Other Lyceum 23/24 shows announced

May 31 2023 | By More

Christmas, Stick Man, Festival and one-off productions

by Hugh Simpson

As well as the regular season (details of which can be found here), there are a host of other shows at the Lyceum over the next 12 months.

The biggest draw will surely be the much awaited The Snow Queen (23 November 2023–1 January 2024). Hans Christian Andersen’s story has been adapted by Morna Young, writer of Lost at Sea and the recent The Stamping Ground, and whose version of Sunset Song will be staged at the Lyceum in 2024 as part of he subscriber season. Directed by Cora Bissett, the new adaptation will have a Scottish setting.

Adam Best as Macbeth and Nicole Cooper as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (an undoing) – returning to the Lyceum in May 2024. Pic: Stuart Armitt

Before that magical, wintery world (complete with unicorns) can appear, there are several other productions. Caitlyn Moran has a one-off appearance (15 July) to discuss her new book What About Men? For the October holiday, Freckle Productions present their award-winning adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Stick Man (18–22 October).

Edinburgh Fringe

In between, the Lyceum’s spaces are again well used at the Festivals. At the Studio, Tim Crouch returns after his stunning 2022 Truth’s A Dog Must To Kennel with a revival of his groundbreaking 2005 work An Oak Tree (4–27 August), a two-hander about loss, in which one performer each night has no previous knowledge of the play.

Also at the Studio, Seamas Carey presents his comic and thought-provoking Help! I Think I’m a Nationalist (8–27 August) and Obehi Janice performs Nova (4–27 August) in which a Nigerian American comedian navigates desire, inspired by tales of Casanova. On 20 and 27 August Samoan writer Sia Figel’s one-person O Tusitala tells of RL Stevenson’s time in Samoa through the voices of indigenous characters.

At the Lyceum’s workshop in Roseburn, writer/performer, Rachel Marspresents FORGE (23 – 25 August), an installation that explores ‘who memorials are for and who decides’.

International Festival

The Lyceum main stage is also in use during the International Festival. Comédie de Génève have two UK premieres – a stage version of Lars von Trier’s Dogville (5–8 August) and the multilingual As Far As Possible (11–14 August). Calderon’s Life is a Dream (so brilliantly done at the Lyceum in Jo Clifford’s version in 2021) is staged by Cheek by Jowl and CNTC Madrid (23–27 August), while Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath present a double bill of Britten’s Phaedra, directed by Deborah Warner, and choreographer Kim Brandstrup’s Minotaur (18–20 August).

On to the autumn and two intriguing co-productions with Stellar Quines will take place on dates still to be announced. Apphia Campbell’s And Around And Around We Go is a larger-scale reimagining of her award-winning WOKE, while For coloured girls… will be a work-in-progress presentation of a response written by Hannah Lavery and six other Scottish women writers of colour to Ntozake Shange’s 1975 iconic choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.

Finally, from 14–25 May 2024, Zinnie Harris’s recent reworking of Shakespeare, Macbeth (an undoing) will be returning for two weeks after its recent highly successful run.

Further details of all shows can be found at https://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on


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