Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
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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

There are 39 events at this location

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The Addams Family

Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely star in this theatrical adaptation of the classic TV show and film.

Tue 25 Jan 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 26 Jan 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 27 Jan 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 29 Jan 2022

Aisha and Abhaya

Aisha and Abhaya is an intense, intoxicating theatrical rush, fusing dance, film, sound and music. Rambert’s fearless dancers take centre stage performing Sharon Eyal’s fierce, pulsating choreography to an original soundtrack of driving techno from Ori Lichtik and GAIKA. Director Kibwe Tavares brings this together with a…

Thu 10 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Fri 11 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Sat 12 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Thu 23 Jun 2022

£32.48 / 0131 529 6000

Anton and Giovanni

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice join forces in 2021 for their first ever tour together.

Fri 1 Jul 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Ballet Black

The pioneering dance company performs a new work by acclaimed choreography Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November.

Thu 18 Nov

0131 529 6000

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival! The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the…

Sun 30 Jan 2022

0131 529 6000

Bring It On: The Musical

A toe-tapping musical of female empowerment set in the world of high school cheerleading and based on the film of the same name. The music is co-written by none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda (the creator of Hamilton.)

Tue 15 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 16 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 17 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 19 Feb 2022

Burn The Floor: Kevin Clifton

Kevin Clifton stars in this high-energy ballroom dancing show.

Sun 9 Jan 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

The Cher Show

From a young kid with big dreams, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame, flying in the face of convention at every turn. In a dazzling glitter fest of flamboyant glory, sparkling with Cher’s signature wit and style, you’ll be spinning in the…

Tue 11 Oct 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 12 Oct 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 13 Oct 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 15 Oct 2022

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Directed by: Scott Graham, Steven Hoggett, Marianne Elliott
  • Written by: Mark Haddon (book), Simon Stephens (adapt)

Simon Stephens's adaptation of the darkly humorous book by Mark Haddon presented by National Theatre. When 15-year-old Christopher discovers the dead body of his neighbour Mrs Shears' dog he starts investigating.

Tue 22 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 23 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 24 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 26 Feb 2022

Dick & Angel Dare to Do It: So Much More to Say

Dick & Angel Strawbridge, the stars of Channel 4 hit ‘Escape to the Chateau’ are on the road again on their ‘Dare to do it’ Tour with so much more to say. During this highly entertaining evening, the duo explains who they are, where they have come from, how they met and why they dared to do it! Millions of viewers…

Mon 7 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Tue 8 Feb 2022

0131 529 6000

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is back, exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come…

Mon 8 Nov

0131 529 6000

Tue 9 Nov

0131 529 6000

Wed 10 Nov

0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 13 Nov

Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new stage musical. With the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), including Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing, The…

Wed 19 Jan 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 20 Jan 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Fri 21 Jan 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 23 Jan 2022

An Evening of Eric and Ern

For all the family from 8 to 108 Eric and Ern is a brilliant homage to Morecambe and Wise crammed full of those famous comedy sketches, from Grieg’s Piano concerto, Mr Memory…’Arsenal’, to the paper bag trick! From the Olivier Award nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, this nostalgic show evokes memories of a…

Mon 15 Nov

£25.50 / 0131 529 6000

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

  • Directed by: Jonathan Butterell
  • Written by: Tom MacRae (lyrics), Dan Gillespie Sells (music)

A coming-of-age story with a twist, with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae.

Tue 29 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 30 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 31 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 2 Apr 2022

Fat Friends: The Musical

  • Written by: Nicholas Lloyd Webber (music & lyrics)

Musical based on Kay Mellor's hit TV show.

Mon 7 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Tue 8 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 9 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 12 Mar 2022

Hannah Gadsby: Body of Work

Brave and groundbreaking Australian comedian.

Sun 13 Mar 2022

£31.08–£51.75 / 0131 529 6000

In Conversation with The Sopranos

Learn more about the TV show hit The Sopranos at this event, which brings together former cast members for a talk and Q&A.

Tue 21 Jun 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Janey Godley's Soup Pot Tour

A hilarious new show from Scottish comedian Janey Godley.

