Torch Theatre Company - Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?

Torch Theatre Company

Company Name:

Torch Theatre Company

Description of the Company:

The Torch Theatre Company is one of only three building based producing theatres in Wales. The theatre welcomes over 70,000 people annually and produces 4 productions a year including an annual pantomime which runs for 6 weeks and plays to over 10,000 people. The Torch also welcomes touring shows, houses a 3D and Digital Cinema as well as Live Broadcasts from many of the world’s leading performing arts venues.

Aims in Edinburgh:

To introduce The Torch Theatre Company to a wider audience with the aim of making future tours easier to sell to venues.

Key Contact:

Peter Doran – Artistic Director

Contact Details:

In Edinburgh and in Wales

Peter Doran 07958291008 / 01646 696080

Production Name:

Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?

Edinburgh Venue:

Assembly Roxy


1st to 26th August. No performances on 12th or 19th August

Performance Times:


Production Description:

From minister’s daughter to Oscar-nominated, booze-soaked, shockingly foul-mouthed Hollywood star. Rachel Roberts, (played by Welsh BAFTA-winner Helen Griffin), was showered with awards for her powerful, passionate performances in the ground-breaking ‘kitchen-sink’ dramas, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning and This Sporting Life. Marriage to Rex Harrison brought a superstar lifestyle, which she embraced whole-heartedly and then set about destroying with her outrageous, provocative behaviour. But even in her darkest moments and at her lowest ebb, no-one escaped her bleak and scathing sense of humour, least of all herself...


1 hour 15mins

Number in Cast:


Touring availability:

Touring from 16th September – 14 dates confirmed, dates still available

Size of Company on tour:

1 cast 2 SM

How the production is transported:

Luton Van

Technical Requirements:

Flat surface at least 6x5 Sq Mtr

Wrap-around activities/outreach:


Key review quotes:

"A stunning one-woman performance by Helen Griffin" – Theatre In Wales Website on Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?

"…the professional standards of the Torch never cease to amaze" - The Western Mail

"A fine new production of Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of mistaken identities continues the company's commitment to rollicking, accessible versions of the classics… performances are brilliantly judged and endlessly watchable’ – The Guardian on She Stoops To Conquer, 2009

Links to Company website / production footage:

Other productions available for touring:

Turn of the Screw – next Spring

Back to the Wales in Edinburgh page

Wales - China 2017

Thomas Martin - Stratum 50 - Open Books

India Wales

Hay Festival Kerala

Patagonia 150

Patagonia - Marc Rees