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The Lover

The Lover
by Marguerite Duras
adapted for the stage and directed by Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick

"Very early in my life it was too late."

In 1984 the great French novelist Marguerite Duras wrote the story of her own youth in Vietnam, a personal truth told in passionate, vivid fragments. These incandescent glimpses of remembrance became one of the most acclaimed and widely read books of modern French literature.

Now three of Scotland’s major performing arts companies are collaborating in theatre and dance to bring her story to the stage; taking us back to 1929 when a fifteen year old girl crossing the Mekong Delta first catches the attention of an older Chinese man and accepts a ride in his chauffeured limousine. She has no idea how this chance meeting will change her life forever.

50 years on, looking back on their illicit affair which flared and died, she finds the intensity of her first love still burning bright in her memory. It illuminates a past fraught with the confusions of the lovers’ ruthless desire, her own dysfunctional family and the divisive colonial culture which pulled them all apart.

This unique collaboration with Stellar Quines and Scottish Dance Theatre brings this exotic tale of remembered passion to new life in an original stage adaption by award-winning director Jemima Levick and visionary choreographer Fleur Darkin.

Fusing spoken word, music and evocative dance, this production promises to be an irresistible blast of sensual heat for the dark days of January.


Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick talk about what to expect from The Lover. 

Dates and Times

20 January - 3 February 2018

20 & 22 January
£10 Preview tickets on sale from 18 December

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 24 January, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
To be confirmed during rehearsals

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28

from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 18 December

All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2017


Thursday 1 February, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 3 February, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 31 January, 7.30pm

Saturday 3 February, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

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Creative Learning Events

Tuesday 30 January 2018
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

  • FREE, no ticket required

Thursday 1 February 2018, 5.30pm
These workshops will explore varied aspects of the production process to show you how we get a performance from the page to The Lyceum's stage. The session includes complimentary tea & coffee.

Saturday 3 February 2018, 10am
Join us for a practical acting workshop where will explore The Lover and work on key scenes with one of our Drama Artists.

  • £12 (£6 for students) / Book Here
    Book for all 6 sessions in Season 2017/18 and save!