2008/09

MACBETH MARY ROSE THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP COPENHAGEN CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS
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It’s always an exciting time here at the Lyceum between the end of one season and the start of another, as we take stock of what we have achieved in the past year. Moreover it’s a time when the whole company can look forward with real excitement to the new collection of work to be staged here from September onwards. Season 2008/09 holds so much promise and potential, with some genuinely great pieces of theatre from some genuinely great dramatists. Shakespeare, Barrie, Miller, Ludlam, Shepard and Frayn are all master craftsmen with unique and vivid visions of the world of theatre; writers you know you can rely on, regardless of the subject matter, to come up with the goods and entertain and inspire an audience. On top of these shows, of course, we have a wonderful piece of family entertainment for you in the form of our Christmas show, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It’s a classic tale for people of all ages, and along with the six productions in our main Season, is very much a part of the Lyceum’s 2008/09 programme, presented with the same care, attention, skill and love as the rest of our work. I sincerely hope you will be able to join us in Narnia this winter! You can read more about each of our plays in the pages that follow, but in essence this is a Season about character and identity – people and societies trying to discover what they’re about, where they come from, where they’re going, and whether or not they actually want to reach those destinations. Many of the stories we’ll be telling have elements that are unsettling or strange, sometimes involving the supernatural, sometimes the psychological, and sometimes the downright surreal. I’m very proud of the shows we’re about to present for you, and I hope that you’ll be able to see at least two or three of them – although ideally you’ll take out a Season Ticket and see all six! Even if that’s not for you, I hope you’ll feel inspired to visit and revisit us over the coming Season to enjoy yourself, to be challenged, and to be moved. Because, in the end, that’s what we’re here for. Mark Thomson Artistic Director and Chief Executive. SPONSORS DESIGN PARTNER

WELCOME

How time flies – it seems like just yesterday that I was sitting down to write a welcome to our last season of work, and now, twelve months later, here we go again!

Season 2008/09
MACBETH
JM BARRIE

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

12 September – 11 October 2008. A co-production with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company

MARY ROSE

24 October – 15 November 2008

CHRISTMAS SHOW THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
CS LEWIS ADAPTED BY GLYN ROBBINS

28 November 2008 – 3 January 2009

THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK
ARTHUR MILLER CHARLES LUDLAM SAM SHEPARD

16 January – 14 February 2009

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS COPENHAGEN
MICHAEL FRAYN
17 April – 9 May 2009
VISITING PRODUCTION CATHERINE WHEELS AND THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND PRESENT

20 February – 14 March 2009 A co-production with Horsecross Arts

20 March – 11 April 2009

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES…
15 – 18 October 2008 CO-PRODUCERS FOR SEASON 2008/09

MEDIA PRODUCTION PARTNER

WRITTEN AND ADAPTED BY RAY BRADBURY

Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX. The Royal Lyceum is a registered charity no. SC062065. Scottish Charity Registered no. SCO10509

“Foul whisperings are abroad, unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles.”

MACBETH

12 September – 11 October 2008

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DIRECTED BY LUCY PITMAN-WALLACE A co-production with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company

Evenings Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm

Matinees 17, 20, 24, 27 September and 1, 4 October at 2.30pm First Look Friday Sponsored by the List Preview performance Friday 12 September at 7.45pm ALL TICKETS £5 – on sale from 8 August Pre-Show Talk Tuesday 16 September at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free

Confronted by three witches as he returns from battle, Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, is given a tantalising vision of the future – he will acquire great power in his homeland, first as Thane of Cawdor and then as King of Scotland. Intrigued by this prophecy, his personal ambitions are aroused – and when word arrives that his valour in the King’s service has been indeed rewarded with the title of Cawdor, his thirst for power begins to control him. Obsessed with the prophecy, he and his scheming wife set their sights on achieving this ultimate honour and authority. And when King Duncan comes to stay at his trusted nobleman’s home, the scene is set for bloody murder, a power grab, and a dark period of tyranny and fear in Scotland. As Macbeth’s powerlust, paranoia and guilt grow stronger by the day, the bodies begin to mount up, and he finds himself haunted by the past and tormented by the fear of losing his new kingdom.

Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast Tuesday 23 September (FREE)

Starring Liam Brennan (The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Anna Karenina) as the title character, Macbeth is a coproduction with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and will transfer to Nottingham (22 October to 15 November) after its run here at the Lyceum. SPECIAL EVENT – AUTUMN 2008 Friday 3 October at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free Pre-Show Discussion with Professor Willy Malley from Glasgow University, exploring historical portrayals of mental health in literature. Macbeth is presented as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. See page 18 for more information. www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk www.mhfestival.com

Audio-Described Performance Thursday 25 September at 7.45pm Audio-Described Performance Saturday 27 September at 2.30pm Theatre Discussion Group Wednesday 1 October at 5.15pm (approx), FREE (ticket required) BSL Signed Performance Wednesday 1 October at 7.45pm

Touch Tour for the visually impaired Saturday 27 September at 12.30pm

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TICKET PRICES Individual tickets from £12 – £26 Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Full price/discount information on page 23

“I dare say, to a timid thing, being a ghost is worse than seeing them.”

