NEWS: Iconic Theatre, Iconic Plays, Iconic Women from Rapture Theatre this season

From Emma Stone and Viola Davis stealing the limelight at the Oscars, to Billie Piper and Glenda Jackson taking centre stage in the West End, 2017 has been a golden year for actresses.

Rapture Theatre celebrates this seminal year for actresses by producing a season of iconic American masterpieces that feature some of the most formidable, complex, flawed and iconic female characters ever to written.

Rapture Theatre kick off their “Iconic Season” with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will tour to venues across Scotland from 3 May – 3 June.  Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire will follow in September.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A marathon night of late night drinking, debauchery and duplicity develops as Martha and her husband George invite unsuspecting young couple, Nick and Honey, around for a nightcap. Drinks flow, spiked with vicious humour, acerbic wit and tempestuous verbal sparring. However, as night turns to morning, searing secrets are exposed.

Putting the ‘fun’ into dysfunctional, Woolf wryly exposes the dark attraction in relationships.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the multi-Oscar winning film (starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor), this is a rare opportunity to experience an iconic American masterpiece.

Rapture’s production will feature Rose Reynolds, Robin Kingsland and Paul Albertson, with Scottish actress Sara Stewart leading the cast as the iconic Martha.

Sara will be well known to audiences from her appearances in Rebus, Doctor Foster, The Night Manager and Batman Begins. She also recently appeared on the West End stage in Hay Fever and has played opposite Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will mark a homecoming to Scotland for Sara. Her first professional role was in the King’s Edinburgh panto opposite the legendary Stanley Baxter.

Direction is by Rapture Artistic Director Michael Emans. Frances Collier will design the set and costumes. Lighting Design is by Mark Doubleday and Sound Design is by Danny Krass.

The artistic team will collaborate to produce a show that is intimate, visceral and a celebration of the special and unique experience that is live theatre.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is produced in association with Motherwell Theatre and this collaboration will result in 100 school children in North Lanarkshire being provided with tickets for the show, subsidised transport costs and access to workshop activities .

Craig Smart from Motherwell Theatre said: “We are delighted to support this wonderful initiative. Rapture’s work is always highly popular with pupils and students, and our collaboration with Rapture will ensure that pupils and students in North Lanarkshire will have access to this production.

Michael Emans, Artistic Director of Rapture Theatre said: “We are delighted to be working on  this exciting project. Access to high quality theatre is a must-have for young people. It encourages, inspires and motivates. It can both entertain and provoke.”

Emans goes on to say: “Seeing live theatre in my local venue in East Kilbride, when I was growing up, was hugely influential in the future direction of my life. We hope that by providing the up close and personal experience that only truly live theatre can bring, we will inspire the next generation of directors, writers, designers and performers.”

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling 3 – 4 May 2017 01786 466666


Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy 6 May 01592 583302


Byre Theatre, St Andrew’s 10 – 11 May 01334 475000


Eastgate theatre, Peebles 13 May 01721 725777


Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell 15 May 01698 403120


Theatre Royal, Dumfries 17 May 01387 253383


The Gaiety, Ayr 19 May 01292 288235


Village Theatre, East Kilbride 21 May 01355 261000


Kings Theatre, Edinburgh 23 –27 May 0131 529 6000


Theatre Royal, Glasgow 30 May – 3 Jun 0844 871 7647