King's Theatre

King's Theatre
2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ
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King's Theatre

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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Amélie

Musical production of the 2001 French film.

Tue 25 Jun

0131 529 6000

Wed 26 Jun

0131 529 6000

Thu 27 Jun

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 29 Jun

Amelie: The Musical

The Broadway musical based on the hit film Amélie tours the UK.

Tue 25 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 26 Jun

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Thu 27 Jun

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Sat 29 Jun

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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 6 Jul

£10 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 7 Sep

£10 / 0131 529 6000

Ben Fogle: Tales From the Wilderness

TV adventurer Ben Fogle tours with his latest evening of storytelling.

Sun 2 Feb 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

The Beyond Broadway Experience presents Legally Blonde

Omigod You Guys! The Beyond Broadway Experience is back for Summer 2019 with Legally Blonde - The Musical! Join Elle Woods as she follows her heart to a Harvard law degree proving that pink really can save the day! Oh, and don't forget to bend……and snap!

Thu 18 Jul

0131 529 6000

Fri 19 Jul

0131 529 6000

Sat 20 Jul

0131 529 6000

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 2020

0131 529 6000

Thu 26 Mar 2020

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Fri 27 Mar 2020

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Sat 28 Mar 2020

0131 529 6000

Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves is a wrenching moral drama about a woman’s twisted bargain with God. Based on Lars von Trier’s controversial film, US composer Missy Mazzoli’s opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award.

Wed 21 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 23 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 24 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 27 May 2020

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Thu 28 May 2020

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…and 2 more dates until 30 May 2020

EDGAS present Patience

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience - Inspired by the Victorian aesthetic movement, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore, this Savoy opera tells the story of two rival poets and the superficiality of the women who blindly follow and adore them. This production is presented by one…

Tue 17 Mar 2020

0131 529 6000

Wed 18 Mar 2020

0131 529 6000

Thu 19 Mar 2020

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…and 2 more dates until 21 Mar 2020

Edinburgh Gang Show 2019

It’s November… it’s the King’s Theatre… it’s GANG SHOW time! Over 250 young people from Scouting and Girlguiding return to the King’s with their spectacular production – the 60th Edinburgh Gang Show. As always there will be show-stopping musical numbers, fabulous choreography, stunning individual performances and…

Tue 19 Nov

0131 529 6000

Wed 20 Nov

0131 529 6000

Thu 21 Nov

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…and 2 more dates until 23 Nov

The Exorcist

When desperate mother Chris is unable to get any answers from a succession of doctors about her young daughter’s strange symptoms, she reluctantly turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s…

Tue 5 Nov

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Wed 6 Nov

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Thu 7 Nov

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…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

Eye of the Storm

A new musical play which will seize your heart and capture your mind. With original songs written by Grammy Award Winner Amy Wadge (Thinking Out Loud with Ed Sheeran) we follow the story of Emmie who is torn between following her dreams of being a scientist and caring for her mother. Set in the Welsh valleys to a…

Tue 17 Sep

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Wed 18 Sep

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Thu 19 Sep

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…and 2 more dates until 21 Sep

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Gothic tale is told in this revival of Liam Scarlett's ballet.

Mon 21 Oct

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Tue 22 Oct

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Wed 23 Oct

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…and 3 more dates until 26 Oct

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…

Sun 29 Mar 2020

£20.72–£22.22 / 0131 529 6000

An Inspector Calls

Touring version of JB Priestley's thriller, reinvented for the stage and directed by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.

Tue 8 Oct

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Wed 9 Oct

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Thu 10 Oct

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Sat 12 Oct

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J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls

The National Theatre's Landmark Production. Directed by Stephen Daldry. Stephen Daldry’s record breaking and multi-award winning production for the National Theatre of An Inspector Calls returns after a sell-out London season and American tour. Daldry’s visionary, radical, challenging version of JB Priestley’s…

Tue 8 Oct

0131 529 6000

Wed 9 Oct

0131 529 6000

Thu 10 Oct

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…and 2 more dates until 12 Oct

James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

New show from the comedian who named it after a time he tried cold lasagne and enjoyed it.