MARY ROSE
JM BARRIE DIRECTED BY TONY COWNIE

24 October – 15 November 2008

Evenings Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm Matinees 29 October and 1, 5, 8, 15 November at 2.30pm First Look Friday Sponsored by the List Preview performance Friday 24 October at 7.45pm ALL TICKETS £5 – on sale from 8 August Pre-Show Talk Tuesday 28 October at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free

Barrie’s wonderful Edwardian ghost story, Mary Rose, begins in a dark and mysterious old house. A young man is being shown round by an old caretaker whose evident unease is matched only by her distaste for his jaunty, overconfident air. Though she is unwilling to speak of it, we learn that this house has a dark secret… Suddenly we are taken many decades into the past, where the Morland family are at leisure in their home, and where their eighteen-year-old daughter Mary Rose is about to receive a proposal of marriage. Before assenting though, her parents feel honour-bound to inform her suitor of a curious and unnerving incident from her childhood.

All seems well until a few years later when Mary Rose is, unwittingly, brought back by her husband to the scene of that incident, and the mystery begins to take hold once again. Barrie’s play is unsettling and fascinating in equal measure, its tone recalling modern exercises in the supernatural such as Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. Yet while there is a dark side to this story, there are also moments of great humour and fun. Barrie’s wit and warmth here both relieve and heighten the haunting tone of the rest of the piece. A compelling tale then, but one which may leave you shivering with more than just the cold as the dark nights draw in…

Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast Tuesday 4 November (FREE)

Audio-Described Performance Thursday 6 November at 7.45pm Audio-Described Performance Saturday 8 November at 2.30pm

Touch Tour for the visually impaired Saturday 8 November at 12.30pm Theatre Discussion Group Wednesday 5 November at 5.15pm (approx), FREE (ticket required) TICKET PRICES Individual tickets from £12 – £26 Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Full price/discount information on page 23

BSL Signed Performance Wednesday 12 November at 7.45pm

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“Isn’t it better to feel that what you have came to you because of something special you can do? Something, something… inside you.”

THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK
16 January – 14 February 2009
ARTHUR MILLER DIRECTED BY JOHN DOVE By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited The Man Who Had All the Luck, despite encompassing the same great creativity and values identified in his other masterpieces, remained one of Miller’s least known works for more than fifty years until it was revived in 2000 and staged thereafter in several theatre productions. Set during the Depression, this is a moral drama that examines the American Dream and questions how one man can fail while another, though no more capable, can prosper in life. The play centres upon David Beeves, who is seemingly immune to disaster and wonders when his luck will run out. His good fortune seems to highlight the tragedies of those around him as he tries desperately to find justification for his successes. David’s futile quest for a validation of his identity results in a deepening paranoia that questions the existence of God and meaning of life. Directed by John Dove, whose previous acclaimed productions at the Lyceum include Miller’s All My Sons (2007) and Death of a Salesman (2004), The Man Who Had All the Luck is a powerful and tragic drama concerned with human freedom and centred on an American family struggling to find reason in their world.

Evenings Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm

Matinees 21, 24, 28, 31 January and 4, 7 February at 2.30pm

First Look Friday Sponsored by the List Preview performance Friday 16 January at 7.45pm ALL TICKETS £5 – on sale from 5 December Pre-Show Talk Tuesday 20 January at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free

Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast Tuesday 27 January (FREE)

Audio-Described Performance Thursday 29 January at 7.45pm Audio-Described Performance Saturday 31 January at 2.30pm

Touch Tour for the visually impaired Saturday 31 January at 12.30pm BSL Signed Performance Wednesday 4 February at 7.45pm

TICKET PRICES Individual tickets from £12 – £26 Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Full price/discount information on page 23

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“It’s a terrible thing to marry an Egyptologist and find he’s hung up on his mummy…”

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
20 February – 14 March 2009
CHARLES LUDLAM DIRECTED BY IAN GRIEVE A co-production with Horsecross Arts Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited

Evenings Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm

Matinees 25, 28 February and 4, 7, 14 March at 2.30pm First Look Friday Sponsored by the List Preview performance Friday 20 February at 7.45pm ALL TICKETS £5 – on sale from 5 December Pre-Show Talk Tuesday 24 February at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast Tuesday 3 March (FREE)

