A Satire of the Three Estates

One Scotland’s most iconic pieces of historic theatre, Sir David Lyndsay’s drama A Satire of the Three Estates, will be performed tomorrow and this coming weekend in its original format for first time since 1554. It will take place in Linlithgow Palace Peel which will provide the 16th century setting for what is believed to be the first ever full-length production of the play. Directed by Gregory Thompson, it will star actors including Tam Dean Burn, Liam Brennan, Jimmy Chisholm, Alison Peebles and Gerda Stevenson.

Fiona Hyslop MSP
Fiona Hyslop MSP
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs welcomed the forthcoming production, saying “To see A Satire of the Three Estates performed in the stunning setting of Linlithgow Peel will be a fantastic experience. The play is one of the finest examples of the use of Scots language and many of its themes are still relevant today. It looks at Scottish society and national identity in the 16th century and asks how Scotland should move forward. Over 400 years later, as we approach next year’s Independence Referendum, we are once again asking what is the best way forward for the future of Scotland.”

There will also be hour long Interlude performances based on the original play performed in the Great Halls at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle on Tuesday 11 June at Linlithgow Palace and Thursday 13th June at Stirling Castle. The Interlude performed on Thursday 13th June will take place in the magnificent setting of Stirling Castle’s Great Hall and will include a drinks reception at Stirling Castle before the main performance with the opportunity to take an exclusive evening visit of the beautifully restored Royal Palace apartments.

Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow Palace
For further information on the events including how to book tickets, please visit these pages on the Historic Scotland website.

These performances are part of a two-year project supported by Historic Scotland with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is set to throw the spotlight on this satirical political drama penned more than 400 years ago. It allows researchers from the universities of Edinburgh, Brunel, Southampton and Glasgow to delve below the surface of these plays and explore how far each play might have been shaped by the spaces where they were performed.