The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to announce David Greig’s first season as Artistic Director of Scotland’s largest producing theatre.
David Greig is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning playwright whose recent credits include The Lorax (Old Vic), The Events (Traverse, Scotland and Young Vic), Sam Mendes’ West End hit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland), and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre of Scotland).
David Greig, New Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh says,
“The Lyceum’s 50th Anniversary has been an extraordinary year for the company and the success of Mark Thomson’s final year has allowed me to put together this expansive and ambitious programme for my first season as Artistic Director.
We will be presenting more work with 11 main stage productions, 4 of which are world premieres, and many of the artists involved will be making work with The Lyceum for the very first time.
I’m keen to make new meaningful partnerships, such as our new exciting relationship with the Edinburgh Science Festival and build on existing relationships, such as our involvement with the Edinburgh International Festival, to ensure that we stay at the heart of this fantastic city and truly be a Civic Theatre for the people of Edinburgh and our visitors.
I want to put our citizens centre stage at The Lyceum to share this beautiful space and the amazing experience of making theatre – we need to cast at least 200 members of the public in this year’s season so please come and join us!
I’m also keen that the citizens of Edinburgh have more opportunities to explore and appreciate the splendour of this Victorian building – we will be presenting regular Variety Nights featuring an ever-changing line-up of musicians, poets and theatre-makers.
I’d like us to collaborate more across the UK and the world to share our unique experiences and individual stories. This year Lyceum co-productions will visit Glasgow, Belfast and Newcastle, and our theatre will welcome Malthouse Theatre Melbourne and Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Last year, after a decade of standstill funding The Lyceum received news of public funding cuts of nearly £700,000 from Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. Not enough to close our doors but enough to significantly narrow our horizons. Thankfully the legacy of the company’s celebrated 50th anniversary and the fantastic appetite of our audiences and supporters have given me a year to be experimental – a one season window of opportunity.
I intend to use it to make the case for a producing theatre in Edinburgh’s capital which is worthy of the city. A Theatre which engages and excites our citizens year round and is capable of taking Edinburgh to the world and bringing a world of theatre to Edinburgh – a Civic Theatre for the capital city of Scotland – The Lyceum. I’m looking forward to working with many talented artists, our fantastic staff, generous sponsors new and old and our partners and funders in Scotland and across the UK, to make this ambition a lasting success for Edinburgh.”
In brief, the shows are as follows:
- Wind Resistance – 4 August – 21 August 2016
David Greig’s first production as Artistic Director (as Dramaturg) and the World Premiere of Scottish Singer/Songwriter Karine Polwart’s debut into theatre. This new theatre gig will be performed in a bespoke performance space the Lyceum’s Rehearsal Studio with direction by David’s long-term collaborator, Wils Wilson.
- The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil – 14 – 24 September 2016
Joe Douglas’ widely acclaimed Dundee Rep production will mark his debut at The Lyceum and be the first time this iconic political play has been performed on The Lyceum stage since the original production in 1973.
- The Suppliant Women – 1 October – 15 October 2016
David Greig’s first play for The Lyceum main stage unites the creative team behind the 2013 international runaway hit The Events – David Greig, Ramin Gray and John Browne will create a new version of this Ancient Greek story about the flight of refugees and human rights that deeply resonates with our world today. One of the oldest surviving plays in existence -this story will be re-imagined with 50 citizens of Edinburgh playing the pivotal role – the “suppliant” women.
- Jumpy – 27 October – 12 November 2016
BAFTA multi-award winning actor, Daniela Nardini returns to The Lyceum stage to play the lead role in this deliciously irreverent hit West End comedy of mid-life crisis, teenage rebellion and a mother-daughter relationship in meltdown. Olivier-award winning director Cora Bissett will bring a distinctively Scottish twist to this contemporary tale.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – 26 November – 31 December 2016
The ever Inventive Edinburgh born theatre-maker Anthony Neilson will return to his home town to make a magical Victorian version of this classic family story by Lewis Carroll for Christmas.
- Picnic at Hanging Rock – 13 January – 28 January 2017
The Lyceum will welcome its first international mainstage production outside of the Edinburgh Festivals in its 50 year history – hosting the UK premiere ofMalthouse Theatre Melbourne and Black Swan State Theatre Company’sacclaimed production of this haunting, iconic Australian bush tale. Directed by Australian artist Matthew Lutton.
- The Winter’s Tale – 9 February – 4 March 2017
Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love, betrayal and magic will be directed by acclaimed artist Max Webster, who recently directed David’s enchanting adaptation of The Lorax. Max will bring a distinctive Scottish flair with a cast of actor-musicians.
- Hay Fever – 10 March – 1 April 2017
A new co-production with the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, the Citizens’ award-winning Artistic Director Dominic Hill will direct Noël Coward’s riotous farce charting the unconventional antics of a self-dubbed ‘bohemian’ family of four. Revelation, romance, and outright outlandish behaviour set the tone of this 1920’s dark comedy.
- A Number – April 2017
As part of an exciting new partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, renowned Scottish director and playwright Zinnie Harriswill direct Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed sci-fi story about cloning and its consequences. This eerie production will be performed in an intimate ‘in the round’ space created on The Lyceum’s main stage.
- Charlie Sonata – 29 April – 13 May 2017
An urban, funny, booze-soaked fairytale about redemption brings together the artistic talents of Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell and internationally acclaimed director Matthew Lenton for this World Premiere.
- Glory on Earth – 20 May – 10 June 2017
David Greig makes his directorial debut at The Lyceum with a new play by Scottish playwright Linda Maclean. Glory on Earth re-imagines the historic meetings between Mary Queen of Scots and John Knox charting the fatal relationship between a charming young queen and an uncompromising old zealot as they battle for the hearts and souls of 16th Century Scotland.
- The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other – June 2017
The citizens of Edinburgh take centre stage again in the season finale, a large scale production directed by Wils Wilson. Written by Austrian playwrightPeter Handke, in a translation by Meredith Oakes the production will feature a 100 strong, all-Edinburgh cast and a soundtrack of entirely new music.
- Additional strands include a series of Sunday Variety Nights to showcase musicians, poets and theatre-makers.