Subtitled ‘A Penny Dreadful’ and taking its lead from tales of gothic romance, The Mystery of Irma Vep is a fast-paced and wickedly funny parody of the genre, mixing in references to a whole host of novels and films, from Rebecca and The Hound of the Baskervilles to The Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula. If Daphne du Maurier had written a post-modern episode of Midsomer Murders starring the Marx Brothers, this might very well have been the blood-curdling result! Eminent Egyptologist Lord Edgar Hillcrest has happily re-married after the violent death of his first wife, Irma. But her memory still lingers in the house, as does the mystery surrounding the demise of their son Victor at the hands of a suspected werewolf (also named Victor). And what hope does the new Lady Hillcrest have of shaking off the curse of Mandacrest when her husband returns from his latest trip to Cairo with an ancient mummy in tow? This deliciously irreverent romp employs just two actors to play the upstairs and downstairs residents of Mandacrest, as well as a ghoulish supporting cast of vampires, werewolves and Egyptian goddesses. No cliché is left un-mocked, from portraits with moving eyes to secret passages behind the bookcase. Ready yourself for a night of ribald punnery, glorious over-acting and unbridled silliness – the perfect antidote to the midwinter blues! Advisory: Contains sudden noises, flashing lights and werewolves. The Mystery of Irma Vep is a co-production with Horsecross Arts and will transfer to Perth Theatre (19 March to 4 April) after its run here at the Lyceum. www.horsecross.co.uk 01738 621 031

Audio-Described Performance Thursday 5 March at 7.45pm Audio-Described Performance Saturday 7 March at 2.30pm

Touch Tour for the visually impaired Saturday 7 March at 12.30pm BSL Signed Performance Wednesday 11 March at 7.45pm

TICKET PRICES Individual tickets from £12 – £26 Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Full price/discount information on page 23

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“I’m going into crime. It’s the only thing that pays these days.”

Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class comically dissects the corruption of American values. On a run-down Californian farmstead, at the edge of the desert and within migrating distance of the Mexican border, an alcoholic husband and his philandering wife are each scheming to sell off their family home without the other’s knowledge, while their children struggle to come to terms with the harsh reality of the world they’ve been born into. Debt, stolen dreams and a fear of the future fuel the family’s self-destructive behaviours, as they sacrifice their meagre values, and each other, to attain something of the better life they envision for themselves.

CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS
20 March – 11 April 2009
SAM SHEPARD DIRECTED BY MARK THOMSON By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Evenings Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm Matinees 25, 28 March and 1, 4, 11 April at 2.30pm First Look Friday Sponsored by the List Preview performance Friday 20 March at 7.45pm ALL TICKETS £5 – on sale from 9 January Pre-Show Talk Tuesday 24 March at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free

Behind Shepard’s exploration of the corruption of money and the all-consuming lure of corporation is a painfully funny portrait of a family in decline, unsure whether to reject or embrace the label of America’s ‘starving class’ while teetering on the edge of poverty, sanity and society itself. Shepard’s work explores many similar themes to playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill, but through more contemporary eyes, and with a brash, raw energy. The drama is underpinned by a scathing sense of humour, ensuring these characters never become simple archetypes, but are instead living, breathing contradictions of themselves: deranged and uncivilised, hysterical in the face of tragedy and doomed despite their best efforts to survive in the world.

Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast Tuesday 31 March (FREE)

Audio-Described Performance Thursday 2 April at 7.45pm Audio-Described Performance Saturday 4 April at 2.30pm BSL Signed Performance Wednesday 8 April at 7.45pm

Touch Tour for the visually impaired Saturday 4 April at 12.30pm

TICKET PRICES Individual tickets from £12 – £26 Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Full price/discount information on page 23

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“A chain reaction. You tell one painful truth and it leads to two more.”
This intense, absorbing and powerful piece of theatre from Michael Frayn brings our 2008/09 Season to a pulsating end.

COPENHAGEN
17 April – 9 May 2009
MICHAEL FRAYN DIRECTED BY TONY COWNIE

Evenings Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm Matinees 22, 25, 29 April and 2, 9 May at 2.30pm First Look Friday Sponsored by the List Preview performance Friday 17 April at 7.45pm ALL TICKETS £5 – on sale from 9 January Pre-Show Talk Tuesday 21 April at 6pm Tickets: £3/Under 18s free

Copenhagen is a gripping drama in which the mysterious actions of German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1941 are pored over and intensely questioned. Frayn’s piece is a fictional exploration of Heisenberg’s real-life meeting with his old friend and mentor Nils Bohr, and the huge significance it may have held for the entire world. Years after the event, their ghosts debate the true meaning of the encounter, and try to understand exactly what happened that night. The ill-fated meeting splintered their friendship and provoked decades of speculation and debate. Having laid down the guiding principles of quantum physics in the 1920s, the two then found themselves on opposite sides in the Second World War. Led by Heisenberg, German science rushed to develop a nuclear capability – both to generate power and to create a bomb. But were Heisenberg’s motives so clear cut? Did he really want to put the atom bomb in Hitler’s grasp? And if so, why did he come to Copenhagen and consult so freely with his half-Jewish teacher and colleague? There emerges a fascinating portrait of the lives and work of these two men. Driven to explore the boundaries of science, they were also placed by history in a time when their work could, and would, cause unthinkable suffering and horror. With Bohr’s perceptive wife Margarethe beside them, the two scientists try to decipher what Heisenberg had hoped to achieve, and the implications of their meeting in Copenhagen.

Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast Tuesday 28 April (FREE)

Audio-Described Performance Thursday 30 April at 7.45pm Audio-Described Performance Saturday 2 May at 2.30pm BSL Signed Performance Wednesday 6 May at 7.45pm

Touch Tour for the visually impaired Saturday 2 May at 12.30pm

TICKET PRICES Individual tickets from £12 – £26 Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Full price/discount information on page 23

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“The wardrobe is magic! There’s a wood inside it, and a lamppost, and a country called Narnia where it’s snowing all the time. And I met a faun called Mr Tumnus and we had tea together!”

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
28 November 2008 – 3 January 2009
BY CS LEWIS ADAPTED BY GLYN ROBBINS DIRECTED BY MARK THOMSON

Last year we took you over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz – this year we’re heading for Narnia! Join Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan as they find themselves transported into a world where it’s always winter but never Christmas. Alongside a whole host of forest friends, including Mr Tumnus the faun and Mr and Mrs Beaver, the four siblings must join together with the majestic lion Aslan to defeat the wicked White Witch and restore happiness – and Christmas – to the land of Narnia again.

First written in 1950, CS Lewis’s story was recently voted the Best Children’s Book of All Time in a poll by the literary charity Booktrust, and came out on top of a survey by the Lyceum to find the story children in Edinburgh would most like to see on the Lyceum’s stage. Last year’s production of The Wizard of Oz broke all our Box Office records, so book early to guarantee your seats to this seasonal spectacular – suitable for ages six and up, it’s guaranteed ‘faun’ for all the family!

CHILDREN HALF PRICE! ANY SEAT, ANY PERFORMANCE, FROM AS LITTLE AS £5.50!
FAMILY TICKETS
Four Stalls seats for just £60. Available for all performances, limited to two Family Tickets per customer.

FANCY DRESS FRIDAYS!

We firmly believe that more is merrier at Christmas, so you can save £3 off each adult seat when booking 10 seats or more, and £4 off plus one FREE seat when you book 20 or more! Children still pay HALF the discounted adult price! No deposit required – just reserve now and pay in full two weeks before the show. Call our dedicated Group Sales Line on 0131 248 4949 for more information or to reserve your group’s tickets.

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After the tremendous success of last year’s dress up events, we’re once again inviting you to come in costume to either the Friday 5 or Friday 12 December performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Come as your favourite character from the play, or just dress to impress!

And join us at our matinees on Monday 22, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 December for an extra special festive atmosphere with children’s activities in the foyer before the performance!

“A show that will leave you over the moon with delight!” #####
The Herald on The Wizard of Oz

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PERFORMANCE DIARY
FRIDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER 29 NOVEMBER 5 DECEMBER 6 DECEMBER 10 DECEMBER 11 DECEMBER 12 DECEMBER 13 DECEMBER 16 DECEMBER 17 DECEMBER 18 DECEMBER 19 DECEMBER 20 DECEMBER 21 DECEMBER 22 DECEMBER 23 DECEMBER 24 DECEMBER 25 DECEMBER 26 DECEMBER 27 DECEMBER 28 DECEMBER 29 DECEMBER 30 DECEMBER 31 DECEMBER 3 JANUARY

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2.30pm*

2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 7.00pm 2.30pm 7.00pm 2.30pm MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2.30pm 7.00pm 2.30pm 7.00pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 7.00pm 2.30pm 7.00pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 7.00pm

7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm* 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm** 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

*Audio-Described Performance **BSL Signed Performance A Touch Tour for the visually impaired will take place on Saturday 13 December at 12.30pm. Ask at Box Office for details. TICKET PRICES Stalls, Stalls Boxes Grand Circle Upper & Grand Circle Boxes Circle £16 £8 £14 £13 £6.50 £12 £6

Adult £22 £18 Child/Student/ £11 £9 Disabled/Unemployed Senior £20 £16 Group 10+ Adult £19 £15 £9.50 £7.50 Group 10+ Child £14 £18 Group 20+ Adult Group 20+ Child £9 £7 Partial View seats are also available from £11 (Adults) or £5.50 (Children) / Family Tickets – £60 (four Stalls seats, at least one under 18, subject to availability)

