An image of the ensemble from Lung Ha depicting the fairytale-esque insitution of Castle Lennox

Cancelled - Castle Lennox

This performance has been cancelled, for more information see the Royal Lyceum Theatre Statement on COVID-19 31 March 2020

By Linda McLean
Music by Michael John McCarthy
Directed by Maria Oller

“You said small spaces encourage large thoughts and... then you locked the door.”

When Annis, a young girl with autism, finds herself incarcerated in Lennox Castle Hospital, an institution which might as well be a prison, designed for the incarceration of ‘the feeble minded’, her first impulse is to try and escape the brutal regime of punishment and medication. However, as she gets to know her fellow patients they introduce her to another world – a world exploding with colour and song. This is an enchanted castle in which the once-a-month disco offers an alternative reality to the daily doses of pills, punishments, and restraint.

Linda McLean (Glory on Earth at The Lyceum) has written a play with songs (by MJ McCarthy) about the strength, wit and resilience of those who were sent to Castle Lennox during a regime of segregation from the 1930s to the 1990s. This inspiring tale, based on a real institution, is brought to the stage in collaboration with the brilliant Lung Ha Theatre Company (Dr Stirlingshire’s DiscoveryWe Are All Just Little Creatures).

Please note this performance explores themes that might not be suitable for children. 


Supported by Margaret Duffy and Peter Williamson.

Castle Lennox is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lung Ha Theatre Company.


Linda McLean Interview

Dates, Times & Prices

1 - 2 May 2020

All Performances BSL Interpreted

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Friday and Saturday

£17 - £20


£17 - £20