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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And Then There Were None

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear. “We are all being hunted” Directed by Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution, Love from a Stranger), this…

Tue 26 Oct

0131 529 6000

Wed 27 Oct

0131 529 6000

Thu 28 Oct

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 30 Oct

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 16 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 17 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Fri 18 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Sat 19 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 6 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 7 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 9 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

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

Gary Meikle: Surreal

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

Sun 24 Oct

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 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

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

Sun 30 May

Cancelled / 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

0131 529 6000

…and 40 more dates until 16 Jan 2022

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

BY PHILIP MEEKS DIRECTED BY JAKE SMITH “There was a contagion in the very air…” Sleepy Hollow is an ancient place with a bloody history. A town full of deadly secrets. A town that will stop at nothing to keep itself safe. When Ichabod Crane becomes the teacher in Sleepy Hollow, he arrives with a sense of wonderment.

Mon 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Tue 9 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 10 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 13 Nov

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 8 Feb 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 9 Feb 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 10 Feb 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 6 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 7 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 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 3 May 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 4 May 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 5 May 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 7 May 2022

Philly Philly Wang Wang

THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE SELL-OUT HIT Following a sell-out 2018 tour and a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run that sold out in advance, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wang is back on tour with his newest show. Phil has made a name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed…

Sun 26 Sep

£16.50 / 0131 529 6000

The Rocky Horror Show

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show returns to the UK in 2021 as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet…

Mon 21 Feb 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Tue 22 Feb 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 23 Feb 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 26 Feb 2022

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

A Splinter of Ice

The Original Theatre Company presents by Ben Brown Directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley Starring Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” E.M. Forster Moscow 1987, as the cold war begins to…

Tue 13 Jul

0131 529 6000

Wed 14 Jul

0131 529 6000

Thu 15 Jul

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 17 Jul

Tell Me On A Sunday

Returning to the stage following her acclaimed performances in the National Theatre’s production of A Taste of Honey, Oliver!, One Man Two Governors, Annie, Abigail's Party and Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger stars as ‘Emma’, in the 2021 UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY…

Tue 14 Sep

0131 529 6000

Wed 15 Sep

0131 529 6000

Thu 16 Sep

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 18 Sep

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

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

Wed 2 Jun

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

Thu 3 Jun

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

…and 7 more dates until 16 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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