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David Edgar solo show to be performed at RSC and Royal Court

The playwright will be making his stage debut aged 70

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David Edgar
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David Edgar's solo piece Trying It On will tour the UK this summer, with performances at the RSC in Stratford and the Royal Court in London.

Directed by Christopher Haydon, the show reflects on the student revolt of 1968 (when Edgar himself was 20 years old), and how the playwright's perspective on life has changed since then. It will also be Edgar's professional stage debut.

Edgar said: "The last time I performed on a stage was as Captain Bligh in a student production of Mutiny on the Bounty, in the early 1970s. Having spent most of the last 50 years writing things for other people to say, I thought it was time to have a conversation with myself."

Alongside a previously announced run at the Birmingham Rep, the show will debut from 7 to 9 June at Warwick Arts Centre before moving to Birmingham where it will run at both the Rep and the mac. From there, the show will perform at The Other Place in Stratford (with dates to be announced) and the Royal Court in London from 24 to 27 October.

There will be other shows celebrating Edgar's 70th birthday, including a currently touring revival of his production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a revival of his production of A Christmas Carol at the RSC and a further major revival will be announced soon.

Trying It On opens at Warwick Arts Centre on 7 June ahead of a UK tour.

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