Royal Lyceum Theatre

Royal Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
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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

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There are 11 events at this location

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A Number

Bernard has spent 35 years believing he’s an only child, one of a kind, until he learns the chilling truth. He’s one of ‘a number’ of clones resulting from a nefarious genetic experiment. When he confronts his father, Salter, questions of identity and morality result in an explosive exchange with dire consequences. A…

Thu 6 Apr

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 7 Apr

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 8 Apr

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 5 more dates until 15 Apr

Charlie Sonata

Booze-soaked fairytale about redemption. Written by Douglas Maxwell and directed by Matthew Lenton.

Sat 29 Apr

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Sun 30 Apr

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Mon 1 May

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…and 12 more dates until 13 May

Glory on Earth

David Greig directs Linda Maclean's story which re-imagines the historic meetings between Mary Queen of Scots and John Knox.

Sat 20 May

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Sun 21 May

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Mon 22 May

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…and 19 more dates until 10 Jun

Hay Fever

Noel Coward's classic comedy. Directed by Dominic Hill.

Fri 10 Mar

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Sat 11 Mar

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Sun 12 Mar

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…and 20 more dates until 1 Apr

Me, Myself and I

From genetics to our cultural roots, from our shared passions to our individuality, what makes us who we are? How do the concepts of selfhood and otherness impact our lives and attitudes? Join author Christopher Brookmyre and poet, performer and promoter of spoken word Jenny Lindsay as they discuss how artists and writers…

Thu 13 Apr

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Nature, Nurture or Neither?

Many see our genes and our environment as separate entities and believe that traits such as height, weight, or personality type can be sliced, rather like a cake, into some sections controlled by inherited factors, or nature, and others by differences in the environment, or nurture. Join scientist and author Steve Jones…

Wed 12 Apr

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Online Identity

In an increasingly wired world, how is technology influencing how we present ourselves online and how we craft and create our identities? What are the challenges and opportunities of being whoever you want to be online? Join BBC presenter and social psychologist* Dr Aleks Krotoski in conversation with writer and musician…

Sat 8 Apr

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Scottish Identity

What does it mean to be and/or feel Scottish? What contributes to our sense of national identity? Ethnicity? Culture? Religion? Politics? Psychology? What does science have to say about national identity? Join poet and novelist James Robertson in discussion with a prominent scientist to explore the Scottish self. Part…

Tue 11 Apr

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Think of a Number

Set in the near future where human cloning has become possible, albeit still looked down upon and perhaps illegal, A Number *poses some powerful and provocative questions, not only about the boundaries and ethics of science, but about what it means to be human. Join *A Number director Zinnie Harris *in conversation with…

Sat 15 Apr

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Variety Nights

The Lyceum and Flint & Pitch Productions team up for a series of variety nights featuring poets, musicians and theatre makers.

Sun 26 Feb

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation. Directed by artist Max Webster.

Thu 23 Feb

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Fri 24 Feb

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Sat 25 Feb

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…and 7 more dates until 4 Mar

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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