Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author

By Luigi Pirandello
In a new version by David Harrower
A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow 

We are six fascinating characters, believe me. Even if we are rejects. 

Based on Luigi Pirandello’s classic avant-garde drama, Six Characters in Search of an Author examines the nature of truth and reality as six ‘characters’ arrive at a theatre where a director and acting company are rehearsing a play. Calling for the director and actors to help them tell their tale, the characters’ lives unravel as the tragic story they were created for is finally played out.

Blending intense drama with a subtle philosophical questioning of the very notion of identity, human existence and what it means to be a sentient, living person, Six Characters was first staged in 1921 and still has the power to shock today. A large cast bring this provocative and surprising production to ‘life’.

David Harrower’s adaptation was first staged at the Young Vic Theatre in 2000 to critical acclaim. This is now restaged in a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, and the Citizens’ Theatre,Glasgow, following on from last year’s successful co-production of Mary Stuart, and directed this year by Lyceum Artistic Director, Mark Thomson.

Cast and Credits

The cast of Six Characters in Search of an Author

Father - Ron Donachie
Mother - Sandra Clark
Step-daughter - Amy Manson
Son - Andrew Scott-Ramsay
Madame Pace - Una Mclean
Girl - Billie Owens / Lauren MacRae
Boy - Stuart Winton / Lorn MacDonald

Director - John Dougall
Lead Actor - Benny Young
Actor - Cameron Mowat
Lead Actress - Irene Allan
Actress - Carol Ann Crawford
Actress - Kirstin Murray
Stage Manager - Eric Barlow
ASM - Romana Abercromby

The creative team of Six Characters in Search of an Author

Director - Mark Thomson
Designer - Francis O’Connor
Lighting Designer - Chris Davey
Assistant Director - Joe Douglas
Movement - Malcolm Shields



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Press Coverage


“...Mark Thomson’s fabulous presentation of Pirandello’s masterpiece...”
Sunday Herald ★★★★★

“...a fascinating production... ...gripping from start to finish...”
Evening News ★★★★

“...absorbing and thought-provoking...”
Metro ★★★★

“...Mark Thomson’s funny and sure-footed staging...”
The Guardian ★★★★

“...a magical, absorbing two hours...” ★★★★