Byre Theatre

Byre Theatre
Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA
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With a 216 seat auditorium, a 100 seat studio theatre and full cinematic, theatrical and conference facilities, the Byre Theatre is a strong cultural hub in North East Fife.

Originally founded in 1933, the building has seen many changes over the years, and in 2013 it went into administration and ceased hosting performances.

In 2014, The University of St Andrews announced that the theatre was to reopen under the management of the University, with the building to be used as a theatre, educational resource, general arts venue and music centre.

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The Greatest hits of 10cc and ELO. Remember these? Dreadlock Holiday, Mr Blue Sky, I’m Mandy Fly me, Livin’ Thing, Evil Woman, The Things We Do for Love, Wild West Hero, Life is a Minestrone, Art for Art’s Sake, Turn To Stone, I’m not in Love, Roll Over Beethoven, Rubber Bullets … Just a few among the many massive hits…

Sat 2 Nov

£21 / 01334 475000

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Musical double act Phil and Aly bring together a feast of musical talent and witty banter.

Fri 23 Aug

£23 / 01334 475000

Sat 24 Aug

£23 / 01334 475000

Andre Rieu Maastricht

André Rieu’s annual hometown concerts attract fans from all corners of the globe, but you can enjoy this delightful concert on the big screen at the Byre. The medieval town square is tranformed into a spectacular backdrop for unforgettable concerts filled with humour, fun and, of course, magnificent music. Join Rieu, his…

Thu 8 Aug

£18.50 (£17.50) / 01334 475000

Blood and Gold (12+)

Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in a contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery by award-winning Scottish Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies. A dying mother gives her daughter a box containing three clues to a priceless treasure. This sets in motion a journey filled with humour and…

Fri 26 Jul

£12 (£10; Children £10) / 01334 475000

The Chosen

World premiere tour of Chordelia's moving dance piece that expresses how we experience the time left to us.

Tue 17 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01334 475000

Connections: Alan Cumming and Friends

Come along for an exquisite evening of entertainment in aid of Neurosurgery at Ninewells. Featuring exciting performances from renowned Scottish actor Alan Cumming, pianist Susie McLeod, saxophonist Jonny McLeod and actor Rory Boyd, it promises to be a spectacular evening of music, merriment and fundraising. The…

Sun 4 Aug

£20 / 01334 475000

Counterfeit Sixties Show

A nostalgic night of 60s music, interspersed with video clips from the era. The band performs songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees and many more.

Sat 31 Aug

£23 / 01334 475000

Dean Friedman

The pop troubadour who thanked his lucky stars in the 70s is experiencing a revival.

Sat 10 Aug

£24.20 / 01334 475000


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A play about a lion that eats a human for lunch, except that the human's alive and well in his stomach.

Sat 21 Sep

£10 (£8; Children £8) / 01334 475000

Eva Cassidy: The Story

A portrayal of the life of Eva Cassidy through video, voice and song. Elsa Jean McTaggart presents a tribute to her all-time favourite artist Eva Cassidy. With her voice and guitar plus piano accompaniment, she brings alive the essence of Eva as she tells the tragic story of one of the world’s most iconic voices, which…

Fri 30 Aug

£16 (£14; Children £14) / 01334 475000

Film Club 19: Evita (PG)

Join two of the world’s greatest and most enduring superstars, Madonna and Antonio Banderas, in this epic musical. EVITA is the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion…

Thu 25 Jul

£6 / 01334 475000

Film Club 19: Snow White (U)

The beautiful and kind-hearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one — her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with…

Thu 18 Jul

£6 / 01334 475000

FOB: Swilcan Singers

The Swilcan Singers, a well-established local ladies choir, lead this evening of song with a wide variety of musical genres to suit all tastes. The choir entertain regularly around NE Fife and have performed for several years at The Fife Festival of Music in the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy. The concert also features…

Thu 12 Sep

£10 (£9) / 01334 475000

A Foreigner's Journey

Two-pronged tribute to soft rock titans Journey and Foreigner.

Sat 3 Aug

£15 / 01334 475000

Gary Meikle: The iBrow Guy

Gary Meikle talks about eyebrows etiquette, logic and laws.

Sun 21 Jul

£15 / 01334 475000

A Generous Lover

This is the true, and very queer tale, of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose, and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being gender queer, and…

Sat 28 Sep

£12 (£10; Children £10) / 01334 475000

Joan Baez by Miss Irenie Rose

Having been dubbed a similar vocalist to Joan Baez, Miss Irenie Rose now sings the well-loved songs written and sung by Joan Baez. A giant of the folk world, Joan Baez’ music has spanned the generations and become a landmark name. Choosing a selection of the universally acclaimed songs, Irenie is bringing a taste of…

Thu 29 Aug

£16 (£14; Children £14) / 01334 475000

Just Beatles

Tribute to The Beatles.

