Season 2018/19 announcement from David Greig

  • Public on-sale for all shows: Saturday 2 June 2018
  • Information for current Lyceum Season Ticket Holders: Your Season Ticket renewal packs are in the post and will start landing on doorsteps this week
  • View the digital brochure here
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14 September – 6 October 2018
A co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Bristol Old Vic
TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare
Directed by Wils Wilson
Performance supported by The Lyceum Patrons

Directed by The Lyceum’s Associate Artist Wils Wilson, whose work with The Lyceum includes Wind Resistance and Cockpit, Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love and mistaken identity, and is widely considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

Mischief and mayhem abound in Illyria after twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck. Believing her brother to be lost forever, Viola, disguised as a man, finds herself caught between the households of the lovelorn Duke Orsino and the grieving Countess Olivia. Servants, friends and lovers entwine in a whirlwind tale of mistaken identity, misadventure and unrequited love. Will all come good in the end?

12 October – 3 November 2018
A co-production between Scotland’s three major theatre companies: The Lyceum, National Theatre of Scotland, and Citizens Theatre
CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand
Directed by Dominic Hill

The hugely romantic Cyrano de Bergerac is given a Caledonian heart in a new production of Edwin Morgan’s celebrated Glaswegian-Scots translation of the classic Rostand play. This new production will be brought to the stage by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill, who directed Noël Coward’s Hay Fever in David Greig’s inaugural season at The Lyceum, and will be the first production by the Citizens Theatre at Glasgow’s Tramway.

The swashbuckling and flamboyant Cyrano’s low self-image prevents him from revealing his love to Roxanne. Believing she would never return his affections, he lends his poetic skills instead to a handsome young nobleman named Christian, who wins Roxanne’s heart through his passionate ghost-written letters. Years pass, and throughout his wild and adventurous life, Cyrano continues to draw quill and sword alike, risking his life in the process, to express his true feelings.

24 January - 16 February 2019
A World Premiere by  the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, and Fuel co-production
TOUCHING THE VOID a new adaptation by David Greig, based on the award-winning book by Joe Simpson
Directed by Tom Morris

Written in 1988 before becoming a film in 2003, Touching the Void recounts the astonishing true story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ near-fatal climb of the West Face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes – a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved, and one that would nearly cost both climbers their lives.

The heart of the novel is Joe Simpson’s mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety. Also unforgettable in the story is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue the injured Simpson, who hangs from a rope below him. Knowing that they will both ultimately fall into the void, he makes the critical decision to cut the rope, changing both their lives forever.

23 March - 20 April 2019
A co-production by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic
LOCAL HERO book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig, Music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler
Based on the screenplay of the original film, written and directed by Bill Forsyth,
Original film produced by David Puttnam
Directed by John Crowley
Principle production sponsor - The Famous Grouse
Supported by the Culture and Business Fund

The stage adaptation is co-written by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig and multi-award winning director and writer Bill Forsyth, with music and lyrics by acclaimed composer and Glasgow-born producer Mark Knopfler – founder of internationally celebrated band Dire Straits, whose album Brothers in Arms is one of the top 20 highest selling albums in UK history – and who has previously composed music for films including The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Comfort and Joy.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig says: ‘God, this is exciting! I’m thrilled The Lyceum will be working with a team of this calibre to make Local Hero. John Crowley is a director on top of his game. From The Pillowman to Brooklyn he has shown himself a master of complex emotional material. I was recently privileged to see his production of The Present on Broadway with Cate Blanchett and it was one of the defining experiences of my theatre-going life. Scott Pask is a visionary Stage Designer who is at home with an intimate play as he is with a huge Broadway musical. The Lyceum audience are in for a treat to see his work in our gorgeous theatre. Paul Arditti worked with me on the crazy, surreal soundscape of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and Paule Constable has lit some of the most beautiful shows in London’s West End in recent years. Together with Luke Halls’ video work having pushed boundaries at the Paralympics and in Royal Opera House, we have a world class creative team in whom to trust the legacy of Bill’s much loved film.’

