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Royal Lyceum Theatre

History of The Royal Lyceum

The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh opened in 1883, and although it has undergone few refurbishments over the years, it remains very close to its original Victorian design. The theatre has close links with the Edinburgh International Festival, and its focus is on quality drama.

This theatre has been the starting place for many Scottish actors. In recent times, it has hosted performances from David Tennant, Alan Cumming and Emily Mortimer. However, in its early years, the likes of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry stood on its stage.

Royal Lyceum Theatre ornate Victorian Exterior

What’s on at the Royal Lyceum Theatre?

The resident theatre company performs up to eight different productions per year. Presenting classic plays from the UK and worldwide, as well as introducing new tales and adaptations.

Find out what’s on at the theatre over the coming months here > What’s On at The Royal Lyceum?

Lyceum Ghosts

Most of the theatres in Edinburgh have their own ghosts, and the Royal Lyceum is no exception! There have been several sightings of the ghostly blue figure of a woman, The Blue Lady, often accompanied by a ringing noise. It is believed to be the spirit of actress Ellen Terry, who performed in the theatre’s opening performance of Much Ado About Nothing in 1883.

Theatre actess on side stage

Edinburgh Theatre Breaks

The Royal Lyceum is a 25-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride from comfortable accommodation at Parliament House Hotel. We also offer a great pre-theatre deal in our restaurant, which is available for both hotel guests and non-residents. So, why not enjoy a theatre break with us?

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