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A new play by David Greig
Adapted from Stanisław Lem's novel
Directed by Matthew Lutton

“We call them ‘visitors’… they seem to be formed by our dreams.”

Within hours of arriving on a space station in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, psychologist Kris is troubled by the evasive habits of her fellow scientists who each seem haunted by ghosts. It’s not long before she herself is confronted by the spectre of an old love.

At first these interactions are unnerving but soon they become addictive. Are these apparitions real or is the planet conjuring them to communicate with the spaceship’s crew? Soon the team’s research mission becomes derailed into psychological odysseys of their own.

Following Tarkovsky and Soderbergh’s cult films, Lyceum Artistic Director David Greig, brings Stanisław Lem’s classic sci-fi novel to the stage for the first time, joining with Director Matthew Lutton, of Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, to create a stylish space-scape for a story which explores the nature of love, loss and consciousness.

Lyceum audiences will remember Lutton’s thrilling production of Picnic at Hanging Rock. Solaris will similarly showcase his ability to play with genre and translate the power of literature and film into the visceral experience of the theatre. Solaris follows David Greig’s recent run of smash-hit adaptations including Touching the Void and Local Hero.

Contains some violent imagery

Solaris is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.


Cast and Credits

CAST in alphabetical order

Polly Frame Kris Kelvin
Keegan Joyce Ray
Jade Ogugua Dr Sartorius
Fode Simbo Dr Snow
and featuring
Hugo Weaving in a filmed performance as Dr Gibarian


Writer  David Greig adapted from Stanisław Lem’s novel
Director Matthew Lutton
Designer  Hyemi Shin
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Sound Designer and Composer Jethro Woodward
Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG


A sneak peek of the video diaries made by Dr Gibarian, played by Hugo Weaving in #Solaris

Dates, Times & Prices

12 September - 5 October 2019

£10 PREVIEWS, 7.30pm
Thursday 12, Friday 13 September
Preview tickets on sale from 12 August

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday
£16 - £33

MATINEES from 18 September, 2pm
Wednesday and Saturday
£14 - £29

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval. 


Thursday 26 September, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

Saturday 28 September, 2pm
Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Wednesday 2 October, 7.30pm

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Take Part

Free events tailored to the show

Talk Show
Monday 23 September

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 24 September

LYT Curtain Raiser
Friday 27 September

Press Coverage


"Stunning, intelligent and haunting... a breath-taking adaptation"
Starburst Magazine

"an entrancing production"
Edinburgh Evening News

"beg, steal or borrow a ticket...a triumph of illusion"
Edinburgh Reporter

"chilling, thrilling and mind-blowing"
The Scotsman

"bold and rewarding"
The Guardian

"terrifyingly strange, beautifully staged"
The Telegraph

The Times

"the best Greig play I've seen"
What's On Stage

"as gorgeous as it is inventive"
The Stage

"genuine theatrical magnitism"
All Edinburgh Theatre

The Skinny

★★★★ 1/2
"Solaris grips right up to its revelatory conclusion"
Bouqets and Brickbats

"a pinnacle of theatrical science fiction"
Corr Blimey

"visually stunning"
Fresh Air Arts

"a satisfying array of philosophical and existential enquiries'"
Reviews Hub


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