Lyceum listings

The 2019/20 season at Edinburgh’s leading production house:

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Website: lyceum.org.uk

The Lyceum. Pic: Eamonn McGoldrick

2019

Solaris
By David Greig, adapted from Stanisław Lem’s novel
Directed by Matthew Lutton
September 12 – October 5 2019.
Previews: Thurs 12/Fri 13: 7.30pm.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat (not 15): 2pm.
Within hours of arriving on a space station in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, psychologist Kris is troubled by the evasive habits of her fellow scientists who each seem haunted by ghosts. It’s not long before she herself is confronted by the spectre of an old love. Book here.
Talk Show Solaris: Encountering Aliens
Monday 23 September: 7pm.
Guests include: Author James Meek, Professor Chris French, Dr Josie Peters and songwriter/artist Faith Elliot. Free but ticketed: Book here,
LYT Curtain Raiser: Solaris
Friday 27 September: 5.30pm.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre with a short performance, created in response to Solaris. Free. Phone 0131 248 4848 to book.

Love Song to Lavender Menace
By James Ley
Directed by Ros Philips
Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 October 2019
Preview Weds: 7.30pm.
Evenings: 7.30pm, Mat, Sat: 2pm.

On Edinburgh’s Forth Street, Bob and Sigrid opened Scotland’s first lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop, Lavender Menace. The trailblazing venture became the beating heart for Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community. Now, on the eve of the shop’s closure, sales assistants Lewis and Glen take a look back at its 80s origins … and straight away, the arguments begin! Book here.

Barber Shop Chronicles
By Inua Ellam
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
October 23 – November 9 2019
Preview: Wed 23 Oct.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Sat, Wed: 2pm.

Newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling. Book here.
LYT Curtain Raiser: Barber Shop Chronicles
Friday 1 November. 5.30pm.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre with a short performance, created in response to Barber Shop Chronicles. Free. Phone 0131 248 4848 to book.
Talkshow Barber Shop Chronicles: The History, Art and Science of Hair
Monday 4 November, 7pm
David Greig and guests (tbc) share their response to the themes of the play. Book here

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Written and Directed by Tony Cownie
November 28 2019 – January 4 2020
Preview: Thursday 28 November 2019, 7pm
Evenings 7pm: Fri 29/Sat 30 Nov; Thu 5 – Sat 7, Wed 11 – Sat 14, Wed – Sat 21, Mon 23, Thu 26 – Sat 28, Mon 30 Dec. Fri 3, Sat 4 Jan.
Sunday mats & evenings, 1pm & 6pm: Sun 8 – Sun 29 Dec.
Sat matinees 2pm: Nov 30 – Jan 4.
Xmas matinees 2pm: Fri 20, Mon 23, Tue 24, Thu 26 – Sat 28, Mon 30/Tue 31 Dec, Thurs 2 – Sat 4 Jan.

Edinburgh folklore say that when Charles Dickens was visiting the city on a reading tour, a stroll through a kirkyard brought him to the tombstone of one Ebenezer Scroggie, inspiration struck and A Christmas Carol was born. Writer and director Tony Cownie brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s bestloved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby! Book here.

2020

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
By Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen
Directed by Paul Brotherston
January 23 – February 15 2020.
Preview Thursday 23 January 2020.

Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Blood of the Young’s adaptation like no other, drawing on over two-hundred years of romantic pop history. Six overlooked and undervalued young women have a story to tell. You might have seen them, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate. Of course, they’ve always been running the show – after all ‘You can’t have a whirlwind romance without clean bedding’ – but tonight, the servants are also playing every part.
Talkshow Pride and Prejudice* *(sort of): How Jane Austen Invented The Modern World
Monday 3 February: 7pm.
David Greig and guests (tbc) share their response to the themes of the play. Book here
LYT Curtain Raiser: Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of)
Friday 14 February. 5.30pm.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre with a short performance, created in response to Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of). Free. Phone 0131 248 4848 to book.

Mrs Puntila and her man Matti
By Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Denise Mina
Directed by Murat Daltaban
February 28 – March 21 2020
Previews: Fri 28/Sat 29 Feb & Mon 2 Mar.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by award-winning novelist and playwright Denise Mina. When sober, landowner Mrs Puntila is a ruthless and avaricious capitalist overlord, but the minute drink is taken she becomes a kind and generous benefactor. Her shrewd chauffeur Matti divides his time between extricating her from drunken mishaps and wooing her wayward daughter Eva – a match which will only be possible if Mrs Puntila can get over the class divide.
LYT Curtain Raiser: Mrs Puntila and her man Matti
Friday 13 March. 5.30pm.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre with a short performance, created in response to Mrs Puntila and her man Matti. Free. Phone 0131 248 4848 to book.
Talkshow Mrs Puntila and her Man Matti: We Need To Talk About Capitalism
Monday 16 March, 7pm
David Greig and guests (tbc) share their response to the themes of the play. Book here.

Wind Resistance
By Karine Polwart
Directed by Wils Wilson
Wed 25 – Sat 28 March 2020
Wed – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds & Sat: 2pm.
Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, writer and singer Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Æ review of 2016 production: ★★★★★ A rare beauty.

Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
Directed by Elizabeth Newman
Fri 3 – Sat 25 April 2020
Preview Fri 3: 7.30pm.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Springtime in New York City. Fresh from a blissful, six-night honeymoon stay at The Plaza, newlyweds Paul and Corie move into their top floor Manhattan apartment. Paul’s a straitlaced, ambitious attorney focused on climbing the corporate ladder; Corie’s a passionate, free spirit, always looking on the bright side of life.
Talkshow Barefoot in the Park: The Future of Love
Monday 6 April, 7pm
David Greig and guests (tbc) share their response to the themes of the play. Book here.
LYT Curtain Raiser: Barefoot in the Park
Friday 24 April. 5.30pm.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre with a short performance, created in response to Barefoot in the Park. Free. Phone 0131 248 4848 to book.

Castle Lennox
By Linda McLean
Directed by Maria Oller
Fri 1 – Sat 2 May 2020
Fri/Sat 7.30pm; Sat mat: 2pm.
When Annis, a young girl with autism, finds herself incarcerated in Lennox Castle Hospital, an institution which might as well be a prison, designed for the incarceration of ‘the feeble minded’, her first impulse is to try and escape the brutal regime of punishment and medication. This inspiring tale, based on a real institution, is brought to the stage in collaboration with Lung Ha Theatre Company.

Life is a Dream
By Pedro Calderon, translated by Jo Clifford
Directed by Wils Wilson
Fri 15 May – Sat 6 June 2020
Previews: Fri 15/Sat 16 & Mon 18 May.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Following a prophecy that he is destined to become a tyrant, Prince Sigismund is imprisoned by his own father. Released for a day as an experiment, he proves the omens only too right and, as a result, is incarcerated once more and convinced by his jailors that his day of freedom was all just a dream.
LYT Curtain Raiser: Life is a Dream
Friday 29 May. 5.30pm.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre with a short performance, created in response to Life is a Dream. Free. Phone 0131 248 4848 to book.
Talkshow Life is a Dream: Dreams, Nightmares and How They Shape Us
Monday 1 June, 7pm.
David Greig and guests (tbc) share their response to the themes of the play. Book here.

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