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Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848

The Lyceum. Pic: Eamonn McGoldrick

The Lyceum has put the building into “hibernation” until January 2021 (see “Hibernation” For Lyceum) however a number of online events are being scheduled for the remainder of the year.

The theatre has two strands of pandemic activity – Letters to the Lyceum and Curtain Up. Further details in news story here: House Lights Up!


#Take a Seat
Thurs 24 Sept – Sat 3 Oct 2020
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm, Mats Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
Created by Scottish theatre designers and production managers, this exhibition in the theatre foyer uses the humble seat as a device to begin to examine the nuances of what live theatre means to its participants and audiences. Visible from the street, it lights up with a 50 minute soundtrack of reminiscences from the creators at what would have been showtimes. The result is surprisingly engaging and poignant. Æ review: ★★★★★ Necessary mementos.

Daniel Kitson: Dot. Dot. Dot.
Sunday 1/Monday 2 November 2020
Evening: 8pm
Daniel Kitson presents his account of six ridiculous and devastating months, experienced largely from a safe distance, almost immediately misremembered and retold here so inaccurately as to be, very nearly fictional. Conceived and written specifically to be performed in and streamed from empty theatres with audience capacity limited to that of each venue, this will hopefully be a lot more fun than it sounds. Book here.

US Election Night Cabaret
Tuesday 3 November 2020
Evening: 8pm
An eclectic and intimate evening of performance and conversation streamed live from The Lyceum stage. Hosted by David Greig and Apphia Campbell, who will perform excerpts from her award-winning play Woke, special guests will further include Mezzo-Soprano Andrea Baker, award-winning comedian Desiree Burch, and music from Ballboy’s Gordon McIntyre and celebrated folk artist Karine Polwart. Book here.

Lament for Sheku Bayoh
Fri 20/Sat 21 November 2020
Evenings: 8pm; Sat mat: 1pm.
See news story: NTS Stream for Lyceum.
Acclaimed spoken word artist and playwright Hannah Lavery’s personal response to the tragic death of Sheku Bayoh is performed live at The Lyceum and streamed to you at home. It is an expression of grief for the loss of the human behind the headlines and a non-apologetic reflection on identity and racism in Scotland today. Co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland. Book here.


Adam Buxton Rambles…
Friday March 5 2021
Evening: 7.30pm
Comedian and podcast host Adam Buxton talks about and reads from his upcoming 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… Book here.

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.