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Lyceum Theatre 2019/2020 season announced

The season will feature three world premieres and a number of returning productions

The Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh
The Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh
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The Lyceum Theatre has announced its 2019/20 season.

Playwright and crime novelist Denise Mina will present Mrs Puntila and her Man Matti, an adaptation of Brecht's original farcical critique of capitalism. Elaine C Smith leads the cast of the show, which is co-produced by DOT Theatre Istanbul and Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Directed by DOT Theatre's Murat Daltaban, the piece runs from 28 February to 21 March before transferring to Glasgow.

Jo Clifford's adaptation of Pedro Calderón's Life is a Dream will be revived in a new production from 15 May to 6 June, directed by Wils Wilson. Having first ran in Edinburgh in 1998, the show is about a young prince who is imprisoned by his father because it is prophesised that he son would grow up to become a tyrant.

Speaking about the show Clifford said: "This was the first play I read in Spanish, way, way back when I was forced to live as a boy. When I lost my theatre vocation and lost my way in life, this was the play that guided me home."

From 1 to 2 May 2020, Maria Oller will direct the world premiere of Linda McLean's play with songs Castle Lennox, which follows the experience of a young autistic girl housed at Lennox Castle.

More details have been revealed about the upcoming new stage adaptation of Solaris, written by the Lyceum's artistic director David Greig adapted from Stanisław Lem's novel. Directed by Matthew Lutton, the piece runs from 12 September to 5 October 2019.

Elizabeth Newman will direct Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, co-produced with Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Having been adapted into a hit film starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, the show is set in 1960s Greenwich Village and runs from 3 to 25 April 2020.

Over the festive period, Tony Cownie's adaptation of Dickens' classic, An Edinburgh Christmas Carol will have its world premiere. Based on the story of Dickens being inspired to write A Christmas Carol after a walk through the Scottish capital, the piece runs from 28 Nov 2019 to 4 Jan 2020.

Previously announced shows featured in the season include Inua Ellams' Barber Shop Chronicles (23 October to 9 November) and the revisionist karaoke Austen hybrid play Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) (23 January to 15 February 2020), which is co-produced by the Lyceum. James Ley's Love Song to Lavender Menace will run from 9 to 12 October, transferring to the venue's main space after running in the venue's rehearsal studio in 2017 and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. Karine Polwart's gig-theatre Wind Resistance will return to Edinburgh after appearing during the 2016 International Festival.

Across August the venue will again collaborate with the Edinburgh International Book Festival to present one-off adaptations of novels, staged for one day only. The books being reimagined in 2019 are This Is Memorial Device by David Keenan (adapted by Graham Eatough with music by The Pastels), Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins (adapted by Greig) and Women Talking by Miriam Toews (adapted by McLean).