Royal Lyceum Theatre

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At the heart of Lothian Road's cultural quarter, the Royal Lyceum is an elegant 19th-century building next door to the Usher Hall. It is not only Edinburgh's principle repertory theatre, but the best-attended producing theatre in Scotland. Over the season, which runs from September to May, it stages seven plays as well as a popular Christmas show. Typically, it offers Shakespeare productions, classic texts by playwrights such as Anton Chekhov and Arthur Miller and new Scottish works by writers such as Jo Clifford and John Byrne. It is also one of the key venues for August's Edinburgh International Festival. The first thing you see is the glass- box extension, built in 1991, giving the foyer a bright and contemporary sense of occasion. This is where you'll find the box office, sweet stall and cloakroom. The opulent three-tier auditorium, with its glittering chandelier and traditional red velvet fittings, has room for 650. As well as the three bars, there are two function rooms named after the stars of the first ever production, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, whose ghost is said to haunt the upper gallery.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

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Audience Finder is coming to Scotland!The Audience Agency has been appointed by Creative Scotland to provide Data Analytical Services for organisations working in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland, through an enhanced version of Audience Finder for Scotland.Free to all data contributing organisations…

Mon 9 Sep

Free / 0131 248 4848

Barber Shop Chronicles

A new play by Inua Ellams, which moves the action from a barber shop in London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra.

Wed 23 Oct

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Thu 24 Oct

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 25 Oct

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 15 more dates until 9 Nov

Barefoot in the Park

  • Written by: Neil Simon

Neil Simon's classic 60s comedy about strait-laced Paul, whose marriage to fun-loving Corrie has turned to comical discord, while Corrie's sweetly conventional mother tries to fend off the affections of the middle-aged man in the attic.

Fri 3 Apr 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 4 Apr 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sun 5 Apr 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 20 more dates until 25 Apr 2020

Castle Lennox

Play by Linda McLean about a young autistic girl discovering a new world within the walls of Lennox Castle Hospital.

Fri 1 May 2020

£17–£20 / 0131 248 4848

Sat 2 May 2020

£17–£20 / 0131 248 4848

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

Revisit the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, with a special guest appearance by Edinburgh's own Greyfriars Bobby.

Thu 28 Nov

Times vary / £20–£32 (Preview £10; Children £12–£20) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 29 Nov

Times vary / £20–£32 (Preview £10; Children £12–£20) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 30 Nov

Times vary / £20–£32 (Preview £10; Children £12–£20) / 0131 248 4848

…and 35 more dates until 4 Jan 2020

Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer

  • 4 stars

Aggression. Sensuality. Vulnerability. Hard to Be Soft is a dance prayer about — and for — the people of Belfast. Created by Belfast-based choreographer and dancer Oona Doherty, with driving music by DJ David Holmes (Killing Eve, Ocean’s Eleven, Hunger), Hard to Be Soft looks behind the masks of violence and machismo…

Sat 24 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

  • 20:00 – 20:50

Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True

  • 4 stars

Hear Word! is Nigerian pidgin English for ‘Listen and Comply’. In this unflinchingly honest performance, ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars of theatre, film and television come together on stage to tell multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Hear Word! gives an intimate view into the obstacles that…

Sat 24 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

  • 16:00 – 17:15

Sun 25 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Life is a Dream

A prince destined to become a tyrant is imprisoned by his own father in this play by Pedro Calderon.

Fri 15 May 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 16 May 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sun 17 May 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 20 more dates until 6 Jun 2020

Love Song to Lavender Menace

James Ley's play set in a gay bookshop in 1987 Edinburgh.

Wed 9 Oct

£17–£20 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Thu 10 Oct

£17–£20 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 11 Oct

£17–£20 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 12 Oct

£17–£20 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by Denise Mina, award-winning crime novelist and playwright.

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sun 1 Mar 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 20 more dates until 21 Mar 2020

Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of)

An irreverent all-female adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story, with all the ruthless matchmaking we've come to expect, with the addition of some new characters from below-stairs.

Thu 23 Jan 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Times vary / £14–£33 (Preview £10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 21 more dates until 15 Feb 2020

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

  • 3 stars

Debut show from the host of BBC Radio 4's Comedy of the Week podcast.

Mon 30 Sep

£17.50 / 0131 248 4848

Solaris

Psychological thriller exploring the deepest fears of a crew on board a space station orbiting a strange planet.

Thu 12 Sep

Times vary / £14–£33 (Previews £10) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 13 Sep

Times vary / £14–£33 (Previews £10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 14 Sep

Times vary / £14–£33 (Previews £10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 21 more dates until 5 Oct

Reviews & features

The Edinburgh theatre scene beyond the Fringe

20 Sep 2018

We explore why Edinburgh's theatre scene is still alive and kicking, way beyond August

If you're arriving in Edinburgh in September, you're likely to be greeted by a litany of old Fringe flyers, with the occasional Festival poster still tacked up on a wall. But don't for a second think this means that Edinburgh's stages are winding down…

Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre

23 Sep 2016

From the Royal Lyceum to Buzzcut Festival, Gareth K Vile looks at theatrical extremes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have strong traditions of popular and experimental theatre. Although the major venues on both coasts of the central belt often collaborate, each of the cities have their own particular performance personality: Glasgow goes for…

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