A funny and touching new version of Pirandello’s high-spirited drama, set at the heart of a rural community where property and family unleash fierce passions.
Sicily, summer 1916. The women gather to harvest old Simone’s almond crop. He’s the richest landowner in the district but he has no heir. Local lad Liolà, untroubled by convention, has fathered three boys, each with a different mother. When another of the girls falls pregnant, Simone is persuaded he might recognize the baby as his own, much to his young wife, Mita’s, despair. But he underestimates the power of Liolà, who has his own unusual sense of what’s right and wrong – and a way with women to make your hair curl.
Tanya Ronder’s version of Luigi Pirandello’s 1916 play Liolà was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in 2013.
‘Earthy, exuberant and fecund with symbolism and superstition… it leaves behind a delicious, golden glow’
— The Times
‘Winning… touching and entertaining, it glows with the warmth of summer’
‘Wonderfully warm… thoroughly entertaining’
— Exeunt Magazine