Byre Theatre

Byre Theatre
Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA
  • Box office 01334 475000
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  • Website www.byretheatre.com
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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.

Events at this venue

There are 37 events at this location

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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

Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / USA
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
  • UK release: 24 October 2018

The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.

Thu 11 Jul

£6 / 01334 475000

Comedy Sneak Peek - 1 Night Only!

They’re back! We are delighted to host the hilarious MZA comedians’ fringe preview season. Don’t miss our hilarious all-star Edinburgh Fringe Previews with Craig Hill, Micky Bartlett, Mark Nelson and more. It’s a night of comedy with a difference – headline comedians trying out their brand-new material – using notes and…

Sat 13 Jul

£10 / 01334 475000

Counterfeit Sixties

Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties with this tribute to over twenty-five bands from the decade. As well as fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees (to name but a few), this show evokes the spirit of that period, from the clothes to flashbacks from…

Sat 31 Aug

£23 / 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

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Dean Friedman

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

Sat 10 Aug

£24.20 / 01334 475000

Eaten

  • 3 stars

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

FELT

How are we influenced by the fabrics, materials * and shapes that surround us? *How do they touch us? * How do we feel them?* A moving sculpture, a river of fabric, an abstract landscape or an amorphous creature: between installation and performance, between the inanimate and the animate, between geometry and phantasm…

Sat 6 Jul

£12 (£8; Children £8) / 01334 475000

FELT - Movement Workshop for ages 3-5

A lovely workshop for wee ones to find new, fun ways to move with an internationally renowned dancer. This workshop is in association with Elisabeth Schilling’s FELT, a beautiful new production exploring how movements make materials shift and move. Elisabeth has a playful and creative and approach using…

Sat 6 Jul

£5 / 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

Film Club 19: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (15)

In 1970s England the head of MI6, Control (John Hurt), dispatches an agent (Mark Strong) to meet with a Hungarian general who knows the identity of a Soviet spy in the organization’s ranks. However, the mission goes wrong, and the general dies before he can reveal the information. Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon…

Thu 27 Jun

£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

Jack Dee - Work in Progress

JACK DEE – WORK IN PROGRESS   Join Jack Dee as he takes to the road trying out new material for his forthcoming UK tour. “In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack. Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon…

Sun 7 Jul

£18 / 01334 475000

Jim Smith: Back to the Teuchter!

Back to The Teuchter is the 3rd solo show from “comedy farmer” Jim Smith. It’s ‘Countryfile’ meets ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ as Jim hits the stage using characters, regional accents and impressions to help explain to city slickers what the outside world looks like through the eyes of those that ‘bide up the glen’. Hot…

Fri 28 Jun

£11–£13.20 / 01334 475000

JKDA: Midsummer Dreams

Jenny King’s Dance Academy are delighted to present Midsummer Dreams, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. The script has been reworked by JKDA’s Drama students and our version of The Bard’s most popular comedy is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Join us in an enchanted forest for a performance filled with…

Sun 30 Jun

£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

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

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / US
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ol Parker
  • Cast: Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Hugh Skinner, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Dylan, Cher, Dominic Cooper, Andy García
  • UK release: 20 July 2018

Sequel to the feel-good ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Despite its absurdities and shoe-horning of ABBA songs, at its heart is a touching mother-daughter love story and an irresistible esprit de corps.

Thu 4 Jul

£6 / 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

National Theatre Live: Small Island

  • 2019

Live screening of the National Theatre's adaption of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel.

Thu 27 Jun

£15 (£13; Children £13) / 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

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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