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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Byre Youth Theatre 8-11 Showcase 2017

Byre Youth Theatre’s 8-11 year old drama classes are delighted to be performing in the Byre Theatre’s main auditorium! In this one off show, the groups will be performing exclusively for their family and friends in what will be an exciting triple bill of short plays. This is a fantastic opportunity for the classes to…

Classical Musicians Scotland Present Scozzesi

Scozzesi is a quartet of male singers and accompanist. All gentlemen are young professional performers in their twenties and early thirties and are making a name for themselves in their solo careers.  All are graduates of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious Music Academies and Conservatoires.   Their repertoire is…

Comedy Sneak Peak

Don’t miss this hilarious all-star Edinburgh fringe preview.* This is your chance to get enjoy some of today’s finest comedians, before they hit the Edinburgh Fringe stage. These shows are works in progress – so it won’t be slick, but it sure as heck will be funny!   DANIEL SLOSS The internationally acclaimed and…

Fri 30 Jun

£10 (£8; Children £8) / 01334 475000


This Gaelic Supergroup are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Taking the name from the Gaelic word for ‘ kinship’ Daimh (pronounced Dive) have performed their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco. Recent accolades…

Fri 2 Jun

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

Dance Society: Kaleidoscope

The Dance Society of the University of St Andrews present their annual display show, featuring 11 styles of dance, choreographed by over 20 choreographers. The show also features the Blue Angels, the University’s competitive award winning dance team.

Sat 29 Apr


Drama about a couple whose future is thrown into jeopardy by the onset of dementia.

Sun 7 May

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

The Dime Notes

The band perform 1920s New Orleans jazz, stomp and swing.

Sun 4 Jun

£16 (£12; Children £12) / 01334 475000

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

David Scheel is a renowned concert pianist who now presents shows sending up classical music styles. Hear two famous pieces played simultaneously, one with the right hand, one with the left, plus his comedy 'translation' of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda.

Thu 4 May

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

Fri 5 May

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

Florence Foster Jenkins

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 110 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
  • UK release: 6 May 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) is a wealthy, cultured New York socialite, who insists on performing as a soprano in spite of a total inability to sing. Streep throws herself endearingly into the role, Grant is wonderful as her debonair husband and Frears keeps a confident balance of uproarious laughs and genuine pathos.

Thu 4 May

Hotel California

Hotel California perform a range of Eagles classics and Joe Walsh and Don Henley solo works.

Fri 26 May

£18.50 / 01334 475000

Sat 27 May

£18.50 / 01334 475000

Jango Starr: One Man Shoe

Family show about bumbling theatre caretaker Jango, who is thrust into the limelight as he finds out how to transform himself into a star.

Sat 15 Jul

Sun 16 Jul

Mon 17 Jul

…and 7 more dates until 27 Jul

The Lady in the Van

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Written by: Alan Bennett
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper, James Corden
  • UK release: 13 November 2015

Writer Alan Bennett (Jennings, uncanny) allows cantankerous drifter Miss Shepherd (Smith) to make his Camden Town driveway her home for 15 years. Bennett's screenplay of this 'autobiopic' is a delight, showing how human kindness can be hilariously begrudging, but some of its conceits can be distracting.

Thu 25 May

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Live material from famous faces from TV panel shows and other comedy roadshows.

Fri 12 May

£19.50 / 01334 475000

Featuring Billy Kirkwood, Stephen Bailey, Paul Imrie and Damion Larkin (MC).

‘Le Moustachu avec les Lunettes 2’

‘Le Moustachu avec les Lunettes 2’ Danced piece by the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance Tuesday 2nd May 2017 12-1pm, Byre Auditorium


Dance, theatre and live music experience for toddlers and their grown ups which explores the relationship between a newborn and a mother and how this bond grows. Ages 1.5–3 years. Presented by Starcatchers and Curious Seed.

Fri 19 May

Sat 20 May

Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

  • 2017

Join the New York Metropolitan Opera for Strauss' comic opera in three acts. Screened live and in high definition.

Sun 14 May

£18.50 (£17.50; Children £14) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera: Soup and Sandwiches

While we’re feeding your appetite for opera, remember you can pre-book soup and sandwiches for the first interval for £5

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 1 Millennium Approaches

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse).

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 2 Perestroika

The second part of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play.

Thu 27 Jul

National Theatre Live: Obsession

  • 2017
  • UK
  • Directed by: Ivo van Hove
  • Cast: Jude Law

Stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre. Jude Law stars as Gino, whose fiery affair with Giovanna leads to a murder plot which threatens to tear them apart.

Thu 11 May

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

National Theatre Live: Peter Pan

  • 2017
  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • UK release: 10 June 2017

Sally Cookson directs this co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre about the boy who never grew up.

Sat 10 Jun

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

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard's situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight.

Thu 27 Jul

National Theatre Live: Salome

  • 2017

This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create this urgent, hypnotic production.

Thu 22 Jun

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

National Theatre Live: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

  • 2017
  • UK
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Macdonald
  • Written by: Edward Albee
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway, Imogen Poots
  • UK release: 18 May 2017

Martha and George are a bitter married couple who have a charged relationship, fuelled by their excessive consumption of alcohol. When Martha invites the new professor of the college and his wife for some after-party drinks, the young couple are caught up in Martha and George's games, leading to some devastating truths.

Sun 21 May

National Theatre Live: Yerma

Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s masterpiece.

Thu 31 Aug

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

National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland Summer Tour

NYOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA – SUMMER TOUR ‘ROAD TRIP ACROSS THE AMERICAS’   The Americas is the theme for all National Youth Orchestras of Scotland ensembles throughout 2017. Each orchestra will perform a blend of well-known standards together with rarely heard gems directly linked to, or inspired by the Americas.

Thu 1 Jun

£6 / 01334 475000


Scocha (pronounced Scotia) combine Scottish music and songs with original arrangements of Scottish classics to create a show which is peppered with banter, fun, and the feel good factor with soft ballads, rousing foot-stomping refrains and almost everything in between. The Scocha sound is unique. Branded as Folk ‘n…

Sat 20 May

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

Sherry Babys

In a welcome return to The Byre, The Sherry Babys present their celebration of the sensational music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons – as featured in the global hit musical The Jersey Boys.   The night features many of the band’s hits with the first part of the show taking us back to where it all began…

Fri 12 May

£20 (£18; Children £18) / 01334 475000

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

With a backdrop of projected photos and original film footage a full live band perform Simon & Garfunkel hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.

Thu 8 Jun

£22 (£19.50) / 01334 475000

Fri 9 Jun

£22 (£19.50) / 01334 475000


Expect blazing bagpipes, accordion and fiddle mixed with standard rock instruments as the 'boy band of Scottish traditional music' play live.

Sun 30 Apr

£17.50 (£16) / 01334 475000

Songs from the

Join Helen Lothian (Soprano) and Julia Lynch (pianist) for an unforgettable evening of songs from popular movies and hit shows. These fantastically versatile performers entertain you with music and song from The Producers, Cabaret, The Godfather and The Mission among many others. A delightful evening for every music and…

Sat 3 Jun

£15 (£12; Children £10) / 01334 475000

Spatz and Co

Set within a fictional tropical Nightclub “The Oasis”, Spatz & Co, Scotland’s premier 8 piece Showband, take you through a stage concert of music spanning the 1930’s to 80’s – from Glenn Miller to Acker Bilk: Sinatra to Buble: Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Gerry Rafferty, Paul Simon, Lennon & McCartney, Chuck Berry…

Sat 6 May

£17.50 (£15) / 01334 475000

St Andrews Baroque Orchestra

This concert brings together some of the best players of period music in the university and town in a trio of Baroque concertos, including Albinoni’s Double Oboe Concerto op. 0 no. 3, Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in E minor RV 277 (Il Favorito) and J.S.Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto no. 6 in F major BWV 1057 (an arrangement of…

Wed 3 May

£5 (£1–£4) / 01334 475000

St Leonards: Bugsy Malone

St Leonards senior school proudly presents Bugsy Malone. This lively production uses music, dance and slapstick comedy to deliver a story that explores gang warfare on the streets of New York in the 1920s   Make a special night of it Whether you’re in the mood for a light lunch, a pre-theatre meal, or a late…

Wed 17 May

£8 (£6; Children £6) / 01334 475000

Thu 18 May

£8 (£6; Children £6) / 01334 475000

Fri 19 May

£8 (£6; Children £6) / 01334 475000


  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sarah Gavron
  • Written by: Abi Morgan
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep
  • UK release: 30 October 2015

In 1912, laundry worker Maud (Mulligan) has her eyes opened to gender inequality by suffragette activists Violet (Duff), Edith (Bonham-Carter) and Alice (Garai). Gavron's decision to shoot it not as a stoic period piece but as a gritty actioner pays off, with a superb performance from Mulligan at the centre of a great cast.

Thu 8 Jun

01334 475000

Paired with a curator’s talk on an associated topic.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Directed by: James Macdonald
  • Written by: Edward Albee

Rapture Theatre perform the play about marital discontent.

Wed 10 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01334 475000

Thu 11 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01334 475000

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Rapture Theatre perform the play about marital discontent.

Wed 10 May

Thu 11 May

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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