Sun 3 Nov

0131 529 6000

King's Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Roll up, roll up! Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back in a circus-inspired King's Panto spectacular! Joining them this year in his first King's Panto is River City's Jordan Young. Packed full of hilarious comedy routines, laughter, dazzling special effects and hair-rising displays, Goldilocks and the…

Sat 30 Nov

0131 529 6000

Sun 1 Dec

0131 529 6000

Tue 3 Dec

0131 529 6000

…and 40 more dates until 19 Jan 2020

Little Miss Sunshine

Musical comedy based on the Academy Award winning film Little Miss Sunshine, about a dysfunctional family travelling 800 miles in a old VW camper van to deliver their daughter to a children's beauty pageant.

Tue 12 Nov

£31.05–£39.10 (£22.42–£35.65) / 0131 529 6000

Wed 13 Nov

£31.05–£39.10 (£22.42–£35.65) / 0131 529 6000

Thu 14 Nov

£31.05–£39.10 (£22.42–£35.65) / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 16 Nov

The Night Watch

The Night Watch is the thrilling and beautiful story from the award-winning, number one best-selling author, Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, The Paying Guest and The Little Stranger). London in the 1940s. A time when hearts beat faster and life burned more brightly. The Night Watch is a tender, tragic and beautifully…

Tue 15 Oct

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Wed 16 Oct

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Thu 17 Oct

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…and 2 more dates until 19 Oct

Oedipus

The modern age. A plague has ravaged Thebes. The oracle believes the city is doomed because the murder of King Laius remains unpunished. The King’s successor, Oedipus, wants to investigate the horrific crime himself. But the outcome he discovers is devastating — as much for himself as for his people. Robert Icke’s…

Wed 14 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 15 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 16 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 17 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Oor Wullie

Jings, Crivvens, Help Ma Boab! Scotland’s cheekiest, spiky-haired scamp is back! Only question is; where’s his bucket?! Join Wullie, Fat 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.

Tue 28 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 29 Jan 2020

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Thu 30 Jan 2020

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…and 2 more dates until 1 Feb 2020

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!

Sat 6 Jun 2020

0131 529 6000

Sun 7 Jun 2020

0131 529 6000

Prism

Following a sold-out run at London’s Hampstead Theatre, don’t miss the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood’s greatest divas beautiful. Robert Lindsay is ‘magnetic’ (The Guardian), ‘perfect’ (The Times) and ‘glorious’ (Mail on Sunday) in Terry Johnson’s delightfully witty and poignant play based on the…

Mon 28 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Tue 29 Oct

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Wed 30 Oct

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…and 3 more dates until 2 Nov

Rip it Up The 70s

Dance showcase set to a soundtrack from the 1970s by Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith MBE, joined by Rachel Stevens and Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton and backed by a live band.

Mon 14 Oct

£40.25–£45.42 / 0131 529 6000

Scottish Ballet's Wee Hansel and Gretel

A wee version of a big ballet. Join Hansel & Gretel as they go on an adventure deep into the woods… Along the way you’ll meet a rather beguiling Witch and her mysterious raven, before arriving in an enchanted gingerbread house filled with dancing sweet treats and toys that come to life. This specially adapted…

Fri 13 Sep

0131 529 6000

Sat 14 Sep

0131 529 6000

Sun 15 Sep

0131 529 6000

The Secret River

Kate Grenville’s The Secret River is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of the 21st century. Playwright Andrew Bovell has transformed the novel into a deeply moving, unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history. Directed by Neil Armfield for Sydney Theatre Company, this…

Fri 2 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 3 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 4 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 6 more dates until 11 Aug

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Julia Donaldson (book), Axel Scheffler (book), Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre use puppetry, live music and songs to present Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book about a stick man trying to get back to the family tree.

Fri 6 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 7 Sep

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Sun 8 Sep

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A Taste of Honey

“It’s chaotic – a bit of love, a bit of lust and there you are. We don’t ask for life, we have it thrust upon us.” The National Theatre, producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time present Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play A Taste of Honey. Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop…

Mon 23 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Tue 24 Sep

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Wed 25 Sep

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…and 3 more dates until 28 Sep

A Woman of No Importance

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. In A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama created a vivid new theatrical voice.

Tue 1 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 2 Oct

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Thu 3 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 5 Oct

Reviews & features

The Edinburgh theatre scene beyond the Fringe

20 Sep 2018

We explore why Edinburgh's theatre scene is still alive and kicking, way beyond August

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 Pirates

4 Dec 20094 stars

‘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…

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