Fri 4 Oct

£17.50 / 01334 475000


MacFloyd return to the Byre theatre St Andrews with their new show celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Wall album. They will perform a “best of” this Pink Floyd masterpiece as well as other classics from “The Dark Side Of The Moon”,”Wish You Were Here”, and many more. In a show lasting over two hours, the fans will…

Sat 20 Jul

£18 (£16; Children £16) / 01334 475000

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

On Tuesday 10 September, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood publishes worldwide her highly anticipated new novel – The Testaments – a sequel to her most celebrated work, The Handmaid’s Tale. In a unique live event on this momentous date, cinema audiences will be treated to an evening in conversation…

Tue 10 Sep

£18 (£15) / 01334 475000

Mother Goose

Get ready for the ultimate egg-stravaganza as the biggest panto story ever takes to the Byre stage in 2019. The whole of Fantasia is in danger as evil forces combine to destroy all the “happy ever afters” in the pantosphere and only one woman can put a stop to it – keeper of all stories, Mother Goose. But…when she…

Thu 28 Nov

£12–£25 (£12–£23; Children £12–£16) / 01334 475000

Fri 29 Nov

£12–£25 (£12–£23; Children £12–£16) / 01334 475000

Sat 30 Nov

£12–£25 (£12–£23; Children £12–£16) / 01334 475000

…and 25 more dates until 4 Jan 2020

The Political Implications of Elite Educations - "The Faces of Charisma": A Screening-Debate

The ‘Faces of Charisma’ is a 53-minute experimental documentary film that questions the role of the elites within the French community as well as the evolution of masculine leadership in the French collective imaginary. Beyond national political concerns, the film raises major 21st century global issues such as…

Wed 17 Jul

01334 475000

Robert Newman: Total Eclipse of Descartes

Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 series ‘Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes’, Rob’s whirlwind tour of philosophy explores 3,000 years of good and bad ideas from Pythagoras to driver-less cars, by way of levitating Buddhist monks, Pavlov’s dogs, Jean-Paul Sartre’s mum, Fat Man On A Bridge, T. Rex, Morrissey and wire…

Sun 20 Oct

£15 / 01334 475000

Rock Icons

A journey through the eras of some of the world's greatest classic rock bands and albums, featuring the music of icons such as Deep Purple, Free, Bon Jovi, Toto, Rainbow, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Yes, Van Halen and beyond.

Thu 24 Oct

£21.50 (£19.50) / 01334 475000

SCO: Bohemian Rhapsodies

SUK Serenade for Strings in E-Flat (30’) JANÁČEK The Fiddler’s Child (12’) DVOŘÁK Symphony No 5 (36’) JOSEPH SWENSEN – Conductor STEPHANIE GONLEY – Violin Here are three people, all good friends, who just happen also to be amongst their nation’s foremost composers. This evening of Bohemian music is full of variety.

Wed 30 Oct

£15–£24.50 (£6–£22.50) / 01334 475000

SCO: Chorus Christmas Concert - A Rose in Winter

SALLY BEAMISH In the Stillness MARGARET RIZZA Mary Slept JUDITH WEIR Drop down ye heavens KERRY ANDREW Hevene Quene CECILIA MCDOWALL Ave Regina ANTON BRUCKNER Locus Iste; Ave Maria; Virga Jesse PRAETORIUS arr SANDSTRÖM Es ist ein Ros entsprungen and music by Sweelinck, Kenneth Leighton and Sir James MacMillan as well…

Wed 18 Dec

£16 (£6–£14) / 01334 475000

SCO: Mozart, Haydn & Nielsen

HAYDN Symphony No 44 in E minor ‘Trauer’ NIELSEN Flute Concerto DEAN Siduri Dances (Scottish Premiere) MOZART Symphony No 36 ‘Linz’ Daniel Blendulf conductor Adam Walker flute British flautist Adam Walker landed the plum job of principal flautist with the London Symphony Orchestra aged only 21. He performs Nielsen’s…

Thu 12 Sep

£15–£24.50 (£6–£22.50) / 01334 475000

SCO: New Year Gala Concert

J STRAUSS II Overture, Die Fledermaus (9’) GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No 1 (15’) NIELSEN Overture, Maskarade (5’) LUMBYE Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop (4’) Champagne Galop (3’) J STRAUSS II Roses from the South (7’) An der schönen, blauen Donau (9’) JOSEPH SWENSEN – Conductor HARRIET EYLEY – Soprano In keeping with…

Sun 5 Jan 2020

£16 (£6–£14) / 01334 475000

SCO: Shostakovich Cello Concerto

BEETHOVEN Overture, Coriolan (8’) SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No 1 (28’) SCHUBERT Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’ (31’) NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT – Conductor / Cello It is jaw-dropping to watch the skill and physicality of Nicolas Altstaedt switching between playing the toughest solo cello parts and directing the…

Wed 19 Feb 2020

£16 (£6–£14) / 01334 475000

SCO: Voyage Through America

STRAVINSKY Concerto in E-flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ (15’) NICO MUHLY Violin Concerto,  UK Premiere  (Co-commissioned by SCO, ACO Collective, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra) (20’) BRYCE DESSNER Ornament and Crime (15’) BARBER Adagio for Strings (9’) COPLAND Appalachian…

Wed 22 Apr 2020

£16 (£6–£14) / 01334 475000

The Tina Turner Experience

High energy tribute to the iconic soul / rock singer.

