LIFE IS A DREAM
By Pedro Calderon, translated by Jo Clifford
Directed by Wils Wilson
“The king dreams he is a king, and lives governing under this deception.”
Following a prophecy that he is destined to become a tyrant, Prince Sigismund is imprisoned by his own father. Released for a day as an experiment, he proves the omens only too right and, as a result, is incarcerated once more and convinced by his jailors that his day of freedom was all just a dream.
Originally conceived to delight everyone from Philip IV of Spain to the meanest of his subjects, Life is a Dream is an extraordinary mixture of high adventure, low comedy, love, intrigue, and intense philosophical and moral speculation, all wrapped up in an astonishing and beautiful web of words.
Calderón’s classic of the Spanish Golden Age is the favourite play of celebrated Scottish playwright Jo Clifford (Faust Part 1 & 2, Anna Karenina, The Lyceum; Eve, National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse Theatre). Her lucid adaptation was a smash hit at the 1997 Edinburgh International Festival and this season it will return to The Lyceum in all its riotous and fantastical glory.
Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson (Wind Resistance, Cockpit, Twelfth Night at The Lyceum) will direct bringing the spirit of fiesta and feria to this intoxicating tale.
“I’ve rarely come across a play that so brilliantly combines profound ideas, neat plotting and blazing dramatic passion.” The Telegraph
Life is a Dream is a Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production.