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RAPTURE THEATRE COMPANY
Making the Artistic Popular
and the Popular Artistic 


For theatre to be truly artistic it must connect with the audience.

 The measure of great theatre  is its ability to move and inspire.


Theatre should be accessible to all.


Rapture Theatre's Next Production



 Uncle Varick

by John Byrne

Rapture Theatre and Mull Theatre, in association with the Tolbooth,  are delighted to present Uncle Varick, John Byrne’s contemporary adaptation of Chekov’s classic Uncle Vanya.

Relocated to 1960’s rural Scotland, Uncle Varick is the moving yet humorous story of what happens when the rock and roll of swinging sixties London collides with the rock and moss of remote Scotland.

It follows Sandy Sheridan, pretentious art critic and self proclaimed cultural icon, who returns from London to his Scottish country pile - with his new, much younger, wife in tow. Waiting for him are his stoical daughter Shona and his acerbic ex-brother in law: Uncle Varick. Add in the handsome local doctor and the not so handsome neighbour and you have a play full of comedy, jealousy, pathos, passion and lust – and not forgetting some very dodgy chain saws.

The play has a top quality cast of Scottish actors led by Jimmy Chisholm (Para Handy, High Road), alongside Dave Anderson (City Lights / Gregory’s Girl), John Stahl (High Road and seasons at the RSC), George Anton (Hamlet at EIF and  “Law and Order” ), Steve Fitzgerald (Shang – a Lang ), Maureen Carr (Still Game and NTS), Ashley Smith (Scot Squad and The Sash ), Anne Kidd (Shetland) and Selina Boyack (CATS Award Nominee).

Set against a sensational sixties soundtrack, arranged and performed by Dave ‘Wildcat’ Anderson, Uncle Varick is an entertaining and thought provoking night out.

 “I welcome Rapture's brand new production of my 'Uncle Varick' with open arms, not only because it's the first revival since it premiered in 2004, but to witnessing what sounds like a really terrific cast giving the old bugger a theatrical 'kiss of life' - Bravo, Michael Emans!”

John Byrne (writer of Tutti Frutti & The Slab Boys)

 

Presented by Rapture Theatre, Scotland’s premier touring company, Uncle Varick continues its reputation for combining quality and populism with a fantastic cast of Scottish performers bringing the humour and drama of the script to thrilling life.

 

Press Night : Wednesday 30 April at East Kilbride Village Theatre

 

Press contact : For more information, images, interviews and press tickets please contact Jane Hamilton on 07967 742491 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Uncle Varick Tour Dates 2014

 

Mon 28 Apr                            Lanark Memorial Hall (preview)

                                                7.30pm : £10

                                                01555 667999 : www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk

 

Wed 30 Apr                           Village Theatre, East Kilbride  ( Opening Night ) 

                                                7.30pm : £12 (£10)

                                                01355 261000 : www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk

 

Thu 1 May                              Howden Park Centre, Livingston

                                                7.30pm : £12.50 (£10.50)

                                                01506 777666 : www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk

 

Sun 4 May                             Eastwood Theatre, Giffnock

                                                7.30pm : £13 (£11) £9 students

                                                0141 577 4956 : www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

 

Wed 7th – Sat 10 May          King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

7.30pm : matinee 2.30pm Thu & Sat

0131 529 6000 : www.edtheatres.com

 

Mon 12 May                           Motherwell Concert Hall & Theatre

7.30pm : matinee 2pm : £11 (£10)

                                                01698 403120 : www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

 

Tue 13 May                           Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

                                                7.30pm : £12 (£10)

                                                01475 723723 : www.beaconartscentre.co.uk

 

Wed 14 May                          Paisley Arts Centre

                                                7.30pm : £10 (£6)

                                                0300 300 1210 : www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

 

Fri 16 May                              Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

                                                7.30pm : £12 (£10)

                                                01592 583302 : www.onfife.com

 

Sat 17 May                            The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

                                                7.30pm : £9 (£7.50)

                                                01563 554900 : www.eastayrshireleisure.com

 

Tue 20 May                           Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

                                                7.30pm : £15.50 (£14.50) £12 students

                                                01292 288235 : www.ayrgaiety.co.uk

 

Wed 21 May                          Regal Theatre, Bathgate

                                                7.30pm : £10

                                                01506 630085 : www.bathgateregal.org

 

Thu 22 May                           Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

                                                7.30pm : £14 (£12) £5 students

                                                01721 725777 : www.eastgatearts.com

 

Sat 24 May                            Mull Theatre, Druimfin, Tobermory

                                                8pm : £9 (£6)

                                                01688 302211 : www.mulltheatre.com

 

Mon 2 & Tue 3 Jun              Eden Court, Inverness

                                                8pm : £14 (£12) £10 under 18s

                                                01463 234234 :www.eden-court.co.uk

                                   

Wed 4 Jun                             macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

                                                8.30pm : £13.50 (£12) £5 students

                                                01786 466666 : www.mcrobert.org

 

Fri 6 Jun                                Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh 

                                                7.30pm : £11.75 (£9.75) £6.75 under 18s

                                                0131 665 2240 : www.thebrunton.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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Rapture’s past touring productions include  “Gagarin Way”,  "Betrayal"  "Broken Glass" , "Hamlet" , "Blue/Orange" and "Frozen".

Rapture Theatre works with a number of  funders and partners . We have produced shows with Greenwich Theatre in London, The Byre Theatre in St.Andrews, The Citizens and Tron Theatres in Glasgow  and more recently Carnegie Hall in Dunfermilne. We have toured our work all over the United Kingdom . We have collaborated with a number of Scotland's leading stage and screen artists.

As a charity we rely on not only our sponsors but also on the support of our audiences, if you would like to support Rapture Theatre, please contact us directly.



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