An Edinburgh Christmas Carol at the Royal Lyceum Theatre

Tonight (28 November) An Edinburgh Christmas Carol starts at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. The re-imagined classic Christmas tale will run until 4 January 2020.

“Humbug! You think I have nothing better to do with my money than squander it on that manky halfwit dog!”

Edinburgh folklore tells us that when Charles Dickens was visiting the city on a reading tour, a stroll through a kirkyard brought him to the tombstone of one Ebenezer Scroggie, inspiration struck and A Christmas Carol was born.

Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

Writer and director Tony Cownie (Tartuffe, The Venetian Twins, The Belle’s Stratagem) brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s bestloved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby!

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol is a Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production.


Friday 13 December – 7pm (Touch Tour – 5.45pm)

Saturday 14 December – 2pm (Touch Tour 12.45pm)

For visually impaired audience members the theatre offers a guided tour of the stage and set prior to an audio-described performance. You will have the opportunity to feel key pieces of set and props to help you visualise the story.

Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic


Wednesday 18 December – 7pm

See the show interpreted by a British Sign Language signer who will stand at the side of the stage. For the best view the theatre recommends seats in the Stalls level.


Saturday 7 December – 2pm

A great performance to attend if you’re D/deaf/HoH, in a captioned show you can read the actors’ words on screen. The Royal Lyceum Theatre have caption units located in the Grand Circle boxes. The best view of these comes from seats in the Grand Circle or front of the Upper Circle.


Friday 3 January – 2pm

What is a Relaxed performance?

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an autistic spectrum condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, people with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

How is the show adapted?

There is a relaxed attitude to noise from the audience, the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises and effects in the production are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point. Additional staff are also on hand to assist with seating and access around the theatre, wheelchair capacity is increased and there will be a chill out room, where a space is made available for audience members who need a bit of quiet time before and during the performance.

The relaxed performance is open to everyone but patrons with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome.

A Visual Story Pack can be created and shared with you via email to introduce you to the performance before you come to the show.

For more information on your visit to the theatre and to read the Lyceum’s access statement click here or call the box office team on 0131 248 4848.


Featured imaged credit: Mihaela Bodlovic.

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