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 38 events at this location

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Auld Hat New Heids

Scottish folk from Ian Bruce, Gregor Lowrey, Pete Clark and Fraser Bruce.

Wed 30 Aug

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

Beauty and the Beast

The Byre's Christmas show tells the tale of bookworm Belle, who is locked-up in a castle full of singing homeware.

Thu 30 Nov

£17–£20 (£13.50–£19.50) / 01334 475000

Fri 1 Dec

£17–£20 (£13.50–£19.50) / 01334 475000

Sat 2 Dec

£17–£20 (£13.50–£19.50) / 01334 475000

…and 20 more dates until 31 Dec

Becoming Jane

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • UK/US
  • 120 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Julian Jarrold
  • Written by: Kevin Hood, Sarah Williams
  • Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith

A biography of Jane Austen (played beautifully by Hathaway) which cites a relationship with cad, hedonist and lawyer Tom Lefroy (McAvoy) as the reason behind her success. Despite excellent performances and a very generous smattering of Austen's best lines, this is sadly as dreary as period dramas get.

Thu 20 Jul

£6 / 01334 475000

Comedy Sneak Peak

Enjoy today's finest comedians before they hit the Edinburgh Fringe. These shows are works in progress - so it won't be slick, but it sure as heck will be funny. Performers: Daniel Sloss, Craig Hill, Kai Humphries and Mark Nelson (Line up subject to change).

Fri 30 Jun

£10 (£8; Children £8) / 01334 475000

The Dam Busters

  • 3 stars
  • 1954
  • UK
  • 124 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Anderson
  • Written by: Books:, Paul Brickhill (The Dam Busters), Guy Gibson (Enemy Coast Ahead), Screenplay:, R C Sherriff
  • Cast: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

What ho! Bouncing bombs away boys. Much parodied but still hugely enjoyable tribute to Barnes Wallace and Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the two men who may have helped turn WW2 around by destroying important Ruhr dams. A mix of gross sentimentality and the British stiff upper lip. A film very much of its time.

Thu 9 Nov

01334 475000

With curator's talk. Films and Artefacts Series.

  • 10:00

Daniel Sloss: NOW

The Scottish comedian, and recent recipient of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival 'Best of the Fest' International Award, presents his latest show.

Tue 10 Oct

£12.50 (£10) / 01334 475000

Doctor Zhivago

  • 4 stars
  • 1965
  • US/UK
  • 193 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: David Lean
  • Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay

Sparkling digital restoration of Lean's epic, itself adapted from Pasternak's novel. It frequently surrenders to flamboyant melodrama and fails to engage with the political context, but Sharif is affecting as the titular medic and poet and Christie is divine as the love of his life. Whatever its flaws, films made with…

Wed 13 Sep

£8 / 01334 475000

Driving Miss Daisy

  • 2013
  • Australia
  • Directed by: David Esbjornson
  • Cast: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines

Screening of a live performance of the classic story about an elderly woman and her chauffeur, filmed at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013.

Thu 6 Jul

£6 / 01334 475000

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show

  • Written by: Lynley Dodd

Meet the doggy crew and their feline antagonists in a show for those aged 3+ based on the enormously popular books by Lynley Dodd.

Sat 2 Sep

£10 / 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

£8 / 01334 475000

Sun 16 Jul

£8 / 01334 475000

Mon 17 Jul

£8 / 01334 475000

…and 8 more dates until 28 Jul

Just Beatles

Tribute to The Beatles.

Fri 13 Oct

£16 (£13; Children £13) / 01334 475000

Metropolitan Opera Live: Cendrillon

  • 2018
  • 167 min
  • Directed by: Bertrand de Billy

For the first time, Massenet’s version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly.

Sun 29 Apr 2018

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: Così Fan Tutte

  • 2018
  • 211 min
  • Directed by: David Robertson

A co-production with English National Opera, Mozart's vision of the battle of the sexes is set in a carnivalesque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island.

Sun 1 Apr 2018

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: Die Zauberflöte

  • 2017
  • 189 min
  • Directed by: James Levine

Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart's fantasy. with Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducting a cast of rising young stars.

Sun 15 Oct

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: La Bohème

  • 2018
  • 175 min

The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s production.

Sun 25 Feb 2018

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: L'Elisir d'Amore

  • 2018
  • 159 min
  • Directed by: Domingo Hindoyan

Production of Donizetti's opera which stars Matthew Polenzani, rising South African soprano Pretty Yende and Davide Luciano, who makes his Met debut as the arrogant soldier Belcore.

Sun 11 Feb 2018

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: Luisa Miller

  • 2018
  • 218 min
  • Directed by: James Levine

The first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years, with Sonya Yoncheva singing the title role opposite Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo and Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet-loving father.

Sun 15 Apr 2018

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: Norma

  • 2017
  • 184 min
  • UK release: 7 October 2017

Bellini’s masterpiece in a new production directed by Sir David McVicar.

Sun 8 Oct

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: Semiramide

  • 2018
  • 240 min
  • Directed by: Maurizio Benini

Rossini's tragic opera based on a story by Voltaire, with Angela Meade taking on the challenging vocals of the title role in this revival of a production last seen at the Met 25 years ago.

Sun 11 Mar 2018

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

Metropolitan Opera Live: The Exterminating Angel

  • 2017
  • 147 min
  • Directed by: Thomas Adès

British composer Thomas Adès conducts the American premiere of his latest opera.

Sun 19 Nov

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

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).

Thu 20 Jul

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

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 2 Perestroika

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

Thu 27 Jul

£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

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

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

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.

Sun 16 Jul

£12 (£7) / 01334 475000

Thu 29 Jun

£6 / 01334 475000

Rocket Post (6+)

July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS! A fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six…

Mon 9 Oct

£8 (£6; Children £6) / 01334 475000

Tue 10 Oct

£8 (£6; Children £6) / 01334 475000

Sabrina

  • 1954
  • USA
  • 113 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Written by: Samuel A Taylor (play Sabrina Fair), Billy Wilder, Ernest Lehman
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

1954 romantic comedy starring Hepburn as the beautiful daughter of a chauffeur, whose employer's two sons are warring for her affections.

Thu 31 Aug

£6 / 01334 475000

SCO: Appalachian Spring

RAUTAVAARA Cantus Arcticus (17’) VASKS Viola Concerto *Scottish Premiere *(35’) RESPIGHI Gli Uccelli (19’) COPLAND Appalachian Spring (23’)   OLARI ELTS – Conductor MAXIM RYSANOV – Viola   Birdsong is rife in the natural world of this delightful programme. Finn Einojuhani Rautavaara matches recordings of the…

Wed 1 Nov

£14.50–£24 (£6–£22) / 01334 475000

SCO: Beethoven's 'Emperor'

PROKOFIEV Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’           (15’) SHOSTAKOVICH arr. BARSHAI Chamber Symphony, Op 110a (24’) BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’ (38’) CLEMENS SCHULDT – Conductor ELISABETH LEONSKAJA – Piano   Few pianists truly deserve the epithet ‘great’ but Elisabeth Leonskaja is surely one of them. Now…

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£14.50–£24 (£6–£22) / 01334 475000

SCO: CPE Bach Cello Cto in A minor

HAYDN Symphony No 93 (22’) CPE BACH Cello Concerto in A minor (25’) MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’ (40’) RICHARD EGARR – Conductor PHILIP HIGHAM – Cello   Mozart wrote “He is the father, we are the children…” Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn also venerated and learned from Bach. Not JS Bach: his son Carl…

Wed 18 Apr 2018

£14.50–£24 (£6–£22) / 01334 475000

SCO: Dvorak's Violin Concerto

DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto (32’) SCHUBERT Symphony No 9 ‘The Great’ (48’) ROBIN TICCIATI – Conductor CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF – Violin   Schubert’s ‘Great’ C major Symphony, completed shortly before the composer’s untimely death, was his final contribution to the genre.  Conceived on the broadest scale – Schumann praised…

Wed 14 Mar 2018

£14.50–£24 (£6–£22) / 01334 475000

SCO: Vasks' Violin Concerto

DVOŘÁK Romance for Violin and Orchestra (13’) BEETHOVEN Symphony No 1 in C (26’) BEETHOVEN Romance in F (10’) VASKS Violin Concerto ‘Distant Light’ (30’)   ANTHONY MARWOOD – Director/Violin   Loved by audiences and unanimously praised by the press, Marwood is a virtuoso whose musical integrity and…

Thu 14 Sep

£14.50–£24 (£6–£22) / 01334 475000

Stand By

Four Police Officers sit in a riot van. Called out to a domestic dispute, which may turn violent, they are on stand by; waiting to enter a flat where a man is wielding a samurai sword. We wait with them, experiencing the relationships, forged through the stress of the job and the turmoil of being caught between following…

Fri 4 Aug

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

Sat 5 Aug

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

A Streetcar Named Desire (12+)

Rapture: Scotland’s leading touring theatre company presents A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams   Experience the excitement of live theatre in Rapture’s vibrant production of Tennessee Williams’, “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Join us for a dazzling trip to the whirlwind world of New Orleans with this…

Thu 21 Sep

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

Fri 22 Sep

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

Sat 23 Sep

£14 (£12) / 01334 475000

Sunshine on Leith

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Antonia Thomas
  • UK release: 4 October 2013

For his second feature, Fletcher directs this adaptation of the popular stage musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers. Two soldiers return from Afghanistan to Edinburgh and struggle to adapt to civilian life.

Thu 27 Jul

£6 / 01334 475000

Whale Rider

  • 2003
  • New Zealand
  • 101 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Niki Caro
  • Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

In a small New Zealand coastal village, the Maori peoples claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider, a pseudo mythic male elder who was one with the barnacled beasts. The bloodline is supposed to lead to Koro, now an old man, who is worrying that his son Porourangi has only given him a granddaughter, Pai, who cannot…

Thu 10 Aug

01334 475000

With curator's topic. Films and Artefacts Series.

What We Did on Our Holiday

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Written by: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Celia Imrie, Ben Miller, Emilia Jones, Annette Crosbie
  • UK release: 26 September 2014

Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) have separated, but when they go north for the birthday of Doug's father (Connolly), they instruct their kids (Jones, Smalldridge and Turnbull) to keep quiet about the separation. Charming and hilarious: Tennant and Pike are excellent, and despite the kids' scene-stealing improvisation it…

Thu 13 Jul

£6 / 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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