All Change at the Lyceum

The Lyceum Theatre Company today announced two changes in key personnel. Internationally renowned Scottish actor Brian Cox, CBE has agreed to become its Honorary Patron in support of its future development, thus cementing his long history with the company.

Mark Thomson, Artistic Director of The Lyceum said, “I can’t think of anyone I would rather be our founding patron than Brian Cox, he was the first person I thought of. As we approach the company’s 50th anniversary we have someone who helped launch it and who has shown his belief in the company by returning several times.”

Brian Cox’s links with The Lyceum go back to 1965 when he joined the theatre’s first acting company after completing his training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He went on to play leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, amongst others. The Dundee-born actor has retained a strong affection for the Lyceum and has returned to its stage, most recently playing the lead role in Uncle Varick in 2003.

He said, “As one of Scotland’s largest producing companies, The Lyceum enriches lives and our culture. I feel passionately about engaging people with the performing arts, and will do all that I can to support the vital role The Lyceum plays in developing the talent of Scotland.  We owe it to generations past, present and future to continue the great work that The Lyceum has been doing since 1883, and playing any part in supporting the development of the Company seems incredibly worthwhile.”

Cox has a successful and prolific career on both stage and screen. Some of his most famous film appearances include Rob Roy, Braveheart, The Ring, X2, Troy, Adaptation and The Bourne Supremacy. He was  the first actor to portray Hannibal Lector on film in Manhunter. He has appeared in numerous successful TV series, winning an Emmy Award and nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in the television mini-series Nuremberg in 2001.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company also today announced a new Chair of the Board in the form of Shonaig Macpherson CBE, FRSE, Duniv, who was elected by the board of Trustees on Friday 2nd November 2012.

The appointment follows the departure of Donald Emslie, who stood down as Chair of The Lyceum having served the maximum term of eight years on the Board. During his tenure, the company has enabled 64 new theatre productions to be created, which have been seen by over 810,000 people not just in Edinburgh but in theatres across the UK.

“It has been a privilege to be associated with The Lyceum,” said Donald,  “and to have worked with such talented and motivated people. I would like to thank the staff and my colleagues on the Board for their support and dedication. Looking back over the last 8 years I am pleased that we have been able to deliver such high quality over an extensive range of work and I am positive I will continue to enjoy and appreciate great theatre produced by the team at the Lyceum for many years to come”.

Shonaig Macpherson’s current appointments include Deputy Chairman of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited, a Court Member of Heriot Watt University and of the Open University, a trustee of the Robertson Trust and a director of EICC Limited.

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