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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Events at this venue

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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 24 Mar

0131 529 6000

Thu 25 Mar

0131 529 6000

Fri 26 Mar

0131 529 6000

Sat 27 Mar

0131 529 6000

The Croft

Based on a true highland story In the remote Scottish Highlands two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille. When suddenly the weekend getaway takes an unexpected turn. Cut off from the modern world, Laura and Suzanne find themselves drawn into the dark history of the Croft and the…

Tue 6 Apr

0131 529 6000

Wed 7 Apr

0131 529 6000

Thu 8 Apr

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…and 2 more dates until 10 Apr

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown's best-selling thriller about 'symbologist' Robert Langdon's race to solve a grisly murder at the Louvre and solve a Biblical mystery gets the theatrical treatment.

Tue 5 Apr 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 6 Apr 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 7 Apr 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 9 Apr 2022

An Evening with Levison Wood

The best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter shares anecdotes from his career.

Thu 23 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Funbox

Singalong shows for the entire family from performers Anya Scott-Rodgers, Gary Coupland and Kevin Macleod.

Sun 13 Jun

0131 529 6000

Gangsta Granny

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he…

Thu 28 Jan

0131 529 6000

Fri 29 Jan

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Sat 30 Jan

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Sun 31 Jan

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Gary Meikle: Surreal

The Scottish Comedy Award winner gives his opinion on a variety of topics, from single mums to small man syndrome.

Sat 3 Apr

0131 529 6000

Groan Ups

Mischief Theatre examine how school life affects our futures, following the journey of young six-year-olds into adulthood.

Tue 15 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 16 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 17 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 19 Jun

Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards

Brand new comedy show from Iain Stirling.

Sun 28 Mar

£22.22 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 10 Apr 2022

£22.22 / 0131 529 6000

In The Night Garden Live

The people behind the popular children's TV show bring Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka to life in a live show.

Sat 29 May

0131 529 6000

Sun 30 May

0131 529 6000

King's Panto: Sleeping Beauty

Please note the King's pantomime was rescheduled from 2020/21 to 2021/22 due to Covid-19. If you have tickets booked or reserved, your tickets will be automatically transferred, and a member of our Box Office will be in touch with your new ticket details. Rise and shine! Allan Stewart, Andy Gray, Grant Stott and Jordan…

Sat 27 Nov

0131 529 6000

Sun 28 Nov

0131 529 6000

Tue 30 Nov

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…and 40 more dates until 16 Jan 2022

Levison Wood: The Art of Exploration

In Autumn 2021, join critically acclaimed author and explorer Levison Wood as he takes to the stage for his third UK tour, The Art of Exploration. In this entertaining two-hour one-man show, Levison shares his experiences and learnings from a lifetime of travel, from his army career and the front-lines of Afghanistan to…

Thu 23 Sep

0131 529 6000

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Touring production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, adapted from C S Lewis' beloved tale about four children who are whisked away from wartime Britain into a fantastical land of snow.

Tue 9 Feb

0131 529 6000

Wed 10 Feb

0131 529 6000

Thu 11 Feb

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…and 7 more dates until 12 Feb 2022

Looking Good Dead

DS Roy Grace races to save the lives of Tom Bryce and his family after Tom accidentally witnesses a vicious murder in this stage adaptation of Peter James' gripping mystery.

Tue 5 Oct

0131 529 6000

Wed 6 Oct

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Thu 7 Oct

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 9 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 13 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 14 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 15 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 17 Apr

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Spend a special day with Peppa Pig and her friends.

Fri 5 Feb

0131 529 6000

Sat 6 Feb

0131 529 6000

Sandi Toksvig: National Trevor

Comedian, actor, novelist and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig discusses her discomfort with being called a 'national treasure' and dishes out some GBBO and QI anecdotes.

Mon 17 May

0131 529 6000

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 1 Jun

0131 529 6000

Wed 2 Jun

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Thu 3 Jun

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…and 2 more dates until 5 Jun

Yotam Ottolenghi: A Life in Flavour

An exclusive opportunity to hear directly from Ottolenghi himself about his life in flavour, and find inspiration for your own cooking. Is flavour at the heart of your cooking? Do you dream of taking your food to the next level? Then don’t miss this chance to hear from chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi as he…

Mon 12 Apr

0131 529 6000

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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