The Man Who Lived Twice production from Birds of Paradise

The Man Who Lived Twice production from Birds of Paradise

Play dramatising meeting between Edward Sheldon and John Gielgud

Writer, actor and director Garry Robson loves a challenge, and as the pen behind Birds of Paradise’s upcoming production The Man Who Lived Twice he’s given himself just that. In dramatising the meeting between legendary American playwright Edward Sheldon and hot, young actor John Gielgud, Robson was inspired by Gielgud’s letters.

‘I was just so interested in these two men,’ he explains. ‘Sheldon was hugely appealing to explore – a disabled man who couldn’t leave his bed, yet an oracle for all these Hollywood greats; while Gielgud was personally battling his own problems as a closeted homosexual. Both men were hiding in some way and I found that bond between them fascinating.’

Alison Peebles will direct and Kenny Miller will design what Robson promises will be a piece with a ‘slightly surreal edge’, and a few Noel Coward-inspired musical numbers thrown in. He’s happy, too, to be returning to the Birds of Paradise fold: ‘They are so ambitious [as a company] about producing new integrated theatre; it’s exciting to be part of that with a great story to tell.’

Arches, Glasgow, Wed 7–Sat 10 Mar then touring

The Man Who Lived Twice

A fictional meeting, set in a penthouse suite in 1930s New York, between playwright Edward Sheldon and highly popular young actor John Gielgud, exploring love and longing. From Birds of Paradise theatre, with Alison Peebles directing.


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