The Lemon Table

By Julian Barnes Directed by Michael Grandage A Wiltshire Creative, Malvern Theatres, Sheffield Theatres and HOME in association with MGC production Suitable for ages 12+
14 - 23 October 2021 Main house Salisbury Playhouse
Lemon Table

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Thursday 14 October - Saturday 23 October

Wiltshire Creative, Malvern Theatres, Sheffield Theatres and HOME in association with MGC present

Ian McDiarmid in

THE LEMON TABLE

By Julian Barnes
Directed by Michael Grandage

Wiltshire Creative, Malvern Theatres, Sheffield Theatres and HOME in association with MGC announce Ian McDiarmid in the world première of Julian Barnes’ The Lemon Table, directed by MGC’s Artistic Director Michael Grandage

In The Lemon Table, Julian Barnes brings his unsentimental, wryly comic, perspective to the complicated business of ageing, with its attendant, and often bizarrely, fluctuating emotions.

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Ian McDiarmid and Michael Grandage have collaborated to bring The Lemon Table to the stage for the first time. In McDiarmid ’s own adaptation for performance, we encounter a spectrum of bitter-sweet pleasures, wild eccentricity and dark secrets.

The Lemon Table sees McDiarmid and Grandage renew their long-term creative collaboration, having previously worked together on productions including The Doctor’s Dilemma (Almeida Theatre and UK tour), The Jew of Malta (Almeida Theatre and UK tour), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse and UK tour), and John 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 positively to invite the engagement and tensions of live performance.

“It’s a delight to be working once again with Michael Grandage and, at this particular time, to be embarking on a tour of the English regions with the enthusiastic support of a cohort of producers and venues.”

Michael Grandage added, “Ian McDiarmid is the reason I’m a director. He has been my collaborator and mentor for over a quarter of a century. We’ve worked together many times, many of those times on tour – we both believe passionately in presenting work to as wide an audience as possible. This year, in particular, it felt important to share this beautiful piece by Julian Barnes with audiences nationwide.”

BOOK FOR THE LEMON TABLE AND SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN AT THE SAME TIME BEFORE THE 2 AUGUST AND ENJOY 20% OFF UP TO 4 TICKETS*

The Lemon Table at Salisbury Playhouse is kindly supported by James Douglas, a loyal member of Wiltshire Creative

 

Post-Show Talk with Ian McDiarmid on Friday 22 October (Please note this talk is only available for audiences with tickets for Friday 22 October) 

 

see it safely good to go 

We are selling our Autumn shows at a reduced capacity to allow us to be as flexible as possible as we wait for government restrictions to lift. Performance capacities are subject to increase. For those who would prefer a little more space we have a selected number of guaranteed socially distanced performances. You can find these flagged in our performance listings, for more information please contact ticketsales@wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Booking Details

Tickets from £12

MEMBERS -BOOK FOR THE LEMON TABLE AND SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN AT THE SAME TIME BEFORE THE 2 AUGUST AND ENJOY 20% OFF UP TO 4 TICKETS*

Post-Show Talk with Ian McDiarmid on Friday 22 October (Please note this talk is only available for audiences with tickets for Friday 22 October) 

 

Tickets for our Autumn shows are currently being sold in bubbles available in fixed groups, usually 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6, tickets are seated together and each group is distanced from the other groups. Now that restrictions have lifted performance capacities are subject to increase. For those who would prefer a little more space we have a selected number of guaranteed socially distanced performances. You can find these flagged in our performance listings, for more information please contact ticketsales@wiltshirecreative.co.uk. 

It will be possible to pre-order drinks and ice creams as part of your booking to minimise contact with others. If you’ve missed this and want to add some on just email ticketsales@wiltshirecreative.co.uk and we will be happy to arrange this.

Cast & Creatives

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 honours for his writing, including the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2011.

As well as extensive work at the Almeida where he was also Joint Artistic Director from 2000 -2012, Ian McDiarmid’s credits include performances at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, the RSC, The National Theatre and the Royal Exchange, Manchester. His most recent stage credits include Faust x2 (Watermill Theatre), What Shadows (Birmingham Rep), The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre), Bakersfield Mist (Duchess Theatre), The Prince of Homburg, Be Near Me (Donmar Warehouse), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester Festival Theatre and Gielgud Theatre) and Jonah and Otto at 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. Television 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.

 

Michael Grandage is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company (MGC), based in London. For the company he directed The Lieutenant of Inishmore with Aidan Turner, Red with Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch, Photograph 51 with Nicole Kidman, Hughie with Forest Whitaker, Henry V with Jude Law, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Sheridan Smith and David Walliams, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, Peter and Alice with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw and Privates on Parade with Simon Russell Beale and Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes; and the feature film Genius with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, and the forthcoming My Policeman with Harry Styles and Emma Corrin. He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres (2000–05), and is currently President of Central School of Speech and Drama. He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. His production of Frozen will reopen Theatre Royal Drury Lane later this year. 

Tickets and times

  • Thursday 14th October
    7:30pm
  • Friday 15th October
    7:30pm
  • Saturday 16th October
    7:30pm
  • Monday 18th October
    7:30pm
    Socially Distanced Performance  
  • Tuesday 19th October
    7:30pm
    BSL Signed Performance   Captioned Performance  
  • Wednesday 20th October
    7:30pm
  • Thursday 21st October
    2:15pm
    Audio Described  
  • Thursday 21st October
    7:30pm
    Audio Described  
  • Friday 22nd October
    7:30pm
    Post Show Talk  
  • Saturday 23rd October
    2:15pm
  • Saturday 23rd October
    7:30pm