16 Jul 2008 - 26 Jul 2008


By Adam Rapp

Directed By Matt Wilde


production information

A young piano prodigy reeling from the tragic death of his younger sister flees to New York City.  He takes an uneasy refuge in books and reinvents himself as a writer.

Across the decade and a half that follows he tries to cope with the ramifications of the tragic accident that tears his family apart and shatters the American dream.

Award-winning Adam Rapp is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker.  Music for Nocturne has been especially commissioned by Phillip Neil Martin to give voice to this unimaginable event.

Nocturne will be performed by Peter McDonald, whose stage credits include Glengarry Glen Ross at the Apollo Theatre, Aristocrats for the National Theatre and Days of Wine and Roses for the Donmar Warehouse.

 “ A brilliant, terrifying, perceptive, occasionally funny play.. Bold, daring and successful”  New York Post

“lushly poetic, full of the kind of quirky detail you’ll find in Cormac McCarthy or William Gaddis”  Time Out New York

Nocturne will be transferring to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Mark Fisher discusses Adam Rapp and the inspiration behind Nocturne - read article

Dates & Tickets

Peter McDonald recently appeared in James McDonald’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the Apollo Theatre, West End. His other theatre credits include Exiles and The Aristocrats for the National Theatre, Resurrection Blues for the Old Vic, Days of Wine and Roses and A Lie of the Mind for the Donmar Warehouse, The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Garrick Theatre, The Wexford Trilogy for the Tricycle Theatre, and White Horses for the Gate Theatre, Dublin. His television credits include The Family Man, Sea of Souls, The Plot to Kill Hitler, Green Wing and Spooks. His film credits include Nora, I Went Down, Saltwater (for which he won best actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards), The Henchman's Tales, Felicia's Journey and November Afternoon.

Additional information

Running Time 1 hour 40 mins; no interval. 

Due to the nature of the performance, there will be a strictly no latecomers policy for Nocturne. We advise you to allow plenty of time for your journey to the theatre.