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The Lyceum is coming out of hibernation for a slightly reduced 2021/22 season.

Sound Stage

As the Lyceum comes out of hibernation, it is co-producing a season of eight new audio dramas with Pitlochry Festival Theatre, presented online, in association with Naked Productions, on the new Sound Stage platform.

The Sound Stage platform is a way to mix the online theatre experience with the ability to meet other theatre goers in a specially set up “bar” area, using online virtual social space tool, Wonder. The production is recorded for audio and audiences get a ticket to a specific “performance”. The bar opens half an hour before curtain up and you can also visit during the interval.

Anyone at the performance can visit the bar area and interact with other people there, according to the rules and etiquette of the Wonder Platform.


Life is a Dream
By Pedro Calderón (Translated by Jo Clifford)
Tue 2 – Sat 20 November
Tues-Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs 4 and then Weds & Sat: 2.30pm..

Wils Wilson directs a production which was originally intended to close out the 2019/20 season. The last production staged on the temporary apron stage over the Stalls. Prince Sigismund is imprisoned in a remote tower at birth. On reaching adulthood, he is released for one day as an experiment and when the overwhelming experience provokes a tailspin of greed, resentment and anger he is re-incarcerated, convinced by his jailors that his day of freedom was all just a dream…  Tickets and Details.

Christmas Dinner
By Rob Alan Evans
In association with Catherine Wheels
Weds 8 December – Sun 2 January 2022
Various times. Evenings: 7pm (6pm Sun 12, Sun 19, Fri 24, Fri 31). Matinees 2.30pm (1pm 
Written by Rob Alan Evans and directed by Gill Robertson, this is a delightful feast of festive fun, celebrating the power of imagination and community at Christmas. Tickets and Details.

Scent of Roses
by Zinnie Harris
25 February – 19 March 2022
A darkly funny new play about truths, lies, and how we tell them begins with a wife who decides to take her husband hostage to finally have an honest conversation. This simple, transgressive act of demanding a straight answer sparks a chain of conversations, interrogations, obfuscations and revelations as a circle of connected lives try to work out what is real and find someone they can trust in a post-truth world. Tickets and Details.

The Meaning of Zong
by Giles Terera
A Bristol Old Vic production in association with The Royal Lyceum

13 – 24 April 2022
Following the aftermath of the massacre of slaves aboard ship Zong, The Meaning of Zong boldy interrogates the impact of the subsequent court case which, for the first time, considered the fiscal cost of a human life, and resulted in the galvanisation of the abolition movement in the UK. Tickets and Details.

Red Ellen
by Caroline Bird
presented by The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage

4 – 21 May 2022
The Scottish premiere of the untold story of revolutionary socialist politician and journalist Ellen Wilkinson, who became a national figure when she played a prominent role in the 1936 Jarrow March – a protest which had a formative impact on post-Second World War attitudes towards unemployment and social justice. Tickets and Details.

Laurel and Hardy
by Tom McGrath
3 – 25 June 2022
Tony Cownie directs Steven McNicoll and Barnaby Power, who wowed audiences with the skill and humanity of their performances playing the two older men on this stage in 2005. Now, in 2022, they are closer to the real ages of Laurel and Hardy at the end of their careers and will bring new layers of depth, and truth to this moving and funny production. Tickets and Details.

The Snow Queen
Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Christmas season 2022/23
Performances for this show are being rescheduled to 2022/23. 
When the beautiful and fearsome Snow Queen steals Kay away and takes him to her frozen kingdom, she leaves behind his sister, the brave and brilliant Gerda, who will stop at nothing to rescue her sibling. But before she can do so, the Snow Queen lodges a sliver of her magical ice into the boy’s eye and heart, turning the once loving and gentle Kay cold and mean. Can Gerda, with the help of friends she meets along the way, track her brother through the magical, wintery world of the Snow Queen and melt his frozen heart before it’s too late? Book here.