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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
15 – 18 October 2008
WRITTEN AND ADAPTED BY RAY BRADBURY DIRECTED BY GILL ROBERTSON Presented by Catherine Wheels and the National Theatre of Scotland This autumn the Lyceum is delighted to welcome Catherine Wheels Children’s Theatre Company and the National Theatre of Scotland with their production of Something Wicked This Way Comes. One strange and wild autumn, a little while ago, Hallowe’en came early. It came at exactly the same time as Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show rolled into town. Evenings 7pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm Advisory: Ages 9+ That year, James Nightshade of 97 Oak Street was thirteen years, eleven months and twenty-three days old. Next door, William Halloway was thirteen years, eleven months and twentyfour days old. Both almost fourteen. Almost, but not quite. For Jim and Will, the lure of the funfair is irresistible. But they soon discover that a sinister secret lies behind the smoke and mirrors and the carnival holds a dark desire to destroy the whole town. Only Jim, Will and Will’s mild-mannered dad can save the day. Adapting his own novel for the stage, the legendary Ray Bradbury has created a spine-tingling battle between good and evil, packed with a terrifying collection of characters including the mysterious flying Dust Witch and the deadly Mr Dark. A fantastic book and now a new show for anyone aged nine or over, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a deliciously scary adventure about friendship and innocence which perfectly captures the wondrous belief we possess when we are nearly fourteen. Cast includes: Andrew Clark, Anthony Eden, Michael Gray, Sean Hay, David Paul Jones, Graham Kent, Veronica Leer, Robin Mason, Patrick Mulvey and Jennifer Paterson.

Running time – approx 2 hours including interval TICKET PRICES Adults £12 Under 18s, Students, Senior Citizens, Disabled, Lyceum Subscribers, Unemployed £6

www.catherinewheels.co.uk

“Gill Robertson’s wonderfully lively and stylish presentation.”
Sunday Herald on The Wizard of Oz

www.nationaltheatrescotland.com

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LyT is the Youth Theatre of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and was formed in 1999. It began with only 60 young people; now over 250 attend every week, coming from throughout central and southern Scotland. Many go on to further study at the UK’s leading drama training institutions including RADA, RSAMD, Central School of Speech and Drama and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. LyT works like a professional ensemble theatre company – a highly motivated troupe of young actors with committed leaders taking them through invigorating and challenging training and performance projects. Recent years have seen members of LyT perform at the Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh); The King’s Theatre (Edinburgh); Perth Theatre; Le Grand Bleu, (Lille, France); The National Theatre (London); Det Apne Teatre (Oslo); Fort Worden Theater (Port Townsend, USA); and of course the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. We also work in partnership with other organisations including the National Theatre (London) Connections Programme and Promote YT (Scotland). LyT also provides open access holiday programmes that explore a range of theatre skills and in summer produces major main stage performance and technical theatre courses. The three week ‘Summer on Stage’ Programme (11-21 year olds) has in previous years produced adaptations of Shakespeare, Russian political drama, well loved comedies, full scale musicals and much more. LyT is also regularly approached by leading British and international film, television and theatrical casting agencies and is recognised as a reliable source of young, Scottish talent. LyT members have previously appeared in: Nina and the Neurons (CBBC); Night People (Feature Film MeadeKerr Productions); Doctor Who (BBC); Feel the Force (BBC Scotland); Inspector Rebus (Scottish TV) and many others. LyT members also regularly appear in Royal Lyceum Theatre Company productions.

WEEKLY WORKSHOPS Play LyT (5-7yrs) Themed fun and games BOOK EARLY AS PLACES ARE LIMITED! Mini LyT (8-10yrs) Theatre skills and creative fun Junior LyT (11-13yrs) Three groups each with their own character and all bursting with exuberance!

Senior LyT (14-18yrs) Invigorating and challenging training and performance projects For more information about LyT and how to join the waiting list please call 0131 248 4830 or email xmaclean@lyceum.org.uk

“The Lyceum Theatre’s formidable youth company.”
The Scotsman

“Assured, competent and fantastically easy to watch.”
Edinburgh Evening News

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WORKSHOPS/TALKS/EVENTS
Want a chance to become more involved with the Lyceum’s work? Then try out our wide range of participation events, including Theatre Classes, Drama Workshops, Post-Show Discussions and Backstage Tours. There are events for all ages, interests and levels of experience so there’s something for everyone. It’s your Lyceum – get more out of it! THEATRE CLASS These classes are a popular addition to the events calendar at the Lyceum and provide lively and informative discussion on the plays. After many years at the helm Mike Ridings has retired, but we are delighted to welcome historian Owen Dudley Edwards, another familiar face and supporter of the Lyceum (right), who will engage you with his knowledge of the plays and writers in the comfortable surroundings of our auditorium. The Howard Bar opens at 10am and you can have a complimentary coffee or tea either before or after the class. POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS A chance for you to see the show and then hear from the people who put it together. Cast members and the show’s director lead a discussion on the production and answer your questions. THEATRE DISCUSSION GROUP – NEW FORMAT FOR 2008 Join fellow audience members for an informal discussion of the play you’ve just seen. The discussion takes place in the Wyndham Bar after selected Wednesday matinees with discussion facilitator, Rod Macara. Feel free to grab a coffee or drink from the Howard Bar and bring it with you. PRE-SHOW TALKS If you’re coming to see the show on the first Tuesday of each run why not get here early and come to one of our Pre-Show Talks? Invited speakers are specialist contributors or members of the production’s creative team. Check the website for details on the speakers and any additional talks, www.lyceum.org.uk

