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The Lyceum put the building into “hibernation” for the duration of the pandemic (see “Hibernation” For Lyceum). The theatre had two strands of pandemic activity – Letters to the Lyceum and Curtain Up. Further details in news story here: House Lights Up!

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.


Heavy Weather
By Lizzie Nunnery – presented by Lyceum Youth Theatre
Friday 14/Saturday 15 May.
Evenings: 7.30pm. Prerecorded Zoom production.
Mona is a young woman on the edge. All she sees is the Earth falling apart, but no one really seems to care. Amidst the chaos of competing and contradictory voices, she sets off on a kaleidoscopic journey to find solutions for the planet – and the truth about her family – in the hope that everything might start to make sense again. Tickets and Details.

Touching the Void
By David Greig – Based on the book by Joe Simpson.
Wednesday 26 – Sat 29 May.
Evenings: 8pm. Live online from Bristol Old Vic.
See Hugh’s review of the 2019 production: ★★★★☆ Viscerally convincing.
Perched on an unstable snow-cliff and battered by freezing winds, Simon is desperate to rescue his injured climbing partner who hangs from a rope below him. Meanwhile, Joe teeters on the brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety. Following its sold-out world premiere in Bristol and critically acclaimed West End run, Touching the Void returns for one week only for a global broadcast, live from Bristol Old Vic.. Tickets and Details.

Hindu Times (Sound Stage)
by Jamina Jethwa
Fri 28 – Sun 30 May
Fri/Sat: 7pm; Sun Matinee: 4pm.
Hindu Times welcomes deities Vishnu and Brahma to Dundee, where they embark on an epic mission to restore earth, reunite with Lakshmi, and bring back love… but end up getting right on it. Tickets and Details.

The Mother Load (Sound Stage)
by Lynda Radley
Fri 25 – Sun 27 June
Fri/Sat: 7pm; Sun Matinee: 4pm.
Three first-time mothers meet at an ante natal class. Together they must confront their expectations of pregnancy in this funny and moving play about unlikely friendship and the messy realities of parenthood. Tickets and Details.

Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil Sound Stage
by Gary McNair
Fri 23 – Sun 25 July
Fri/Sat: 7pm; Sun Matinee: 4pm.
Freely adapted from the books of Ron Ferguson – Coal, Cowdenbeath and Football dreams of glory come together in a story about a father a daughter and what it means to succeed. Tickets and Details.

Sophia (Sound Stage)
by Frances Poet
Fri 27 – Sun 29 August
Fri/Sat: 7pm; Sun Matinee: 4pm.
The the true story of Sophia Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven, who fought sexism in the university to become the first women to be able to study medicine and become working doctors. Tickets and Details.

A Roy Williams Premiere (Sound Stage
by Roy Williams
Fri 24 – Sun 26 September
Fri/Sat: 7pm; Sun Matinee: 4pm.
A brand new play by Roy Williams who began writing plays in 1990 and is now arguably one of the country’s leading dramatists, awarded the OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List and made a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in 2018. Tickets and Details.

Adam Buxton Rambles (Rescheduled Performance)
Monday 18 October 2021
Evening: 7.30pm
Adam Buxton talks about and reads from his new book which incorporates rambles on topics including parenthood, formative cultural influences of the 80s, confrontations on trains, wet dreams, boarding school trauma, The Adam & Joe Show, dead Dads and David Bowie.

A Timberlake Wertenbaker Premiere (Sound Stage)
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Fri 29 – Sun 31 October
Fri/Sat: 7pm; Sun Matinee: 4pm.
A brand new play from celebrated British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker which will take a look at the state of our world and our relationship to nature and the environment. Tickets and Details.

The Snow Queen
Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Christmas season 2021/22
Performances for this show are being rescheduled to 2021/22. 
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.