- Jimmy Chisolm (pictured right foreground) in The Merchant of Venice
'In my forty years experience as a professional actor, I have always considered the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh as my acting home. There are several reasons for this, firstly, the auditorium itself is one of the most beautiful spaces it has been my delight to perform and, I think, for both actors and audience, it is difficult to find a better space to enjoy the experience of live theatre. Over the years, it has been my good fortune to be offered my most demanding and rewarding roles in theatre at The Lyceum, I include Tristan Tzara in Richard Baron’s Travesties by Tom Stoppard; Petruchio in Tony Cownie’s The Taming of the Shrew, Antipholus of Syrecuse in Tony’s A Comedy of Errors and Alec in Tony’s production of Liz Lochead’s Misery Guts, and of course, the classic role of Shylock in Mark Thomson’s The Merchant of Venice and Nick, in Kenny Ireland's production of The Maidenstone by Rona Munro. My association with Kenny was one of the most memorable for me in my entire career. I also have to mention that, in all that time, the care and expertise shown to me as an actor has been unparalleled in my experience, from all departments involved in the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, in particular, the stage and technical departments are among the best I have ever worked with. I can only hope that the strength and quality of The Lyceum’s productions continue to fascinate and entertain audiences in the future, and that it will be my pleasure and very good fortune to be involved with the theatre for a very long time to come.
Many Happy Returns and a Happy Birthday to the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, from a grateful member of the family.'