Royal Lyceum Theatre
|Royal Lyceum Theatre|
|Address||30B Grindlay Street|
|Designation||Category A Listed building|
|Architect||C. J. Phipps|
|Owned by||City of Edinburgh Council|
|Leased by||Royal Lyceum Theatre Company|
|Opened||10 September 1883|
The Royal Lyceum Theatre is a 658 seat theatre in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, named after the Theatre Royal Lyceum and English Opera House, the residence at the time of legendary Shakespearean actor Henry Irving. It was built in 1883 by architect C. J. Phipps at a cost of £17,000 on behalf of J. B. Howard and F. W. P. Wyndham, two local theatrical managers and performers who went on to establish the renowned Howard & Wyndham company in 1895. With only four minor refurbishments, in 1929, 1977, 1991, and 1996, the Royal Lyceum remains one of the most original and unaltered of the architect's works.
The Royal Lyceum has been one of the principal venues for the Edinburgh International Festival since the festival's inception in 1947, renting out the building for three weeks every August for visiting companies, and often for a further week to Fringe companies.
The theatre is believed to be haunted and there have been sightings of a blue lady who is believed to be Ellen Terry, the actress who performed at the Lyceum’s first show. In addition a shadowy figure has been reportedly seen high above the stage in the lighting rig.
- Hartnoll, Phyllis; Found, Peter (1996), The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-211576-8
- Campbell, Donald (1983), A brighter sunshine: A hundred years of the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum Theatre, Polygon, ISBN 978-0-904919-70-7
- "Building history", Royal Lyceum website
- "Company history", Royal Lyceum website
- "Why you've more than a ghost of a chance of seeing a spook". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 8 November 2004.
 Academic, refereed papers on the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company 1965 to 2000, by Paul Iles
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