THEATRE CLASS Wed 17 Sep: Macbeth/Shakespeare Wed 29 Oct: Mary Rose/Barrie Wed 21 Jan: The Man Who Had All the Luck/Miller Wed 25 Feb: The Mystery of Irma Vep/Ludlam Wed 25 Mar: Curse of the Starving Class/Shepard Wed 22 Apr: Copenhagen/Frayn Time: 10.30am – 12pm Venue: Auditorium Tickets: £5 per class, or book all six in advance for £27 POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS Tue 23 Sep: Macbeth Tue 4 Nov: Mary Rose Tue 27 Jan: The Man Who Had All the Luck Tue 3 Mar: The Mystery of Irma Vep Tue 31 Mar: Curse of the Starving Class Tue 28 Apr: Copenhagen Time: After evening perfomance Venue: Auditorium – Stalls Tickets: Free, no ticket required THEATRE DISCUSSION GROUP Wed 1 Oct: Macbeth Wed 5 Nov: Mary Rose

Time: After matinee performance Venue: Wyndham Bar Tickets: Free, but ticket required

PRE-SHOW TALKS Tue 16 Sep: Macbeth Tue 28 Oct: Mary Rose Tue 20 Jan: The Man Who Had All the Luck Tue 24 Feb: The Mystery of Irma Vep Tue 24 Mar: Curse of the Starving Class Tue 21 Apr: Copenhagen Time: 6pm Venue: Auditorium Tickets: £3/Under 18s free

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SPECIAL EVENT – AUTUMN 2008 MACBETH Friday 3 October 6pm Pre-Show Discussion with Professor Willy Malley from Glasgow University, exploring historical portrayals of mental health in literature. Macbeth is presented as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH ARTS AND FILM FESTIVAL 1 – 19 October 2008 Visit www.mhfestival.com for more information on this major cultural event taking place across Scotland.

WORKSHOPS/TALKS/EVENTS

SMHAFF PRE-SHOW TALK Fri 3 Oct: Macbeth Time: 6pm Venue: Henry Irving Room Tickets: £3/Under 18s free DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS Both workshops are open to anyone over the age of 16. No previous experience required. Tickets: £10 (concessions £5) BACKSTAGE TOURS Sat 4 Oct: Macbeth Sat 1 Nov: Mary Rose Sat 24 Jan: The Man Who Had All the Luck Sat 28 Feb: The Mystery of Irma Vep Sat 28 Mar: Curse of the Starving Class Sat 25 Apr: Copenhagen

“One of this year’s most unusual and intriguing Scottish arts events.”
Andrew Eaton, Arts Editor at The Scotsman
DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS This season we will be running two special day-long drama workshops led by members of Lyceum Education. Sat 20 September – Macbeth in a Day 10.30am – 4pm Using the production of Macbeth as a stimulus this is a practical drama-based workshop exploring the themes of the play to create our own version of the story. Sat 25 April – Play Day 10.30am – 4pm A story-making and devising workshop using a selection of costumes and props from the Lyceum Theatre Company’s fabulous collection. BACKSTAGE TOURS See behind the scenes at the Lyceum on one of our special backstage tours! With a different set up for each play in the Season this is a great way to find out what things look like from the other side of the curtain!

“The classes really add value to the shows.Really worthwhile.”

Time: 11.30am (approx 1 hour) Tickets: £5 (concessions £3)

Theatre Class participant

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INSIDE THE LYCEUM

BARS Why not arrive early and enjoy a relaxing drink in the Howard Bar before the performance? The Howard Bar is accessed through the main foyer and is open from 6.30pm (1.30pm on matinee days) and after the show, when you may even have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the cast and company. There are also bars on the two upper levels of the theatre and these are open 30 minutes before the performance and at the interval. Interval drinks can be ordered at any of the bars and we do advise that you take advantage of this service. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium during the performance. Please ask a member of the bar staff for a plastic tumbler. There is an extensive wine list on offer in the Howard Bar, available by the glass and the bottle. Official suppliers of wine to the Lyceum ZUCCA Have you visited Zucca yet? If not then you are missing out on the mouthwatering selection of dishes that head chef Richard Glennie has on offer. Adjacent to the Lyceum and with easy access to the auditorium, Zucca is the perfect venue for a pre-theatre dinner and with a tantalisingly tasty menu at affordable prices, a visit to Zucca needn’t be just for special occasions. Reservations: 0131 221 9323 www.zuccarestaurant.co.uk New Restaurant of the Year, Scottish Chef Awards, 2008 EXHIBITIONS Throughout the year there are regular exhibitions in the Howard Bar. Past exhibitors include John Byrne, Richard Demarco, Douglas McBride, Kate Leiper and many other local artists. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact Theatre Manager, Alison Kennedy, on 0131 248 4816 or email akennedy@lyceum.org.uk

