Royal Lyceum Theatre

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.

Events at this venue

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Blood and Gold

Royal Lyceum Edinburgh Production, written and performed by Mara Menzies Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in a contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery by award-winning Scottish/Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies. A dying mother gives her daughter a box containing three clues to a…

Thu 11 Aug

The Lyceum Studio

£10 / 0131 248 4848

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 12 Aug

The Lyceum Studio

£16 (£12) / 0131 248 4848

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 13 Aug

The Lyceum Studio

£16 (£12) / 0131 248 4848

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 28 Aug

Counting and Cracking

Discover the story of one family's journey through love, heartbreak, civil war and migration to Australia in this epic multigenerational tale. A profoundly moving story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children. Counting * and Cracking* follows the journey of one Sri Lankan-Australian family…

Mon 8 Aug

£31 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tue 9 Aug

£31 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 11 Aug

£31 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 14 Aug

Members Event: Backstage Tour of Counting and Cracking

An exclusive event for members of the Edinburgh International Festival. Take a peek behind the curtain of Counting and Cracking, a theatrical epic, and learn about everything that goes into staging the production. Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the sets and staging of Counting and Cracking. _ Counting…

Sat 13 Aug

£8 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Samsara

Mythological storytelling brings East and West together in this moving contemporary dance duet. Inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Samsara is a spellbinding piece for two dancers that traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves. UK/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra…

Thu 18 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 19 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 20 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tim Crouch: Truth's A Dog Must to Kennel

Royal Lyceum Edinburgh Production, written and performed by Tim Crouch World premiere of a solo work by ‘the country’s pre-eminent experimental playwright’ (Stage). Not here, but in another place. In another place a country is at war; an old man is blinded. But not in this theatre. Here, everyone’s safe. Everything’s…

Sat 6 Aug

The Lyceum Studio

£12 / 0131 248 4848

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

The Lyceum Studio

£12 / 0131 248 4848

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 9 Aug

The Lyceum Studio

£16 / 0131 248 4848

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 28 Aug

You Know We Belong Together

A cast of actors use music, dance and video to tell their stories in this uplifting exploration of living with Down syndrome. _You Know We Belong Together _brings the untold stories of performers with Down Syndrome to life in a heartfelt and upbeat show, inspired by performer Julia Hales' passion for the classic…

Wed 24 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 25 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 26 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 27 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.