Fri 19 Nov

0131 529 6000

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Sun 24 Apr 2022

£32.50 / 0131 529 6000

Martin Bayfield's Rugby Legends

From the police beat to the Hollywood movie screen to a Five Nations Grand Slam and MasterChef final, Martin Bayfield has had a varied life! Join former England international and true giant of the game Martin Bayfield as he embarks on his ‘Rugby Legends’ UK tour. See Martin take to the stage with former players to reveal…

Wed 19 Oct 2022

£33.90–£107.35 / 0131 529 6000

Northern Ballet's Pinocchio

In a faraway land, a hard-working and lonely carpenter wishes for his puppet Pinocchio to come to life. By the magic of a wishing well his dream comes true! Pinocchio is playful and mischievous and must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. Join Pinocchio on his adventure as he discovers that where there is love…

Sun 27 Feb 2022

£19 / 0131 529 6000

Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby

You are invited to the most glamorous party in town. Lose yourself in the decadence of 1920s New York with Northern Ballet’s sell-out sensation The Great Gatsby, a ballet by David Nixon OBE. Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby has a penchant for lavish parties and beautiful women. As the sparkling façade of his world begins…

Thu 21 Apr 2022

0131 529 6000

Fri 22 Apr 2022

0131 529 6000

Sat 23 Apr 2022

0131 529 6000

Oi Frog & Friends

Based on the bestselling books by Kes Gray and Jim Field ‘Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs’ It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know…

Thu 17 Mar 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

Fri 18 Mar 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 19 Mar 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 20 Mar 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

The Osmonds: A New Musical

Musical telling the story of the world-famous musical family.

Tue 20 Sep 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 21 Sep 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 22 Sep 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 24 Sep 2022

Oti Mabuse: I Am Here

Star of Strictly and The Greatest Dancer pays homage to her influences and inspirations at this evening of music and dance.

Sun 8 May 2022

£28.50–£42.50 / 0131 529 6000

Paul Carrack

The voice behind hits such as Ace's 'How Long', Squeeze's 'Tempted' and Mike and the Mechanics' 'The Living Years'.

Sun 6 Feb 2022

£46.20 / 0131 529 6000

Remembering The Oscars

Aljaz and Janette will be returning with their brand new show Remembering The Oscars. Get ready to celebrate the Oscar-winning songs in this exhilarating new dance spectacular with Strictly’s favourite couple. Whether you are Wishing On A Star, Swinging On A Star or merely dancing in the City of Stars, this incredible…

Sun 27 Mar 2022

£44.50 / 0131 529 6000

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Comedian Ross Noble's newest hour.

Sat 15 Jan 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Sarah Millican muses about throwing poo over a wall, floatation tanks and weight loss via the loss of a fingertip on her sixth international tour.

Sat 2 Jul 2022

£30.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 3 Jul 2022

£30.50 / 0131 529 6000

Scottish Ballet: The Scandal at Mayerling

Scottish Ballet stage the scandal that rocked an empire, centred around the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf. Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and featuring a score of works by Franz Liszt.

Thu 21 Oct

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

Fri 22 Oct

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

Sat 23 Oct

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 28 May 2022

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker: Christmas 2021

A magical family adventure Costumes plucked from the most gorgeous chocolate box; Tchaikovsky’s score to transport you to a land of dreams; and a story lifted straight from the pages of a classic fairy tale. We follow Clara on a journey through the worlds of her imagination, as she drifts off to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Wed 1 Dec

0131 529 6000

Thu 2 Dec

0131 529 6000

Fri 3 Dec

0131 529 6000

…and 19 more dates until 31 Dec

Scottish Opera: The Gondoliers

Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon, The Gondoliers is a joy from start to finish. In a flight of the satirical whimsy so typical of G&S, two happy-go-lucky gondoliers discover that one of them is, in fact, heir to the throne of a distant kingdom. True to their…

Thu 28 Oct

0131 529 6000

Fri 29 Oct

0131 529 6000

Sat 30 Oct

0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 6 Nov

Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years

Bookends perform the ultimate show for Simon and Garfunkel fans.

Fri 14 Jan 2022

£28.50 / 0131 529 6000

Singin' in the Rain

Staging of the classic MGM musical, adapted for the stage by Jonathan Church.

Tue 26 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 27 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 28 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 30 Apr 2022

Sister Act

Comedy musical about a woman who goes into witness protection in a convent after she witnesses her mobster boyfriend commit murder.

Tue 6 Sep 2022

0131 529 6000

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 7 Sep 2022

0131 529 6000

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 8 Sep 2022

0131 529 6000

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 8 more dates until 17 Sep 2022

Six

  • 5 stars

Musical comedy show featuring Henry VIII's six wives finally telling their side of the story through music and accompanied by a six piece band.

Tue 15 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Wed 16 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

Thu 17 Mar 2022

0131 529 6000

…and 8 more dates until 26 Mar 2022

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Enjoy the magic of Strictly up close and personal! The professional dancers from the tremendously popular BBC programme perform.

Sun 29 May 2022

£35.50–£65.50 / 0131 529 6000

Zog and The Flying Doctors

Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre present Zog and the Flying Doctors Based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler The Roar Zog, superkeen student turned air ambulance, still lands with a crash bang thump. Together with his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt…

Sat 9 Jul 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 10 Jul 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

Mon 11 Jul 2022

£15.50 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 13 Jul 2022

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…

Perfect pitch - Classical venue guide

15 Sep 2008

For those looking for something a little more civilised, Edinburgh and Glasgow have a host of classical venues on offer.