17 May - 8 June 2019
THE DUCHESS (Of MALFI) by John Webster, in a new version by Zinnie Harris
Directed by Zinnie Harris

Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is perhaps the most thrilling and chilling of the Jacobean revenge tragedies – an exploration of male rage and female resistance as two bothers try and control their sister, block her marriage and repress her agency with fatal results. It was these themes of patriarchy versus female empowerment which convinced Zinnie Harris that the play is ripe for an adaptation which chimes with our contemporary concerns surrounding #MeToo and the abuse of male power.

Webster’s dark tale of bloody treachery will be fuelled and retooled by Zinnie Harris’ insight, vivid imagery and dazzling prose which have been so heralded in her great adaptation of The Oresteia, This Restless House, (Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland) and her more recently versions of Ibsen’s (The Fall of) The Master Builder (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Ionesco’s Rhinoceros which sold out at the Edinburgh International Festival and returned to great acclaim for The Lyceum Season 201718. She’ll also be directing the show, a welcome return after her CATS award-winning production of A Number seen on The Lyceum stage in 2017.

29 November 2018 - 5 January 2019
WENDY AND PETER PAN adapted by Ella Hickson, from the book by J M Barrie
Directed by Eleanor Rhode
Flying supported by Stephen Dunn

Join us at The Lyceum this Christmas as we bring to life one of the world’s best loved stories about family, bravery, and a boy who never grows up, from Scottish writer JM Barrie.

In a celebrated adaptation that puts her centre stage, follow the fearless Wendy as she flies with Peter to a magical world of dastardly pirates, feisty fairies, raucous lost boys, and one very hungry crocodile.

When a shadowless boy appears at their nursery window, Wendy and her brothers know adventure awaits. Whisked away to Neverland as quickly as it takes to muster a happy thought, all is not as it seems when Wendy, Peter and John arrive in the kingdom of Lost Boys - Tink is up to her old tricks and the villainous Captain Hook is wreaking havoc as he hunts for Peter Pan. As the boys become caught up in playing pretend, it’s Wendy and the brilliantly brave Tiger Lilly who must stop the children of Neverland from being caught in the Captain’s trap for real...


The Lyceum is delighted to be continuing Talk Show as a key part of the 2018/19 season. The free series is an exciting new addition to The Lyceum programme, in which artists, authors, and thinkers are invited to come and watch a performance before taking to the stage themselves to share their response to the themes of the play with the audience.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to celebrate the triumphant return of Love Song to Lavender Menace, which played to sold out audiences in The Lyceum Studio in October of last year. Written by Village Pub Theatre founding member James Ley (Alison & Paolo, The Boxer and Repul-sive Acts of Love, Village Pub Theatre; I Heart Maths, Oran Mor; Spain, Citizens Theatre for Glasgay!; UP, The Vault), the critically acclaimed production will run from 1 – 26 August in Summerhall’s Tech Cube Zero during the Fringe Festival, as part of this year’s esteemed Made in Scotland showcase.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival present Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis on the 7 August 2018 at the Festival Theatre Studio as a workshop presentation and discussion about Tyrone Guthrie’s legendary production of Sir David Lindsay’s play. Performed only twice to royalty and commoners in Fife and Edinburgh in the 1550s, Ane Satyre is a breathtaking work that challenges the corruption of the church, aristocracy, business and government through its tale  of a young king tempted away from the path of wisdom by vice and debauchery. Director Joe Douglas and playwright Ian Brown – whose first original play, Carnegie, was produced at The Lyceum in 1973 - have interrogated the play and considered how it might be presented for a contemporary audience. Along with a company of actors they will prepare a presentation of rehearsed sections of the play and a discussion about the nature of this unique work and its place in 21st-century theatre.

The Lyceum's Creative Learning team and the Lyceum Youth Theatre will continue to deliver a wide range of courses, events and workshops throughout Season 2018/19.