Due to Covid, the previously announced January production of the English premiere of The Straw Chair has been postponed and will now be fully refunded to play at the Finborough Theater from April 19 – May 14, 2022.
The English premiere of The Straw Chair by award-winning Scottish playwright Sue Glover will be commissioned by the Finborough Theater on Tuesday, April 19 and Friday, April 22, 2022 at 7.30 p.m.).
Isabel, barely seventeen, is sent from Edinburgh and the life she has always known to live with her new husband on Gaelic-speaking St. Kilda, an island on the very edge of the Outer Hebrides, in the stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Isabel struggles to adapt to island life and meets Rachel – a wild, seemingly insane woman who is shunned by the locals. Over time, Isabel learns that Rachel is none other than the infamous Lady Grange, kidnapped from her husband after her bitter divorce and long imprisoned on the island. Lady Grange clings with tragic dignity to the two things she has left the world – a consuming rage and an old straw chair.
Inspired by a true story, The Straw Chair is a modern day Scottish classic exploring freedom, marriage, insanity and incarceration, and female empowerment in the context of the lost way of life of the Western Isles.
First performed in 1988 at the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh in a co-production between Focus Theater and The Traverse and revived on an extensive tour of Scotland in 2015, The Straw Chair will finally have its English premiere at the Finborough Theater.
The Finborough Theater will now reopen from Tuesday February 1 – Saturday February 26, 2022 with the previously announced world premiere of Bliss by Fraser Grace based on a short story by the brilliant but little-known Russian writer Andrey Platonov on sale at www.finboroughtheatre.co .uk.