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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Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This?

Berk’s Nest, in association with Casarotto Ramsay font-family: 'Segoe UI Symbol',sans-serif;">★★★★★ Broadway World ‘undeniably funny…thoroughly enjoyable and touching’ ★★★★ Young Perspectives ‘A laugh out loud emotional rollercoaster well worth watching’ ★★★★ One4Review ‘An entertaining hour… Weir is a warm and engaging…

Sun 29 Mar 2020

£18 (£17; Children £17) / 01334 475000

Byre World 19: Bringing a World of Books to New Readers: An Evening With Meike Ziervogel

Meike Ziervogel of Peirene Press is the most innovative publisher of world-class literature in translation working in the UK today. Key to Peirene’s success has been its investment in distinctive literary forms – in collaborative fiction such as the novel Shatila Stories, written by nine refugees, and in the novella.

Wed 27 Nov

01334 475000

Craig Hill - Bottom's Up!

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Fri 24 Jan 2020

£16.50 (£14) / 01334 475000

Croft and Pearce

Stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show present their new narrative sketch show. As heard on Sketchorama, winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe Total Sell-Out Show laurel and WhatsOnLondon Comedy Award nominees. This BBC Next Big Thing Act have…

Sat 1 Feb 2020

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

French Film Festival 2019: Notre-Dame de Paris (Hunchback of Notre-Dame)

This opulent French production is the second talkie version of Victor Hugo’s famous novel. Buried under mounds of latex, Anthony Quinn plays Hugo’s tragic protagonist. opposite Gina Lollobrigida as gypsy dancing girl Esmerelda, whose friendship with Quasimodo motivates the story. As in previous adaptations of the Hugo…

Thu 19 Dec

£7 / 01334 475000

Hold Your Breath

  • 2018
  • France / Canada
  • 1h 29min
  • Directed by: Daniel Roby
  • Cast: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin
  • UK release: 30 September 2019

A family strives to survive a catastrophe in Paris.

Thu 5 Dec

£7 / 01334 475000

Part of French Film Festival 2019.

It's A Wonderful Life

  • 5 stars
  • 1946
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • U
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to…

Tue 17 Dec

£8 / 01334 475000

Janey Godley's Soup Pot Tour

A hilarious new show from Janey Godley.

Tue 3 Mar 2020

£18 / 01334 475000

Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour

Fire up your imagination and join us for a thrilling night of adventure. Watch a brand new collection of short films on the big screen – stories of human endurance, breathtaking environments and soul-stirring journeys. Plus hear from one of the world’s top adventurers, who’ll join us on stage to share tales from…

Fri 8 May 2020

£18 (£10) / 01334 475000

Kings of the Blues

Main Street Blues perform blues standards from the likes of BB King, Albert King and Freddie King.

Sat 8 Feb 2020

£15 (£13; Children £13) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Agrippina (Handel)

Mezzo-soprano *Joyce DiDonato * leads as the imperious title empress in the Met’s first-ever performance of this tale of deception and deceit. Set in Ancient Rome, Agrippina plots the downfall of Emperor Claudius to secure the throne for her son Nero, in *Handel’s * first operatic triumph. *Harry Bicket * conducts…

Sun 1 Mar 2020

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Akhnaten (Philip Glass)

Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines as the revolutionary Pharaoh who transformed ancient Egypt. Director Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip Glass, returns to the Met to bring this contemporary production to life, with a virtuosic company and dramatic…

Wed 4 Dec

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner)

Award-winning, Sir Bryn Terfel CBE, returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation in this co-production with L’Opéra de Québec and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. Inspired by the legend of the Flying Dutchman, the Captain of a ghostly ship who has been condemned…

Sun 15 Mar 2020

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)

Set in 16th Century Britain, Donizetti’s historical drama follows Mary, Queen of Scots and her bitter rivalry with the cousin responsible for imprisoning her, Queen Elizabeth I, and thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of…

Sun 10 May 2020

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Porgy and Bess (The Gershwins)

The *Gershwins’ * modern American masterpiece has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone *Eric Owens * and soprano *Angel Blue * in the title roles. This new co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera was hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this…

Sun 2 Feb 2020

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Tosca (Puccini)

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko returns in the title role as the explosive diva in Puccini’s best-loved operatic thriller. Based in Rome during the Napoleonic wars, this tragic tale of passion, murder, lust and love, set against a famously romantic score, is an enduring classic. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir Davi…

Sun 26 Apr 2020

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Wozzeck (Alban Berg)

After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this…

Sat 11 Jan 2020

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14.50) / 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: Present Laughter

Present Laughter by Noël Coward Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity…

Sat 18 Jan 2020

£15 (£13; Children £13) / 01334 475000

NT Live: Hansard

Witty, yet devastating portrait of a marriage and the governing class, written by Simon Wood and starring Simon Godwin and Lindsay Duncan.

Wed 29 Jan 2020

£15 (£13; Children £13) / 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: 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

Scottish Chamber Orchestra : New Year Gala Concert

Let the Scottish Chamber Orchestra take the reins this New Year's Day, with a sporting twist to this year's programme featuring classical music's finest waltzes and polkas.

Sun 5 Jan 2020

£16 (£6–£14) / 01334 475000

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Voyage Through America with Pekka Kuusisto

Pekka Kuusisto conducts works with an American theme by Stravinsky, Dessner, Barber and Copland, including the UK premiere of Nico Muhly's Violin Concerto, featuring Kuusisto as soloist.

Wed 22 Apr 2020

£16 (£6–£14) / 01334 475000

STACS 19/20: Pierre Morabia

St Andrew Concert Series and the Modestine Society present Pierre Morabia (piano) Winner of the Prix Albert Roussel and the Epinal International Piano Competition, Pierre Morablia is a distinguished graduate of the Paris Conservatoire. In St Andrews he will perform Beethoven’s Sonata no. 7 in D op. 10 no. 3 and…

Thu 12 Mar 2020

£14 (£5; Children £5) / 01334 475000

STACS 19/20: The Agnew Duo

Well-known to Fife audiences, Aisling and Matthew are internationally recognised as one of the leading flute and guitar duos. Their St Andrews programme includes music by Handel, Takemitsu, Lowell Liebermann and Astor Piazzolla. Aisling Agnew (flute) Matthew McAllister (guitar) Admission: £14, £11 (Music Centre…

Thu 27 Feb 2020

£14 (£5; Children £5) / 01334 475000

When Margaux Meets Margaux

  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h 37min
  • Directed by: Sophie Fillières
  • Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Agathe Bonitzer

Two women with the same name meet and begin to think they are the same person at different ages.

Thu 12 Dec

£7 / 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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