Shakespearean actor Mark Lockyer is back on the road touring his acclaimed and revelatory one-man show, Living With The Lights On.
Written and performed by Lockyer, and directed by Ramin Gray, Living With The Lights On is the actor’s own story of his encounter with bipolar disorder which took himto the brink and back (read Stage Review’s verdict on the show HERE)
Life was going swimingly for Mark. It was 1995. The actor was in Stratford Upon Avon to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Shakespeare Company.
On a sunny afternoon he had nothing to do so decided to get out of town and go for a walk along the bank of the river Avon.
An encounter along the way changed his life profoundly and forever. From that point, Mark started to lose control of his life, abandoning a promising career and embarking along a pathway to hell.
Mark Lockyer’s critically acclaimed Living with the Lights On, produced by Actors Touring Company, hits the road this autumn with a UK and European tour following two sell-out tours in 2016, that included an extended sell-out run at the Young Vic.
Mark’s story is a terrifying roller coaster ride that takes him through the medical and criminal justice systems, through prison and hospital and on towards eventual recovery.
This is a gripping tale of a life lived at the edge, a personal memoir as moving as it is funny, as brutal as it is true.
Mark Lockyer trained at RADA. His career spans three decades and includes leading roles at The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, The Young Vic and The Royal Court working with likes of Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Sam Mendes.
Last Summer Mark returned to the RSC to take the role of Subtle in Polly Findlay’s production of Ben Johnson’s The Alchemist.
Most recently he played Iago in ETT’s co-production of Othello with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. For ATC he appeared in Martyr by Marius von Mayernburg directed by Ramin Gray and co-produced with The Unicorn.
LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON TOUR
September 15, High Tide Festival – Aldeburgh
September 18 – 22, Tobacco Factory – Bristol
September 24, Orange Tree Theatre – Richmond
October 12 – 14, Espoo City Theatre – Helsinki
October 17 – 19, Scottish Storytelling Centre – Edinburgh
October 20 – 21, Citizens Theatre Studio – Glasgow
October 26 – 29, Theatre Lliure, Barcelona
November 1 – 4, Warwick Arts Centre
November 6 – 7, Crucible Studio – Sheffield