Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
  • Box office 0131 529 6000
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With its impressive Colin Ross-designed three-story glass façade, the former Empire Palace Theatre is at once welcoming and grand. It boasts one of the largest stages in the UK; so big that it has occasionally been converted into a studio theatre with room to spare. The auditorium seats over 1900 people on three levels. Maintaining a tradition for variety that dates back nearly two centuries, it programmes everything from popular comedy to classical opera. Not only is it the capital’s home for Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, it is also one of the cornerstones of the Edinburgh International Festival and, thanks to investment in cutting edge projection equipment, the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Having built a reputation as a leading dance house, it hosts a cutting-edge contemporary dance season alongside large-scale musicals, international ballet productions and a variety of one-night musical and comedy events. At street level, Café Lucia is open daily, and there are bars on each floor open on performance days in addition to private function rooms. The same management runs the King's Theatre.

Events at this venue

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Sunday 25 June

0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Sunday 2 July

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Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Saturday 8 July

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£24 0131 529 6000

Friday 14 July

Saturday 15 July

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Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Wednesday 19 July

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Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Friday 21 July

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Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Saturday 22 July

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Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Saturday 5 August

£20 0131 473 2000

70th Anniversary Celebrations. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sunday 6 August

£20 0131 473 2000

70th Anniversary Celebrations. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Wednesday 9 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thursday 10 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Spirit of '47. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Friday 11 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Saturday 12 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Friday 18 August

£20 0131 473 2000

70th Anniversary Celebrations. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Saturday 19 August

£20 0131 473 2000

70th Anniversary Celebrations. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sunday 20 August

£20 0131 473 2000

70th Anniversary Celebrations. Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Friday 25 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Saturday 26 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sunday 27 August

£20 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Friday 8 September

Friday 15 September

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Saturday 16 September

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Sunday 19 November

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£22–£42 0131 529 6000

Friday 1 December

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£22–£42 0131 529 6000

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£34.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
£15.50–£44.50 0131 529 6000

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Thursday 14 December

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Friday 15 December

£34.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
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Saturday 16 December

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Sunday 17 December

£34.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
£15.50–£44.50 0131 529 6000

Wednesday 20 December

£31.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
£15.50–£44.50 0131 529 6000

Thursday 21 December

£31.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
£15.50–£44.50 0131 529 6000
£31.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
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Friday 22 December

£31.50–£41.50 0131 529 6000
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Saturday 23 December

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Friday 29 December

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Saturday 13 January 2018

Wednesday 17 January 2018

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

Thursday 1 February 2018

£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

Sunday 11 February 2018

£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

Wednesday 14 February 2018

£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

Thursday 15 February 2018

£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

Friday 16 February 2018

£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

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£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000
£35.50–£62.50 0131 529 6000

Sunday 25 February 2018

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Saturday 17 March 2018

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Wednesday 18 April 2018

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000
£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

Sunday 29 April 2018

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000
£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000
£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

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£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000
£26.50–£61 0131 529 6000

Wednesday 23 May 2018

£19.50–£84.50 0131 529 6000

Saturday 26 May 2018

£19.50–£84.50 0131 529 6000

Tuesday 29 May 2018

£19.50–£84.50 0131 529 6000

Thursday 31 May 2018

£19.50–£84.50 0131 529 6000

Tuesday 5 June 2018

£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000

Wednesday 6 June 2018

£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000

Thursday 7 June 2018

£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000
£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000

Friday 8 June 2018

£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000

Saturday 9 June 2018

£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000
£19–£48.50 0131 529 6000

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Comments & ratings

1. pepitoe1 May 2011, 1:09pm Report

Spirit of the Dance - 30.4.11
Had been looking for a really good,entertaining,high quality,night of entertainment.Deeply disappointing.This group were unable to pull off the range of dance quality required to do Irish,Scottish,Spanish and the other range of dance routines.They presented as semi professional,reasonably competetent but not of a standard that should be at the festival theatre.Costumes were tacky,and the group should never try to do highland dancing in Scotland unless really competent,which they were not.
We were so disappointed we left during the interval.
Festival Theatre - "need to do better"

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