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

The Lemon Table

A one man show starring Olivier Award Winner Ian McDiarmid

A play in two parts, The Lemon Table celebrates a love of music, live performance, and life itself.

In the first half, an obsessive concert goer goes to increasingly unorthodox lengths to enjoy his evening. His tolerance for rustling wrappers and coughing companions is somewhat frayed, so he starts his own brand of summary justice. What’s a broken leg or two between friends?

In the second half we join composer Sibelius with a serious case of writer’s block. All he can hear is silence, and that’s no good if he’s going to get one over on that brute, Stravinsky…

A darkly funny and beautifully written evening that celebrates our return to live performance, and the artists that make it.

Based on the best-selling novel by Julian Barnes.

★★★★ ‘An acting masterclass from Ian McDiarmid’ – The Times

★★★★ ‘A wonderfully three-dimensional account of Barnes’ meditation on old age’ – WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ ‘From his entrance through the audience, right through to his final lines whilst standing on a table, (McDiarmid) has the audience hooked’ – West End Best Friend

OffComm OFFIE Commendation (Awarded for excellence in a short-run show in independent theatre outside London.)




Ian McDiarmid

Directors Michael Grandage and Titas Halder
Designer Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Sound Designer Ella Wahlström
Associate Lighting Designer Ryan Day

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

1 hour and 10 minutes

Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval)

Age Advice: 12+ contains very strong language

This show will be available with a mixture of socially distanced and full capacity performances.

For socially distanced performances, you can select an area of the theatre, and you will be allocated the best available seats, automatically leaving a space on either side of your booking.

Socially distanced performances will take place on:

  • Tue 16 Nov
  • Thu 18 Nov matinee
  • Fri 19 Nov

All other performances will be seated at full capacity with no social distancing.

  • £20 full / concessions available
  • Audio Described: Fri 19 Nov
  • Caption Subtitled: Sat 20 Nov Evening

Audio Description provided by Pat Hayes from Mind’s Eye Description

Captioning provided by Claire McIntyre

BSL interpretation provided by Karl Llorca for THEATRESIGN

Onsale Dates:
HOME Friends – 12pm Fri 30 Jul
HOME Members – 12pm Mon 2 Aug
General Sale – 12pm Tue 3 Aug