Picnic at Hanging Rock at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock
a new play adapted from Joan Lindsay's novel by Tom Wright
directed by Matthew Lutton

“I know you’re there… Miranda? Miranda!”

The sun beat down on the faces of the three girls. It was bright and warm with no cloud in the sky, but the black shadow of Hanging Rock glowered over them… even on the brightest of days you can’t escape the dark….

On a summer’s day in 1900 three Australian schoolgirls grew tired of their classmates and yearned for adventure. Escaping their teacher’s watchful gaze they absconded, away from the group and towards the beckoning Hanging Rock – never to be seen again.

Picnic at Hanging Rock has haunted the Australian psyche for over a century both in print and on film. In Tom Wright’s chilling adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel, five performers struggle to solve the mystery of the missing girls and their teacher. Euphoria and terror reverberate throughout Appleyard College, as the potential for history to repeat itself becomes nightmarishly real.

Renowned Australian theatre makers Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne and Black Swan State Theatre Company join us at The Lyceum with a haunting tale for January which proves horror lurks on a warm, summer’s day.

“This retelling of the Joan Lindsay cult classic proves the book’s theme remains relevant – and will terrify the pants off you.” The Guardian

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Please note this peformance does not have an interval

Cast and Credits

in alphabetical order
Harriet Gordon-Anderson
Arielle Gray
Amber McMahon
Elizabeth Nabben
Nikki Shiels

A new play by Tom Wright adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel
Director Matthew Lutton
Set & Costume Designer Zoë Atkinson
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Composition Ash Gibson Greig
Sound Designer J. David Franzke
Stage Manager Tia Clark
Assistant Stage Manager Lyndie Li Wan Po


Dates, Times & Prices

13 - 28 January 2017

PREVIEW, 7:30pm
13 January
£10 Preview tickets on sale 12 December.

Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 85 minutes.
This production does not contain an interval

For Access Performances see below.


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £15.50 - £30.50

Wednesdays and Saturdays: £13.50 - £26

Not available on Premium Seats, from £10.

Unreserved seating all tickets £10. On sale 12 December 2016.

All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016.



  • Thursday 26 January - 7.30pm
    Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 28 January - 2pm
    Touch Tour - 12.45pm

Wednesday 25 January - 7.30pm

Saturday 28 January - 2pm


Take Part

Tuesday 24 January 2017
FREE no ticket required
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

Press Coverage

Please note some publications make use of paywalls.

The Herald

'a show with a volcanic power.'
The Guardian

'an explosion of theatrical power as fierce as it is contemplative'
The Scotsman

'a vivid adaptation'
The Observer

'Engrossing and affecting'
Attitude Magazine

'Matthew Lutton’s production is a work of jagged, disturbing innovation'
The Telegraph

'a pressure-cooker evening in the theatre which challenges, unsettles and disturbs.'
What's on Stage

'Mythic in its scope and magical in its appearance'
The Stage

'As compelling, visceral and insistent as that wasp in your otherwise perfect picnic jam pot. Unmissable.'
The Edinburgh Reporter

The Mumble


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