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"An acting masterclass from Ian McDiarmid"

The Times

The Lemon Table, adapted from the short stories by Julian Barnes, celebrates a love of music, live performance, and life itself. A darkly funny and beautifully written evening. Adapted by and starring the internationally acclaimed Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid. Ian's many awards include an Oliver and Tony and his many film and television roles include Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films.



The Lemon Table - UK Tour, October - November 2021

writer Julian Barnes

director Titas Halder and Michael Grandage

set & costume Frankie Bradshaw

lighting Paule Constable

sound design Ella Wahlstrom

producer Wiltshire Creative, Sheffield Theatres, HOME Manchester and Malvern Theatres in association with MGC

cast Ian McDiarmid


Ian McDiarmid in The Lemon Table

Photo: Marc Brenner



"You're left craving more of the magnificent Ian McDiarmid"

The Telegraph


"A wonderfully three-dimensional account of Barnes' meditation on old age that justly brought the audience to its feet at the climax"



"A very intriguing and moving night of theatre"

West End Best Friend


"A truly fascinating play"

Theatre and Art Reviews


"McDiarmid hits the high notes in this melodic must-see show"

Broadway World


"McDiarmid wryly contemplates mortality in his engaging new adaptation of two Julian Barnes short stories"

The Observer

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