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HAVING A PARTY? THE LYCEUM IS THE PERFECT VENUE! For an unusual setting for a birthday party, leaving do or wedding, the Lyceum offers affordable rooms with an elegant and theatrical setting. On the Grand Circle level there are two rooms that have been recently refurbished with support from Tods Murray – the Ellen Terry and the Henry Irving Rooms. These offer accommodation for either an intimate dinner party for up to 40, or a drinks and buffet reception for up to 80. Add in the elegant Wyndham Bar on the same level and you can have a wonderful space for dancing, as well as chatting, to make your perfect night go with a swing. MEETINGS, AWAY DAYS AND WORKSHOPS If you are looking for a venue that’s a little bit different, our rooms are also available during the day for meetings, company awaydays and training sessions. If you’d like a different twist to your awayday why not add in a staff development workshop led by a member of our Education and Participation team? For more information on hiring a room call Len McCarthy on 0131 248 4800 or email lmccarthy@lyceum.org.uk

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COSTUME HIRE So, you’ve booked your room for that special party – why not make it fancy dress?

For information on workshops for training days call Lucy Vaughan on 0131 248 4838 or email lvaughan@lyceum.org.uk

The extensive Lyceum Costume Hire Department has re-opened for business. Situated on Roseburn Street, next to Murrayfield Stadium, there are hundreds of costumes available to hire to turn you into a medieval knight, 1930s explorer, gladiator, hippy 60s chick or even a rabbit! Opening hours are: Fridays: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 6.30pm Saturdays and Mondays: 10am – 3pm

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SUPPORT US!

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP From Marlene Dietrich to Dudley Moore, Henry Irving to Sean Connery, Brian Cox to David Tennant – over the years the Lyceum has presented some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment. Join the Corporate Membership Scheme and you too can take centre stage! Enjoy unrivalled benefits including: • Best tickets for Lyceum productions • Complimentary use of the hospitality and conference suite • Invitations to high-level networking events • Great branding and marketing opportunities • Discounts and special events for you and your staff There are many options available to companies and our packages can be tailored to suit your size and requirements. So whether you are interested in becoming a Benefactor or joining the Corporate Standby scheme, give us a call to discuss how we can be your perfect partner. INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT There are many ways that individuals can support Edinburgh’s premier producing company. You can help us put more money into productions or enable more local children to attend the theatre and workshops through our Priority Schools Programme. Here’s how you can help: • 500 Club – for £5 a month you could win £500 while supporting the Lyceum • Name a seat – for £250 you can have a plaque dedicated to someone special • Donations – we welcome any donation no matter how small – why not add it to your next purchase at the Box Office? • Legacies – by leaving us a legacy in your will you can ensure that your relationship with the Lyceum is a lasting one • Gift aid – if you are a UK taxpayer your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, increasing its value by 28% at no further cost to you

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To find out more about how you can play a part either as a company or as an individual please contact: Business Development Manager Royal Lyceum Theatre Company 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX 0131 248 4800 sponsorship@lyceum.org.uk You can download forms for Individual Support including the 500 Club from our website www.lyceum.org.uk

BOOKING

TICKET PRICES Please note that these prices do not apply to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Something Wicked This Way Comes – see individual show pages for prices. PERFORMANCE Front Stalls and Grand Circle £26 £20 £15 Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes Upper Circle

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DISCOUNTS Over 60s/Concessions (Tues – Thurs): £2 off full price tickets Students/People with disabilities (all shows): Half Price or £5 for Wednesday matinees. Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes. Students – full time only, ID required. Registered unemployed (Tues – Thurs): Half Price in advance, £1 Stalls tickets on the day (max 20 per show). ID required. Under 18s (all shows): Half Price

Fri/Sat Eve Tues/Wed/Thurs Eve Wed/Sat Matinee

Side view seats are also available: £9 – £14 / First Look Friday previews – All seats £5, unreserved seating (no concessions).

£24 £18 £15

GROUPS AND SCHOOLS – CALL 0131 248 4949 Schools: Matinees All seats £6.50 / Evenings (Tues – Thurs): £7.50 (Stalls), £6.50 (Upper Circle) / (Fri/Sat): Same as Under 18s prices. One teacher FREE with every ten pupils. Group discounts: Matinees groups of 8-19: £2 off full price tickets, 20+: £3 off full price tickets plus one FREE ticket. Evenings groups of 8-19: £3 off full price tickets, 20+: £4 off full price tickets plus one FREE ticket.

£18/£14 £15/£12 £15

£12 £12 £12

Grand Circle Boxes

HOW TO BOOK
ONLINE www.lyceum.org.uk Book for all Lyceum productions and most talks/events, seven days a week. New and improved online ticketing coming soon!

