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. Join me this Spring for another…

Tue 10 Mar 2020

£29.50 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 11 Mar 2020

£29.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 12 Mar 2020

£29.50 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 14 Mar 2020

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 2 Nov

£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 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

£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 26 Mar 2020

£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Fri 27 Mar 2020

£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 28 Mar 2020

£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

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

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 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Tue 25 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 26 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 29 Feb 2020

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 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 18 Mar 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 19 Mar 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

…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

£11.50–£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 20 Nov

£11.50–£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 21 Nov

£11.50–£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 23 Nov

An Evening with Michael Palin on North Korea

Join Michael Palin, Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter, for a glimpse of life inside the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside still operates as a peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious…

Sun 20 Oct

£29 / 0131 529 6000

The Exorcist

  • Written by: John Pielmeier, William Peter Blatty (book)

John Pielmeier's stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel.

Tue 5 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 6 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 7 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's masterpiece is adapted for the stage by Rona Munro, who places the young writer at the centre of the tale.

Mon 21 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Tue 22 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 26 Oct

Ghost Stories

Following record breaking sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany and a smash hit film, the original terrifying live production is back. Experience Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon in the theatre where it all began. Keep telling yourself it’s…

Tue 14 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 15 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 16 Apr 2020

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Sat 18 Apr 2020

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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 2020

£19 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 1 Apr 2020

£19 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 2 Apr 2020

£19 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 4 Apr 2020

I Think We Are Alone

Frantic Assembly are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a brand new production, I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham. From those electric moments of discovery and connection to the dark hours of isolation, we all seek connection and resolution. But sometimes what…

Tue 18 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 19 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 20 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 22 Feb 2020

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

£22.22 / 0131 529 6000

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

£21 / 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

£18.50–£36 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 1 Dec

£18.50–£36 / 0131 529 6000

Tue 3 Dec

£18.50–£36 / 0131 529 6000

…and 40 more dates until 19 Jan 2020

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 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 8 Apr 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 9 Apr 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 11 Apr 2020

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 2020

£18–£33 / 0131 529 6000

Tue 20 Oct 2020

£18–£33 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 21 Oct 2020

£18–£33 / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 24 Oct 2020

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 2020

£18–£33 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 29 Apr 2020

£18–£33 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 30 Apr 2020

£18–£33 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 2 May 2020

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…

Thu 17 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

  • 19:30

Fri 18 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Oor Wullie

Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck and the rest of the Sunday Post gang head out on a musical adventure in celebration of their 80th anniversary.

Tue 28 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 29 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 30 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…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

£17.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 7 Jun 2020

£17.50 / 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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 30 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 2 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 2020

£17.50 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 4 Mar 2020

£17.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 5 Mar 2020

£17.50 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 7 Mar 2020

Ten Times Table

THE COMMITTEE FROM HELL AND A FÊTE WORSE THAN DEATH…! Set in the once grand ballroom of The Swan Hotel, Ten Times Table follows the increasingly raucous attempts of a village committee to organise the first Pendon Folk Festival. The opening of the festival, as envisaged by chairman Ray, will be a supposedly uplifting…

Mon 3 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Tue 4 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 5 Feb 2020

£18 / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 8 Feb 2020

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 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 22 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 23 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Zog: Live on Stage

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up…

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 13 Feb 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Fri 14 Feb 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 15 Feb 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

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20 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 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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