Lyceum listings

The 2016/17 season at Edinburgh’s leading production house:

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

Season 2016/17 details.

Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.



Picnic At Hanging Rock
Fri 13 – Sat 28 Jan 2017
Preview Fri 13: 7.30pm.
Daily Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed, Sat: 2pm.

On a summer’s day in 1900 three Australian schoolgirls grew tired of their classmates and yearned for adventure. Escaping their teacher’s watchful gaze they absconded, away from the group and towards the beckoning Hanging Rock – never to be seen again. Matthew Lutton directs Tom Wright’s new adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel in a Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne and Black Swan State Theatre Company production.

A Winter’s Tale
Fri 10 Feb – Sat 4 March 2017.
Previews: Fri 10, Sat 11, Mon 13: 7.30pm.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Weds, Sat: 2pm.

The Lyceum returns to the Shakespearian canon with acclaimed director Max Webster (King Lear with Michael Pennington; Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe) presenting a uniquely Scottish take on this bitter-sweet masterpiece.

Hay Fever
Fri 10 March – Sat 1 April 2017.
Previews: Fri 10, Sat 11, Mon 13: 7.30pm.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Weds, Sat: 2pm.

Welcome to a village idyll, home to the eccentric Bliss family. Siblings Simon and Sorel are speculating about whether their retired actress mother, Judith, might return to the stage, as their father, David, attempts to write his new novel. This evening they have each invited a guest to stay at their rural retreat. As the party settle down to a post-dinner parlour game, the hapless visitors become playthings in the Bliss’ self-made melodrama. Dominic Hill directs Noël Coward’s dark comedy in a co-production with the Glasgow Citizens.

A Number
Thurs 6 – Sat 15 April 2017.
Preview: Thurs 6: 8.30pm.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 8.30pm; Matinee: Sat: 2pm.

Zinnie Harris directs Caryl Churchill’s compelling drama in partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Bernard has spent 35 years believing he’s an only child, one of a kind, until he learns the chilling truth. He’s one of ‘a number’ of clones resulting from a nefarious genetic experiment. When he confronts his father, Salter, questions of identity and morality result in an explosive exchange with dire consequences.

Charlie Sonata
Sat 29 April – Sat 13 May 2017.
Preview Sat 29, Mon 31: 7.30pm.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Weds, Sat: 2pm.

Chick arrives back in Scotland for a reunion with his old mates Gary and Jackson only to find Gary’s daughter has been the victim of a life-changing car accident. The antiseptic smell of the wards, the relentless beep of the life support and the sterile hospital bed contrast sharply in Chick’s eye with the young wild-haired girl lying there unconscious; inspiring this downtrodden man to embark on a quest to save her life. Matthew Lenton directs a new script from Douglas Maxwell.

Glory on Earth
Sat 20 May – Sat 10 June 2017.
Preview Sat 20, Mon 22: 7.30pm.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Weds, Sat: 2pm.

Tuesday, 19 August, 1561, 9am. Through the fog a ship arrives in Leith docks, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots steps ashore. She is 19 and on her young shoulders rest the hopes of the Catholic establishment of Europe. Linda McLean’s new script is directed by Lyceum artistic director David Greig.

The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other
June 2017
Tickets and performance dates to be announced early 2017.

A play without words, narrated by music and animated by unspoken interaction. This production gives the simple pleasure of people watching a vibrant dramatic life as the audience weave a narrative out of the everyday scenes of a city. This 450 character production will take to The Lyceum stage directed by Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson.