Generations of Edinburgh residents have fond memories of being taken to the lavish annual pantomime that still packs the audiences in, just as it did in the celebrated days of Stanley Baxter, Rikki Fulton and Jimmy Logan. Today, the 1350-seat venue in Tollcross is run by the Festival City Theatres Trust, which is also responsible for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. It is an important venue for the Edinburgh International Festival's drama programme and a year-round receiving house for good quality touring theatre productions, many of them – such as Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan – en route to the West End. Built in 1906 by theatre entrepreneur Robert C Buchanan as a rival to the Royal Lyceum and later taken into the Howard and Wyndham chain, it is a traditional theatre, rich in baroque period details, and rather more comfortable than the days when somehow another 1100 people managed to squeeze into the stalls, grand circle and upper circle.
The King's Theatre on Leven Street was built in 1905 and opened in 1906. It houses visits by major touring drama productions as well as being home to Edinburgh's annual pantomime.
For information about what’s on or how to book tickets, visit www.eft.co.uk.
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Allan Stewart's Big Big Variety Show
There I am, standing on stage at the Barrowland Ballroom, just 10 years old. 60 years, 2 Royal Variety performances, 2 TV game shows, my own TV series, one record produced by George Martin, countless gigs all over the world, and – can you believe it – 39 Pantos later, here I am. Joining me for a celebration of 60…
Tue 10 Mar
Thu 12 Mar
Backstage Tour: King's Theatre
Did you know that the King's Theatre opened in 1905 with the pantomime, Cinderella? Or that it has a stream running right underneath? Want to stand on stage and feel like a star? This backstage tour is a great chance to go behind the scenes; see the workings of the theatre and walk down memory lane as we chat through…
Sat 1 Feb
Sat 7 Mar
Sat 4 Apr
Ben Fogle: Tales From the Wilderness
TV adventurer Ben Fogle tours with his latest evening of storytelling.
Sun 2 Feb
The Beyond Broadway Experience present High School Musical
Disney’s smash-hit movie musical comes to life on at The Kings Theatre this summer. Follow Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High in this modern day cult-classic as they get you dancing in the isles to hits such as “We’re All In This Together” and “Status Quo” Musical Theatre perfection for the whole…
Thu 23 Jul
The Birthday Party
Set in a dilapidated seaside boarding house the mysterious Stanley Webber receives a visit from two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann. They arrive on Stanley’s birthday – or is it? What do they want and why do they want to turn Stanley’s quiet world upside down? The Everyman Theatre Company brings together a star…
Tue 5 May
Thu 7 May
The Bohemians present Shrek the Musical
A big, green, terrifying ogre living alone on a swamp doesn’t sound like a fairy tale hero, but then, this is no ordinary fairy tale! When your travelling companion is a wisecracking Donkey, the feisty princess Fiona needs rescuing from a fire-breathing dragon, you’re surround by fairy tale misfits and the bad guy is the…
Wed 25 Mar
Thu 26 Mar
Fri 27 Mar
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
- Directed by: Rob Bettinson
- Written by: Alan Janes
Celebrate the man and the music as the popular touring production of the rock musical rolls into town again.
Tue 26 May
Thu 28 May
The Cat and the Canary
Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. When the heir is revealed, the heritage hunters turn into prey and a chain of macabre events is set in motion; walls crack open, shadows loom and dark secrets are…
Mon 22 Jun
Tue 23 Jun
Dial M for Murder
THE GENRE-DEFINING THRILLER FOR ALL TIME. Can you ever get away with the perfect crime? TV and Stage favourite, Tom Chambers, (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing) stars as the charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Margot. When he discovers she has been…
Mon 24 Feb
Tue 25 Feb
EDGAS present Patience
After the five star success of The Mikado in 2019, we are excited to return to the King’s Theatre with Patience, Gilbert and Sullivan’s witty masterpiece about the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s. With willowy youths, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore, it tells the story of two rival poets and…
Tue 17 Mar
Wed 18 Mar
Thu 19 Mar
When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her. Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drunk who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on, but when these two people come together they soon…
Mon 11 May
Tue 12 May
Funbox: Jungle Party
Take a walk on the wild side with the Funbox gang as they head out into the jungle for their latest musical adventure.
Sat 20 Jun
£17.50 / 0131 529 6000
Gary Meikle: Surreal
After his meteoric rise through the ranks, Scottish Comedy Award winner and viral sensation Gary Meikle is back with his second tour show, Surreal! A word that perfectly describes Gary’s last twelve months. He started the year performing in comedy clubs, and ended it selling out big theatres in the UK as well as tours in…
Fri 18 Sep
0131 529 6000
Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's stage show about all the things that go bump in the night.
Tue 14 Apr
Thu 16 Apr
Sat 18 Apr
Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000
The Habit of Art
Play by Alan Bennett, which imagines a meeting between WH Auden and Benjamin Britten.
Tue 31 Mar
Thu 2 Apr
I Think We Are Alone
Frantic Assembly celebrates their 25th anniversary with this production of Sally Abbott's I Think We Are Alone, about connection and resolution in our dark hours.
Tue 18 Feb
Thu 20 Feb
Iain Stirling: U OK HUN? X
Avalon Promotions Ltd Edinburgh's BAFTA-winning comedian returns to the Fringe after a summer narrating ITV2's Love Island and five consecutive sell-out runs. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). A show about how this new world of instant gratification has affected our ability…
A Monster Calls
Adapted from the novel by Patrick Ness. One night a young boy is visited by a monster, who has come to tell him stories. The boy then must confront his own fears over his mother's illness.
Tue 7 Apr
Thu 9 Apr
- Directed by: Ian Talbot
- Written by: Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's play has been performed over 25,000 times. Now celebrating its diamond anniversary in the London West End, it's finally embarking on a UK tour.
Mon 19 Oct
Tue 20 Oct
A Murder is Announced
Middle Ground Theatre Company stage this Miss Marple mystery about a murder that's been advertised in the local paper.
Tue 28 Apr
Thu 30 Apr
Join Wullie, Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang, in a brand new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary as Scotland’s most beloved comic strip. The highly-anticipated world premiere stage show opens this November, in partnership with internationally acclaimed Selladoor…
Tue 28 Jan
Thu 30 Jan
Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever
Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever!
April 2003. Army Major Charles Ingram, his wife and coughing accomplice are convicted for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The evidence is damning. The nation is gripped by the sheer audacity of the plot to snatch the £1,000,000 jackpot. But was he really guilty? It’s time for you to decide. This exciting, fun…
Mon 9 Nov
Tue 10 Nov
Southern Light present Anything Goes!
Following their highly acclaimed production of My Fair Lady, Southern Light, the oldest musical theatre company in Edinburgh, is taking to the seas and bringing Cole Porter’s toe-tapping Anything Goes to the King’s Theatre. Probably the best known of all Porter’s musicals this show is full of well-known songs including…
Tue 3 Mar
Wed 4 Mar
Thu 5 Mar
Ten Times Table
THE COMMITTEE FROM HELL AND A FÊTE WORSE THAN DEATH…! ROBERT DAWS leads a star cast in the Classic Ayckbourn Comedy. Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of The Classic Comedy Theatre Company, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind: The Agatha Christie, The Classic Thriller, and The Classic Screen to…
Mon 3 Feb
Tue 4 Feb
The Woman in Black
- Directed by: Robin Herford
- Written by: Susan Hill (book), Stephen Mallatratt (adapt)
Spookily Gothic and highly theatrical adaptation of Susan Hill's story about a young lawyer trying to exorcise his metaphorical demons.
Tue 21 Apr
Thu 23 Apr
Sat 25 Apr
Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000
Children's show about a dragon who tries hard to earn a golden star at Madam Dragon's school, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Wed 12 Feb
Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000
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The Edinburgh theatre scene beyond the Fringe20 Sep 2018
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If you're arriving in Edinburgh in September, you're likely to be greeted by a litany of old Fringe flyers, with the occasional Festival poster still tacked up on a wall. But don't for a second think this means that Edinburgh's stages are winding down…
Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates4 Dec 2009
‘Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s panto tiiiime!’ The sense of excitement in the theatre is palpable long before the curtain rises. And no wonder: the dream team that brought us last year’s 3D thriller, Aladdin is about to spirit us off to…