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The Venetian Twins

By Carlo Goldoni
in a new version by Tony Cownie
Directed by Tony Cownie

“What the hell’s going on?”

After writing The Servant of Two Masters (recently a West End hit in a new version as One Man, Two Guvnors) Goldoni followed up with this timeless comedy of mayhem-inducing mistaken identity.

Estranged twins, Zanetto and Tonino are unlike each other in every way… except that they look exactly the same. When they both arrive in the same town on the same day each seeking a bride-to-be, romantic entanglements soon become hopelessly confused.

Before lunchtime, insults, threats, proposals, offers of duels and boxes of jewels have all ended up in the wrong hands… sorting it all out in time for the weddings is going to be murder!

Lyceum associate artist Tony Cownie’s fresh take on this riotous farce of confusion and calamity  brings a delightfully Scottish flavour to a dizzying, and inventive romantic comedy.

Expect to be tickled pink as some of Scotland’s finest comic talent serve up a big slice of frivolous fun to round off The Lyceum season.

Cast and Credits


  • Angela Darcy, Columbina
  • Kern Falconer, The Provost
  • Keith Fleming, Arlecchino
  • Jessica Hardwick, Beatrice
  • Dani Heron, Rosaura
  • John Kielty, Florindo
  • Steven McNicoll, Pancrazio
  • Grant O'Rourke, Zanetto/Tonino
  • James Anthony Pearson, Lelio
  • John Ramage, Brighella


  • Tony Cownie, Director (Lyceum Associate Artist)
  • Neil Murray, Designer
  • Chris Davey, Lighting Designer
  • Claire McKenzie, Composer/ Sound Designer

Dates, Times & Prices

24 April – 16 May 2015

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval


Individual Tickets
EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29*
Wednesday and Saturday: £12.50 - £24*

From £10*

*A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings.



  • Thursday 7 May - 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 9 May
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 13 May - 7.30pm


  • Saturday 16 May - 2pm

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Take Part

Join us in the Stalls of the auditorium post-show to meet the cast and driector for a discussion about the performance

  • Tuesday 5 May

Press Coverage

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Barry Gordon, Edinburgh Evening News
"A modern, homogenised comedy of errors, it’s a laugh-riot from beginning to end"

Thom Dibdin, The Stage
"A triumph of timing and comic invention from Tony Cownie, who has a ball updating Goldoni"

Simon Thompson, What's On Stage
 "ebullient, effervescent, witty and very, very appealing. This is a great night out."

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"if you crave nothing more than a two-hour interlude of daft and inventive comic bliss, then get thee immediately to the Lyceum Theatre"

Mark Fisher, The Guardian
"We’ve had the final bow, the house lights are up, and a woman in the row behind me says, “I want to see that again.” It’s a sound suggestion."

Neil Cooper, The Herald
"At the play's centre... is a gloriously schizophrenic turn from Grant O'Rourke, who as both siblings flits between pomposity and uselessness in this most self-consciously vulgar of carry ons."

Allan Radcliffe, The Times
"[Grant O'Rourke] who switches effortlessly throughout, forms the linchpin of a fine ensemble of farceurs, who make light work of the bawdy innuendos."

S. E. Webster, The Public Reviews 
"The Venetian Twins is not only a wonderful finale to the Lyceum’s theatrical season, but is truly a testament to the current strength and vitality of Scottish comedy."

Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre
"Broad, finely honed and never afraid of a corny joke, The Venetian Twinsis a huge, rip-roaring thing."

Ken Wilson, TV Bomb 
"...there are plenty of one-liners you will want to pass off as your own down the pub."

David Pollock, The List
"Amidst the ten-strong cast, deft comic characters and the talent to handle their crackling interplay abounds..."

Bill Dunlop, Edinburgh Guide
"the sensitivities of the text allow the entire cast to bring their own painterly qualities to this fine piece of ensemble acting which spreads some welcome sunshine on an Edinburgh beset by April showers.

Mark Brown, Sunday Herald 
"as funny a night out at the theatre as you are likely to have all year

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"The Lyceum is my favourite theatre to work in. Not only is it a beautiful theatre but everyone behind the scenes is so good at their jobs. That means as an actor you can focus on your performance and hopefully push yourself so that your work rises to that level too." Grant O'Rourke in Edinburgh Evening News


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