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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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

0131 529 6000

Wed 11 Mar

0131 529 6000

Thu 12 Mar

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…and 2 more dates until 14 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

£10 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 7 Mar

£10 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 4 Apr

£10 / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 4 Jul

Ben Fogle: Tales From the Wilderness

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

Sun 2 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

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

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Fri 24 Jul

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Sat 25 Jul

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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

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Wed 6 May

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Thu 7 May

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…and 2 more dates until 9 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

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Thu 26 Mar

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Fri 27 Mar

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Sat 28 Mar

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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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 27 May

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Thu 28 May

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…and 2 more dates until 30 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

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Tue 23 Jun

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Wed 24 Jun

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…and 3 more dates until 27 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

0131 529 6000

Tue 25 Feb

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Wed 26 Feb

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…and 3 more dates until 29 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

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Wed 18 Mar

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Thu 19 Mar

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…and 2 more dates until 21 Mar

Educating Rita

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

0131 529 6000

Tue 12 May

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Wed 13 May

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…and 3 more dates until 16 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

Ghost Stories

Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's stage show about all the things that go bump in the night.

Tue 14 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 15 Apr

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Thu 16 Apr

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Sat 18 Apr

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The Habit of Art

Play by Alan Bennett, which imagines a meeting between WH Auden and Benjamin Britten.

Tue 31 Mar

0131 529 6000

Wed 1 Apr

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Thu 2 Apr

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…and 2 more dates until 4 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

0131 529 6000

Wed 19 Feb

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Thu 20 Feb

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…and 2 more dates until 22 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…

Sun 29 Mar

£22.22 / 0131 529 6000

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

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Wed 8 Apr

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Thu 9 Apr

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…and 2 more dates until 11 Apr

The Mousetrap

  • 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

0131 529 6000

Tue 20 Oct

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Wed 21 Oct

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…and 3 more dates until 24 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

0131 529 6000

Wed 29 Apr

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Thu 30 Apr

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…and 2 more dates until 2 May

Oor Wullie

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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 29 Jan

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Thu 30 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 1 Feb

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

0131 529 6000

Sun 7 Jun

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Quiz

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

0131 529 6000

Tue 10 Nov

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Wed 11 Nov

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…and 3 more dates until 14 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

0131 529 6000

Wed 4 Mar

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Thu 5 Mar

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…and 2 more dates until 7 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

0131 529 6000

Tue 4 Feb

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Wed 5 Feb

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…and 3 more dates until 8 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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 22 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 23 Apr

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Sat 25 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Zog

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

Thu 13 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Fri 14 Feb

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Sat 15 Feb

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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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