BY PHONE

0131 248 4848 Mon: 10am – 6pm Tues-Sat: 10am – 7pm (10am – 6pm on nonperformance days) Sun: Answering service only Groups 8+: Call 0131 248 4949 Mon-Fri

IN PERSON

Box Office Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX Mon: 10am – 6pm Tues-Sat: 10am – 7.45pm (10am – 6pm on nonperformance days) Sun: Closed No booking fees

£1 per ticket admin fee

No booking fees

RESERVATIONS Unpaid reservations can be held for up to five days or until 30 minutes prior to performance time (whichever is the shorter). Groups reservations can be held without payment until two weeks prior to performance date. LATECOMERS Please ensure you allow sufficent time to arrive at the theatre. Latecomers may not be allowed entrance until a suitable break in the performance, which may be the show interval. This is entirely at the discretion of the Duty Manager and the performing company. Please note that when allowed to enter, latecomers may not be able to reach their allocated seat until the interval. ACCESS FACILITIES Supported by

Our other access facilities include: • Infra-red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and for use during the AudioDescribed Performances (available at the foyer shop) • Street level access to the theatre • Lifts to all levels including the Howard Bar • Accessible toilet on the foyer level opposite the lift • Wheelchair spaces in Stalls boxes • Booster cushions and footstools are also available

For the fifth consecutive year Standard Life is supporting the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company’s provision of services for our audience members with special needs and requirements. We have special accessible performances and events: • Audio-Described Performances • Signed Performances • Touch Tours for the visually impaired Details about these performances can be found on the diary overleaf and also in the information about each play.

Information on all productions and the theatre is available on tape, in large print and in Braille. Please ask at the Box Office for more information.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the theatre and can accompany their owner into the auditorium, or the Front of House staff will be happy to look after them during the performance. Artlink offers an escort service to help people with disability to enjoy the arts. For more information contact them directly at www.artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or 0131 229 3555

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PERFORMANCE DIARY
First Look Friday Opening Night Friday Saturday 7.45pm 7.45pm A H B C D E F Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm

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MACBETH

24 October 25 October

MARY ROSE

THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK 16 January 17 January 20 January 21 January 21 January 22 January 23 January 24 January 24 January 27 January 28 January 28 January 29 January 30 January 31 January 31 January 3 February 4 February 4 February 5 February 6 February 7 February 7 February 10 February 11 February 12 February 13 February 14 February

16 September 17 September 17 September 18 September 19 September 20 September 20 September 23 September 24 September 24 September 25 September 26 September 27 September 27 September 30 September 1 October 1 October 2 October 3 October 4 October 4 October 7 October 8 October 9 October 10 October 11 October

28 October 29 October 29 October 30 October 31 October 1 November 1 November 4 November 5 November 5 November 6 November 7 November 8 November 8 November 11 November 12 November 13 November 14 November 15 November 15 November

G Q J K L M N R S T U V

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WONDERING WHAT CODES A-V ARE ALL ABOUT? Check out the Season Ticket information in the centre of this brochure!

TICKET PRICES Season Packages from £66 – £135 for all six shows Individual tickets from £12 – £26 – see previous pages for How to Book, including ticket prices and seating plan

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THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 February 25 February 26 February 27 February 28 February 28 February 3 March 4 March 4 March 5 March 6 March 7 March 7 March 10 March 11 March 12 March 13 March 14 March 14 March

20 March 21 March 24 March 25 March 25 March 26 March 27 March 28 March 28 March 31 March 1 April 1 April 2 April 3 April 4 April 4 April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11 April 11 April

CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS

COPENHAGEN 17 April 18 April

Pre-Show Talks (CODE A)

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If you’re coming to see the show on the first Tuesday of each run, why not get here early and come to one of our preshow talks? Directors or members of the creative team are invited to give these talks subject to availability. Tickets: £3/ Under 18s free.

Post-Show Discussions (CODE G)

Everyone is welcome on the second Tuesday after the evening performance to meet the cast and director and find out more about the process which takes us from page to stage. This event is free and takes place in the stalls. No ticket required.

There is a Touch Tour for the visually impaired for each production in the season. Starting at 12.30pm in the Howard Bar it then moves onto the stage where one of the audio describers will take you on a tour of the set. Trained Lyceum staff are available to assist.

Touch Tours (CODE M)

Audio-Described Performances (CODES K + M)

For all the shows in the Lyceum season, we have Audio-Described Performances. If you are visually impaired, simply book one of the two audio-described Season Ticket performances, pick up a headset from the shop on the way in, and our professional team will describe the action to you. These performances are also suitable for the sighted. There are Touch Tours for the visually impaired, CODE M, at 12.30pm.

Signed Performances (CODE R)

For those of you with hearing impairment and who can read sign language, we have a BSL sign language performance for every show. Let Box Office know when booking your Season Tickets and we will find the best available seats for you to see the professional signer. The signer appears on stage in the least obtrusive spot and should not distract from the view of the stage.

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