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.)
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