Lyceum Creative Fund

What does a Creative Fund do?
If you’ve seen one of our productions on stage in Edinburgh or beyond, you’ve seen the work of a team of hundreds, all supported by The Lyceum Creative Fund.

Our ideas remain plans on paper without financial support to turn them into a reality. Every production experiences a bespoke journey that takes productions from page to stage- a process reliant upon fundraising in all aspects.

The Lyceum Creative Fund supports that journey by investing in further creation time to develop ideas, fund world-class staging and support the cultivation of new artistic partnerships.

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The Creative Fund at a glance

Programme ambitious and compelling new seasons of Theatre made in Edinburgh

The work of The Lyceum is cultivated, championed and supported by our Artistic Director, David Greig.

In recent years the Lyceum Creative Fund has supported:

Local Hero
Creativity starts long before rehearsals begin

Our smash hit, Local Hero is the culmination of months of teamwork, supported by our Creative Fund. It travelled from the small hut in Bill Forsyth’s garden where the script began, to Mark Knopfler’s studio, onwards to London to meet with Director John Cowley and finally back home to Edinburgh to begin rehearsals. One of the most expensive and ambitious Lyceum performances to date, this production has put us on the international stage for theatre-making.

Touching The Void
Creativity takes us to new heights

The Creative Fund supported the challenge of representing the Siula Grande Mountain on stage, the site of Joe Simpson and Simon Yate’s fateful climb. From this support grew endless artistic opportunities for hundreds of visionaries in our theatre, from supporting the partnership of director Tom Morris and playwright David Greig, to enabling the vision of our award-nominated set design. The Lyceum Creative Fund allows us the time to take the risks that produce five-star productions worthy of an international platform.

Creativity is born out of partnership

The Creative Fund allowed us to continue our relationship with Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, after our previous production of Picnic at Hanging Rock. Bringing a classic to theatre lovers and Sci-fi fans alike, the Creative Fund allowed David Greig the time to adapt Stanislaw Lem’s acclaimed novel for the stage, as well as bringing together a stellar cast including Hugo Weaving and developing the relationship with the Malthouse, Melbourne.