Olivier Huband are compelling as a young couple facing harsh realities'
The Guardian

'This revival captures the sweetness, smartness and humanity of Simon’s romantic comedy'
The Stage 

‘a charming celebration of love’

‘the energy on stage never drops for a second’


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