The Man Who Lived Twice

Birds of Paradise presents

The Man Who Lived Twice

Wed 7 - Sat 10 Mar 2012 | 7.30pm | Preview (7th & 8th): £9/£6 // Performances (9th & 10th): £11/£7

A play about love, longing and the unreliability of macaws.

“I had an extraordinary time this afternoon. Edward Sheldon, who wrote Romance and other successful plays, has been stricken with some appalling petrifying paralysis for fourteen years and is blind too. All the well known stage people go to see him, talk to him and act scenes from their plays and ask his advice… He talks with consummate ease and charm, as if he had known you all his life…”

On the 27th December 1936, in a penthouse suite high above the streets of New York, a meeting took place between John Gielgud, a young, beautiful and very much in demand actor, and the playwright Edward Sheldon who, at the age of 29, was struck with crippling rheumatoid arthritis, a disease which eventually claimed his sight. It was to change both their lives forever.

Based on a true account, The Man Who Lived Twice is a dramatised version of what took place between these two men – the ‘crippled muse’ and the ‘fastidious actor’, who a few days later returned to give the performance of his life…

Written by Garry Robson
Directed by Alison Peebles
Designed by Kenny Miller

Lighting Design by Kate Bonney

Cast including Laurie Brown, Paul Cunningham and Karina Jones.


Buy preview tickets (7th and 8th March)
Buy performance tickets (9th and 10th March)

Alternatively call 0141 565 1000 or visit the Arches Box Office at 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL. Our Ticket and Meal Deal is available for this performance – enjoy a delicious two-course meal before the show in the Arches Cafe Bar and Restaurant for just £8.95 – please ask Box Office staff for details when booking your tickets.