Lyceum Christmas Tales

A collection of new tales for Christmas by Andy Cannon, Hamaad Chaudhry, Tony Cownie, Robert Softley Gale, Louise Ironside, Jackie Kay, Denise Mina, Mara Menzies, Karine Polwart, Lynda Radley, Shona Reppe, and Morna Young

Directed by Zinnie Harris and Wils Wilson

Designed by Tom Piper

Join us this festive season for a Christmas offering unlike any other. Lyceum Christmas Tales is an advent calendar of 12 stories for audiences in Edinburgh and beyond, combining online and live performances of new and familiar festive tales penned and performed by some of Scotland’s best-loved writers, musicians and artists.

On 1 Dec, a free 15 minute Christmas story will appear on The Lyceum Website for families to share at bedtime. Then, a brand new story will appear every other day until the 16th of December - 8 free stories in all. You can visit us here to watch them on the website as they appear – or we can send them direct to your inbox at home – just sign up for Christmas Tales by E-mail below.

Sign-up to receive our eight free Christmas Tales by email

Sign up to receive our eight free Lyceum Christmas Tales videos via email, and get information about all our Lyceum Christmas Tales productions

Each fifteen-minute, family-friendly festive tale will be available to watch free throughout December, with stories ranging from tales of Christmas elves and angels to dung beetles and Greyfriars Bobby.

The final 4 Christmas Tales will be performed together in a special live show with musical interludes on a transformed Lyceum stage between 16-20 December.

Image credit: Tom Piper.

Tickets for the live shows are limited to ensure social distancing, but you can also watch live from home – streaming from the stage direct to your TV or devices for just £10



Schools can stream our Lyceum Christmas Tales Live performance to all pupils for just £50 per school! To find out more, CLICK HERE

Cast and Credits

Zinnie Harris & Wils Wilson Directors

Tom Piper Designer

Andy Cannon, Hammaad Chaudry, Tony Cownie, Robert Softley Gale, Louise Ironside, Jackie Kay, Denise Mina, Mara Menzies, Karine Polwart, Lynda Radley, Shona Reppe, & Morna Young Writers


Lyceum Christmas Tales Supporters

Alan M Johnston
Alexandra Stewart
Allan Wilson
Andrew and Celia Coulson
Angus and Patricia Glennie
Angus and Shirley Bell
Bea Ferguson
Brenda Rennie
Christine Wiggins
David and Alison Reid
David and Judith Halkerston
Douglas and Frances Fettes
Dr Elizabeth McCall Smith
Elizabeth Barclay
Fiona Reith
Gary and Liz Wilson
Gordon and Pam Simpson
Ian and Judith Wall
Ian and Maureen Mclennan
Ian Percival
Isabel and Peter Graham
Jenny Clarke
John Bradshaw and Shiona Mackie
Kirsty, Seumas and Malcolm Connell-Skinner
Lesley Knox
Linda Greig
Linda Hutchison
Margaret Duffy and Peter Williamson
Melvyn Greig
Mirren Stobie
Mona Shea
Peter and Stephanie Rae
Richard Allan MBE
Richard Findlay and Gerald McColgan
Robin and Madeleine Harding
Robin and Vicki Morton
Ros and Russell Salton
Sandra Marshall & Antony Duff
Sue Brown
Sue Leckie
Val Sampson
and those that have asked to remain anonymous. 

Dates, Times & Prices

Lyceum Christmas Tales Live Performances
16 - 20 December, 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

In-person performance prices

Table of 6 - £150 per table
Table of 4 - £100 per table
Circle - £25pp (£20pp Concession)

Live Stream prices

£10 (with £20 for multiple viewers) - we would encourage anyone who will be watching with a number of others to show their support for theatres and buy a multiple viewer ticket


Accessible performances will be available - please contact Box Office for details by emailing