Royal Lyceum Theatre

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External and interior views of Royal Lyceum Theatre

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

There are 5 events at this location

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The Belle’s Stratagem

A witty riposte to Farquhar’s The Beaux Stratagem, Hannah Cowley’s rediscovered gem turns the tables on the farcical goings-on and has the women coming out on top.

Thu 15 Feb

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 16 Feb

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 17 Feb

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 15 more dates until 10 Mar

Creditors

Waiting for his wife to return to their hotel, a young man bonds with another guest. But his new companion hides a dark agenda that threatens to expose all three to the true cost of giving your heart wholly to another. Adapted by David Greig.

Fri 27 Apr

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 28 Apr

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Tue 1 May

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 9 more dates until 12 May

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

Paul Handke's play about the distance between people, translated by Meredith Oakes, and directed by Wils Wilson.

Thu 31 May

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 4848

Fri 1 Jun

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 2 Jun

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 4848

The Lover

This collaboration with Stellar Quines and Scottish Dance Theatre brings an exotic tale of remembered passion to new life in an original stage adaptation by director Jemima Levick and choreographer Fleur Darkin.

Tue 23 Jan

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Wed 24 Jan

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Thu 25 Jan

£14–£32 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

…and 7 more dates until 3 Feb

Rhinoceros

  • 5 stars

Zinnie Harris' new version of Eugène Ionesco’s classic 1959 play.

Fri 23 Mar

£16–£32 (£10; Matinees £14–£28) / 0131 248 4848

  • 19:30

Sat 24 Mar

£16–£32 (£10; Matinees £14–£28) / 0131 248 4848

  • 14:00

Sun 25 Mar

£16–£32 (£10; Matinees £14–£28) / 0131 248 4848

  • 19:30
…and 13 more dates until 7 Apr

Reviews & features

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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