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.

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Blak Whyte Gray

Blak Whyte Gray is a galvanising dance theatre work from award-winning East London hip-hop company Boy Blue Entertainment. It’s a bold and brilliant dance creation combining tightly drilled choreography and a ground-shaking electronic score. A world in flux; a need for change. The time is right to ask questions, to…

Wed 16 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 17 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 18 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 19 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Charlie Sonata

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

Sat 29 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 248 4848

Sun 30 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 248 4848

Mon 1 May

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…and 12 more dates until 13 May

Come & Sing International

Do you love singing? Would you like the chance to sing some of classical music’s most iconic choral pieces, led by a wonderfully expressive conductor? If so, come along and sing with members of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. The Chorus has performed with the world's leading conductors and orchestras. This is an…

Sun 13 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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

Times & prices vary / 0131 248 4848

Sun 21 May

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Mon 22 May

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…and 19 more dates until 10 Jun

Oresteia: This Restless House

A father’s horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge. Murder and madness ensue, testing the loyalties of his remaining children and propelling them to the edge of reason. The curse that has gripped the family for generations looks as if it will never end as the ghosts of the past…

Tue 22 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Wed 23 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 24 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Rhinoceros

In a sleepy French provincial town, a rhinoceros rampages across the market square. Another crushes someone’s cat. A woman sounds the alarm: it is the townspeople themselves who are transforming into these raging beasts. As more and more of the citizens embrace their future as rhinos, just one man – the drunkard…

Thu 3 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 4 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 5 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 6 more dates until 12 Aug

Reviews & features

Win two tickets to see Glory on Earth at The Lyceum

Through the fog a ship arrives in Leith docks, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots steps ashore. She is 19 and on her young shoulders rest the hopes of the Catholic establishment of Europe.

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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