Thu 26 Sep

£21 (£20) / 01334 475000

Fri 27 Sep

£21 (£20) / 01334 475000

Voices19: Alice Coote and Christian Blackshaw in Recital

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our day. Equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital she has been named the ‘superlative British Mezzo’ (San Francisco Chronicle). Her performances have been described as ‘breathtaking in sheer conviction and subtlety of…

Fri 18 Oct

£28 (£14) / 01334 475000

Voices19: Come & Sing Haydn's Creation

Your opportunity to join the Festival’s Ensemble in Residence The Gesualdo Six and their Artistic Director, Owain Park for a morning of choral singing. Open to all keen choral singers, this workshop will feature extracts from Haydn’s much-loved oratorio ‘The Creation’. Sheet music will be available in advance. Venue:…

Sat 19 Oct

£10 (£5) / 01334 475000

Voices19: David McAlmont Presents Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall

Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie Holiday’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from Holiday’s extraordinary life story. The show includes many of the best-known Holiday…

Sat 19 Oct

£15 (£12.50) / 01334 475000

Voices19: Fringe - Janice Galloway's Clara Schumann

“Clara Schumann was the finest pianist of her time – and a dutiful wife who rarely opened her mouth. Perfect material for a novel.” With “humanism, generosity, and a passionate, beating heart” (The Times), Scottish writer, Janice Galloway’s novel ‘Clara’ reignites, from between the lines of history, the great love of…

Thu 17 Oct

£10 (£5) / 01334 475000

Voices19: Fringe - Music of the Heavens

St Andrews Voices is delighted to host this reunion celebrating many decades of local choral-music-making. Dating back to 1955, The Renaissance Group (as it was the known) led by Douglas and Hazel Gifford, introduced generations of students and staff to the glories of Renaissance choral music. It still exists under its…

Sat 19 Oct

01334 475000

Voices19: Late Night with Robyn Stapleton

Grab a drink, and close off your Friday evening listening to the sublime voice of internationally acclaimed Scottish songstress, Robyn Stapleton. In 2014, she became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician and in the years since has become one of Scotland’s most respected folk singers. She has performed with many…

Fri 18 Oct

£15 (£12.50) / 01334 475000

Voices19: OperaUpClose - Donizetti's Mary, Queen of Scots

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose present the only Scottish performance of their new English version of Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda). Two ferocious 16th century Queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, go head- to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between…

Sun 20 Oct

£25 (£12.50) / 01334 475000

Voices19: OpSoc - Orphee & Euridice

The classic tale of the trials of love: Orpheus (Orphée) has the chance to bring the beloved Euridice back from the dead. The catch? Orphée cannot look at her once at the risk of losing her forever; can she manage it? The University of St Andrews Opera Society presents a new modern twist on Gluck’s version of this…

Thu 17 Oct

£10 (£8; Children £8) / 01334 475000

Voices19: Robyn Stapleton (Dementia Friendly Performance)

Former BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton returns for this carefully tailored performance for people with dementia and their families or carers. Everyone in the audience can enjoy this performance in an environment that is comfortable, peaceful and supportive. This performance is a culmination…

Fri 18 Oct

£5 / 01334 475000

Voices19: Sing Along 'The Greatest Showman'

Two screenings of the 2017 hit featuring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron; inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business bring your friends, bring your family. Venue: Byre Theatre Studio Running Time:  2 hours

Sat 19 Oct

£6 / 01334 475000

Voices19: Space and Song Family Afternoon

A relaxed drop in afternoon for all the family bringing together all the themes of the 2019 Festival. Singing sessions, arts & crafts and interactive space sessions led by Astrophysicist, Anne-Marie Weijmans and students from the Astrophysics Department. Come and join us! Suitable for ages 4+ £3 per child, adults…

Sat 19 Oct

£3 / 01334 475000

Voices19: Vocal Ensemble Masterclass

Owain Park, Artistic Director of the Festival’s Ensemble in Residence, The Gesualdo Six, leads a public masterclass for some of Scotland’s up and coming vocal ensembles. This masterclass is free but ticketed, so please purchase tickets from the Byre Theatre Box Office. Venue:  St Leonard’s School Auditorium…

Fri 18 Oct

01334 475000

Reviews & features

StAnza, Fife Jazz Festival and other events to continue in wake of Byre Theatre's closure

28 Jan 2013

The St Andrews theatre is set to close on Thu 31 Jan; scheduled shows will go on in new venues

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, is being forced to shut down because of its financial difficulties. The theatre has struggled to cover its costs in recent years, with problems exacerbated with the withdrawal of funding by the former Scottish Arts Council…

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