12 August 2012

The Lyceum Edinburgh

As Scotland’s leading producing theatre company, the Lyceum is committed to staging world-class drama and developing talent. The artistic aspirations are matched by their ability to stage work that is both accessible yet demanding.


The Royal Lyceum Theatre is a beautiful Victorian building with a long history. Built in 1883, its early days saw performances by the likes of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, whilst being run by legendary theatre managers Howard and Wyndham.
Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, the building has remained a theatre space and was taken over in 1965 by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.

The Ghost

No old theatre should be without its own theatrical spook, and the Lyceum is no exception.
Ghosts have been seen as recently as the beginning of 1996, during a performance of Tony Roper's The Steamie. The gallery, the level above the Upper Circle, was closed to the public in 1966 and is deserted most of the time, although the seats are still intact. During The Steamie, the follow-spot operator was alone in the gallery, preparing for the show when she saw someone dressed in pale blue walking towards her. 

Lyceum Today

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is in permanent residence in the Lyceum building which it leases from City of Edinburgh Council. We perform for up to 48 weeks of the year producing up to 8 plays in that time which makes the Company one of the largest producing companies in the UK, and the largest drama company in Scotland.

Talks, Events and Workshops - Backstage Tours

See behind the scenes at the Lyceum on one of the special backstage tours. With a different set for each play in the Season this is a great way to find out what things look like from the other side of the curtain.
You can also look around the Lyceum auditorium, plus many of the function rooms and other spaces using the 360 degree virtual tour.
To find out more about booking a real life tour of the theatre please contact Lyceum Creative Learning on 0131 248 4834.
The Lyceum Theatre is located on Grindlay Street in Edinburgh's West End, approximately five minutes walk from the west end of Princes Street.

Access information
The Lyceum Theatre exists for everyone to enjoy and, as such, they aim to be as accessible as possible at all times. To find out more about the wide range of access features please click here (on a mobile? Click here instead)

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street
For more information and to book tickets please visit lyceum.org.uk

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