Covid delays Lyceum show

Feb 23 2022 | By More

The Scent of Roses opening delayed a week

The cast and company of the new Zinnie Harris play, The Scent of Roses, has been effected by Covid, delaying the play’s opening by a week.

The show will now open on Tuesday 8 March 2022, with previews on Saturday 5 and Monday 7 March. Everyone with tickets for the first week is being contacted and offered a substitute.

Saskia Ashdown, Neve McIntosh, Leah Byrne and Peter Forbes. Pics: Stuart Armitt

The production starts Saskia Ashdown, Maureen Beattie, Leah Byrne, Peter Forbes and Neve McIntosh, in a play that begins with a wife who decides to take her husband hostage to finally have an honest conversation.

This simple, transgressive act of demanding a straight answer sparks a chain of conversations, interrogations, obfuscations and revelations as a circle of connected lives try to work out what is real and what – or who – they can trust, in a post-truth world.

Speaking of The Scent of Roses before news of the postponement broke, Harris said: “It’s brilliant to be bringing a new piece of work to a live audience. During the last year, I have been thinking a lot about truth and it feels like this is the time for a play that explores that, in both public and private contexts.

“What is happening to our internal compass when we are constantly surrounded by mistruths, bending of facts, spinning of stories and fake news?

“Have we lost sight of truth in the 21st century, and what happens to our ability to listen when the whole story is difficult to hear?

“The play is a response to all of this, set around a couple who have been hiding from each other for years.”


Scent of Roses
Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street EH3 9AX.
Sat 5 – Sat 19 March 2022

Tue – Sat: 7.30pm. Thurs, Sat Mats: 2.30pm.
(Pay what you can preview: Mon 6, 7.30pm)
Tickets and details: Book here.

Maureen Beattie as Helen in The Scent of Roses. Pic: Stuart Armitt


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