Lyceum Youth Theatre

Hello! Welcome to the Lyceum Youth Theatre.

Here at LYT we strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all our members. Our sessions help participants to develop self-confidence, performance skills and diverse theatrical knowledge with further support about education and future career pathways.

Each session challenges members to become strong performers whilst providing a fun and creative community to be part of.

"LYT makes me feel:
Like a good actor and accepted,
like I always have friends,
Like I am not alone,
Accepted, Included, Inspired, Confident,
Like I am part of something important,

We offer classes a range of classes; LYT Play (ages 5-7), LYT Mini's (ages 8-10), LYT Juniors (ages 11-13) and LYT Seniors (ages 14-18). Booking for summer term opens soon. For more information, sign up to our newsletter here.

Our term runs alongside the Edinburgh school term. Our terms vary from 9-12 weeks, a total Lyceum Youth Theatre academic year consists of 31 weeks. Our Summer Term will be running from the 22nd of April until the 22nd of June 2024.

Where to find us: All LYT Sessions take place in our Creative Learning Space in 30b Grindlay Street.

How to book: To book your place, you can either visit your class page below or call our Box Office on 0131 248 4848. Unfortunately, participants cannot pay for a partial term.

Please note: current LYT members' booking opens before public booking, so places can fill up quickly.

Booking for Summer Term is now open.

Bursaries: At The Lyceum, we believe that cost shouldn't be a barrier to theatre and therefore have a bursary scheme for members who may face financial barriers when accessing Youth Theatre. To find out if you could be eligible for support, please email us at

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do I need to have studied drama before?

No prior experience necessary – just a sense of curiosity and imagination!

What will I learn?

Classes are designed to develop self-confidence and performance skills. During term, groups create a sharing to be shown to an audience and add to their theatre-making tool kit. Members will learn about the plays that are part of our main stage programme as well as play games and have lots of fun!

We work in a bespoke manner and like to respond to the interests of our groups. Previous topics include improvised comedy, monologues, and Shakespeare. For our younger members we focus on storytelling through immersive play.

Do you operate a waiting list?

If you are interested in joining the groups but are not yet a member, please email for more information.

Do you offer trial sessions?

Occasionally we run open days which include free workshops for people who want to try drama out – sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about new dates.

How do I book?

You can book via our website or call our box office on 0131 2484848. Once you have booked all members will receive a welcome pack and consent form to fill out.

Can I pay per session?

Unfortunately this is not possible.

Can I join a term late?

You can join up until the second week of term but still must pay the full termly fee.

My child has a birthday close to the beginning of a term that would make them eligible for the next group up. What group should I book them on to?

If your child’s birthday falls in the first two weeks of term, they can choose which age group to book onto.

I have access needs; can you accommodate me?

Please contact us at so we can discuss your specific requirements and how we can accommodate them. In the past, we have been able to organise the following: rehearsal room tours, tutor meet & greets and sending plans in advance of the session.