Due to step down at the end of the venue’s 50th anniversary season next year, Mark Thomson (pictured) artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, has received a UK Theatre Award nomination.
Thomson is nominated for Best Director for his staging of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a show that was met with critical acclaim and went on to win Best Production and Best Ensemble titles at this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).
Star of a second Royal Lyceum production, Grant O’Rourke, is among the nominees in the UK Awards, for his playing of the dual parts of Zanetto and Tonino, the siblings separated at birth in Goldoni’s The Venetian Twins.
Scottish theatre has nominations in five of the eleven categories, including one for Yer Granny, Douglas Maxwell’s adaptation of Argentinian comedy La Nona for the National Theatre of Scotland, nominated for Best Touring Production.
The winners of the UK Theatre Awards will be announced and presented at a ceremony in London’s Guildhall on Sunday 18 October.
The Lyceum and Edinburgh
Built in 1883, the Royal Lyceum Theatre saw performances by the likes of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, whilst being run by legendary theatre managers John B Howard and Frederick W Wyndham. The building has remained a theatre space and was taken over in 1965 by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, one of Scotland’s largest and most successful producing companies. The theatre produces high-quality drama productions, running from September to May. Find out what’s on in their 50th anniversary Season on their website.
David Greig is set to become the next Artistic Director at the Royal Lyceum following Mark Thomson. Thomson joined The Lyceum in 2003 and under his artistic leadership the company will have produced over 90 productions of which 28 were World Premieres.
Theatres in Edinburgh
There are seven theatres in Edinburgh, all with active programmes and many supporting literary adaptations of books. Upcoming literary productions include All My Sons at Kings Theatre and Tipping the Velvet at the Lyceum. The Traverse Theatre is unique among Edinburgh’s theatre as it is the city’s new writing theatre, working with and creating new work and new writers each year with script-in-hand readings and feedback sessions with audiences.
Zinnie Harris, Gregory Burke and David Greig are just a few of the playwrights from Edinburgh securing international attention. Zinnie Harris is the current Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre. You can find out more about their work at Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, the nation’s only arts organisation exclusively dedicated to Scotland’s playwrights.