Life is a Dream
A Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production.
LIFE IS A DREAM
By Pedro Calderón
Translated by Jo Clifford
Directed by Wils Wilson
“Welcome, child. Child of the theatre. Child of the theatre of the world. We are going to tell your story.”
Following a prophecy that he is destined to become a tyrant, Prince Sigismund is imprisoned in a remote tower at birth. On reaching adulthood, he is released for one day as an experiment and emerges to discover a new and intensely confusing world, and a reality completely other to his own. The overwhelming experience provokes a tailspin of greed, resentment and anger that sees him quickly sedated and re-incarcerated, convinced by his jailors that his day of freedom was all just a dream…
Originally conceived to delight a whole populace - everyone from Philip of Spain to the poorest of his subjects, Life is a Dream is an extraordinary mixture of high adventure, comedy, love, intrigue, philosophy and morality all wrapped in an astonishing web of words that invite us to approach the world anew in appreciation and wonder.
Calderon’s classic of the Spanish Golden Age was due to be staged in May 2020, and while we have all been locked down, its exploration of what is real, what it means to be awake and what stories we believe have all acquired new layers of meaning and urgency.
Life is a Dream is the favourite play of celebrated Scottish playwright Jo Clifford (Faust Part 1 & 2, Anna Karenina at The Lyceum; Eve at National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse Theatre). Her lucid adaptation was a smash hit at the 1997 Edinburgh International Festival and this season it will return to The Lyceum in all its riotous and fantastical glory.
Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson (Wind Resistance, Cockpit, Twelfth Night at The Lyceum) will stage the performance in the round, welcoming theatre back to The Lyceum stage in its purest from - an immediate human experience in a shared space, it will be a celebration of everything we have been missing about live theatre.
“I’ve rarely come across a play that so brilliantly combines profound ideas, neat plotting and blazing dramatic passion.” The Telegraph
This production has been made possible through the support of James and Morag Anderson and originally developed with support from the Stephen W Dunn Theatre Fund.
Running Time: 2 hours with no interval
Cast and Credits
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
(in alphabetical order)
Singer/Musician - Nerea Bello
Astolpho - Dyfan Dwyfor
Soldier - Krystian Godlewski
Estrella - Kelsey Griffin
Clarin - Laura Lovemore
Clotado - John Macaulay
Segismundo - Lorn Macdonald
Rosaura - Anna Russell-Martin
Basilio - Alison Peebles
Composer/Music Director - Davey Anderson
Associate Designer - Alex Berry
Translater - Jo Clifford
Casting Directors - Simone Pereira Hind CDG and Anna Dawson
Lighting Designer - Kai Fisher
Fight Director - Kaitlin Howard
Assistant Director - Andrea Cabrera Luna
Original Designer - Georgia McGuinness
Movement and Intimacy Director - Janice Parker
Sound Designer - Calum Paterson
Director - Wils Wilson
Jo Clifford Interview
Dates, Times & Prices
29 October - 20 November 2021
£15 PREVIEWS, 7.30pm
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October (On-sale - 11th October at 10am)
Pay What You Can Preview, 7.30pm
Monday 1 November (On-sale - 11th October at 10am)
Monday - Saturday
£16 - £33
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
£14 - £29
SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES
Wednesday 10 November, 2.30pm and 7.30pm performances
Running time: Approximately 2 hours. There will be no interval.
Thursday 18 November, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm
CAPTIONED & AUDIO DESCRIBED
Saturday 20 November, 2.30pm
Touch Tour at 1.15pm
Wednesday 17 November, 7.30pm
Please note, the stalls on-stage seating area does not have level access for this production.
WHY NOT TRY...
Free events tailored to the show
Tuesday 9 November
Join members of the cast and creative team for an informal discussion about the show after the evening performance.