Charlie Sonata by Douglas Maxwell at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Charlie Sonata

Charlie Sonata
by Douglas Maxwell
directed by Matthew Lenton

“What do you have to do to hold on?"

Chick arrives back in Scotland for a reunion with his old mates Gary and Jackson only to find Gary’s daughter has been the victim of a life-changing car accident. The antiseptic smell of the wards, the relentless beep of the life support and the sterile hospital bed contrast sharply in Chick’s eye with the young wild-haired girl lying there unconscious; inspiring this downtrodden man to embark on a quest to save her life.

With redemptive purpose Chick wades out into the city night and amidst the swaying revellers, the streetlights and the scream of sirens he searches for an answer – a gutter-bound dreamer looking at the stars.

This funny, lyrical, booze-soaked odyssey is a World Premiere professional production by acclaimed Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell. It is directed by Matthew Lenton whose Lyceum credits include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the acclaimed work of his own company Vanishing Point, hosted by The Lyceum for the Edinburgh International Festival 2016.

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Cast and Credits

Mo Nicola Jo Cully
Meredith Meg Fraser 
Narrator Robbie Gordon 
Audrey Lauren Grace 
Chick Sandy Grierson 
Jackson Robert Jack 
Gary Kevin Lennon 
Kate Kirstin Mclean 
Mr Ingram Barnaby Power 

Director Matthew Lenton
Designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
Lighting Designer Kai Fischer
Composer and Sound Designer Mark Melville
Assitant Director Eszter Marsalko


Dates, Times & Prices

29 April - 13 May 2017

PREVIEWS, 7.30pm
29 April & 1 May
£10 Preview tickets on sale 27 March

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 3 May, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours (this production does not have an interval)

For Access performances see below.


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £15.50 - £30.50

Wednesday and Saturday: £13.50 - £26

Not available on Premium Seats: from £10

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 27 March 2017

All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016



  • Thursday 11 May - 7.30pm
    Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 13 May - 2pm
    Touch Tour - 12.45pm

Wednesday 10 May - 7.30pm

Saturday 13 May - 2pm

Take Part

Tuesday 9 May 2017
FREE, no ticket required
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

Thursday 4 May 2017 5.30pm
£10 (£5 for students)
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to meet with both director Matthew Lenton and writer Douglas Maxwell of Charlie Sonata. It is a chance to get insights into the staging of the show and ask questions.
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Saturday 6 May 2017 10.30am
£10 (£5 for students)
Experience Charlie Sonata with one of our Drama Artists and explore key scenes and acting styles from the play. This workshop will offer a great insight into the show and a great opportunity to learn new skills.
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Wednesday 10 May 2017 (straight after matinee performance)
This group is for anyone who likes the idea of a book group, but has always wanted one for plays! Rather than reading the book, you come and see the show and then have the chance to talk about it with some of your fellow audience members.
The discussion will be chaired by one of The Lyceum’s Creative Learning team who’ll be able to shed light on how the production came together.
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Press Coverage

'a big, beautiful life-saver of a play.'
The Herald

'idiosyncratic, funny and fascinating.'
The Guardian

'a fairytale for grownups'
The Stage

'dreamlike staging'
The Times

The Scotsman

'This brilliantly realised, tender sonata hits every right note'
Edinburgh Guide

'Douglas Maxwell’s boozy fantasia is no easy drinking but gives a buzz.'
The Wee Review

'its resonance and poetic grit remain ferally enchanting'
The Edinburgh Reporter


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