Summer on Stage 2020

These courses have been cancelled, for more information see the Royal Lyceum Theatre Statement on COVID-19 31 March 2020​

Each Summer we welcome over 100 young people to be the professionals in our building over the month of July, in our ever-popular Summer on Stage project. Aspiring performers work with theatre professionals to develop their performance skills, make new friends and perform on our main stage in a fully supported production, and for those who want to experience working behind the scenes, our two-week technical course will allow you the chance to help make it all happen.

All courses will go on sale at 10am on Monday 10th February, and are only bookable via phone; please call a member of our Box Office team on 0131 248 4848 to book your place.                       Box Office is open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

All Junior, Senior and Technical course participants must be available for both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July, which are the days of dress rehearsals and performances. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow participants to join part way through courses.

Early Bird prices available until Monday 24th February inclusive, after which only Full Price rates will apply.
Bursaries available, please see information at the bottom of this page.

Four Day Performance Course: The Greatest Show!
Let your imagination run wild and create a devised performance full of magic and marvel which will be performed on the Lyceum’s main stage at the end of the week. Roll up, roll will be The Greatest Show on Earth!

Ages: 7 – 10 years
Dates: Tuesday 30th June – Friday 3rd July
Times: 10am – 4pm (with a 5pm performance on Friday 3rd July)
Early Bird Price: £140 / £125 (LYT members)
Full Price: £180 / £165 (LYT members) from Tuesday 25th February

Junior Performance Course: Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather, Adapted by Emma Reeves
Set against a larger than life Victorian backdrop, Hetty Feather is the story of a feisty girl who was given away as a baby to the ghastly foundling hospital. For the first five years of her life she finds comfort in the imaginative world of the Tangfields Travelling Circus and her foster family, but everything changes when she is forced to return to the foundling home...

Directed by Sophie Howell, this production will be a playful and raucous adventure with an overarching message of hope in adversity.

Ages: 11 – 13 years
Dates: Monday 29th June – Saturday 18th July (no rehearsal on Monday 6th July)
Times: 10am – 4.30pm
Early Bird Price: £395 / £370 (LYT members)
Full Price: £430 / £405 (LYT members) from Tuesday 25th February

Please note: In response to feedback, this year our Junior performance course is 3 weeks long to allow for more in-depth exploration of the script and additional rehearsal time.

Senior Performance Course: Alice adapted by Laura Wade - SOLD OUT
The White Rabbit is late for the Duchess. The Cheshire Cat won't stop grinning. And the Hatter is, well, mad. In the middle of it all is Alice, a teenage girl with a vivid imagination and a family life that's less than perfect. Follow her as she escapes her Edinburgh home to find adventure and strength in a topsy-turvy world. Based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale, this new adaptation by Laura Wade breathes fresh life into a much-loved story and asks the question: how do we find our heart when things are hard? Directed by Kirsty Pennycook.

Please note: this text contains themes of grief and loss. For further information, please email

Ages: 14 – 19 years
Dates: Monday 29th June – Saturday 18th July (no rehearsal on Monday 6th July)
Times: 10am – 4.30pm
Early Bird Price: £395 / £370 (LYT members)
Full Price: £430 / £405 (LYT members) from Tuesday 25th February

Technical Course
For those who want to work behind the scenes, making it all happen! From lighting and sound to stage management, our technical team will provide a unique experience guiding you through working on a professional show.

Ages: 14 - 19 years
Dates: Tuesday 7th July – Saturday 18th July
Times: 10am – 4.30pm
Early Bird Price: £290 / £270 (LYT members)
Full Price: £330 / £315 (LYT members) from Tuesday 25th February

LYT is for everyone; don’t let cost be a barrier. We offer concessionary and bursary places on application. If you would like further information on these places, please contact Sophie Howell, Creative Learning Officer at, or phone 0131 248 4823.

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