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The Rape of Lucrece: Royal Shakespeare Company

Oct 10 - Oct 12: OReilly Theatre, Belvedere

"A most elegant and powerful show, with a fine and passionate performance at its heart"  Scotsman

The Rape of Lucrece

“A triumph, strange and gripping and honest” ★★★★ The Times(UK)

“...the Royal Shakespeare Company, under whose banner Elizabeth Freestone's production falls, has struck gold” ★★★★★ The Glasgow Herald

“Magnificent...Pianist Feargal Murray and singer Camille O'sullivan blow the dust off this 1855-line epic - and, most importantly, give the wronged Lucrece a voice. And what a voice is it: cracked with sorrow, bristling with quiet rage " ★★★★★ The Guardian

Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece is a provocative, politically-charged thriller. In the hands of internationally-acclaimed singer and winner of the prestigious Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award, Camille O’Sullivan, this epic poem is brought to life through storytelling and song.

O’Sullivan relates the tragic tale of  Tarquin and Lucrece, accompanied by an original score played live by Feargal Murray on piano. Inhabiting their souls she delivers the tremendous range of human experience at play in this dark episode – a story as monsterous as it is beautifully written.

A hit at the Edinburgh and Sydney festivals, this Royal Shakespeare Company production is a compelling blend of music and verse.

Talking Theatre: Oct 11, post-show. with members of the company.

Duration: 75 mins. No interval.

Adapted by:

  • Elizabeth Freestone
  • Fergal Murray
  • Camille O'Sullivan

Performed and sung by:

  • Camille O'Sullivan

Music composed by:

  • Fergal Murray
  • Camille O'Sullivan


  • Feargal Murray


  • Elizabeth Freestone


  • Lily Arnold

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