Ian McDiarmid to star at Julian Barnes’ THE LEMON TABLE world premiere in October
Wiltshire Creative, Malvern Theaters, Sheffield Theaters and HOME in association with MGC today announce Ian mcdiarmid world premiere of The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes, directed by the artistic director of MGC Michel grandage. The production, which McDiarmid adapted for performance, opens at Salisbury Playhouse part of Wiltshire Creative on October 15, with a preview on October 14, before a tour of Sheffield Theaters; Yvonne arnaud Theater, Guildford; HOME Manchester and Malvern Theaters.
In The Lemon Table, Julian Barnes brings his non-sentimental and ironically comical take on the complicated matter of aging, with its fluctuating and often bizarrely emotions.
Olivier and Tony Award Ian mcdiarmid and Michel grandage collaborated to bring The Lemon Table on stage for the first time. In McDiarmid’s One Man performance, we encounter an array of bittersweet pleasures, savage eccentricity, and dark secrets.
The Lemon Table sees McDiarmid and Grandage renew their long-term creative collaboration, having previously worked together on productions such as The Doctor’s Dilemma (Almeida Theater and UK tour), The Jew of Malta (Almeida Theater and UK tour) United), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse and UK tour), and Jean-Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse).
Ian mcdiarmid said today: “Two connected stories from Julian Barnes’ The Lemon Table, his witty and touching reflections on mortality and the workings of love, seem to positively invite the engagement and tensions of the performing arts.
“It is a pleasure to work again with Michel grandage and, at this precise moment, to embark on a tour of the English regions with the enthusiastic support of a cohort of producers and places. “
Michel grandage added, “Ian mcdiarmid is the reason I am a director. He has been my collaborator and my mentor for more than a quarter of a century. We have worked together several times, several times on tour – we both passionately believe in presenting our work to as large an audience as possible. This year, in particular, I felt it was important to share this beautiful piece by Julian Barnes with audiences across the country. “
Julian Barnes is the author of several books of stories, essays, a translation of Alphonse Daudet‘s In the Land of Pain, and numerous novels, including the 2011 Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Sense of an Ending and the acclaimed The Noise of Time. His other recent publications include Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art and The Only Story. His most recent book The Man in the Red Coat was published in the UK in 2019 and in the US in 2020. Barnes has received several awards and honors for his writing, including the David Cohen Literature Prize in 2011.
In addition to an important work at Almeida where he was also joint artistic director from 2000 to 2012, Ian mcdiarmidCredits for ‘include performances at the Citizens Theater, Glasgow, RSC, The National Theater and the Royal Exchange, Manchester. His most recent stage credits include Faust x2 (Watermill Theater), What Shadows (Birmingham Rep), The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theater), Bakersfield Mist (Duchess Theater), The Prince of Homburg, Be Near Me (Donmar Warehouse), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester Festival Theater and Gielgud Theater) and Jonah and Otto at the Manchester Royal Exchange. He played Teddy in Faith Healer on Broadway, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. The televised work includes 37 Days, Utopia, City of Vice, Our Hidden Lives, Elizabeth I, Charles II, Crime and Punishment, Great Expectations, Karaoke and Hillsborough; his many films include Sleepy Hollow, Restoration, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lost City of Z and as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars series.
Michel grandage is artistic director of Michel grandage Company (MGC), based in London. For the company, he led The Lieutenant of Inishmore with Aidan Turner, Red with Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch, Photograph 51 with Nicole kidman, Hughie with Whitaker Forest, Henri V with Jude law, Midsummer Night’s Dream with Sheridan smith and David Walliams, Inishmaanwith’s infirm Daniel radcliffe, Peter and Alice with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw and soldiers on parade with Simon russell beale and French dawn: 30 million minutes; and the feature film Genius with Colin firth, Nicole kidman and Jude law, and the next My Policeman with Harry Styles and Emma Corrin. He was artistic director of Donmar’s warehouse (2002-2012) and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theaters (2000-05), and is currently President of the Central School of Speech and Drama. He is the recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. He was named CBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2011. His production of Frozen will reopen the Theater Royal Drury Lane later this year.
October 26 – 30
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November 16 – 20
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23 – 27 November
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